The Essex500 INSPIRE Challenge

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

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The Wheel of Fellowship Lodge 9016 and Home-Start Essex

On a very hot day in June several Members of the Wheel of Fellowship Lodge No. 9016 (Essex) donated boxes of Toys, both cuddly and educational

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The kindest cut of all to help Bro Alan raise funds to battle cancer

The Howard Hall Masonic Centre in Braintree served as a barber’s shop, when Bro Robin Bayes, of Lodge of Justice 147, "braved a shave" in support of brother Alan Chapman

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Essex Freemasons bringing smiles to sick children

Essex Freemasons are working to bring smiles to the faces of children at Romford, Southend and Basildon Hospitals who are facing life changing treatment for brain tumours

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Freemasons to become strategic partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

More than 30,000 young people with disabilities and special educational needs will be able to take part in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, thanks to a grant of £300,000 from the Freemasons

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Raili - the Old Chelmsfordian Sponsored Apprenticed Nurse

Raili entered the new apprenticeship degree nurse training scheme at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAHT) in Harlow and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU)

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St Philip Lodge eyes 100 brethren for its Centenary Meeting in November

November 16th will mark a special celebration for St Philip Lodge 4221 as it marks its centenary and the target for the big day is the attendance of 100 brethren

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UGLE Annual Report 2020

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has launched its first annual report, in its 300 year history

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Masons provide new TVs for Clacton Hospital following Facebook appeal

It started with a Facebook appeal from Clacton District Hospital then went viral - and it worked after the message reached local Freemasons - members of Clactonian Lodge

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Home from Home

The RMBI care home at Stisted (Stisted Hall) has progressed so much since its opening in 1999

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The Next Item on the Agenda is the Almoner’s Report

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has replaced what was once considered a difficult process for assistance into a smooth one for individuals and their families

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Joshua Nunn Helps Support People Over 60 who are Isolated

The Halstead Day Centre has thanked Joshua Nunn in supporting its effort to provide independent living for people over 60 who are isolated

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The Other Side of the Good Samaritan

The perception of Freemasonry is rapidly moving towards a greater awareness of charitable giving and community service

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‘Getting Ready to Get Ready’

Among the 9,000 or so Essex Freemasons there are over 4,200 who also enjoy being Royal Arch (RA) Masons

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Essex Freemasons raise funds for charities Prince Philip dedicated his life to

Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex has joined the United Grand Lodge of England campaign and is inviting its 200,000 members to raise funds for charities the Prince dedicated his life to

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Freemasons make no secret of need for younger members

Set in their ways for 300 years, the Freemasons are opening a lodge aimed at young people to combat a slump in membership

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Freemasons’ inaugural annual report showcases commitment to modernisation

UGLE has launched its first annual report, in its 300 year history, marking another major step forward in its commitment to modernisation, transparency and normalization

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C.H.E.S.S and The Wheel of Fellowship Lodge 9016

W.Bro Mark Jones and Bro. Graham Cornell made a delivery of bottled water, snacks, soft drinks, treats, toiletries and items of clothing to the C.H.E.S.S centre in Chelmsford

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15,914 Items for the Homeless in Essex

Essex 500 Challenges generate a ‘prize’ of £500 to a registered charity or local good cause chosen by the Lodge of the winning team, or individual, for each Challenge

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HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 10/06/1921 - 09/04/2021

“The world will be a poorer place for his passing and we will be writing to Her Majesty on behalf of the Province to express our sadness at his passing and our support for her and her family”

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Prince Philip: A True English Gentleman

The Freemasons are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Prince Philip this morning and we extend our sincere condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family

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Brotherly Love

To both women and men Freemasons, a brother refers not only to the members of their respective Orders but to the ‘Whole of Society’

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A Platinum Lodge

On the evening of 29th March 2021, ten brethren held a Zoom meeting, which on this occasion was for a notable Anniversary

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How we have helped to support our heroes in the NHS

In February, the WM of Stedfast Unity Lodge identified an opportunity for the members to help support staff in the hospitals that were suffering

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Teddies for Loving Care celebrates 20 years

On 12th March 2001 an extraordinary, and unique, scheme was launched by Essex Freemasons: it was a simple idea – to provide Essex A&E departments with Teddies

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Enjoy The First Organ Concert Of The Year From Home

Freemasons’ Hall has announced its first Organ Concert of 2021, which will take place on 30 March, at 7pm

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“Copy That! – Over and Out”

Having served in Her Majesty’s Armed Services many Freemasons have been prepared to put their lives on the line for the rest of us

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The Late W Bro Brian Wood

Councillor Steven Cole who said “He was also a Freemason as well and he raised thousands upon thousands of pounds. He loved his Freemasonry. He was someone that I looked up to”

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Congratulations to Villerica Lodge No 4053

Villerica was Consecrated in the Grecian Temple at the Abercorn Rooms of the Great Eastern Hotel by the RW Provincial Grand Master of Essex Lord Lambourne on 19th February 1921

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A Small Lodge with a Big Heart

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust has thanked Essex Freemasons for their “incredible support and wonderful generosity"

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No Secret Anymore

W Bro Ken Cownden explains, “We all understand that ‘Secrecy’ in Freemasonry comprises of a small number of signs, grips and words to distinguish each other ...”

