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FROM THE GRAND SECRETARY e have been fortunate in recent months with extensive coverage across many media outlets. The Sky 1 documentary series has now finished and the DVD will be available for purchase in Letchworth's Shop. Viewing figures have been excellent, comments from our members supportive and reports indicate a significant interest in Freemasonry from non-masons and potential recruits. Interest in our organisation has also been enhanced by the coverage given to the unveiling ceremony of the commemorative paving stones that honour those Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross in the First World War. The event is covered in detail in this edition of Freemasonry Today. This has been a splendid first half of our Tercentenary year as we approach 24 June, our founding date. Our new Grand Officers for the year have been invested and many have already been involved in various duties. They will clearly become increasingly busy in the run-up to the main event at London's Royal Albert Hall on 31 October, which promises to be an impressive and memorable occasion. In this issue, we report on some of the remarkable events and initiatives that are helping to mark our Tercentenary around the country. In Staffordshire, 300 masons and civic dignitaries came together for the dedication of the Masonic Memorial Garden, which has been 16 years in the making. In Canterbury, a Tercentenary Thanksgiving service was held in recognition of the cathedral 's long-standing relationship

with Freemasonry. And over in the Isle of Man, six stamps have been issued that are filled with masonic references and intriguingly - hide a surprise that is only revealed under ultraviolet light.

PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE The Tercentenary is not just about celebrating our rich history, it is also an opportunity to look forward. Grand Superintendent of Works John Pagella sets out his objectives for UGLE's property portfolio, as well as a broader agenda to help anyone involved in the management of a masonic building or centre . For John, while Freemasonry is a craft, managing a masonic property is a business. He is keen to encourage masons at Provincial level to ask themselves whether their buildings are not only fit for purpose today but will continue to be so in 10 or 20 years' time. In Yorkshire, we meet Jeffrey Long, an 85-year-old army veteran and unstoppable fundraiser who has walked 127 miles between Liverpool and Leeds, undertaken a 90-mile route that included climbing three Yorkshire peaks, and completed the entire length of Hadrian's Wall in his 84th year. In Leicester, martial artist and cooking sensation Kwoklyn Wan shares his passion for teaching. For Kwoklyn, joining the Craft has been the perfect progression, as it echoes the values he acquired growing up: 'You learn from a young age to respect your elders; you treat people how you want to be treated. And with the Freemasons I felt that immediately.' Willie Shackell Grand Sec reta ry

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FREEMAS@NRY The Board of Grand Lodge Publications Ray Reed, Robin Furber, Graham Rudd Publishing Director John Hamill Editor Luke Turton Editorial Panel Susan Henderson, John Jackson, Rachel Jones Published by August Media Ltd for the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B SAZ Editorial Manager Susan Henderson editor@ugle.org.uk Freemasonry Today, Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B SAZ Advertising contact Square? Media Ltd, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2RE Mark Toland 020 3283 4056 mark@square7media.co.uk Circulation 020 7395 9392 fmt@ugle.org.uk Masonic enquiries editor@ugle.org.uk www.ugle.org.uk 020 7831 9811 Printed by Wyndeham Roche © Grand Lodge Publications Ltd 2017. The opinions herein are those of the authors or persons interviewed only and do not reflect the views of Grand Lodge Publications Ltd, the United Grand Lodge of England or August Media Ltd.

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Willie Shackellwelcomesyou to the summer issue

NEWS AND VIEWS

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IT'S A DATE

MEMORIAL TO BRAVERY

Upcoming events to mark Freemasonry's 300th year

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COMMUNITY HIT

Honouring the 64 EnglishFreemasonswho were awarded the Victoria Cross during W arid War I

NO STOPPING HIM

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BUILDING LONGEVITY

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Grand Superintendent of Works John Pagellashares his plans for ensuring the survivalof masonic centres

A PERFECT MIX Sharingskillsis alwayson the menu for chef, martial artist and newly initiated Freemason KwoklynWan

SENDING A MESSAGE

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Peter Watts meets the team behind Wicketz, a scheme using cricket to engagewith youngsters in deprived areas

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We can support charitieswith more than money, saysthe MCF's Head of Charity Grants, Katrina Baker

REMEMBERING THE FALLEN

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A visit to the National Memorial Arboretum

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THE SHAPE OF THINGS

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An enthusiastic Freemason and devotee of the liberal arts, Batty Langley set out to 'improve' architectural styles

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CHARITY UPDATE

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How Freemasons are helping out around the UK

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A specialset of Tercentenary stamps issued by the Isle of Man Post Officeputs masonic motifs in the spotlight

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GRANTING WISHES

Matthew Bowentakes a walk with serialfundraiser - and octogenarian - JeffreyLong MBE

TIME TO GIVE THANKS

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Steven Short discovershow VisitingVolunteers are helping to simplifythe MCF's support applicationprocess

Masonic news from the Provincesand Districts

Canterbury Cathedral was the majesticsetting for a servicecelebratingits links with Freemasonry

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The Sky 1 documentary seriesInside TheFreemasons is an exercise in openness, saysthe Pro Grand Master

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A new exhibition, BrethrenBeyondthe Seas

LETTERS

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Your opinions on the world of Freemasonry

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Time to vote for your local charity Voting is now open for the MCF Community Awards - Tercentenary Fund, which will award grants totalling £3 million to 300 charities operating locally across England and Wales. Each charity will receive a grant of £4,000, £6,000, £15,000 or £25,000, depending on the results of the vote.

The Awards celebrate the United Grand Lodge of England's Tercentenary year and

the support that Freemasons have given to charities over the past 300 years. Earlier this year, Metropolitan and Provincial Grand Lodges nominated local charities to receive a grant. Depending on the size of the Province, four, six or eight charities will benefit in each, with 26 charities receiving a grant in London. The grants will support charities and charitable projects that reflect the interests and values of the masonic

community and address the needs of the whole family, from childhood to old age. The vote will take place from 12 June to 31 July, and the results will be announced in August. The Awards are the first time that both the public and the masonic community are being asked to cast a vote to support a charity operating in their local area. All Freemasons are urged to vote and encourage their friends and family to do the same.

To vote for your favourite local charity, please visit www.mcf.org.uk/communityawards

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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple Dorset's Blackmore Vale Lodge,No.3625,donated £500 to Sturminster Newton High School to pay for airport transfers when its choir and band recently went on tour in New York. The students performed in the Empire State Building and on the deck of an aircraft carrier, as well as visiting many landmarks in the city.

Girls' school honours former pupil Sussex mason receives French honour Leslie Penhye, of Temple Lodge, No. 4962, in Sussex, has received the Chevalier de L'Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur for his service on HMS Quorn at Gold Beach on D-Day.

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The ceremony was attended by PGM Chris Moore and the Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex, Juliet Smith, as well as family, friends and lodge members. The French Honorary Consul Captain Franc;ois Jean presented Leslie with his award. Leslie, 91, served on the destroyer HMS Quorn from 1943 until it was torpedoed and sank off Le Havre in the early hours of3 August 1944, killing 130 men.

