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!

Crescamus Curry Night 2018

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.

New Member

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!

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.

Royal Albert Hall Tercentenary Meeting

On Tuesday 31 October, members of Crescamus Lodge were present at the United Grand Lodge of England’s celebrations of the Tercentenary culminated in with a special celebratory meeting held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Albert Hall

Celebrating 300 years since the formation of the Premier Grand Lodge; nearly 5,000 Freemasons from across the world descended on the Royal Albert Hall, to witness a spectacular star-studded show. From the opening moments, members were amazed when stars of stage and screen, including Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, and Sanjeev Bhashkar took to the stage.

The show sent home members both astonished and delighted, having learned new things about our Fraternity and feeling even greater pride in their membership. Using music and drama, the production highlighted how central Freemasons and Freemasonry has been central to Western history.

Enlightenment

Focussing on the enlightenment and its key figures including Voltaire, Montesquieu, Lessing, Goethe, Mozart, Washington, Franklin, and Rousseau. The show demonstrated how Freemasons have been at the forefront of major historical turning points, in science and the arts, as well as socially.

Soane’s Ark

Following the conclusion of the dramatic elements of the show, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent took to the stage to conduct the ceremonial elements of the meeting. The highlight of which was the presentation of the replica Soane’s Ark. Originally built-in 1813 to store the Articles of Union, it stood in the Grand Temple of the old Freemasons Hall until a fire broke out in 1883 and it was destroyed. It is only fitting that in this Tercentenary year, it should be replaced.

Many present then travelled to Battersea Evolution for a celebratory dinner, whilst members of the Crescamus Lodge headed out for a few drinks and a meal to reflect on what had been an amazing day.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to be there, you can watch the entire show at rah300.org