Bristol Workings – What a Day!

On Saturday 28 April, the Foundation Club held its long-awaited Bristol Workings event as St Augustine’s Lodge No. 3108 travelled from Bristol to demonstrate their unique and dramatic ceremony to the gathered Brethren in Croydon.

Bristol Workings

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Crescamus Lodge 7776, whose Master W. Bro. Chris Norman is a member of the Foundation Club, hosted the meeting on behalf of the Club and  152 Brethren attended the meeting, including the R.W. Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler.

The meeting was certainly the buzz of not just the Province of Surrey, but of Light Blues Clubs far and beyond. Other than the delegation from Bristol, visitors came from, Berkshire, Essex, Hampshire & IOW, West Kent, Metropolitan, Middlesex, Norfolk, Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire and Somerset.

Tom, a member of the Club, even had the distinct pleasure of being the candidate for the ceremony and therefore holds the honour of now having been raised ship-shape and Bristol Fashioned!

Bristol Workings

The Bristol Craft ceremonies are believed to date from a period long before the Union of 1813 – one authority has suggested from about 1724. They are considerably different from those worked in the rest of the English Constitution – more elaborate and dramatic. They have affinities in many respects with Irish and American workings. These differences are what draw so many visitors from all parts of the country, and abroad, to witness their workings. They are also the reason Bristol Lodges are so often asked to perform demonstrations in other Provinces. Bristol Workings are unique. Although the Masonic ceremonies across the United Grand Lodge of England have the same meaning; Bristol Workings

Festive Board

 

Following the meeting, the Brethren dined in fine style, enjoying a superb three-course meal. This was followed by toasts to those who had partaken in the afternoon’s events, with special attention paid to our visitors from Bristol. A raffle was held during the course of the meal which raised over £500, the proceeds of which will be donated to charity.

Foundation Club New Year Quiz 2018

Join the Foundation Club for our first event of the New Year as we celebrate 2018 by challenging our brains, and stimulating our grey matter with our annual Quiz Night. This year we will be in the East of the Province as we visit Croydon and District Masonic Hall.

Our event is open to all! Friends and family, Lodge members, are welcome to join us as we tick into a curry for just £10 per person before we summon up some answers from the recesses of our minds.

To book your place email quiz@foundationclub.org.uk

Foundation Club Tours Freemasons Hall

On Saturday 9 December members of the Foundation Club, their friends and family toured Freemasons Hall as a prelude to the annual Foundation Club Christmas Party.

  • Foundation Club Freemasons Hall Christmas 2017 Party

The Club was given an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the home of English Freemasonry, seeing sites normally out of bounds to both Freemasons and the public alike, as the conclusion of the tercentenary year.

Following the conclusion of the tour, the members and their guests headed across the road to the Freemasons Arms for a three course Christmas meal, served with all the trimmings and festive frivolities.

Once again the Foundation Club’s Christmas party proved to be one of the highlights of the year.

Foundation Club Christmas Party 2017

This is your last chance to book to join the Foundation Club on Saturday 9 December for our famous Christmas Party, an event which will be without fail one of the Masonic social events of the year!

Foundation Club Christmas Party 2017

The day starts at 10.30 am with an exclusive behind the scenes tour of Freemasons Hall, itself an occasion not miss especially in this the Tercentenary Year of Grand Lodge. before we head to The Freemasons Arms for a slap-up Christmas Meal.

This will be a great event exclusively for Foundation Club members and their partners.

During the Tour of Freemasons Hall, you will see the Grand Temple, ceremonial areas, the Library and Museum plus areas normally off limits to the general public.

To book email events@foundationclub.org.uk

Foundation Club Tours the Province

Throughout November, members of the Foundation Club toured the Province visiting centres across the county from Croydon to Farnham and all stops in between!

  • New Members meeting

The New Members Events saw over 60 new members join the Foundation Club, as we were joined by members of the Provincial Executive to explain the Foundation Club’s plans and its key role in the Province’s strategy.

Our thanks go to all those who attended and supported the events, but especially to W. Bro Richard Wileman, W. Bro Trevor Rains, W. Bro Steve Jarvis, W. Bro Bill Caughie, W. Bro Mike Harding, W. Bro Nick Gras and W. Bro. Steve Dingvean.

