Ship-Shaped and Bristol Workings Fashioned at Crescamus

On Saturday 28 April, Crescamus Lodge hosted the most amazing ceremony of Bristol Workings as St Augustine’s Lodge No. 3108 travelled from Bristol to demonstrate their unique and dramatic ceremony to the gathered Brethren in Croydon.

Bristol Workings

Buzz of the Province

Crescamus Lodge hosted the event on behalf of the Foundation Club 152 Brethren were at the meeting, including the R.W. Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler. We were joined by Brethren from not only Surrey but from across the whole country.

The meeting was certainly the buzz of not just the Province of Surrey, but far and beyond. Other than the delegation from Bristol, visitors came from, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire & IOW, West Kent, Metropolitan, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire and Somerset. It is believed that this was the Lodge’s largest-ever meeting, eclipsing the 139 Brethren present for the Lodge’s Consecration Meeting in 1961.

Bristol Workings

The Bristol Craft ceremonies are believed to date from a period long before the Union of 1813 – one authority has suggested from about 1724. They are considerably different from those worked in the rest of the English Constitution – more elaborate and dramatic. They have affinities in many respects with Irish and American workings. These differences are what draw so many visitors from all parts of the country, and abroad, to witness their workings. They are also the reason Bristol Lodges are so often asked to perform demonstrations in other Provinces. Bristol Workings are unique. Although the Masonic ceremonies across the United Grand Lodge of England have the same meaning; Bristol Workings

The Province of Bristol consists of 37 Craft Lodges – all of whom strive to perform the three degrees of Craft masonry to the highest standards. Ritual books are banned during their ceremonies and therefore each degree is performed by memory.

Festive Board

 

Following the meeting, 120 Brethren dined in fine style, enjoying a superb three-course meal. This was followed by toasts to those who had partaken in the afternoon’s events, with special attention paid to our visitors from Bristol. A raffle was held during the course of the meal which raised over £500, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.

New Year, New Master!

On Monday 19 February 2018, Crescamus Lodge installed their new Master into the Chair of King Solomon.

Worshipful Master

After months of preparation, it was a great night with many guests coming to witness W. Bro. Chris being installed.

W. Bro. Chris, who was initiated at Crescamus’ 50th Anniversary meeting in 2011, who has spent the last seven years preparing for the moment and the year ahead, was ably assisted by his Father-in-Law and Past Master W. Bro. Rob.

Following the Installation Ceremony, W. Bro. Chris appointed his Officers for the year ahead.

The Master’s Year Ahead

Chris’ first challenge will be an extra special meeting on 28 April, as Crescamus Lodge host a demonstration of Bristol Workings, by St Augustine’s Lodge 3108., to where over 100 Freemasons are expected to attend.

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?

Celebration

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.

Traditional Crescamus Christmas

On Monday 11 December, Freemasons from Crescamus Lodge, their friends and family enjoyed their annual Christmas White Table at Croydon and District Masonic Halls.

Croydon Freemason Christmas

All present enjoyed a fabulous four-course Christmas meal, whilst being entertained by the excellent Lynwood Singers, with seasonal Christmas Carols.

Here’s to a wonderful and happy Christmas and healthy New Year to you all from the Brethren of Crescamus Lodge.

Bristol Workings Demonstration

The Foundation Club is delighted to present a demonstration of a Bristol Third Degree. This spectacular ceremony will be held on Saturday 28 April at Croydon and District Masonic Halls, in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Ian Chandler. Hosted by Crescamus Lodge, No 7776, St Augustine Lodge will travel from Bristol to deliver a unique demonstration of their workings which is not to be missed!

Bristol Workings DemonstrationBristol Workings Demonstration

The Bristol Craft ceremonies are believed to date from a period long before the Union of 1813 – one authority has suggested from about 1724. They are considerably different from those worked in the rest of the English Constitution – more elaborate and dramatic. They have affinities in many respects with Irish and American workings. These differences are what draw so many visitors from all parts of the country, and abroad, to witness their workings. They are also the reason Bristol Lodges are so often asked to perform demonstrations in other Provinces. Bristol Workings are unique. Although the Masonic ceremonies across the United Grand Lodge of England have the same meaning; Bristol Workings

The Province of Bristol consists of 37 Craft Lodges – all of whom strive to perform the three degrees of Craft masonry to the highest standards. Ritual books are banned during their ceremonies and therefore each degree is performed by memory.

St. Augustine Lodge, No. 3108

Bristol Workings Demonstration

Warranted on the 15th April 1905 and granted a Centenary Warrant in 2005, the St Augustine Lodge was established as a musical lodge, the name chosen by the Founders due to the neighbourhood of the Bristol Freemasons’ Hall being closely associated with St Augustine.

Book Now!

Tickets are strictly limited and all Master Masons upwards are welcome to experience the unique ritual of a Bristol Lodge. This ceremony is spectacular and all new and established Brethren should attend to witness this dramatic and special demonstration, which is not to be missed!

Tickets are £35.00 each and include the festive board. Alternatively, you can attend just the meeting for £5. All proceeds will go to Masonic Charities.

To book visit foundationclub.org.uk/bristol

Crescamus Lodge Remembers the Fallen

On Remembrance Sunday 2017, a number of members of Crescamus Lodge, their friends and family gathered at Selhurst War Memorial to lay a reef to remember those who paid the ultimate price.

Remembrance Sunday

The ceremony at Selhurst War Memorial is whilst not official, has been marked by local residents for the past four years. The event which is supported by the Two Brewers on Gloucester Road, Croydon, was revived by the W. Bro. Sam Norman ProvGStwd, Secretary of Crescamus Lodge in 2014, after a hiatus of 24 years after the closure of the Holy Trinity Church in 1980.

