Our Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent, Rodney Lister Bass OBE, passed to the Grand Lodge above on the 14th July 2020.

Full details of his passing have already been circulated to all brethren by our Deputy PGM, VW Bro Paul Reeves. His letter can be read here.

Rodney's presence and the ongoing contributions he made to the Province of Essex will be sorely missed and further details will be published on the CUBE as they are made available.

Our condolences and thoughts are with his wife and other members of his family at this sad and difficult time.

His Eulogy can be read here.

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Essex Freemasons

Essex Freemasons donate £10,000 to support bereaved children and their families

Essex Freemasons have donated £10,000 to help fund the work of the Essex Child Death Review Team, a group of dedicated professionals who work as part of the NHS to offer support to families in every part of the county, following the tragic death of a child.

The money will be used to purchase visual aids, leaflets and books which help to explain to young children what has happened following the passing of a sibling or other close relative. There are about 100 such cases every year in Essex.
The team, who are part of The Princess Alexandra NHS, also work closely with all of the main hospitals in Essex – Broomfield, Basildon, Harlow, Southend and Colchester – and are involved with families when a child (up to the age of 18 years) dies.

Team Leader Andrea Brewis, explained: “Around 50% of our cases are unexpected and when a member of our team arrives, usually in an A&E Department, parents and children are obviously distressed and in many cases have no idea what they should do next.”

“We assist with practical advice and information (for example information about other professional’s roles and funeral planning) and we offer advice and support to families individual to their needs. A large part of our work is to help other young children in the family understand and cope with what has happened. We use leaflets, toys and books to help us do this and the money will help to fund this vital part of our service which is why I want to thank Essex Masons for this very generous donation.”

The £10,000 was given via the Essex Provincial Charity Fund, which was set up by local Freemasons in the 1930’s to support worthy causes such the Essex Child Death Review Team. Their work came to the attention of the Fund Trustees, who immediately agreed the grant, following a recommendation from members of The Lodge of Borrowed Light which meets in Harlow.
“We were happy to agree such a donation,” said Paul Reeves, Deputy Provincial Grand Master. “The work undertaken by the team each year under the most difficult of circumstances is absolutely incredible and we are delighted that we have been able to help.”

Rob Whittingham, Chairman of the Teddies for Loving Care Appeal in Essex said, “I am also delighted to say that the support will not stop there. We have been supplying TLC Teddies to A&E Departments and walk-in centres in every Essex Hospital as well as Whipps Cross Hospital and the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, which are given to child patients suffering trauma & distress.

When we learnt this team were also using Teddies to help children suffering the trauma of a death close to them we were only too happy to include them in the TLC family and have today supplied them with their first batch of Teddies.

This was a charity initiative which started in Essex 20 years and which is now supported by Masons worldwide with 3 million having been supplied to date and almost ½ million in Essex alone.”

The TLC Teddies will now be used by the Essex Child Death Review Team alongside the books, leaflets and other visual aids, to help young children cope through difficult times.

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2 days ago

Essex Freemasons

Today should have been the date of our Essex Provincial Grand Chapter meeting. We cannot hold this meeting as we normally would but we have added to our website an update to the Provincial RA Executive, a new Toast List and introducing to you - our new Royal Arch Membership Officer.

Head over to www.essexroyalarch.org to find all this and more!

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Essex Freemasons

The latest edition of The Essex Mason has landed.

Issue 89 highlights;

⭐️Eulogy of RW.Bro Rodney Lister Bass, OBE. PGM of Essex
⭐️#essexfreemasons in the community
⭐️Masonic meetings returning
⭐️Provincial Grand Chapter Active Provincial Grand Officers

Will be available online shorty www.essexmason.co.uk/content/6-essex-mason-magazine

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Essex Freemasons

We must not get complacent.

🔹Stay alert
🔹Control the virus
🔹Save lives

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1 week ago

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More #EssexFreemasons helping out in their local communities through match funding.

