"Epping Forest Freemasons Celebrate a Century of Giving to Charity"

The members of Epping Forest Lodge No. 4263 who meet at Loughton Masonic Hall are taking a well-earned summer break until their next meeting in November 2022.

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"Essex Freemasons help to keep local life-saving charity operational!"

Essex Freemasons have continued their support of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) with two cheques, £10,000 from the Essex Provincial Community Fund and £1,000 from Essex Masters Lodge.

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"Speedway Director to help Essex Freemasons keep up to speed and stay on track."

Well known by many riders on the Speedway World Championship Grand Prix circuit throughout Europe and a co-director of Thurrock Hammers, Russell Keetch

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"Flowers and Fun at Festival 2022 Ball celebrating £5.4 million raised for Charity"

240 Essex Freemasons and partners celebrated with a feast of flowers and fun at a Festival 2022 Ball to celebrate raising over £5.4 million in five years in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

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"Saxon Hall Welcomes Tony Compton’s Accordion Masterclass and Workshop"

Tony Compton a renowned Accordion Jazz player in the UK, Essex freemason and all-round musician organised an Accordion Masterclass

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"Saxon Hall Looking to Better Times"

Saxon Hall held its Annual General Meeting on a sunny 4th July evening with representatives from 24 units.

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"Freemasons are all Heart"

At a recent charity Italian night held at Padrino’s in Westcliff, ‘Take Heart’ the Southend and District Cardiac Support Group received a record donation of £6,406.66 from just one source.

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"60-year-old Harlow Freemason to row Atlantic for Charity"

There are two types of courage. Physical courage is ‘guts’. Moral courage is a virtue that gives faith, hope and charity.

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"Essex’s Shooting and Fishing Lodge Casts off to a great start"

Macnab Lodge No. 10017 was ‘finally’ consecrated after being disrupted by Covid for two years

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"Scaling new heights"

Tom Kendle of Orsett Lodge No. 5424 will be scaling the heights of Mount Snowdon to raise money for charity.

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"New Provincial Grand Mentor"

The Provincial Grand Master (PGM), Paul Tarrant, has appointed Russell Keetch as Provincial Grand Mentor with immediate effect.

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"Respect for Wildlife"

An experienced professional photographer has an enjoyable photo shoot on a visit to Hanningfield Reservoir Nature Discovery Centre in Essex.

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"Easterford marks contribution to the 2022 Festival"

The Provincial Grand Master, Paul Tarrant (PGM) in a private capacity visited Easterford Lodge 2342 during the 7th July and received a ceremonial cheque for £53,500.

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"What’s in a name - or how Masons are helping to save the Red Mason Bee in Essex"

It has taken a different kind of Mason to help the Red Mason Bee which has been steadily vanishing from Essex habitats. But things are now looking better for the bee and the thousands of other flying insects

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"Saffron Walden Masonic Hall ‘House of Jewels’"

In the afternoon of Saturday the 10th July 1999 the Masonic Hall in Saffron Walden was destroyed by a horrendous fire which consumed the roof, the Temple and part of the robing room,

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"How a bird box helped a Ukranian family"

Brian Cattermole, as a hobby, makes bird boxes which he donates or raffles for charity.

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"Provincial Grand Lodge of East Anglia, Royal Order of Scotland"

The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Anglia, Royal Order of Scotland celebrated the Installation of their new Provincial Grand Master at the St. Giles Masonic Centre in Colchester

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"Charity Stewards’ lodge – up and running with a SNAP"

Burntwood Lodge (the Charity Stewards’ lodge) No. 8016 started its new purpose and structure with a SNAP on Tuesday 7th June at Hutton

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"Essex Freemason Plunges 160 Feet!"

Essex Freemason, Andy Cook, the Inner Guard of Brownswood Lodge No 4272 which meets at Rochford Masonic Hall, took a plunge for charity with a bungee jump from 160 ft, from a crane

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Saint John’s Lodge No. 1343 - Do It in Style

Members of Saint John’s Lodge No. 1343 and their guests, gathered at Cross Keys Masonic Centre on Thursday 2nd June 2022 to celebrate in style HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with a Charity Dinner and Dance

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Platinum JubiGLEE

Members of Henry de Gray, Thurrock, St Johns and Old Palmerians Lodges, saw 600 Union Jack Bowler Hats and Flags donated to the pupils and teachers of Chadwell St Mary Primary School

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Wivenhoe and Colchester Masonic Centres Sponsor Scouts to South Korea Jamboree

A united band of brethren were joined by the 1st Wivenhoe Scout Group members on the 14th April 2022 at Wivenhoe Masonic Hall for a special presentation

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"Simply the Best"

Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Nick Franklin, appropriately attired in his tartan trews, made sure that Friday 13th May 2022 was a lucky day for all the NEML brethren

