Our Guiding Principles
What Is Freemasonry About?
Building good people
Serving the Community
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.
To attract those from all backgrounds and walks of life, enabling them to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate – Integrity, Friendship, Respect, Service – in their private and public lives. To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join.
Learn More About Freemasonry
Are you interested in becoming a Freemason? Find out how you can join.
What is Freemasonry?
Learn about our core principles and what Freemasonry means to it's members.
Where We Meet
There are 19 Freemasons' Halls within the province of Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire has a long history of Freemasonry, learn more about how it began here...
One of our core principles is charity, find out how we support local and national charities.
Light Blues Club
Gloucestershire "Light Blues Club" for new Freemasons. Take part in social events and grow your circle of friends.
As the head of Gloucestershire Freemasons I welcome you to this our website which I hope that you will find both interesting and informative. If you have any questions please do send us a message using our contact page.
There Are 83 Lodges In Gloucestershire.
All have a mixed membership of men from all walks of life and differing backgrounds, all meeting as friends and Brothers.
All members are known individually as a “Brother” or collectively as “Brethren” irrespective of race, religion, social status or background and we meet as equals.
For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Service. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Freemasonry In Gloucestershire
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join.
For some, it’s about making lifelong friends and acquaintances who have similar values. For others, it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. For many, it is an enjoyable hobby but at the same time much more – Freemasonry helps members become better citizens and live life to a high moral code.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas Freemasonry is a society concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge-which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons customs and tools as allegorical guides. Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.
Women also become Freemasons, there are two Grand Lodges for Women Freemasons. The three Grand Lodges work closely together and all remain happy to meet separately.
The Royal Arch is the final part in the journey that begins with initiation and together with the other two degrees of the Craft completes “pure Antient Masonry”.
Master Masons are eligible to join the Royal Arch four weeks after taking their third degree.