*Chelmsford based charity @blesma , which provides support for limbless veterans to allow them to lead independent lives, has been given a boost by local Freemasons.
Members of Old Chelmsfordian Lodge, which also meets in Chelmsford, have donated £1,000 to the charity, which helps hundreds of ex-servicemen and women every year, who have suffered traumatic injuries serving their country and in non-combat related incidences.**

* @thesaferplaces , a leading Harlow based domestic abuse charity working across Essex and Hertfordshire, has been given a boost by local Freemasons.
Members of Durolitium Lodge, which meets in Loughton, have donated £500 to the charity, which takes in more than 3,000 calls of domestic abuse every year and further provides refuge and support for women and children forced to leave their homes.

*Urgently needed funding to support Barrow Farm, Riding and Carriage Driving for the disabled in Chelmsford, has been donated by local Freemasons, assisting a charity that has been established for more than 44 years, continue its good work.
Members of Durolitium Lodge, which meets in Loughton, have donated £500 to the charity, which helps 140 disabled riders and carriage drivers every year to enjoy the benefits and independence that horse riding offers.

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1 week ago

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#EssexFreemasons return!

Janus Lodge No 4456 - Saturday the 5th of September 2020 at Loughton Masonic Centre.

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1 week ago

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Freemasons Lodge helps Brentwood special needs charity
Brentwood based SNAP Charity, one of the most pro-active charities in Essex dedicated to helping families with children and young people who have special needs or disabilities, has received a £1,000 donation from local Freemasons to help fund their vital work.

The money was donated by members of Goodwill Lodge, which meets in Chingford, and will help SNAP edge a little closer to the £600,000 it needs each year to continue supporting local families – a figure which now exceeds 5,000 since the charity was first formed 25 years ago.

The £1,000, half of which came directly from members of Goodwill Lodge was made up with a match funded balance from the Essex Freemasons Community Fund, which supports local charities and community based projects across the county.
“The money is very welcome,” said Christina Stubbs, SNAP’s Executive Director for Finance and Fundraising, “and will enable us to continue our wide variety of services and activities that help build resilience and empowerment within all members of the family. Like many charities we have been severely hit by Covid-19 and every donation matters.”

“SNAP has continued to deliver the best possible help to families across Essex during the current situation, even throughout the months when our centre had to stay closed. Along with our Helpline we adapted many of our support services to deliver them virtually which all meant that SNAP remained very much on hand to help to assist parents and families that needed us.”
“Now our centre has been able to re-open we are delighted to be welcoming back families for individual and ‘bubble’ group sessions.”

SNAP was formed in June 1994 when eight mums came together around a kitchen table because they were concerned about the lack of provision for children with special needs in the Brentwood area. The charity has since grown to be one of the most successful organisations of its kind in Essex.

“Goodwill Lodge is very much part of the Essex Community and this is the kind of charity that makes a real difference,” said Chris Hicks. “It is something our members have wanted to support and I am delighted we have been able to help.”

The Essex Freemasons Community Fund which match funded the donation from Goodwill Lodge was set up to support projects such as SNAP.
Peter Hollingsworth, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex Freemasons, explained: “There are hundreds of small charities like this in every part of the County. They are vital to the needs of the local community and this is where we are trying to aim our support.

“The work of SNAP cannot be underestimated, particularly in these difficult times and I am pleased it has the support of our members.”

The Essex Freemasons Community Fund is expecting to make donations of nearly £90,000 to local charities in 2020 in addition to nearly £1 million which will be given separately by more than 300 Lodges across the county

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2 weeks ago

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Today we launched our new provincial website. We've added many new features and improved the content and navigation. Check it out at www.essexfreemasons.org.uk