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Freemasons Provide a ‘Ticket to Ride’

Freemasons in Essex have made a £15,000 donation to the Castle Point Social Car Scheme (CPSCS), which provides transport options for the elderly and disabled in the borough

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The LODA Presentation Team in Action

On 3rd May 2022 at the Lodge of Daily Advancement No. 9979 (LODA), Graham Larke and David Badger made sure the Lodge lived up to its name and everyone made a ‘daily advancement’

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My Sec’s Life

W Bro Dr Gerald Chevin is a member of Earlham Lodge No. 7266 and an experienced Lodge Secretary. His amusing story gives us an insight into his Sec’s life

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Wickford Lodge No. 4220 Centenary Celebration

Wickford Lodge celebrated its 100 years at Saxon Hall on the 3rd March 2022 with the Provincial Executive in attendance to present the Centenary Warrant

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Discover the core values we value as Freemasons

Integrity, Respect, Charity and Friendship, together with our local Communities, are at the heart of Our Mission.

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A Charity Phoenix Arises from The Ashes of Burntwood

In Hutton, on Tuesday 6th April, the brand-new Charity Stewards Lodge arose like a Phoenix from the ashes of Burntwood Lodge, 8016

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The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant: What Is It and What Does It Mean to Essex Freemasons?

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Meet The New Provincial Grand Charity Steward

From his beginnings in Dagenham, Chris Hicks left university as a scientist after studying biology with microbiology

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Charity work does not stop once a Festival ends

A Message from Essex’s New Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Chris Hicks

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An ‘Eggcellent’ and Tasty Result

More than 1,000 Easter Eggs were delivered to local care homes, hospitals, a women's refuge, and food banks in Thurrock recently by Essex Freemasons meeting at the Cross Keys Masonic Centre

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex signs the Armed Forces Covenant

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex signed the Armed Forces Covenant during an event at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden on 24 March

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Clear Purpose for Essex Freemasons

The Provincial Grand Master announced that over £5.4 million had been raised for charity during an event at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden on 24 March

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HRH The Earl of Wessex and HRH The Duke of Kent to celebrate The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award donation

More than 30,000 young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEND) will be able to do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, thanks to a three-year strategic partnership.

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Be There – On the Square! Military Priority for Annual Meeting

To signify the importance of signing the Armed Forces Covenant with Essex Freemasons, the MOD is sending a high-level delegation from 16 Air Assault Brigade to attend the Annual Meeting

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Sine Nomine . . . The Lodge with No Name

Members of the Essex Light Blue Association were among the 88 first joiners of an exciting brand new new Lodge, Consecrated for promising, younger Freemasons across the whole Craft.

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Members’ Pathway & Round Table Lodge of Essex Welcomes New Brother

David Ison was initiated into Round Table Lodge of Essex (RTLE) 8217, at Hutton Masonic Centre, on 21st of February 2022

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£34,000 grants to help armed forces veterans across Essex

Combat2Coffee, a support organisation for Armed Forces veterans who may be struggling with life outside of the services, is on the road to help thanks to a grant of £34,000 from Essex Freemasons

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Members' Pathway and Hutton Lodge No. 4640 Welcomes Another New Brother

Michael Fox was initiated into Hutton Lodge 4640, at Hutton Masonic Centre, Shenfield on 12th of February 2022. Michael was accompanied by another Initiate, Bro. Prithipal Digpal (Pip)

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Members' Pathway welcomes New Brother into Wheel of Fellowship Lodge 9016

Liam Bundy was initiated into Wheel of Fellowship Lodge 9016, at Maldon Masonic Centre on 12th of January 2022

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Fiftieth Anniversary Presentation For Lynne Wilson PPJGW

At the first meeting in 2022 of the Upminster Daylight Lodge (UDL) No. 9788, the (APGM) Rob Eels presented Lynne Edgar John Wilson, a (PPJGW), with a Certificate

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‘MY THREE SONS’ Freemasonry at its Best

The last episode of the 12-year TV show may have ended fifty years ago in 1972 but the Brethren of Victory Marine Lodge No. 6160, have begun their own Masonic version

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Charity Work of Essex Freemason, Brian Chenier, Recognised with an MBE

Brian Chenier of Colcestria Lodge No. 7123, which meets at Colchester Masonic Centre, was able to count down to 2022 with three new letters awarded to his name

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A Humbling Experience for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master

A “Humbling Experience” for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master; plus Membership Pathway, Essex Cornerstone Club, Essex 2022 Festival and the Armed Forces Covenant

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Deputy Provincial Grand Master Arrived With A Personal Surprise!

