We are all
Oxfordshire Freemasons are accountants, bakers, builders, butchers, caterers, chiropractors, dentists, draughtsmen, electricians, firefighters, gardeners, hairdressers. IT technicians, jewellers, kitchen managers, lab assistants, mechanics, newsagents, organists, police officers, painters and decorators, quality control managers, retired people, students, teachers, utility workers, vicars, webmasters, x-ray machine operators, yoga instructors, zoology professors, in fact just about anyone and everyone.
Oxfordshire Freemasons bring all kinds of people together.
A VERY WARM WELCOME AND AN INVITATION FROM JAMES HILDITCH HEAD OF OXFORDSHIRE FREEMASONS
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Welcome to our Oxfordshire Freemasons website.
Please feel free to read everything about who we are and what we do.
Although our regular meetings are suspended due to Covid-19, Oxfordshire Freemasons are still busy in our local communities supporting all kinds of activities such as respite rooms for medical staff, food banks, help for homeless people, vaccination centre volunteering and much more.
We have recently handed over our four thousandth TCL Teddy For Loving Care.
When things get back to normal, our members will once again be enjoying a wonderful social life, and feeling that sense of belonging and connection that only Freemasonry brings.
I'm really proud to lead an organisation that places the most emphasis on enduring friendship, kindness and caring.
If you think you'd like to join us, please get in touch. We're a small, friendly and welcoming Province.
You really don't have to wait to be invited, in fact just the opposite is true.
Provincial Grand Master for Oxfordshire Freemasons
Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire
OXFORDSHIRE FREEMASONS MEET IN CHIPPING NORTON, CAVERSHAM, BICESTER, BANBURY, OXFORD, BURFORD, HENLEY ON THAMES, WITNEY, WOODSTOCK, AND THAME. THERE'S LODGE AND CENTRE NEAR YOU.
FOUR IMPORTANT VALUES THAT DEFINE EVERY FREEMASON
"I thought I was joining just one Lodge, but in fact I joined a much wider community. It is a Masonic family with no limits.."
WHAT'S FREEMASONRY ALL ABOUT?
People often ask us what is Freemasonry all about? We're free to answer every question, and we positively encourage enquires about becoming a member of Oxfordshire Freemasons.
Let's start at the beginning and say that we've been meeting in Oxfordshire for nearly 300 years.
The first few local Oxfordshire Freemasons gathered in a humble Oxford city inn.
In many ways we were the earliest social medium, attracting men of all backgrounds, and cutting through traditional barriers. There were tradespeople, ordinary citizens, academics, students and even the innkeeper himself joined us.
Their simple idea was to build friendships outside their own social or work circle, enjoy some food and drink in a happy social atmosphere, help charities and the needy, and to strengthen character, confidence and integrity.
From a tiny handful, we've grown to nearly 1,700 Oxfordshire Freemasons, 56 Lodges, meeting in 10 centres, located in just about every local town.
If you thought that Freemasonry is a male only activity, you may be surprised to discover that there are 2 autonomous Grand Lodges for women, both with many members throughout our beautiful county. Their activities and objectives exactly mirror ours. In many cases the women's Orders meet in our premises.
We're absolutely open about who can join, how to join and what to expect. With many different Lodges, there's one to suit you nearby. Our own centres and halls are in Witney, Thame, Burford, Henley on Thames, Woodstock, Caversham, Bicester, Oxford, Banbury and Chipping Norton.
You don't have to wait for an invitation to join, even if you don't already know a Freemason or have a family member who is, we can assist. Just scroll down to get in touch.
We are very sociable
We meet, make enduring friendships, have fun, enjoy our unique degree ceremonies and enjoy a meal together afterwards.
Our teaching takes the form of small plays, and the idea was handed down from early travelling stonemasons.
The often repeated regret expressed by many members is that "I wish I'd joined earlier."
Our Province is small and very friendly. There are many different Lodges, each with a unique character and history, some are even based hobby interests such as Motor Vehicles, Rugby, Scouting, Round Table and even Bell Ringing.
Kindness and compassion are paramount
At the very point of joining, every Freemason makes a commitment to give to relief causes, charities and the needy.
This extends far beyond our own circle. We give to famine relief, natural disasters, training Doctors, cancer research and thousands of other UK and worldwide charities.
Donations come from Freemasons themselves, but we are clear about this being only what you can afford.
Equally as important as money is time and effort. You will find Oxfordshire Freemasons involved in all kinds of Community Projects and National Charity Campaigns.
We build character, confidence and integrity
Yes we do dress up when we meet. It's a special occasion and our kit is symbolic of our teaching and obligations.
There's nothing sinister, and being good citizens is at the very centre of what we do. We're inclusive, bringing men of all ages, nationalities, religions, races and standing together.
The phase "On the level" points out this breaking down of traditional barriers. We generally don't talk about religion, business, politics, or contentious issues at our Lodge Meetings.
Many say they are an escape from the outside world.