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Grand Secretary in Swindon...

Above (left to right): Philip Bullock, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Wiltshire, Nigel Brown, Grand Secretary and Peter Winton, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Wiltshire.

Nigel Brown, Grand Secretary is on a mission to break the myths concerning Freemasonry and commissioned a report into the future of Freemasonry by an outside body.

“I’m very keen we are seen as a transparent, open organisation,” he said on a visit to Swindon Masonic Hall during March.

“We are to blame for a lot of the myths because we haven’t done enough to put our faces out there.

“We always believe that we shouldn’t seek recognition for the work we do but maybe that is the problem and I am keen for us to change this.”

The Grand Secretary advised the local media that the organisation raised £30m for charity, last year. Among the good causes that benefi ted from their generosity were local hospices Prospect and Dorothy House.

‘The Future of Freemasonry’ report is the fi rst ever independent study conducted by a non-Masonic body, and was commissioned as part of the build-up to the United Grand Lodge of England’s tercentenary in 2017.

You can download the report from or read it on the Freemasonry today website:


... to meet the media.

In particular, the report highlights that Freemasonry acts as a ‘constant’, providing members with a unique combination of friendship, belonging and structure, with many Masons saying they have made valuable lifelong friendships.

The report also highlights the importance that Freemasonry places on charitable giving, the part that many Freemasons play in their local communities and the central role of the family.

As well as instilling in its members a moral and ethical approach to life – including thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things – Freemasons are the largest charitable givers after the National Lottery, and also make major contributions to international disaster relief funds.

The role of ritual is shown to be an important part of Freemasonry for many members, with the report concluding that it provides both structure and familiarity, in just the same way as the normal rituals of daily life do for many people.

Nigel Brown says “The results of the research are encouraging, though we clearly still have some way to go to change people’s perceptions.

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