Welcome to St Laurence Lodge No 5511 – Freemasons in Essex

We are Freemasons in Essex, in England, in the UK.

Summer is here and we still have some interesting meetings to attend during the traditional summer break.
Why not come with us?

****** NEWS ******
15th June 2016 – Latest St Laurence Ten Pin Bowling Evening
11th May 2016 – St Laurence Golf Day
10th May 2016 – St Laurence Away Day at Colne Lodge in Wivenhoe
Freemasons donate £92,000 to support Anthony Nolan’s medical research. Watch the video.
Essex Freemasons set a new record for supporting charities across the county – donating more than £1 million to over 700 local organisations – for the fifth year in a row.
Freemasons Grand Charity donates £75,000 to flood relief in Lancashire and Yorkshire
11th December 2015 – Freemasons have donated £30,000 to support communities affected by Cumbria floods. The emergency grant will support individuals and families who suffer financial hardship as a result of flooding.
21st November 2015 – Stisted Hall Christmas Fayre. Cakes, tombola, raffles and a choir!
14th November 2015 – St Laurence Lodge Meeting.
4th November 2015 – The Freemasons’ Grand Charity announces donations of £600,000 to hospices in 2015.
28th October 2015 – Freemasons help change young lives with £500,000 donation to Scout Association.
19th October 2015 – Royal Arch Event.
18th October 2015 – Walthamstow Lodge hosts lunchtime Thames River Cruise.
15th October 2015 – Priory Lodge No 1000 celebrates 150th anniversary.
8th October 2015 – Grand Charity donates £864,000 to 53 charities.
10th September 2015 – Upminster Masonic Hall officially opens ‘new’ Grecian Temple.
15th September 2015 – Bro Dane raised in Abbots Hall Lodge No 6205.
7th September 2015 – St Laurence brethren holiday in Barcelona.
5th September 2015 – Bro Anthony Hoarau takes part in London to Paris Charity Bike Ride.
3rd September 2015 – RW Bro Rodney Bass appointed as Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent (RA) for the Province of Essex.
1st September 2015 – Freemasons donations to British Red Cross exceed 2 million pounds.
14th July 2015 – St Laurence brethren and prospective candidates visit Freemasons’ Hall.
13th July 2015 – Freemasons’ Grand Charity donates £5,000 to St Michael’s Hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex, following an explosion and fire.
12th July 2015 – Stisted Hall summer fete.
11th July 2015 – St Laurence brethren visit Le Touquet Loge No 89 in France.
4th July 2015 – Bro Perry passed in the ISM Lodge No 2881 – W Bro George Washington attends meeting!
10th June 2015 – Announcement that W Bro Rodney Bass will be appointed Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent (RA) for the Province of Essex on 3rd September 2015.
22nd May 2015 – Get together at Pizza Express in Upminster to meet new potential candidate.
16th May 2015 – Bro Stephen passed by W Bro Len West and Bro Michael initiated by W Bro Lawrie Morrisson in St Laurence Lodge.
13th May 2015 – St Laurence Golf Day at the Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club. Over £3,000 raised for charity.
29th April 2015 – Freemasons donate £50,000 to Nepal Earthquake disaster appeal.
24th April 2015 – St George’s Day celebration at the Pipe of Port in Southend.
16th April 2015 – Ten pin bowling at Chelmsford bowling alley.
19th March 2015 – Freemasons donate £20,000 via the Red Cross for emergency aid following widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Pam.
14th March 2015 – Bros David and Bona passed by W Bro Len West and Bro Stephen initiated by Bro Kevin in St Laurence Lodge.
7th March 2015 – Excellent third degree ceremony when our Bro Anthony was raised in the Old Palmerians’ Lodge No 5632.
5th March 2015 – Freemasons support UK charities with grants totalling £650,000.

St Laurence Lodge is a freemasons’ lodge in the Masonic Province of Essex. It is warranted under the United Grand Lodge of England. Founded in 1935, it has always met in the town of Upminster, Essex in the London Borough of Havering on the East side of London and welcomes new members.


