The Quick Start Guide
Freemasonry as you will discover is a wonderful organisation that has many benefits – first however you must start the application process and so this Quick Start guide is intended to help you on your way. The procedure is very simple and consists of 9 easy steps. Please note that you can use the online form below to make further enquiries, alternatively you can download a pdf version of the form from the link below and send it to us.
Data Protection Information
As a candidate, you consent to the processing, retention and sharing of your personal data submitted on or with your application, including details of criminal convictions if applicable, for the purpose of assessing your membership application and any other membership applications you may make to Masonic entities.
The assessment of your application will include printing some of your personal details on the summons which is sent to all of the members of the Lodge or Chapter to which you are applying. Those details are your full name, age, profession or occupation (if any), place or places of abode, business address or addresses and names of your proposer and seconder.
You can withdraw your consent and request erasure of your application data at any time prior to your initiation, exaltation, joining or re-joining by notifying your proposer and seconder that you wish to cancel your application.
If you are already a Freemason and are moving to the Province then please complete our Migration form which can be found on our Migration page.
Initial Discussion – A Masonic Coordinator will contact you and you will be invited to attend an introduction meeting at Exeter. This will give an initial understanding about Freemasonry and the costs and commitments involved.
Choosing a Lodge – Our Local Area Representative will meet with you to help you choose the most suitable Lodge and to make the necessary arrangements for your introduction thereafter.
Lodge Introduction – Having been introduced to a Lodge, you and your Partner will then be invited to a meeting with the Lodge Representatives. They will explain the joining procedure further and to clarify the obligations of membership in terms of fees and attendance. The meeting will also provide an opportunity for you and your Partner to clarify any outstanding issues or questions you may have.
Application Form – Filling in the application form is simple and made easier by the assistance of the Lodge Representative who will be on hand to provide advice and support throughout the joining procedure and beyond whenever required.
The Interview – You will then be requested to attend an interview chaired by senior members of the Lodge. Don’t be worried as the members of the panel only want to find out more about you and your reasons for joining. The meeting will conducted with care and consideration by experienced Freemasons – some of whom you may know already – who have all undergone the same process.
The Proposal – Your application to join is now gathering momentum and so the next thing that will happen is a Lodge member will formally to propose you as an Initiate at the next Lodge Meeting. This tradition ensures that all the members are informed of your application to be a Freemason and is no different to the procedure one would undergo when joining any other institution.
The Ballot – The members will next give their assent to your application by way of a traditional ballot. This may seem slightly outdated and very formal but it is traditions such as this that makes membership of Freemasonry such an interesting experience. You will then be advised of the date of your Initiation and how to prepare yourself for it.
Your Initiation - The night you are Initiated is very special and you will treasure the memory of this totally unforgettable and very enjoyable evening. Do not worry - you won’t be asked to do or say anything that is contrary to your civil, moral or religious duties.