There are over 300,000 Freemasons in England and Wales and there is a Freemason's Lodge meeting in Southwell – Minster Lodge No 8510. What is Freemasonry? Masonry consists of a body of men brought together for the sake of mutual intellectual, social and moral improvement. Masonry recognises no distinction of religion and emphasises the duties of citizenship. Religious or political discussion is not permitted in Lodge meetings. Masonry offers no monetary advantages. Masonry supports a wide range of charities, both Masonic and non-Masonic.