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  1. What a Candidate Should Know
  2. What a Candidate needs to Know
  3. The Cost of being a Freemason
  4. The cost of being a member of Brandwood Lodge
  5. What is Freemasonary
  6. Charities
  7. What is a Lodge
  8. Apply to Join

 

What a candidate should know Back to Top

1. Masonry consists of a body of men banded together to preserve the secrets, customs and ceremonials handed down to them and for the purpose of mutual intellectual. social and moral improvement. Its members endeavour to cultivate and exhibit brotherly love, relief and truth, not only to one another, but to the World at large. 

2. A basic condition of admission into, and membership of the Order is a belief inthe Supreme Being, This is essential and admits of no compromise.

3. It recognises no distinctions of religion and while inculcating in each of its members the duties of loyalty and citizenship, it does not permit any of its members, either in Lodge or in their capacity as Freemasons, to discuss theological or political questions.

4. It offers no pecuniary advantages binding one Mason to deal with another, or to support him in any way in the ordinary business relations of life.

5. It has certain charitiesis not in any sense whatever a benefit society, nor is it based upon any calculations, which would render this possible. The Charities are solelyfor those who, having been in good circumstances, have been overtaken bymisfortune or adversity. Neither a Mason, his wife, nor his children have any claimupon them.

6. Masonry teaches that a man's first duty is to himself, his wife, his family and his connections. No-one should Join the Order who cannot afford to pay the Initiation fees and subscription to his Lodge as well as to the Masonic Charities, and this without detriment to the comfort and well-being of those who have any claim on his support. Annual membership fees can vary, it depends on which Lodge you join.  These subsriptions are paid yearly, usually on the night that the new Worshipful Master is installed into the Chair of his office.

7. Therefore everyone, before offering himself as a candidate should be well assured in his own mind:

(a) That he sincerely desires the intellectual and moral improvement of himself and his fellow creatures.
(b)  That he is willing to devote part of his time, his means and his effort in the promotion of brotherly love, relief and truth.
(c)  That he seeks no commercial, social or pecuniary advantages.
(d)  That he is able to afford the necessary expenditure without injury to himself or his connections.

 

What a Candidate Needs to Know Back to Top

Freemasonry teaches its members that their first duty is to their families and its connections, that they should be honest, friendly, and proper in their conduct to everyone. They are urged to be good citizens, obey the law, and maintain the good order of society. Members who fail to live up to those high standards may in appropriate cases be asked to resign or be expelled.

Freemasonry is a multicultural organisation. Members of all races are welcome to join. Members of all faiths are welcome. It requires of its members that they should believe in a deity and no man can become a Mason unless he does so. He will be required to take certain obligations with his hand upon his religion's sacred book. Freemasonry does not concern itself which religion a member follows, but urges a member to follow its teachings. It is a requirement that topics of religion should not be discussed in Lodge nor should politics. English Freemasons do not associate with some foreign Masonic organisations which permit such discussions in a Lodge.

Freemasonry is not a benefit society. It offers no pecuniary advantage or reward, nor does it require its members to support one another in business or employment. The organisation does have charities for those Freemasons and their families who were once self supporting, but now through misfortune are unable to do so. It also has a Charity which supports other charitable causes unconnected with its membership. Money paid to these charities are from private donations from its members. Freemasonry does not solicit donations from members of the public.

No one should join Freemasonry unless he can afford to pay the expenses involved without affecting his ability to support his family and those who have a claim upon his resources. These expenses include the joining fee, the annual subscription and a regular donation to charity. In addition, most Lodge meetings are followed by a dinner or supper. The actual amounts differ from Lodge to Lodge. He should have discussed the prospect of his becoming a Freemason with his partner and be satisfied that she is supportive of his wish to become a Freemason. He should not put at risk his employment by becoming a Freemason.

Anyone contemplating becoming a Freemason should be satisfied in his own mind that he desires the intellectual and moral improvement of himself and his fellow citizens; that he is willing to devote part of his time and money to promoting fellowship, charity and integrity and be able to afford it without adversely affecting himself or his family's responsibilities and that he seeks no commercial, social, or pecuniary advantage by wishing to become a member.

 

The Cost of being a Freemason Back to Top

The cost varies from Lodge to Lodge, but anyone wishing to join can find a Lodge to suit his pocket.

On entry, there is a one-off joining fee. A member also pays an annual subscription to his Lodge which covers his membership and the administrative cost of running the Lodge. These amounts will vary between Lodges, but on average expect to pay somewhere in the region of £50-£100 for the one-off joining fee, and £100 to £250 per annum. It is usual to have a meal after the meeting; the cost of this can be included either in the annual subscription or paid for separately at the time.

It is entirely up to the individual member what he gives to Charity, but it should always be without detriment to his other responsibilities. Similarly, he may join as many Lodges as his time and pocket can allow, as long as it does not adversely affect his family life and responsibilities.

 

The Cost being a member of Brandwood Lodge Back to Top

One off Fees (As of January 2018)

  1. Grand Lodge Registration Fee £70.80
  2. Provincial Grand Lodge Registration Fee £11.00
  3. Moseley Masonic Hall Building Fund £20.00
  4. Brandwood Lodge Joining Fee £50.00

Total of One Off Fees on Joining £151.80

Ongoing Fees (As of January 2018)

Annual Membership = £145.00 or part there of /6

First Year Annual Membership if joining in

April = £145 - October = £120.83 - November = £96.66 - January = £72.50 - February = £48.33 - March = £24.17

Dining Fees per Meeting = £20.00

On the night of joining you would be required to pay the total of One Off Fees plus first year annual membership depending on month of joining and your dining fee for that evening.

 

What Is Freemasonry Back to Top

Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.

Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.

Charities Back to Top 

Freemasonry has an enviable record of providing regular and consistent financial support to individual charities over long periods, while at the same time making thousands of grants to local charities and projects throughout England and Wales each year.

Contrary to popular belief, one does not have to be a Freemason to benefit from Masonic charity. Freemasonry is second only to the National Lottery in the level of money donated to charitable causes in the UK.

What is a Lodge? Back to Top

The term Lodge has two meanings for Freemasons. It is both a place where Masonic meetings are held, and a collective term for the members who meet there.

Of the various officers of the lodge, some are obligatory while others are optional. Those that Lodges have to consist of, are a Master, a Senior Warden, a Junior Warden, a Treasurer, a Secretary, an Almoner, a Charity Steward, a Senior Deacon, a Junior Deacon, and Inner Guard and a Tyler. The optional officers are a Chaplain, a Director of Ceremonies, an Assistant Director of Ceremonies, an Organist, an Assistant Secretary and a Steward or Stewards.

The appointment of all officers, except the Master and Treasurer (who are elected by ballot), and the Tyler, (who is elected if he is not a member of the lodge) is in the sole discretion of the Master.

Below is a typical Lodge Room Layout showing the seating arrangements of all Members and Officers of the Lodge