Pathway Direct Applicant successfully initiated in the Abbots Hall Lodge

Another successful Direct Applicant introduction from the Members Pathway initiative

Mark Lockwood Chapter No. 3114 celebrate their Centenary

A significant milestone achieved as a testament to the resilience of the Mark Lockwood Chapter

Engayne Lodge celebrate and donate a bumper £5,000 for Charity

Engayne Lodge proudly celebrate their 75-year anniversary with Charity firmly in mind

Old Palmerians complete Pathway journeys with multiple ceremony

A quadruple raising ceremony 'challenge' carried out by Old Palmerians' Lodge with wonder and splendour

St Chad Chapter surrenders its Charter after 114 years

A sad closing for a proud Chapter after having been a prominent and important part of the Province

Extra! Extra! Read all about it... for another Engayne Cockney Evening

Engayne Lodge traditional Cockney Night evening delights members and guests

The Consecration of the Essex County Golf Lodge

The Essex County Golf Lodge No. 10045 ‘tee off’ in a momentous event at Southend Masonic Centre

Rochford Freemasons donate £1,000 to specialist heart unit

Eastwoodbury Lodge presents a much needed cheque to the Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

Essex and Warwickshire Lodges unite through Integrity

Lodge of Integrity receives a visitor from their namesake Lodge in Warwickshire

National Magazines helping Essex Freemasons

Lodge Charity Stewards asked to encourage community involvement with a ‘Virtuous Circle’

Loughton Freemasons give £500 to search and rescue charity

Volunteer charity bringing skills and experience to rescue people from disaster areas throughout the world

Colne Chapter celebrate Terry Nicholson achieving 50-years in the Royal Arch

The celebration of a veteran member and the newest member completing his entry process

Long standing member Paul Humphrey receives his 50-year certificate

A well-earned 50-year certificate presented to Paul Humphrey by the new Lodge honorary member

Essex Royal Arch and ‘Get Started’ in their Colourful journey for Easter

This unique collaboration with Essex Royal Arch and ’Get Started’ continues to evolve

These boots that were made for flying have landed a place in history

Mark Smith presented with boots belonging to RAF pilot who saved his late father’s life on wartime mission

Richard Clowes Lodge welcomes saving lives with charity and heroism

Masonic Charitable Foundation giving relief to suffering and the valour of a Victoria Cross hero. 

The Cross Keys Community have cracked it again this Easter

 Another Eggs-cellent year for Cross Keys Community Fund in donating to their local community

Rochford Hundred Lodge ‘dive deep’ and achieve a successful meeting

Rochford Hundred Lodge call on their Junior Deacon and former submariner for some in-depth help

Rainham Lodge turn the corner with the help of Members Pathway

Losing their way Rainham Lodge re-ignite their Masonic passions back to a vibrant new future

Arthur Channon, Master Mason celebrates 70 years in the Craft

Blackwater Lodge celebrates a momentous occasion for their long serving member

Saint John’s Lodge enjoy their ‘Teddy Bears’ Ladies Festival

A heartwarming evening of elegance and charity with the Saint John’s Lodge as fun and friendship prevailed

Care Home residents share wartime experiences during museum visit

Residents enjoy a day to remember and reminisce on a visit to the Imperial War Museum

With origins as far back as 1789 Wanstead Park Lodge celebrate 75 years

A Lodge built on strong family connections celebrate a milestone in their history

Curry Night Extravaganza in Thundersley raises £2,297 for Charity

Provincial Grand Stewards from all over Essex have their own fun-filled event as they and their guests enjoy a fun filled curry night

Southend Freemason, yachtsman and explorer celebrates 50 years in the Craft

Atlantic solo sailor, North Pole expedition leader and river conservationist given field promotion

Provincial Grand Master congratulates Mike Kendall for 50 years’ Service

Priory Lodge celebrate a remarkable milestone of their Grand Officer’s service to Freemasonry

Rochford Freemason recognised for 60 years Meritorious Service

Retired electrical engineer, Arthur Baldock, presented with Certificate from Assistant Provincial Grand Master

Essex Masons donate to The Brompton Fountain in memory of Billy Thomas

Members of Rainham Lodge back their Master’s Charity choice and raise £2,750

Bruce’s bonus surprise on being initiated into Freemasonry

Dad Brian Heasman surprises son Bruce by officiating on a special family occasion

Charity receives supply of Art Therapy Books and £65,000 from the Freemasons

Founder of Get Started Art nominated for Essex Small Business Awards for 2024

It’s a Family Affair at Ambresbury Lodge No. 5099 as Father Installs Son

Loughton Masonic Centre was the venue for a very special Father and Son Installation meeting

Local Freemason honoured for 60 Years Service to Essex Freemasonry

Presented with two Certificates for Meritorious Service, Michael Withams has inspired and helped so many.

Fantastic and fun event for two groups of young Essex Freemasons

Camaraderie and brotherhood shored-up in Shoreditch as £400 is raised for charity.

Get Started Art – The Bigger Picture from across the United Kingdom

From the Scottish Highlands to the Kent Coast - Freemasons are delivering tens of thousands of Art Therapy Books.

