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 Latest News
Apr 2015
Our WM. P Sander took a contigent to the Thre Kindred Lights lodge at Great Queen Street to 'farm out' Bro. Basham's passing, which was enjoyed by all.

Mar 2015
An excellent and well attended installation meeting for our new WM. P Sander

Jan 2015
A fantastic Burns Night with an initiation of our candidate V.Basham. It was enjoyed by all members and visitors alike.

Nov 2014
A great evening was had with our WM. passing Bro. Buckley followed by a fantastic festive board.

Sept 2014
Our WM. with the assistance of our Bro. Secretary raised Bro. Young at a well attended meeting.

Jun 2014
Our WM. P McGuinness enjoyed an excellent Initiation, with all the guests enjoying the festive board in particular.

Mar 2014
An Excellent installation meeting for our new WM. P McGuinness

Sept 2013
Another initiation complimented with a visit from the AGPM of Essex Province made for an excellent evenings work.

Mar 2013
An Excellent installation meeting for our new WM. T Archer

Jan 2013
Another outstanding Burns Night, we all the usual performances from the Scottish brethren within our Lodge

Dec 2012
W.Bro. Steve Morris (Lodge Secretary) was offered the Rank of PPJGD, and our
W.Bro. John Hubbard (Charity Steward) the rank of PPJGW

Sep 2012
A fantastic Ladies Night from Liz and WM. Peter Thomas was enjoyed by all the Brethren and their guests.

Mar 2012
WM. Peter Thomas enjoyed a successfull and enjoyable Installation Meeting

Jan 2012
Sibelius ventured (en masse) to Grand Lodge to pass two of our Brethren at the Arts & Aldersgate Lodge 1657.

Sept 2011
A very enjoyable raising at our September meeting.

June 2011
Sibelius saw yet another Initiation, and two joining members become part of its growing ranks, with the WM giving a superb performance on the night.

March 2011
A new master of the Lodge was installed with a fanstatic ceremony and festive board to follow.

January 2011
After a very successful 'Burns Night', Sibelius raised around 440 for two local charities.

November 2010
Sibelius has reportedly raised over 10,000 for the Grand Charity for the Essex 2011 Festival, and is a 'Grand Patron' - Login to see the letter from Province.

Aug 2010
Sibelius helped raised 3,000 for the 2011 Festival at a golf day organised by Vigilance Lodge, and also saw the completion of a Renewable energy project for 2nd Billericay Scounts. Log in and view more 'in The News'

March 2010
Sibelius saw the installation of their new Master for the year, which proved to be a fantastic meeting, followed by a great Festive Board.

Feb 2010
Sibelius has featured in 'Essex Mason' for the money raised for the 'Dickie Bird' foundation, and at the 2009 summer BBQ event in aid of Little Haven's Hospice. See the news page once logged in.
 
 
 
 
 Lodge Information
Regular meetings of Sibelius Lodge are held on:
1st Mon in Mar
(Inst)
4th Mon in June and Sept
2nd Mon in Nov
,
emergencies excepted, of which every member shall have due notice.

Sibelius is a
Full Patron of the
Friends of Hamilton Court Charitable Association
 

What is Freemasonry?

Introduction

Freemasonry is one of the world's oldest secular fraternal societies. 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.

The explanation may correct some misconceptions.

Freemasonry is a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values. Its members are taught its precepts by a series of ritual dramas, which follow ancient forms, and use stonemasons' customs and tools as allegorical guides.

The Essential Qualification for Membership

The essential qualification for admission into and continuing membership is a belief in a Supreme Being.

Membership is open to men of any race or religion who can fulfil this essential qualification and who are of good repute.

Freemasonry and Religion

Its essential qualification opens it to men of many religions and it expects them to continue to follow their own faith. It does not allow religion to be discussed at its meeting.

 

The Three Great Principles

For many years Freemasons have followed three great principles:

Brotherly Love - Every true Freemason will show tolerance and respect for the opinions of others and behave with kindness and understanding to his fellow creatures.

Relief - Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals.

Truth - Freemasons strive for truth, requiring high moral standards and aiming to achieve them in their own lives.

Freemasons believe that these principles represent a way of achieving higher standards in life.

Charity

From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged.

This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities.


Freemasonry and Society

Freemasonry demands from its members a respect for the law of the country in which a man works and lives.

Its principles do not in any way conflict with its members' duties as citizens, but should strengthen them in fulfilling their public and private responsibilities.

The use by a Freemason of his membership to promote his own or anyone else's business, professional or personal interests is condemned, and is contrary to the conditions on which he sought admission to Freemasonry.

His duty as a citizen must always prevail over any obligation to other Freemasons, and any attempt to shield a Freemason who as acted dishonourably or unlawfully is contrary to this prime duty.

Secrecy

The secrets of Freemasonry are concerned with its traditional modes of recognition. All members are free to acknowledge their membership and will do so in response to enquiries for respectable reasons. Its constitutions and rules are available to the public. There is nothing hidden about any of its aims and principles. Like many other organisations, it regards some of its internal affairs as private matters for its members.

Freemasonry and Politics

Freemasonry is non-political, and the discussion of politics at Masonic meetings is forbidden.

Other Masonic Bodies

Freemasonry is practiced under many independent Grand Lodges with standards similar to those set by the United Grand Lodge of England.

There are some Grand Lodges and other apparently Masonic bodies that do not meet these standards, e.g. that do not require a belief in a Supreme Being, or that allow or encourage their members as such to participate in political matters.

These Grand Lodges and bodies are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England as being Masonically regular, and Masonic contact with them is forbidden.

Conclusion

A Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice; and then, without detriment to his family and those dependent on him, to his neighbour through charity and service.

None of these ideas is exclusively Masonic, but all should be universally acceptable. Freemasons are expected to follow them.

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