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!

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 Remembers the Fallen

On Remembrance Sunday 2017, a number of members of Crescamus Lodge, their friends and family gathered at Selhurst War Memorial to lay a reef to remember those who paid the ultimate price.

Remembrance Sunday

The ceremony at Selhurst War Memorial is whilst not official, has been marked by local residents for the past four years. The event which is supported by the Two Brewers on Gloucester Road, Croydon, was revived by the W. Bro. Sam Norman ProvGStwd, Secretary of Crescamus Lodge in 2014, after a hiatus of 24 years after the closure of the Holy Trinity Church in 1980.

Roughly one in six of the 633 VC recipients during World War I were Freemasons. Of these, 64 were under UGLE and 43 were under Grand Lodges in the British Empire. In 2017, memorial paving stones were laid to remember their gallantry.

Following the short memorial service, those present returned to the Two Brewers for a social gathering a small libation and a sausage or bacon butty.