Chrismas Cheer and an Initiaiton​

On Monday 10 December, Freemasons from Crescamus Lodge, celebrated Christmas at Croydon and District Masonic Halls.

In the afternoon, the Lodge initiated its latest member into Freemasonry. The ceremony was special for all involved. Welcoming a new Freemason is always a moment to remember, and this was no different.

Our new Brother Simon joined Crescamus Lodge during a lovely ceremony carried out by our Master, W. Bro. Chris, who was ably assisted by his IPM, W. Bro. Bob. He was supported also by his officers and other members of the lodge in a most confident manner. 

Following the formal Lodge meeting, the members were joined by their families and friends to enjoy a sumptuous four-course Christmas. After the Christmas Pudding was served, we were entertained by the excellent Lynwood Singers, who carolled us with traditional Christmas Carols.

The Worshipful Master and Brethren of Crescamus Lodge, wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Charitable Crescamus Lodge October Meeting 2018

At Crescamus Lodge’s October Meeting, the Brethren were extremely charitable as they welcomed W. Bro. Paul Wicking, PPGSuptWks, the Official Representative of the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, Ian Chandler.

W. Bro. Paul, was treated to a fantastic display of ritual from our Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Chris, as the Lodge demonstrated an Initiaition ceremony.

Alzheimer’s Society

When the ceremony was complete, the Lodge’s members voted to donate £200 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

In May, W. Bro. Frank and his wife completed the Isle of Wight Challenge Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. They walked the first 25km of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path as part of the Isle of Wight Challenge. Their aim was to raise as much as possible for research into the prevention of Dementia, and for people living with Dementia.

Alzheimer's Society Freemasonry

The donation from Crescamus Lodge members, meant that over £600 had been raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.

2019 RMBI Festival

The Lodge’s Charity Steward then announced a proposal that the Lodge donate £3000 to the 2019 Surrey RMBI Festival, which the Brethren of the Lodge will vote on at their December meeting.

Candidate for Initiation

The meeting was concluded by the Lodge’s Secretary announcing that the Lodge had a candidate for Initiation, who, therefore, would be joining the Lodge at the next meeting in December.

Festive Board

Following the meeting, the members sat down to dine as per Freemason’s tradition, wrapping up the evening in a splendid fashion, enhanced with the presence of the Lodge’s Official Visitor.

Crescamus Curry Night 2018

On Saturday 9 June, members of Crescamus Lodge, and the partners descended on the Chat House in Croydon for our annual Lodge of Instruction Curry Night.

Lodge of Instruction

Other than Lodge Meetings, members meet weekly at a Lodge of Instruction where they both practice and learn more about the ritual. At the end of each Masonic season, the Lodge of Instruction organises a relaxed night out for members and their partners, one of many social events the Lodge organises.

Having met in a local pub, for a few drinks on a hot June evening, before taking a short walk to the restaurant, the conversation was flowing as people caught-up with each other. The restaurant was very busy and with great food proved to be a perfect venue for the annual curry night.

New Member

We reguarly invite potential new members to our social events, and this night was no different. We were joined on this occasion by a potential new member who brought his wife, so they could experience the hospitality of the members and make new friends. They both had such a great time, that by the end of the evening, our guest asked if he could join Crescamus Lodge and Freemasonry.

We all had a great time and agreed to have another social evening in the very near future. Great food was had, all washed down with many pints of Cobra, before goodnight’s were said. Although some had such a great time, they retired to a local pub until late to continue the conversation over a few gin and tonics!

How To Become a Freemason

One of the most popular questions we get asked is, “How do I become a Freemason?”

Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest fraternal societies in the world. It will give you a code of living in today’s community, based on good moral and ethical standards. It is an organisation of men who try to live by the principles of integrity and goodwill which unite them, regardless of colour, creed or worldly status. We are a non-profit making organisation that is involved in supporting charity and service to the community. It will give you a common interest where you can meet and enjoy the company of like-minded men from all walks of life.

How To Become A Freemason

If you have already made up your mind that you want to join Crescamus Lodge in Croydon and become a Freemason, you have already completed the first step, and hopefully, you have found enough information on this site to guide you this far.

Your Next Steps to Become a Freemason

Firstly, complete our membership enquiry form. Our Membership Secretary will then be in contact with you and arrange for you to visit our Lodge and meet its members. There you will be able to ask questions, and we can also give you a tour of our Masonic Centre.

We would expect you from time to time to meet us. For it can take up to one year before you become a member. But in the meantime, we would invite you to social events, to which you can bring friends and family. This will give you the chance to meet us and to make sure that you want to join us. When you are sure that you would like to join, you can complete an application form. When we receive this we would invite you to attend an interview with the Lodge Committee. Following this, we will then give you a date when you will be initiated.

Having read the above, if you are still interested in becoming a Freemason, the next step would be for you to contact us and then come and meet some of our members. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you good luck in your application!

Your first step to become a Freemason

How to join Crescamus Lodge

Hopefully, you have found our website informative enough to make the decision to join us.

We do have a questions and answers section that can help you further.

Entered Apprentices Apron


  • You must be aged over 21.
  • Be an honest man of good moral character.
  • Have a belief in a Supreme Being (that is personal to you).
  • Able to commit to giving up some free time.