Scottish Spirit at Sibelius Lodge’s Burns Night

An evening filled with Scottish tradition, superb dining, charity and camaraderie

The ‘Archway effect’ is gaining momentum in Essex

Chapters are becoming more confident as their experience of Archway increases

20 more schools supported by Essex Royal Arch Masons

Freemasons increase support in 2024 with more resources for local schools within the community

Old Palmerians Pass Pathway Direct Applicant amidst unforeseen challenges

Changes didn’t dampen members’ spirits as Bro Ian Colley was Passed to the Degree of a Fellow Craft

Loughton and Upminster Freemasons give £2,850 to CHAPS Charity

Worshipful Master of Janus Lodge grateful for screening test which helped save his life

Hutton Freemasons make hot news for Children’s Hospice

Sibelius Lodge No. 9448 spices-up fundraising for Little Havens with a Chilli Chip Challenge

Essex mourns the sad loss of Worshipful Brother Bill Gunary

Heartfelt wishes go to the family of a Grand Officer who contributed so much to Freemasonry in Essex

Bagshaw Lodge commemorates 150 years with two notable presentations

New initiate welcomed with a custom dating back to 1599 and former Headteacher presented with a 60-year Certificate

The Cross Keys Masonic Centre proving that being an elf is snow much fun

Christmas at the Cross Keys Masonic Centre in Thurrock has always been a fun and busy time

A Panto at Cornerstone? Oh no they didn't!.....Oh yes, they did!

The beautiful Howard Hall Masonic Centre was alive with excitement at very special installation meeting

Provincial Teams hold successful first cluster Lodge meeting

The Famous Five Portfolio heads assist as Lodge Officers and showcase their Teams’ roles

Initiation ceremony and Grand Lodge Certificate in one meeting

Candidate Joe Kavanagh explains the First Degree Working Tools to himself at East Saxon Lodge

WM of Warner Lodge No. 2256, Jon Holman, says ‘Welcome Brother’

Amazing experiences only found in Freemasonry lay ahead for Brother Matt at a special initiation

Seven Kings Lodge Boar’s Head meeting smashes 28 year old record!

Over 600 toys received by brethren for distribution and £3,500 raised, setting new record

Lodge Widow, Mrs Rosalee Jaggard, congratulated by The King and the Craft

Every Almoner now plays an invaluable role in the Members’ Pathway, contributing to positive outcomes

Paul Harris gives encouragement to all new Master Masons

Congratulations to Peri Shipman of Orsett Lodge No. 5424 who has an exciting journey ahead.

The Members’ Pathway scheme helps Langthorne Lodge enjoy new growth!

Welcome Brother! Direct applicant Martin Wheeler is initiated into Lodge steeped with history.

The largest Lodge in UGLE installs Robert Whittingham as new WM

Barry Stedman explains how lives of residents at PEDOKC are made more fulfilling

Global magazine bears tidings of ‘Comfort and joy’ in Essex

Blanket coverage for Thurrock Freemasons as they give community groups seasonal support

Essex Freemasonry and a tale of Two Cousins

Both work hard to achieve positive outcomes for the Province but each in a different way

Welcome to Freemasonry Brothers, from the Provincial Junior Grand Warden

Provincial Junior Grand Warden, Paul Harris presents Welcome Packs to initiates at two Hutton Lodges

Two Leigh-on-Sea Freemasons celebrate 50 Years of Friendship

Special presentation by Assistant Provincial Grand Master at Leigh-on-Sea Lodge

Macnab Challenge Night Fires Masonic Entertainment into Stratosphere

Essex’s shooting and fishing lodge hosted 90 Masonic and non-masonic guests at Hutton – Shenfield

Seven new members, and one amazing year

Sam Connor reveals the appealing ingredients for successful Orsett Lodge No. 5424

Lest we forget – Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Service

The annual Armistice Day Meeting of Stanford le Hope Lodge No. 5217 reminds us of some key Masonic values

Essex Royal Arch Masons help pupils at local schools enjoy end of year festivities

20 primary schools get £500 each to make seasonal celebrations a little bit extra special

A ‘Royal’ welcome pack to Essex Royal Arch Freemasonry

The New Provincial Royal Arch Welcome Pack for every Exaltees in the Province

A rare occurrence for the Royal Arch in Essex

Field Promotion for Ian Watson to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies

Bonds of Friendship remembered by Clacton Freemasons

Remembrance Sunday Lunch to celebrate and remember the fallen from all conflicts

Promoting a centre point in a circle at Burntwood Lodge

25,000 mandala colouring books distributed across Essex to help mindfulness and reduce stress

Provincial Junior Grand Warden visits Sancto Claro Lodge

Essex Freemasons regularly donate over £1m each year to help local communities

No Winter Blues for the Essex Light Blues first official meeting

A night of fun, live music and charity at the inaugural meeting of the Essex Light Blues Association.

Every Essex candidate can have the best possible Exaltation

A new companion's Exaltation is reinforced tenfold when ritual is of the highest standard.

Casting many smiles and sharing the fun of fishing with Essex Freemasons

Volunteers show people with special needs how fishing can be so much fun and helps with life

Chingford Freemason Ken Birnie celebrates 60 years of friendship

Special presentation by Provincial Grand Master at West Essex Round Table Lodge

Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge at the forefront of Freemasonry in Essex.