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Pedal power in Bucks The Chilterns MS Centre in Wendover has been providing advice and care for multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferers and their families for over 30 years. But the centre needed a specialist wheelchairadapted exercise bike, which requires a physiotherapist to supervise users. Buckingham's Grenville Lodge, No. 1787, donated £2,500, while the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund (BMCF) matched the lodge donation. Together, the funds covered the full cost of the bike. The BMCF's Steve Smirthwaite met the centre's chief executive, Robert Breakwell; head of physiotherapy , Chris Beach; and Peter Cella, who receives weekly treatment there, to see the new bike in action.

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A former pupil of the Royal Masonic School for Girls (RMSG), Dorothy Mortimer Watson, died on active service in World War I on 13 March 1917 while serving with the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) in Malta. On the centenary of her death the school celebrated her life with a memorial service and a plaque. Honoured guests included Colonel Sue Bush from the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) - the service that TFNS later became - and former pupil Anne Grimwood, a retired QARANC officer, who left the school 60 years after Dorothy . Other guests included Library and Museum of Freemasonry Director Diane Clements, Archivist Susan Snell and Assistant Archivist Louise Pichel. Pupils had researched and produced creative work on the topic, which formed the central part of a school assembly tied in with International Women 's Day. Dorothy had been admitted to the school following the death of her father, Christopher Holmes Watson (Lodge of Perseverance, No. 213, Norwich), in 1894.

UGLEArtist in Residence to showcase works The United Grand Lodge of England's Artist in Residence, Jacques Viljoen, will showcase

Steve Smirthwaite (left) and Robert Breakwell (right) with Peter Cella on the new bike

his works - along with those of his guest artists - at an exhibition at Freemasons' Hall on 24 June. The event will tie in with the 300th anniversary Open Day.

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Emergency aid in East Africa Across Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Somalia more than 20 million people are on the brink of starvation. The Masonic Charitable Foundation has responded to an urgent appeal for support with an emergency grant of ÂŁ100,000 to aid agency Plan International UK.

Bath Masonic Hall celebrates 150 years The historic Bath Masonic Hall was originally built in 1750 as a theatre, becoming the first provincial Theatre Royal in 1768.

The grant will help Plan International UK, part of the Disasters Emergency Committee, to support vulnerable children and their families by distributing food packages and hygiene and water-purification kits; providing school meals to ensure children can resume their education; and helping to protect children from violence and abuse.

Supporting Syrian refugee children

It later became a Catholic chapel, but when this was relocated, the building was acquired by Freemasons in 1865 and dedicated the following year. Celebrating 150 years as a masonic

Masonic Museum curator Trevor Quartermaine (left) with Cllr Paul Crossley and Margaret Crossley

venue, guests at a special event included the Mayor, Cllr Paul Crossley , and his wife Margaret, who were met by the Masters of the seven lodges meeting in Bath .

A group led by Sue Gow, a fundraiser based in Keighley, West Yorkshire, has been providing toys,

Lodge link for Grand Organists For the first time, it is believed, the Grand Organists in the Craft and the Royal Arch are both current members of, and were initiated into, St Cecilia Lodge, No. 6190, the lodge for organists. Carl Jackson is Grand Organist for UGLE and Provincial Grand Organist in Surrey, while David Cresswell is Grand Organist for Supreme Grand Chapter. Carl is also director of music at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, and organist and teacher of academic music at King's College School, London. David is director of music at St Nicholas parish church, Chiswick, and a court assistant for the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

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educational activities, food, drinks and essential first aid supplies to Syrian children in refugee camps in southern Europe.

Many of the children have had no education since fleeing their homes , so Lodge of the Three Graces, No . 408, which meets at Keighley, has helped some of them to join a school in Fethiye, Turkey. Turkish law demands that such children must be assessed before starting school but a major hurdle to this was the cost of the 160mile round trip to the nearest assessment centre at Mugla. The lodge paid for the coach

Grand Organists (I to r) David Cresswell and Carl Jackson

travel , exam costs and food for the journey for 14 children and their parents , as well as new school uniforms and shoes.


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Trip down memory lane A grant of £10,000 has been given to the therapeutic gardens project at Chase Farm Hospital in Enfield by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The first of the two new outdoor spaces is a dementia care garden, which uses colour, scent and visual stimulation to evoke memories. It will recreate a residential street from the post-war era, complete

with period shop fronts, Victorian street lamps and a genuine 1960s Mini car that will be a familiar sight to many of the patients. The second garden is aimed at patients recovering from a stroke and draws on Japanese design. It will provide a tranquil haven for patients for whom the noise of a busy ward can be overwhelming, as well as a quiet place for family and friends to visit.

A rare condition under the spotlight Four-year-old Isobel Walker has a burning,

Shown (I to r): Trevor Koschalka (London Freemasons), Alison Kira (Royal Free Charity head of project development for Chase Farm), Chris Burghes (Royal Free Charity CEO) and the gardens' landscape architect Chris Valiantis

uncontrollable hunger that will always be with her. It is the most noticeable symptom of a rare condition called Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS).

As a result, her parents have to enforce a strict diet that will never end. Even worse , people with PWS can only consume 60 per cent of the calories that someone without the condition would eat , as their digestion works differently. Isobel is one of 2,000 people in the country with PWS . Other symptoms include low muscle tone, poor temperature regulation, a risk of obesity and moderate learning difficulties. It is 60 years since PWS was discovered , and the Masonic Char itable Foundation is marking the event with a grant of £10,000 to th e Prad erWilli Syndrome Association UK. The donation will help to fund a support worker for families with a PWS child in the south of England.

Connecting with the world A group of Surrey residents who find it challenging to

the Reigate and Banstead areas, the majority of whom do not use words

communicate because of their profound and multiple learning disabilities are being helped thanks to a £15,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

to express themselves and find it very difficult to communicate and connect with the world around them. Victoria Goody, chief executive of Us in a Bus, said : 'I was delighted to welcome Bill Caughie [pictured] and

The grant to the Us in a Bus charity will be used to help fund two interaction practitioners. They will be supporting 86 people, mainly in

his fellow Surrey Freemasons so they could see the impact that our work has on people's lives and the huge importance of their donation.'

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The Province of Guernsey & Alderney kicked off its Tercentenary celebrations with the opening of an exhibition at the Guernsey Museum at Candie, which attracted wide media coverage. The exhibition featured a range of local masonic memorabilia, mainly from the Province's own museum and library.

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Feeling festive in Worcestershire Assistant Grand Master Sir David Wootton attended a meeting of the Worcestershire Installed Masters' Lodge, No. 6889, where a talk was given on delivering the 2020 strategy for Freemasonry.

Sir David (pictured, on the left) was present to support the launch of the Worcestershire 2022 Festival Appeal.

Masonic Charitable Foundation President Richard Hone emphasised the significant contribution from local and lodge-organised events, along with regular charitable giving. Jasmine Elcock, a finalist in 2016's Britain's Got Talent show, provided the evening 's entertainment, and PGM Robert Vaughan (right) announced the Festival target was to raise £2,022,000 .

