Crime and the Craft now Published

In December 2016, Masonic historian Mike Neville visited Crescamus Lodge to give a talk entitled ‘Crime and the Craft’ to its members, and their families and friends. Now his book on the same subject has now been published.

Crime and the Craft

Crime and the Craft: Masonic Involvement in Murder, Treason and Scandal reveals the Freemasons who have been involved in murder, treason, skullduggery and scandal from the time of the English Civil War to the 1980s.

Jack the Ripper

Nearly every infamous case investigated by Scotland Yard, including Jack the Ripper, Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, the Great Train Robbery and Kray twins, is shown to have Masonic involvement for good or bad. For the first time, sixty lodges that have a link to Jack the Ripper are identified and a known suspect identified as a Mason.

Masonic involvement in police corruption, from the Trial of the Detectives in 1877 to Operation Countryman, is uncovered. The true involvement of gangster Kenneth Noye is also revealed as are details of the Mason making secret signs to a judge during a murder trial at the Old Bailey.

Crime and the Craft

This fascinating book for the Freemason and historian also describes how members of the Craft have been pioneers in the development of forensic pathology, fingerprint evidence and the use of images to catch criminals.

Ultimately, Crime and the Craft answers the question: ‘Is there a relationship between Freemasonry and crime?

To order a signed copy of Crime and the Craft or Mike’s first book, Sacred Secrets, copy e-mail

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 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!

Freemasonry 300 Years: 1717 – 2017 Exhibition

As celebrations continue to take place across the Province of Surrey to mark the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge, today (3 July 2017) an exhibition marking the anniversary opened at Croydon Clocktower.

Tercentenary Exhibition


The display celebrates the history of the Tercentenary throughout the Province of Surrey with the last section of the exhibit portraying the role Freemasonry has played in Croydon’s history.

The exhibition will be open for two weeks before moving on to other locations throughout Surrey. So if you have some spare time over the next week, why not pop into the Clocktower in Croydon? We will!


Croydon Clocktower

For details of other venues, click here.

Crescamus Joins the Surrey Provincial AGM

On Wednesday 28 June, Crescamus Lodge was extensively represented at the Surrey Provincial AGM at Freemasons Hall.

The event which marks the end of the Masonic year in Surrey witnesses the appointment and investiture of Provincial Grand Officers. The day is spectacular in that Masons from across Surrey travel to London and fill the Grand Temple. Many of the Brethren from Crescamus Lodge, took the time to attend.

Crescamus at Surrey Provincial AGM

Crescamus Lodge Recognition

Following a long and proud Crescamus Lodge tradition, another member of the Lodge was made a Provincial Grand Officer. Our Lodge Secretary was rewarded for his efforts in both supporting Crescamus and the Province. He was appointed by the Provincial Grand Master to the active rank of Provincial Grand Steward. We all wish him a great year ahead which will no doubt be extremely busy!

Festive Board

The day concluded in spectacular style in the Connaught Rooms, where the Festive Board took place, accompanied by a string quartet, and of course, the battling buglers!

Crescamus Celebrates Tercentenary

On Saturday 24 June 2017, members of Crescamus Lodge joined in the Tercentenary Celebrations marking 300 years of the first Grand Lodge. As part of a contingent from the Foundation Club, they joined a tour led by Mike Neville, from the Royal Exchange in the heart of the City of London, towards Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden.

Goose and Gridiron

Of particular interest was the site (or near to) where the first Grand Lodge was formed. Four London Lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron on 24 June 1717 where they formed a Grand Lodge to govern Freemasonry in England.

Plaque in St Paul's Cathedral Courtyard commemorating the First Grand Lodge of English Freemasons in 1717

Whilst the Goose and Gridiron no longer stands, the tour visited the Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. The historic inn, having been rebuilt in 1667 is the closest building left in London to the Goose and Gridiron, with twisty winding stairways and small bars scattered throughout.

The Tour took in all the historic elements of the City of London which played an important role in the formation of Freemasonry as we know it today. From The Guildhall to St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Old Bailey to the Temple Church. The tour concluded in Covent Garden and the modern home of Freemasonry, Freemasons Hall on Great Queen Street.

Members of the Foundation Club and the Widows Sons outside Grand Lodge marking the Tercentenary

From there they stopped for lunch and were treated to a warm welcome from the Masonic Bikers organisation, The Widows Sons outside Freemasons Hall.

