Like any other private membership organisation, becoming a Freemason at Canterbury Lodge will have entry fees and an ongoing commitment.
When you join a Lodge there’s a joining fee and a one off registration fee, payable to the United Grand Lodge of England and the Metropolitan Grand Lodge which administers masonry in London, which Canterbury Lodge is a member of.
Each year, Lodge members will be asked to pay an annual subscription which covers the cost of Temple hire for the Lodge Meetings and costs of running the Lodge. This subscription includes a contribution to Metropolitan Grand Lodge and United Grand Lodge of England for masonic charities. These costs may vary, so you should ask what these are if you’re exploring Lodge membership.
Part of masonic life after each meeting is the festive board, where members will retire to a local hotel or restaurant in the Covent Garden area and dine together. This is paid for separately and will normally include at least a three course table du hôte menu with wine and coffee. This allows Lodge members to socialise and enjoy an element of conviviality.
Being a charitable institution, we collect alms in the Lodge at each meeting. Some of the money collected goes in the Lodge benevolent fund for local purposes, and some will be placed in the Lodge Relief Chest, where monies can attract Gift Aid and some is given to Metropolitan Grand Lodge nominated Charities or other organisations registered with the Charities Commission.
Please see below for a breakdown of expected costs:
- Initiation/United Grand Lodge and Met Grand Lodge Fee – £140 (one off cost)
- Annual Subscription Membership to Canterbury Lodge – £160 per annum
- Dining after the Lodge Meeting – £45 per meal/meeting (optional)