Links of Interest

Grand Lodges

United Grand Lodge of England. Generally known as "Grand Lodge" it is the governing body for all UK Freemasonry, as well as Districts overseas. Their web site provides a great deal of helpful information concerning the nature and rules of Freemasonry. It also has a comprehensive index of Provinces (including Monmouthshire) and overseas Districts, with links to their web sites where available.

Grand Lodge of Scotland. Scottish Freemasonry is run under a separate constitution and regulating authority. It is recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England as having compatible principles, and members are permitted to visit each others' lodges.

Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Ireland. Irish Freemasonry is run under a separate constitution and regulating authority. It is recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England as having compatible principles, and members are permitted to visit each others' lodges.

Please note. When visiting a lodge in a different constitution at home or overseas, it is of utmost importance that the Secretary of your own lodge is informed in good time beforehand. He will confirm that visiting is permitted, and advise on protocol. Similarly, if you wish to receive visitors from another constitution in your own lodge, check with your lodge Secretary in good time.

Grand Charities

The Grand Charity. Registered in 1981, the Grand Charity carries on a tradition of charitable support for both Freemasons and the wider community, which has been maintained since 1717. All funding for the Grand Charity comes from donations by individual Freemasons and their families.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund. The MSF was established in 1990 to provide health and care grants to Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows and dependants. Grants are available to fund medical treatment or surgery, functional dental treatment, mobility aids and equipment, respite breaks, counselling and consultations. Applicants can now self-assess their eligibility to apply for a grant on the MSF website at: www.msfund.org.uk/eligibility-calculator

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The Institution provides a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of an increasingly large number of older Freemasons and their dependants by providing Sheltered Accommodation, Residential and Nursing Care in RMBI Homes for those finding difficulty managing on their own.

Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. This charity ao continue to relieve poverty and provide an education and preparation for life for the children of the family of a Freemason and, where funds permit, for any children, as their fathers would have done, had they been able so to do.

The Royal Masonic School for Girls. The Royal Masonic School is an unusual and exciting school where you will find confident, responsible and courteous girls, who benefit from a magnificent site and outstanding facilities. The ethos of the School is distinctive; we are committed to fostering the achievement of all, without undue pressure.

Masonic research

Quatuor Coronati Lodge. The so-called "Four Crowns" Lodge is the principal centre for research into Freemasonry in the UK. It has extensive library facilities and provides many publications.

Grand Lodge Library and Museum. The Library and Museum of Freemasonry is a registered museum housing one of the finest publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world.

Canonbury Masonic Research Centre. The Canonbury Masonic Research Centre is an educational institution whose mission is to support the independent study of Freemasonry and of mystical and esoteric traditions worldwide.

Web of Hiram. Web of Hiram is hosted by the University of Bradford based on an electronic database of the Masonic material held in many of the University's Special Collections as part of on-going research into the cultural origin of scientific ideas. None of the rituals and statutes recorded in the data are currently in use. It is in effect a scrap heap of discarded ritual and belief.

Publications

MQ Magazine. The official magazine of the United Grand Lodge of England, published quarterly.

Freemasonry Today. The independent magazine for everyone with an interest in Freemasonry.

Other sites

Internet Lodge. This is a peripatetic lodge, under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of England, which rotates its meetings in various parts of the world. It communicates with its members using the internet.

MasterMason.com. An internet web page hosting service for lodges.

Mark Master Masons. The Province of Monmouthshire Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons. This web site also serves the degree of Royal Ark Mariners in the Province.

Rose Croix. The District of South Wales and Monmouthshire Rose Croix.