Young Essex Masons cross the border!

The Essex Cornerstone Club announced in September that we were heading north of the border for what was possibly our most ambitious event to date, a weekend trip to Scotland.

On Friday 24th November the time finally arrived when 5 young masons flew into Edinburgh Airport and after a slick transfer we soon found ourselves in the William Wallace pub. A traditional Scottish bar steeped in history and overlooking the William Wallace Memorial.

On Saturday we attended the Installation of the new Worshipful Master R.W.M Bro. Andrew Preston at Lodge Zetland 391.  The warmth of the welcome given by the Lodge was reflected by how well attended the ceremony and festive board was.  It was great to see a number of other masons from the Province of Essex who had made the trip north for this special occasion. The ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Essex, Paul Reeves. There certainly appeared to be a ’work hard and play hard’ ethos at Lodge Zetland judging from the high calibre of the ritual carried out and the Festive Board which concluded in a disco.

On Sunday we had the good fortune to receive a private Masonic Tour of Rosslyn Chapel by Geoffery W Spence who is a Past Master of Rosslyn St Clair Lodge (606). As well as giving an overview of the history of Rosslyn, he gave an enlightening presentation of the Chapel’s links with the Knights Templar and walked us around the Masonic Symbolism crafted by our operative forefathers.

After the tour, we took a short walk to Rosslyn St Clair Lodge (606) where Geoff explained the antiquity of his lodge and some of the unique features of Scottish Lodges in general. You have to admire the dedication of Scottish Masons when 18 regular meetings a year, with two years in each office is commonplace.

It was an unforgettable weekend that we hope to arrange again next year!

Ian Graham

Earl of Dartmouth Lodge, 3279.

Meet the President!

The Essex Cornerstone club is extremely pleased to announce that Bro. Reiss Duthie, of St Laurence Lodge, No. 5511, is our new club president. After successfully serving as our founding secretary Reiss takes on the two-year role as President with immediate effect. He is looking forward to his new position and continuing his hard work with the running of the club.

Founding President, James Tyrrell is standing down after completing his two-year tenure. The club and its members are extremely grateful for James’ exceptional hard work and contribution during his tenure.

We are also delighted to announce that James has been given the honour by the Provincial Grand Master, of Provincial Grand Steward at the March Provincial meeting.

Taking over as club secretary is Bro. Jon Glynn, of Goodwill Lodge, No. 7904. Jon has recently joined the committee team and worked alongside Reiss assisting with events and the membership. As an active member of the club since its inception, we are sure Jon will continue to do an excellent job and contribute to the clubs success! — with James Tyrrell and Jonathon Glynn.

Music to our ears 

The Essex cornerstone club was very pleased to attend Sibelius Lodge, no. 9448 at Hutton Masonic hall for a special first Degree ceremony featuring two young candidates! 
This double Initiation was carried out to a very high standard in a sincere and solum fashion. Both candidates expressed how enjoyable and interesting the ceremony was and looking forward to taking their next regular step. 
The lodge has many more candidates lined up for the next few meetings and looks very strong for years to come! The members are very proud of the lodge and the hard work they put into the work showed, but also demonstrated how to have fun with it!
Thank you for inviting us and we hope to attend again as you welcome more new Brethren into Freemasonry!

Freemasons get locked up! 

The September event for The Essex Cornerstone Club promised to be something truly amazing. In association Dedham Vale Lodge 8901 they were given a fantastic opportunity to attend The Tower of London to witness the oldest military ceremony in the world, The Ceremony of The Keys. Tickets for this event were made available to Cornerstone members and sold out within minutes!   

Those in attendance gathered outside entrance which was directly outside the ‘Middle Tower’ ready to be collected by an extremely knowledgeable and charismatic tour guide. Once ready, guests were escorted into the grounds and were given a detailed, whistle-stop tour on the history of this World Heritage site, its noble residents and bloody history. After a breath-taking 45 minutes of touring the courtyards and chapels where many Kings and Queens had once graced, guests were taken to the Yeoman Warders Club, aptly named ‘The Keys’, for Beefeater Gin (of course) and some wonderful fish and chips.


Members and guests departed the Yeoman Wardens Club at 9:45 pm to watch the main event and anticipation was building! The congregation gathered on the cobbles just outside ‘The Bloody Tower’ where, at 9:53 pm exactly the Chief Yeoman Warder approached with Queen Elizabeth’s keys to pick up his escort to lock up the Tower for the night. This short ceremony has been unbroken for 760 years and the Essex Cornerstone Club and it’s guests were lucky enough to there witness this historic event.  


This was another truly successful event where young masons from every part of the Province of Essex were able to come together to share in this brilliant evening.    


If you’d like to attend this ceremony yourself, you can book here.




Marked men

The Essex Cornerstone Club were fortunate enough to have been given an exclusive guided tour of Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St. James, London. The stunning Victorian building situated in the heart of the swanky London “Clubland”, it acts as the administrative home of  the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, as well as 9 other Masonic orders.

The aim of the evening was provide the Brethren with an insight into Freemasonry beyond the 3rd degree.

