Lodge of Friendship 750
Welcome to Freemasonry in Cleckheaton
Welcome to the Lodge of Friendship No.750.
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, there are four important values that help define their path through life:
Integrity,Friendship, Respect and 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.
The Lodge of Friendship first met in July 1858 and since that very first meeting we have been supporting our local communities and charities.
We are what is called a Moon lodge in that we meet the first Wednesday after the full moon, why in this way? It's suggested that as there was very little street lighting in Cleckheaton in 1858 our Brethren could walk home with the moonlight lighting the way!
What is Freemasonry
We are a unique members’ organisation that has thrived for over 300 years. Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We meet in our individual Lodges throughout the country where we have ceremonial traditions which encourage us both to be more tolerant and respectful and actively to fulfil our civic and charitable responsibilities; we also make time to eat, drink and meet together, and form lifelong friendships.
Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.
Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. The organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events or volunteer work.
What it means to be a Freemason
If you would like to find out more about Freemasonry then please watch the video.
It will give you an insight into what Freemasonry is and what it means to be a Freemason.
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.