Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Worldwide Freemasons number in excess of 6,000,000 men, united in their love of charity, fraternity and self-knowledge.
For many, its biggest draw is the fact that members come from all walks of life and meet as equals whatever their race, religion or socio-economic position in society. We are a secular, multi-faith organisation: asking only that candidates be men (generally over 21 years) of good standing in society, declaring belief in a Supreme Being.
Discussions about religion and politics in lodge are not only discouraged: they are simply not permitted.
ISIS Lodge counts as members men from all walks of life; soldiers, magistrates, policemen, bus drivers, accountants, builders . . .
Its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasonry is founded on three great principles:
Freemasonry demands from its 250,000 members under the United Grand Lodge of England a respect for the law, with which its principles do not in any way conflict. A freemason's duties are first to his God, then, without detriment to his family and those dependent upon him, to his fellow men.
A freemason's duty as a citizen must always come first and it is a serious disqualification to attempt to use membership of the order to promote one's own or anyone else's personal interests.
Over the last 300+ years, Freemasonry has been the home of numerous famous men, guided by the principles and rules laid out above. These include such notaries as:
Dr. T.J. Barnardo - Founder of the "Barnardo's" charity for vulnerable children and young people
The Duke of Wellington - Victor of Waterloo and Prime Minister
Harry Houdini - Escapologist
Nat King Cole - Jazz pianist & singer
Alexander Fleming - Discoveror of penicillin
Peter Sellers - Comedian and actor
Donald Campbell - World Speed Record holder
'Alf' Ramsay - England football manager
Winston Churchill - Prime Minister, soldier, author and WWII leader