Croydon Masons Take Part in Warlingham Parade

On 17 June, Freemasons from Croydon and across Surrey took part in the annual Warlingham Parade, as part of the Warlingham Festival.

Led by the Provincial Grand Master, Masons from across the Province paraded in full regalia to the delight of the public, as they marked 300 years of the First Grand Lodge.

Surrey Freemasons Parade

The Festival in its 25th year was the most successful to date and the weather was beautiful for the occasion with all having a fabulous time.


Grant of £4,000 from Freemasons to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

A grant of £4,000 from Surrey Freemasons was presented to crew members of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance on 16 June 2017.

The grant, which comes from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is funded by Freemasons and their families across England and Wales.

A cheque presentation was held at the charity’s Redhill base, followed by a presentation from Director of Operations, Leigh Curtis, about how their continuing support has made such a difference.

Surrey Freemasons Air Ambulance donation







Life-Saving Charity

The life-saving charity operates throughout the South East covering an area of 3,500 square miles and a population of 4.5million people.

So far this year, their crews have been called to more than 600 missions, helping the most critically ill and injured people in the region.

During 2017, Freemasons around the country will be presenting 20 regional air ambulance charities with grants totaling £180,000.

Lynne Harris, Director of Income Generation for the charity, said: “We are so grateful to Surrey Freemasons for their continuing generosity.

“Without support like this, we simply would not be able to continue our life-saving work.”

David Olliver, of Surrey Freemasons, said: “We are so pleased to continue supporting the great work of the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

“Supporting the work they carry out in our communities every day is something to be proud of.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance relies almost entirely on public donations to raise in excess of £6.5million each year.

300 charities, £3 million, 300 years of Freemasonry

Voting is now open in the MCF Community Awards. The Community Awards are offering the chance for local community charities to receive a share of £3 million generously donated by Freemasons and their families.

MCF Community Awards

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons have nominated 300 charities across England and Wales to receive a grant from the Foundation. Every charity that has been nominated has a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £25,000.

Depending on the size of each regional area; four, six or eight charities operating locally will have a chance to receive a grant between £4,000 and £25,000. Your vote will decide how much we give to each charity.

Vote for your favourite charity

The vote is open to all Freemasons, their family members and members of the public; everyone can get involved and vote for the charity of their choice.

You can only vote once, but you can share who you voted for with your family and friends to help your favourite charity get more votes.

Voting will take place from 12 June to 31 July

Voting will take place in June and July and the results will be announced in August 2017.

How to vote

Everyone can get involved and vote for the charity of their choice.

Simply click here select your region to find out which charities have been chosen in your area. If you already have a particular charity in mind, you can search for them by name.

To submit your vote you just need to provide your name and email address. This information will remain confidential and we will contact you with the outcome of the MCF Community Awards.

You can vote for any charity in any region, however, voting is strictly limited to one vote per person.

The vote will close on 31st July 2017. Once you have voted, please encourage your family and friends to vote too.

If you don’t have an email address, or you need help voting, get in touch with the MCF on 020 3146 3309.

Inside the Freemasons DVD now Available

To mark the United Grand Lodge of England’s Tercentenary, A Sky Television crew were given unique and unprecedented access to discover what it means to be a modern-day Freemason.

Inside The Freemasons DVD

The documentary went beyond the myth and legend discovering what it means to be a Freemason in the 21st Century; and answer the questions, who are Freemasons and what do they do?

Inside The Freemasons DVD – Unique and Unprecedented Access to Freemasonry

From Masonic regalia to lavish ceremonies, through to ancient rituals and bonds of brotherhood. Many viewers will recently have had the pleasure of watching the documentary ‘Inside the Freemasons’.

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.

There were many behind the scenes highlights to enjoy including coverage of the biggest day of the Masonic calendar, the Annual Investiture, and the official consecration of the first Masonic football lodge. Added to this is a feature with UGLE’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Doctor David Staples.

Inside The Freemasons DVD

The documentary has been incredibly well received and now a special edition on DVD is now available to pre-order. It consists of two DVDs, featuring all five episodes and 30 minutes of exclusive unseen extra content.

The Inside the Freemasons DVD will be released on June 15th and is now available to pre-order from Letchworths Shop for just £14.99 by clicking here.