To Join usually you would know someone who is a member and they will suggest that you might wish to consider it. Alternatively if you have a friend who is a member you can simply ask them. There are no hard and fast rules but the concept that if you ask then no-one will recommend you to join is a myth! Inevitably there will be many men who are interested but don’t necessarily have a friend who is already a member.
In this case you can contact us, there is an e-mail address in the “contact us” section of this web site or you can click here. We will get in touch and discuss what you are expecting and what may be required of you, and then how to proceed.
We will arrange to meet you or invite you to one of our social functions if we have one at the time and this will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Depending on which Lodge suits you and assuming you wish to go ahead then a suitable date for your initiation will be determined. At no time will we attempt to persuade you to join, it will be up to you to decide in your own time.
Becoming a Freemason at Dore means you’ll also be joining approximately 200,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas.
Membership is open to any man over the age of 18 irrespective of their race or religion. There are ten Lodges meeting at Dore but in England and Wales, we have more than 7,000 Lodges, with students able to join one of 87 University Scheme Lodges. Women are invited to join one of two female-only Grand Lodges: The Order of Women Freemasons and Freemasonry for Women. You can also read our core leaflet here to find out what it means to be a Freemason and the four guiding principles which Freemasons use to help define their path through life.
From the Universities Scheme and new and young masons clubs, to special interest Lodges, Freemasonry gives members many opportunities to make a wide circle of friends for life. Finding bonds with people who share common interests and meeting people from all different backgrounds are only some of the ways Freemasonry can help cultivate lasting friendships.
Freemasonry is all about building character and supporting members as individuals. It’s these foundations that allow members to develop themselves, from increased self-confidence to transferable skills such as public speaking.
Whether taking part in social events or fundraising, charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Our members make valuable contributions to deserving causes and it’s because of this we’re recognised as one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1 million to deserving causes in 2020.