Just imagine turning up for a regular Lodge Meeting and being asked to step in as Inner Guard

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Southend’s homeless bag a winner

Nore Lodge No 3610 donate 100 thermally insulated sleeping bags for distribution among the Southend’s rough sleepers

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I Claudius

Roman Emperors to Saintly Saxons in Essex

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Members’ Pathway & Bagshaw Lodge No. 1457 Welcomes Two New Brothers

Simon Templer and Alin Butnaru were initiated into Bagshaw Lodge No. 1457, at Loughton Masonic Centre, respectively on 9th of December 2021 and 20th January 2022

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A Family Affair and a ‘Knight’ to Remember

It was a real family affair at Upminster Masonic Centre on Saturday 12th February, when Hornchurch Lodge, No. 5790, witnessed a special initiation of a Lewis

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Thousands of disadvantaged children get boost from Essex Freemasons

Chelmsford based charity ‘Families InFocus’, currently helping almost 2,000 disadvantaged children across Essex every year, has received a grant of £13,500 from Essex Freemasons

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CLOE Comes to Essex

The Cricket Lodge of Essex, or more familiarly ‘CLOE’, came out of a conversation with our late Provincial Grand Master (PGM) and our new Provincial Grand Charity Steward designate

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The cheque thats only telling half the story

Cheques don’t come a lot bigger, but this one is telling less than half the story. The figures say £50,000, but the true amount should really say a whopping £110,000

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Third New Brother Initiated into Old Palmerians’ Lodge Thanks to the ‘Members’ Pathway’

Since the scheme was originally launched, Ryan Wooster is the third Members’ Pathway candidate to be Initiated into the Old Palmerians’ Lodge

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Chill zones to help hundreds of disadvantaged children

A Basildon based charity, dedicated to creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people, is ready to create its own “Chill Zones”.

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Macnab Lodge Looks Forward to a Busy 2022 and beyond

The eagerly anticipated Macnab Lodge is to be Consecrated on Friday the 10th June 2022 at Southend-on-Sea (Saxon Hall) Masonic Centre

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Members’ Pathway to Old Libertian Lodge Gathers Pace

Essex Freemasons of Old Libertian Lodge No. 6096 know all about having good foundations on which to re-build for the future.

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A Grand Display of Family Values

There was a grand display of family values at the Installation Meeting on 5th November 2021 at Frinton and Walton Masonic Hall with the Investiture of Robert John William Eels

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Ken Elmes 50th Anniversary

The Brethren of The Earl of Warwick Lodge No. 2504 were delighted to welcome Martin Howse, their APGM to their meeting at Loughton Masonic Hall on 1st December 2021

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Masonic Secret Santas Meet at Loxford Lodge

The first Masonic Secret Santa Meeting was held by Loxford Lodge No. 5621 on 14th December 2021. All the presents were known but the children who received them were a secret

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Fresh hope for little Rosie thanks to Essex Freemasons

Life has been tough for little two-year-old Rosie Harris from Canvey Island, diagnosed at three months old with a rare genetic mutation

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One of the Most Unheard-of Inspirational Stories in Essex Freemasonry

In 1951 Malcolm Robinson, now BEM PPJGW, was initiated into St Margaret’s Lodge No. 5168 which met in Leigh

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Three Firsts for Colin Felton at East Saxon Lodge

Colin Felton, was congratulated by the Worshipful Master and the Brethren of East Saxon Lodge No. 7053, on his forthcoming promotion to Assistant Provincial Grand Master

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A Christmas message from the Provincial Grand Master

Christmas is near, a time of traditions, storytelling, and reflection

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A Freemason of Beneficence for Fifty Years

Paul Tarrant, the Provincial Grand Master (PGM) made an Official Visit to the Lodge of Beneficence No. 7978 on 18th November 2021 as it marked his 50 years in the Craft for Michael Spencer

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Colcestria Lodge No. 7123 Welcomes a Hero and Gives, Gives and Gives

In the run-up to its Platinum (70th) Anniversary in February 2022 the Brethren of Colcestria Lodge No. 7123 have been active in giving to good causes and attracting new members to Freemasonry

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Robert Woodland Presented with 50 Year Certificate by Robert Eels

At Loughton Masonic Hall on Wednesday 8th December 2021, Warren Wood Lodge No. 8284 met for their Christmas meeting

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The Importance of Membership, Attract New Brethren and Watch Lodges Grow

The Provincial Membership Team held an important event at Braintree Masonic Centre on 27th November 2021

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Kids Inspire launch new mentor training with help from Essex Freemasons

Chelmsford based charity, Kids Inspire, set to train dozens of new mentors, to provide one to one help for children with mental health issues, thanks to a £3,000 grant from Essex Freemasons

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Celebrations Come in Threes to Thundersley Lodge No. 5225

Thundersley Lodge celebrated three events: Daniel Ward was Raised to the Third Degree, Ray Fretten reached 60 years in Freemasonry and the Lodge achieved Grand Patron status

