Rye Lodge meets on the 1st Monday in October (Installation), 2nd Monday in February, the 4th Monday in May and November at the Mumbai Square Masonic Centre (Corvinos) 7 Middlesex Street, London E1 7AA.
LOI meets alternate Tuesdays at The Watermark Club, Scrutton St. London. EC2A.
Freemasons have existed for hundreds of years and over that time the difficulty a man might encounter in becoming a Mason has varied enormously. Immediately after the First World War, it was commonplace to see signs hanging outside pubs saying things like "Masons made half a crown."
This was because so many Lodges had been decimated during the war. If you were seen to be an honourable man with half a crown at that time, you could easily become a Freemason.
There seems to have been a period later in last century, when a Freemason would never approach a non mason and that anyone wishing to join masonry would have to seek out and ask a mason.
Today, the Craft as it is sometimes called, is doing it's utmost to be a transparent organization, which is why you can now find web sites like this one talking publicly about how to become a Freemason.
Who could become Freemason in London?
Today in Freemasonry we have people rich and poor from all walks of life, from Royalty to dustmen. If there is a common theme it is a belief in charity and supporting others in times of need.
My personal opinion is that Freemasons actively look for good men and try to make them better. Also I believe this is a two way thing where we should show people how to become a Freemason so that working together we can achieve good things.
There has been a tide in public opinion regarding our members. Some people actually thinking we are a subversive organization when nothing could be further from the truth. Before becoming a Freemason each person is asked if he is in favour of our Monarchy. A negative answer at this point would automatically close the door to that man.
The other question each potential member is asked is whether he believes in a higher power, namely God. It matters not one jot whether you are a Christian, Hindu, Jew or by what name you know your God but all Freemasons express a belief in a higher power.
It surprises many to hear that there are just two subjects banned from conversation at the dinner which always follows a Masonic meeting. Religion and politics.
What does it cost to become a Freemason?
This is not an easy question to answer, because every lodge does things their own way, but in general terms if you think of a figure of around £200 that is roughly what you will be asked for prior to your initiation.
There are likely to be annual fees of a similar amount and these fees usually buy your dinner after each meeting.
I mentioned the charitable aspects of the Craft earlier and once you are a member you will be expected to contribute to the Lodge's charitable endeavours. The truth is that nobody else in your Lodge will ever know what contribution came from you. Millionaires and paupers receive identical treatment in a Lodge.
There are very many Lodges in London. The square and compases can be found all over London.
Rye is but one although having been formed in 1888 and we like to think of it as representing the best of the best. Our meetings take place in Peckham.
It may be though, that there are Lodges more local to where you live if you e-mail our Secretary, he will be more than happy to help and advise you.
You can learn more by clicking this link which will automatically create an e-mail to the Secretary of Rye Lodge who will furnish you with more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to peruse more information on London Lodges please click here: Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London
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