Welcome to St Laurence Lodge No 5511 – Freemasons in Essex

Freemasons in Essex, England, UK.

****** NEWS ******
19th March 2015 – Freemasons donate £20,000 via the Red Cross for emergency aid following widespread destruction caused by Cyclone Pam, which hit the island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific on Saturday.
14th March 2015 – Bros David and Bona passed by W Bro Len West and Bro Stephen initiated by Bro Kevin in two marvellous ceremonies by St Laurence Lodge. Other Brethren remained in their respective offices for both ceremonies and were very good indeed!
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 – Two senior and two newer brethren went over to West Kent for the Christmas meeting of the Hundred of Axstane Lodge. The ceremony was splendid. The Provincial Grand Master was present. He chatted with our brethren and wished the Master and 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.

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. See our events page for past and forthcoming masonic and social events.

*** Ingrebourne Chapter Convocation ***
*** W Bro Harry Ball ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling ***
*** Upminster Hall Lodge LOI Ladies Dinner ***
*** Travelling Gavellers Bike Ride ***
*** Lenny Pyne Update ***
*** Old Palmerians’ Lodge Meeting ***
*** Installation Meeting 2015 ***
*** St Laurence in 2014 ***

*** Le Touquet Loge Visit ***
*** 2014 Pride of Essex Award ***

*** 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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