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Becoming A Member

 

Membership of any Masonic Lodge was once only “by invitation”, and thus by personal knowledge of each “Prospective” - this meant that every potential candidate had to be presented to the Lodge by his “Sponsors” (the Proposer and Seconder), who knew the Prospective well. Sponsors were expected to develop the new mason during their Masonic careers. Times have changed, and although the quality of those whom we accept as members remains still high, we no longer rely on Sponsors alone.

 

We have a small “Membership, Retention and Extension” (MRE) team who provide a consistent path of pre-education for new members, and a “Personal Mentor” scheme to ensure that every mason gets a firm grounding in Masonic history, ethics, practices, mystical aspect and the ceremonies.  Personal Mentors assist your development, supported by the Lodge Mentor, the Director of Ceremonies and other experienced masons. 

 

The Causeway Lodge has always prioritized the high quality of candidates over numbers. The lodge was formed for Horsham Professional men in 1958; it was sponsored by March & Darnley Lodge in Horsham, with whom we maintain close links.  The Causeway Lodge operates under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the senior authority for world-wide freemasonry. UK freemasonry is split into “Provinces” that roughly correspond with counties – thus, we are part of the Provincial Grand Lodge (PGL) of Sussex, based in Brighton.  

 

UGLE Freemasonry welcomes male members of all abilities, disabilities, races and religious creeds. It is not a religion in itself, but aspires to be trans-religious in supporting positive ethics that are common to all religions. Matters of religion and politics are strictly forbidden subjects within the Lodge and are not encouraged at formal suppers afterwards. At The Causeway Lodge we currently have members who practice the following faiths – Roman Catholic, Methodist, Jewish, Islam, Hundu, Church of England, Zoroastrian. We frequently have visitors who follow these faiths, plus some who are Sikh, Buddhist and Humanist. The common factor in all our members is that they have “some sort of belief” in a power greater than themselves.   

 

These days, most Lodges lack the historically long lists of Prospectives. We often have people moving though the “pre-masonry” stage.  Some new lodge members are “Initiates”, and others are “ Joiners” who are, or have previously been, members of other lodges – all Prospectives go through pretty-much the same introductory processes unless they are highly experienced masonically.

 

We try to introduce two or more additional new members very year, to allow for membership attrition, to try to ensure the ongoing viability of our Lodge, and to supply a succession of members as “Officers” of the Lodge. Members may have to stand aside from progression, whether for family, health or professional reasons, so a healthy intake fo new members is essential. Progression through the three Degrees may be typically up to a year between ceremonies, but conversely, more than one Degree may be experienced by a candidate during the same year. The ceremonies for any Prospective who is the son of a mason (A “Lewis”) will traditionally take precedence over other candidates. 

 

An informal pre-masonry procedure has prepared many candidates to join lodges, and in that way, all parties know what is expected of them:

  • Some Prospectives may find that freemasonry is “not for them” and that’s fine – we part as friends

  • Some may find that the lodge might suit them better at a later date, and we are happy with that too

  • For other, family and work commitments, personal beliefs, misconceptions or biases may lead us to discourage membership.

  • Some Prospectives may not be able to commit time or money to the extent required

  • Some may be geographically better suited, residentially or professionally, to membership of another lodge.

 

The time commitment sought from members is roughly as follows:

  • Lodge Meetings are held on four times a year, always followed by a “Festive Board” supper, that is usually over by 9:30pm.

    • All Lodge members, especially Lodge Officers, attend these meetings, emergencies excepted.

    • Any member may bring guests who are members of other lodges.

    • Occasionally, special suppers may include non-masonic friends and family members - these are known as “White Tables”.

    • When members cannot attend, a timely Apology for Absence with a valid reason is expected.

    • Meals cost about £20 (part of which is saved for charities) and there is usually a raffle (with a cause) and a Masonic charities collection

    • Most members make additional charitable donations, monthly or by lump-sum, through the Charity Steward 

    • Lodge Meetings are held from 5pm to 8pm on “the Tuesday after the 3rd Monday” in January, March, September & November.
      In March we install the new Master for the coming year. At the other meetings we progress candidates through the “Craft” Degrees.   

