Holy Royal Arch of East Lancashire
Holy Royal Arch of East Lancashire

Annual Fee’s & Dues

We have had many queries regarding the basis of charging, arising from the Annual Returns of both Supreme Grand and Provincial Grand Chapters. The basis is as detailed below.

Payment of Members’ Subscriptions to their Chapters
These become due, in advance, on the first day of the Chapter’s Financial Year, as laid down in the Chapter By-Laws.

Payment of Annual Dues to Supreme Grand Chapter
These become due, in arrears, on the last day of the Chapter’s Financial Year, as laid down in the Chapter By-Laws.

Payment of Annual Dues to Provincial Grand Chapter
These become due, in arrears, on the day before the day of Installation, and cover the period from the date of the previous Installation. Payment should be received in Provincial Office on or before the last day of the month of Installation.

Supreme Grand Chapter Exaltation Fees
Payment must accompany Registration Form P; to be sent immediately after the ceremony of Exaltation. Membership Fees for Exalted Companions will be included in the Annual Return.

Provincial Grand Chapter Exaltation Fees
These will be charged, in addition to Exalted Companions’ Membership Fees, at the end of the Chapter’s Financial Year.

Scope of Membership Dues
Fees must be paid for all Companions who have been members of the Chapter at any time during the Financial Year, including those who have died, resigned, ceased, been excluded, or been made Honorary Members.


Fee’s & Dues Supreme Grand Chapter

Supreme Grand Chapter
TitleYearFeeVATTotal
Registration of Exaltee or a Joiner from a foreign Constitution (including Grand Chapter Certificate)2017£27.50£5.50£33.00
Registration of Exaltee or a Joiner from a foreign Constitution (including Grand Chapter Certificate)2016£26.50£5.30£31.80
Annual Dues2017£3.15£0.55£3.70
Annual Dues2016£3.15£0.55£3.70
Replacement/Amendment of Grand Chapter Certificate2017£45.00£9.00£54.00
Replacement/Amendment of Grand Chapter Certificate2016£44.00£8.80£52.80
Certificate for a serving Companion2017£19.50£3.90£23.40
Certificate for a serving Companion2016£19.00£3.80£22.80
Dispensation by the First Grand Principal2017£16.50£3.30£19.80
Dispensation by the First Grand Principal2016£16.00£3.20£19.20
Dispensation by the First Grand Principal “nunc pro tunc”2017£33.00£6.60£39.60

Supreme Grand Chapter – These run from may to May
TitleYearFeeVATTotal
Certificate of Amalgamation2016/17£100.00£20.00£120.00
Enfacement of Charter2016/17£115.00£23.00£138.00
Charter for a new Chapter2016/17£250.00£50.00£300.00
Charter of Confirmation2016/17£950.00£190.00£1140.00
Charter for a Centenary Jewel2016/17£570.00£114.00£684.00
Charter of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel2016/17£900.00£180.00£1080.00
Charter for a Bi-Centenary Bar2016/17£940.00£188.00£1128.00
Charter of confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar2016/17£940.00

£188.00£1128.00


Fee’s & Dues Provincial Grand Chapter

Provincial Grand Chapter
TitleYearFeeVATTotal
Annual Dues2017£10.00£Zero£10.00
Registration of Exaltee2017£7.50£Zero£7.50
Contribution to Provincial Meeting2017£10.00£Zero£10.00
Dispensation2017£10.00£Zero£10.00
First Provincial Appointment2017£30.00£Zero£30.00
First & Second Promotions2017£25.00£Zero£25.00
Subsequent PromotionsNo Fee


Gift Aid Collection

The Grand Secretary / Scribe E has had a number of enquiries recently from members of the Craft who have asked whether it is permissible for their Lodge / Chapter to reclaim tax on the monies donated for charitable purposes in the collection which is routinely conducted at either the end of a Lodge / Chapter meeting or at the dinner. The technique generally proposed is for the whole collection to be “assigned” to a member of the Lodge / Chapter who has taxable capacity sufficient to enable him to reclaim tax on it as if he had donated the entire amount personally. An extension of this idea is also to treat in a similar manner monies which are paid for raffle tickets, and similar fund-raising initiatives.

The Grand Secretary / Scribe E advises “It is entirely wrong for donations to be treated in this way, and could constitute the commission of a criminal offence on the part of any member allowing himself to be used to gain financial advantage by a false declaration.

It does not matter that the aim stems from an entirely laudable desire to direct as much money as possible to charitable purposes, as the law is completely clear on the issue, and the suggested technique is not permissible.

I should, therefore, be grateful if you would draw the attention of the appropriate Brother / Companion in your Lodge / Chapter who has the responsibility for any form of collection, that under no circumstances may this practice be adopted or continued. Further, Gift Aid must not be claimed on monies paid for raffle tickets.

Please also ensure that all members are warned that if they should already have undertaken to reclaim tax on donations given by others in the course of completing Tax Returns for the fiscal year just ended, they must under no circumstances do so”.