We are French Freemasons in Le Touquet, France.We welcome new members so please browse the site, look at the questions and answers below and if you feel you would like to find out how to become a Freemason and how to join us or just find out more about freemasonry, please contact the Secretary. He will happily answer your questions and provide you with further information.
Le Touquet Lodge was founded in 1965 and you can read a little about our history here.
What do we get out of Freemasonry?
If you asked Le Touquet Brethren what they get out of membership as French Freemasons, they might say many different things. However, most would point to fellowship and mutual support. A feeling of doing the right things. A sense of continuity with the past and future. The satisfaction of ritual well performed. Perhaps an enjoyment of the theatrical aspects. A great deal of laughter, a few drinks, a good meal and something not easy to put into words. While many of the Brethren might be a little embarrassed to say it out loud, what we really gain is a feeling of something beyond ourselves. Something that lifts us onto a higher plane, makes us glad that we have become a Freemason and makes us want to live up to the ideals of Freemasonry.
What do we do?
In our meetings, we sometimes practise age old ritual. This is a matter of learning and performing stories based upon the allegory of the building of the Temple at Jerusalem. Our ceremonies are designed to teach and remind us of important truths about our relationship with each other and to the world at large. It is a form of teaching that pre-dates books which has been going on in Masonry for many centuries and is enjoyed by Freemasons throughout the world.
What about politics and religion?
We never discuss politics or religion in the Lodge. Neither of these has any place in Freemasonry. However, if you want to become one of the French Freemasons in France and join us you must have a belief in a “Supreme Being”. This belief, although necessary to become a Freemason, is entirely the affair of each individual and is not our business. You must also promise never to propose or countenance “any act which may have a tendency to subvert the peace and good order of society”. That is as far as it goes.
Who are we looking for?
We want decent, trustworthy men, of at least 18 years of age, who can afford the dues and the charitable donations and are willing to get involved. Creed, colour, race, religion or sexual preference are also of absolutely no importance. Freemasonry is open to all and so is Le Touquet Lodge so why not become a Freemason and join us.
What about charity?
Charity is fundamental to Freemasonry and a high proportion of Freemasons’ donations are directed towards non-Masonic charities.
What does it cost?
There is an initial one off registration fee and there are annual dues. Dining at the three meetings a year is paid for as and when we dine. The Secretary will be able to advise the current costs. The amount you give to charity is entirely up to you and is a private matter between you and the charity steward. You will spend a bit on regalia but not normally in the first year and even then we may be able to find you a used set. As French Freemasons part of the annual dues goes to the Grande Loge Nationale Française.
What is the time commitment?
It really does depend on you. We currently have three meetings a year but if you want to progress towards becoming Master of the Lodge, you may want to attend an instruction evening (lodge of instruction). We do not run these but there are other lodges in the area which would welcome you to their lodge of instruction on our recommendation. As we are French Freemasons in France, men living in England would have to factor in their travelling time when assessing the time commitment.
What about the bad press?
Attacks on Freemasonry commenced in 1693. None have any substance. We’d be happy to chat to you about them or answer other questions you may have about Freemasons, Freemasonry and how to become a Freemason.
Do we have secrets?
Yes. There are indeed some ‘secrets’ in Freemasonry which have ancient roots; and while they mean little in themselves, they are important to us. The ability to keep a secret is considered a virtue and anyone wanting to become a Freemason should be able to do so.
How do people join?
You will need a proposer and a seconder. If you don’t know us we can arrange an informal meeting to make contact and get to know you. If by mutual agreement it is then decided that your application should proceed you will be interviewed by the Lodge committee and if all goes well the Lodge at large will then vote on the proposal for you to join us at Le Touquet Lodge. Although we are French Freemasons we can arrange for the informal meeting to be held in England.
So, as mentioned above, if you do feel you would like to become a Freemason and join us, have any questions or want further information, please contact the Secretary.