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
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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!
On Wednesday 5 April 2017, R.W. Bro Ian Chandler, the Provincial Grand Master of Surrey, will be on Ridge Radio to talk about Freemasonry in Surrey.
Provincial Grand Master
Installed as Provincial Grand Master in May 2016, Ian will be talking about Freemasonry and the role of Surrey Masons in this very special Tercentenary year which will see Freemasons across England celebrate 300 years of the since the foundation of the first Grand Lodge. He will also talk about joining Freemasonry and his own personal experiences.
Ridge Radio is a Community Radio station based in Caterham and serves the 22 towns and villages of Tandridge. Streaming on the Internet, the station broadacasts across the world on their website, or on the free TuneIn app which is available from your phone’s App Store. Just download and then search for Ridge Radio UK.
The interview will be an event not to be missed both for Freemasons and for those interested in joining. If you want to find out more about Freemasonry, why not contact us?
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.
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.
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!
On Saturday 6 May, the wife of one of Crescamus Lodge’s Past Masters will abseil 160-feet down Guildford Cathedral. Following her parachute jump last year for the 2019 Festival, the journey down the Cathedral will be her latest challenge.
She will form part of a team of 49 brave Freemasons, friends and family from across Croydon and Surrey who will abseil down the Cathedral led by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro Ian Chandler.
Designed by Sir Edward Maufe and built between 1936 and 1961, the Cathedral is the seat of the Diocese of Guildford. It stands in a commanding spot on Stag Hill — so named because the Kings of England used to hunt there — and its solid red brick outline is visible for miles around.
It is a Grade II* listed building and its tower is 160-feet (49 m) high. At the top of the tower stands a 15-foot gilded angel, which turns with the wind. The Golden Angel on the top of the tower was given in memory of Sgt. Reginald Adgey-Edgar of the Intelligence Corps, who died on active service in 1944 during World War II.
Those taking part will have to climb the Tower’s spiral staircase of 249 steps to a height of 160-feet. From there they will enjoy the wonderful panoramic views of Guildford and Surrey. Inspired by the Golden Angel, they will climb over the top of the tower and enjoy the thrill of the journey down.
All funds will go to the Surrey 2019 Festival appeal for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The RMBI run 17 care homes across England and Wales. They offer residential, nursing, respite and dementia care.
On 24th June 1717 four Freemasons’ lodges in London came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s churchyard declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their Grand Master. This was the first Freemasons’ Grand Lodge in the world.
In 2017, three hundred years after the formation of the first Grand Lodge, Freemasons will be celebrating its tercentenary.
As Freemasonry in England and across the world gears up to celebrate the Tercentenary of the Premier Grand Lodge in 2017, Surrey Freemasons will be holding a series of events across the Province
A special exhibition celebrating the History of Freemasonry will be touring the Province over the course of the Tercentenary. The exhibition will focus on the history of Freemasonry in the Province with a unique display at each site dedicated to Masonry in the local area.
Saturday 24th Launch at the Lightbox Museum. Invitation only
Monday 26th June for 2 weeks at the Lightbox Museum
Monday 3rd July (2 weeks) Croydon Clocktower
Monday 3rd July (2 weeks) Haslemere Museum
Monday 10th July (2 weeks) Egham Library
Monday 31st July (2 weeks) Spelthorne Museum
Monday 7th August (2 weeks) Honeywood Museum
Monday 7th August (2 weeks) Shere Museum
Monday 14th August (2 weeks) Bourne Hall Museum
Monday 4th September (2 weeks) Farnham Museum
Monday 4th September (8 Days) Godalming Museum
Monday 11th September (2 weeks) Surrey Heath Museum
Saturday 23rd September (1 Day) Surbiton Masonic Centre
Teddy Bears Picnic and Masonic Parade:
Warlingham Fair Saturday 17th June 2017 (11 am -4 pm). The fair is now 26 years old and with a footfall of 4,000 people on the day. Freemasons will parade (in full regalia) through the streets of Warlingham behind the Mayor who leads the procession. The Teddy Bears Picnic will occupy a prime place within the fair where we have straw bales for the children to sit on whilst watching the entertainer and enjoying a picnic with their new teddy bears.
Surbiton Widows Association:
Lunch Sunday 25th June The Surbiton Widows Association will host a “Tea Party” the ladies of the community not necessarily involved in Freemasonry. It is hoped that other Widows Association Groups will follow suit.
Saturday 15th July 2017. A popular music concert at Bromley Masonic Hall by the choirs of West Kent, East Kent and Surrey. Organised by West Kent.
The three choirs will sing a medley of songs some popular and some historic to mark our anniversary.
Farnham Tercentenary Ball:
Scheduled during August Details to be announced, but another splendid way for this area of the Province to encapsulate all and celebrate 300 years.
Godalming Heritage/Tercentenary weekend:
9th-10th September A weekend to celebrate the occasion. With open tours of the Lodge rooms, various stalls and a teddy bears Picnic all in a “Village Green atmosphere.
Surbiton Parade and Crescent Green:
Saturday, September 30th A full parade in Dress Regalia, and Banners. The Masonic Centre will also host guided tours throughout the building for the public. Afterwards, on the green outside of Surbiton Masonic Centre, there will be a Teddy Bears Picnic and various other activities likewise emulating a village green atmosphere. There will also be one of the Tercentenary travelling exhibitions on display.
25th December 2017, Christmas Lunch for the lonely:
Croydon and District Masonic Hall & Nutfield Masonic Centre
29th December 2017 Christmas Lunch for the Lonely Surbiton Masonic Centre
All three centres will host Christmas luncheons at no cost for people who perhaps are a little less fortunate than most of us. This is mainly seen as seniors with no family, single parent families and people on their own on Christmas Day. Volunteers are already pledging their time at all venues and the catering suppliers in a gesture of good will and to mark our anniversary will give all the food. This event not only is a first for Surrey but a milestone for Freemasonry in general, showing we care about those less fortunate than us in our community.