Past Provincial Deputy Grand Master, Paul Reeves, installed as new Worshipful Master

Clacton Freemason Ray Frith celebrates 50 years of friendship and service.

Special presentation made after new Master installed at North Essex Round Table Lodge.

Integrity, Respect and Friendship at Lodge of Fraternity

Eagle-eyed Patrick Wilkins noticed a guest's jewel was not right, and without hesitation discretely assisted addressing the issue

When the Worshipful Master got taken seriously ill at West Ham United

Swift response by St John Ambulance paramedics means ‘Tomo’ can sing “I’m forever blowing bubbles” again

“Yes, I promise I will call you when I get there . . . . Brother Secretary”

Confirmed with a call from Clare: Fraternity, Family and strong Friendship in Frituna

‘From a Centre Point in a Circle’ – a Message to all Essex Masons

Get Started with a new inspirational initiative gaining momentum across Essex to help small groups in local communities.

Albert Lucking Lodge No. 2717 celebrate their 125-year Anniversary

Consecrated in 1898 the Albert Lucking celebrate their 125 years in splendid style

Braintree Royal Arch Masons celebrate 100 years of the Chapter of St Mary

80 members and distinguished guests at Chapter meeting and banquet celebrate significant milestone

A first at Beeleigh Abbey Lodge as the Master installs his son as successor

New family tradition started at the Installation Meeting of popular Maldon Lodge

Field promotion for 100-year-old Worshipful Master at Centenary Meeting

Reg Sheppard receives rare Masonic promotion rank at Danehurst Lodge Centenary meeting

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent addresses the Annual Convocation

A strong recognition of support and thanks for the hard work being undertaken by the Province

Clive Dunnico celebrates over 50 years in Royal Arch

Celebrating a significant milestone in Royal Arch and being a part of a unique dynasty

The Membership Pathway Scheme brings in new exaltee

Frederick Leistikow Chapter celebrates another milestone in the Province for the Membership Pathway

100-year-old Reg Sheppard celebrates 50 years in the Royal Arch

Centenary Master, Reg Sheppard demonstrating that age really is just a number

Essex First Principals Chapter Install new First Principal

Increased focus on communication as Royal Arch Masonry moves into its third century

May the Force be with you, Brother, and new members are welcome

The Brothers in Law Luncheon Club (Essex) are getting ready to welcome their Patron and his personal guest

A taste of Essex and the spirit of Royal Arch Masonry fills Freemasons Hall

The Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Essex at the Grand Temple

The Paras create a first in the history of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Essex

A Pegasean passion receives rapturous applause at Freemasons’ Hall as Col (retired) Andrew Jackson addresses Companions

The Miracle continues with support from Essex Freemasons

Children’s cancer charity who support Neuroblastoma in children given much needed support

Essex Freemasons help young carers to regain confidence

A new young carers club opens in Chelmsford thanks to Essex Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)

The Members Pathway and a new found enthusiasm for success part 3

Part 3 of this three part series and the exciting knowledge that "This Pathway thing really does work"

The Members Pathway and a new found enthusiasm for success part 2

Part 2 of this three part series and the positive interactions leading to "The Journey of Discovery"

The Members Pathway and a new found enthusiasm for success Part 1

Part 1 of this three part series and the hard questions of "where did it all go horribly wrong"

Essex Freemasons answer the call from Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS)

Printer to assist Essex Voluntary Blood Service (EVBS), knows as Blood Bikes secured

The Almoners Newsletter featuring CHAPS and the Almoners Lodge

A raft of information and insights into important messages and updates from across the province

Charity Stewards’ continued support for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF)

£500 raised for the ABF by the Charity Stewards' Lodge in conjunction with Essex Provincial Charity Fund

A closer look at the Rise and Success of the Essex Cornerstone

Not just a club for young Freemasons. Essex Cornerstone embraces vibrant participation

Essex Freemasons support charity to get children creative in hospitals

Get Started Art, a registered charity gets support from Essex Freemasons to assist children in Hospital

The Future is bright at Ambresbury Lodge as they welcome new Pathway Applicant

An exciting first Initiation for Ambresbury Loge No. 5099 since 2019 sets the stage for an exciting future

What type of person wears a Freemasons' Apron

Rainham Lodge No. 3079 showcases and celebrates the diversity in their membership

Sublime ‘Pathway’ Journey of Ian Robinson at Chafford Lodge No 5510

Another successful story showing the Pathway scheme is going from strength to strength

Rainham Lodge No. 3079 shares more good news for Bikers supporting Autism

Match funding presentation to Supergood bikers for Autism at Lodge of Instruction

Southend Freemasons support of the annual RNLI Junior Fishing Competition

The day wasn't just about casting lines and hoping for a catch, it was very much an educational journey.

It’s a “Knock Out” for children from Colchester Garrison and beyond

Essex Freemasons donated £15,000 to the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to support “Operation Camouflage”

50 years of service celebrated at the Earl of Warwick Chapter No. 2504

Ken Elmes, a Past Assistant Grand Sojourner and the Second Provincial Grand Principal in 2003 celebrates 50 years service

Celebrating Tradition: The Federation of School Lodges in England and Wales

A pivotal moment as the Federation of School Lodges celebrates 75 years in great style and friendship at Southend High School for Boys

The PGC of Essex Annual Convocation is on 21st Sept 2023

Russell Race DL, the ME 2ndGP, and Col Andrew Jackson (Ret’d) CEO of ‘Support Our Paras’ are the principal guests.

