Freemasonry is judged largely by the actions and lives of its individual members. When a man is known to be a Freemason, he is the standard by which the outside world judges our organisation. To ensure that our reputation remains impeccable we expect you to maintain the high standards set out in the qualifications for membership. 

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Freemasonry expects that every member will place the needs of his family first, his obligations to his vocation second, and after these his duties to Freemasonry.

There are certain financial responsibilities associated with your membership, just as there are costs in membership of any organisation. These however, are not too onerous. The fees payable are set by the Lodge in its by-laws which include:-

A one off initiation fee of £100 payable prior to joining the Lodge. An annual fee of £140 payable at your initiation and then annually. A dining fee of approximately £17 to £20 at each meeting. All fees are to be paid promptly and any delays/problems should be discussed as soon as possible with the treasurer.

At each meeting of the Lodge a collection is taken for the Lodge Charity fund. Your contribution must at all times be determined bywhat your circumstances will permit. Charitable donations are considered personal and never discussed with others.

It is important that you can afford these expenses without detriment to yourself or connections.

The dress code at Lodge meetings is dark suit, white shirt, black socks, black shoes and a particular tie. The tie can be plain black, a Grand Lodge tie or an Essex Provincial Craft tie.

Protocol is an important part of our functions and we refrain from bad language or tell jokes which are in bad taste.

Blackwater Lodge meets at the St Giles Masonic Centre on the second Mondays of January, March, May, September, October and November. These meeting start at 5:30 or 6:00 pm and are followed by a brief drink in the bar and a formal diner.

It is usual that on the Monday before these meetings there is an informal Lodge of Rehearsal where the officers take their positions to rehearse the ceremonies of the coming meeting. On the Monday following the main meeting there is a Lodge of Instruction which is also informal where all members are encouraged to try their hand in the various offices. These meeting start at 7:30 pm at the ( Essex Mason, 17 Peartree Business Centre, Peartree Road, Stanway, Colchester CO3 0JN/St Giles Masonic Centre.)