PGL Derbyshire

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There are over 70 Masonic Craft Lodges meeting in Derbyshire.

They all have a mixed membership of men from all walks of life and differing backgrounds, all meeting as friends and Brothers.

All members are “Brothers” irrespective of race, religion, social status or background and we meet as equals.

 Freemasonry is a fulfilling and enjoyable experience and the Province of Derbyshire prides itself on its warm welcoming atmosphere. We especially welcome new members and we hope they all come to love Freemasonry as much as we do. Joining the order is much easier than people may imagine, the essential two qualifications are that candidates must be men over twenty one years of age and have a belief in a “supreme being” which for most of our members will be God, but we consider faith to be a private matter for the individual and we do not distinguish amongst religions. In addition to this they should be law abiding, kind, honest in business, courteous and polite in manner, have a sense of fairness and justice and be respectful and caring for the rest of mankind.

We like to believe that we make good men better! .... please explore our website to learn more.

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W Bro Philip Bowler representing Long Masonic Benevolent Association was sent out yet again on another mission. On this occasion the 1360 Stapleford & Sandiacre ATC Squadron where he was read more....
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The Worshipful Master OF Harrington Lodge No 5098 Philip Laing and his lady wife Dilys raised £830 at their Ladies Night last year, at which they held a raffle and an auction. Together with support fr read more....
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Derbyshire Freemasons have made dreams come true for six year old Autumn Beaven. Autumn is from Alfreton in Derbyshire and is always happy and bright - loves school, dancing and drama but sadly suffer read more....
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Derbyshire Freemason Richard Ward has raised £1,000 for the 2025 Festival by cycling Coast to Coast. Here he talks about his journey and shares his fundraising story. The C2C route from Seascale read more....
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A NEW LODGE FOR DERBYSHIRE The Derbyshire Classic Car Lodge No 9983 was off the line on Saturday 21st December at Freemason’s Hall Derby.The Lodge had been the brainchild of W Bro Chris Parnham along read more....


Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making lifelong friends and acquaintances who have similar values. For others, it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. For many, it is an enjoyable hobby but at the same time much more - Freemasonry helps members become better citizens and live life to a high moral code.

Feemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge-which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons customs and tools as allegorical guides. Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

The Order of the Holy Royal Arch is the final part of the four-stage journey from Initiation to Exaltation that is known as 'Pure Antient Freemasonry' - and is open to every Master Mason of at least four weeks standing. Click here for more information.


There are 17 Masonic Halls throughout the province of Derbyshire, each one having several lodges meeting on various evenings.

Click here for a full list of Masonic Halls in the Derbyshire province.


Freemasonry in Derbyshire was first established as early as 1732, about 15 years after the formation of the first Grand Lodge and around 86 years after the first ever recorded lodge in England.

The earliest Lodges were often named after the building where the meetings took place, which not surprisingly would have been an Inn or Tavern.  Roving craftsmen required a suitable hostelry to lodge (note the phrase) for what might have been extended periods during the construction of a building. In some cases, accommodation might be provided on site, this being referred to as a Lodgement (again an interesting phrase, which in other circles may have both legal and military connotations also).



The essential qualifications to be come a Freemason are that you must be male , be 21 years of age and have a belief 

in a Supreme Being. You should also be of good character and be  a good citizen.


Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs.  We can also award grants to provide specific items or services.

A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.

Our professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.

In addition to the support we provide to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.

We also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

The Foundation brings together the work of four national Charities which had been operating separately under various names since the early 18th Century.

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  • Derby Masonic Hall,
    457 Burton Road,
    Derby, DE23 6XX
  • Telephone: 01332 272202
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