Supporting our local communities, charities and good causes – and having fun!
Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.
One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions and provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.
With a membership of more than 200,000 people drawn from communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society
Whether participating in events, fundraising for a charitable cause or volunteering for public or community organisations, service is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Our members make valuable contributions by donating time, resources and skills.
Our aim is to “Make a Difference” in all of our activities – whether this is through individual Lodges, our interaction with each other as members, or our relationship with the community as a whole.
– Mark Estaugh Provincial Grand Master of West Kent
Who 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 meet 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.”
Discovery Freemasonry in West Kent.
There are many theories about Freemasonry, but we are just a group of ordinary people who like to have fun and help out others.
Interested in Joining?
We will ask one of our Membership Officers to get in touch and help you find your local West Kent lodge.
What do we do?
Many people think they know what Freemasonry is and what it does, but you may wish to find out for yourself.
Our Biggest Target – to raise £2.5 million by 2026
We are proud to announce our biggest target for the coming years – which is to raise £2.5 million by 2026.
The West Kent Freemasons care passionately about supporting the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities.
In order to do this, and in addition to all our other charitable activities – the West Kent Freemasons have committed to raise £2,502,026 (the 2026 at the end of this amount is the year we will deliver this target!) for the Masonic Charitable Fund.
The West Kent 2026 Festival is now accepting Digital Donations, to make a donation, simply scan the QR code with your smart phone camera and follow the on screen instructions, or if you dont have a smart phone click the link below
In addition to providing support to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Fund also donates over £5 million a year to local and national charities. It receives around 2,500 applications for support, and funds around 400 different charities every year.
The MCF provides financial support to tackle some of society’s most important issues through grants to local and national charities, and partnerships with leading organisations in the sector.
- Children and Young People – Grants for supporting disadvantaged children and young people
- Later Life – Grants for supporting socially isolated and lonely older people
- Hospices – Grants supporting hospices across England and Wales
- Funding medical research and disaster relief appeals
The West Kent Freemasons are determined to meet, and exceed, our £2.5m target – but we would really welcome all the help we can get! If you would like to join us in achieving this challenging figure – and also having some fun along the way – please do get in touch, it would be great to have you aboard.
We all know that every generation has lived in uncertain times – our parents and grandparents will tell us that. However, the events of recent years have reminded us that we too live in an unpredictable world – where resources and funding are always in constant demand, and come under the utmost scrutiny.
The purpose of the West Kent Freemasons raising £2.5m is simple – to provide and care for the weakest and most deserving in our communities. We are proud to take up that challenge – and are confident of achieving our goal.
The first thing that most people will ask is: “What is Freemasonry?”
Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations in the world.
For most of us, it’s a really enjoyable hobby – and a huge amount of fun for us, and our families.
Our members are a truly diverse group of people, who come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and occupations. There are many misconceptions about Freemasonry which can often put off potential new members. Put simply, we have no criteria for membership that you wouldn’t see in any other club – and certainly nothing around what you do for a living, your educational history, or if you’re well off! Freemasonry is open to everybody – and we always welcome new members.
Freemasonry means different things to different people. For some of our members it is a chance to meet new people, make new friends, and enjoy social events. For others, it’s about taking an active part in supporting deserving causes – and doing something for the local community.
Like most clubs, it can take as little or as much time as you have, or wish, to devote to it. As you would expect, we have members who are heavily involved – and likewise we have some that we only see a handful of times a year. It all depends on you – what you feel comfortable with – and what you want to do.
Helping charities is in our heart
Supporting people in our local community
West Kent Masons
Local disabled children and their families will receive help and support thanks to West Kent Freemasons
Hundreds of local families with a disabled child will receive advice and support from a team of expert advisers, thanks to a grant of £63,500 from West Kent Freemasons to the We Are Beams charity. The charity’s Family Advice Service offer assistance on financial...
A hundred children and young people aged 16-19 with mental health conditions will be given help to improve their health and wellbeing with support from Involve Kent, thanks to a grant from joint West Kent and East Kent Freemasons. The £41,492 grant will support...