Our member , John Lewis , reached a milestone of 50 years in Freemasonry in general and Danehurst Lodge in particular . The Assistant Provincial Grand Master attended and presented John with a 50th certificate along with a personal letter of congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master . The previous Provincial Grand Master was also in attendance and presented John with an engraved whisky decanter on behalf of the Lodge. Those three members of the Lodge who share John masonic rank also presented him with a bottle of Scottish Water to go into the decanter.
A further Golden Gavel was presented to the Master of the Lodge
Members and their guests dined afterwards with £202 raised for charity during the evening.
The Lodge Master , The APGM , John Lewis with certificate and decanter and The PPGM
Installation meeting held at which the current, and excellent, Master Jack was elected and Installed for a second year . He then appointed and invested all his officers for the year. Members and their guests then dined afterwards with £182 raised for charity during the evening.
Regular meeting held at which a new Lodge member was Initiated. In a homage to the BBCs Bargain Hunt program , Golden Gavels were also presented to two Lodge members who had been Master of a Lodge of three occasions . Members and guests then dined afterwards with £273 raised for charity during the evening.
Regular meeting held at which two ceremonies were undertaken with one member was raised to the degree of a Master Mason and another passed to the degree of a Fellow Craft. Members and guests then dined afterwards with £170 raised for charity during the evening.
Regular meeting held which became slightly problematical as our member to be advanced to a master mason was stuck in Miami as his plane was broken. We therefore undertook a rehearsal of his ceremony which will now be rescheduled for later in the year . Members and guests then dined afterwards with £180 raised for charity during the evening.
Regular meeting held at which the new Master for the ensuing year was Installed. Members and their guests then dined convivially at the festive board afterwards with a total of £257 raised for charity during the evening.
Members attended a Burns Night Lodge meeting at Chingford organised by High Beach lodge. The haggis was piped in the traditional way and served with a whisky tot after Burns' poem Ode to the Haggis was given .The festive board raised an excellent £800 for Charity among the 70 Freemasons who were present.
During 2015 Freemasons donated £1.13m nationally to 13 charities dealing with medical research into diseases such as cancer, dementia ,heart disease , and Parkinsons.
In December £25000 was also donated to assist flood disaster recovery in Cumbria.
Fuller information available on our "Masonic charity giving" page.
Several widows of former Lodge members attended the "broken column" lunch at Chingford organised for all Lodges meeting at that centre as guests of the Lodge . All widows were also sent a Christmas gift from the Lodge to reinforce that neither they, or their late husbands , are forgotten. This gesture of remembrance is something many of the widows value far more than the gifts monetary value .
Members and their partners attended a Ladies weekend at The Imperial Hotel , Hythe , Kent which had been organised by our friends and colleagues at Janus lodge , many of whom are members of Danehurst Royal Arch Chapter. Good food and company were in evidence , and some brave souls even played golf at the hotels course . A total of £800 was raised over the weekend for charity.
Regular Lodge meeting held but which was honoured with a visit by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex accompanied by the Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies for Essex. A ceremony of Passing to the degree of a Fellow Craft was held with an explanation of the Second Degree Tracing Board .
Members dined together afterwards with £205 raised for charity.
Earlier in the month several members attended a cluster meeting held for all Lodges who meet at the Chingford Masonic Centre attended by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and three Assistant Provincial Grand Masters . An interesting talk was given by Squadron Leader Worshipful Brother Jim Barnes on his time flying in the Vulcan bomber and his wider career in the Royal Air Force .
Members dined together afterwards with just under £1000 raised for charity.
Lodge meeting which welcomed a new Initiate into the Lodge as well as elavating another member to the Second Degree in Freemasonry. members and their guests then dined together with £211 raised for charity.
Members and their partners also attended a 40th Wedding Anniversary celebration dinner hosted by the Lodge Secretary , John Mansfield, and his lady Lesley. A somewhat boozy time was had by all!
Lodge members and their guests attended an excellent sunday lunch at the Chicester Hotel , Wickford , Essex .
Later in the month members attended two barbeques organised by Masonic friends .
Around £1500 was raised for charity between the three events .
One member taken through the ceremony of the Third Degree to become a fully fledged Master Mason . A further new member of the Lodge was Initiated with an excellent explanation of the (rarely heard)First Degree Tracing Board given .Members and guests then dined together with £241 raised for charity.
Regular meeting held to install a new Master , Peter Clark, for the forthcoming year.Members and their guests then dined afterwards with £240 raised for charity.
A numbers of members attended a Burns Night Supper courtesy of High Beach Lodge . An excellent evening of Haggis , Bagpipes and Whisky with just under £1000 raised for charity.
