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.
On Saturday 9 June, members of Crescamus Lodge, and the partners descended on the Chat House in Croydon for our annual Lodge of Instruction Curry Night.
Lodge of Instruction
Other than Lodge Meetings, members meet weekly at a Lodge of Instruction where they both practice and learn more about the ritual. At the end of each Masonic season, the Lodge of Instruction organises a relaxed night out for members and their partners, one of many social events the Lodge organises.
Having met in a local pub, for a few drinks on a hot June evening, before taking a short walk to the restaurant, the conversation was flowing as people caught-up with each other. The restaurant was very busy and with great food proved to be a perfect venue for the annual curry night.
We reguarly invite potential new members to our social events, and this night was no different. We were joined on this occasion by a potential new member who brought his wife, so they could experience the hospitality of the members and make new friends. They both had such a great time, that by the end of the evening, our guest asked if he could join Crescamus Lodge and Freemasonry.
We all had a great time and agreed to have another social evening in the very near future. Great food was had, all washed down with many pints of Cobra, before goodnight’s were said. Although some had such a great time, they retired to a local pub until late to continue the conversation over a few gin and tonics!
Enjoying a three-course Sunday lunch was the great fun for all; many realising that their eyes were bigger than their stomachs!
Members and their families often go out for a bite to eat or a drink just because we want to get together. Sometimes we also meet people who have expressed an interest in joining our lodge.
The excellent monthly carvery laid on by Croydon and District Masonic Halls gave all the perfect excuse. We were joined by a friend who wanted to know a more about Freemasonry, and Crescamus Lodge with a view to joining. Everyone enjoyed themselves and the carvery certainly went down well with a few glasses of wine or beer!
The afternoon was made even more special following an announcement by the Lodge’s Secretary. At the Surrey Provincial AGM in June, he will be appointed a Provincial Grand Steward by the Provincial Grand Master. The news of which prompted the opening of several bottles of bubbly!
A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all and a quick photo was taken as a record.
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!
Members of Crescamus, their partners and friends travelled from Croydon to spend the first weekend of February in Eastbourne for Crescamus Lodge’s annual Ladies Festival.
A wonderful weekend was had by all at the Langham Hotel. On Friday night following a sumptuous dinner, the hotel was transformed into Las Vegas. Guest played blackjack and roulette in a pop-up casino. The evening was a great source of fun for all and made sure that no-one lost any money and the event was for fun. Although it did not stop a sense of competition as the Lodge’s Master elect walked away with a bottle of bubbly for being the biggest winner on the night.
The following day we enjoyed a lazy day around town; some shopping, some seeking out the sights and others just relaxing from the exertions of the previous night. All that was left was to prepare for the highlight of the weekend, the five-course gala dinner.
On Monday 12 December, Croydon Freemasons of Crescamus Lodge, complete with their friends and family enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner.
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.
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Join Crescamus Lodge this Christmas as renowned Masonic Author Mike Neville delivers an illustrated talk on his forthcoming book.
Followed by a three course Xmas meal and carols courtesy of the Lynwood Singers for just £35 per person.
Wives, partners and non-Masonic friends are more than welcome to join us for a night not to be missed!
On Saturday 16th July, a troop of Brethren and their wives from across the Province of Surrey headed by our Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. Ian Chandler threw themselves out a plane in a series of tandem skydives all in the aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival in aid of the RMBI.
Those taking part with the Provincial Grand Master were Lucy Bryce, Steve Butwell, Paul Crockett and his daughter Meg, Georgina Cook, Beverley Field, Carol Magee, Harriet Norman, David Oliver, Terry Owens and his daughter Zoe, Brian Cox, Linda Ribbands, Phil Warnes and Angela Parsons. Congratulations to all of them!
Crescamus Lodge was well represented by the wife of one of our former Masters who was one of the first to jump! Many thanks to all who jumped, so far they have raised over £22,000 with more money still to come in.