Welcome to St Laurence Lodge No 5511
We are Essex Freemasons in England, in the UK
St Laurence is a Freemasons lodge situated in the Masonic Province of Essex and we are therefore Essex Freemasons. Our lodge was founded in 1935 and is warranted under the United Grand Lodge of England. We have always met in Upminster, Essex which is in the London Borough of Havering on the east side of London.
St Laurence Lodge welcomes new members.
HOWEVER, for men living in the Southend area who are interested in becoming a Freemason, we can highly recommend Nore Lodge No 3610, which meets at Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, Rochford, Southend. This is a friendly lodge with good ritual that has a lot of fun while raising money for charity. Please contact us if you would like to be put in touch with this Southend Lodge.
We are an innovative and growing lodge of Essex Freemasons and as a result have a programme full of interesting meetings and events planned for this year and beyond. Some of these will include ceremonies for the initiation of new candidates who want to join us and become Essex Freemasons while others will advance the 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.
*** Betty West's 90th Birthday ***
*** Lodge of Daily Advancement Consecration - 16th July 2019 ***
*** Ten Pin Bowling - 22nd May 2019 ***
*** Rectitude Essay - 20th May 2019 ***
*** Bulphan Lodge Meeting - 9th May 2019 ***
*** Le Touquet Lodge Meeting - 4th May 2019 ***
*** St George's Day Celebration 23rd April 2019 ***
*** Seven Apprenticed Freemasons ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 9th March 2019 ***
*** Cuba Trip - February 2019 ***
*** Punjabi Lounge - 15th February 2019 ***
*** Prince Edward Duke of Kent Golf Tournament (Updated) ***
*** St Laurence Installation Meeting - 12th January 2019 ***
*** Pre Christmas Meeting - 21st December 2018 ***
*** Nore Lodge Meeting - 8th December 2018 ***
*** Tercentenary Celebration of the Founding of the Premier Grand Lodge ***
*** Ireland Visit - 23rd October 2018 ***
*** St Laurence Meeting - 13th October 2018 ***
***Lodge of Instruction Update ***
*** Upminster Masonic Hall Improvements ***
*** Tarantino's Italian Restaurant ***
*** Punjabi Curry Night ***
*** Essex Mark Provincial Lodge Golf Day - 27th July 2018 ***
*** Le Touquet Lodge Meeting - 21st July 2018 ***
*** Hutton Lodge Social Evening ***
*** Masonic Charitable Foundation Videos ***
*** What's it like to be a Freemason ***
*** Freemasonry - What's It All About? *** .
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. Also an accountant, an author, a trainer, a commercial diver, people in computing and office equipment, a book binder, a taxi driver and a few retired folk. St Laurence Lodge members generally live in 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 four times a year on a Saturday at the Upminster Masonic Hall in Deyncourt Gardens, Upminster, Essex, England and you can travel to the hall quite easily by road or rail. There is plenty of parking at the Masonic Hall should you wish to drive there or Upminster Station is only a 10 minute walk. Our meetings usually start around 3:15pm and the following festive board finishes at about 9:30pm. Many other Freemasons' lodges also meet at this masonic hall, which has been renamed "The Square at Upminster". Ingrebourne Lodge, Abbots Hall Lodge, Engayne Lodge and Upminster Hall Lodge (our family lodges) are among these.
Our Lodge of Instruction is held between September and May on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Rush Green Centre in Romford, Essex. You can attend as soon as you become a Freemason. In fact it is most desirable because you will learn about Freemasonry and the ritual. You will also make life long friends.
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