What it costs to become a Freemason?
Keep reading as you may find it costs less than you think. Firstly, Let us dispel the myth that you have to be well-off to become a Freemason.
What happens if you decide to join the North Harrow Lodge in 2020?
You will be asked for certain membership fees, which under Grand Lodge rules, have to be paid prior to joining. These will include a one-off joining fee of £100.00 plus a one-off registration fee to Grand Lodge & Provincial Grand Lodge totalling approx. £98.00. (this amount is reduced by 50% for candidates under 25 years old) plus your yearly subscription of £264.00 less £30.00 for each meal not taken if joining part way through the year.
What is the annual subscription levied by the Lodge?
The annual membership fee for North Harrow Lodge for 2020/21 is £264.00 a year, (including dining) starting at our October 2020 meeting. This membership fee includes the cost of four dinners including wine at £30.00 per meeting.
What if you join part way through a year?
if you do this, the subscription is reduced by £30.00 for each meal not taken. Most Lodge meetings have an official ceremony followed by a dinner called a festive board. You may choose to dine with your brethren or go home after the Lodge meeting, again this is your choice and there will never be any pressure on you to stay to eat. The dinner includes a starter, choice of main courses ( incl. vegetarian) and dessert, or cheese & biscuits and coffee. If you invite any Masonic guests, it is normal that, as their host, you may pay their dining fee, which for North Harrow Lodge is £30.00.
Normally such dining fees are collected on the same evening, although some lodges will ask you to pay later. North Harrow Lodge include the dining fees in the annual subscriptions, which means that you pay for your meal even if you are absent.
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 very little 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 pressurized and some Lodges will not ask you at all, as giving to charity is a matter for your own conscience.
Interested in joining Freemasonry?
If you have any questions not answered by this page, please feel free to contact the Secretary by E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ensuring to include a contact telephone number,
If after reading the pages on this site, you are interested in becoming a Freemason, we advise that you first talk to a family member, friend or colleague whom you already know to be a Freemason. They will be able to explain to you what they can about the fraternity and help you find a suitable Lodge.
If you don’t know anyone who is a Freemason and you would like to join a Middlesex Lodge, please send an email telling us more about yourself. Arrangements will be made to meet you socially to find out more about you, and to give you a chance to find out more about us.
If you live, or want to join a Lodge in another part of Middlesex, The Provincial Grand Lodge of Middlesexhttp://pglm.org.uk is there to help you or contact me and I will transfer your inquiry to the appropriate person