Under the United Grand Lodge of England, freemasonry is the UK's largest, secular fraternal and charitable organisation. It has over 300,000 members working in nearly 8,000 lodges throughout England and Wales, and over 30,000 more members overseas.

Founded in 1786 and with over 1,200 members, the Province of Bristol is a relatively small province. However, with its strong history, unique ceremonies and charitable donations, the Province of Bristol holds a unique place in masonry.