Freemasons in Essex, England, UK.
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 a progressive and active lodge with a full programme of interesting meetings and events planned for this year and beyond. They include ceremonies for the initiation of new candidates who want to become freemasons, which included a rare triple Initiation in November 2013 and also for the further advancement of our brethren. Some of these will continue their masonic development in specially arranged ceremonies at other lodges associated with St Laurence.
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.
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