Cornwall takes the cake

Ely Cathedral hits the right notes The first Tercentenary event of the Province of Cambridgeshire was

under the direction of the cathedral's director of music Paul Trepte and

deemed a huge success when more than 1,000 people enjoyed a special concert at Ely Cathedral in association with the Dean and Chapter.

assistant organist Edmund Aldhouse .

Suffolk soprano Laura Wright was

Provincial Grand Master William Dastur welcomed everyone to the concert and thanked the Dean and Chapter of the cathedral togeth er with the sponsors for their support. The concert raised

the star attraction, accompanied by the cathedral choir and the Ely Imps (a choir of children aged seven to 13),

£25,000, to be divided between the Ely Cathedral Trust and East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Tenbury Wells' big night out Lodge of St Michael, No. 1097, based in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, is 115 years old. To celebrate, at the Annual Giveaway it presented cheques totalling £10,000 to 18 local charities and good causes, plus two defibrillators for the Tenbury area. PGM Robert Vaughan and Tenbury Wells Mayor Cllr Mark Willis (pictured) attended, along with representatives from the recipients.

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall held a Tercentenary Sunday Lunch Celebration at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay. The event was attended by more than 180 guests, including the mayors of Newquay, St Columb Major and Truro, as well as Cllr Ann Kerridge, chairman of Cornwall County Council. More than £1,700 was raised for the Cornwall Masonic Benevolent Fund, with the bottom tier of a specially baked Tercentenary cake donated to homelessness charity St Petroc's Society.


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Stamford fair proves a big hit A group of students attending the Willoughby School in Bourne, Lincolnshire, enjoyed all the fun of the Stamford Mid-Lent Fair.

On hand to help at Newcastle Children's Heart Unit Freemasons have given £50,000 to the Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF) at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital to provide support for the families of children with life-threatening heart problems.

Treatment can last for months and can be an enormous strain for families. A specialist support worker, Jan O' Donell, has been recruited and trained by the fund, in conjunction with St Oswald's

Hospice. She will work with parents and siblings, as well as being available for hospital staff who inevitably sometimes struggle with the emotional impact of their jobs. The masonic grant includes £45,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundat ion, with a further £5,000 donated by the Northumberland and Durham Red Cross of Constantine Freemasons' Care of Children Fund.

The visit was organised by Ian Hall of Lodge of Merit, No. 466, along with members of the Stamford Masonic Centre. Freemasons from Showmen's Lodge, No. 9826, in the Province of Leicester & Rutland , volunteered their time and their rides for the community event.

North Devon Hospice funding support

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Charles Yelland, APGM of the Province of Devonshire, presented a cheque for £2,002 on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to Barnstaple's North Devon Hospice. The Province has donated nearly £50,000 to the hospice since 1984, through individual donations from Devonshire's 138 lodges and grants from the MCF and its predecessor charities. The hospice provides expert palliative and family-centred care for patients within the community, including day care, in-home care, and bereavement and carers' support groups.

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After being initiated in his mother lodge, he was passed in St Bega Lodge, No. 8796, in St Bees and raised in Huddleston Lodge, No. 6041, in Millom. It was at Millomthat Gary's ceremony was carried out by PGM Norman Thompson, who also presented the candidate with a Tercentenary Jewel.

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Crucial grant for Huntington's disease An advisory service in the North West for people with Huntington's disease and their families can continue to take new referrals thanks to a ÂŁ30,000 grant from Lancashire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Respite for families in crisis A Southampton charity, the Rose Road Association, has been given a major grant by Hampshire & Isle of Wight Freemasons to provide short breaks for severely disabled children and young people when their families are in crisis.

The Huntington's Disease Association Advisory Service is delivered by experts on the condition and tailored to the individual needs of those affected. The mission of this specialist service is to demystify the disease, dispel misinformation and provide advice as well as practical and emotional support. Referrals to the North West service grew considerably over the past year, with an increase of 115per cent in Manchester and Cheshire , and 57 per cent in Cumbria and Lancashire. West Lancashire Freemason Kevin Poynton presents a certificate to Huntington's Disease Association CEO Cath Stanley and staff

The Rose Road Association is celebrating its 65th anniversary and by coincidence the grant from the Province and the Masonic Charitable Foundation totals ÂŁ65,250. The funding will provide 150 short breaks over three years. The short breaks give severely disabled children and young people the one-to-one care that they need, while allowing their families to spend dedicated time with their non-disabled children, or even just to get a good night's sleep.

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West l(ent turns out for prostate test West Kent masons took a break from their usual weekend chores to queue up for a procedure that could save their lives: a PSA (prostate-specific antigen) screening test for prostate cancer.

saw 376 men take part - twice the number expected. It was held at Bromley, courtesy of PGM Mark Estaugh, and the tests were carried out by a team from The Graham

The Province funded the screening,

The tests were free but donations came to £2,431, with Gift Aid taking the figure above £3,000.

which was open to Freemasons, their friends and relations, and

Fulford Charitable Trust, based at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

Sailing freedom for disabled Devonshire PGM Ian Kingsbury met Disabled Sailing Association (DSA) chairman David Musgrove to present a £2,000 grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The DSA was formed in 2005 and sails out of Torquay. In 2007 , the charity won National Lottery funding through The People's Millions, with the money enabling it to buy Freedom, an oceansailing Hanse 350, and adapt her for wheelchair users and other disabilities. In 2014, a second People's Millions win led to the purchase of Free Spirit, a Hanse 345 with improved stern access.

Big surprise for Bedfordshire school Bedfordshire Freemasons have donated £6,500 to St Mary's Church of England Academy, in the village of Stotfold, to purchase a new trim trail for its playground. Sarah Webster, who chairs the School Association, had been trying to raise the money without success until she casually mentioned it to her father, Tony Farwell, a West Kent mason . Tony told Sarah that the Province of Bedfordshire could be in a position to provide some assistance. Sarah wrote to the Province and was 'absolutely amazed' when she received a letter from Provincial Grand Master Tony Henderson informing her that they would fund 100 per cent of the cost .

Noddy thanks Cheshire masons The Cheshire Freemasons' Charity will be supporting its community during the Tercentenary year by donating more than £300,000 to charities, including £55,000 for the Children's Adventure Farm Trust (CAFT) for a specially adapted bus. Noddy Holder, former frontman of pop group Slade and a patron of CAFT, thanked Cheshire PGM Stephen Blank for the donation , saying it would normally take one to two years for the charity to rais e £55,000 through events .

