Entries by John Davison

Delighted to be back and welcoming new members…

We were delighted to welcome a new member into Concord Loge and a new Brother into Freemasonry at our regular meeting on Friday 19 November at the Folk Hall New Earswick where we meet. It was the first ceremony for our recently installed Master supported by his Officers and we welcomed visitors from other Lodges […]

Charitable Giving in Challenging Times

Alms: ‘Money or goods given as charity to the poor’ We are often asked whether or not there is any official guidance about the giving of Alms. Indeed, there is, but it is tightly bound up with the subject of Charities and on this subject the Lodge Charity Steward is the complete master. He will […]

Why do we have degrees?

The word degree derives from the Latin word gradus, which means a step, and is also the root for gradual and grade. In Freemasonry, we include a regular step in our Ceremonies and take a symbolic rising step (one taken without moving forward), when the Lodge is raised from one Degree to another. This represents […]

Welcome to Freemasonry – for the Candidate

You are about to join an ancient and honourable fraternity, which has at its centre the core values of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. Freemasonry is a system of morality, which is explained through symbols and stories. This article explains a little about how you need to make yourself ready to be received into the […]

Operative and Speculative Freemasons

In this article, you will hear many references to ‘Operative Freemasons’ and ‘Speculative Freemasons’. We know that we practice Speculative Freemasonry, but who were the Operative Freemasons? Writers who are not familiar with the facts often speak of Freemasonry as having evolved from GuildMasonry, but that is incorrect. Guild-Masonry and Operative Freemasonry were never at […]

Becoming a Freemason

Becoming a Freemason means you’ll be joining more than 200,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas. Membership is open to any man over the age of 21 irrespective of their race or religion. In total, we have more than 7,000 Lodges, with students over 18 able to join one of the 85 […]

Opening a Lodge

The opening of a Lodge is a Ceremony, but do we really consider what it means? Let us start by considering the roles of the three principal officers: • The Junior Warden represents the instinctive man, who has been refined by learning the moral code set out in the First Degree. • The Senior Warden […]

Famous Freemasons – An Introduction

Across time and continents are many famous Freemasons,1 including in their ranks kings, statesmen, soldiers, sailors and airmen, scientists, composers, authors, musicians, entertainers of stage and screen, not to mention sportsmen and here are just a few. Monarchs & Statesmen: Three Kings, King Edward VII (1841–1910); King George VI (1895–1952); and King Edward VIII (1894–1972). […]