Brothers in Law Luncheon Club (Essex) invites you to their next Luncheon

An invitation for everyone interested to join a welcoming group of dedicated Freemasons

Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association Rally held at Hull Ionians RUFC

Essex bikers rally to create memories to last a lifetime at Hull Ionians RUFC on 28 to 30 July 2023

Kool Carers makes it cool to be a young carer with Masonic support

Young carers in the Brentwood and Basildon areas benefit from Masonic three year package

It’s good to Talk with Teens! Another worthy cause supported over three years

A donation of £15,000 over three years from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and Essex Freemasons

Essex Freemasons add to “Chaos with Fun” with support for ADHD

Hornchurch based charity ADDUP gets £15,000 to help those coping with effects of attention deficit disorder.

Essex Freemason’s 28 years labour of love for gnomes universal

Sanctuary for legendary guardian figures whose speculative duty is to guard the earth’s treasures underground

£1,500 by Essex Freemasons to Team Jak after memorable demonstration

Visit by Scottish demonstration team raises £1,500 in Southend-on-Sea and leaves everyone wanting more

Army veteran proves it is never too late to join Freemasonry

Army veteran, Terry Payne, from Maldon surpasses Voltaire in age to become a Mason

Telegram from The King for distinguished local Freemason

Multiple long service awards for Alf Garner and a very special message from HM The King

All Essex Freemasons given access to 16,000-book new learning resource

Provincial Mentoring Lodge announces launch of a Masonic Library with access for all

Maldon Masonic Hall hosts successful Rose Croix Awareness Evening

Successful Rose Croix Awareness Evening hosted by Coromandel Chapter very much appreciated by all in attendance

‘Walk and Talk’ to raise over £5,000 for suicide prevention charity

Braintree Freemasons promote a simple idea enjoyed by many to help many others

Open Gardens and £300 for Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

Two Lodges combine for a mutually rewarding visit to a Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

New Provincial Prior for Essex Knights Templar

Take a look into Essex Knights Templar's welcoming a new Provincial Prior and Sub Prior

Clacton Masonic Centre Car Park cleared to strengthen Community ties

Colvin Memorial Temple car park cleared to make way to extend community transport relationship

Johnson Beharry VC to join The Provincial Almoners’ Lodge

The Essex Almoners' Lodge - Richard Clowes No 2936 to gain distinguished Freemason

Essex Royal Arch Masons SUPPORT OUR PARAS

Col (ret’d) Andrew Jackson lands solid support at the Colchester Combined Chapters Convocation

Fraternal Father Figures in Freemasonry - Stanley Lewis of Deo Confidimus Lodge

A long serving member of 57 years still working and encouraging freemasonry to all

Why did I join the Royal Arch? – A personal view by Tony Terry

Tony Terry of Patriotic Chapter No. 51 shares why he joined the Royal Arch - and why he stayed

A review of ‘What Just Happened’ presented by Sylvan Lodge No. 6381

A unique demonstration by a unique Essex Lodge expounding the symbology involved in the first degree ceremony

Essex Royal Arch Presentation Team and “Talking Heads”

The Essex Royal Arch Presentation Team can present "Talking Heads" at your Lodge meeting

Victorian Chapter meets Professor Chris Booth to learn more about CHAPS

CHAPS talk a huge success at Victorian Chapter and a cheque for £500 goes to a truly worthwhile cause

Women’s Institute and Essex Freemasons form a Tight Knit Group

A simple but great idea giving support to premature babies and their families during this difficult time

A successful Annual Masonic Golfing Event raising support for Stisted Hall

40 golfers supported this annual event which proved again to be a great triumph

Freemasons Going Wild in Essex! – by courtesy of the Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex freemasons learn why conservation, preservation of habitats and species are the key factors to moving forwards

Corinthian Centenary Lodge Celebrate their 50th Anniversary

A very special 50th Anniversary at Corinthian Centenary Lodge No. 8488 now the Membership Pathway Lodge

Canute Chapter celebrates its Centenary Meeting

Centenary Meeting celebrates all that is good about the Royal Arch and in fine style

The Pathway to Success is Paved with four new members at the Orsett Lodge

The Pathway Membership scheme is proving to be very successful introducing more, new members

Essex Freemasons help to purchase a lifesaving portable Ventilator

The generosity of Essex Freemasons continues to astound with the purchase of this urgently needed apparatus for Southend Hospital

Kirby Cross Masonic Hall calling for help with Interior Redecoration

Have you got some time to assist the Kirby Cross centre with their necessary redecoration

Henry de Gray Lodge - 75 years and counting…

A great 75th celebration for this strong and vibrant Lodge with much to look forward to in the future

Welcome Brother! New entrants via the Members' Pathway

Check out these new members showing the Members' Pathway is working extremely well

The Upminster Festival of Freemasonry arrives

The long awaited Festival of Freemasonry takes place and was a resounding success

