Welcome to St Laurence Lodge No 5511 – Freemasons in Essex

Freemasons in Essex, England, UK.

****** NEWS ******
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.
10th January 2015 – Splendid Installation Meeting with 77 brethren attending. Burns night festive board complete with bagpipes.
18th December 2014 – Four brethren attended a Christmas meeting of the Hundred of Axstane Lodge in Kent. The Provincial Grand Master chatted with them and wished the Master and brethren of St Laurence a Happy Christmas.
17th December 2014 – 12 St Laurence brethren attended a meeting of Sion Lodge No 9314 in Upminster, who carried out a Second Degree Ceremony for us.
16th December 2014 – 12 brethren and friends went go karting and had a Chinese meal at the Brentwood Leisure Centre
£185,385 donated by Freemasons used to rebuild schools and health centres in Philippines.
On 8th November 2014 we carried out a triple initiation when 33 members of the lodge took part in the ceremony. Christmas festive board with saxophone quartet and Christmas carols for over 60 brethren.

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.

Welcome

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.

*** Upminster Golf Veterans ***
*** North Munster Masonic Centre Visit ***
*** Andaz Hotel Meeting ***
*** Freemasons’ Hall Tour ***
*** Stisted Hall Summer Fete ***
*** Le Touquet Lodge Meeting ***
*** ISM Lodge Meeting ***
*** Criterion Chapter ***
*** Rebuilding Lives in the Philippines ***
*** Thruxton Race Track Day ***
*** Wheres Spot Band ***
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St Laurence Golf Day ***
*** St George’s Day Celebration ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling ***

*** 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.
.Freemasons

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.

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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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