Welcome to St Laurence Lodge No 5511
We are Freemasons in Essex, in England, in the UK.
St Laurence Lodge is a freemasons lodge situated in the Masonic Province of Essex. It is warranted under the United Grand Lodge of England and was founded in 1935. We have always met in Upminster, Essex in the London Borough of Havering on the east side of London.
St Laurence Lodge welcomes new members.
We are an innovative and growing lodge with a programme full of interesting meetings and events planned for this year and beyond, which include ceremonies for the initiation of new candidates who want to join us and become freemasons. In addition, we manage the further advancement and masonic development of our brethren. Some of our brethren will take part in specially arranged ceremonies at other lodges associated with St Laurence. See our events page for past and forthcoming masonic and social events.
*** St Laurence Lodge Member in Nova Scotia ***
*** River Boat Cruise ***
*** Stisted Hall Summer Fete ***
*** Lodge of Instruction ***
*** Thames Barge Racing ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling ***
*** St Laurence Golf Day ***
*** Colne Lodge Meeting ***
*** 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? ***
We welcome decent and trustworthy men who want to become freemasons and learn about the history, secrets and mysteries of Ancient Freemasonry. These will be men who want to be part of a worldwide fraternity whose members enjoy each other’s company and who are normally at least 21 years of age. Applications from younger men who are interested in becoming freemasons will also be seriously considered although the minimum age is 18.
If you want to learn who can become a freemason, how to become a freemason and how to become a member of St Laurence Lodge, please see the Join Us page. You can also use the contact form to email the Lodge Secretary. It can be very daunting to contact someone you don’t know but there will always be a warm and friendly welcome waiting here at St Laurence Lodge. Please be assured that rank and fortune are not important to freemasons or freemasonry. Furthermore, neither are religious choices, colour, creed or sexual preferences and 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.
The Provincial Grand Chaplain gave an oration for the benefit of a newly made brother at a recent meeting. 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..
Our Lodge is old enough to have traditions which we enjoy and yet young enough not to be swamped by them. The ages of our members 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 Cranham, 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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