Seven Kings Chapter reach Platinum status whilst still expanding

Seven Kings Chapter now 118 years old yet still expanding and showing the way

Sowing the seeds of a Supreme Grand Chapter – Part 1

Read about this unique 'international' collaboration helping Romania establish its own 'Grand Chapter'

A mum’s big ‘Thank You’ and update for son’s life-saving fundraisers

A mother began a life-saving fundraising drive for her son and caught the attention of Essex Freemasons

Essex Chapter No. 276 – Celebrates being 175 years old

Celebrating their 175 year anniversary and also holding a special place in Essex Royal Arch Freemasonry

Meeting of Combined Chapters of Central Essex

The enjoyment of Combined Chapter meetings and their importance in bringing Companions together

Wonderful Orsett Freemasons and the William Glasgow Trust

Community and charity the core principals of Freemasonry generously displayed by the Stanford-le-Hope Lodge 

An insight into the Essex Provincial Grand Stewards

Read a little more about the work and roles of Essex Provincial Grand Stewards

The Upminster 'Festival of Freemasonry' - OPEN TO ALL...

If you may be wondering, 'what do Freemasons really do behind their doors?' - perhaps learn a little more by visiting this Festival...

Essex First Principals Chapter witness a unique demonstration of Olde

Discover more with the Essex First Principals Chapter No. 3256 and the Royal Arch in 1750

Southend and Chingford lodges combine for a special Third Degree

Read about a great example of Lodges joining together to help each other and being received and enjoyed by all

Essex Coastal News from Clacton Colvin Memorial Temple

Holland on Sea Lodge No. 6639 welcomes two new members Tom Baker and Kerry Smith, thanks to the Members’ Pathway

A Scout’s honour for the Master of the Venturer Lodge

Venturer Lodge No. 7897 is the ‘Scouting and other Youth Orientated Lodge’ in the Province. In July the brethren traditionally have their meeting in uniform. 

Weald Lodge No. 2707 makes a £3,000 SNAP decision!

During his year as Worshipful Master of Weald Lodge No.2707 which meets at Hutton Masonic Hall, Michael Mulqueen chose SNAP

Egg-citing times for the Cross Keys Masonic Centre

Such has been the success of the fundraising activities of the Cross Keys Masonic Centre a now valuable asset for many Community Groups

Saint Cedd Lodge ‘Saving lives and Scoring tries’

Saint Cedd Lodge No. 6519, keen to continue with their community engagement have purchased an Automated External Defibrillator 

The Colvin Lodge No. 5374 'Focus on a Fellowcraft'

Harry turned up for his membership interview dressed in a morning suit - was he a joining member? 

Orsett Freemasons help Changing Pathways

Jack Meleady, the Immediate Past Master of Rainham Lodge No. 3079, came into Freemasonry 10 years ago following in the footsteps of his grandfather

Festival of Freemasonry – Let the Fun Begin!

Lockdown and the cost-of-living crisis may have had their effects but the numbers joining Essex Freemasonry and having fun are beginning to increase.

Local Bowls Club ‘bowled over’ by Essex Freemasons

Two Burnham-on-Crouch Lodges combined their efforts in providing a generous donation supporting the provision of vital Defibrillator equipment

Essex and London Lodges combine Twice in Three months to Raise two brethren

Londinium Lodge, which meets at The Guildhall, at the request of the Essex Rochford Hundred, raised Adil Khan to the degree of a Master Mason.

Chingford Masonic Centre hold a Combined Cluster Convocation

Over 50 attend a Combined Cluster Convocation held at Chingford Masonic Hall.

Blackwater Lodge member, Nick Clarke celebrates 50 years in Freemasonry

Blackwater Lodge were honoured with the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Rob Eels, on behalf of the Essex Provincial Grand Master

From Romania to Chelmsford – Little Edi Foundation continued support

When Tess Griggs first saw little Edi in Romania nearly 20 years ago, little did she know that this would lead to the support of 75 families in Chelmsford. 

St Chad Chapter No. 3115 Marks two Milestones

St Chad Chapter celebrated with a beloved Companion as well as a return of some property.

Working Wonders of the Provincial Junior Grand Warden

Congratulations to Paul Harris who was invested as the Provincial Junior Grand Warden (ProvJGW) at the Provincial Grand Lodge Annual Meeting

Recruitment and Retention: Falling in love again – with Freemasonry

Recruitment and Retention in the Craft but there is another ‘R’ that needs to be addressed and that is ‘Returning.’

Provincial Grand Master’s Unexpected visit to Nore Lodge No. 3610

Nore Lodge on 11th March had a surprise visit from the Provincial Grand Master (PGM), Paul Tarrant

Dennis Baum to be honoured by the Provincial Grand Master

The Provincial Grand Master (PGM), will recognise one family’s amazing 150 years of dedicated service at a special meeting on 3rd May 2023.

Blackwater and Pyefleet Lodges Combine for Peter Bidmead’s 70 Years

On the evening of Monday 9th January 2023, to celebrate the outstanding record of Peter Bidmead passing the milestone of 70 years in Freemasonry

Prittlewell Chapter ‘Old’ but still going ‘Strong’

A settlement was first recorded 10,000 years ago at Prittle Brook. This hamlet slowly grew and developed through the Roman occupation...

