Masonic Charity Foundation Supports Surrey

The Masonic Charity Foundation has been busy supporting Surrey over the past 12 months and they have just published their first ever impact report.

MCF

The MCF was established for Freemasons, for their families and for the wider community; for the big issues in society and for the small things in life that make a huge difference.

Surrey

Crescamus Donates £3,000 to RMBI Festival

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.

Surrey 2019 RMBI Festival Bronze 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.

We at Crescamus Lodge are very lucky to have two RMBI homes close by in Surrey, with James Terry Court in Croydon and Shannon Court in Hindhead.

Finally, for those individuals in receipt of Masonic financial assistance, the RMBI organises annual holidays for over 100 people and provides home improvement loans.

Chrismas Cheer and an Initiaiton​

On Monday 10 December, Freemasons from Crescamus Lodge, celebrated Christmas at Croydon and District Masonic Halls.

In the afternoon, the Lodge initiated its latest member into Freemasonry. The ceremony was special for all involved. Welcoming a new Freemason is always a moment to remember, and this was no different.

Our new Brother Simon joined Crescamus Lodge during a lovely ceremony carried out by our Master, W. Bro. Chris, who was ably assisted by his IPM, W. Bro. Bob. He was supported also by his officers and other members of the lodge in a most confident manner. 

Following the formal Lodge meeting, the members were joined by their families and friends to enjoy a sumptuous four-course Christmas. After the Christmas Pudding was served, we were entertained by the excellent Lynwood Singers, who carolled us with traditional Christmas Carols.

The Worshipful Master and Brethren of Crescamus Lodge, wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Ladies Night 2018

Croydon’s Crescamus Lodge held it’s annual Ladies Night on Saturday 17 November, returning to the Croydon Aerodrome hotel for the first time since 2014.

Traditionally Masonic Lodges hold annual Ladies’ Nights to thank their partners for allowing them the time to practice their Masonry and to show appreciation for the women in their lives.

However, the Masonic Ladies Night is not restricted to wives. It is also open to mothers, daughters, sisters and significant others. Women in the lives of Freemasons often look forward to this event as it is their chance to catch a glimpse of the world of Freemasons.

Ladies Nights are always a glitzy affair; as both the Ladies and Gents get to dress up in their finery. The fancier, the better, and Crescamus Lodges’s Ladies Night is no different.

After a great meal, speeches were made toasting the Ladies, and this year’s Ladies’ Night President, W. Bro. Chris, the current Master of Crescamus Lodge.

A great time was had by all with a magnificent amount of money being raised for Pancreatic Cancer Action, a charity very close to the hearts of both W. Bro. Chris and his wife Cherie.

Surrey Masons Remember

On Sunday 11 November, Freemasons from across Surrey, paid their respects at local memorials, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that marked the end of the First World War.

Freemasons from Crescamus Lodge were no different, with members laying a wreath at Selhurst War Memorial, with one of the Lodge’s Past Masters, W. Bro. Sam, laying the wreath on behalf of Surrey Masons. They were joined by Masons from other Lodges to commemorate those who gave their lives in conflicts since 1914.

Following the laying of wreaths a poignant and moving service in memory of the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice was held.

The Remembrance Service in Selhurst is a community-led event, with local resident’s coming together to remember the fallen.

Charitable Crescamus Lodge October Meeting 2018

At Crescamus Lodge’s October Meeting, the Brethren were extremely charitable as they welcomed W. Bro. Paul Wicking, PPGSuptWks, the Official Representative of the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, Ian Chandler.

W. Bro. Paul, was treated to a fantastic display of ritual from our Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Chris, as the Lodge demonstrated an Initiaition ceremony.

Alzheimer’s Society

When the ceremony was complete, the Lodge’s members voted to donate £200 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

In May, W. Bro. Frank and his wife completed the Isle of Wight Challenge Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. They walked the first 25km of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path as part of the Isle of Wight Challenge. Their aim was to raise as much as possible for research into the prevention of Dementia, and for people living with Dementia.

Alzheimer's Society Freemasonry

The donation from Crescamus Lodge members, meant that over £600 had been raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.

2019 RMBI Festival

The Lodge’s Charity Steward then announced a proposal that the Lodge donate £3000 to the 2019 Surrey RMBI Festival, which the Brethren of the Lodge will vote on at their December meeting.

