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 £120, which is due each January. Some members have chosen to pay their fee and then set up a standing order to pay £10 per month to the Lodge account. This means that when the fees are due they have already paid by spreading the cost over the preceeding 12 months.

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 Dinner Jacket, white shirt, black bow tie, and white gloves. The meal is known as the Festive Board and the currently costs £10 for a 3 course meal (starter, main and dessert). 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.



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Charity is a significant element within freemasonry yet it is not commonly known by the general public. More importantly it isn't just about money as many masons give freely of their time too.

Masonic Teddies for children

Masonic Teddies

Freemasons in Devon have donated more than 30,000 teddies to hospitals for children.

Donations to local charities

Local Charities

St John's Lodge regularly makes donations to local charities.


Armada Group

Social events for newer masons to help increase friendship and strengthen bonds.


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 £115. Belonging to the Lodge has an annual membership fee, currently £120. 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 dining Lodge and our dress code is Dinner Jacket, white shirt, black bow tie, white gloves and the current cost of our festive board (3 course meal) is £10. 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.

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St John's Lodge usually meet on the first Monday of the month, unless it is a Bank Holiday when we usually meet the following day. Our meetings start at 6:30pm 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.

There is a calendar of events on the website so visitors can see what is coming up and book any events that they may wish to attend.

The Lodge is situated in Parkhill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2AR.

At St John's Lodge we have valued the input from our members, especially the newer brethren, to ensure that Freemasonry is meeting their expectations. One thing that was agreed by almost everyone is that family and friends need to be involved now and then. This is why we hold regular social events and a summer competition with a barbecue to finish. Find out more on our Events pages.

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