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Consecreated 17th May 1876. Ancient charge: "From ancient times no Master or Fellow could be absent from his Lodge, especially when warned to appear thereat without incurrring a severe censure unless it appeared to the Master and wardens that pure neccessity hindered him"

Who can become a Freemason?

Membership is open to men over the age of 21 years, of all faiths, who are law-abiding, of good character and who acknowledge a belief in God. The son of a Freemason may obtain special dispensation to join at an earlier age.

Freemasonry is a multi-racial and multi-cultural organisation and has attracted men of goodwill from all sectors of the community into membership.

Every candidate for membership of a Lodge requires a proposer and seconder who are current members of the Lodge.

Every candidate for membership is interviewed by members of the Lodge Committee. Following the interview the Lodge Committee’s recommendation for membership is put before the Lodge members at a regular meeting and a vote taken by secret ballot using black and white balls. A predetermined number of black balls will result in exclusion – hence the saying “black-balled”.

A successful ballot will result in the candidate being initiated at a time convenient to the Lodge order of business.

What does it cost?

It varies from Lodge to Lodge, but anyone wishing to join can find a Lodge suitable to his financial situation. Lodge fees are usually discussed at interview to establish affordability.

There are certain fees to pay on entry. There is an initiation fee and an apron to buy. Additionally there are annual fees payable to the Lodge which cover his membership registration as well as the cost of the Lodge Administration including a pre-determined building maintenance charge.

It is a major part of Masonry for members to enjoy a meal after the meeting. The cost of the meal is included in the Lodge annual subscription.

ARE YOU THINKING OF BECOMING A FREEMASON ?

Please click on the link below to view or download the United Grand Lodge of England's booklets and other available publications.

http://www.ugle.org.uk/

Please click the link below to view the Provincial Grand Lodge of Staffordshire’s website for additional information on Freemasonry in Staffordshire.

http://www.pglstaffordshire.co.uk/

Contact the Secretary of St Giles Lodge No 1587: Mike Deaville 01538 266882