What goes on behind the closed doors of the ancient and mysterious fraternity of Freemasons, which has more than 5,000 members across Cheshire alone, will soon be revealed on TV.
All but their most private ceremonies will be revealed in a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary called ‘Inside the Freemasons’ which starts on Sky TV on Easter Monday, April 17 at 8pm, in a five part series filmed to mark the 300th anniversary of Freemasonry across England and Wales.
Viewers will be given never-before-seen insights into the world of Freemasons, their practices, values, history and modern lodge life. The documentary promises to go beyond the myth and legend to explore the real people, practices and inner-workings of the well-known, but little-understood order with roots stretching back to the medieval stone masons.
From the regalia to the grand ceremonies, ancient rituals and the unbreakable bonds of brotherhood, viewers will discover what it really means to be a modern-day Freemason.
The documentary follows individual Freemasons from Entered Apprentices to Rulers, exploring the history, symbolism and the modern relevance of the organisation, including its role as one of the biggest charitable contributors in the UK.
While many viewers may be aware of the existence of Freemasonry, few can describe who Freemasons are and what they do with any confidence or accuracy. What has motivated generations of men to join its ranks? Why is it important to form bonds that transcend religion, politics or social status? What does Freemasonry stand for? What do Freemasons do? What does the symbolism and allegory mean? How does public perception differ to reality? And what does Freemasonry have to offer society today?
Across the five episodes, the documentary follows ordinary Masons from around the country, as they learn and rehearse their ritual and the moral lessons it contains, raise money for charity and share the camaraderie they say comes with being a member of the Brotherhood, to paint a comprehensive, Masons-eye-view of life Inside The Freemasons.
Freemasonry in Cheshire is currently donating more than £250,000 in gifts to local charities to celebrate their 300th anniversary. The leader of Cheshire Freemasons, Provincial Grand Master Stephen Blank, a family man from Altrincham, said: “In our Tercentenary year, it is fitting that we mark the occasion by very openly sharing a look at who we are, what we do and what we stand for. We hope the programme will help inform, educate and even surprise – providing a genuine insight and understanding. Because for my members, Freemasonry today is not just a hobby, it is a way of life.”
The leader of Cheshire’s 5,000 Freemasons, Stephen Blank: “Freemasonry is not just a hobby, it is a way of life.”