We are an innovative and growing lodge with a full programme of interesting meetings and events planned for this year and beyond, including ceremonies for the initiation of new candidates who want to join us and become freemasons. Also for the further advancement of our brethren, some of whom will continue their masonic development in specially arranged ceremonies at other lodges associated with St Laurence. See our events page for past and forthcoming masonic and social events.

***Stisted Hall Summer Fete ***
*** Lodge of Instruction ***
*** Thames Barge Racing ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling ***
*** St Laurence Golf Day ***
*** Colne Lodge Meeting ***
*** Men in Tights ***
*** Lenny Pyne Latest ***
*** Jubilee Masters’ Lodge ***
*** Rudyard Kipling ***
*** Cold and Wet ***
*** Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting ***
*** Knights Templar ***
*** Tour of Freemasons’ Hall ***
*** Andaz Hotel Meeting ***
*** St Laurence in 2015 ***
*** Royal Arch – Your Next Important Step ***
*** Upminster Masonic Hall New Temple ***

*** Freemasonry – What’s It All About? ***

New members
We welcome decent and trustworthy men who want to become freemasons and learn about the history, secrets and mysteries of Ancient Freemasonry. Who want to be a part of a worldwide fraternity whose members enjoy each other’s company and who are normally at least 21 years of age. If younger men (who must be a minimum of 18 years old) are interested in becoming freemasons, their applications will certainly be seriously considered.

To learn who can become freemasons, how to become a freemason and how to become a member of St Laurence Lodge, please see the Join Us page. Or use the contact form to email the Lodge Secretary. We understand how daunting it may feel to contact someone you don’t know but you will always receive a warm and friendly welcome here at St Laurence Lodge. Please be assured that external rank and fortune are not at all important to freemasons or freemasonry. Neither are religious choices, colour, creed or sexual preferences. At St Laurence Lodge all suitable men are truly welcome. So if you would like to find out more about freemasons and our lodge, how to become a freemason and how to join us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

At a recent meeting, the Provincial Grand Chaplain gave an oration for the benefit of a newly made brother. He spoke about the principles of Masonry and the fact that all freemasons within its order are equal. It is a very nice piece and can be read here.

The magazine, Freemasonry Today, is an official publication from the United Grand Lodge of England, packed with information, articles and stories. It is available online without charge and is well worth looking at if you are interested in freemasonry.

Another excellent magazine which is also now available online is the Essex Mason.

Our membership
As a Lodge, we are old enough to have traditions which we enjoy and young enough not to be swamped by them.
Our ages range from 23 to nearly 90. We have brethren in the building trades, a printer, people in insurance and property. An accountant, an author, a trainer, a commercial diver, people in computing and office equipment, a book binder, a taxi driver, retired folk and so on. St Laurence Lodge members generally live in and around South East Essex and East London. In Romford, Hornchurch and Upminster (within the Borough of Havering), Brentwood, Grays, Southend, Harlow, Barking and Dagenham, Chelmsford, Billericay, Witham and Basildon.

When and where
We meet formally four times a year on a Saturday at the Upminster Masonic Hall in Deyncourt Gardens, Upminster, Essex, England. It is conveniently accessed by road and rail. Our meetings usually start around 3:00pm. The following festive board finishes at about 9:30pm. There is plenty of parking at the Masonic Hall should you wish to drive there or Upminster Station is only a 10 minute walk. Many other freemasons’ lodges also meet at this masonic hall. They include our family lodges comprising Ingrebourne Lodge, Abbots Hall Lodge, Engayne Lodge and Upminster Hall Lodge.

Our Lodge of Instruction (which runs weekly from September to May) is held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm in Hornchurch, Essex.

The Future of Freemasonry
Many of you will have heard of the recently released independent report on the future of Freemasonry. This was produced by the respected Social Issues Research Centre in Oxford. As Nigel Brown, the Grand Secretary said, “the report suggests that, contrary to much misleading commentary, Freemasonry does in fact demonstrate genuine openness and transparency. It concludes that Freemasonry is arguably more relevant today than ever before. In particular”………read more.

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