About Freemasonry


We are a highly convivial organisation concerned with the promotion of friendship, our own moral, intellectual and social development and the well-being of the communities in which we live and work.  The principles of Freemasonry encourage an ethical approach to life: we think about the welfare of others and we aim to be honest, courteous and fair in all our dealings with everyone.  We are urged to regard the interests of our family as paramount but, importantly, freemasonry also emphasises and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need. We believe in tolerance and equality and in the importance of integrity in all of our dealings with others.  We are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry as long as we don’t use our membership to create an advantage for ourselves.

There are over two hundred thousand Freemasons in England and Wales meeting in nearly 8,000 Lodges under the authority of The United Grand Lodge of England. Worldwide, there are nearly 6 million Freemasons. We are extremely sociable and Lodge meetings are both convivial and rewarding. Many life-long friendships are made and sustained in our lodges. We enjoy helping others and enjoy our masonry! We are people just like you and people you’ll like. If you have an interest in possible membership please click HERE


A Masonic Lodge is a group of friends who help each other become better citizens through our shared experience of Freemasonry. Membership is open to all thoughtful men of good character and integrity who believe in a Supreme Being. There are no other requirements apart from a willingness to learn and to contribute to the rich life of the lodge. Members come from all walks of life and all types of ethnic, social, economic and educational backgrounds, occupations and religions. Under The United Grand Lodge of England, Lodges are organised into county areas called Provinces. In The Province of East Kent there are over 6000 members and 184 Lodges. Pharos Lodge is one of eleven Lodges meeting and working in Dover. Every Lodge has its own schedule of meetings at which the members and their guests advance their knowledge of Freemasonry and enjoy each other’s company by sharing a meal together.

The United Grand Lodge of England publishes its rules, known as the ‘Book of Constitutions’. It likewise publishes lists of lodges and their meeting places. These publications are in the public domain and can be downloaded or purchased from the United Grand Lodge in London.

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