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.
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.
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 Fremason’s ceremonies across the United Grand Lodge of England have the same meaning; Bristol Workings are unique.
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.
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.