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November 2016

In conjunction with friends from Janus Lodge members attended a Ladies weekend in Stratford on Avon . Excellent hotel and good company with over £1000 raised for charity over the three days involved .

Earlier in the month the Master of the Lodge had married and members attended a sparkling reception at Theobalds Park near Cheshunt in Hertfordshire . Many congratulations to Jack and Sandra who subsequently left for a honeymoon in Arizona , hopefully to exclude a visit to Yuma State Prison!

January 2016

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.

December 2015

Members and their partners attended a Ladies weekend at the Imperial Hotel Hythe.
£800 was raised for charity over the three days involved.

October 2015

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!

July 2015

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 .

January 2015

 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.

November 2014

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.

June 2014

Members and their guests enjoyed a most convivial Sunday lunch at Bartellas restaurant near Chelmsford.  £150 was raised for charity .

December 2013

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.


CURRENT YEAR ACTIVITIES

April 2017

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 

February 2017

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.

November 2016

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.

October 2016

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. 

April 2016

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.

February 2016

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. 

January 2016

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.

December 2015

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.

November 2015

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. 




October 2015

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!


July 2015

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 .

April 2015

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.

February 2015

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.

January 2015

 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.

November 2014

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.

October 2014

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 .

June 2014

Members and their guests enjoyed a most convivial Sunday lunch at Bartellas restaurant near Chelmsford.  £150 was raised for charity .

April 2014

Regular Lodge meeting took place .

Brethren and their guests dined after with £210 raised for Charity.

February 2014
 
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.

January 2014
 
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

November 2013

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.

December 2013

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.

October 2013

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.

October 2013

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.

                                

June 2013
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.

May 2013
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.

April 2013
                                             
                                                               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.

February 2013

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
LATEST EVENTS
April 2017

Very special meeting held at which one of the members of the Lodge had reached a milestone of 50 years of membership

Full text available on current years activity page

February 2017

Installation meeting held at which the Master and Officers for 2017 were invested.

Full text available on current years activity page

November 2016

Regular meeting held with new mamber Initiated.

Full text available on current years activity page

October 2016

English Freemasons donated £50000 to the British Red Cross the day following the Haiti hurricane damage to assist in relief work.

October 2016

Regular meeting held with £170 raised for charity on the night.

Full text available on current years activity page

April 2016

Regular meeting held with £180 raised for charity on the night

Full text available on current years activity page

March 2016

It has just been confirmed that Freemasons in Essex donated in excess of £1m to local charities during 2015.

The United Grand Lodge of England have just donated £666500 to 17  national charities.

Full text available on Masonic Charitable Giving page

February 2016

Installation meeting held with new Master appointed for the year ahead . £257 raised for charity on the night
Full text available on current years activity page

January 2016

Members attend a Burns Night meeting at Chingford with £800 raised for Charity
Full text available on social activity page

It has just been confirmed that Freemasons throughout Essex donated £71645 to local hospices during 2015 , £45000 to Alzheimer's research and £35000 for flood relief efforts in Cumbria.
Full text available on charity giving page.

December 2015

Widows of former Lodge members attended a "broken column" lunch at Chingford 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 .

Ladies weekend held at The Imperial Hotel , Hythe Kent courtesy of Janus Lodge who were kind enough to organise the event. A total of £800 was raised for charity over the three days.
Full text available on current years activity page

November 2015

Regular meeting held but which 
was attended by The Assistant Provincial
 Grand Master for Essex . Passing ceremony conducted .
Brethren dined together afterwards with £205 raised for charity.

Cluster meeting held for all Lodges
meeting at Chingford with an
interesting talk given on the Vulcan
bomber.
Full text available on current years activity page

October 2015
 
Regular Lodge meeting held which welcomed a new member into the Danehurst family.Members and partners also attended a 40th Wedding anniversary Dinner hosted by the Lodge Secretary and his lady
Full text available on current years activity page

Summer 2015

Three summer social events held which raised significant sums for charity.
Full text available on current years activity page

April 2015

Unusual ceremony held during regular lodge meeting 
Full text available on current years activity page

February 2015

Installation of new Master of the Lodge was held .
Full text available on current years activity page

January 2015

Members attended a Burns Night Supper with significant funds raised for charity.
Full text available on current years activity page

November 2014

Regular meeting held 
Full text available on current years activity page

October 2014

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex attends the Lodge to witness the Initiation of a new member.
members also attend a combined Lodge meeting to hear a talk by the Curator of The Royal Artillery Museum on the history of the Victoria Cross.
Full text available on current years activity page

April 2014

Regular meeting held.
Full text available on current years activity page

February 2014

Lodge Secretary gives an informative talk on the origins of the City Of London Livery Companies
Full text available on current years activity page

January 2014

First Masters presentation jewel recovered by the Lodge secretary from an auction site in Australia.
Full text availableon current years activity page.

December 2013

Assistance given by the Lodge Master helps a local hospice to secure a grant of £50000. 
Full text available on current years activity page.

November 2013

Lodge banner replaced after 50 years of service.
Full text available on current years activity page.

October 2013

Master of the Lodge completes a walk along the Great Wall of China to raise funds for charity.
Full text available on current years activity page.

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.Read more

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.
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