We’ve Only Gone and Done It!

Saturday 11 May saw Freemasons, their friends and family gather at Guildford Cathedral for the culmination of five years fundraising for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, at which Crescamus Lodge was well represented.

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Five years is a long time, but it only feels like yesterday that the Surrey 2019 Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution was launched, with a target of raising £3.25 million in aid of the neediest. It was always acknowledged that this target would be very difficult to achieve. The RMBI offers support for older Freemasons, their families and the wider community. They are committed to delivering services that promote the dignity, independence and choice of the individuals they support. Person-centred care is at the heart of what they do and this is reflected in how they engage with our residents, visitors and staff.

Expectations and Memories

But now that the champagne has all been drunk, the fireworks have all gone off, the hangovers and the headaches have ebbed away and the memories and photos, all that is left are the memories and photographs of the occasion.

The eyes of the entire Province of Surrey were all fixed on Guildford Cathedral on Saturday night. The expectations were high and, quite frankly, those expectations were smashed! The venue, the food, the service, the Stewards, the numbers who booked, the Deputy Grand Master and the contingent from the RMBI and MCF all adding to a spectacular night. Then the results were announced…

Festival Total projected onto the ceiling of Guildford Cathedral

Significant Success and Silver Award

Members of the Festival Committee Celebrate

Raising £3,313,470 is a truly remarkable result and Crescamus Lodge played a significant part, raising £11,596 ourselves and being awarded a Silver Award for the amount donated by the Brethren of the Lodge. Perhaps the most significant element of the five-year festival wasn’t just the money raised, but the amount of fun that was had, and the making of many lasting friendships.

Fun and Friendship

Members of Crescamus, their friends and family certainly did their absolute best by skydiving, abseiling and plummeting down Welsh hillsides to raise much-needed funds.

Looking Forward

The next Surrey Festival will not be until 2030, but until then Crescamus Lodge, will continue to support local Charities and supporting our community.

Master Proclaimed for 2019

On Monday 18 February, the members of Crescamus Lodge and their visitors attended the Lodge’s Installation meeting, where W. Bro. Chris was Proclaimed as Master for 2019.

Proclaimed as Master

Each year, the February meeting of the Lodge sees the Master appointed, and this year was no different. W. Bro. Chris was Proclaimed as Master of the Lodge for the following 12 months. Chris was first Installed Master in 2018 and the Lodge voted in December, that he should remain in the Master’s Chair for another year. W. Bro. Chris was initiated into Crescamus Lodge in 2011, at the Lodge’s 50th Anniversary meeting in 2011.

Master Proclaimed for 2019

In front of many members and guests, including the new Chairman of the Foundation Club, Bro. Mark Budds, the Immediate Past Master of the Lodge, W. Bro. Bob, Proclaimed Chris as the Master. That being complete Chris then appointed and invested his officers.

Perfect Ritual

W. Bro. Chris performed to the very highest level during the meeting with the able assistance of his Officers. W. Bros. Frank and John delivered the addresses to the Wardens and Brethren respectively with equal eloquence and aplomb. All the officers involved in the meeting worked hard to achieve perfection and it was clearly evident that they had practised hard and diligently for it.

Festive Board

At the end of the meeting, the members of the Lodge and their guests all dined in perfect harmony, enjoying a fabulous meal and drinking several toasts including to the health of the Worshipful Master. The Brethren enjoyed a special treat as the Secretary of the Lodge treated them to bottles of port to celebrate the occasion. A raffle was held raising £70 for charity, with the Lodge’s guests walking away with the best of prizes!

Next Meeting

W. Bro. Chris and the rest of the members of Crescamus Lodge will now look forward to the next meeting on 20th May, when they will have another full agenda as the Lodge’s most recent Initiate undertakes his second degree ceremony.

Masonic Charity Foundation Supports Surrey

The Masonic Charity Foundation has been busy supporting Surrey over the past 12 months and they have just published their first ever impact report.


The MCF was established for Freemasons, for their families and for the wider community; for the big issues in society and for the small things in life that make a huge difference.


