What does it cost?

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?

If you decide to join the Golden Rule Lodge, you will be asked for certain fees, which have to be paid prior to joining. These will include a one-off initiation fee of £150.00. You will then be expected to pay the annual subscription which is £232.00 a year, starting at our May meeting. This fee includes the cost of four dinners and wine for £24. If you join part way through a year, the subscription is reduced by £24 for each meal not taken. Most Lodge meetings have an official ceremony followed by a dinner.

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 Golden Rule Lodge is £24.

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 a modest cost. Good old eBay!! 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.

How do you join the Freemasons? Suggested Steps

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 want to join a Lodge, The United Grand Lodge of England is there to help you.

Finally, if you have any questions unanswered by our website please contact the Secretary by email ensuring you include a contact telephone number.