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Tudor Lodge No. 7280
Province of Hertfordshire
Tudor Lodge No. 7280
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Tudor Lodge No. 7280
Tudor Lodge No. 7280
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JOINING FREEMASONRY
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Why become a Freemason?
People join Freemasonry for a variety of reasons. Some are attracted by the valuable work that the society performs in raising money for charity. A proportion of these funds is used to assist Freemasons and their dependents in times of need, particularly the sick and the elderly, but the greater part goes to non-Masonic charities – local, regional, national and international. Freemasons also assist the community in more direct ways, such as carrying out voluntary work. Others become Freemasons because of the unique fellowship it provides. Visit a Masonic lodge anywhere in the country – or even the world – and you are greeted as an old friend. Freemasonry is the ultimate leveller, a community where friendship and goodwill is paramount.

What are the symbols and mysteries?
The context of the symbols used in Freemasonry become more meaningful once you have joined and start to progress through the ceremonies. These 'mysteries' are the stories that the ceremonies represent as the new Mason completes the different levels. To explain them in full would spoil the enjoyment of experiencing the ceremonies but we are always happy to answer questions if you decide to join. In the convivial atmosphere of a Masonic meeting, members relax and enjoy taking part in something rather special. It’s a place where everyone can be themselves and contribute in a way that suits their own personality. Many members actually find that learning and performing these rituals is a useful programme of self development. For those that want to do it, Freemasonry also provides the opportunity to practise after-dinner speaking with a totally friendly audience.

When do we meet?
The majority of lodges in the Province of Hertfordshire meet four times a year. The formal part of the proceedings, which include the ceremonies, usually start towards the end of the afternoon. These are followed in the early evening by a dinner and a few, usually short, speeches. Additionally there are instruction meetings where members learn more about the principles of Freemasonry and to master the ritual performed in the ceremonies. The number of these instruction meetings can vary per lodge but at Tudor Lodge these meetings are once or twice a month between September and May.
Freemasons also gain great pleasure in visiting lodges other than their own, making new friends and seeing different traditions followed. While there are numerous opportunities to engage in Masonic pursuits and other social activities, Freemasonry encourages its members to live well rounded lives and stresses that family and personal affairs should always come first.

Is it affordable?
Subscriptions compare favourably with everyday sports and social clubs. Freemasonry is an affordable hobby and a rewarding pastime for the many. There should be an expectation of donating to charity but Freemasonry does not make any demands on an individual's wallet. Members give what they want to charity and only what they can reasonably afford.

If you decide to join Tudor Lodge there will be a one-off joining fee of £100.00 plus a one-off registration fee of £92.60. The registration fee is reduced if you are under 25 years old.
The annual membership for Tudor Lodge is £260.00 per year (for 2019) including dining at the four main meetings. If you join part way through the year the annual membership fee is reduced pro-rata depending on the number of meetings left in the year.

There is also a dress code which requires members to wear a black or dark lounge suit, white shirt and black tie, shoes and socks. In time, certain items of regalia will be required, which are not expensive, and there is the opportunity to buy used regalia at reduced cost.

What else is involved in becoming a Freemason?
You have to be aged 21 or over and be of good character, which means not having any criminal convictions. You must also profess a belief in a Supreme Being, but Freemasonry is not a religion; men from a variety of beliefs belong.
There are approximately 5,500 Hertfordshire Freemasons in 188 lodges meeting at eighteen Masonic Centres throughout the county.

If you are interested in joining Tudor Lodge and would like further information or to have a chat about what is involved, please Contact the Lodge Secretary. We will be delighted to answer your questions.

Masonic visitors are also very welcome to attend the meetings at Tudor Lodge. Please Contact the Lodge Secretary for details of the next meeting.
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