Roughly one in six of the 633 VC recipients during World War I were Freemasons. Of these, 64 were under UGLE and 43 were under Grand Lodges in the British Empire. In 2017, memorial paving stones were laid to remember their gallantry.

Following the short memorial service, those present returned to the Two Brewers for a social gathering a small libation and a sausage or bacon butty.

Royal Albert Hall Tercentenary Meeting

On Tuesday 31 October, members of Crescamus Lodge were present at the United Grand Lodge of England’s celebrations of the Tercentenary culminated in with a special celebratory meeting held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

Celebrating 300 years since the formation of the Premier Grand Lodge; nearly 5,000 Freemasons from across the world descended on the Royal Albert Hall, to witness a spectacular star-studded show. From the opening moments, members were amazed when stars of stage and screen, including Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, and Sanjeev Bhashkar took to the stage.

The show sent home members both astonished and delighted, having learned new things about our Fraternity and feeling even greater pride in their membership. Using music and drama, the production highlighted how central Freemasons and Freemasonry has been central to Western history.

Enlightenment

Focussing on the enlightenment and its key figures including Voltaire, Montesquieu, Lessing, Goethe, Mozart, Washington, Franklin, and Rousseau. The show demonstrated how Freemasons have been at the forefront of major historical turning points, in science and the arts, as well as socially.

Soane’s Ark

Following the conclusion of the dramatic elements of the show, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent took to the stage to conduct the ceremonial elements of the meeting. The highlight of which was the presentation of the replica Soane’s Ark. Originally built-in 1813 to store the Articles of Union, it stood in the Grand Temple of the old Freemasons Hall until a fire broke out in 1883 and it was destroyed. It is only fitting that in this Tercentenary year, it should be replaced.

Many present then travelled to Battersea Evolution for a celebratory dinner, whilst members of the Crescamus Lodge headed out for a few drinks and a meal to reflect on what had been an amazing day.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to be there, you can watch the entire show at rah300.org

Crescamus Initiate Another Member

On Monday 16 October, the Worshipful Master and members of Crescamus Lodge initiated their latest member at Croydon and District Masonic Halls.

Crescamus Initiate Another Member
It proved a night to remember not only for Bro. Toby who joined Crescamus, but also for the Lodge as the number of members continues to grow from strength to strength.

Following a wonderful ceremony delivered exquisitely by the Worshipful Master; Bro. Toby was initiated in front of members and guests of the Lodge, including the representative of the representative of the R.W. Bro. Ian Chandler, the Provincial Grand Master. Other guests came from across the Province of Surrey including Nick Tamila, Chairman of the Foundation Club to see the newest Freemason in Surrey.

Festive Board

The brethren of Crescamus Lodge and their guests then retired to enjoy a sumptuous meal at which Toby was the guest of honour sat alongside the Worshipful Master and the Official Visitor from the Province of Surrey.

As per Masonic tradition,  toast was given to Toby, in which the members drank to his health. Toby responded by thanking his proposer and seconder. Toby also stated that he very much looked enjoyed the ceremony in the Lodge and the Festive Board and was looking forward to his journey in Freemasonry.

Inside the Freemasons

Bro. Toby’s interest in Freemasonry was piqued by the Sky One documentary Inside the Freemasons. Having had an interest in Freemasonry for several years, the hit tv programme, convinced Toby to apply to Crescamus Lodge to join.

Toby is now looking forward to undertaking his Second Degree ceremony, and visiting other Lodges to see for himself the ceremony he undertook.

Join Crescamus

If you want to join Toby in becoming a Freemason, why don’t you get in touch with us, and you could be the next new member of Crescamus Lodge.

 

2017 Annual Provincial Cathedral Service

The Surrey Annual Provincial Cathedral Service of Thanksgiving took place at Guildford Cathedral on Sunday 8 October. Members of Crescamus Lodge travelled from Croydon to be among the many hundreds of Masons, their wives, partners and families attending the service. There were also many dignitaries from across Surrey.

  • Annual Cathedral Service

Annual Cathedral Service

Welcomed to the newly restored Cathedral by the Dean, Dianna Gwillians; readings were given by the R.W. Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler, the Deputy Superintendent, E. Comp. Alan Bayliss, representing the Holy Royal Arch and W. Bro. Richard Wileman, Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

Pageantry

Freemasons from across Surrey attended the event in full regalia. The Service is one of the most important in the Provincial calendar. It is an enjoyable occasion, being a mixture of colourful pageantry, wonderful music, and singing.

With the service having been cancelled in 2016, due to the level of building works being undertaken, it was fantastic to return to our Cathedral. Once again, the service was a delight for all, demonstrating Freemasonry in the heart of our community.

 

Crescamus Lodge Steals the Limelight at Chelsea Lodge

On Friday 15 September, members of the Crescamus Lodge, travelled from Croydon to London’s West End to visit Chelsea Lodge, the Masonic home of stars of stage and screen, as part of a contingent from the Foundation Club.
  • Chelsea Lodge

Chelsea Lodge

Meeting at Freemasons Hall, Chelsea Lodge is one of the best known in the world. There are waiting lists many months long for Masons wanting to visit and enjoy their hospitality. The Lodge which was founded in 1905, has members from all branches of show business.

The members of Crescamus Lodge were treated to a star-studded demonstration of ritual when Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry fame was raised to the third-degree.

Cabaret

The meeting was followed by a fabulous Festive Board at the Grand Connaught Rooms. Following completion of the toasts, the Brethren were treated to the traditional Chelsea Lodge cabaret. Members of the Lodge took to the stage to entertain their visitors. Jonathan Pandy, who viewers saw undertake his First Degree on Inside the Freemasons when the Lodge was featured stole the show with his beatboxing and rapping.