Essex Freemasons honour the Armed Forces Covenant with £26,390 donation

Essex Freemasons gave a total of £26,390 to the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (Army Benevolent Fund) and the Personnel Recovery Centre (PRC).

Henry de Gray, 75 Years and a Ladies Night to remember

Saturday 11th February 2023 was certainly a night to remember for the Brethren and Guests of Henry de Gray Lodge No. 6627

Chingford Freemasons celebrate 100 years and raise £1,030 for Charity

Shortly after WW1 two young Freemasons proposed the idea of forming a Masonic lodge with a clear link to its local associations and origin.

Southend Royal Arch Masons Celebrate 75 Years and raise £2,400 for Charity

Over 100 Essex Freemasons met at a special meeting in January to celebrate St Philip Chapter 75th Anniversary 

Essex Charity Steward’s ingenuity during Pandemic helps raise £1,100

Essex Freemasons from the Sweyn Lodge No 4764 and local Councillors went to ‘The Fitzroy Transforming Lives Charity Home,’

Earthquake survivors in Turkey and Syria will receive emergency aid of £60,000

Survivors of the devastating earthquake in Turkey and Syria will be receiving vital emergency supplies thanks to a £60,000 grant

Four ‘Moore’ Brothers make ‘A Family Affair’

For Freemasons throughout the world, the friendship they find at meetings often engenders a feeling that they regard their lodge as a family.

Leigh Freemasons donate £1,500 to help special needs Centre

Leigh-on-Sea Freemasons have donated £1,500 to buy four new iPads and protective cases for use by special needs children at ‘Christopher’s Cottage,’

Freemasons Supporting ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers’ with £4,000

Colchester Royal Arch Companions of Abbeygate Chapter No. 4219, raised £2,000 for ‘Scotty’s Little Soldiers,’

'Get Started Art' set up to give aspiring Vincent van Goghs a kick start

'Get Started Art' is new Community Interest Company, set up Dave Barton, to help groups of aspiring artists that need help the most.

Colchesters Amazing Impact on Health and Wellbeing of Former Police Officer

The life of Mark Ball, changed forever. In the space of one year, he suffered acute kidney failure and lost most of his sight as well as being diabetic.

Essex Freemasons make up the difference for new charity Minibus

Essex Freemasons have given £24,000 to help Essex based charity Headway Essex raise enough money to buy a vital new minibus. 

Essex Freemasons make up the difference for new charity Minibus

Essex Freemasons have given £24,000 to help Essex based charity Headway Essex raise enough money to buy a vital new minibus.

Royal Arch Masons Awarded Top Marks by 20 out of 20 Primary Schools

The Provincial Grand Master of Essex Freemasons, Paul Tarrant, is also the Grand Superintendent of the Royal Arch Masons in Essex

Braintree Freemasons celebrate 150 years of Langthorne Lodge

One of the most memorable days in the life of all men and women who become Freemasons is the day he or she is initiated.

Royal Arch Masons Awarded Top Marks by 20 out of 20 Primary Schools

Paul and his Royal Arch companions ticked all the right boxes when they approved a grant of £10,000 to support 20 local primary schools

Two Clacton Freemasons Fire Walk for Saint Helena Hospice Twice!

Alan Penney (left) and Alex Willis, both of Colvin Lodge 5374 which meets at Clacton on Sea, recently walked on ‘Hot Coals' to raise over £600

“Have You Anything to Give in The Cause of Charity? - Oh Yes, We Have!”

A year of joint fundraising events by Essex Freemasons who are members of Lodges meeting at the Cross Keys Masonic Centre

Rainham Lodge No. 3079 provide St. Luke’s Hospice, Basildon support

Members of Rainham Lodge No. 3079, which meets four times a year at Orsett Masonic Hall it has certainly been a busy start to 2023.

Clacton Freemasons Shore-up Support with £1,600 for Sea Cadets

Clacton Freemasons support for the Walton-On-The-Naze Sea Cadets with £,1600 towards much needed funds.

Stewards of Pure Ancient Masonry A Daily Advancement

For many of us who are members of the Royal Arch, we can sometimes question why we become companions of this Order. 

Successful Red Table Meeting at Frederick Leistikow Chapter No. 9143

John Crudgington, the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals (APGP) for Frederick Leistikow Chapter No. 9143 which meets at Maldon Masonic Hall 

United Grand Lodge of England - Press Statement

Following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the United Grand Lodge of England have issued a Press Statement 

Surprise Presentation for Companion in the USA

Michael J Ramos a Brother and Companion, from across the pond and a great anglophile is well known to many around the Province

Easterford marks contribution to the 2022 Festival

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

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 

A Centenary and a Banner dedication at United chapter

After 2 cancelled meetings in 2022 the Companions of United Chapter were able to celebrate their Centenary and dedicate their banner.

Déjà vue for John Jones 50 years a Royal Arch Mason

John Jones attended his Thames Mouth Chapter 6994, in what he thought was to be a normal meeting but, this was to be far from the truth 

How a bird box helped a Ukranian family

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

Voices and Companionship in Perfect Harmony

On St George’s Day, on behalf of Essex Provincial Grand Chapter, the Deputy Grand Superintendent (DepGSupt) Elliott Chevin presented a 50th Certificate.