Members and partners attended a Ladies weekend at the Norton House Hotel in Winchester which had been organised by friends within Janus Lodge.. Substantial sums were raised for charity through a tombola held at the main banquet.
Regular meeting held at which our latest member was taken further into freemasonry through a second degree ceremony. Members and their guests then dined afterwards with £172 raised for charity during the evening.
Regular Lodge meeting took place in the presence of The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies . We were also privileged to conduct an Initiation and to welcome a new member into Freemasonry, and also to admit an Officer of The United Grand Lodge of England as a Joining Member of the Danehurst family . Members of the Lodge and their guests dined together afterwards with £202 raised for charity during the evening.
Members attended the combined Lodge meeting held for all Lodges meeting at the Chingford Masonic Hall. The Curator of the Royal Artillery Museum gave a most interesting talk on the history of the Victoria Cross and the stories behind some of its recipients .
Members and their guests enjoyed a most convivial Sunday lunch at Bartellas restaurant near Chelmsford. £150 was raised for charity .
Regular Lodge meeting took place .
Brethren and their guests dined after with £210 raised for Charity.
The Installation of the Master for 2014-15 took place .
The Lodge Secretary , who in another guise is a Liveryman of the City of London, gave an informative talk on the history and role of Livery Companies in the modern world. Along the way he explained that expressions such as "hallmark" , "being sent to Coventry", "being at sixes and sevens" a "bakers dozen" and " a gross" all originated from the Livery Companies .
Brethren dined after with £180 raised for Charity.
By chance the Lodge Secretary, John Mansfield , found one of the 12 jewels presented to the Founders of the Lodge in 1923 being advertised for sale on a website in Australia and he stepped in and bought it on behalf of the Lodge . Upon receipt it transpired to have belonged to the First Master of the Lodge , Arthur Gibbons . Whilst the Lodge will probably never know how it made its way to Australia , nevertheless the lodge is delighted to have recovered this valued item and to have been able to return it to its spiritual home. It has now been permanently attached to the Masters collar and badge of office as a link from the past to the present.
The square attached to the ribbon signifies that it was presented to the First Master of the Lodge
The original Lodge banner was 90 years old and had become much worn with time. A replacement banner was commissioned and was dedicated at our November meeting by members of The Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex.
42 Brethren and their guests enjoyed a most convivial festive board after the event with over £350 raised for charity.
In conjunction with Janus Lodge who had organised the event, members of Danehurst Lodge and their partners attended a most enjoyable ladies weekend at the Marriot Hotel, Huntingdon Cambridgeshire. Substantial funds were raised for Charity through a tombola at the ball which was held on the Saturday evening.
Widows of Lodge members attended a “Broken Column “lunch at the Masonic Hall Chingford courtesy of Lodge members.
Widows of Lodge members were all sent a Christmas Gift on behalf of the Lodge along with a Christmas Card. Such contact is has a value far greater than the monetary sum involved since it tells our widows that neither they, nor their late husbands, are forgotten.
Earlier in 2013 our Master, Paul Woodward, had assisted St Clare’s Hospice in Harlow to make a bid for funding under the “Peoples Lottery “scheme operated by the local news networks at I.T.V. St Clare’s received confirmation of a grant of £50000 from I T Vs “Look East programme which will be used to build a sensory garden at the hospice.
The Provincial Grand lodge of Essex confirmed that Freemasons in Essex raised a total of £370000 for good causes in the year ended 31st December 2012.
A demonstration of the ceremony of Initiation was given in an excellent manner by our Master. Brethren enjoyed a most convivial festive board after the event raising in excess of £180 for charity.
Our Master, Paul Woodward, completed a walk of The Great Wall of China in order to raise funds for St Clares Hospice in Harlow where he also volunteers two days a week. He raised an excellent sum of over £3000 for the hospice.
A cheque for £1500 was presented to the Masonic Grand Charity with a further cheque for £250 sent to The Royal College of Surgeons to further their research into medical advances.
Brethren and their guests enjoyed a most convivial Sunday Lunch at The Ivy Hill Hotel near Chelmsford Essex raising £150 for Lodge Charities in the process.
King Solomons Temple
All Masonic Lodges have a particular interest in the circumstances surrounding the building of King Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem about 5000 years ago, and the lives of the various historical characters and events from that time, as traditionally Freemasonry traces its routes to the Masons who worked on that building.
One of our members who is an engineer by profession , gave a most interesting lecture was given on the practical problems of casting the metal for the circa 20 meter high pillars known to have existed on the temple ; he also highlighted and explained the engineering challenges that even our modern day technology and tools would struggle to replicate .Brethren enjoyed a most convivial festive board after the event raising almost £200 for charity.
Paul Woodward, our Master for 2013-14 was installed by his predecessor. Brethren enjoyed a most convivial festive board after the event and raised £250 for charity