Crescamus Donates £3,000 to RMBI Festival

Croydon’s Crescamus Lodge voted at their December meeting to donate a further £3,000 to the Surrey 2019 RMBI Festival. The Lodge has already been presented with a Bronze Award for its efforts and is now closing in on being awarded a Silver Award.

Surrey 2019 RMBI Festival Bronze Award

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Freemasons from across Surrey have been raising money over the past five years dependents raise £3.25 million for the RMBI Festival.

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. It operates seventeen care homes across England and Wales which provide residential, nursing, respite and dementia care for elderly Freemasons and their dependants.

We at Crescamus Lodge are very lucky to have two RMBI homes close by in Surrey, with James Terry Court in Croydon and Shannon Court in Hindhead.

Finally, for those individuals in receipt of Masonic financial assistance, the RMBI organises annual holidays for over 100 people and provides home improvement loans.

Chrismas Cheer and an Initiaiton​

On Monday 10 December, Freemasons from Crescamus Lodge, celebrated Christmas at Croydon and District Masonic Halls.

In the afternoon, the Lodge initiated its latest member into Freemasonry. The ceremony was special for all involved. Welcoming a new Freemason is always a moment to remember, and this was no different.

Our new Brother Simon joined Crescamus Lodge during a lovely ceremony carried out by our Master, W. Bro. Chris, who was ably assisted by his IPM, W. Bro. Bob. He was supported also by his officers and other members of the lodge in a most confident manner. 

Following the formal Lodge meeting, the members were joined by their families and friends to enjoy a sumptuous four-course Christmas. After the Christmas Pudding was served, we were entertained by the excellent Lynwood Singers, who carolled us with traditional Christmas Carols.

The Worshipful Master and Brethren of Crescamus Lodge, wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

Ladies Night 2018

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 Freemasons Lodges hold annual Ladies’ Nights to thank their partners for allowing them the time to practice their Freemasonry and to show appreciation for the women in their lives.

However, the Freemason’s 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.

Surrey Freemasons Remember

On Sunday 11 November, Freemasons from across Surrey, paid their respects at local memorials, marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that marked the end of the First World War.

Freemasons from Crescamus Lodge were no different, with members laying a wreath at Selhurst War Memorial, with one of the Lodge’s Past Masters, W. Bro. Sam, laying the wreath on behalf of Surrey Freemasons. They were joined by Freemasons from other Lodges to commemorate those who gave their lives in conflicts since 1914.

Following the laying of wreaths a poignant and moving service in memory of the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice was held.

The Remembrance Service in Selhurst is a community-led event, with local resident’s coming together to remember the fallen.

Charitable Crescamus Lodge October Meeting 2018

At Crescamus Lodge’s October Meeting, the Brethren were extremely charitable as they welcomed W. Bro. Paul Wicking, PPGSuptWks, the Official Representative of the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, Ian Chandler.

W. Bro. Paul, was treated to a fantastic display of ritual from our Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Chris, as the Lodge demonstrated an Initiaition ceremony.

Alzheimer’s Society

When the ceremony was complete, the Lodge’s members voted to donate £200 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

In May, W. Bro. Frank and his wife completed the Isle of Wight Challenge Walk in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. They walked the first 25km of the Isle of Wight Coastal Path as part of the Isle of Wight Challenge. Their aim was to raise as much as possible for research into the prevention of Dementia, and for people living with Dementia.

Alzheimer's Society Freemasonry

The donation from Crescamus Lodge members, meant that over £600 had been raised for the Alzheimer’s Society.

2019 RMBI Festival

The Lodge’s Charity Steward then announced a proposal that the Lodge donate £3000 to the 2019 Surrey RMBI Festival, which the Brethren of the Lodge will vote on at their December meeting.

Candidate for Initiation

The meeting was concluded by the Lodge’s Secretary announcing that the Lodge had a candidate for Initiation, who, therefore, would be joining the Lodge at the next meeting in December.

Festive Board

Following the meeting, the members sat down to dine as per Freemason’s tradition, wrapping up the evening in a splendid fashion, enhanced with the presence of the Lodge’s Official Visitor.

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.”