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Welcome to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex.  If you are interested in Freemasonry or are perhaps considering joining our organisation – then you are at the right place. This site will tell you everything you need to know about Freemasonry in Essex, where we meet together with details about individual Lodges.

You may have questions about Freemasonry and these are covered within the site alongside information about charity and fund raising, the history of Freemasonry, how you can get involved and much more.

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 – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, Freemasonry is more than just a hobby and becomes an integral way of life.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self confidence and 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.

It also teaches essential life and management skills that you can put into practice in your work and social life – skills such as teamwork, public speaking and leadership.

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.

In reality, Freemasonry means something different to every man who joins – and if you are interested in becoming a Freemason – the journey starts here.

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