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Welcome to the website of the Woolwich Polytechnic Lodge of Freemasons

  • Integrity

    Rather than working on buildings like the masons of old, today’s Freemasons focus on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership of our lodge provides the structure to achieve that goal.

  • Friendship

    One of the oldest social organisations in the world, Freemasonry is not defined by an ideology. It is open to people from all religions and political persuasions and provides the common foundation for lifelong friendships between members.

  • Respect

    With a membership exceeding 200,000 people drawn from diverse communities across the UK, Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences that can divide us as a society.

  • Charity

    Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry. Our organisation provides a support structure that helps members make positive contributions to communities and worthwhile causes through fundraising events and volunteer work.

Woolwich Polytechnic Lodge

Our members enjoy being Freemasons and are pleased to take this opportunity to explain about Freemasonry in general and our Woolwich Polytechnic Lodge in particular. If you are interested in learning more about Freemasonry, or perhaps interested in becoming a Freemason and joining our Lodge, then please browse our website and feel free to contact us.
Freemasons use four important guiding principles to help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.

Who are Freemasons ?

Freemasons are one of the oldest social and charitable organisations in the world, with roots that lie with the medieval stonemasons that built our castles and cathedrals, yet it is as relevant today as it was hundreds of years ago.

Freemasonry is open to people of all backgrounds and our aim is to allow a person to be the best that they can be. 

Freemasons use four important guiding principles to help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.


The West Kent 2026 Festival is first, and foremost, about trying to support the needs of the most vulnerable in our communities. This is what freemasons do so well. However, the future of freemasonry in general, and, more specifically, the ability of the Province of West Kent to deliver a successful festival – is, put simply, about the strength and activity of our membership going forward.

For that reason, and with the undeniable demographic issue that all Provinces face – West Kent is keen to lead the way around modernity, organisation, and the relevance of the Craft to the next generation of Freemasons We look, confidently, to all the energetic and committed members in West Kent to ensure, and deliver, a successful Festival for 2026. No generation has lived in certain times – our parents and grandparents will tell us that. We too live in a most uncertain world where resources and funding are always under the utmost scrutiny – and, as always, this can impact on the very weakest and most deserving in our communities. The purpose of West Kent’s 2026 Festival Appeal is simple – to come to the aid of those that need our assistance most and have been forsaken in their time of need by others.

We are proud to take up that challenge – and will not be found wanting.