Shropshire Round Table was consecrated in 1984 to adopt the principles of Freemasonry, to adapt them to the friendships of the Round Table movement and to improve our lives by their combination.
For the first twenty-five years, all members of the Lodge had been active members of Round Table. Sadly, the Round Table movement is now much reduced so we now admit as members, men who we think would have made good Tablers, men who enjoy the ethos of fellowship, caring for each other and helping others.
We meet five times a year on the fourth Tuesday in January, March, September and November and on the third Tuesday in May all at 6.15 PM. We believe that Masonry is to be enjoyed and strive to ensure that our meetings, festive boards and social events keep alive the traditions and fun of Round Table.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.
How do I Become a Freemason?
You might think that becoming a Freemason is quite difficult. It’s actually straightforward. You do not have to wait to be invited.
Joining Freemasonry is not to be done in haste. Before anyone is accepted, the Lodge will want to be sure that he (and his family) understand what is involved in joining Freemasonry, and that the candidate’s character, background and motives are well-intentioned. It is usual for at least one informal interview to be held at which he (and his wife or partner) will meet with members of the Lodge. Many lodges invite prospective Candidates and their partners to social events where they can get to know the members in an informal & friendly setting.
Before any man can be admitted to Freemasonry two members of the Lodge must vouch for his character; also that they have known him for a certain period of time. These are known as his Proposer and Seconder, and continue to have a duty of care for their candidate after he has become a member. If you don’t know any Freemasons do not let this put you off.
Freemasonry makes few demands upon its new members beyond certain traditional requirements. A candidate must believe in a Supreme Being (although which God he worships is not an issue, and Lodge meetings are not religious ceremonies; neither is the discussion of religion allowed in Masonry). He must be a ‘free man’ and usually at least 21 years of age (there are certain categories of candidate who may join from the age of 18). At every step in Masonry he will be asked to confirm that he is acting of his own free will and accord. He must be prepared to take a series of solemn oaths concerning his conduct in Lodge and in society. He will promise to keep certain traditional elements of the ceremonies confidential. The candidate also undertakes that he will not make use of his membership for his own personal gain or advancement, and that he will abide by the law of the land.
Our Lodge Secretary, Graham Heath, will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you to answer any further questions you may have about Freemasonry and discuss the procedure of joining the Lodge.
Why become a Freemason?
Every Freemason has his own reason for joining. For many, Freemasonry offers a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, with many Freemasons saying they have made valuable lifelong friendships. Above all and for most, Freemasonry is simply an enjoyable hobby.
Other reasons include:
Achievement – progressing through the offices in the Lodge to become Master.
Brotherhood – making new friends from all walks of life.
Charity – contribute to deserving causes, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
Education – learning from peers and mentors by practicing and making speeches.
Knowledge – finding out about the history and mysteries of Freemasonry.
Self-improvement – making a contribution to your family and society.
What benefits will I get out of Freemasonry?
Meet people from very different walks of life.
Satisfaction of helping others less fortunate than yourself.
An increase in self-confidence and ability to learn.
Who can join the Lodge?
Have a Belief in a Supreme Being.
All religions are welcome and respected.
Male and normally at least 21 years old. There are special circumstances where those aged 18 years and above such as University students can join.
How much does it cost?
You don’t have to be well-off to become a Freemason. It costs less than you may think and is comparable to other social clubs and societies.
Fourth Tuesday in January, March, September & November, third Tuesday in May. Meetings start at 6.15pm and aim to finish after dinner know as the Festive Board by 10.00pm
Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it’s about being able to help deserving causes – contributing to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, 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 of men 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.
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today.
In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.
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