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
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
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.
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.
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.
I was initiated, into Crescamus Lodge, and joined the Freemasons in October 2007 and it was certainly a night to remember.
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 Masons, and after speaking to them I realised that Masonry 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.
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!