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BRETHREN OF VALOUR Special paving stones outside Freemasons' Hall pay tribute to English Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross in World War I

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landing his men on W Beach at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. For his part in that action he was one of the famous 'six VCs before breakfast' of the Gallipoli landings. The Grand Secretary, Brigadier Willie Shackell CBE, gave an exhortation that was followed by the last post, a one-minute silence and reveille. The memorial stones were then unveiled and blessed by the Grand Chaplain, Canon Michael Wilson. The Grand Master and Lord Dannatt then inspected the stones, after which family members and other invited guests had an opportunity to view them before entering Freemasons' Hall for a reception in the Grand Temple vestibule area. A special commemorative programme for the ceremony, including portraits and brief details of the 64 brethren of valour, can be viewed and downloaded at www .freemasonrytoday.com

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ACTIVE SERVICE At 19, Jeffreyjoined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps to start his National Service. Duty took him to the Far East, dropping military supplies to British troops. He enjoyed serving - 'Being fit and flying appealed to me' - and it prepared him for a career with the Parachute Regiment, which he joined in 1952. At the peak of his fitness , Jeffrey was battalion cross-country champion. 'Hills were my speciality,' he says, 'and I'd always train in my army boots.' After two years of service, however, he suffered a life-changing incident - his parachute misfired at 500 feet and, with no reserve chute, Jeffrey fell to the ground. Unbelievably, Jeffrey didn't break a single bone, but he did suffer excruciating back pain

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from then onwards. He stayed in service for a further three years, doing everything he could to get back to fitness. When doctors suggested a steel corset to help his back, he knew the end of his active military service was approaching. Jeffrey joined a textile company after being discharged and spent much of his working life there, running a sales team. He took a four-year break in 1984 to study management, computing and accountancy, then worked as a project manager for the local council, before joining the British Transport Police. Alongside his day jobs, he promoted Anglo -Swiss relations as the president of the Federation of Swiss Societies. Eventually, however, Jeffrey became so busy with charities that he didn't have time to work. Jeffrey had switched his focus to fundraising in the early 2000s following reports of soldiers being sent into the Iraq war without proper support. 'I got so uptight with the government that I just had to do something,' he says. Utilising his Swiss connections, he initiated and secured funding for a charity bike ride from London to Lausanne, Switzerland, in support of the Royal British Legion (RBL). Despite being aged 75 and not a cyclist, Jeffrey intended to join the ride himself until a training injury scuppered his plans. Never one to admit defeat, he decided to walk the route instead, despite 'not being much of a walker'. The 650-mile route took Jeffrey 39 days, solo and unsupported, through torrential rain and baking sun. He even


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walked the English Channel by marching back and forth on the ferry. Modestly acknowledging the achievement, Jeffrey, who started the walk with a 35kg pack on his back, says: 'It was quite a big thing to take on, but I knew a 75-year-old doing something like this would generate publicity, and that would lead to more cash for the Legion.' The combined fundraising total of the walk and ride came to ÂŁ142,000.

CLOCKING UP THE MILES Buoyed up by the success of the walk, Jeffrey carried on. In 2009, he joined five firemen on a speed march to York. In the years following, he has undertaken a 90-mile route that included climbing three Yorkshire peaks, walked 127 miles between Liverpool and Leeds, and completed the length of Hadrian's Wall 84 miles - in his 84th year. 'I even delayed a hernia operation to take part in a 12-kilometre [7.5-mile] assault course,' he adds. As well as the walks, Jeffrey organised 18 years' worth of fundraising dinners while working with the St James's Branch of the RBL, and received an MBE in 2010 for his efforts. Born and rais ed in Bradford, Jeffrey's a proud Yorkshireman who takes great delight in the stunning local landscape. Dressed in full military gear, he walks up the slope to Ilkley Moor's Cow and Calf Rocks at a brisk pace, explaining that he doesn't train because he doesn't 'have the time' . So, what do Jeffrey's friends think of his exploits? 'People tell me I've done enough, that

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I don't have to prove anything anymore,' he says, 'but it's not about proving anything, it's just that somebody has to do something.' Jeffrey's friend, 87-year-old Maurice Johnson, thinks he's trying to wear his legs out completely. While expressing mild concern for his friend's well-being, Maurice also acknowledges: 'I could never achieve what he's done. He's a wonderful warrior for charity and always finds time to take on extra, when others would say they were too busy, or too old.' Maurice is Treasurer of Helvetica Lodge, No. 4894, and the man who recommended Jeffrey to Freemasonry . Jeffrey became a member of Helvetica Lodge 10 years ago and says it was an easy decision . 'I've always believed in what the Freemasons believe about brotherly love, kindness and doing the right thing,' he says. 'I've been supporting others my whole life.' In addition to raising more than ÂŁ175,000 for charity, Jeffrey has spent time tutoring ex-offenders and volunteering at Bradford Day Shelter. A few hours spent with Jeffrey is enough to convince you that he will never stop pushing himself physically, and mentally, to help others . He'll do all he can to make a difference. Gazing over the spectacular views of Ilkley and beyond, he cheerfully remarks: 'It won't be long before I'm planning a 100mile walk for my 100th birthday.' Support Jeffrey's '85 Miles for 85 Years' fundraising walk at www.mydonate.bt.com/ events/jeffreylongmbe

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What does the title Grand Superintendent of Works mean? It's a masonic title - I'm the property adviser or the surveyor, in very simple terms. I'm responsible to the Board of General Purposes and to the Rulers of the Craft for maintaining the fabric of Freemasons' Hall. When Grand Lodge was first established there was no Grand Superintendent of Works, but they quickly realised they needed a property professional. Sir John Soane was the first, and over the years we've had architects, engineers and surveyors filling the post.

In my role I also guide the changes that may be needed within Freemasons ' Hall to help it to function as a building that fulfils the needs of Freemasonry today. Equally important is our property portfolio in Great Queen Street, both as an asset within the investment portfolio of UGLE and also for the income that it produces. This income helps to cushion the organisation from the day-to-day costs of managing an ageing building.

How did you become a Freemason? My father was a mason and it's one of my regrets in life that he died before I became one. His - and my - mother lodge, Molesey Lodge, No. 2473, was the lodge for Covent Garden. So the owners of the fruit businesses, the market workers, the local bank manager and the local solicitor were all members. One of my earliest memories was the atmosphere at home when it was the lodge meeting day. He'd be dressed in his masonic clothing with morning suit, and off he went. My uncle, who by then was Secretary of the lodge, said, 'Come on, I think you'll enjoy this.' Eventually, I gave up the unequal struggle and joined. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I met interesting people and no matter where I went, I felt welcome. I also got satisfaction out of the ritual as I've always been intrigued by analysing and understanding why we do what we do as masons. If you put some time

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What are the challenges facing masonic buildings? One of my mantras is that Freemasonry is a craft but managing its buildings is a business. One of the reasons we have got into difficulties with some of our buildings is that masons have been visiting their lodges for many, many years. They feel comfortable, it's all part of the tradition of that lodge and they're reluctant to look objectively at what is happening. I'm a director of Surbiton's masonic hall, and a number of years ago, when lodge membership began falling, we realised we needed to complement the income that Freemasonry brought in with outside events. Some people think that's straightforward, that all you do is put up a sign saying 'we do weddings' and it comes to you. That doesn't tend to work. You've got to be professional about the way that you attract outside income. We adapted the building so that there was a modern, elegant hospitality suite. We had wedding coordinators, we installed a professional kitchen, we created improved bar facilities - everything that a couple who wanted to get married would want. The approach at Surbiton is only one example of the challenges in managing a building - one solution does not fit all. What we're trying to do is encourage people to go to the right people and ask the right questions in order to make an informed commercial decision about their building. How is UGLE helping at a local level? We cannot do other than encourage common sense and good practice in the way in which lodges decide to use their land and buildings. It's not our task to dictate. We want to encourage those who own and occupy masonic buildings to pause, sit back and ask themselves whether their buildings are not only fit for purpose today but will continue to be so in 10 or 20 years' time.