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Grey Friars Lodge Signals a Good Year Ahead

On 22nd November 2021 everybody involved made the Installation Ceremony for the new Worshipful Master Peter Anderson very enjoyable at Grey Friars Lodge 5169

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Guardians of Traditions

Guardians of Traditions - William of Colchester Lodge No. 5255

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A Living Legend Remembers Rodney

One of the most heartfelt personal tributes about the late Rodney Bass was made to the Brethren at the Installation Meeting on 22nd November 2021 of Grey Friars Lodge No. 5169

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Comrades Lodge No 2976 and The Dogs of War

On 15th November 2021 Mark Eve was proclaimed as the Worshipful Master of Comrades Lodge No.2976 which meets at St Giles, the Colchester Masonic Centre

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Essex Freemasons helping to improve mental health in Harlow

Children’s mental health charity Place2Be has launched additional support for both children and parents at six schools in Harlow, thanks to a £25,000 grant from Essex Freemasons

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Essex Freemasons fund new mini bus to help carers in south Essex

A new mini bus, fully equipped to help transport vulnerable people across south Essex to allow them to access vital day care services, has been delivered to a Benfleet based charity

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Newly arrived Afghans in UK given essential supplies thanks to Essex Freemasons’ grant

More than 15,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan are receiving basic necessities from the British Red Cross, which has been boosted by a grant from Essex Freemasons and other Provinces

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Brothers-in-Arms

During the English Civil War, Royalist Generals Sir Charles Lucas and Sir George Lisle fought bravely whilst enduring hardship and famine in the three-month siege of Colchester

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United Grand Lodge of England commits to carbon-reduction policy

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its operations and plans to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2030

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Essex Freemasons Men’s Health Day 2021

On Wednesday 27th October 2021 at Essex County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford close to 300 individual PSA tests were undertaken, 200 combined tests for heart, skin cancer and overall health

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The Lord Mayor's Show is on Saturday 13th November 2021

The Lord Mayor's Show is on Saturday 13th November 2021

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Freemasonry Flowers at Forester Lodge

Distinguished horticulturalist, Robin Crouchman, was presented with his 50-year Certificate on 4th October 2021

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Young cancer patients across Essex ‘we have your back’

Six-year-old Chloe Chandler from Little Dunmow has courage stamped through every inch of her young body

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Young Essex Freemasons Have a Ball!

On 9th October 2021, members of the Essex Cornerstone Club welcomed fellow Freemasons, their families and friends with reception drinks and canapes followed by a delicious three-course meal

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A Special Meeting at Wivenhoe Masonic Hall

Wivenhoe, mentioned in the Domesday Book in 1086, on the banks of the River Colne has a rich maritime and Masonic heritage

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Festival 2022, 22 SAS and 22 Years in The Bill

The Essex 500 Inspire Challenge winner for July 2021 for the best story using the Provincial Online Story Creation Wizard was Ilford Castle Lodge No. 7144

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Loxford Lodge Masonic Secret Santa Night

Loxford Lodge No 5621 brethren at Upminster to hold an in-specie ‘Secret Santa’ Alms Collection at their meeting on TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER 2021

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When You’re Smiling – An Introduction

In the New Year’s Honours List for 2021 in recognition of his work as the Chair of the S.A.M. Fund, Steve Nottage was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM)

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Sir David Amess MP RIP

He lived respected and died regretted

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Jeff Cripps PPSGW 50 Years in Freemasonry

Deputy Provincial Grand Master (DepProvGM) Nick Franklin was delighted to present Jeff Cripps with a Certificate to commemorate his 50 years as a Freemason

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Another hugely successful Stisted Golf Day, at last

A total of fifty golfers from lodges in Essex and some non-masonic guests making up teams of four teed-off in a golf classic that sadly, due to Covid, had to be cancelled last year

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Mother lodge receives welcome gift from late PGM

The wife of the late RW Bro Rodney Bass, Mrs Margaret Bass, and daughter Lydia were invited to the recent meeting of Tollesbury Lodge

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Essex Freemasons fund eyes on the sea to help save lives

New state of the art CCTV cameras will ensure that eyes will always be on the sea looking out for people in distress around the Canvey coastline, thanks to grants from Essex Freemasons

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British Red Cross supported by Braintree Masonic Centre

Essex Freemasons jumped into action and assisted the British Red Cross (BRC) Afghan Crisis Appeal by providing basic essentials such as warm clothing, baby items and toothbrushes

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Essex Provincial Grand Stewards in Charity Clay Shoot

Essex Provincial Grand Stewards in Charity Clay Shoot raised over £1,450 towards Essex 2022 Festival Target

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Freemasons donate £1140 to Maldon Saints Youth Football Club Defibrillator Appeal

Maldon Masonic Lodges join in and support Maldon Saints YFC appeal for funding to purchase Defibrillators