The first step to becoming a Freemason in Croydon:

  • Once you have looked around our website you can apply online here.
  • You will be invited to meet our lodge and committee members.
  • Please do contact us if you have any questions.

The process of joining a Freemasons Lodge:

Once you have made contact with us, and we have met with you, we will invite visit us, and enjoy our social events, get to know our Lodge members and their family

They will want to find out about you and you will want to make sure the lodge is right for you.

Please do speak with your family about becoming a Freemason in Croydon. Their support is equally important.

Should you be successful and you do want to join we will ask you to attend a short interview and your application will be completed!

Your application will be announced at our next Lodge meeting and a date will be set for you to join Crescamus and become a Freemason!

During this time it is generally the Secretary or Membership Officer who will keep you informed at each stage.

We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Introduction to Freemasonry and Freemasons

Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest non-religious, non-political and charitable organisations. Its members, Freemasons are from all walks of life and meet as equals, whatever their race, religion or place in society.

In England and Wales, there are 250,000 Freemasons belonging to 8,000 Lodges. Worldwide that figure rises to 6 Million members.

Freemasonry provides a unique environment for people from all backgrounds to learn new skills. Make lasting friendships, meet their potential and above all have fun.

United Grand Lodge of England

Freemasons Hall
Freemasons Hall

The United Grand Lodge of England is the governing body of Freemasonry in England Wales and the Channel Islands. Built in 1933 Freemasons Hall is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge and is a classic example of art deco architecture in the heart of London’s Covent Garden. It was seen in the BBC spy drama ‘Spooks’ as their HQ. Grand Lodge is open to the public. With Hollywood blockbusters and landmark TV shows, Freemasons Hall welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year.

Freemasons and Society

London's second air ambulance funded by Freemasons
London’s second air ambulance funded by Freemasons

Freemasonry is more relevant and important to society today than ever. It encompasses and embraces all the fundamental principles of good citizenship. Many of these are learnt through traditional ceremonies that take the form of one-act plays, leading to increased self-esteem and confidence. Every Freemason embarks on his own journey of self-discovery when he enters the organisation.

Start yours today.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Installation of New Worshipful Master

Monday 20th February 2017, saw the Installation of the new Worshipful Master.  Worshipful Brother Robert Russell PPAGSwdB first became Master of Crescamus in 2008. W. Bro Bob jumped at the chance to go back into the chair of this very special Croydon Lodge.

Installation of Worshipful Master
The Masters Gavel

After months of preparation, it was a wonderful night with many guests coming to visit the Lodge. All enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at Crescamus Lodge in Croydon.

A memorable evening

Following the ceremony of Installation, which was perfectly performed by his predecessor, the new Master appointed and installed his Officers.  All of this was done in front of the Lodge’s Official Visitor from the Province of Surrey.

The night also saw the previous Master awarded a breast jewel as thanks for his services to the Lodge.

Crescamus Lodge gained a new member when an old friend of the Lodge decided to join. Having visited the Lodge on many previous occasions, our new member decided that he wanted to join the exciting, welcoming and friendly Crescamus Lodge.

It will be a busy year ahead for the new Master and his Officers with members both joining the Lodge and progressing in Freemasonry.  They will all have plenty to learn. The Master will also be hosting plenty of social events for friends and family of the Lodge’s members, culminating in a Ladies Festival. If you want to join the Lodge and become a Freemason or attend one of our social events to find out more about the Lodge and Freemasonry, why not contact us?

It was a fantastic evening topped off by a great meal at the Festive Board, which everyone enjoyed. Congratulations once again to our new Worshipful Master.

Why I became a Freemason

I was initiated, into Crescamus Lodge, and joined the Freemasons in October 2007 and it was certainly a night to remember.

Freemasons Gloves give to me when I joined the Freemasons

Before joining I certainly did have some reservations. I had heard plenty about Freemasons. Funny handshakes, rolling up trouser legs and the like. But speaking to some family members I learnt that they were Freemasons, and after speaking to them I realised that Freemasonry can’t be all that bad if relatives I loved and respected were members.

In 2006 I moved to Croydon and made some new friends who happened to be Freemasons and talked to them about their experiences. I was soon invited to the Lodge to meet other members to learn more and see if I would like to join. I went with my wife and we were made truly welcome, had a lovely meal with the members and their partners, and were given a tour of the Temple.

It was then, given the excellent hospitality, how welcome the two of us were made to feel that I decided to take the plunge and join Crescamus Lodge and the Freemasons.

Ever since I have had a wonderful time. Freemasonry has truly become my hobby.

As a Lodge, we meet four times a year, plus we have our weekly Lodge of Instruction. We also have lots of social events over the course of the year; barbeques, Ladies Festival, quiz nights, trips to the theatre and curry nights

I have also had the opportunity to visit Lodges both throughout this country, but also abroad, meeting people I wouldn’t have otherwise and making many new friends.


My family also enjoy the fact that I am a Freemason. Most if not all the social events that the Lodge organises are also open to wives and partners. We have had some fantastic times together, and we always are looking forward to the next event.

Becoming a Freemason has been one of the best decision I have ever made. My advice to you if you are interested in Freemasonry is to get in touch before coming to meet us to see if Freemasonry is for you!