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…

Crescamus Lodge Donates £1500 to Charity!

On Monday 9 December 2013, Crescamus Freemasons Lodge donated £1500 to Charity.  Brethren of Crescamus Lodge unanimously voted to give the funds to five charities.

Children with Cancer UK
Children with Cancer UK

Recipients included Children with CancerJames Terry CourtShannon CourtBobby Moore Fund and Surrey Air Ambulance.

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 the charity of a specific project.

Why I became a Freemason

I was initiated, into Crescamus Lodge, and joined the Freemasons in October 2007 and it was certainly a night to remember.

Freemasons Gloves give to me when I joined the Freemasons

Before joining I certainly did have some reservations. I had heard plenty about Freemasons. Funny handshakes, rolling up trouser legs and the like. But speaking to some family members I learnt that they were Freemasons, and after speaking to them I realised that Freemasonry can’t be all that bad if relatives I loved and respected were members.

In 2006 I moved to Croydon and made some new friends who happened to be Freemasons and talked to them about their experiences. I was soon invited to the Lodge to meet other members to learn more and see if I would like to join. I went with my wife and we were made truly welcome, had a lovely meal with the members and their partners, and were given a tour of the Temple.

It was then, given the excellent hospitality, how welcome the two of us were made to feel that I decided to take the plunge and join Crescamus Lodge and the Freemasons.

Ever since I have had a wonderful time. Freemasonry has truly become my hobby.

As a Lodge, we meet four times a year, plus we have our weekly Lodge of Instruction. We also have lots of social events over the course of the year; barbeques, Ladies Festival, quiz nights, trips to the theatre and curry nights

I have also had the opportunity to visit Lodges both throughout this country, but also abroad, meeting people I wouldn’t have otherwise and making many new friends.

Family

My family also enjoy the fact that I am a Freemason. Most if not all the social events that the Lodge organises are also open to wives and partners. We have had some fantastic times together, and we always are looking forward to the next event.

Becoming a Freemason has been one of the best decision I have ever made. My advice to you if you are interested in Freemasonry is to get in touch before coming to meet us to see if Freemasonry is for you!