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While Freemasonry is about respecting tradition, we also need to be aware that the world is changing. Circumstances are forcing us to think about what we are doing with our buildings. We can either think about this in sufficient time to make an orderly and sensible decision. Or, we can wait until, all of a sudden, circumstances overwhelm us. That is when the problems arise, when people are forced to take critical decisions too quickly. At the moment I don't have a lot of contact with the Provincial Superintendents of Works. One of our objectives at UGLE is to try to create some form of forum for discussion and the exchange of ideas. We can all benefit from the experience we have in different areas.

Is it hard for you to look at any building aesthetically? It's a standing joke in my family. Whenever we go into a house, my wife looks at the interior design, and I point out there's a bit of damp and some shared rights of access that I feel uncomfortable about! I do look at everything through the eyes of somebody whose whole life has been concerned with buildings. Some buildings are beautiful. Some are appallingly ugly. Since 1948, every building in this country has been through a formal approval process. If you see a terrible building in the wrong place, ask yourself how it came about, because somebody not only sat down to design it, someone else approved it too. Bad architecture should be the exception yet there's so much of it about. Do you enjoy your work? I think I have one of the finest jobs in Freemasonry because I'm able to use my experience to achieve something tangible. By 2020, I hope we will have completed the work needed on our property investment portfolio, leaving us to concentrate on exercising sound management control. If I achieve a change of attitude towards the way we manage masonic buildings generally, I think I will have helped to achieve something worthwhile.


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community, whose relationship with the cathedral dates back more than 100 years. Canterbury Cathedral is currently undergoing the largest restoration project in its history. The interior and exterior are covered in scaffolding to allow the ancient building to be restored to as close to its original condition as possible. A donation of ÂŁ300,000 from the Freemasons of Kent, Surrey and Sussex has funded repairs to the North West Transept, including new tower pinnacles and a spiral stone staircase. East Kent Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Dearing said: 'The existence of Freemasonry for over 300 years bears witness to the fact that the idea of men from all walks oflife coming together to make society a better place is one that has stood the test of time and inspired successive generations.'

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arts school in the heart of the Leicester community. He describes the early years as 'hit and miss', but his determination saw him through as he accumulated awards and accolades for his teaching. Whether preparing Hakka-style slowcooked meats or practising Filipino martial arts, Kwoklyn has an aptitude for sharing his skills. 'The first time [you teach] you get the nerves, you shake, and often you start teaching one way and end up somewhere else, but that's the beauty of it.' For Kwoklyn, martial arts and the art of Chinese cooking demand the same values. 'Learning to punch or kick takes years of study - you need patience and time to become a master. Cooking is no different.'

MIXING THINGS UP When asked what motivated him to join the ranks of the Freemasons, Kwoklyn remarks truthfully: 'I didn't know a lot [about it], but I had friends who were members and despite not giving much away, they urged me to join. I did my own investigation, gleaning insight from masons, and applied online. There's a lot of respect involved with Chinese culture and the martial arts that I grew up with. You learn from a young age to respect your elders ; you treat people how you want to be treated . And with the Freemasons I felt that immediately .' Reflecting on his initiation, Kwoklyn enjoyed the fact that all of his peers had already been through exactly the same process. 'For that one night you are made to feel like the most important person in the world. There's no hierarchy - everybody you meet wants you to succeed. That positivity is something special. You are surrounded by people who are your brothers. You get together, go through certain customs and traditions, look at charities and how you can help out, and then have a big meal.' Since joining Grey Friars Lodge, No. 6803, in April 2016, Kwoklyn says his mindset has already changed. 'I've gained so much and I've barely scratched the surface. New aspects of Freemasonry are constantly revealing themselves. It feels like a whole new chapter of learning. Recently, I've put forward another initiate, be cause I am so passionat e about how joining th e masons has made me feel.' Fellow Freemason and close friend George Elliot is Director of Ceremonies at Grey Friars Lodge. He offers guidance and support, stressing that masons can ring him at any time . 'The beauty of the lodge is that we've got a wonderful mixtur e of people young, old, all walks of life,' he says.

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THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS Along with other senior members of the lodge, George likes to meet potential candidates in person . 'We tread carefully, making sure each person is the right fit and that, ultimately , they will enjoy it. When I first spoke to Kwoklyn it was surreal, I'd never met anybody so keen at such an early stage of Freemasonry. It's refreshing, there was no stopping him.' It seems Kwoklyn's bubbling personality is somewhat infectious. 'He passe s that persona on to people, it makes them see Freemasonry from his point of view,' says George, adding that while the initiation process can be daunting, 'Kwoklyn nailed it. He did his homework and everybody raised their game for him.' With Grey Friars Lodge close to home, it's a perfect fit for Kwoklyn, who is keen to give

back to the community that raised him. He recently ran a cooking class at Leicester's Dorothy Goodman School, which caters for pupils with a range oflearning difficulties and aims to give them the skills to be selfsufficient. 'I teach the sam e way I would my own daughters, by trying to give them a skill set. To pass something on. If I'm able to teach them how to cook rice or how to use a gas ring safely, they can take those thing s away with them forever.' With his cooking career in full flow and a cookbook due for release, there 's no stopping Kwoklyn. 'I wanted to share recipes that our ancestors and parents ate, and what we ate as children. I'm a practical learner and I love to participat e, so what better way to bring th e cookbook to life than by having pop -up-style cooking classes all over Leicestershire?'

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or certain members of the general public a misconception persists that Freemasonry is a mysterious organisation shrouded in secrecy. A Sky 1 five-part television documentary series that debuted on 17 April is hoping to finally put these rumours to bed . Coinciding with the celebration of the Craft's 300-year anniversary, the timing of Inside The Freemasons could not have been better. 'We've targeted the Tercentenary as a catalyst to being as open as we possibly can,' says Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes, adding that the decision to let the cameras in does not signify a major shift in philosophy. 'I actually don't think our openness is anything new. What is new is the way we're going about it.' The series meets members of the Craft at every level, from the Pro Grand Master to James Wootton, a Bedfordshire farmer preparing to take the First Degree under the watchful eye of his father in the first of the five episodes. The second and third episodes follow the fortunes of an Entered Apprentice and a Fellow Craft Freemason undertaking the Second and Third

Degrees. After an introduction to Freemasonry in the first episode, each programme takes a theme, exploring masonic charity, brotherhood, myths and the future of the Craft.

