The annual Surrey Provincial Cathedral Service was held on Sunday 15th September at Guildford Cathedral. Members of Crescamus Lodge and their families were in attendance as Crescamus was honoured with the privilege of parading their banner.
The Annual Service of Thanksgiving is one of the highlights of the Masonic year, a chance for Brethren and Companions and their families to get together at the beginning of the Masonic season and a rare occasion when members are encouraged to wear their full dress regalia in public. This makes the service a true celebration, and rich in colour and tradition.
Very few lodges are ever selected to parade their banner and Crescamus Lodge now count within that number. Our newest member was selected out of the members of the Lodge to carry the banner and had a fantastic day being centre of attention.
The service itself welcomes civil signatories from across the Surrey.
With September arriving and the kids going back to school, it can only mean one thing… the new Masonic season is here at Crescamus as we look forward to the year ahead.
Crescamus Lodge meets formally in October, December, February and May, with weekly Lodges of Instruction at Croydon and District Masonic Halls, where the members get together to learn more about their Freemasonry and rehearse for the upcoming meetings.
The year ahead at Crescamus looks as busy and exciting as ever with a range of events and meetings to whet everyone’s appetite.
December will see our usual White Table meeting, where after the conclusion of the formal Masonic business, we will welcome our guest into the Temple, before we retire for a Christmas meal, complete with carols. If you would like to experience Masonic hospitality with a view to joining, please contact us.
Each and every February, Crescamus Lodge hold’s its annual Installation meeting, where the Master is appointed for the year ahead, and this year will be no different. Being Master is a big responsibility but one which every Mason aspires to.
Our May meeting is always the conclusion of the year, and always good fun. At this meeting, we will be looking to add to the members of Crescamus, by initiating our newest member. Could this be you?
The event which traditionally marks the end of the Masonic year in Surrey witnesses the appointment and investiture of Provincial Grand Officers. The day is spectacular in that Freemasons from across Surrey travel to London and fill the Grand Temple. Many of the Brethren from Crescamus Lodge, took the time to attend and to dine following the conclusion of the meeting.
Following a long and proud Crescamus Lodge tradition, one of our members received his first appointment in Provincial Grand Lodge, for his efforts in supporting both Crescamus and the Province. He was personally appointed by the Provincial Grand Master to the rank of Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
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 traditional battling buglers!
On Friday 21 June, Members of Crescamus Lodge and their family and friends once again descended upon the Chat House in Croydon for their Annual Curry Night.
This year the centre of attention was on W. Bro. Brian Kingman to celebrate his forthcoming appointment in Provincial Grand Lodge.
Once a year the Lodge of Instruction arranges a Curry Night to mark the conclusion of the Masonic Season. It is always a fantastic occasion. 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.
We all had a great time and agreed to have another social evening in the very near future. Great food was had by, all washed down with several pints of Cobra, before goodnights were said all looking forward to next year’s event and the many social events planned beforehand.
Monday 20 May, saw the Crescamus’ final meeting of the Masonic season, and what a great meeting it was. 29 Brethren were present as we Passed to the Second Degree our newest member.
With the late-Spring bank holiday approaching fast, several of our members were unable to make the meeting, with holidays having been booked. So we called upon our friends from the Foundation Club, Surrey’s Club for new Masons and a smattering of Provincial Grand Stewards past and present to help us out and ensure a fantastic ceremony for our candidate.
The Worshipful Master opened the lodge and after welcoming our many visitors, carried out the Ceremony of Passing in fine form. He was ably assisted by his Officers including W. Bro Mike and Bro. Mark from the Foundation Club who stood in as Junior Deacon and Inner Guard respectively and did a fantastic job.
Second Degree Tracing Board
Following the conclusion of the ceremony another of our guests, W. Bro. Ivan gave a splendid rendition of the Second Degree Tracing Board lecture for the benefit of our newly Passed Brother.
Crescamus Lodge was then honoured when W. Bro. John, Treasurer of the Surrey 2019 RMBI Festival presented the Worshipful Master with a Silver Award for the Lodge’s contribution in helping the Province reach and exceed its target of raising £3.25 million. Crescamus Lodge donated a very impressive £11,596 to that total.
