What's the Cost?

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How much does it cost to be a member of Hope Lodge?

All self funding Clubs, Groups and Organisations have to generate an income to cover their running costs ...

... you would be expected to conform to a particular dress code.

Initiation Fee & Annual Subscription

All self funding Clubs, Groups and Organisations have to generate an income to cover their running costs and a Freemasons Lodge is no different. As such, there is a one-off Initiation Fee of £100.00 levied against every new Member to cover a variety of administrative costs. Beyond that, our current annual membership fee (or 'Subs'), is £95.00. It's important to note that Subs are set by the Lodge so can, and do, vary from Lodge to Lodge - this should be taken into consideration when deciding which Lodge to join.

Dress & Regalia

At our formal Meetings you would be expected to conform to a particular dress code. Consequently you may need to purchase some or all of the following:

  • a dark suit
  • a white shirt with a black or Provincial tie (a Provincial tie is provided as part of your Initiation package)
  • black shoes
  • a pair of white gloves
Hope Lodge provides some of the regalia you would need in the early stages of your progression through Freemasonry but you would be expected to purchase your Master Mason's regalia on attaining that status. Although some Masons choose to buy new, it is worth considering buying secondhand regalia at a reduced cost and perpetuating the legacy of the previous owner - as a Lodge, we can facilitate this.

Each Meeting

Although NOT compulsory, after each formal Meeting we hold a dinner, this is referred to as a Festive Board. Our Festive Board is held at the Newbury & Crookham Golf Club and comprises of a 2 course meal with coffee at a current cost of £16.50, with drinks extra to this. The only exception is at our Installation Meeting in October where we have a 3 course meal at an appropriately increased cost.

Donations

Members are invited to donate to charity, but it is entirely up to you how much you contribute and no-one is expected to contribute beyond their own means.