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COVID-19 ANTIBODY TESTING BOOST FOR EASTERN REGION
The University of East Anglia has been at the forefront of Covid-19 research, which will now be enhanced with the arrival of a Dynex Agility Unit antibody testing machine. The full £91,000 cost was raised by Freemasons in Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire and increases testing capacity at the UEA from 600 to 2,000 tests per day.
The machine was unveiled by Professor Bill Fraser, Head of Norwich Medical School, UEA and a Consultant Metabolic Physician at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Representing East Anglian Freemasons was Stephen Allen, Provincial Grand Master of Norfolk who commented “It became evident from medical specialists early in the pandemic, that routine antibody testing of NHS staff and patients admitted to hospitals with a range of serious illness was necessary to determine resistance to Covid reinfection. Freemasons across the region are proud to have helped to give the UEA antibody testing this massive boost.”
Beyond Covid-19, the increased testing capacity will allow the UEA to expand and accelerate sample results for the benefit of patient care across several diseases and clinical research. For example, bone markers for osteoporosis, cancer markers and asthma. The generosity of East Anglian Freemasons will keep making a difference for years to come.
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2 weeks ago

Essex Freemasons

Check out our match funding video. Thank you to all the Lodges and Chapters who took part.

Keep an eye out for pictures and stories of this money in action around our local communities.

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3 weeks ago

Essex Freemasons

Urgently needed funding to support Next Chapter, a leading domestic abuse charity working across Tendring, Colchester, Maldon, Chelmsford, Braintree and Uttlesford, has been given a boost by local Freemasons.
Members of Blackwater Lodge, which meets in Colchester, have donated £1,000 to the charity, which helps more than 300 families every year, providing refuge and support for those that have suffered from domestic abuse.
The £1,000, half of which came directly from members of Blackwater Lodge with the balance made up with a grant from the Essex Freemasons Community Fund, will allow Next Chapter to fund their essential work.
“The money is very welcome,” said Karen Williams, chair of Next Chapter. The women’s refuge here in Colchester was established in December 1977 and have been providing refuge and domestic abuse recovery work for over 40 years. We support about 3,000 women on average a year through refuge and community-based support.
The donation is being put towards our counselling and coaching programmes for the women we support. In particular, some specific coaching programmes for the women in our Recovery Refuge and we are very grateful to members of Blackwater Lodge for their help”
Staff and volunteers at Next Chapter are trained to provide support at the highest possible standard. They provide immediate support and advice to promote safety and reduction in risk of harm and longer term assistance to promote emotional recovery and practical help wherever it is needed to enable planning for a safer future.
“Blackwater is very much part of the North Essex Community and this is the kind of charity that makes a real difference,” said Richard Swan. the Lodge’s Worshipful Master. “It is something our members have wanted to support and I am delighted we have been able to help.”
The Essex Freemasons Community Fund which match funded the donation from Blackwater Lodge was set up to support projects such as Trust Links.
Clive Rees, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Essex Freemasons, explained: “There are hundreds of small charities like this in every part of the County. They are vital to the needs of the local community and this is where we are trying to aim our support.
“The work of Next Chapter cannot be underestimated, particularly in these difficult times and I am pleased it has the support of our members.”
The Essex Freemasons Community Fund is expecting to make donations of nearly £90,000 to local charities in 2020 in addition to nearly £1 million which will be given separately by more than 300 Lodges across the county.
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3 weeks ago

Essex Freemasons

Our matched funding programme to support local charities across the Province continues.

Last week Thames Estuary Lodge donated £1,000 to Southend and District Riding Club for the Disabled. This will enable them to buy vital equipment and continue their good work with disabled children and adults.
In Upminster, St Laurence Lodge also donated £1,000 to the Havering and Harold Hill branch of the RSPCA another charity which has been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic,
The Essex Freemasons Community Fund donated £500 to each Lodge to match fund their donations.

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4 weeks ago

Essex Freemasons

#EssexFreemasons W.Bro Garry Thomas, W.Bro Chris Wheeler and W.Bro Mike Saunders co-ordinated a donation of £1025.00 from the 21 Lodges who meet at Harlow Masonic centre to the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust Harlow. The money was used to supply front line staff with treats to raise their spirits during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. An incredible effort! @nhsharlow

Look out for the full story in the next edition of the Essex Mason, coming soon!
The Princess Alexandra Hospital

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4 weeks ago

Essex Freemasons

#EssexFreemasons support front line emergency teams

Essex Freemasons have donated 50 litres of hand sanitizer to Essex Search and Rescue, a team of 63 volunteers working across the county who help to find missing and vulnerable people.

