As with all members groups, becoming a freemason does incur some costs. Initially there is a registration fee that has to be paid to United Grand Lodge of England, although this is a one off cost. At present that fee is £115 but does include a charitable donation for Grand lodge funds.
Belonging to the Lodge has an annual membership fee that covers an annual capitation fee to the United Grand Lodge of England as well as a contribution towards the running costs of the building. At present our annual membership is £130, which is due each October.
When the the time comes for initiation both fees have to have been paid before the ceremony commences. Depending on the month in which you join, there may be a reduction of the first annual fee.
We are a dining Lodge and our dress code is Dark Suit, white shirt, black or masonic tie, and white gloves. The meal is known as the Festive Board and currently costs £16 for a 4 course meal (starter, main, dessert and coffee). We also have our own bar with favourably priced drinks.
There is also the cost of the regalia to consider, although this only become necessary when you become a Master Mason. For many of our candidates this can take up to 12 months from their inititaion to being raised as a Master Mason. The regalia then consists of an apron that costs between £20 and £40 depending on the quality chosen and where you buy from.
At our festive board we usually have a raffle to help raise funds for charitable causes. You can buy as few or as many tickets as you wish.
Becoming a freemason does incur some costs. There is a registration fee that has to be paid to United Grand Lodge of England, although this is a one off cost, at present £132. Belonging to the Lodge has an annual membership fee, currently £130. Both of these fees have to be paid before your first meeting and depending on which month you join the annual fee may be reduced.
We are a Lodge that dines at our Festive Board after each meeting and our dress code is black/dark suit, white shirt, black tie and the current cost of our festive board (4 course meal) is £16. Although it is not compulsory to dine we do like to see as many members as possible at the Festive Board.
Also there is the regalia, although this only becomes necessary when you become a Master Mason, consisting of an apron that costs between £20 and £40 depending on where you buy from.Read More
Southbourne Lodge usually meet on the 4th Thursday of the month from October to April. Our meetings start at 5:30pm and by the time we have finished the festive board it is around 10pm, although some members do stay on for a drink or two. We also have Lodge of Instruction on the remaining Thursdays in October to April at 7:30pm (All other months we only meet on 3rd Thursday of the month for Lodge of Instruction).
The Lodge is situated in the Masonic Hall, 15 South Street, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4UJ.