Harlow Meets Harlow and another First for Essex

As news-stories about ‘meeting for the first time since before lockdown’ have run their course, some fine accounts are emerging of Essex Companions 

Mistley RA Chapter...25 and counting anniversary

Mistley Chapter recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with a visit from our APGP, E Comp John Crudgington PGStB

75th Anniversary Meeting for Monkhams Chapter No 4161

Monkhams Chapter No 4161 celebrated its 75th Anniversary Meeting at the Harlow Masonic Centre, which had been delayed a year

Abbots Hall Move to the Next Chapter after Lockdown

The April Installation meeting of Abbots Hall Chapter No. 6205 saw the Companions put the Lockdown period of their history behind them

The Armed Forces Covenant - What does it mean?

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

Meet The New Provincial Grand Charity Steward

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

Charity work does not stop once a Festival ends

A Message from Essex’s New Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Chris Hicks after a very successful Festival 2022

Earl of Wessex & Duke of Kent to celebrate Duke of Edinburghs Award

More than 30,000 young people with disabilities and special educational needs (SEND) will be able to do their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

Truly the Chapter of Stedfast Unity really did live up to their name

The February meeting of the Chapter of Stedfast Unity really did live up to their name. Despite some Officers being unavailable

Le Soken Royal Arch Chapter: A Year Late, but Worth the Wait!

Le Soken Royal Arch Chapter, which meets at Kirby Cross, had been planning to celebrate their 75th anniversary

Tabula Rotunda call in the 'A' team after not had any Exaltees for a few years

Having not had any Exaltees for a few years, and like buses, they found themselves in the happy position of having two for their meeting.

Stanford-le-Hope Chapter 75th Anniversary - Let's Draw a Veil Over That

On Saturday 12th February 2022, Stanford-le-Hope Chapter celebrated its 75th Anniversary, just a year late.

John Jones “A True Companion” 50 Years A Royal Arch Mason

Southend to witness a salute and presentation to John Jones for his 50 years in the Royal Arch

Abbeygate Chapter: Code for Success at Abbeygate Chapter

Companions of Abbeygate Chapter have worked hard not only to achieve Festival 2022 Patron status but also in building-up the Convocation

Liberty of Havering Chapter: Triple Tau – Chapter of Success

On Thursday 3rd February 2022, Liberty of Havering Chapter No. 1437 carried out a rarely seen triple Exaltation at Upminster Masonic Centre.

Waltham Abbey Chapter on the Up! First Convocation

The Companions of Waltham Abbey Chapter No 2750, held their first Convocation in 2022 on Tuesday 25th January

The Earl of Warwick Lodge: Ken Elmes 50th Anniversary

The Brethren of The Earl of Warwick Lodge No. 2504 were delighted to welcome Martin Howse, their Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM) 

A Christmas message from the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

Christmas is near, a time of traditions, storytelling, and reflection. All three are bound up in Charles Dickens’ wonderful story A Christmas Carol.

Paul Humphrey: A Living Legend Remembers Rodney

One of the most heartfelt personal tributes about the late Rodney Bass was made to the Brethren at the Greyfriers Lodge Installation Meeting 

Abbots Hall Chapter: The Root, Heart and Marrow of Masonry

Abbots Hall Chapter No. 6205 is back in business. It was Consecrated in December 1948, the year when the cheese ration was cut but the milk ration

Newly arrived Afghans given essential supplies thanks to Freemasons

More than 15,000 people evacuated from Afghanistan are receiving basic necessities such as food, clothing and baby milk from the British Red Cross

Essex Freemasons helping PICC Pals make medical history

A group of 15 Southend based volunteers are helping to make medical history that has turned into a cottage industry and a potential life saver

A 100-Year Chapter with a 100-Year Companion

Congratulations were conveyed by Centenarian Victor Matthew Crowley to his fellow Royal Arch Companions at Westcliff Chapter No. 2903

Historical, Mystical and Symbolical Westcliff Chapter Centennial

The Chapter Centennial Celebratory Convocation was held on 3rd November 2021 in Southend

Paul Tarrant pleased to Consecrate the Chapter of XV

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Paul Tarrant was pleased to Consecrate the Chapter of XV, the first rugby based Chapter

It’s Great at Grey Friars Chapter No. 5169, 315th regular Convocation

The designated Companion to be the primus First Principal had to stand down because he was appointed as the Provincial Grand Superintendent

Essex Hinge of Friendship Chapter ‘Return in Style’

Essex Hinge of Friendship Chapter No 9296, based at Hutton, returned to their October meeting in style.

When You’re Smiling: Steve Nottage was invested with the British Empire Medal

Steve Nottage was invested with the British Empire Medal which was presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE

Nore Give More! Congratulated by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

In the spirit of being a beacon of light helping those in distress, Nore Chapter No 3610 has been congratulated by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

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

Essex Royal Arch Masons Getting Back on Track

Kirby Masonic Hall hosted the Installation Convocation of Essex First Principals Chapter No 3256 on Thursday 23rd September 2021 

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 and saving lives

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

Freemasons donate £1140 to Maldon Saints Youth Football Club

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

Teamwork makes the dream work, first Province to meet approval of UGLE

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

Essex Provincial Grand Stewards Golf Day, South Essex Golf Club

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

Provincial Grand Chapter accounts - year ending 30th June 2021

The Provincial Grand Chapter accounts for the year ending 30th June 2021 are now available

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: Saturday 14th August 2021 

A ‘Freedom Day’ Exaltation: Victorian Chapter No. 2184

‘Freedom Day’ Exaltation, 19th July 2021, the first meeting for 18 months with thirty-five members and visitors in attendance. 

