Cross Keys, 2 River View, Chadwell St Mary, Essex, RM16 4DH
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Melvyn Page - Managing Director
Doug Noon - Chairman
Chaz Ager - Shares Director
Thurrock Masonic Hall was first opened on the 1st of May 1967, by The Rt. Hon., The Earl of Warwick J.P., D.L. and in July 2013 moved to its current location and became The Cross Keys Masonic Centre
Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest fraternal societies in the world. It will provide you with a code of living in today’s community, based on good moral and ethical standards. It is an organisation of men who try to live by the principles of integrity and goodwill which unifies them, regardless of colour, creed or worldly status. It is a non profit making organisation that is involved in supporting charity and service to the community. It will provide you with a common interest where you can meet and enjoy the company of like minded men from all walks of life.
LEFT is the Cross Keys Public House as it looked in the 1800s
RIGHT is how it looks today
WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?
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Freemasonry means different things to each of those who join. For some, it’s about making new friends and acquaintances. For others it’s about being able to help deserving causes – making a contribution to family and society. But for most, it is an enjoyable hobby.
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. It teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of ceremonies. Members are expected to be of high moral standing and are encouraged to speak openly about Freemasonry. The following information is intended to explain Freemasonry as it is practised under the United Grand Lodge of England, which administers Lodges of Freemasons in England and Wales and in many places overseas.
Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its principles (moral lessons and self-knowledge) by a series of ritual dramas – a progression of allegorical two-part plays which are learnt by heart and performed within each Lodge – which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons’ customs and tools as allegorical guides.
Freemasonry instils in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: its values are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Members are urged to regard the interests of the family as paramount but, importantly, Freemasonry also teaches concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need.