Freemasons in Essex, England, UK.
|18th December 2014 – Two senior and two newer brethren went over to West Kent for the Christmas meeting of the Hundred of Axstane Lodge. They use the rare Stability working which is wonderfully different and feels more ancient. The explanation of the working tools in the first and their handling of the candidate on his entrance is completely different. The ceremony was splendid. The Provincial Grand Master was present and chatted with our brethren before dinner about ritual matters. He wished the Master and the brethren of St Laurence Lodge 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. The initiates were greeted by W Bro Nigel Catchpole PSGD, APGM who also delivered the Ancient Charge. Christmas festive board with saxophone quartet and Christmas carols for over 60 brethren.|
On 21st October 2014, a number of brethren and guests from St Laurence Lodge attended an Installation Meeting at the Lodge of Fellowship and Unity in Orsett.
On 16th October 2014, four of us visited Priory Lodge No 1000 in Southend to describe and explain the success of St Laurence Lodge. The talk lasted 20 minutes and the question and answer session lasted twice that long.
|On 11th October 2014, we raised Bro. John in a delightful ceremony. W. Bro. Graham carried out almost the whole of the third degree assisted by W. Bro. Jon who delivered the charge and Bro. Fraser who explained the working tools.|
|10th January 2015 – St Laurence Lodge Installation Meeting in Upminster.|
|20th February 2015 – Third Degree Ceremony for St Laurence Lodge by the Lodge of Charity No 9091 in Brightlingsea.|
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. They include ceremonies for the initiation of new candidates who want to become freemasons, including a rare triple initiation which took place in November 2014. 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.
*** Sion Lodge Meeting ***
*** St Laurence Go Karting ***
*** Huntingdon Racecourse ***
*** Universal Advice for Freemasons ***
*** Ambassadors for Freemasonry ***
*** Le Touquet Loge Visit ***
*** St Cedd Lodge Meeting ***
*** 2014 Pride of Essex Award ***
*** Chapter of Enlightenment Meeting ***
*** St Laurence Jewel ***
*** Lenny Pyne Update ***
*** Fellowship & Unity Meeting ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling ***
*** Freemasonry – What’s It All About? ***
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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