 

Procedures Towards Membership

The formalities of new membership are typically follows

  • After people have attended our informal sessions and we all know each other better

  • Once all parties are happy with the potential commitment and suitability for each other.

  • Sometimes the introduction process may be accelerated

  • We meet only four times year, so there may be a waiting period of several months, or we may decide to schedule a special meeting.

 

Although the former requirement for Sponsors to know people for several years is generally waived nowadays,

  • An  interview with the Lodge Committee its recommendations to the lodge, is typically still considered essential

  • Sponsors commit their reputation that a Prospective is socially, morally, intellectually and emotionally suitable as a member of the Lodge.

  • Sponsors must therefore be confident that any new member will be a credit to freemasonry, and in some way he will enhance the lodge.

  • Occasionally Prospectives are resisted by existing members due to prior knowledge, but we try to settle any such disputes that might arise.

  • Similarly, some Prospectives, find that we already have a member with whom they have had conflict, so they may need to reconsider their position, or a meeting may be required to settle any historical issues.  

 

 

The Application Form

  • The paperwork is prepared for PGL and UGLE. One constraint relates to any criminal history (including criminal motoring offences) unless these were deep in the past, are fully declared, and are specifically pre-agreed as acceptable by PGL & UGLE.

  • All members are notified of the possibility that an individual might be joining us, and initial comments are invited – this enables any issues to be addressed and / or resolved early in the process . 

  • Prospectives are then formally interviewed by the Lodge Committee, before the form is submitted and if successful, their details are announced to the next Full Lodge meeting for members' final feedback – this seeks to avoid exclusion of a candidate at the ballot stage in a Lodge meeting

  • All being well, and all parties agreeing to go forwards, the Prospective is invited to his Initiation Ceremony at the next formal Full Lodge meeting.

  • At the meeting, a formal secret ballot is taken – if two members object, and matters cannot be resolved, then the Prospective is so-informed

  • If the ballot is successful for the Prospective, Initiation fees and Annual Subscriptions are collected, then Initiation commences

  • Initiation fees may be £50 or so, and Annual Subscriptions may be £180 or so and many members pay by monthly standing order  

  • We support Masonic & local charities through direct contributions. UGLE is the 2nd largest charity contributor behind the National Lottery

  • The preparation and introductory process is thorough, and sometimes necessarily protracted, but it gives all parties time to measure one another. It is sometimes accelerated if the Prospective is the son of a mason (a “Lewis”) as such Initiations traditionally take priority.

As soon as anyone is Initiated they get full attendance, lodge-visiting and voting rights.

Take a look on the 'Regular Meetings' and 'Lodge of Instruction' pages to see what happens when we meet.

 

The 'Officers' page outlines how we are structured and what responsibilities each officer undertakes.

 

MENTORSHIP

 

The lodge mentor is available every Tuesday evening and at other times by appointment . Sessions take  place at his home in Horsham but 1:1 sessions can be arranged at your home. 

 

The Mentor role encompasses new member identification, recruitment, pre membership training , social integration ( usually at suppers on the last Friday of each month) , trading and preparation of members moving into official positions or being promoted through the ranks.

 

If you want to be  Freemason, contact the Lodge Mentor first. If you want to introduce a friend as a prospective member, just contact the lodge mentor!  

 

We cover the wider aspects of freemasonry including the history, the mystery, the ritual and the ethics of the craft, with one evening each month reserved for each degree.  

 

Questions are encouraged! We use a variety or media including internet, films, animations, lodge route-maps  desktop lodge working etc : as a “Learning Lodge “, we use a breadth of learning styles : e.g. auditory, visual, and kinaesthetic - in this way we hope to adapt to each freemason’s learning style preferences. 

 

Sessions are informal, from 7pm to 8:30pm : if you would like to attend, even if you are not a Causeway member, please contact the Lodge Mentor on 07771 701122 or email IanAird@yahoo.ie

 
 
 
 

Are you interested in Freemasonry or in joining The Causeway Lodge? 

Well, if you are we are more than happy to have a chat and to show you around the lodge. Firstly, please complete the simple form below and we will be in touch with you within a few days.