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Congratulations on taking your first step in Freemasonry.... well almost.

Explore, learn and understand. Freemasonry offers a warm and supportive global fraternal network focusing on charity, personal development and fun.
Make friends for a life time by becoming a member of an ancient and honorable organisation with a rich history dating back over 300 years!

University of Sunderland

Guiding principles of Freemasonry

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity. In today’s world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true now as they have at any point in the organisation’s history.

Integrity

Building good people 

Freemasons are focused on building themselves as people of integrity, and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal. Being a Freemason gives members a sense of purpose, supporting and guiding them on their journey through life. Collectively, members are bonded through an understanding of unity and equitability – principles fundamental to Freemasonry.

Friendship

Building together

Freemasonry provides the common foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life. Being a Freemason means something different to each person who joins, but whether looking to make acquaintances or develop their own potential, all members share a sense of togetherness that strengthens their ability to succeed and grow.

Respect

Building unity

Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion, or other perceived differences that can divide us as a society. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to talk openly about what the organisation does and what it means to be part of it.

Charity

Building compassion

Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry and the organisation provides the structure for members to make positive contributions to their communities and various causes through fundraising events or volunteer work. Individuals can make an important contribution at local, national and global level by giving both their time and money.

WBro Octavian Lazin, Worshipful Master of Mowbray Lodge
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WBro Octavian Lazin, Worshipful Master of Mowbray Lodge


Octavian is currently living in Sunderland with his wife Hanneke and 3 month old son Roman. Together with his wife they run a few ventures of which one is a coffee roastery and commercial coffee machine business. They supply cafes in and around the UK. His hobbies and interests revolve around business and family, he is always keen on learning something new and enjoys travelling. He is actively involved in his Church and local community.

"When I became a student at the University of Sunderland, I had seen the Masonic Hall and became interested in finding out more about Freemasonry. I then discovered that students under the age of 21 can join Freemasonry as part of the United Grand Lodge of England's Universities Scheme, which my Lodge participates in. I found that the symbolism of Freemasonry is impressive and I was keen on finding out the meaning behind this. I also have an interest and an appreciation of great architecture which, whilst Freemasons are not literal builders, is apparent in the organisation's buildings.

"I was born in Romania and moved to the UK when I was young. My parents encouraged me to integrate and there are few organisations that have a more welcoming nature than Freemasonry. I have met people from all different backgrounds and we meet as equals. I believe the most important parts of Freemasonry are the charity work that we do and the opportunity for self-discovery and development. A Freemason has a love for life, charity, his community and his fellow brothers. He has a good and positive temperament. He is kind by his nature. If you want to be one, ask - approach a member, go to Masonic events, ask questions and join!"

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