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Essex Masons Win National Championship

An eagle-eyed Essex Masonic Clay Shooting Team has won the National Masonic Clay Championships

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Orsett Masons plant their very best for a Garden of Rest

Graham Larke, a leading Essex Freemason, has reported that on NHS Day on 5th July 2021 the Essex Freemasons who meet at Orsett Masonic Hall raised a grand total of £1,500

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Essex Freemasons’ TLC welcomed young refugees from Afghanistan

The London Search and Rescue support the British Red Cross in the Afghanistan Resettlement Scheme and the Essex Freemasons’ TLC scheme formed part of the welcome package

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Engaging with the Community

On Friday 10th September, the Chairman of Braintree District Council, Cllr. Sue Wilson, received guests to a Reception in the Town Hall, prior to a preview of The Lodge of Saint Mary’s exhibition

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A ‘Scottish’ Third Degree at the third attempt

What could go wrong when Steve Barker proposed to his Scottish brethren they deliver a North of Scotland-style Third Degree ceremony at a forthcoming Maritima meeting!?

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New Provincial Grand Master Installed for Essex Freemasons

On Thursday 9th September 2021, Freemasons from all over Essex travelled to see Paul William Tarrant installed as the 20th Provincial Grand Master (PGM) of Essex

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Stisted Hall gets residents buggy refurb

Stisted Hall gets a residents buggy refurb thanks to a donation from The Joshua Nunn Lodge 2154

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"Happy meet again"

How many hundreds of times have we uttered those words. Yet on 1st September 2021, the first meeting back of Essex United Service Lodge No 3804; ‘happy meet again’ was for real

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Teamwork makes the dream work

Under the leadership of Peter Low and the hard work of his Team, on 21st August 2021 Essex was the first Province to meet approval of UGLE by implementing 100% of its important ‘Marketing Actions’

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Freemasons supporting over a million people with mental health issues

To help more than 1.4 million people experiencing mental health issues, Freemasons in Essex and across England are donating more than £550,000 to help citizens across the UK

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New exhibition opens at Braintree Museum “Engaging with the Community”

Braintree Museum is excited to be working with Essex Freemasons to present a new exhibition named “Engaging with the Community” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Lodge of Saint Mary

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Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Golf Day

The eagerly awaited Provincial Grand Stewards Golf Day finally took place at the South Essex Golf Club on Friday 31st July 2021

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Chelmsford Freemasons pledge support for Mencap charity

Freemasons from Chelmsford based Lodge of Integrity have pledged their support for a local charity, City of Chelmsford Mencap, with a £1,000 donation

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Keen to Be Getting Back to Business

The Essex Provincial Charity Stewards Conference on Saturday 14th August 2021 was attended by 157 Brethren who made the journey to Saxon Hall in Southend and a further 112 by Zoom

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The Finishing Line is in Sight! But will it be for £5 or 6 Million?

Charity representatives of the 300 plus lodges in Essex attended the Provincial Charity Stewards Conference held at the Southend Masonic Centre and online on Saturday 14th August 2021

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Funding for hospice service to care homes

Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford has launched a major new programme, funded by Essex Freemasons, to support residents at care homes across mid-Essex with critical end of life and palliative care.

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A New Chapter For An Essex Mason

One of the most experienced Freemasons in Essex is about to begin an exciting new chapter. Taking over as the club historian for West Ham United

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Calling All Frontline Heroes!

Ilford Castle Lodge 7144 is calling all frontline heroes to A Frontline Heroes Lodge - There’s an Idea!

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Making a day of it for NHS frontline workers

Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, and Sir David Amess MP were among the many dignitaries celebrating NHS, Social Care and Frontline Worker’s Day at local masonic centres across Essex

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The Essex500 INSPIRE Challenge

The best story submitted by a Lodge and Chapter during the month of July will each win £500 for their chosen charity

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Essex Freemasons’ £30,000 gift of life for little Henry

A three-year-old boy with cancer is able to get life-saving treatment in Germany, thanks to a £30,000 donation by Essex freemasons

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Essex Freemasons support BAME initiative at St Helena

Essex Freemasons have donated £31,000 to St Helena Hospice to help it to better reach and provide end of life support for patients and families

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NHS, social care and frontline workers celebration day – 5th July 2021

Essex Freemasons celebrate the work and dedication of the NHS, social care and frontline workers and remember the ultimate sacrifice that many had made during the pandemic

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Families on brink of famine in South Sudan receive emergency support funded by Essex Freemasons

Hundreds of families on the brink of famine in South Sudan will be receiving emergency support thanks to a grant of £35,000 from the Freemasons to Plan International UK

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Essex Freemasons donate £30,000 to support vital service for visually impaired

Essex Freemasons have donated £30,000 to independent sight loss charity Southend in Sight to help it continue and develop its “Talk and Support service”

