We are a secular society open to men of any race, religion, political belief and status ..
Tradition and continuity are two of the values which characterise the relationship between Freemasonry and universities. It was nearly 200 years ago that the first university Lodge, Apollo University Lodge, was founded at Oxford, with Isaac Newton University Lodge following soon afterwards at Cambridge. Since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges, and they provided the inspiration for the Universities Scheme. This was set up at the beginning of 2005 with the objective: ‘To establish and/or enhance arrangements and opportunities for undergraduates and other university members to enjoy Freemasonry’.
There are now over 55 other Lodges pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course. Their membership consists of undergraduates, postgraduates, senior members of the university and alumni, ranging in age from 18 upwards. All under-25s benefit from the recent decision by Grand Lodge to halve their dues in order to make Freemasonry as accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
WOMEN AND FREEMASONRY
Freemasonry is not confined to men (even though United Grand Lodge of England does not itself admit women), and there exist in England and Wales two Grand Lodges solely for women. For women who are interested in freemasonry, further information can be obtained from:
The Order of Women Freemasons
27 Pembridge Gardens, London W2 4EF
The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons
402 Finchley Road, Childs Hill, London NW2 2HR