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 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.

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.

Croydon Freemasons visit Loge Serenite in Belgium

On Friday 10th March, Croydon Freemasons who are members of Crescamus Lodge, together with members of the Foundation Club; ventured across the Channel to visit Loge Serenite No. 56 of the Regular Grand Lodge of Belgium.

Croydon Freemasons visit Loge Serenite
Foundation Club visit to Lodge Serenity

Travelling as part of a contingent of members of the Foundation Club from across Surrey; the Croydon Freemasons took the first Eurostar in the morning arriving in Lille just in time for lunch. After a lazy day exploring the historic Flemish City, they were collected by members of Serenite Lodge. After a short drive  across the Belgian border the Brethren arrived in the small town of Peruwelz home to Serenite Lodge.

Loge Serenite

The Brethren were in for an amazing evening as honoured guests of their Belgian counterparts. All who were there would profess to it being and an amazing meeting. Whilst Freemasonry is universal; the slight differences, traditions and variations between Freemasonry in the two countries made the event an occasion never to be forgotten by all the Brethren. The meeting was followed by a meal at its conclusion, where the delights of Belgium food and were showcased.

In the true spirit of Freemasonry, the Foundation Club members were made to feel truly welcome. So much so that plans are now afoot for a contingent from Loge Serenite to visit Surrey in the near future.

Exploring Belgium further

The following day the group moved onto Ghent where they explored the beautiful ancient city. Trying local delicacies including Bicky Burgers, Ghent Noses, Jenever and of course the many beers Belgium is famous for.

Croydon Masons visit Loge Serenite
Surrey Masons enjoying Ghent

Soon day turned into night and the Brethren further enjoyed Belgian hospitality before leaving Flemish city on Sunday and beginning their journey back to Surrey, with thoughts of which country to visit next year!

 

 

Installation of New Worshipful Master

Monday 20th February 2017, saw the Installation of the new Worshipful Master.  Worshipful Brother Robert Russell PPAGSwdB first became Master of Crescamus in 2008. W. Bro Bob jumped at the chance to go back into the chair of this very special Croydon Lodge.

Installation of Worshipful Master
The Masters Gavel

After months of preparation, it was a wonderful night with many guests coming to visit the Lodge. All enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at Crescamus Lodge in Croydon.

A memorable evening

Following the ceremony of Installation, which was perfectly performed by his predecessor, the new Master appointed and installed his Officers.  All of this was done in front of the Lodge’s Official Visitor from the Province of Surrey.

The night also saw the previous Master awarded a breast jewel as thanks for his services to the Lodge.

Crescamus Lodge gained a new member when an old friend of the Lodge decided to join. Having visited the Lodge on many previous occasions, our new member decided that he wanted to join the exciting, welcoming and friendly Crescamus Lodge.

It will be a busy year ahead for the new Master and his Officers with members both joining the Lodge and progressing in Freemasonry.  They will all have plenty to learn. 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?

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.

Christmas at Crescamus

On Monday 12 December, Croydon Freemasons of Crescamus Lodge, complete with their friends and family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner.

Christmas Meal
Christmas meal with all the trimmings

Before the meal all those in attendance were treated to a fabulous and educational presentation from Mike Neville, looking at the links (or lack of) between Freemasonry and Crime. From the origins of the first Grand Lodge in 1717 up to the present day, Mike explored the murky underworld of Crime and the Craft.

After the great talk, everyone moved to the dining room, where they enjoyed a sumptuous 4 course Christmas meal with all the trimmings.

But before the evening’s conclusion, all were treated to an excellent rendition of everyone’s favourite Christmas Carols, by the splendid Lynwood Singers. The choir members come from many parts of the country and meet on three or four occasions each year to sing the services for a weekend or a week in various Cathedrals, Abbeys, Minsters and other Churches throughout the country. Amongst these, they have been privileged to sing in Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral, so the Brethren of Crescamus Lodge and their guests were truly privileged to have such wonderful musical accompaniment.

Here’s to a wonderful and happy Christmas and healthy New Year from all at Crescamus Lodge.