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Freemasons take lead role in NHS Frontline Workers' Day

The inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day is set to take place on 5 July 2021, with Freemasons leading the event

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Carli Lansley Foundation Donation from Saxon Hall

Continued community support & engagement from Saxon Hall

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The Wheel of Fellowship Lodge 9016 and Home-Start Essex

On a very hot day in June several Members of the Wheel of Fellowship Lodge No. 9016 (Essex) donated boxes of Toys, both cuddly and educational

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The kindest cut of all to help Bro Alan raise funds to battle cancer

The Howard Hall Masonic Centre in Braintree served as a barber’s shop, when Bro Robin Bayes, of Lodge of Justice 147, "braved a shave" in support of brother Alan Chapman

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Essex Freemasons bringing smiles to sick children

Essex Freemasons are working to bring smiles to the faces of children at Romford, Southend and Basildon Hospitals who are facing life changing treatment for brain tumours

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Freemasons to become strategic partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

More than 30,000 young people with disabilities and special educational needs will be able to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, thanks to a grant of £300,000 from the Freemasons

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Raili - the Old Chelmsfordian Sponsored Apprenticed Nurse

Raili entered the new apprenticeship degree nurse training scheme at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAHT) in Harlow and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

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St Philip Lodge eyes 100 brethren for its Centenary Meeting in November

November 16th will mark a special celebration for St Philip Lodge 4221 as it marks its centenary and the target for the big day is the attendance of 100 brethren

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UGLE Annual Report 2020

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has launched its first annual report, in its 300 year history

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Masons provide new TVs for Clacton Hospital following Facebook appeal

It started with a Facebook appeal from Clacton District Hospital then went viral - and it worked after the message reached local Freemasons - members of Clactonian Lodge

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Home from Home

The RMBI care home at Stisted (Stisted Hall) has progressed so much since its opening in 1999

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The Next Item on the Agenda is the Almoner’s Report

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has replaced what was once considered a difficult process for assistance into a smooth one for individuals and their families

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Joshua Nunn Helps Support People Over 60 who are Isolated

The Halstead Day Centre has thanked Joshua Nunn in supporting its effort to provide independent living for people over 60 who are isolated

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The Other Side of the Good Samaritan

The perception of Freemasonry is rapidly moving towards a greater awareness of charitable giving and community service

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‘Getting Ready to Get Ready’

Among the 9,000 or so Essex Freemasons there are over 4,200 who also enjoy being Royal Arch (RA) Masons

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Essex Freemasons raise funds for charities Prince Philip dedicated his life to

Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex has joined the United Grand Lodge of England campaign and is inviting its 200,000 members to raise funds for charities the Prince dedicated his life to

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Freemasons make no secret of need for younger members

Set in their ways for 300 years, the Freemasons are opening a lodge aimed at young people to combat a slump in membership

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Freemasons’ inaugural annual report showcases commitment to modernisation

UGLE has launched its first annual report, in its 300 year history, marking another major step forward in its commitment to modernisation, transparency and normalization

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C.H.E.S.S and The Wheel of Fellowship Lodge 9016

W.Bro Mark Jones and Bro. Graham Cornell made a delivery of bottled water, snacks, soft drinks, treats, toiletries and items of clothing to the C.H.E.S.S centre in Chelmsford

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15,914 Items for the Homeless in Essex

Essex 500 Challenges generate a ‘prize’ of £500 to a registered charity or local good cause chosen by the Lodge of the winning team, or individual, for each Challenge

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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 10/06/1921 - 09/04/2021

“The world will be a poorer place for his passing and we will be writing to Her Majesty on behalf of the Province to express our sadness at his passing and our support for her and her family”

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Prince Philip: A True English Gentleman

The Freemasons are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Prince Philip this morning and we extend our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family

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Brotherly Love

To both women and men Freemasons, a brother refers not only to the members of their respective Orders but to the ‘Whole of Society’

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A Platinum Lodge

On the evening of 29th March 2021, ten brethren held a Zoom meeting, which on this occasion was for a notable Anniversary

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How we have helped to support our heroes in the NHS

In February, the WM of Stedfast Unity Lodge identified an opportunity for the members to help support staff in the hospitals that were suffering

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Teddies for Loving Care celebrates 20 years

On 12th March 2001 an extraordinary, and unique, scheme was launched by Essex Freemasons: it was a simple idea – to provide Essex A&E departments with Teddies

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Enjoy The First Organ Concert Of The Year From Home

Freemasons’ Hall has announced its first Organ Concert of 2021, which will take place on 30 March, at 7pm

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“Copy That! – Over and Out”

Having served in Her Majesty’s Armed Services many Freemasons have been prepared to put their lives on the line for the rest of us

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The Late W Bro Brian Wood

Councillor Steven Cole who said “He was also a Freemason as well and he raised thousands upon thousands of pounds. He loved his Freemasonry. He was someone that I looked up to”

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Congratulations to Villerica Lodge No 4053

Villerica was Consecrated in the Grecian Temple at the Abercorn Rooms of the Great Eastern Hotel by the RW Provincial Grand Master of Essex Lord Lambourne on 19th February 1921

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A Small Lodge with a Big Heart

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust has thanked Essex Freemasons for their “incredible support and wonderful generosity"

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No Secret Anymore

W Bro Ken Cownden explains, “We all understand that ‘Secrecy’ in Freemasonry comprises of a small number of signs, grips and words to distinguish each other ...”

