What does it Cost?
The cost of becoming a Freemason is probably cheaper than you think!
It consists of an initiation and joining fee as well as an annual membership fee.
There are some costs to join, which cover registering a new member with Grand Lodge (UGLE) and your annual membership, but in the following year and thereafter the cost is just your annual membership.
Initiation and Joining Fee
The initiation and joining fees payable when the candidate is initiated and for 2012 are as follows:
|Grand Lodge Initiation & Registration Fee||£60.00|
|Lodge Joining Fee||£60.00|
|Founder Stewards Fee (optional)||£20.00|
( * Full year)
For new initiates we pro-rate the first years membership fee depending on which of the four meetings they are initiated at. Dues are payable in advance on January 1st of each year and cover all dues to Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge as well as the cost of holding the meetings and running the Lodge.
|Annual Membership Subscription||£130|
The cost of dining at each of our meetings is (typically £25-£30) and includes wine and port at the meal. Traditionally in Wyke Green Lodge the Master and the Wardens pay jointly for the port. The cost of other drinks is obviously the responsibility of the member.
Lodge of Instruction
The Lodge of Instruction meets every week on Thursday. We collect dues and charity each week, which at present is a fee of £2 per member. The dues partially cover the cost of the room and locker, and the charity is distributed at the end of each year to various causes. Recent charities for example have been, Wexham Park Special Care Baby Unit, Macmillan Nurses, Help For Heroes etc.
During each quarterly meeting we collect for Charity. The members have an opportunity to give whatever they are able, and it is left to their discretion.
We also regularly hold raffles during the Festive Board after the meetings.
All monies collected from the Charity and Raffle distributed at the end of the year. Traditionally we will support a chosen charity of the reigning Master of the lodge for his year, along with others. These may be Cancer charities, or an organisation they have been involved with or want to support. Recently we supported the R.N.L.I. and ‘Tommy’s’.