Crescamus at Quarterly Communications

On Wednesday 13 September, members of Crescamus Lodge attended Quarterly Communication of United Grand Lodge of England at Freemasons Hall.

Grand Lodge
Courtesy of UGLE
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.

New Masonic Season Kicks Off!

Monday 4 September saw members of Crescamus meet up for the first time after the summer break. Meeting at Croydon and District Masonic Hall plans were put in place for the Masonic year ahead.

2017 to date has been a great year as we have celebrated the Tercentenary of the Premier Grand Lodge, but this coming Masonic season looks like it will be even better!

Members of Crescamus Lodge will be attending Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge on 13 September, as part of a delegation of Freemason from across Surrey.

8 October, will mark the resumption of the Annual Provincial Cathedral Service at Guildford Cathedral following a one-year hiatus to allow for essential refurbishment works.

On 16 October, we will be Initiating the latest member to join the Lodge in what should be a magnificent evening. All the members of the Lodge are looking forward to welcoming our newest member, and are working hard to make sure he has a night to remember.

31 October will mark the highlight of the Tercentenary celebrations, with a special meeting of Grand Lodge at the Royal Albert Hall, where 5,000 Masons will be in attendance.

For our newer members, the Foundation Club will be holding a New Members Meeting in Croydon on 14 November, where they will be able to find out more about the Club’s plans for the year ahead.

In December, we will be holding our traditional White Table meeting, where we invite family and friends to join us for a Christmas meal, complete with a choir entertaining us with Christmas hymns.

As we skip into 2018, February will see us install our Worshipful Master for the forthcoming year, before he takes his first meeting in May 2018.

Throughout the course of the year, members of Crescamus, their family and friends will get together for social events.

MCF Community Awards Results are In

During June and July 2017, the Masonic Charity Foundation held a public vote to decide on the recipients of money donated by Freemasons. to local charities to celebrate the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge.

MCF Community Award Results

Masonic Community Awards

The eight charities nominated in Surrey received a fantastic amount of support from their local communities and we are pleased to announce the following results

White Lodge Centre

White Lodge Centre

Congratulations to White Lodge Centre who received the most votes in Surrey and have secured a grant of £25,000!

Founded 55 years ago, White Lodge Centre today supports over 2,500 disabled children and adults, their families and carers throughout Surrey. They specialise in helping physically disabled children and adults with cerebral palsy (permanent damage to the undeveloped brain), acquired brain injury, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, who may be unable to talk/communicate, be blind, deaf, permanently confined to a wheelchair. They also care for children and teenagers who are severely autistic – who constantly find the world frightening and baffling, unable to make sense of what is happening around them.

Yorda Adventures

 

Yorda Adventures

Yorda Adventures is a not-for-profit community organisation who pride themselves on providing engaging and stimulating play projects for children and young people with severe learning disabilities. Their services not only give children with amazing new experiences, but they also enable the families of our children to have some much-needed respite from the round-the-clock care they usually have to offer. They work with families in and around the borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, from their base in Chessington, and they now support around 100 families each year. Yorda Adventures has been awarded a grant of £15,000.

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders

The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders provides unique facilities to help disabled children and adults by having regular contact with horses – either through riding or driving. They have about 340 riders per week, all with a disability. Ages range from 4 to 60 years old and each week they enjoy half an hour or so with the assistance of their instructors and helpers. An experience which takes them out of their restricted daily lives – and puts smiles on their faces! For most of their riders, it is the only sport they can take part in and experience some form of independence and sense of achievement. The Diamond Centre for Disabled Riders has been awarded a grant of £15,000.

The Grange

The Grange

The Grange is a forward thinking, dynamic charity based in Bookham, Surrey supporting over 100 adults with disabilities by providing registered housing, supported living and a varied programme of training activities in areas such as IT, Horticulture, Woodwork, Catering and Creative Arts and Textiles. They also have a Social Enterprise group called ‘Grange Creations’ which, along with other projects, makes and sells fudge to the public. The Grange has been awarded a grant of £6,000.