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The Rivers of Babylon

Hit song ‘Rivers of Babylon’ meaningful to Companions in the Holy Royal Arch, as it relates the beginning of a story which is central to the teachings of the fourth step in core Freemasonry

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BBC Radio interviews Dr David Staples

An interview with Dr David Staples on BBC Radio Oxford. Listen from 09:40-18:45

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One Volunteer is Worth Ten Pressed Men

For a number of Freemasons, the desire to do good work for the Community and help others has grown stronger during the COVID-19 crisis.

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“We’ll Meet Again” - it’s not If but When!

Singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’, Vera Lynn gave hope to many millions throughout WWII. Now the iconic first line of her song gives hope the brethren in the Province of Essex.

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Lodge of Enlightenment

Bringing together Freemasons who are, or have served as, Secretaries and Treasurers in order to share among themselves their vast experience and knowledge

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Young Freemasons' Youth Programme Benefits Local School

The Essex Cornerstone continues to lead the way, supporting local charities dedicated to helping young people and children in need

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12 Million Steps for Muscular Dystrophy

112 Essex Freemasons stepped up to the plate for the Provincial ‘500 Step Challenge’ and in the eight days the Brethren recorded a total of 12,378,321 steps

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“O Wonderful Masons!”

Following a presentation about the rebuilding of ‘The Square’ at Upminster, the late Rodney Lister Bass OBE, declared “O Wonderful Masons!”

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Saxon Hall Vaccination Centre

Southend’s freemasonry centre, Saxon Hall, opened its doors last week as a vaccination centre in the battle against Covid19

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A Snack in Time Helps Covid Ward Front Line

Rosslyn Lodge No 1543 has raised £500, and bought 240 snack bars and 120 cans of energy drinks for front-line workers at Broomfield Hospital

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Never Too Late to Become A Freemason

In his 84th year, Bro Voltaire proved it is never too late to become a Freemason by being Initiated and made an Entered Apprentice of the Lodge of the Nine Sisters in Paris.

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Coaching Craftsmen and Companions

With over forty years’ experience in coaching Craftsmen and Companions, W Bro Ken Cownden recognised by the Province with one of only six annual promotions to the new honour of PPSGW.

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Two Trees for Acorn Villagers this Christmas

Mistley Lodge No 2339 and Dedham Vale No 8901 donate special Christmas Tree to Acorn Village, which has been providing residential care since 1975

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Little Albert gets a head start with his Teddy

When three-year-old Albert fell badly and suffered a serious cut to his head last month, he had to go to A&E, where he was given one of Essex Freemasonry’s Teddy Bears.

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£20,000 life line from Essex Freemasons

A leading Colchester charity, helping the homeless back into the community, has been given a £20,000 lifeline by Essex Freemasons

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Homeless receive more than £850,000 from Freemasons

Having donated £1m between April and July to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, Freemasons are now focusing on protecting the homeless

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Christmas in a bag arrives early for Billericay school

Dozens of young people across Essex with social and emotional health issues will enjoy a better Christmas thanks to initiative by a Billericay school and help from Essex Freemasons

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Season of Goodwill

From donating much needed money to volunteering by phoning front-line organisations or packing and delivering PPE, every Freemason in Essex has contributed

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Cross Keys Masonic Centre supporting Women’s Refuge

Cross Keys Masonic Centre have made generous donations towards the local Women’s Refuge for Christmas

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Young Freemasons' Youth Programme Benefits Essex Charities

The Essex Cornerstone Lodge, supporting a youth programme focussed on local charities dedicated to helping young men and women in need

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Ladies Festival Saturday July 3rd 2021

Saturday July 3rd, 2021 – Essex Freemasons Ladies Day Festival

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HRH Prince Philip 68 Years a Mason

HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 68 Years a Subscribing Freemason and The Temple That Never Was

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A Leap of Faith in Solomon

It was a leap of faith on behalf of the many who had worked hard when Sir David Wooton, the Assistant Grand Master, launched the new online platform ‘Solomon’ two years ago

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Freemasons’ Hall First Virtual Organ Concert

