|Members of the newly formed Cornerstone Rugby Lodge|
This Is Local London UK news website featured an article on Thursday that signals what can only be described as an enormous increase in interest in joining Masonic lodges in and around Essex in England.
The county of Essex is immediately northeast of London, and sits on the North Sea to its east.
From Waiting list to become a Freemason in Essex reaches five-year record high' by Hannah Hastings:
In the last four months more than 300 enquiries from people wanting to know more about the organisation and is expected to increase throughout the next year.
There are almost 9,000 Freemasons in Essex meeting at 305 separate Lodges, based in 27 different Centres across the County.
Some Lodges have reported that they now have a two-year waiting list following the surge of people keen to sign up.
Rodney Bass OBE, provincial grand master for Essex Freemasons, said: “Society has changed dramatically in recent years and we are now seeing a growing situation where more men of all ages are seeking to belong to an organisation where standards and principles have remained constant.
“Kindness, integrity, honesty and many other facets such as support for charities might seem a little old fashioned, but it is striking a chord with those looking to put something back into their communities.”
Freemasonry in the UK celebrated their three-hundredth anniversary in 2017 famed for being a secret society who pride themselves being good law-abiding citizens.
Such is the interest in become a Freemason has resulted in new Lodges being launched in order to meet the high demands.
|Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex|
English Masons have retained the philosophy that bigger lodges are not better ones, which is why they have so many compared to areas of comparable geography and population in the U.S. It's not uncommon for an English lodge to have just two or three dozen members, and they charter new ones instead of growing to an impersonal size.
For more about Essex Freemasonry visit. www.essexfreemasons.net