Welcome to Croydon Lodge of Freedom
Originally founded mainly by shop keepers from Croydon after the WW2, our members are now a diverse mixture, mainly from Croydon, but also from further afield in Surrey and other parts of the UK, encompassing various professions. We are a close-bond Masonic lodge, a place where everyone is greeted with a smile and a hearty handshake, where members are excited to bring family and friends for fellowship, fun, entertainment, and service, where no one remains a stranger and where all feel wanted and welcome.
Croydon Lodge of Freedom provides support for our brothers, families, widows and the community. Our Lodge is a place rich in history, promoting good morals, values, and virtues, where all members have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a supportive and safe environment.
If you're looking to meet new friends for life, become a more confident person, and give back to the community, then click on the links and find out who we are, what we are about and more importantly, how to join Croydon Lodge of Freedom 5878.
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What is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry is one of the world’s largest and oldest non-religious and non-political charitable organisations. We have over 6 million members worldwide. We are open to people from all walks of life, regardless of their race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, language or nationality. Croydon Lodge of Freedom has been meeting in Croydon, Surrey, since 1943.
Who Can Join the Freemasons?
Good Men from all backgrounds regardless of religion or race can become Freemasons. The only qualifications are that they are over 21 years of age, have a belief in a Supreme Being and do not have any criminal convictions.
We are here to give you an insight into Freemasonry and what it can offer you, and a way in which to contact us, have a chat, and arrange a guided tour of our centre and meet some of the brethren in person to have your queries answered.
The Masonic core principles
Freemasonry instills in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: it seeks to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things.
Croydon Lodge of Freedom is not just a place to go, we are family, we are friends, and brotherly love is all about looking after each other and supporting each other.
Apart from meeting for our weekly Lodges of Instruction (LoIs), we enjoy a rich social life, including many fundraising events, from our darts competitions, curry and pasta nights, Christmas party, and most importantly our Ladies Night where we celebrate our partners and where all are welcome. We are young, we are mature, we are inclusive and above all we have a great time. We are there for each other.
Join us and be part of a bigger, loving and fun family.
Freemasonry is the second largest charity giver in the UK and this is solely funded by Masons – Croydon Lodge of Freedom supports the Teddies for Loving Care, and many other Masonic and non-Masonic charities.
From the earliest times, Freemasons have been taught to help those in distress without detriment to their dependents, and to give their support to outside charities.
Are you passionate about supporting people? Do you want to embrace the spirit of selflessness, of giving, of helping? Then freemasonry might be for you. We raise money for charities in Croydon, Surrey, and the UK. All monies raised comes from members of the lodge and our social events where all are welcome to come and join in.
Come to meet and talk to us to find out more and how you can make a difference to the community and Croydon Lodge of Freedom in Surrey.
Freemasons strive for truth and high moral standards, both in their view of themselves and in their dealings with others.
Freemasonry requires high moral standards, and its members endeavour to uphold these principles in their public and private lives. Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life. This makes all Freemasons want to live a better and more fulfilling life. We always strive to make a daily advancement in our Masonic knowledge.
Being a Freemason offers a great opportunity to build personal confidence and even develop further professionally, as every Mason has as much a chance as they wish to practice skills such as public speaking, researching information, learning ritual and development in many other areas of life.
Join us to build your own destiny
Why we are named Freedom
The word ‘freedom’ in our name is synonymous with the era during the Second World War when the Lodge was formed and consecrated.
At that time, freedom was a concept of World significance, deeply rooted in human nature, and the Union flag and flaming torch symbol used in the original logo seen at the top of the website, encapsulated the national focus on remaining a free and unoccupied democracy.
The war involved everyone and everything, and the tragedies of the fierce and merciless conflict took a heavy toll, turning the world into a wilderness of disaster. Founding a Lodge called Freedom at that time was a means by which the founders could demonstrate noble qualities and the finest of aspirations. Two of the founders were members of Old England Lodge No. 1790 which was consecrated in May 1879 and is still in existence, so that Lodge is the ‘Mother Lodge’ of our own.
There were twenty-five founder members and the Lodge was consecrated on Wednesday 9 June 1943. At that time the membership consisted of ten shopkeepers, three publicans, one Royal Navy Petty Officer and a variety of other professions and tradesman.
Those merchants and tradesman were behind the prevailing decision to meet on Wednesday afternoons, as this was their early closing half-day. At the July 1943 meeting, two new Masons were initiated and a further five existing Freemasons joined from other Lodges. So, The Croydon Lodge of Freedom got off to a good start with thirty-two members within a month of consecration and by June 1944 the membership had risen to forty.
To view further material and historic information/records about our lodge, please see our past site
Where and When
Our official meeting dates are set out well into the future, so that the dates can be planned for by all members well in advance.
Meeting take place during the afternoons/evenings on the fourth Wednesday in January, April and September, and on the third Wednesday in November.
Each Tuesday at 8pm, we hold what is known as Lodge of Instruction. This is an informal meeting in a relaxed and fun atmosphere amongst fellow brethren.
These meetings usually last between 1-2 hours, where we practice the rituals and ceremonies that are at the heart of the fraternity. It is these rituals and ceremonies that have passed down the traditions of Freemasonry for hundreds of years, and what makes us totally unique to other fraternities.
Croydon Masonic Halls
73 Oakfield Road
07926 99 1943
We have free parking very near to our halls for our members and guests whilst visiting. Please enquire with us for details.