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The Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers and Bricklayers

A Masonic Society which exists to perpetuate a memorial of the practices of operative Free Masons existing prior to modern speculative Freemasonry. Membership of the Society is restricted to those who are Master Masons, Mark Master Masons and Holy Royal Arch Companions in good standing. It is governed by three Grand Master Masons but as our incoming 2nd GMM lives in Australia we will also have a Pro 2nd GMM. They will be:-

Rt W Bro Frank Jefferies

Rt W Bro Frank Jefferies, VII°

Second Grand Master Mason

Rt W Bro Nigel Willows


Rt W Bro Nigel Willows, VII°
First Grand Master Mason

Rt W Bro Raymond Fretten

Rt W Bro Raymond G Fretten, VII°

Third Grand Master Mason


                                                   Rt W Bro Richard Moss Pro 2nd GMM


                                               Rt W Bro Richard Moss, VII°

                                           Pro Second Grand Master Mason 

There are photographs in the Gallery of the newly-acquired Masonic Centre, which the Society now owns. It is situated at 166, Great North Road, The Green, Eaton Socon, St Neots Cambridgeshire PE19 8EH. The day-to-day administration is currently carried out by the This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it   from his home office. The Grand Clerk is the Data Protection Officer for The Society and the DATA PROTECTION POLICY is available from the Grand Clerk on request.


The Society is open only to Freemasons who are in good standing with or are members of a Craft Lodge, a Royal Arch Chapter and a Mark Master Masons' Lodge.

The regalia is minimal consisting of a blue cord or blue collarette from which is suspended the badge of the member's grade. Badges are simply exchanged as progression is made. All members wear the distinctive Society tie.

Lest we Forget!

"The Society has ordinarily generated considerable loyalty and affection among its members and, in addition to the merits of its ceremonies and practices, one reason is that the Society fills a notable gap in the masonic structure.

Speculative masons are happy to trace their origins to the practices of the ancient stone masons, but many then tend to forget all about them."

The Operatives exist to ensure that we do not all forget!

The Society now has more than twenty-five hundred members in over one hundred Assemblages.

The Worshipful Society of Free Masons, Rough Masons, Wallers, Slaters, Paviors, Plaisterers and Bricklayers  


The Operative Society celebrated it's 100th year of existence in May 2013.

At Grand Assemblage on 27th September 2016 the attached coloured Society Arms were approved. The Arms were required to be modified very slightly to make them heraldically correct in that the chevrons in the top right of most sections now have a fine metallic border around them. These arms may now be used

                           Society Arms

This image has been added to the Downloadable Papers section (for some mysterious reason!). It is called "Coloured Arms of the Society".