Why become a Freemason?

There are so many reasons to become a Freemason in the Province of Bristol.

Friendship and comradeship across culture, religious background and age. An opportunity to learn new skills including leadership, public speaking, management and achievement through Lodge progression, the list is infinite.

Detailed below are actual comments from the membership of St. Augustine Lodge in response to the questions:

Why did you become a Freemason?

  • Always wanted to become one
  • Friends I admire are Freemasons
  • Have a new interest outside of work
  • Have fun
  • Meet new people
  • Meet new people outside of my industry
  • Meet new people outside of work
  • Members of my family are or were Freemasons
  • Read a lot about Freemasonry and everything I had read intrigued me more
  • Relations I admire are Freemasons
  • Seemed a fun thing to do
  • Several of my friends were already Freemasons
  • To gain new good friends and that is exactly what happened
  • Went to Masonic events as a guest and enjoyed the experience and liked what I saw
  • Would have joined long before had I realised that you do not have to be invited to join

What do you get out of being a Freemason?


  • Self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Tremendous sense of achievement, when something I have been preparing for is presented smoothly and accurately


  • Camaraderie
  • Life-long friendships
  • Opportunity to meet and get to know a wide spectrum of people on an equal footing as friends
  • Tremendous comradeship
  • When I meet Freemasons anywhere, I immediately meet new friends
  • Wide circle of friends and that circle continues to increase
  • Wonderful sense of brotherly love that has proved itself again and again


  • Opportunity to give to Masonic and non-Masonic local charities and to be able to have a say in which ones are supported


  • Lifelong learning
  • Moral teachings


  • Fascinating rituals, they are of much interest now as when I first joined
  • Never stop learning

Self improvement

  • Learning public speaking and being given valuable, impartial, feedback
  • Shared experiences