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.

 

Crescamus at Freemasons Hall

On Wednesday 27 June, members from Crescamus Lodge were once again represented at the Surrey Provincial AGM, which took place at Freemasons Hall, in Covent Garden.

Freemasons Hall

The event which marks the end of the Masonic year in Surrey witnesses the appointment and investiture of Provincial Grand Officers. The day is spectacular in that Masons from across Surrey travel to London and fill the Grand Temple. Many of the Brethren from Crescamus Lodge, took the time to attend.

Freemasons Hall

 

Crescamus Lodge Recognition

Following a long and proud Crescamus Lodge tradition, our Lodge Secretary was rewarded for his efforts in both supporting Crescamus and the Province. Having served the Province as a Provincial Grand Steward over the past 12 months, he was promoted by the Provincial Grand Master to the active rank of Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. We all wish him a great year ahead which will no doubt be extremely busy!

Festive Board

The day concluded in spectacular style in the Connaught Rooms, where the Festive Board took place, accompanied by a string quartet, and of course, the battling buglers!

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 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.

Freemasonry 300 Years: 1717 – 2017 Exhibition

As celebrations continue to take place across the Province of Surrey to mark the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge, today (3 July 2017) an exhibition marking the anniversary opened at Croydon Clocktower.

Tercentenary Exhibition

Exhibition

The display celebrates the history of the Tercentenary throughout the Province of Surrey with the last section of the exhibit portraying the role Freemasonry has played in Croydon’s history.

The exhibition will be open for two weeks before moving on to other locations throughout Surrey. So if you have some spare time over the next week, why not pop into the Clocktower in Croydon? We will!

Map

Croydon Clocktower

For details of other venues, click here.

Crescamus Joins the Surrey Provincial AGM

On Wednesday 28 June, Crescamus Lodge from Croydon was extensively represented at the Surrey Provincial AGM at Freemasons Hall.

The event which marks the end of the Masonic year in Surrey witnesses the appointment and investiture of Provincial Grand Officers. The day is spectacular in that Masons from across Surrey travel to London and fill the Grand Temple. Many of the Brethren from Crescamus Lodge, took the time to attend.

Crescamus at Surrey Provincial AGM

Crescamus Lodge Recognition

Following a long and proud Crescamus Lodge tradition, another member of the Lodge was made a Provincial Grand Officer. Our Lodge Secretary was rewarded for his efforts in both supporting Crescamus and the Province. He was appointed by the Provincial Grand Master to the active rank of Provincial Grand Steward. We all wish him a great year ahead which will no doubt be extremely busy!

Festive Board

The day concluded in spectacular style in the Connaught Rooms, where the Festive Board took place, accompanied by a string quartet, and of course, the battling buglers!

Croydon Masons Take Part in Warlingham Parade

On 17 June, Freemasons from Croydon and across Surrey took part in the annual Warlingham Parade, as part of the Warlingham Festival.

Led by the Provincial Grand Master, Masons from across the Province paraded in full regalia to the delight of the public, as they marked 300 years of the First Grand Lodge.

Surrey Freemasons Parade

The Festival in its 25th year was the most successful to date and the weather was beautiful for the occasion with all having a fabulous time.