Crescamus Lodge Donates £4,500 to Charity

On Monday 8 December 2014, Crescamus Lodge donated a huge £4500 to charity.

Recipients included Croydon NightwatchThe Clink RestaurantThe Garwood FoundationTeddies for Loving CareBritish School of OsteopathyThe Prostate Project, Pilgrims HospicesShelter, and the Surrey 2019 Festival.

The donation to Pilgrims Hospices brought the total amount raised by the Lodge over the course of the year, for the Master’s chosen charity to a whopping £1350.00

The donations will be dispersed to the charities through the Surrey for Surrey fund which is administered by Surrey Province, which pools together donations from other Lodges to accumulate a larger amount to maximise the final donation. This larger donation can then be used to buy a piece of vital equipment or presented to fund a specific project of a charity.

Bumper Christmas Cheer!

On Monday 8 December, members of Crescamus Lodge and their friends, family and guests celebrated Christmas in a most fabulous manner.

Friends, family and guests celebrate Christmas with the Freemasons of Crescamus Lodge

Earlier in the evening, the Lodge initiated it’s the latest member in the presence of an Official Visitor representing the Provincial Grand Master of Surrey, the R.W. Eric Stewart-Bamford. The occasion itself was one not to be forgotten, but was to be topped by what would happen next!
The members of Crescamus Lodge along with their partners and friends were then treated to a sumptuous four-course Christmas meal, during which members enjoyed the talents of St Michael’s Church, Croydon’s choir who entertained them with a whole host of Christmas Carols making it an evening to remember!

Ladies Night Goes With a Bang!

On Saturday 15 November, the Master of Crescamus Lodge along with his wife hosted this year’s Crescamus Lodge Ladies Night. Held at the iconic and historic Croydon Aerodrome Hotel everyone had a fantastic time.
Ladies Night

A wonderful evening was had by all. Having enjoyed a wonderful meal, the guest danced the night away to the sounds of Mirage.

Generous Donations

The event raised over £450 for the Master’s chosen charity, Pilgrims Hospices.

We would like to thank all of our supporters, including Bagattis RestaurantToni & Guy CroydonWasps Community FoundationHallmark HotelsChapel Down Winery and @cabup for their kind generosity.

Surrey 2019 RMBI Festival

The R.W. Provincial Grand Master Eric Stuart-Bamford launched the 2019 Surrey Festival at the beginning of the year. In doing so he set an ambitious target of £3.25 million for the Brethren of Surrey to raise for the RMBI.

What is a Festival?

A Festival is a major fund-raising project, spread over several years to help one of the four central Freemason’s Charities. Either the Freemason’s Grand Charity, the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys or the Masonic Samaritan Fund. It is believed that the Festival system was devised in 1942. Due to the Second World War, there were a great number of disadvantaged Freemasons, wives, widows and children. Each major charity has one Masonic Province or groups of smaller Provinces “In Festival” each year and each province is “In Festival” every 11 years. The period of a Festival is usually between 5 and 10 years.

The Festival System is so called because, at the end of a period of fundraising, there is a Festival banquet. This is attended by as many of the Brethren and their ladies as is possible, at which a symbolic cheque for the total sum raised is presented to the President of the particular charity.

The Surrey 2019 Festival will support the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. RMBI has cared for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years. It operates seventeen care homes across England and Wales, offering residential, nursing, respite and dementia care. Admission to RMBI Homes is on a fee paying basis but with charitable support towards care fees for those in receipt of Local Authority funding.

Festival Jewel

2019 Festival JewelThe Provincial Grand Master is asking all Brethren and Companions from within the Province of Surrey to support the Festival. This can be by making a financial commitment to the RMBI and supporting any events in aid of the Festival. They can also show their support by wearing a 2019 Festival Jewel.

Most Festivals have a figurehead who presides over the event; the President of the Surrey 2019 Festival is the Provincial Grand Master. The Festival is the climax of five years of fundraising by a Province. It is celebrated by hosting a Festival Banquet, attended by those who have qualified as Stewards together with their ladies. The Province will have raised money and donated to the Festival throughout all this period.

The Masonic Charities

Every year there are four Masonic Festivals, one for each of the four Masonic charities. The Festival system spreads the load evenly over the 47 Masonic Provinces in England and Wales ensuring an annual income for the Masonic charities but also allows those Provinces not in a Festival period to alternatively give to other causes of their own choice.

During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the United Grand Lodge of England created what are now four charities to specifically support as the core of our Masonic fundraising, the four Grand Charities:

  • The Grand Charity – making donations to both Masonic and Non-Masonic charities
  • The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution – Helping Freemasons and their dependents with housing and care
  • The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys – Helping with the education of the children of both Freemasons and Non-Freemasons
  • The Masonic Samaritan Fund – Helping Freemasons and their dependents with medical care

Obviously, these charities each need real income to cover their large expenditure. A very high proportion of their annual funding income comes each year from one of the 47 Provinces; that is, from the results of an extended period of charitable giving by the Province’s brethren, called a Festival, over anything from 5 to 7 years.

The members of Crescamus Lodge will be involved in many events over the next five years to support the 2019 Festival and RMBI; so remember to keep a lookout for what they are up to.

New Masonic Season Here Already!

With the start of the new Masonic Season, Crescamus Lodge members are excited about what the year ahead brings.

With new members joining us and a new Master being installed in February 2015; this is the perfect time to get involved with Freemasonry and join Crescamus yourself.

Ladies Night

In November we will be holding our Ladies Night in aid of Pilgrims Hospices at Croydon Aerodrome Hotel.

For more information on joining Crescamus Lodge and becoming a Freemason, or for details of our Ladies Night please contact us.

Foundation Club Comes To Town!

The Province of Surrey has now launched the much awaited Foundation Club. The Club is for new and young Freemasons, allowing them to meet up across the Province with others at the same stage of their Masonic journey.

Foundation Club Logo

The launch events were all extremely well attended, informative, informal and of course good fun which almost seems to be the missions statement for the club.

Over 100 Surrey Freemasons have already joined the club and many social events have already been planned for members, their families and friends both masonic and non-masonic.

It is hoped that the Club will go from strength to strength giving all the new Brethren in Surrey all the support and encouragement they need to get the most enjoyment that they can from their Freemasonry.

Crescamus Lodge fully supports this great initiative and wishes them the best for their future.

Worshipful Master Names his Chosen Charity

Crescamus Lodge’s newly installed Master has named Pilgrims Hospices as his chosen charity for the forthcoming year.

Pilgrims Hospices
Pilgrims Hospices

Pilgrims Hospices were founded over 30 years ago in Canterbury and since then have been providing specialist care and support free of charge to people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

Now operating from three sites in East Kent; Pilgrims Hospices expect to care for over 2,000 people in 2014. They meet their physical, psychological and social needs.

To keep delivering care to those who need it most, Pilgrims Hospices has to raise over £10.5 million each year. For more information on the work of Pilgrims Hospices or to make a donation please visit http://www.pilgrimshospices.org

New Worshipful Master Installed

Monday 17 February saw Crescamus Lodge install a new Master for the forthcoming year. A packed meeting with many visitors enjoyed a great ceremony followed by a fantastic festive board.

Worhipful Masters Apron
Worshipful Masters Apron and Collar
The new Master will now be busy preparing for his year ahead, planning his Ladies Night and looking to raise as much money for his chosen charity as possible. As well as learning ceremonies late into the night…