Freemasons’ Hall Brings Some Early Christmas Cheer With Its First Virtual Organ Concert This December

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Freemasons’ Hall Opens High-End Retail Experience

The new 'Shop at Freemasons’ Hall' is launching this week at the Covent Garden headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE)

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Judges Reveal Secrets of Essex Freemasons

At the Pride of Essex Awards 2020 Presentation Ceremony, the Judges gave the Essex Freemasons Community Fund (EFCF) a ‘First’ with the ultimate ‘Community Top Team Award’

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Winners! - Pride Awards 2020 (video enclosed)

Essex Freemasons Community Fund, proudly won the Pride of Essex 'Team of Pride 2020' for our contribution to increase COVID tests and provision of PPE to vital services

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Pride of Essex Awards: Essex Freemasons Nominated

The Pride of Essex Awards will recognise the Nominations and Award winners of six Categories who have shown exceptional courage, inspiration and Community service in Essex.

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Monkhams Centenary

Monkhams Lodge No 4161 was Consecrated at Freemasons Hall on 30th November 1920. Named after Monkhams Hall, the family home of the Primus Master W Bro Sir Richard Beale Colvin

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Saxon Hall helping our NHS

Saxon Hall, home to Freemasons in south east Essex, might be in lockdown with the rest of the country, but it continues to do its bit for the health of the country - helping the NHS, the ambulance service and the Red Cross.

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Movember - Jas Bassan

Every year for nearly 5 years I have every November participated in MOVEMBER - growing a moustache over the November month and to raise money for a cancer charity

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Solomon and the Lodge Officers’ Jewels

The Solomon User Group (SUG) is a module on Solomon where new items are tried by ‘lead users’. The current item being reviewed is all about the Lodge Officers’ Jewels

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Freemasons' Hall lit up for Rememberance Day

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has lit up Freemasons' Hall in London to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day

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Better Lives at work in Essex

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) chose Nikki, a Team Leader, for the lead story ‘A day in the life’ in the Better Lives Autumn/Winter 2020 issue

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We Will Remember Them

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

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Eight hospices receive nearly £14,000

Eight hospices across the county have been chosen to receive grants totaling nearly £14,000 from Essex Freemasons

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Helping Harrysson to move again

It has been a massive struggle for seven-year-old Harrysson Wright from the moment he was born - but help is on the way thanks to a group of Maldon Freemasons and the larger Essex Community

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St George’s Lodge 100th Anniversary

On Saturday 30th October 1920 at Freemasons Hall W Bro J H Salter, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Essex installed the Primus Master at the Consecration Ceremony of St George’s Lodge No 4117

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Supporting charities throughout lockdown

Here are some highlights as recorded at a recent Zoom meeting of the Essex Provincial Charity Stewards

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Essex Freemasons Take Heart

Essex Freemasons have donated £1,000 to Take Heart, a Southend based charity which, for over a quarter of a century, has been providing community support for those with heart health problems

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A "Masonic Makeover" in Manningtree

Not many masonic lodges in England can claim to have met in their own masonic hall for over 100 years but local Freemasons have been meeting in the Mistley Masonic Hall since they purchased the building for £350 in 1906.

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Masonic Exhibition planned for Braintree

Braintree’s oldest Masonic Lodge is to celebrate more than 150 years of history and involvement with the community with a major exhibition about local Freemasonry planned for 2021

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Gold Geese ready to take flight into Basildon

Leigh-on-Sea charity The Gold Geese, set up in 2014 to help families with young children suffering with rare blood cancers, has received a cash boost from Southend Freemasons

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The Nelson Touch

215 years ago, on 21st October 1805 Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson destroyed all hopes of an invasion of Britain by Napoleon by defeating the combined French and Spanish Fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar

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Pitching in at Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden Community Football Club and Saffron Walden PSG girls football club have received a £1,000 donation from local Freemasons

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Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979

Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro The Rev Martin Howse PSGD was the Worshipful Master (Acting) for the first meeting of the Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979

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Stisted Fete 2021

The Association of Friends of Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court at Stisted has announced that, following the cancellation of the 2020 event, due to the Covid19 pandemic, the 2021 event must also be cancelled

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Talking Newspaper receives support from Essex Freemasons

The Wickford and District Talking Newspaper, a charity which has worked in the area since 1977 to provide up to date news for the blind and partially sighted, has received a grant of £1,250 from Essex Freemasons.

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Women's refuges become priority issue for Freemasons

More than £165,000 has been donated by Freemasons to help protect women and children from domestic abuse in the last three months

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Investors in People Awards 2020 - UGLE Shortlisted

UGLE shortlisted for both “Health and Wellbeing” and “Leader of the Year” at Investors in People Awards 2020

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Freemasons Hall Open House

Freemasons Hall opens its doors to Open House London with brand new attractions for visitors this weekend

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