A Foot Soldier and Stalwart for Freemasonry

E Comp Brian Heasman - Fifty Years and Upwards - On the Front Line, proposed Chapter of XV.

Illumination across the board at Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter

At the meeting of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter on July 26, those lucky enough to be attendance, along with most of the Provincial Executive

Ixion Chapter 2501: It was certainly worth the wait!

With restrictions lifted Ixion Chapter 2501 were finally able to hold a Convocation, on the 24th July, to celebrate the significant achievement

The Royal Arch - Back To Basics: Gerald Reilly

For all those non-researchers among us who often wonder about the history of the ritual we use today 

A New Chapter For An Essex Mason: Club historian for West Ham United

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

Making a day of it for NHS frontline workers

Many dignitaries celebrating NHS, Social Care and Frontline Worker’s Day at local masonic centres across Essex.

A Sparkling Achievement! Earlham Lodge No. 7266

On behalf of the Chapter, Charity Steward Graham Verby receives the Fest22 Platinum Award from Third Provincial Grand Principal Elliott Chevin

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

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

Carli Lansley Foundation Donation from Saxon Hall

Chapter 2717 have donated £100.00: Continued community support & engagement from Saxon Hall

Royal Arch: The Desire of Improving in Freemasonry

Every candidate for the Royal Arch (RA) must confirm he has a desire to improve in Freemasonry.

The Essex 500 INSPIRE Challenge: Best story submitted by a Lodge and Chapter

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

The Royal Arch, The Cyrus Proclamation and Masonic Knowledge

The Royal Arch is a means of providing advancement in Masonic knowledge and experience which can be enhanced further by exploring sources

Many Companions are Getting Ready to Get Ready

For many Companions the further easing of restrictions on 17th May 2021 will seem like an opportunity to return from exile.

Teddies for Loving Care celebrates 20 years

On 12th March 2001 a unique scheme was launched by Essex Freemasons. Teddies for medical staff to give to children to help relieve their distress.

In his 84th year, Never Too Late to Become A Freemason

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

The Story of how, the Enigma of The Royal Arch

The story of ‘How that which was lost is discovered’, the HRA gives great pleasure to almost everyone who has taken the ‘Fourth Independent Step"

Essex 500 Shoebox Challenge: Time is running out!

Time is running out if you have yet to register for the Essx500 SHOEBOX Challenge.

12 Million Steps for Muscular Dystrophy: A total of 12,378,321 steps

In the eight days from 23rd to 30th December 2020, 112 Essex Freemasons stepped up to the plate for the Provincial ‘500 Step Challenge’.

Southend’s freemasonry centre, Saxon Hall Vaccination Centre

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

Every Essex Freemason, Companions Helping Companions

Every Essex Freemason has contributed one way or another to the Covid-19 Project of the United Grand Lodge and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. 

Combined Chapters of Central Essex give to the Festival 2022 Appeal

The Deputy Grand Superintendent In Charge, E.Comp. Nick Franklin, was recently presented with a cheque for £1000 

2nd October: Provincial Grand Chapter Tribute

For the first time, the Provincial Grand Chapter of Essex was held at Chingford Masonic Hall on Friday, the 2nd of October. 

The Late W Bro Alan John Everard PSGD, PAPGM

Worshipful Brother Alan died peacefully in the morning of 23 September 2020 after a period of not being well, with his family by his side.

First Rising - the official newsletter for members of the UGLE

Welcome to the fifth edition of First Rising – the official newsletter for members of United Grand Lodge of England.

Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), The Freemasons’ Charity

Three major grants awarded by the MCF, the Freemasons’ charity, helping to improve the lives of thousands affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

Women Freemasons have been meeting across the country for over 100 years.

There are two female-only Grand Lodges: The Order of Women Freemasons and HFAF – Freemasonry for Women

Discoveries from the treasures of English Freemasonry

The Grand Master’s throne with a carved framework of gilt lime wood, flanked by a pair of Doric columns.

The District Grand Lodge of East Africa during the pandemic

We are delighted to share news of the charitable activity undertaken by the District Grand Lodge of East Africa during the pandemic.

UGLE Webinar with John Dickie

We are delighted to announce that author John Dickie will be joining us for an exclusive webinar to discuss his new book: 'The Craft - How Freemasons Made The Modern World'.

Proud of our History: Testimonials - UGLE Website

Freemasons across England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are proud of their 300 year history of helping those in need.

Covid-19 Update: Rule of Six

Brethren, you should today receive a letter from Grand Lodge informing you that the Rule of Six changes to the Covid-19 regulations

Rodney Lister Bass: A Province in Mourning

Companions, as we are currently a Province in Mourning, we thought that we would share this tribute with you, when we all showed our respect

Masonic Dining in England during Covid restrictions

Donald Taylor, Director of Legal Services at UGLE, answers some common questions about Masonic dining in England during Covid restrictions.
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