BEHIND THE SCENES It took a year of discussion before the project got off the ground, with the episodes then taking a further year in the making, explains Emma Read, executive producer and managing director of Emporium Productions, the company behind the documentary series. 'These things always take a long time because everyone's got to be comfortable [with the process]. But once we started, everyone was 100 per cent committed,' says Read, who was also responsible for 2013's Harrow: A Very British School documentary series and has made over 1,000 hours of factual television for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky and Discovery. Read believes that UGLE felt comfortable working with Emporium and Sky because they specialise in getting access to institutions and individuals who have a reputation to protect, but about whom there are misconceptions.

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SPECIAL EDITION DVD OF THE MAJOR FIVE PART DOCUMENTARY SERIES AS SEEN ON SKY 1 IN 2017

As the United Grand Lodge of England celebrates its tercentenary in 2017, we go beyond the myth and legend to discover what it means to be a Freemason today through the words and lives of Freemasons themselves.


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The decision to open Freemasonry up to the cameras epitomises UGLE's ongoing strategy of openness - a key tenet of the Tercentenary year

'The way that we make programmes with people is to explain that we are not here to express our opinion - this is not investigative, this is not current affairs, this is a proper documentary where we show people and places as they are,' explains Read. 'We film people going about their various activities and they then tell the story themselves . It could also have been called "The Freemasons in their Own Words". It's that kind of approach.' With two small teams carrying out the filming, recording for hundreds of days in total, Lowndes was impressed with the discreet way in which the project was managed. 'They've been very unobtrusive and therefore got the best out of people,' he says.

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'The most effective way to make observational documentary is not with a hoard of people,' adds Read. 'In observational documentary, or in fact in any television, the relationship with the people you're filming with is everything. Why would somebody allow you to carry on filming if they didn't like you? I wouldn't. You have to have trust on both sides or it doesn't work.'

A DEGREE OF SURPRISE Despite the levels of trust, certain elements of Freemasonry had to remain off camera. Some of the Second Degree is filmed, but almost nothing of the First or the Third appears on screen. 'Naturally we would have liked to film elements of both the First and Third Degrees,' says Read, 'but that was where the line was drawn. As a mason , you only do those once and each is supposed to be this amazing moment - so if you know what's coming, it'll spoil it.' Read did discover a great deal about Freemasonry, however, and was struck by the scale of the charitable work that is done 'they hide their light under a bushel, I think' - as well as the powerful bond of brotherhood that exists throughout the Craft. In particular , there were two men whose stories resonated with Read. The first, Peter Younger, draws on the support of his

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fellow Widows Sons masonic bikers after unexpectedly losing his wife, and the mother of his seven-year-old daughter, after she suffered a heart attack. The second, Gulf War veteran Dave Stubbs, recounts the way that he used to sit up at night and feel as though he had 'been thrown away' after leaving the army. Later, says Read, 'we see him being elected and installed as Worshipful Master of his lodge, which is a tearful moment'. Read expects the series to draw a varied range of responses from the public. 'My feeling is that some people will have this ridiculous, conspiratorial approach and say, "You're not showing X, Y and Z." There will be other people who already love Freemasonry and hopefully there will be some people who go, "Oh that's interesting, I didn't know that. It's completely opened my eyes to it."'

Although Lowndes expects some concerns from within the brotherhood, he's anticipating a positive response overall. Tm sure there will be criticism from some of our brethren that we should never have got involved with the documentary. There will no doubt be things in it that some people think we should not have done. However, the general impression I have is that it will be well received - I think we'll get a lot of support both internally and externally.' Marking the Tercentenary of Freemasonry naturally raises the question of what the next 300 years will hold. 'I think we have a very exciting future ahead,' says Lowndes . 'We now have more young people coming in and I think we're giving them better chances to find their feet in Freemasonry than ever before. Within that age group, I can't remember the Craft being in better shape.'


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supporting evidence was in place, that Ts were crossed and Is were dotted. This task often fell to the local lodge almoner and it would come on top of existing pastoral care responsibilities - which might include attending funerals in a lodge's name, visiting widows and brethren who no longer attended their lodge, and making hospital visits. Furthermore, the almoners would have no formal training or receive any support in this additional administrative work. This increased workload combined with a lack of specialist knowledge meant the application forms submitted could sometimes contain errors. As a result, the system was revised in 2014 and a programme of Visiting Volunteers trialled across seven Provinces. The role of the Visiting Volunteer is, as the name suggests, to visit the Freemasons and their families who apply for grants, helping them to correctly complete application forms, and to collect and collate all the information necessary for a request to be considered. The volunteers also have to prepare an objective, detailed report to support the application . Unlike the overworked almoners - who are now able to dedicate their time to their community-focused duties - Visiting Volunteers are thoroughly trained in the application process. George Royle, South Wales Provincial Grand Almoner, helped to develop this new model and recruited the Visiting Volunteers who now help with applications in his Province. 'We have an initial two-day residential training programme,' he says, 'which is followed by regular refresher training.'

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As a Visiting Volunteer, Arwyn Reynolds is trained to steer grant applicants through the paperwork

Freemason Robert James received guidance from Arwyn: 'The experience was marvellous'

South Wales Provincial Grand Almoner George Royle helped to develop the new approach

To recruit the muc h-needed Visiting Vo luntee rs in South Wa les, Provincia l Grand Almoner George Royle placed an advert on the Freemas ons' we bsite. ' I inte rv iew ed 21 people ,' he says, 'and selected 12.' George describes his tea m as 'extreme ly ded icated office rs who are all wil ling t o go the extra m ile'. V isiting Vo lunteer Ar wy n Reynolds says he applied because the role req uires many of the sk ills he honed in his professiona l lif e. 'I had a kee n sense of confiden t ialit y because of my work in HR and as a manage r,' he says, 'and I know the impor tance of commun icat io n skills an d be ing able to engage with peop le.' Other des irable attributes for being a V isit ing Volunteer are an ability to rema in objective and a good leve l of literacy, num e racy and IT sk ills. For Arwyn , the ro le also appealed bec ause it came at a time when he was winding down his profess io nal life but wan ted to contin ue to use his time in a po siti ve, useful way.


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data protection and safeguarding issues.' Once a form has been completed and all the documentation collated, the Visiting Volunteer sends the application straight to London. Previously almoners submitted everything to their Provincial Grand Almoner. 'I would check everything,' says George, 'and if something was missing, I would have to go back to the almoners, who would have to go back to the applicants. I would then countersign an application and send it off. Now all I get is an email copy for reference, and much less paperwork in the office.'

POSITIVE EXPERIENCES To date, Arwyn has worked with around 18 brethren and describes the experience of helping others as hugely satisfying. Someone he has assisted recently is Robert James, who applied for a grant for medical assistance with a heart condition. 'I was on the NHS waiting list for an operation,' says Robert. 'The list just seemed to be getting longer. Some fellow Freemasons said I might be eligible for help from the MCF to get seen privately.' As with every request he is asked to oversee, Arwyn's involvement with Robert began with a phone call. 'Calling someone and introducing yourself is a great way to start, as you can put applicants at ease and they have the name and number of a real person who can help them.' The initial call also gives the Visiting Volunteer the opportunity to tell the applicant what to expect from a visit and what documentation they will need to gather ahead of it. 'Within a couple of days of initially applying, I had spoken to Arwyn on the phone and arranged a time for him to come around. It was really quick and easy,' says Robert. George agrees that the new system has streamlined the application process considerably. 'The scheme means that those in need have their applications dealt with more speedily and efficiently. I've known decisions about grants being made in a fortnight,' he says. 'It's a great step forward.' 'The first time Arwyn visited we discussed my situation in a bit more detail and looked at what I might be eligible for,' says Robert.