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The Rivers of Babylon

Hit song ‘Rivers of Babylon’ meaningful to Companions in the Holy Royal Arch, as it relates the beginning of a story which is central to the teachings of the fourth step in core Freemasonry

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BBC Radio interviews Dr David Staples

An interview with Dr David Staples on BBC Radio Oxford. Listen from 09:40-18:45

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One Volunteer is Worth Ten Pressed Men

For a number of Freemasons, the desire to do good work for the Community and help others has grown stronger during the COVID-19 crisis.

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“We’ll Meet Again” - it’s not If but When!

Singing ‘We’ll Meet Again’, Vera Lynn gave hope to many millions throughout WWII. Now the iconic first line of her song gives hope the brethren in the Province of Essex.

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Lodge of Enlightenment

Bringing together Freemasons who are, or have served as, Secretaries and Treasurers in order to share among themselves their vast experience and knowledge

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Young Freemasons' Youth Programme Benefits Local School

The Essex Cornerstone continues to lead the way, supporting local charities dedicated to helping young people and children in need

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12 Million Steps for Muscular Dystrophy

112 Essex Freemasons stepped up to the plate for the Provincial ‘500 Step Challenge’ and in the eight days the Brethren recorded a total of 12,378,321 steps

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“O Wonderful Masons!”

Following a presentation about the rebuilding of ‘The Square’ at Upminster, the late Rodney Lister Bass OBE, declared “O Wonderful Masons!”

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Saxon Hall Vaccination Centre

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

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A Snack in Time Helps Covid Ward Front Line

Rosslyn Lodge No 1543 has raised £500, and bought 240 snack bars and 120 cans of energy drinks for front-line workers at Broomfield Hospital

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Never Too Late to Become A Freemason

In his 84th year, 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 in Paris.

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Coaching Craftsmen and Companions

With over forty years’ experience in coaching Craftsmen and Companions, W Bro Ken Cownden recognised by the Province with one of only six annual promotions to the new honour of PPSGW.

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Two Trees for Acorn Villagers this Christmas

Mistley Lodge No 2339 and Dedham Vale No 8901 donate special Christmas Tree to Acorn Village, which has been providing residential care since 1975

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Little Albert gets a head start with his Teddy

When three-year-old Albert fell badly and suffered a serious cut to his head last month, he had to go to A&E, where he was given one of Essex Freemasonry’s Teddy Bears.

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£20,000 life line from Essex Freemasons

A leading Colchester charity, helping the homeless back into the community, has been given a £20,000 lifeline by Essex Freemasons

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Homeless receive more than £850,000 from Freemasons

Having donated £1m between April and July to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, Freemasons are now focusing on protecting the homeless

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Christmas in a bag arrives early for Billericay school

Dozens of young people across Essex with social and emotional health issues will enjoy a better Christmas thanks to initiative by a Billericay school and help from Essex Freemasons

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Season of Goodwill

From donating much needed money to volunteering by phoning front-line organisations or packing and delivering PPE, every Freemason in Essex has contributed

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Cross Keys Masonic Centre supporting Women’s Refuge

Cross Keys Masonic Centre have made generous donations towards the local Women’s Refuge for Christmas

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Young Freemasons' Youth Programme Benefits Essex Charities

The Essex Cornerstone Lodge, supporting a youth programme focussed on local charities dedicated to helping young men and women in need

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Ladies Festival Saturday July 3rd 2021

Saturday July 3rd, 2021 – Essex Freemasons Ladies Day Festival

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HRH Prince Philip 68 Years a Mason

HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 68 Years a Subscribing Freemason and The Temple That Never Was

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A Leap of Faith in Solomon

It was a leap of faith on behalf of the many who had worked hard when Sir David Wooton, the Assistant Grand Master, launched the new online platform ‘Solomon’ two years ago

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Freemasons’ Hall First Virtual Organ Concert

Freemasons’ Hall Brings Some Early Christmas Cheer With Its First Virtual Organ Concert This December

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Freemasons’ Hall Opens High-End Retail Experience

