Welcome Lodge in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey

We meet at the The Masonic Halls, Glenmore House, 6 The Crescent, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4BN.

In addition to our regular lodge meetings we meet more often on Monday evenings throughout the year at The Tooting Conservative Club, 12 Ashvale Road, Tooting, London, SW17 8PW, where we get together informally to enjoy each others company and to take part in Lodge of Instruction rehearsals.

Social Life

At Welcome Lodge friends and family are very much encouraged to join in and enjoy the social side of lodge membership. We hold a number of events during the year.

These social events are always open for the family and non-masonic friends to come along.

In addition to this our major event of the year – usually on a Saturday night in October/November – is a rather more formal black tie dinner and dance.

Again, a great opportunity to invite and involve friends and family.

Another great way to stay up-to-date and engage with fellow members of Welcome Lodge is using our Facebook page.

Charity

Like other Surrey Freemasons the members of Welcome Lodge are very much involved with supporting local and national charities, raising funds for good causes both masonic and non-masonic charities for the benefit of the whole community.

These include the masonic charities such as the Masonic Charitable Foundation providing care to elderly Freemasons, their families and dependents, which includes Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI)

We are particularly proud of our association with Trinity Hospice and St Raphael’s Hospice.

Like all lodges we recognise that every individual member will be of different means: whatever you choose to give to our charities is entirely private and naturally unique to your circumstances.

Costs

There are costs involved in joining and being a mason; fees vary from lodge to lodge. It should be stressed that – apart from raising money for charity – all lodges are non-profit-making, charging only enough to pay for dinners, rooms, local and national lodge membership subscriptions.

It is a common misconception that freemasonry is very costly.

Of course each member will decide what he can donate to charities, but simply to join and enjoy your local lodge in Surbiton is substantially less than most imagine.

At Welcome Lodge there is a one-off joining and registration fee of £147.50 (this is set down by and passed directly on to the Grand Lodge).

Annual membership of the lodge costs £175 which covers some lodge expenses and includes our annual subscriptions to Provincial Grand Lodge and the United Grand Lodge of England.

In our case each lodge-night dinner costs about £30 -£32 including wine.

So in all a member coming to every meeting and staying to dinner would have to find about £297 a year.

Dress Code

For our social events there is no specific dress code beyond what is suitable for the occasion. But during lodge meetings members dress quite formally.

Most will be wearing a morning suit or dark lounge suit with a white shirt. Members also wear aprons and other regalia at their regular meetings.

Although you will be expected to purchase these as you go along it need not be particularly expensive, and there is often second hand regalia available from other members.

If you would like more information about joining our lodge please complete the form on the contact us page.