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The pair also discussed confidentiality issues - Visiting Volunteers are bound by the codes and policies of the MCF as well as by data protection laws. 'People are sharing personal and sensitive information,' says Arwyn, 'they need to feel you can be trusted.' It is also felt that divulging delicate information to a properly trained, objective third party is easier than sharing it with a local almoner, who the applicant may know well and see regularly at lodge. A visit from a volunteer can last anything from 30 minutes to three hours, depending on what needs to be done, and the number of visits required varies. The second time Arwyn visited Robert at home, they completed the application form together and checked that all supporting documentation was in order. 'The experience was marvellous,' says Robert. 'Within three weeks of Arwyn sending off the forms I was in having my operation. My heart is fantastic now. I feel like a new man.' FIND OUT MORE For support, contact the

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Essex

Service at Chelmsford Cathedral

Chris Hicks chris@hicks.mosbach.co.uk

Hong Kong & the Far East

Service of Thanksgiving at St John's Cathedral

Dorset

Procession from Sherbourne Lodge Room to the Abbey, followed by a service

Metropolitan

Sunday Night at the London Palladium

Robert Bull robertwbull @gmall.com

Giles Cooper giles.cooper@ royalvarietycharity.org

Surrey

Surbiton Widows Association

Nicolas Gras nlckgras1@outlook .com

Tony Hawley

Metropolitan

Banquet at Guildhall

North Wales

The Big Party at Queen Elizabeth Court, Llandudno

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Ladies' event at the Masonic Centre, Great Yarmouth

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Suffolk East Lancashire

Teddy Bears' Picnic - Hewlett Court, Bury

David Thomas Brian Simpson Martin Roche martinroche @ eastlancsmasons .org .uk

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Masonic Fun Weekend

Mike Spalding mike6623@bt internet.com

West Wales

Service at St David's Cathedral

Berkshire / Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire

Celebration at Windsor Racecourse

Dorset

Raft building in Poole Park

Devonsh ire

Teddy Bears' Picnic and Charity Garden Party at Ugbrooke House

Warwickshire

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Celebrations - South West banner transfer from Guernsey

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Hampshire & Isle of Wight Cornwall

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Family Fun Day - St Columb Major

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Essex

Proms at Freemasons' Hall, London

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2017 Tercentenary Garden Party Queens mere

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Tercentenary presentation dinner St James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Northumberland

Northern loop of the Tercentenary Rally

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Teddy Bears' Picnic at The Cross Keys, Pulloxhill

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Serv ice at Abergavenny

Essex

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Tercentenary 'Fish, Chips & Real Ale' steam train charter

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Wicketz is giving young people in deprived areas access to cricket, with the aim of instilling values of teamwork and responsibility. Peter Watts discovers why it was an off-the-bat decision for the Masonic Charitable Foundation to get involved

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njoyed the world over, cricket may be one of England 's most famous exports but it does require a little organisation. Participants need pads, bats and balls as well as a large playing area - not forgetting the time to spend the best part of a day standing in a field. These are obstacles that children in some communities are unable to overcome without support, which is why the Lord's Taverners charity created the Wicketz programme. Since 2012, Wicketz has given more than 2,200 youngsters living in areas of high social, economic and educational deprivation access to a cricket dub . But at Wicketz, it isn't just about teaching young people how to execute the perfect reverse sweep or deliver a googly. Rather, the focus is on improving social cohesion and teaching valuable life skills to children aged eight to 15 who may otherwise z be left by the wayside. g It was this emphasis on life skills that prompted the Masonic Charitable z Foundation (MCF) to give a ÂŁ50,000 grant to Wicketz to fund a two-year expansion project. 'It's a well thought CJ through programme that will have il: impact where it is most needed and 0.

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that's music to our ears,' says Les Hutchinson, MCF Chief Operating Officer and a keen cricket fan. Wicketz targets areas and communities that often don't have access to playing fields or sporting facilities. 'As masons we want to enable people to actively participate in society, to become part of something and introduce that idea of a supportive culture ,' says Les, adding that the element of competitiv eness in cricket is also important. 'It's character building and provides people with a sense of purpose. We'll be using cricket as the catalyst to improve the lives of disadvantaged people.' Wicketz began as a pilot scheme in West Ham in East London in 2012. The area was carefully selected due to its high level of social deprivation and lack of existing cricketing provision. 'The overarching aim of our project is to set up a community club environment that will eventually become self-sustaining, ' explains Henry Hazlewood, cricket programme manager at Lord's Taverners. 'We fund everything initiallythe coaching and the development so th e programm e comes at no cost to the participants. Over time we engage

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volunteers and parents and embed them into the scheme. The club in West Ham is now integrated into the Essex league, and has a fee-paying structure and parent-volunteers. We have also upskilled volunteers so they can become coaches.' The scheme has since expanded to Luton and is now branching into Bristol, Leicester and Birmingham. In Bristol, the MCF grant will fund three clubs and a local development officer. It will pay for coaching, playing facilities and equipment to ensure that weekly sessions can take place. An independent charity that was founded in the Tavern pub at Lord's cricket ground in London in 1950, Lord's Taverners works closely with cricket authorities to improve the prospects of disadvantaged and disabled youngsters. The local development officer for Wicketz is therefore able to sit on regional county cricket boards to ensure local needs are met. 'That allows us to fully embed with what is happening locally and get a real feel for the landscape,' says Hazlewood. While participants will benefit from weekly coaching, the project

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has not been created with the intention of finding the next Ben Stokes or Haseeb Hameed. Instead, the focus is on personal development and social cohesion.

IT'S THE TAKING PART... 'Cricket as an outcome is absolutely secondary, ' says Mark Bond, cricket programmes executive at Lord's Taverners. 'It's not about making good cricket players, although that will likely happen through regular coaching anyway. It's an open-door policy for people who have never picked up a bat or ball, as well as those who already have an ability and interest. We are not trying to find the next batch of world-class cricketers,

we are more interested in their personal development.' Wicketz goes to local schools to introduce the sport to the children, and then encourages them to join clubs set up by Wicketz outside the school environment. 'We're aware it's a big commitment as we are asking children from deprived backgrounds, often with very little parental support , to come along off their own back,' says Hazlewood. 'But cricket is really just the tool of engagement to get them into the project. We want to enhance the prospects of the participants and improve their self-development. We target wider outcomes and life skills and do things like working with the NHS, fire brigade and

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police, things that are relevant to the local community.' In Luton, one ofWicketz's aims has been to improve social cohesion between different ethnic communities and discuss safety awareness surrounding the railway lines that criss-cross the area. In most regions, the local police force will be invited to take part. An officer will spend the first part of the session playing cricket, and the rest of the time talking to the youngsters about relevant issues. For some of the participants, this may be their first positive engagement with the police force. 'They will play cricket for 20 minutes and see this officer isn't that bad,' says Hazlewood. 'It's a way of bringing down barriers.'