It was great to see so many of you, and we look forward to seeing you at future events.

Bristol Workings Demonstration

The Foundation Club is delighted to present a demonstration of a Bristol Third Degree. This spectacular ceremony will be held on Saturday 28 April at Croydon and District Masonic Halls, in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Ian Chandler. Hosted by Crescamus Lodge, No 7776, St Augustine Lodge will travel from Bristol to deliver a unique demonstration of their workings which is not to be missed!

Bristol Workings Demonstration

Bristol Workings Demonstration

The Bristol Craft ceremonies are believed to date from a period long before the Union of 1813 – one authority has suggested from about 1724. They are considerably different from those worked in the rest of the English Constitution – more elaborate and dramatic. They have affinities in many respects with Irish and American workings. These differences are what draw so many visitors from all parts of the country, and abroad, to witness their workings. They are also the reason why Bristol Lodges are so frequently asked to perform demonstrations in other Provinces. Bristol Workings are unique. Although the Masonic ceremonies across the United Grand Lodge of England have the same meaning; Bristol Workings

The Province of Bristol consists of 37 Craft Lodges – all of whom strive to perform the three degrees of Craft masonry to the highest standards. Ritual books are banned during their ceremonies and therefore each degree is performed by memory.

St. Augustine Lodge, No. 3108

Bristol Workings Demonstration

Warranted on the 15th April 1905 and granted a Centenary Warrant in 2005, the St Augustine Lodge was established as a musical lodge, the name chosen by the Founders due to the neighbourhood of the Bristol Freemasons’ Hall being closely associated with St Augustine.

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Tickets are strictly limited and all Master Masons upwards are welcome to experience the unique ritual of a Bristol Lodge. This ceremony is spectacular and all new and established Brethren should attend to witness this dramatic and special demonstration, which is not to be missed!

Tickets are £35.00 each and include the festive board. Alternatively, you can attend just the meeting for £5. All proceeds will go to Masonic Charities.

To book visit foundationclub.org.uk/bristol

Foundation Club Witnesses Scottish Workings

On Friday 10 November, members of the Foundation Club were in attendance at Croydon and District Masonic Hall to witness a dramatic Scottish Third Degree.

Freemasonry in Scotland has a unique character that is distinct from Freemasonry as practiced in England. Their ritual and regalia are very different to that in England.

The meeting hosted by Coulsdon Lodge at Croydon and District Masonic Halls saw Lodge St Andrew Denny & Loanhead 176 venture to Surrey.

The deputation Scotland entered the Lodge accompanied by a Piper. In front of over 100 brethren, they demonstrated, in their own stylish manner, the Third Degree ceremony, not once but twice as two Brethren were ‘raised’ to the sublime degree.

To say it was brilliant is an understatement. With all the poise and skill of a demonstration team, our Scottish brethren put on a show that will not be forgotten.

The meeting was followed by a fabulous Scottish themed Festive Board with a haggis being piped in and addressed in traditional fashion. the entertainment in the bar afterwards with jokes, songs and bagpipes!

The entertainment in the bar afterwards with jokes, songs and bagpipes!

Foundation Club at Royal Albert Hall Tercentenary Meeting

On Tuesday 31 October, members of the Foundation Club were present at the United Grand Lodge of England’s celebrations of the Tercentenary culminated in with a special celebratory meeting held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Before the meeting, members of the Foundation Club, caught up with members of Light Blues Clubs from across the country, before taking their seats in what was to be a magnificent show.

Royal Albert Hall

Celebrating 300 years of the formation of the Premier Grand Lodge; nearly 5,000 Freemasons from across the world descended on the Royal Albert Hall, to witness a spectacular star-studded show. From the opening moments, members were amazed when stars of stage and screen, including Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond, and Sanjeev Bhashkar took to the stage.

The show sent home members both astonished and delighted, having learned new things about our Fraternity and feeling even greater pride in their membership. Using music and drama, the production highlighted how central Freemasons and Freemasonry has been central to Western history.

