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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.


WHAT IS FREEMASONRY

Background
Freemasonry is one of the oldest fraternally societies being able to trace its roots back to the medieval period. It is a grouping of men who are concerned with preserving moral and spiritual values for the benefit of society. Its members are taught such values through a series of ritual dramas which use stonemason's tools and customs as allegorical guides to personal development

An essential qualification for membership is a belief in a Supreme Being. Membership is open thereafter to men of good repute of any race or religion whether Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Jane, Jewish or anything else. Further discussion of religious is not permitted at our meetings.
 
                                        

           
                 The Square and Compasses are the internationally recognised symbol of Freemasonry.

Freemasonry's Three Great Principles
Freemasons follow three great principles:-

Brotherly Love - showing tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behaving with kindness, courtesy and consideration at all times towards others.

Relief - Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care both for their own and the community at large through charitable giving.

Truth - Freemasons strive for truth in daily lives requiring high moral standards and achieving them in their own lives.

Freemasonry and Society
Freemasonry requires its members to respect the law of any country in which they either live or work.

Its principles do not conflict with the responsibilities of its members as citizens, but is intended to strengthen then in their public and civil responsibilities.

Membership is regarded as a discrete matter and the use of a Freemason to exploit membership to promote his own business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and would be contrary to the conditions upon which he sought membership.

A Freemasons duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation towards other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who has acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to this duty.

What about some bad press?
Attacks on Freemasonry from people who do not fully understand what we do began as far ago as 1693 and nothing has been said that has ever had any substance. We are quite prepared to discuss or answer any questions you may have about Freemasonry and freemasons.

Politics
Freemasonry is non political and any discussion of politics at its meetings is forbidden.

Secrecy
Contrary to what is sometimes asserted in the press and elsewhere Freemasonry is an entirely open society. Its members are perfectly free to acknowledge membership or to answer questions when asked for legitimate reasons. Its constitutions are made available to the public , as are its meeting places when a Lodge is not in session. Its annual accounts are published. There is no secret made of its aims and principles.

Like many other societies it merely regards some of its internal affairs and modes of recognition as private matters for its members alone.

Internationally
Freemasonry is practiced by many independent Grand Lodges with standards similar to those set by The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE). UGLE has excellent relations with most overseas Grand Lodges and consequently English Freemasons are encouraged and welcome to visit Lodges abroad if the opportunity arises.

There are a small number of Grand Lodges which do not meet the standards of UGLE allowing, for example, discussion of politics at meetings; consequently these are not recognised by UGLE as masonically regular. Contact with them is not permitted and Lodge secretaries can clarify the countries affected in case of doubt.

Summary
A Freemason is encouraged to perform his duty to God (by whatever name he knows Him), and without detriment to his family or those dependant on him , towards society at large through charity and service.

Such ideas are not exclusively Masonic but should be universally acceptable to all.

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.

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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 
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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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