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.

Masonic Fund Raising Tops £33 Million

The total charitable support given by the Masonic Community for the financial year ending April 2017 has amounted to a whopping £33 million. Over half of that amount went directly to non-Masonic charities.

With this level of support, this puts Freemasonry into the Top 10 of grant-making organisations in the UK. By assets, the Masonic Charitable Foundation alone is in the Top 20 and when Provincial assets are added it is likely to be much higher.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The £33 million does not include donations made by other orders including the Holy Royal Arch or Mark Masonry and many others. Nor does it include donations directly made by Provinces or Metropolitan Grand Lodge, and the absolute total will no doubt be much greater.

MCF Community Awards

Masonic Charitable Foundation Tercentenary Community Awards

Funds donated in 2017, will be even greater still, as a guaranteed £3 million will be given away £3M MCF Tercentenary Community Awards, Provincial/Metropolitan special grants to celebrate the Tercentenary, an extra £1M in MCF Charity Grants and likely increase in MCF Masonic Support giving plus the inclusion of other Orders in the figures.

MCF Community Awards

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons across England and Wales have nominated 300 local charities across England and Wales to receive a grant from a fund of £3 million pounds from the Masonic Charity Foundation.

MCF Community Awards – Tercentenary Fund

On Saturday 20 May, Surrey’s Provincial Grand Master, Ian Chandler took to the airwaves of BBC Radio Surrey to announce the charities in Surrey that have been chosen. You can listen to the interview on BBC iPlayer until 14th June.

Surrey Charities

Eight well-deserving charities from Surrey were chosen;

  • The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders who give therapeutic riding and carriage driving for children and adults with disabilities.
  • Meath Epilepsy Charity, who enhance the lives of people who harve complex epilepsy by ensuring they receive the support, and encouragement build confidence, acquire new skills and maximise independence in their daily lives
  • MERU, who designs and makes life-changing disability products for children and young people with disabilities.
  • PHAB is a national charity supporting social activities and sports for children and adults of all ages and all abilities in England and Wales
  • The Fircroft Trust services are designed to support adults living in the community who face a mental health issue and/or learning disabilities.
  • The Grange Centre supports around 100 adults with disabilities to live as independently as possible and to have a fulfilled and happy life
  • White Lodge Centre is a centre of excellence supporting disabled people of all ages
  • Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation that works with families in and around the borough of  Kingston-upon-Thames.

Every nominated charity will have a chance of being awarded a grant of up to £25,000 and the MCF needs your vote to help decide how much they get!

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.

You can find out more about the nominated charities once the vote opens by visiting https://mcf.org.uk/

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 https://e0130.everydayhero.com/uk/harriet2

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

Eligibility:

  • 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!

Victoria Cross Memorial – Freemasons’ Valour Remembered

Today saw a memorial to Freemasons who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War unveiled.

The Victoria Cross was awarded 628 times for in the First World War. Over 100 recipients have so far been identified as Freemasons of whom sixty-three were members of English Constitution lodges.

Masonic Peace Memorial

In 1933, Freemasons Hall was opened as the Masonic Peace Memorial. It stands as a memorial to all those Freemasons who died in the First World War. Now a new memorial has been laid dedicated to all the English Freemasons awarded the VC during the Great War.

Victoria Cross Freemasons Valour
Freemasons Hall

Charles Graham Robertson VC – Man of Valour

One of the recipients of the Victoria Cross was a Freemason from Surrey, Charles Graham Robertson.  Before the war, he was a railway clerk from Dorking. He volunteered to fight and served with the Royal Fusiliers on the Western Front.

Charles Graham Robertson
Charles Graham Robertson

Realising his position was being cut off, Charles Graham Robertson, sent two men to get reinforcements. He stayed at his post with one other man and a Lewis gun. He managed to kill ‘large numbers of the enemy” but when no reinforcements arrived and realising that he was now completely cut off, he and his fellow soldier withdrew about ten yards. Robertson stayed there for some considerable time firing his machine gun but was again forced to withdraw. In this new position, he climbed on top of a parapet with his comrade, mounted his gun in a shell hole and continued firing at the enemy. His comrade was killed and Robertson was severely wounded but he managed to crawl back to the British line, bringing his gun with him. He could no longer fire it as he had exhausted all the ammunition.

Victoria Cross

For his initiative and resource and magnificent fighting spirit which prevented the enemy making a more rapid advance, Charles Graham Robertson was awarded the Victoria Cross in April 1918.

A few months after the end of the First World War, in February 1919, he was initiated in Deanery Lodge No. 3071. He is one of over one hundred and seventy holders of the Victoria Cross who have been identified as freemasons, representing more than 13% of the total recipients.

Tercentenary of Grand Lodge

In this, the Tercentenary year of Grand Lodge, it is fitting that an additional memorial to those recipients of the Victoria Cross in the First World War has been added, to those sixty-three men of valour.

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.

NowTV

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