What is Freemasonry?

There are hundreds of masonic lodges across England, but Impeesa is different. All our members are friends and supports of Scouting. We are all, or have been, Scout Leaders worked with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers or Scout network, or members of Scouting committees. 

Impeesa is the adopted nickname for Lord Baden-Powell, Founder of the Scout Movement. He earnt this name when he fought in the Boer War against the native warriors. When they noticed BP spent his nights preparing his soliders for war, he was named 'the wolf that never sleeps' or 'Impeesa'. 

Our lodge meets 4 times a year at the masonic hall in Downend, Bristol. Our members come from all over the South West and meet up to discuss masonic business and share our scouting adventures. Although we take are charity work very seriously, we also value the social side of the lodge and enjoy catching up with our masonic friends. 

Anyone who is, or has been involved in Scouting in the UK is welcome to join us. Like all Masonic Lodges, to join you need to be nominated and seconded so if you are interested please contact us so we can meet you and find out more about who you are and why you want to be a Mason.

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Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, 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.

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Bristol, BS16 5TB


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