UNITED GRAND LODGE OF ENGLAND
Freemasonry is one of the World's oldest secular fraternal societies. Each Country will have its own Grand Lodge or governing body. In England & Wales our governing body is the United Grand Lodge of England based at Freemasons Hall 60 Great Queen Street. London WC2B 5AZ. In addition, U.G.L.E also administers many places overseas. Provincial Grand Lodges administer the affairs of the many private lodges in their area, these generally follow the old county boundaries. Each Provincial Grand Lodge has its own Provincial Grand Master. The Minerva Lodge No.250 Kingston upon Hull reports to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire North & East Ridings.
What we are (Purpose)
We are a unique members’ organisation that has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.
Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work