Following the conclusion of the lodge meeting, the brethren retired to the bar before sitting down to dinner which topped a great evening, with everyone enjoying themselves, ensuring it was a very lively evening in the best of company.
With the summer fast approaching, all eyes are on summer social events, from barbecues to curry nights, the perfect opportunity for you to find out if Freemasonry is for you! If you are interested in attending and finding out more about Freemasonry why not contact us?
The Lodge doesn’t meet again until October when we will be visited by Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Surrey and balloting to make the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, North and East Ridings who was initiated into Crescamus Lodge an Honorary member, as well as Raising a Brother to the Third Degree.
Five years is a long time, but it only feels like yesterday that the Surrey 2019 Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution was launched, with a target of raising £3.25 million in aid of the neediest. It was always acknowledged that this target would be very difficult to achieve. The RMBI offers support for older Freemasons, their families and the wider community. They are committed to delivering services that promote the dignity, independence and choice of the individuals they support. Person-centred care is at the heart of what they do and this is reflected in how they engage with our residents, visitors and staff.
Expectations and Memories
But now that the champagne has all been drunk, the fireworks have all gone off, the hangovers and the headaches have ebbed away and the memories and photos, all that is left are the memories and photographs of the occasion.
The eyes of the entire Province of Surrey were all fixed on Guildford Cathedral on Saturday night. The expectations were high and, quite frankly, those expectations were smashed! The venue, the food, the service, the Stewards, the numbers who booked, the Deputy Grand Master and the contingent from the RMBI and MCF all adding to a spectacular night. Then the results were announced…
Significant Success and Silver Award
Raising £3,313,470 is a truly remarkable result and Crescamus Lodge played a significant part, raising £11,596 ourselves and being awarded a Silver Award for the amount donated by the Brethren of the Lodge. Perhaps the most significant element of the five-year festival wasn’t just the money raised, but the amount of fun that was had, and the making of many lasting friendships.
On Monday 18 February, the members of Crescamus Lodge and their visitors attended the Lodge’s Installation meeting, where W. Bro. Chris was Proclaimed as Master for 2019.
Proclaimed as Master
Each year, the February meeting of the Lodge sees the Master appointed, and this year was no different. W. Bro. Chris was Proclaimed as Master of the Lodge for the following 12 months. Chris was first Installed Master in 2018 and the Lodge voted in December, that he should remain in the Master’s Chair for another year. W. Bro. Chris was initiated into Crescamus Lodge in 2011, at the Lodge’s 50th Anniversary meeting in 2011.
In front of many members and guests, including the new Chairman of the Foundation Club, Bro. Mark Budds, the Immediate Past Master of the Lodge, W. Bro. Bob, Proclaimed Chris as the Master. That being complete Chris then appointed and invested his officers.
W. Bro. Chris performed to the very highest level during the meeting with the able assistance of his Officers. W. Bros. Frank and John delivered the addresses to the Wardens and Brethren respectively with equal eloquence and aplomb. All the officers involved in the meeting worked hard to achieve perfection and it was clearly evident that they had practised hard and diligently for it.
At the end of the meeting, the members of the Lodge and their guests all dined in perfect harmony, enjoying a fabulous meal and drinking several toasts including to the health of the Worshipful Master. The Brethren enjoyed a special treat as the Secretary of the Lodge treated them to bottles of port to celebrate the occasion. A raffle was held raising £70 for charity, with the Lodge’s guests walking away with the best of prizes!
W. Bro. Chris and the rest of the members of Crescamus Lodge will now look forward to the next meeting on 20th May, when they will have another full agenda as the Lodge’s most recent Initiate undertakes his second degree ceremony.
Croydon’s Crescamus Lodge voted at their December meeting to donate a further £3,000 to the Surrey 2019 RMBI Festival. The Lodge has already been presented with a Bronze Award for its efforts and is now closing in on being awarded a Silver Award.
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Freemasons from across Surrey have been raising money over the past five years dependents raise £3.25 million for the RMBI Festival.
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. It operates seventeen care homes across England and Wales which provide residential, nursing, respite and dementia care for elderly Freemasons and their dependants.