Candidate for Initiation

The meeting was concluded by the Lodge’s Secretary announcing that the Lodge had a candidate for Initiation, who, therefore, would be joining the Lodge at the next meeting in December.

Festive Board

Following the meeting, the members sat down to dine as per Masonic tradition, wrapping up the evening in a splendid fashion, enhanced with the presence of the Lodge’s Official Visitor.

Surrey Freemasons Fund Specialist Equipment to the Children’s Trust

A specialist ambulance stretcher has been donated by Surrey Freemasons to The Children’s Trust this month.

The equipment will save the charity an estimated £30,000 a year and provide children with severe disabilities more independence and opportunities to go out on trips.

Surrey Freemasons donate to the Childrens Trust

 

The Ferno stretcher was donated to the charity during an official handover earlier this month, attended by Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler as well as Dalton Leong, CEO of The Children’s Trust.

Also in attendance was Angela, a child staying at The Children’s Trust who has been using the stretcher, accompanied by her mum Zarina.

While demonstrating how Angela uses the stretcher, Zarina said: “Angela has Type 1 Spinal Muscular Atrophy meaning she has to be transported to appointments, home and to community outings lying down.

Before arriving at The Children’s Trust Angela had only ever travelled in private ambulances which was very clinical, and meant that she couldn’t be with her friends.

The Ferno stretcher donated by the Surrey Freemasons has changed this. It fits perfectly in the charity’s minibus so Angela can now travel to trips in comfort with other children.

Surrey Freemasons donate to the Childrens Trust

 

She has already been taken to the theatre and to Hampton Court which was very special for all of us.

“We can also take her home without worrying which is life-changing!”

Ian Chandler, said: “As a group, we have supported The Children’s Trust for a number of years and are delighted to have donated this fantastic piece of equipment. It was humbling for us all to see first-hand the difference the bed has made to Angela and her family.”

Dalton Leong, CEO at The Children’s Trust said:

“We are very grateful for this vital piece of equipment donated by the Surrey Freemasons. It was great to be able to show the positive effect the group’s support is making to the lives of the children and young people we support.”

2018 Annual Provincial Cathedral Service

Surrey’s Freemasons assembled at Guildford Cathedral accompanied by their families for the Annual Service of thanks giving. This year’s service was held on Sunday 16 September.

Guildford Cathedral

The annual service is 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.

Once again, Crescamus Lodge was well represented at the event which marks the start of the new Masonic season across the Province.

Also in attendance were many invited guests, including many civic dignitaries from across the length and breadth of Surrey, including the Mayor of Croydon.

Surrey Masons Raise over £35,000 for Charity!

On Sunday 15 July over 60 Freemasons their, family and friends decamped from Surrey to North Wales to undertake a Zip Wire challenge unlike any other. This was the latest in a string of adventures to raise money for the 2019 Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Festival.

The RMBI run two incredible care homes in Surrey and are committed to delivering services that promote the dignity, independence and choice of the individuals they support.

Within the group was the wife of one of Crescamus Lodge’s members, who is earning herself something of a daredevil reputation having previously undertaken a skydive and abseiled from the steeple of Guildford Cathedral.

Zip Wire

Gala Dinner

Arriving in Snowdonia on Saturday 14 July, for a Gala Dinner at the Royal Victoria Hotel the intrepid adventurers enjoyed a fabulous meal and company. The highlight of the evening was when it was revealed how much had raised for the RMBI; a staggering £35,000.

Velocity 2

Many chose to take an early night, after the festivities for the following morning’s challenge, to conquer Velocity 2. Based in Penrhyn it is the world’s fastest, and the longest zip wire in Europe.

Zip Wore

Reaching speeds of over 100 mph during the 1,555-metre descent, this was to be a white-knuckle experience like no other.

“The zip wire flight down was amazing. As you descend across the quarry lake, perceptions of speed just melt away and you feel like a bird gently gliding on wind. Then the ground accelerates towards you, before you’re suddenly braked to a halt and gently lowered back to ground.”

ZIp wire

This was, without a doubt, one of the most successful Surrey Provincial Charity fundraising events ever. Not just due to the amount raised; but also with the fun that all those participating had in raising the money.

With just ten months to go until the end of the Festival appeal; all the Freemasons across Surrey will be working hard to raise essential funds for the RMBI to ensure that they can keep up their essential work.