What it costs
Firstly, Let us dispel the myth that you have to be well-off to become a Freemason. It costs less than you may think!
What does it cost to be a Freemason? How do you join the Freemasons?
For the answer to these questions, keep reading.
If you decide to join the Chestfield Lodge, you will be asked for certain 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. £77.00.
You will then be expected to pay the annual subscription levied by the Lodge which would usually only become due from the start of the financial year AFTER you joined (i.e. if you joined Chestfield during 2016 this would not be payable until 2017). The annual subscription varies from lodge to lodge depending on several factors but is usually in the region of £100 - £150; the fee for Chestfield Lodge for 2016 is £106.00.
Most Lodge meetings have an official ceremony followed by a dinner. 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.
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, which for Chestfield Lodge is around £15.00. Normally such dining fees are collected on the same evening - at Chestfield Lodge we hold five of these meetings a year.
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 pressurised and some Lodges will not ask you at all, as giving to charity is a matter for your own conscience.
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If you have any questions not answered by this page, please feel free to contact the Secretary via the contact page ensuring to include a contact telephone number and email address if possible.
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 an East Kent Lodge, please visit www.justaskone.org and click on the "Apply to join Freemasonry" section.
A member of the Provincial team will contact you and assist with your enquiry . Arrangements may 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 East Kent, The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Kent is there to help you.
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