The new 'Shop at Freemasons’ Hall' is launching this week at the Covent Garden headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE)

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Judges Reveal Secrets of Essex Freemasons

At the Pride of Essex Awards 2020 Presentation Ceremony, the Judges gave the Essex Freemasons Community Fund (EFCF) a ‘First’ with the ultimate ‘Community Top Team Award’

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Winners! - Pride Awards 2020 (video enclosed)

Essex Freemasons Community Fund, proudly won the Pride of Essex 'Team of Pride 2020' for our contribution to increase COVID tests and provision of PPE to vital services

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Pride of Essex Awards: Essex Freemasons Nominated

The Pride of Essex Awards will recognise the Nominations and Award winners of six Categories who have shown exceptional courage, inspiration and Community service in Essex.

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Monkhams Centenary

Monkhams Lodge No 4161 was Consecrated at Freemasons Hall on 30th November 1920. Named after Monkhams Hall, the family home of the Primus Master W Bro Sir Richard Beale Colvin

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Saxon Hall helping our NHS

Saxon Hall, home to Freemasons in south east Essex, might be in lockdown with the rest of the country, but it continues to do its bit for the health of the country - helping the NHS, the ambulance service and the Red Cross.

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Movember - Jas Bassan

Every year for nearly 5 years I have every November participated in MOVEMBER - growing a moustache over the November month and to raise money for a cancer charity

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Solomon and the Lodge Officers’ Jewels

The Solomon User Group (SUG) is a module on Solomon where new items are tried by ‘lead users’. The current item being reviewed is all about the Lodge Officers’ Jewels

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Freemasons' Hall lit up for Rememberance Day

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has lit up Freemasons' Hall in London to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE and VJ Day

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Better Lives at work in Essex

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) chose Nikki, a Team Leader, for the lead story ‘A day in the life’ in the Better Lives Autumn/Winter 2020 issue

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We Will Remember Them

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.

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Eight hospices receive nearly £14,000

Eight hospices across the county have been chosen to receive grants totaling nearly £14,000 from Essex Freemasons

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Helping Harrysson to move again

It has been a massive struggle for seven-year-old Harrysson Wright from the moment he was born - but help is on the way thanks to a group of Maldon Freemasons and the larger Essex Community

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St George’s Lodge 100th Anniversary

On Saturday 30th October 1920 at Freemasons Hall W Bro J H Salter, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Essex installed the Primus Master at the Consecration Ceremony of St George’s Lodge No 4117

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Supporting charities throughout lockdown

Here are some highlights as recorded at a recent Zoom meeting of the Essex Provincial Charity Stewards

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Essex Freemasons Take Heart

Essex Freemasons have donated £1,000 to Take Heart, a Southend based charity which, for over a quarter of a century, has been providing community support for those with heart health problems

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A "Masonic Makeover" in Manningtree

Not many masonic lodges in England can claim to have met in their own masonic hall for over 100 years but local Freemasons have been meeting in the Mistley Masonic Hall since they purchased the building for £350 in 1906.

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Masonic Exhibition planned for Braintree

Braintree’s oldest Masonic Lodge is to celebrate more than 150 years of history and involvement with the community with a major exhibition about local Freemasonry planned for 2021

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Gold Geese ready to take flight into Basildon

Leigh-on-Sea charity The Gold Geese, set up in 2014 to help families with young children suffering with rare blood cancers, has received a cash boost from Southend Freemasons

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The Nelson Touch

215 years ago, on 21st October 1805 Vice Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson destroyed all hopes of an invasion of Britain by Napoleon by defeating the combined French and Spanish Fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar

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Pitching in at Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden Community Football Club and Saffron Walden PSG girls football club have received a £1,000 donation from local Freemasons

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Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979

Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro The Rev Martin Howse PSGD was the Worshipful Master (Acting) for the first meeting of the Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979

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Stisted Fete 2021

The Association of Friends of Prince Edward Duke of Kent Court at Stisted has announced that, following the cancellation of the 2020 event, due to the Covid19 pandemic, the 2021 event must also be cancelled

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Talking Newspaper receives support from Essex Freemasons

The Wickford and District Talking Newspaper, a charity which has worked in the area since 1977 to provide up to date news for the blind and partially sighted, has received a grant of £1,250 from Essex Freemasons.

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Women's refuges become priority issue for Freemasons

More than £165,000 has been donated by Freemasons to help protect women and children from domestic abuse in the last three months

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Investors in People Awards 2020 - UGLE Shortlisted

UGLE shortlisted for both “Health and Wellbeing” and “Leader of the Year” at Investors in People Awards 2020

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Freemasons Hall Open House

Freemasons Hall opens its doors to Open House London with brand new attractions for visitors this weekend

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