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We have great pleasure in knowing that two of our committee are currently masters of their repective lodges in our province...

W.Bro Neil Salter - Caedmon Lodge No:6965
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W.Bro Alex McCallum - Old Hymerian Lodge No:6885
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Thinking of Joining?

 Whether your interest is the history of Freemasonry, the charitable aspect or social events. Freemasonry really does have something to offer to men from all walks of life.

Charity and Community Freemasons have a long established relationship with both Masonic and non Masonic organizations.
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History and Tradition  Explore the history of how and where it started and the traditions that are still practiced today.
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Events and Social Activities Clay shooting, golf, fishing, and many other sporting activities. Ladies functions, tours and much more!
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Masonic Facts and Quotes

 

Winston Spencer Churchill - one of the greatest British statesmen in recent history became a Freemason in 1901 and was initiated into Studholme Lodge No 1591. “

Sir Winston Churchill

-Sir Winston Spencer Churchill

“ The earliest records of an initiation into Freemasonry in England include Sir Robert Moray in 1641 and Elias Ashmole in 1646".

Link to the UGLE website

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Welcome to the Young Masons Forum in the Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings

Tthe “Young Masons Forum” which has been formed to meet the needs of our Mission Statement.

“To promote the health of Freemasonry in the Province by engaging our younger Brethren.”

The reasons we join Freemasonry are both diverse and personal, but the thread that links them all is a desire for friendship, unity and fulfilment. However the Young Mason has particular pressures on his time and resources. The pressure of work affects us all, but the younger mason is likely to be striving for promotion and unable to manage his own diary as some of us can. Young families, changing cultures, working or more independent spouses or partners all reflect changing family values and put particular pressure on a young mason’s time. These same circumstances also place financial pressures on a brother and this has never been more pertinent than in the current economic climate.

Freemasonry has to be appreciative of these circumstances if it is to be successful in maintaining a youthful generation of Past Masters enabled to take Freemasonry forward in this 21st Century.

The aim of the Young Masons Forum is to understand and address where possible both these and any future issues which affect the enjoyment of and in some cases the continued involvement of young masons in the Craft.The current average age of Freemasonry is in the high 60’s. The target of the Province is to reduce this into the 40s or lower. This is a tall order but is for the obvious reasons that a vibrant membership across all ages brings with it the drive of youth, the steadying hand of maturity and the experience of age. Without it seeming demeaning and we do not want to give the wrong message here, the Forum wants to try to make Freemasonry a society that is the prominent “club” to which its young members want to invite their friends. This is not without its pitfalls and we are equally aware of the overriding requirement for quality over quantity.

The forum itself consists of younger masons and it would like to hear from anyone who would like to give an opinion or air their thoughts on their experiences of Freemasonry. We as a forum do not want to be, nor would it work if we were, dictatorial as to the way forward. The issues are so diverse that the initial phase is to get dialogue moving on what are the perceived likes and dislikes of our younger fraternity. However our links with the other Masonic forums such as the New Masons Forum and Mentoring can allow us to provide a joined up response and coordinated approach to the future. We would be delighted to hear from anyone with views on the issues or interested in participating in this group which can be done by registering on the forum website. The current Committee which formally meets quarterly is also listed within the forum pages and is available upon registration. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

We thank you all in advance for your valued participation and a meaningful and fruitful outcome to our deliberations!

On behalf of the Committee

Richard Smedley (Chairman)

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasony is based on three principals. Brotherly love, relief and truth.

Freemasonry dates back to the 17th Century and now exists in may forms all over the world. There are some 5 Million Freemasons around the globe. Here in the UK it is governed by the United Grand Lodge of England and closer to home in the Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings.

At the heart of all that we do is charity. Donations are made from three levels - United Grand Lodge of England, London and Provinces and private individual lodges. Donations are regulary made to Masonic charities for brethren in distress or to assist wives, widows and families. Non Masonic organizations also benefit greatly from the generosity of Freemasons.

United Grand Lodge of England

United Grand Lodge of England

The United Grand Lodge of England is based in the heart of London at Great Queen Street. It is the oldest Grand Lodge in the world. Its head quarters, Freemasons’ Hall, is a Grade 2* listed building both externally and internally with some of the most wonderful art deco features to be seen in Europe.

Did you know that UGLE is open to the public? Boasting a fine museum and library for reference, members of the public can now explore the delights of Grand Lodge. Parts may look familiar as filming of the program Spooks was filmed here and Westlife held a video shoot there as well! 

United Grand Lodge of England have produced an information booklet for those seeking to become a Freemason which is available here in a PDF File.

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