What does Freemasonry Cost?

  • It varies from Lodge to Lodge, but anyone wishing to join can find a Lodge to suit his pocket.
  • On entry, there is a one-off joining fee. A member also pays an annual subscription to his Lodge which covers his membership and the administrative cost of running the Lodge.
  • These amounts will vary between Lodges, but on average expect to pay somewhere in the region of £50-£100 for the one-off joining fee, and £100 to £200 per annum.
  • It is usual to have a meal after the meeting; the cost of this can be included either in the annual subscription, or paid for separately at the time. Meals in West Wales are very reasnobaly priced, usually somewhere between £10 and £20 for a  2 or 3 course meal.
  • It is entirely up to the individual member what he gives to Charity, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities.
  • Similarly, he may join as many Lodges as his time and pocket can allow, as long as it does not adversely affect his family life and responsibilities.
  • Depending on the Lodge, a Masonic dinner could include a starter, main course, desert, cheese & biscuits and coffee. If you invite any Masonic guests, it is normal that, as their host, you would pay their dining fee.
  • Most Lodges will have a ‘dress code’ which requests that members wear a dark lounge suit, shirt with a white collar, a black tie and black shoes. In time, certain items of regalia will be required, which initially will not be expensive, and often, there is the opportunity to buy used regalia at a modest cost.
  • From time to time, many Lodges have a special evening, or daytime event, specifically to raise money for charity.
  • You will never be pressurised into attending them or to donate money at these events if you are unable to, or prefer not to. However, it is hoped that you will participate in the Lodge’s efforts to raise money for the various charities they adopt.
  • Freemasons are encouraged to donate money to charity, dependent upon their means. You will never be pressurised, and some Lodges will not ask you at all, as giving to charity is a matter for your own conscience.
What's it all About?
An informative booklet produced by the United Grand Lodge of England for potential members.
Whats_It_All_About_UGLE.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [3.1 MB]
Informal Membership Enquiry Form
Fill in this short form to tell us a little about yourself to help us process your enquiry more efficiently.
Informal Membership Enquiry Form.doc
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