Hi Granny - not at all!! (recruitment drive). As someone who lives on and loves the Wirral I personally wanted people of the Wirral to know more about masonry and how it benefits the Wirral as well as many other charities nationally!
It's not a secret society but rather a society with secrets. Those secrets are open to those who join so not a big secret at all! Some do get confused on this point!
And no, there is no connection (that I know of) re the magic circle!
It may surprise you to know that masonry is open to women! So not as chauvinistic as you think! https://www.owf.org.uk
We never shy away from questions hence the really good website that tries to help with any people may have!
My overall point is there are lots of masons who line on the Wirral and each and every one of them continue to support charity and in many cases a lot on the Wirral!