Welcome to the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, one of the oldest Provinces in Freemasonry. The name of the Province does not reflect its geographical extent, which covers the whole of West and South Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire, an area of some 2,350 sq miles, from Ripon in the North to Sheffield in the South, Bentham in the West to Goole in the East.
The diversity of the region, from moorland to major industrial and commercial centres and market towns to sizeable urban conurbation, is reflected in the membership profile, which represents every social and cultural group of the population.
One of the oldest secular social and charitable organisations in the world, modern Freemasonry’s roots lie in the traditions of the medieval stonemasons who built our castles and cathedrals.
For Freemasons, four important values help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respectand Charity. In today’s world, filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.
Membership is open to men over 18 from all backgrounds, and the organisation’s aim is to empower members to be the best they can be – it’s about building character, supporting members as individuals and helping them make a positive contribution to society.
Freemasonry provides a structure for members to come together under these common goals, enabling people to make new friendships, develop themselves and make valuable contributions to charitable causes. We are one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020.
We have a saying in Freemasonry: "Family First, Work Second and Freemasonry Third."
Any Mason will tell you that a journey through Freemasonry can only thrive when our wives/partners, our family and loved ones are supportive and involved. The time you might afford to Freemasonry will be partly taken up by regular social, family and charitable events. These events are the backbone of all Masonic Lodges.
HELPING THE COMMUNITY
Freemasons massively contribute to society on both a local and global level.
Through Masonic charities, donations are made to local and other UK charities as well as to global disaster relief chests.
Freemasonry helps causes from the local food bank to an international crisis.