We are all

Freemasons...

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

 

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 here in the county.

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.

Kindest regards

James Hilditch
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

INTEGRITY

Building good people.

FRIENDSHIP

Building together.

RESPECT

Building unity.

CHARITY

Building compassion.

WHAT WE ARE

"We are a unique members' organisation which has thrived for over 300 years.

Having no political or religious affiliations, we comprise members of all ages, races, religions, cultures and backgrounds. We gather 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."

 

WHAT WE AIM FOR

To attract those of whatever background Interested In "What we are".

To enable our members to develop into more thoughtful and confident people. To Inspire and challenge them to practise the core values we celebrate -Integrity, respect, charity, friendship - In their private and public lives.

To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society at large and as a thriving organisation that men aspire to Join"

OUR MISSION

Over the next seven years, we will enhance our reputation as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join and broaden our membership across all age groups"

Now is the perfect time to find out about joining Oxfordshire Freemasons.

"I thought I was joining just one Lodge, but in fact I joined a much wider community. It is a Freemasonry 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 enquiries about becoming a member of Oxfordshire Freemasons.

It's about being the best that you can be.

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.

A SIMPLE SOCIAL IDEA

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 back then, we've grown to nearly 1,700 Oxfordshire Freemasons, 56 Lodges, meeting in 10 centres, located in just about every local town.

CAN WOMEN JOIN?

If you think 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. You can find links to both organisations at the bottom of this page.

WE ARE NEAR YOU

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.

CAN I JOIN?

You should be of good character, be aged 18 or over, and live or work in Oxfordshire, and you must be able to profess belief in a Supreme Being.

YOU DON'T NEED TO WAIT

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 click  the blue button to get in touch.

MEMBERS
LODGES
MEETING PLACES
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Pictures of the filming and photography day at the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemason's Hall, London.

Photographer: Steve Blake - SquarePictures.co.uk

We are very sociable

We meet, make enduring friendships, have fun, enjoy our unique degree ceremonies and celebrate with a meal together afterwards.

Our teaching takes the form of small plays, and the idea was handed down from early travelling stonemasons. They are meaningful to watch and participate in.

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 on common hobbies or interests, such as Motor Vehicles, Rugby, Scouting, Round Table and even Bell Ringing.

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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.

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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.

Our charities and individual Lodges work in all kinds of ways... Teddies for Loving Care bring smiles to Oxfordshire hospital patients.

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In the Community Covid has meant our annual pantomine for youngsters with health and other challenges, has been postponed.

We distributed 600 Goody Bags in December 2020...

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We give grants and support to countless local causes all over Oxfordshire in addition to time and effort.

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We Would Like To Tell You More About Joining Oxfordshire Freemasons.

Our membership officer Dave Robinson is standing by to help answer your questions or put you in touch with a local Lodge.

Just let him know your best email and details in the box below.

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