"Just, Upright, and Free Men, of Mature Age, Sound Judgement, and Strict Morals"
The Grand Lodge Site (United Grand Lodge of England or 'UGLE' for short) sets out clearly what is required of men wishing to join Freemasonry. One can of course find out about it from many sites on the web, as with books from public libraries, but Grand Lodge offers not only the formal guidance but also the most accurate. See also the ite for the Masonic Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight.
Second, Freemasonry - as recognised by Priory and other 'proper' Lodges recognised by UGLE - is only for men of 21 years or more. However in certain circumstances Lodges can get a dispensation for younger men, as happens in a University Lodge.
Other Research? We are of course a charity and a very big one too giving money to all concerns both Masonic and non-Masonic. But this is not our sole objective. Rather Freemasonry allows one to take a step back from (perhaps) an everyday and busy lifestyle to consider onseelf as 'a citizen of the World'. Masonry is not a secret society offering special favours to its members. It is not a religion nor a substitute for one but requires in each member a belief in a 'Supreme Being'. There are members of all the major faiths in the Craft as there are of all occupations and from all backgrounds. As Rudyard Kipling (himself a Mason) so accurately wrote in his famous poem The Mother Lodge:
Outside— Sergeant! Sir, Salute! Salaam
Inside — Brother and it don’t do no ‘arm.
We met upon the Level, and we parted on the Square,
An’ I was Junior Deacon in my Mother-Lodge out there.
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