Their volunteers operate in every part of the County - work alongside Essex Police and are called out in the event that a high risk or vulnerable person such as a child or someone with dementia goes missing.


Nearly £30,000 has been spent so far by Masons on essential PPE equipment for 300 Essex care homes, a further £20,000 has been donated to boost antibody testing with an additional £100,000 pledged to fight the virus in every part of the region.

Full story in the Essex Masons, coming soon!

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4 weeks ago

Essex Freemasons

Ambresbury Lodge No. 5099 held a Ladies Festival Charity Ball and raised over £4,000 fior Little Havens Children’s Hospice and Dementia UK (Supporting Essex Admiral Nurses).
On Saturday 1 February 2020 a representative from Little Havens Hospice, Andrea Wise, together with Lucy and her son Harry were guests of the Lodge at the Loughton Masonic Centre to receive the donation.
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Full story in the Essex Mason magazine, coming soon!

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1 month ago

Essex Freemasons

Essex Freemasons supporting local communities.

Brethren of Beeleigh Abbey Lodge 7017 make a financial
contribution towards a community defibrillator. This lifesaving equipment has been installed in the village of Woodham Walter in a once redundant telephone box!

The full story will be published in the next edition of the Essex Mason magazine, coming soon.

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1 month ago

Essex Freemasons

The Essex Provincial Grand Stewards are selling these excellent breast jewel cases. They would make an excellent addition to any Masonic briefcase and keep all you jewels and lapel pins safe from flying around in your case!

They are currently taking payment of £16 each which includes postage and packing. They are also available for collection at £12.50 each. Please email me christian_webb@yahoo.com if you wish to buy payment details. All proceeds will be sent. All proceeds go the 2020 Festival.
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A Message from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge

Welcome to the website for Freemasons in the Province of Essex.
I hope Freemasons and non Freemasons will find something of interest within our pages.

The Grand Lodge of England was founded in 1717 and is widely regarded as the Principal Grand Lodge for Freemasons in the world. However, there is no international organisation as such. Nevertheless, a system of mutual recognition by sovereign Grand Lodges operates successfully. Essex is the fourth largest province in England and Wales with more than 300 Lodges and 10,000 members.

Freemasonry offers its members an approach to life which seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others. Also, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. Freemasons are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but Freemasonry also teaches a concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.

Although not our principal activity, charity forms an important part of Freemasonry. It enables us to offer support in many cases of need. Freemasons only collect money at our own functions and not from the public in general but in spite of this, Masonic charities distribute millions of pounds each year to non-Masonic causes.

At the same time as contributing to both national and local charities, Freemasons in Essex have a very special charity. It is called 'Teddies for Loving Care'. This charity provides a constant supply of colourful Teddy Bears to all Accident and Emergency units throughout the county. This scheme was started in March 2001 and has now spread to 34 Masonic Provinces in England and Wales. To date we have donated over 1.25 Million teddies to sick and injured children.

Membership is open to men of all faiths who are law-abiding, of good character and who acknowledge a belief in a supreme deity. I am delighted that Freemasonry continues to attract men of goodwill from all sectors of the community.

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Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest, social, secular and charitable organisations. A fraternal organisation that can trace its roots back to the medieval stonemasons who built magnificent monuments such as our cathedrals and castles.

For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.
In our current world filled with uncertainty, these principles ring as true today as they have at any point in the history of our organisation.

Integrity - Building good people. Freemasons are focused on integrity and membership provides the structure to help achieve that goal.

Friendship - Building together. Freemasonry lays the foundation for friendships between members, many of which will last for life.

Respect - Building unity. Freemasonry brings people together irrespective of their race, religion or any other perceived differences.

Charity - Building compassion. Kindness and charitable giving are deeply ingrained within the principles of Freemasonry.