Freemasons visit dispels myths

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A LEADING Freemason visited Sheffield to launch a new report which debunks long-standing ‘myths’ surrounding the society.

Nigel Brown, grand secretary and chief executive officer of the United Grand Lodge of England, spoke to some of South Yorkshire’s 6,645 members. There are 208 lodges in South Yorkshire

He told those at Tapton Hall masonic lodge of the first ever independent report into the Freemasons – which he said challenged the perceptions of a ‘secret society’ with strange handshakes.

Mr Brown said: “The report looks to get rid of the myths that have got into society. We’ve not done anything about them and when you don’t they start to become reality.

“These myths include that we’re a secret society, which we’re not, that we do business networking, which we don’t.”

Mr Brown added the report, published by the Social Issues Research Centre on Friday, aimed to show the society as a place of ‘universal giving’.