The Philbrick Lodge No.2255 was Warranted in 1888 and now meets four times a year at the Chingford Masonic Hall in the Province of Essex.

The Motto on our Crest reads. Vestigia nulla retrorsum "We do not retreat" (L.) and was the motto of the 5 R Innisk DG, 5 DG

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About freemasonry

Freemasonry stands for fraternity, devotion and friendship, but most of all it stands for contribution to society and help for honorable causes. Being one of the oldest organizations in the world, freemasonry has built its image and independence by refusing to take part in religious or political issues. Its main purpose has always been to promote self-knowledge and charity to its members, who are expected to maintain a high standard of morality, principles and social awareness. The ones who chose to enter the ranks of masonic lodges are encouraged to talk about their mission and beliefs to their friends, family or escorts, whom as well may become a member if they fit the profile of a freemason.

Since its early beginnings, freemasonry has followed strict rules and has never allowed for any of its members to disobey them. These rules imply that no women are allowed and that every member has a strong belief in a deity. However, recent years have seen a split in the organization and a few European lodges have opted to abide a more relaxed set of rules. These groups have allowed entering their ranks several atheist members who could bring along their beautiful ladies to keep them company. Once this small revolution took place, becoming a freemason became even more appealing and many masons are known for attending meetings with their escorts from

Despite concerning itself with charity and social activism, freemasonry has often been the target of false accusations. Many groups empowered by political or religious organizations have branded the establishment with a negative image. Allegations of kidnapping damsels for occult or satanic rituals have never been proven; still these have always been the main complaints of the Catholic Church.

Other people have accused the masons of worldwide conspiracies through which they are trying to rule over the entire planet. Even though members of masonic lodges take an oath of silence over the organization’s missions, they have always been open to disprove the wrongful charges. More than that, efforts have been made to ensure that a lodge is only a place of peaceful gathering for the masons and their companions.

Freemasonry has developed as a strong, independent organization in the past two centuries, even though its origins can be tracked to as far as the 15th century. It is considered that masonic rites and laws were even stricter back then. Historic reports show that if a mason had intentions of including a female member in disguise to one of their meetings, he would have been banned for life and even stripped of its titles. However, it is hard to believe that even back then, masons would refuse the company of beautiful escorts at all times. More than that, even if they had no particular religious affinity, members had to vow their admission on the Christian scripture.

Nowadays, freemasonry has adopted a more liberal approach towards the introduction of ladies in the organization, and in 1999, the United Grand Lodge of England has even recognized the partial legitimacy of two lodges comprised of only women.