Enlightenment

Focussing on the enlightenment and its key figures including Voltaire, Montesquieu, Lessing, Goethe, Mozart, Washington, Franklin, and Rousseau. The show demonstrated how Freemasons have been at the forefront of major historical turning points, in science and the arts, as well as socially.

Soane’s Ark

Following the conclusion of the dramatic elements of the show, the Most Worshipful Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent took to the stage to conduct the ceremonial elements of the meeting. The highlight of which was the presentation of the replica Soane’s Ark. Originally built-in 1813 to store the Articles of Union, it stood in the Grand Temple of the old Freemasons Hall until a fire broke out in 1883 and it was destroyed. It is therefore only fitting that in this Tercentenary year, it should be replaced.

Many present then travelled to Battersea Evolution for a celebratory dinner, whilst members of the Foundation Club headed out for a few drinks and a meal to reflect on what had been an amazing day.

If you weren’t fortunate enough to be there, you can watch the entire show at rah300.org

Surbiton New Members Meeting – 1 November

The Foundation Club would like to cordially invite you to our New Members meeting at Surbiton Masonic Centre on Wednesday 1 November.

The purpose of the meeting is to catch-up with our existing members as well as for new brethren to come along and find out what the Foundation Club has to offer you!

Surrey Hills Brewery

The meeting is free and open to new and existing members as well as anyone that would like to find out more about the club and what we do.

Light Blues Club

The Foundation Club is Surrey’s Provincial “Light Blues” club open to anyone who hasn’t yet received Provincial honours. Our aim to support and encourage brethren in their Masonry, host fun, educational and entertaining events and bring together the many new Freemasons across Surrey.

This free to attend meeting starts at 7:30 pm with a welcome from the Club’s committee and will be joined by W. Bro. Trevor Rains, Assitant Provincial Grand Master and we will be laying on a buffet for you to enjoy.

The meetings will be a great opportunity for you to get more out of your Freemasonry. We will also welcome any feedback on what you would like to get out of the Club and any future events you would like us to put on.

If you are unable to make this event, there are New Members meetings happening all over the Province so make sure to join us this November!

To confirm your place click here!

Foundation Club’s 2017 AGM – Jacobites and Freemasonry

This year’s Foundation Club  Annual General Meeting was a great success and excellently attended with over 30 members and their guests assembling at Surbiton Masonic Centre on 11 October.

  • 2017 AGM

2017 AGM

Following the Secretary and Treasurer’s report, reviewing the Club’s activities for the last Masonic year; elections were held for the Committee. Newly appointed Chair, W. Bro. Nick Tamila then introduced himself and welcoming all. He also outlined the plans to encourage current and new members over the year and briefly spoke of forthcoming events to help with this plan.

W. Bro. Nick then introduced the guest of honour W. Bro. Trevor Rains, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, who is responsible for Recruitment and Retention across the Province and champions the Foundation Club. W. Bro. Trevor was delighted to see so many new and enthusiastic Masons in attendance. He reiterated that the Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler and all of the Provincial Executive very keen to support all new Entered Apprentices, Fellowcraft Freemasons and Master Masons on their Masonic journey.

 The White-table Dinner

Once the formalities of the AGM were concluded, the members retired to meet their guests before the white-table dinner that followed.  As usual, Surbiton Masonic Centre did not disappoint, serving a fabulous four-course meal followed which was enjoyed by all.

“What more could you want for in life good food, great company and being well entertained. The spirit of the Foundation Club was evident to see and I wish you and your committee every success for the future.”
Trevor Rains, Assistant Provincial Grand Master

The Jacobites and Freemasonry

After dinner, the attendees were treated to friend of the Foundation Club, Mike Neville’s latest thrilling talk, ‘The Jacobites and Freemasonry’. As always, Mike gave an excellent talk which was designed to educate and entertain. He again succeeded in both and ended the evening with a quiz to make sure all had paid attention, which was judged by W. Bro. Trevor to ensure fair play!

Overall this was a highly successful meeting and a great platform to build on over the coming year. Be sure to keep an eye out for future events on Twitter and Facebook and on our listings page.