Surrey Masons Abseiled Guildford Cathedral Raising £20,000

On Saturday 6th May 2017 a Team of 48 brave Freemasons, friends and family abseiled down from the tower of Guildford Cathedral. The team raised over £20,000 in the process. They were led by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Ian Chandler and among their number was Harriet the wife of a former Worshipful Master of Crescamus Lodge.

Surrey 2019 Festival Abseiled for RMBI

Guildford Cathedral Abseiled

Cheered on by supporters from across the Province, including many from Crescamus Lodge in Croydon; the participants climbed the tower’s 249 steps to a height of 160 feet. From there they enjoyed the wonderful panoramic views of the Surrey countryside. They then took the perilous step of stepping off the roof backward before enjoying the thrill of the journey down.

Surrey 2019 Festival

All funds will go to the Surrey 2019 Festival appeal. The Surrey 2019 Festival is supporting the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The RMBI has cared for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. It operates seventeen care homes across England and Wales, offering residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.

The Next Challenge

Having conquered Mount Snowdon in 2015, thrown themselves out of an airplane from 13,000 feet above Salisbury Plain in 2016, the hardy gang of charity fundraisers will be looking forward to their next challenge when they take on the world’s fastest zip wire at Zipworld at over 100 mph in 2018.

You can sponsor our brave abseiler, Harriet, by visiting

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!

Inside the Freemasons – How to Watch it

Tonight will see the first episode of the long-awaited new documentary Inside the Freemasons on Sky 1. The series will be shown exclusively on Sky 1 starting this evening,  17 April at 8 pm

Inside the Freemasons

This brand new five-part documentary seeks to discover the truth behind the ancient ceremonies and closely-guarded practices of the world’s oldest social network, taking viewers exclusively behind the scenes with unprecedented access in the run-up to its 300th anniversary in 2017.

The show features stories from across England and Wales, including the consecration of a new Lodge in Cardiff. It features people from all walks of life, from former servicemen in the North-West to a biker in Newcastle.

To watch Inside the Freemasons you will need to be able to receive Sky 1. Sky 1 is available to subscribers of Sky, Virgin Media or Talk Talk.


Alternatively, Sky makes almost all its content available over the internet on a service it calls Now TV.

Currently, Now TV is offering a free 14-day trial, followed by £6.99 for a month’s pass. Just click here to start your free trial.

You can either use a Now TV box or you can stream the content through your games console or tablet or smartphone.

The good thing about Now TV is that you can unsubscribe any time you like and just pay a rolling monthly contract.

See the Inside of Freemasonry Yourself

Inside the Freemasons will give you an exclusive insight into Freemasonry, but to truly be Inside the Freemasons click here to find out how to join

Inside The Freemasons – It’s Coming! Leaked Clips!

In the lead up to the first episode of Inside the Freemasons on 17 April 2017, two never seen clips have been leaked on the internet.

Leaked Clips
Inside the Freemasons – It’s Coming!

It’s Coming

Inside the Freemasons is a brand new five-part documentary that seeks to discover the truth behind the ancient ceremonies and closely guarded practices of Freemasonry, the world’s oldest social network, taking viewers exclusively behind the scenes in the run-up to its 300th anniversary in 2017. The series will appear exclusively on Sky One.

For more information on Inside the Freemasons click here

You can watch the two clips below.

update 08/04/17

A third clip has now been released showing even more content



A Brief History of Freemasonry in England

Modern speculative Freemasonry originated in Britain. There are competing thoughts as to whether England or Scotland saw our first lodges. Written records are lost and so we can leave it as a little friendly rivalry between England and Scotland as to where its roots lie. You will hear many theories on how Freemasonry came into being. The most popular thought is that it is derived from the mediaeval guild of operative masons who built the cathedrals and churches. Other plausible theories suggest that Freemasonry evolved from the early days of the Royal Society and the activities of the members which it nurtured.


Some put credence in other more esoteric suggestions such as originating from the Knights Templar; the court of the Saxon King Athelstan, the ancient Roman College of Architects, or even Pythagoras or other luminaries of the ancient world. The truth is that we do not know and, more importantly, it does not really matter. It has been usefully suggested that you can compare it with standing on the shore of the Bristol Channel and saying that you are looking at the waters of the River Severn. This is true, but you are also looking at the waters of the rivers Teme, Avon and Stour, among many others. No doubt we too have many sources which are less obvious.

History of Freemasonry in England
Corporation of London plaque marking first meeting of The Grand Lodge of English Freemasons 1717

What we do know is that current Freemasonry came into being on the feast day of St John the Baptist in 1717, when the first Grand Lodge was established. The happiness of this event was marred by later dissension which lasted for sixty years and saw the formation of other rival Grand Lodges. That was not resolved until 1813 when the two surviving rivals were reconciled and formed what we know today as the United Grand Lodge of England. This is the body which now governs Freemasonry in England and Wales and Districts overseas.

Sunday Carvery for Crescamus

On 19 March, Crescamus Lodge together with friends and family, gathered at Croydon and District Masonic Halls to enjoy a Sunday carvery.

Crescamus members, friends and family at the Sunday Carvery


Enjoying a three-course Sunday lunch was the great fun for all; many realising that their eyes were bigger than their stomachs!


Members and their families often go out for a bite to eat or a drink just because we want to get together. Sometimes we also meet people who have expressed an interest in joining our lodge.

The excellent monthly carvery laid on by Croydon and District Masonic Halls gave all the perfect excuse. We were joined by a friend who wanted to know a more about Freemasonry, and Crescamus Lodge with a view to joining. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the carvery certainly went down well with a few glasses of wine or beer!


The afternoon was made even more special following an announcement by the Lodge’s Secretary. At the Surrey Provincial AGM in June, he will be appointed a Provincial Grand Steward by the Provincial Grand Master. The news of which prompted the opening of several bottles of bubbly!

A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a quick photo was taken as a record.

MCF Donates £100,000 to East Africa Food Crisis Appeal

Across Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Somalia, over 20 million people are on the brink of starvation. The Masonic Charitable Foundation has been among the first to respond, making an emergency grant of £100,000 to support their efforts in East Africa.

Masonic Charitable Foundation
Masonic Charitable Foundation

Drought, disease, conflict and displacement in the region have led to the first declaration of famine anywhere in the world in over six years and the UN has warned that the world is now facing the largest humanitarian crisis since 1945. Our £100,000 grant will help Plan International give lifesaving support to over 970,000 people in East Africa, focusing on supporting vulnerable children and their families. This donation will help them to distribute food packages, water purification, and hygiene kits. They will also give school meals to make sure children can resume their education, as well as ensuring vulnerable children are protected from violence and abuse.

Mother and child affected by food Crisis
Mother and child affected by food crisis

Plan International UK

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said “We’re enormously grateful to the Freemasons for their very generous grant. More than 800,000 children under five are severely malnourished. This grant will help us reach affected children and their families with urgent support”.  With predictions of further poor rainfall coupled with pockets of rising conflict, the situation is likely to deteriorate. Due to the scale of this disaster, swift humanitarian assistance is essential and the Masonic Charitable Foundation is committed to supporting communities who have been affected.

Plan International UK
Plan International UK

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said: “The crisis in East Africa is one of the worst we have seen in many years and funds are needed now to offer life-saving support to those affected. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is proud to be one of the first organisations to support this urgent appeal by providing a £100,000 grant to Plan International on behalf of Freemasons across England and Wales.”

Plan International UK is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee, which this week launched an East Africa Crisis appeal. The DEC is made up of 13 leading aid agencies who together are responding to the food crisis in the region.