Freemasonry is concerned with moral and spiritual values and comprises of a group of people who come together to improve their social, intellectual and moral capabilities.
To do this, they use ceremonial and symbolism from the Craft of a Stone Mason.
For Freemasons, four important values help define their approach to life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.
In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true as they have at any point in Freemasonry’s history.
Integrity: Building good people.
Freemasons are focused on developing themselves as people of integrity and membership provides the structure to help achieve this goal.
Friendship: Building together.
Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which last for life.
Respect: Building unity.
Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Charity: Building compassion.
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained in the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation is dedicated to helping people in need, and donates to many organisations throughout the UK and internationally.
Each year, the Masonic Charitable Foundation provides relief grants for hundreds of individuals who are experiencing financial difficulty, as well as donating millions of pounds to nationwide charitable projects and services. Last year the Foundation gave over £36m in grants and support services.
The Old Kimboltonians Lodge is one of 94 Lodges in the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire.
The Province is one of the 48 Masonic Provinces under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) which is broadly based on the old county boundaries of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire.
It is administered from the Provincial Office at Freemasons' Hall,
Sheaf Close, Lodge Farm, Northampton.
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United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body of Freemasonry in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and some Districts overseas. Our headquarters are Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London.
UGLE currently has around 200,000 members meeting in over 7,000 Lodges.
Lodges are grouped into 48 Provinces by region, roughly in line with the old county boundaries, under the guidance of UGLE.
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There are Masonic organisations for men only, women only and mixed groups. Freemasonry does not discriminate on the grounds of race, colour, gender, religion, political views or social standing.
Freemasonry can give great satisfaction in whatever way suits the individual – for example, making new friends from all walks of life; being able to contribute to deserving charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic; striving towards self-improvement; the sense of achievement of progressing through the offices of the Lodge and of mastering the words and actions of the ceremonies; extending your knowledge by finding out about the history and philosophy of Freemasonry.
This is the oldest and largest Masonic organisation for women in this country and works on the lines of regular male Freemasonry.
The Order of Women Freemasons has two trust funds, which are registered charities, and have two homes for holidays or shared living. They raise large amounts of money for charity by holding social events, and these also give members the opportunity to get to know each other on an informal basis.