The history of the Caledonian Lodge is both fascinating and tantalising.
We also have beautiful, unique and highly prized artefacts. Some of the detail – particularly that concerning the Lodge’s special charity, the Royal Masonic School for Girls, which the Lodge helped to found and sustain, gives revealing insight into the truly hands-on nature of this support in its early years.
There are 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 Lodges throughout the England and Wales, and districts overseas. Worldwide, the figures rises to six million Freemasons, all with their own special reasons why they enjoy Freemasonry. For some, it's about making new friends and acquaintances. For others, it's being able to help deserving causes - making contribution to family and society. But for most, it is simply an enjoyable hobby.
Dining in London
With four regular meetings and several social events a year, freemasonry offers an opportunity to meet interesting and like minded people. Every meeting is concluded with supper at one of London's finest dining venues, catering for every dietry requirement, the festive boards are a fantastic opportunity to catchup with old friends and acquaintances. Freemasons just don't just meet formally, but most lodges also offer a host of optional social events organised throughout the year.
The Principles of Freemasonry
Freemasonry instils the principles of respect and tolerance into every true Freemason. Freemasons are expected to show respect for the opinions of others and show kindness and understanding to all of the world’s creatures. On this principle, Masonry unites men of every country, sect, and opinion, and conciliates true friendship.
Freemasons embody the principles of charity and care, not only for their family but the community as a whole. Through charitable giving, voluntary efforts and the works of the individual, Freemasons aspire to relieve the distress of the less fortunate regardless of faith, colour or country.
To be good and true is one of the first lessons we are taught in Masonry. Freemasons strive to be honest and truthful in word and action. Aiming for a high standard of morals and decency in behaviour, Masonry requires high moral standards and its members endeavour to uphold these principles in their public and private lives.