Comrades Lodge & Royal Arch Chapter

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Comrades Lodge & Royal Arch Chapter


The aim of this site is to:

  • Provide a history and insight of Comrades Lodge & Chapter.
  • Provide a home for the Masonic Great War Project
  • Inform members of news, forthcoming events and dates.
  • Provide visitors with dates and travel information.

Comrades Lodge is one of many Craft Lodges which meet at Colchester Masonic Centre, Essex U.K., and has been doing so in harmony since 1903. Its members are of all ages and come from all areas of the local community and beyond. Comrades Chapter has been in existence since 1939 and comprises of members from different Craft Lodges in and around Colchester.


This website does not extend into an explanation of Freemasonry or perhaps reasons why you should or should not join. If, however, you are interested in learning more about Freemasonry, why not look at the Links section in the menu. If you have any queries about Comrades Lodge in particular please contact the Secretary of the Lodge via the contacts page.

We at Comrades hope that you will enjoy your visit...


Freemasonry is For Me Say Non-Masons

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An independent report into the future of Freemasonry reveals that half the non Masonic male population want to know more about their local Lodges whilst half of these would consider joining. Amongst reasons listed, the idea of belonging to a Community based and Charitable group are amongst the foremost.

The Province of Essex has approximately 10,500 members meeting in 330 Lodges at the 28 Masonic Centres in Essex.

Freemasonry is open to men of any race or religion who are of good reputation and declares belief in a supreme being. If you do not know a Freemason but would like to know more you will find contact numbers at www.Grand Lodge of Essex.

Whilst it is not a charity as such, Freemasonry is a very charitable organisation. One local charity started by Essex Masons 6 years ago gives small cuddly teddy bears to local A&E units which are used by medical staff to calm distressed children who, of course, keep their teddy. This scheme has now spread to almost every part of England and Wales and the total number teddies given away has just this year passed the 1,000,000 mark. All funded by local Masons.

Essex Freemasons also completed a special fund raising effort for the Freemasons Grand Charity in 2011 which culminated in a total of £5,500,000. The Freemasons Grand Charity supports many non-Masonic organisations and gave approximately £2,650,000 to non-Masonic charities in 2011.


Appointments and Promotions

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A list of Provincial, District and United Grand Lodge of England Appointments and Promotions bestowed upon individual members of Comrades Lodge during its history.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 September 2014 14:24

Major Grants

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The Freemasons Grand Charity recently announced major grants £485,000 in total.

Last Updated on Saturday, 08 December 2012 13:07

Reigning Masters 2013

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It would not be unusual to see a couple of members in the same Lodge serve as Master in different Lodges at the same time. Sometimes it is possible to have one member reigning over two Lodges at the same time. However, it must be a rare alignment of the planets to have five members of the same Lodge to serve as Master in different Lodges concurrently. In January this year, that is precisely what happened in Comrades Lodge No. 2976, as W.Bro. Eddie Newman, also Past Master of Old Libertians Lodge No. 6096, took the chair of Mount Zion Lodge at Southgate.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 February 2013 12:28