So, you’re interested in becoming a Freemason on the Isle of Arran. How should you go about it?
Firstly, you need to be a man of the age of 21 or more and have lived in the immediate vicinity for at least three years.
Secondly, you need to have a belief in a supreme being. We’re not talking religion here, more of a spiritual presence which some people choose to call God and which can guide you in your daily life.
And that’s it! If you meet those criteria and don’t know any lodge members, contact the lodge secretary in the first instance. You can come and have an informal look round the lodge and ask any questions that you may have. Then, if you’re still keen, we can get an application to you for completion. You’ll need to have a proposer and seconder, both of whom must be master masons in good standing. If you don’t know anyone, we can help you with that.
Once your application has been submitted, it gets reviewed by the committee and you’ll then be called in front of an enquiry committee with your proposer and seconder to answer questions about who you are, give us some information about your background and why you’d like to become a freemason. You’ll also get the opportunity to ask questions.
Following that, a secret ballot will be held during a lodge meeting in which all master masons of the lodge are entitled to vote. If you’re successful, you’ll be given a date to come for your initiation ceremony. Your proposer and seconder will guide you through the time leading up to the ceremony.
Your initiation fees will be due before the ceremony takes place. This will be explained to you before the date.