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 Demonstration

Bristol 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

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.

Crescamus at Quarterly Communications

On Wednesday 13 September, members of Crescamus Lodge attended Quarterly Communication of United Grand Lodge of England at Freemasons Hall.

Grand Lodge
Courtesy of UGLE
Following an invitation from the Provincial Grand Master for Surrey, Ian Chandler; nearly 200 Masons from across the Province, made the short trip to Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden, ensuring that Surrey had the largest contingent of Brethren at the meeting.

Quarterly Communications is held four times a year and is where the activities of UGLE are undertaken, representing the 200,000 Freemasons and their 7,000 Lodges in England and Wales.

The Pro Grand Master, Peter Lowndes addressed the meeting, recognising the vital contribution Freemasonry’s members have made in the 300th year of Grand Lodge. This was followed by an informative presentation by the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wooton.

Following the meeting, the members of Crescamus Lodge in Croydon were privileged to be invited to dine with the Surrey Grand Officer’s Mess at the Kingsway Hotel where a fabulous time was had by all.

New Masonic Season Kicks Off!

Monday 4 September saw members of Crescamus meet up for the first time after the summer break. Meeting at Croydon and District Masonic Hall plans were put in place for the Masonic year ahead.

2017 to date has been a great year as we have celebrated the Tercentenary of the Premier Grand Lodge, but this coming Masonic season looks like it will be even better!

Members of Crescamus Lodge will be attending Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge on 13 September, as part of a delegation of Freemason from across Surrey.

8 October, will mark the resumption of the Annual Provincial Cathedral Service at Guildford Cathedral following a one-year hiatus to allow for essential refurbishment works.

On 16 October, we will be Initiating the latest member to join the Lodge in what should be a magnificent evening. All the members of the Lodge are looking forward to welcoming our newest member, and are working hard to make sure he has a night to remember.

31 October will mark the highlight of the Tercentenary celebrations, with a special meeting of Grand Lodge at the Royal Albert Hall, where 5,000 Masons will be in attendance.

For our newer members, the Foundation Club will be holding a New Members Meeting in Croydon on 14 November, where they will be able to find out more about the Club’s plans for the year ahead.

In December, we will be holding our traditional White Table meeting, where we invite family and friends to join us for a Christmas meal, complete with a choir entertaining us with Christmas hymns.

As we skip into 2018, February will see us install our Worshipful Master for the forthcoming year, before he takes his first meeting in May 2018.

Throughout the course of the year, members of Crescamus, their family and friends will get together for social events.

MCF Community Awards Results are In

During June and July 2017, the Masonic Charity Foundation held a public vote to decide on the recipients of money donated by Freemasons. to local charities to celebrate the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge.

MCF Community Award Results

Masonic Community Awards

The eight charities nominated in Surrey received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results

White Lodge Centre

White Lodge Centre

Congratulations to White Lodge Centre who received the most votes in Surrey and have secured a grant of £25,000!

Founded 55 years ago, White Lodge Centre today supports over 2,500 disabled children and adults, their families and carers throughout Surrey. They specialise in helping physically disabled children and adults with cerebral palsy (permanent damage to the undeveloped brain), acquired brain injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, who may be unable to talk/communicate, be blind, deaf, permanently confined to a wheelchair. They also care for children and teenagers who are severely autistic – who constantly find the world frightening and baffling, unable to make sense of what is happening around them.

Yorda Adventures

 

Yorda Adventures

Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation who pride themselves on providing engaging and stimulating play projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities. Their services not only give children with amazing new experiences, but they also enable the families of our children to have some much-needed respite from the round-the-clock care they usually have to offer. They work with families in and around the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, from their base in Chessington, and they now support around 100 families each year. Yorda Adventures has been awarded a grant of £15,000.

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders provides unique facilities to help disabled children and adults by having regular contact with horses – either through riding or driving. They have about 340 riders per week, all with a disability. Ages range from 4 to 60 years old and each week they enjoy half an hour or so with the assistance of their instructors and helpers. An experience which takes them out of their restricted daily lives – and puts smiles on their faces! For most of their riders, it is the only sport they can take part in and experience some form of independence and sense of achievement. The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders has been awarded a grant of £15,000.

The Grange

The Grange

The Grange is a forward thinking, dynamic charity based in Bookham, Surrey supporting over 100 adults with disabilities by providing registered housing, supported living and a varied programme of training activities in areas such as IT, Horticulture, Woodwork, Catering and Creative Arts and Textiles. They also have a Social Enterprise group called ‘Grange Creations’ which, along with other projects, makes and sells fudge to the public. The Grange has been awarded a grant of £6,000.

Meath Epilepsy Charity

Meath Epilepsy Charity

The Meath Epilepsy Charity, this year celebrated their 125th anniversary. They offer housing and a wide network of support services empowering and enabling people living with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. The Meath’s main site is situated at the heart of Godalming. Their professional and dedicated staff team cares for and supports eighty people, as well as others living more independently through our Meath Home Support service. They also run a successful Skills and Enterprise Centre, enabling people to pursue their own choice of academic and everyday skills training, as well as a variety of arts, leisure and sports activities. Meath Epilepsy Charity has been awarded a grant of £6,000.

MERU Medical Engineering Resource Unit

MERU – Medical Engineering Resource Unit

MERU is a charity which creates engineering solutions for children with disabilities. They make Bugzi; a specialist powered wheelchair for very young children with cerebral palsy and other complex conditions. The green “bug” shell allows young children, who usually haven’t been able to move independently before, to explore the world safely. They also make a range of disability equipment, including pioneering grips to hold an iPad which can be used as a communication device or simple additions to a school chair which can help a child with mobility problems use them alongside their classmates. When a family can’t find the right piece of equipment anywhere else, their engineers can design and build something from scratch, tailored to the needs of the child. MERU Medical Engineering Resource Unit has been awarded a grant of £4,000.

Phab

Phab

Phab supports children, young people and adults with disabilities, enabling members to enjoy local Phab clubs, holiday projects and holiday homes, and opportunities for fun and personal development. There are 170 local Phab Clubs across England and Wales where 8,000 members, both with and without disabilities, enjoy regular social activities and the opportunity for families and members to support each other and have great fun together. Phab also provides exciting and challenging holiday projects each year for disabled or disadvantaged children and young people age 8 to 25, held at fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the New Forest and Lake District, all supported by Phab’s wonderful volunteers and carers. The children, many away from home for the first time, will reach the treetops, paddle a canoe, fly on the zip-wire and go caving – things they would never have thought possible before and all building their confidence, self-esteem, skills and independence. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and, with its Head Office in Croydon, five clubs across Surrey with over 420 members, and local children benefiting from holiday projects Phab has been awarded a grant of £4,000.

The Fircroft Trust

The Fircroft Trust

The Fircroft Trust provides centre-based support to adults who have severe to moderate mental health problems and/or learning disabilities. Their residential services offer supported living for adults with learning disabilities and 24-hour residential care for adults with complex needs. The Fircroft Trust has been awarded a grant of £4,000.

Thank You!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards. Nearly 180,000 people cast their votes to support a cause that matters to them, and to support their local communities.

Crime and the Craft now Published

In December 2016, Masonic historian Mike Neville visited Croydon to give a talk entitled ‘Crime and the Craft’ to Crescamus Lodge, its members, 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 bookings@mike-neville-walks-and-talks.co.uk