Meath Epilepsy Charity

Meath Epilepsy Charity

The Meath Epilepsy Charity, this year celebrated their 125th anniversary. They offer housing and a wide network of support services empowering and enabling people living with complex epilepsy and associated disabilities. The Meath’s main site is situated at the heart of Godalming. Their professional and dedicated staff team cares for and supports eighty people, as well as others living more independently through our Meath Home Support service. They also run a successful Skills and Enterprise Centre, enabling people to pursue their own choice of academic and everyday skills training, as well as a variety of arts, leisure and sports activities. Meath Epilepsy Charity has been awarded a grant of £6,000.

MERU Medical Engineering Resource Unit

MERU – Medical Engineering Resource Unit

MERU is a charity which creates engineering solutions for children with disabilities. They make Bugzi; a specialist powered wheelchair for very young children with cerebral palsy and other complex conditions. The green “bug” shell allows young children, who usually haven’t been able to move independently before, to explore the world safely. They also make a range of disability equipment, including pioneering grips to hold an iPad which can be used as a communication device or simple additions to a school chair which can help a child with mobility problems use them alongside their classmates. When a family can’t find the right piece of equipment anywhere else, their engineers can design and build something from scratch, tailored to the needs of the child. MERU Medical Engineering Resource Unit has been awarded a grant of £4,000.

Phab

Phab

Phab supports children, young people and adults with disabilities, enabling members to enjoy local Phab clubs, holiday projects and holiday homes, and opportunities for fun and personal development. There are 170 local Phab Clubs across England and Wales where 8,000 members, both with and without disabilities, enjoy regular social activities and the opportunity for families and members to support each other and have great fun together. Phab also provides exciting and challenging holiday projects each year for disabled or disadvantaged children and young people age 8 to 25, held at fully accessible outdoor activity centres in the New Forest and Lake District, all supported by Phab’s wonderful volunteers and carers. The children, many away from home for the first time, will reach the treetops, paddle a canoe, fly on the zip-wire and go caving – things they would never have thought possible before and all building their confidence, self-esteem, skills and independence. Celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and, with its Head Office in Croydon, five clubs across Surrey with over 420 members, and local children benefiting from holiday projects Phab has been awarded a grant of £4,000.

The Fircroft Trust

The Fircroft Trust

The Fircroft Trust provides centre-based support to adults who have severe to moderate mental health problems and/or learning disabilities. Their residential services offer supported living for adults with learning disabilities and 24-hour residential care for adults with complex needs. The Fircroft Trust has been awarded a grant of £4,000.

Thank You!

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the MCF Community Awards. Nearly 180,000 people cast their votes to support a cause that matters to them, and to support their local communities.

Crime and the Craft now Published

In December 2016, Masonic historian Mike Neville visited Croydon to give a talk entitled ‘Crime and the Craft’ to Crescamus Lodge, its members, their families and friends. Now his book on the same subject has now been published.

Crime and the Craft

Crime and the Craft: Masonic Involvement in Murder, Treason and Scandal reveals the Freemasons who have been involved in murder, treason, skullduggery and scandal from the time of the English Civil War to the 1980s.

Jack the Ripper

Nearly every infamous case investigated by Scotland Yard, including Jack the Ripper, Oscar Wilde, Dr Crippen, the Great Train Robbery and Kray twins, is shown to have Masonic involvement for good or bad. For the first time, sixty lodges that have a link to Jack the Ripper are identified and a known suspect identified as a Mason.

Masonic involvement in police corruption, from the Trial of the Detectives in 1877 to Operation Countryman, is uncovered. The true involvement of gangster Kenneth Noye is also revealed as are details of the Mason making secret signs to a judge during a murder trial at the Old Bailey.

Crime and the Craft

This fascinating book for the Freemason and historian also describes how members of the Craft have been pioneers in the development of forensic pathology, fingerprint evidence and the use of images to catch criminals.

Ultimately, Crime and the Craft answers the question: ‘Is there a relationship between Freemasonry and crime?

To order a signed copy of Crime and the Craft or Mike’s first book, Sacred Secrets, copy e-mail bookings@mike-neville-walks-and-talks.co.uk

How To Become a Freemason

One of the most popular questions we get asked is, “How do I become a Freemason?”

Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest fraternal societies in the world. It will give you a code of living in today’s community, based on good moral and ethical standards. It is an organisation of men who try to live by the principles of integrity and goodwill which unite them, regardless of colour, creed or worldly status. We are a non-profit making organisation that is involved in supporting charity and service to the community. It will give you a common interest where you can meet and enjoy the company of like-minded men from all walks of life.

How To Become A Freemason

If you have already made up your mind that you want to join Crescamus Lodge in Croydon and become a Freemason, you have already completed the first step, and hopefully, you have found enough information on this site to guide you this far.

Your Next Steps to Become a Freemason

Firstly, complete our membership enquiry form. Our Membership Secretary will then be in contact with you and arrange for you to visit our Lodge and meet its members. There you will be able to ask questions, and we can also give you a tour of our Masonic Centre.

We would expect you from time to time to meet us. For it can take up to one year before you become a member. But in the meantime, we would invite you to social events, to which you can bring friends and family. This will give you the chance to meet us and to make sure that you want to join us. When you are sure that you would like to join, you can complete an application form. When we receive this we would invite you to attend an interview with the Lodge Committee. Following this, we will then give you a date when you will be initiated.

Having read the above, if you are still interested in becoming a Freemason, the next step would be for you to contact us and then come and meet some of our members. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you good luck in your application!

Freemasonry 300 Years: 1717 – 2017 Exhibition

As celebrations continue to take place across the Province of Surrey to mark the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge, today (3 July 2017) an exhibition marking the anniversary opened at Croydon Clocktower.

Tercentenary Exhibition

Exhibition

The display celebrates the history of the Tercentenary throughout the Province of Surrey with the last section of the exhibit portraying the role Freemasonry has played in Croydon’s history.

The exhibition will be open for two weeks before moving on to other locations throughout Surrey. So if you have some spare time over the next week, why not pop into the Clocktower in Croydon? We will!

Map

Croydon Clocktower

For details of other venues, click here.

Crescamus Joins the Surrey Provincial AGM

On Wednesday 28 June, Crescamus Lodge from Croydon was extensively represented at the Surrey Provincial AGM at 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.

Crescamus at Surrey Provincial AGM

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!

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 Celebrates Tercentenary

On Saturday 24 June 2017, members of Crescamus Lodge, Croydon joined in the Tercentenary Celebrations marking 300 years of the first Grand Lodge. As part of a contingent from the Foundation Club, they joined a tour led by Mike Neville, from the Royal Exchange in the heart of the City of London, towards Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden.

Goose and Gridiron

Of particular interest was the site (or near to) where the first Grand Lodge was formed. Four London Lodges met at the Goose and Gridiron on 24 June 1717 where they formed a Grand Lodge to govern Freemasonry in England.

Plaque in St Paul's Cathedral Courtyard commemorating the First Grand Lodge of English Freemasons in 1717

Whilst the Goose and Gridiron no longer stands, the tour visited the Old Cheshire Cheese on Fleet Street. The historic inn, having been rebuilt in 1667 is the closest building left in London to the Goose and Gridiron, with twisty winding stairways and small bars scattered throughout.

The Tour took in all the historic elements of the City of London which played an important role in the formation of Freemasonry as we know it today. From The Guildhall to St. Paul’s Cathedral; the Old Bailey to the Temple Church. The tour concluded in Covent Garden and the modern home of Freemasonry, Freemasons Hall on Great Queen Street.

Members of the Foundation Club and the Widows Sons outside Grand Lodge marking the Tercentenary

From there they stopped for lunch and were treated to a warm welcome from the Masonic Bikers organisation, The Widows Sons outside Freemasons Hall.

Croydon Masons Take Part in Warlingham Parade

On 17 June, Freemasons from Croydon and across Surrey took part in the annual Warlingham Parade, as part of the Warlingham Festival.

Led by the Provincial Grand Master, Masons from across the Province paraded in full regalia to the delight of the public, as they marked 300 years of the First Grand Lodge.

Surrey Freemasons Parade

The Festival in its 25th year was the most successful to date and the weather was beautiful for the occasion with all having a fabulous time.