Suspension of Freemasonry in UGLE
As a result of the present coronavirus pandemic Freemasonry is currently suspended by UGLE and lodges are not permitted to hold meetings, This means that until the suspension is removed applicants cannot as required be proposed in open lodge or subsequently admitted to the lodge. We do not know how long this situation will last but we still welcome new applications. We are experiencing a high volume of applications at present but all will be processed as quickly as possible. New applicants however should not expect to be admitted to the lodge before August 2021 at the earliest.
Who can join Internet Lodge?
Applications for membership are welcomed from any Freemason who is a member of a Grand Lodge recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England.
Is my Grand Lodge Recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) ?
To check if your Grand Lodge is recognised by UGLE Check their website here
UGLE permits dual or plural membership but a small minority of grand lodges do not. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your grand lodge is not one of these.
Why should I join Internet Lodge?
Internet Lodge is your porchway or entrance to a unique experience in Freemasonry. It has members in every continent who have the opportunity to correspond with each other on a daily basis via a closed mailing list. But much more than this you share the experience of that special bond of friendship that exists between members of a Masonic Lodge united in the ideals of Freemasonry universal. We rejoice in our International fellowship devoted to promoting the Crafts main precepts, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth allied to our special and deeply held belief in freedom, justice and equality; in the peace and harmony that must come from tolerance and understanding, from respect for the culture and beliefs of our fellow creatures.
What is the application process?
The process for joining Internet Lodge is quite simple but there are certain rules and steps that must be followed.
Internet Lodge is under the jurisdiction of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and as such applicants for membership must fully satisfy all rules in the UGLE Book of Constitutions.
These relate to:
- receiving all relevant data relating to the applicant, his employment and his Masonic memberships. Note that this data is held in a membership database wholly owned and maintained by Internet Lodge and the data is used for Internet Lodge purposes only. Data will NOT be divulged to any third party with the exception of UGLE, unless demanded by law.
- submitting a fully completed UGLE registration form ("Form P") in accordance with the UGLE rules for joining members.
- providing Clearance Certificates or copies of Dues receipts for all Lodges of which a person is or has been a member in order to ascertain that the applicant is not in debt to any Masonic body.
- gaining UGLE agreement that all Constitutions of which the applicant is a member are recognised by, and are in amity with, UGLE.
How do I apply?
Firstly you should read about how we use and protect your data.
When applications re-open you can then make your application to join this unique lodge by completing this form
What is the cost of membership?
Every applicant has to pay a joining fee of 50.00 GBP on submitting his application. This covers the initial costs to the Lodge of the administration of your application. This fee is not refundable.. If you are not already a member of the United Grand Lodge of England you will also have to pay the UGLE registration fee of 74.40 GBP. As in every lodge there in an annual subscription which is currently 80.00 GBP. If you are not admitted to the lodge for any reason the registration fee and subcription will be refunded.
What happens next?
When we receive your application we will send you various documents by email. These will include a full explanation of the joining procedures and regulations and an official United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) Registration Form P for you to download and print. If your application contains the names of two existing members of the lodge known to you they will be asked to act as your proposer and seconder. If not your details will be forwarded to two members of the lodge who will be required to get to know you before acting as your proposer and seconder.
The registration form should be completed and signed and returned by mail to the Assistant Secretary. When you sign and return the completed Registration Form P it must be accompanied by Clearance Certificates indicating good standing from the Secretary of every Lodge of which you are, or have been, a member. A copy of your Grand Lodge certificate or your latest Dues Card will also be required. Alternatively all these documents with the exception of the Registration form P can be submitted as a scanned image by email.
At this time you should make the payments shown above. If you have a UK bank account we would prefer you to enclose a cheque with the form. Otherwise you can pay by using our credit card facility.
Once all your documents have been received and the registration form completed by your proposer and seconder in accordance with the rules of the United Grand Lodge of England you will be proposed for membership at the next regular meeting of the Lodge.
What happens after I have been proposed?
Once you are proposed for membership every member of the Lodge becomes aware of your application. At the next regular meeting of the Lodge a ballot (vote) will take place. Following a successful ballot you will be admitted to membership of the Lodge, where you will be made very welcome.
If you are not already a member of the United Grand Lodge of England you will become a member of it following a declaration to agree to adhere to its Book of Constitutions. In exchange for the UGLE Registration Fee, and following admission as a member, you will receive a Grand Lodge Certificate printed on parchment paper together with an explanation of its symbolism and a Book of Constitutions.
When I am a member.
At this point you will be added to the mailing list and given access to the members' pages on the Web site.
You will be made very welcome as a member of the World's first truly universal Masonic Lodge where you will have the opportunity for electronic daily contact with Freemasons from all over the globe. Our regular physical meetings are also very special for those who are fortunate to be able to attend. Truly happy to meet, sorry to part, and happy to meet again.
Now that you have read this document
Why not come and join us on our electronic meanderings through the pathways of our wonderful fraternity.
Want to know more?
A fuller description of the joining process is available for download: Joining Internet Lodge