The tour started outside with a recalling of the history of the building and surrounding area before we came inside and were shown around the various rooms and temples with fascinating facts and insights to each. Many temple rooms were set in preparation for meetings so the club members were able to have a sneak look at what those degrees involved.

After a very thorough and informative tour, we adjourned to the Grand Temple for an informal introduction to the nine Orders of Freemasonry administered from Mark Masons’ Hall, not as a recruitment drive but more to give an overview of the Orders, how they link with the Craft, their history and the regalia. Our host was highly entertaining and very informative. Examples of the regalia were displayed and it helped to bring an extra dimension to the talk.

The Brethren found this a truly worthwhile and enjoyable evening which was rounded off nicely by a few drinks in the upstairs bar.

The committee and members of the Cornerstone Club would like to express their gratitude to those at Mark Masons Hall that made the evening possible. 

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

Mark Masons Hall

Laying the foundations…

Members of the Cornerstone Club were very excited to attend the consecration of a new rugby themed lodge in Essex. The newly formed lodge of XV no. 9944 came into existence on 25th July 2017, it is a very rare opportunity witness this spectacle of grand pageantry and after 2 years in the making definitely lived up to the expectation! 

The consecration meeting had over 350 in attendance to witness the Provincial  Grand Master, Rodney Bass, alongside the Provincial team consecrate the Lodge, and 312 dined at the festive board at Felsted School. 

The closing of this special event was topped off by a rousing rendition of the hymn Jerusalem, and a resounding “Huzzah!” in appreciation of all the hard work and dedication shown by all involved. The day was highly successful and extremely enjoyable. 

The first regular meeting of the Lodge is on 25th August 2017 at 18.00 at Saxon Hall and they will be initiating a new candidate. Members that were unable to make the consecration are already booking in to attend! 

Details can be obtained by contacting the lodge secretary on

We wish the lodge a very successful future and hope to visit many times over the coming years!

Like father, like son!

The Essex Cornerstone Club chairman was very pleased to attend the Mark Lockwood Lodge, No. 3114, to see a special initiation take place. Our newly made Brother was fortunate enough to be initiated into Freemasonry by his father, and as a result is known as a “Lewis”. The lewis is an iron cramp device that enables an operative freemason to raise large stones to the required heights and set them in place with safety and precision. It symbolises strength because, by its assistance, the operative Mason is enabled to lift the heaviest stones with comparable ease. A “Lewis” is expected to provide strength to his father and assist with his burdens.

The initiate had a fantastic evening and is keen to explore Freemasonry further, he was extremely excited by what the Cornerstone Club had to offer and he joined straight away! We look forward to seeing him at a future events and hope to join him as he takes his next steps in Freemasonry.

If you have a younger candidate taking his first step into Freemasonry, we would love to help welcome them into the Fraternity! Email us at and we will try to attend. 

Keeping it in the family

The Essex Cornerstone Club were delighted to support another Initiation of an eligible Freemason. On the 10th of June, at St. Katharine’s Lodge in Rochford, our newly made Brother was Initiated by his grandfather in fine style in a wonderful and emotional Initiation. Our Club chairman connected with other young masons at the meeting (pictured) who are highly likely to join our wonderful club. If you have a special meeting coming up, drop us a line and we’ll try our best to come and support you

Fellows of the Craft

The Cornerstone Club recently had the pleasure to attend St Cedd Lodge no. 6519 to meet the Brethren. The lodge was extremely friendly and welcoming and gave an excellent demonstration of their work as they passed a candidate to the 2nd Degree. A wonderful festive board afterwards continued the merriment. It was a great opportunity to meet the Brethren of the lodge and we thank you for our invitation! 

If you would like to invite us to visit your lodge and help us to get to know the Brethren, please send us a message to we can’t always attend every opportunity but do our best!

Tercentenary Service at Chelmsford Cathedral 

The RW Provincial Grand Master and the Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral, Very Reverend Nicholas Henshall, invite you, your wives, partners and families to join us for a Service of Thanksgiving with Evensong at Chelmsford Cathedral on Sunday 25th June 2017, to celebrate the occasion of the 300th anniversary of the first English Grand Lodge, which was formed on 24th June 1717.
The service will start with a public procession into the cathedral of a number of Lodge Banners escorted by their Worshipful Masters & Wardens, the Provincial Executive accompanied by a retinue of acting Provincial Grand Officers, representatives from Essex Scouting in uniform, Mayors and District Chairmen and their consorts from across the Province and The Lord Lieutenant of Essex, the High Sheriff of Essex, the County Council Chairman, the RW Provincial Grand Master and the Assistant Grand Master, RW.Bro Sir David Hugh Wootton.

Entrance to the cathedral is free but there is limited seating so you must pre-register with the Provincial Office ( if you wish to attend; on a first come, first served basis.

The service starts at 3.30pm and brethren need to be seated before the first procession starts, which will be at about 3.15pm.

No regalia or suit is required for the service. 

This will be the first public procession of Freemasons in the Province for over 10 years and will, for the first time, include many of the Civic Leaders of the County. We very much hope young Essex Freemasons will join us to celebrate the occasion.