KEY PLAYERS While Wicketz may weave different community strands into the sessions, cricket remains central to the story. Hazlewood and Bond both highlight the way cricket is different to other major team sports in that it requires a great deal of individual responsibility, with players part of a team but also having to face a bowler on their own. 'We think cricket has a lot of physical benefits and also helps communication and leadership,' says Bond. 'What really separates it from other team sports is the large element of individual responsibility . In other team sports, people can shy away a little bit, but in cricket you are part of a team and have to communicate, but you also have to take responsibility for your own performance.' Hazlewood takes Bond's point further. 'Cricket is very cognitive; it's a thinking game. There's a lot we can draw out from the game that has benefits outside of sport,' he says.

'A lot of these outcomes are very soft and informal and worked out in sessions, and then there are more overt sessions such as working directly with the police.' The overall aim is for the clubs to become self-sustaining and integrated into local leagues. In Bristol, Lord's Taverners will be running local festivals to engage the various Wicketz programmes in competition, but there is also a shorter-term target for selected participants, who may be invited to join a three-day residential session where they can work on their game with professional cricketers and engage in more detailed workshops. The Wicketz programme has already directly benefited more than

2,200 children, which shows the scheme's impressive reach. However, Bond and Hazlewood emphasise it isn't just about numbers. As Bond explains, 'We don't just want to get 100 kids through the door who love cricket, we want the kids who will really benefit.' Ultimately, the hope is to improve lives in the wider community, not just for participants. 'We are trying to create environments that benefit everyone and have different people from different backgrounds sitting together on the same committee,' says Hazlewood. 'We want to break down barriers that are prevalent and have an impact not just with the kids who come to the programme.'

'We are not trying to find the next batch of world-class cricketers, we are more interested in their personal development' Mark Bond

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MORE THAN MONEY Head of Charity Grants Katrina Baker explains how the Masonic Charitable Foundation is looking to do more than simply award funds to eligible charities

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s the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) enters its second year of operation, we have already established ourselves as one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. As well as ÂŁ15 million awarded to individual Freemasons and their families in the past year, we have already given over ÂŁ4.5 million to more than 425 charities. Over the next few months, hundreds more will benefit from our Charity Grants programme and this year, 300 further charitable causes will benefit from an additional ÂŁ3 million through our Community Awards - Tercentenary Fund. Since the formation of the MCF, we have witnessed first-hand the growing strain faced by charities due to funding cuts and increased demand for their services. Crucially, many of them simply do not have the necessary time or resources to cope and, as a consequence, are unable to source the income, training and volunteers they require. With this in mind, we have started to explore other ways of supporting the charities we fund - ways that go beyond providing money alone.

A VALUABLE RESOURCE The MCF has the ability to be more than just a grant maker. We have a number of valuable resources at our disposal - experience and expertise, a substantial community of Freemasons, a central geographical location, a vast number of significant relationships within the charitable sector and, of course, an ability to provide funding in a way that will have the biggest impact. Using the knowledge we have built up over 228 years, we want to begin by assisting charities to become as efficient and effective as possible. We will provide advice and support, and over time we plan to establish a pool of expertise from within the masonic community that charities can utilise . Through our experience and continued work with hundreds of charities, we aim to develop learning events for the benefit of the whole sector. Held in partnership with other leading charitable organisations, these events will be used to bring together specific knowledge and further education across the field. Two events are already being discussed with other charities and the Association of Charitable Foundations, and we hope to hold one later this year.

Making the most of our central location within Freemasons' Hall, we also plan to hold regular networking events where the charities that we support get a chance to meet us, each other and other grant makers to forge stronger relationships across the sector . Finally, we hope that in the future we will be able to work with organisations that support the entire charitable sector, such as independent think tanks, who use their practical insights, research and knowledge to highlight key issues in the field.

SUPPORT NETWORK The charities we fund have told us that there is an increasing need for this kind of support and, indeed, many of our peers in the grant-making world are already providing services beyond grants . There is one thing, though, that sets us apart from other organisations in the sector , and that is the backing of an active masonic community committed to giving its time and money to worthwhile causes. At present , we work to ensure that Freemasons and their families are involved in our grant-making processes, from asking for feedback on local projects we assist to facilitating grant presentations. However, we aspire to link charities in need of volunteers or experts with individual Freemasons, lodges and Provinces who can support them in their work. It is our hope that Freemasons across the country will be willing and eager to contribute their time, expertise or communication networks to benefit the charitable projects we are funding in their local area. If we work together, we can not only start to build stronger relationships between the charities supported by the MCF and the masonic community that funds their work, but we can also ultimat ely ensure that those organisations are bette r placed to achieve their aims and make a difference to the most vulnerable people in our society. FIND OUT MORE Charities funded by the MCF are looking for volunteers around the country. If you are interested in getting involved or have a skill that you are willing to offer, please get in touch at kbaker@mcf.org.uk

'We aspire to link charities in need of volunteers or experts with individual Freemasons, lodges and Provinces who can support them in their work'

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A GARDEN TO REMEMBER As part of the Tercentenary celebrations, 300 masons and civic dignitaries came together for the dedication of the Masonic Memorial Garden in Staffordshire

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A bold architect and consummate self-publicist with keen masonic interests, Batty Langley's career saw him attempting to improve Gothic forms as wel I as spending time in Newgate Prison

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atty Langley was a man so dedicated to his passions in life architecture, garden " design and Freemasonry - that he named his sons Hiram, Euclid, Vitruvius and Archimedes. He is succinctly summed up by z g Eileen Harris in 'Batty Langley: A Tutor to Freemasons ' (Burlington Magazine , May 1977) as: '...a Rococo pioneer, the leading spokesman of the opposition to the Burlington establishment, a champion of English craftsmen; above all, an avid freemason, ii: passionately devoted to the education of his brethren'. Born to Daniel and Elizabeth Langley, Batty Langley was baptised in Twickenham, Middlesex, on 14 September 1696, his unusual forename a tribute to

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his father's patron, David Batty. Daniel Langley was a gardener in Twickenham, a suburb along the River Thames; when Batty was old enough, he took on some of his father's clients, among them the owner of Twickenham Park House, for whom he designed a serpentine labyrinth .

An illustration from Batty Langley's New Principles of Gardening, 'Part of a Park Exhibiting their manner of planting after a more grand manner than has been done before ...'

CAREER PLANS In the ensuing years, Batty Langley would become a professional landscaper and surveyor. In his New Principles of Gardening, published in 1728, he offered his services for 'Buildings in general Surveyed, Valued and Measured ... Grottos, Baths, Cascades, Fountains, &c. made ... and Sun-Dials of all Kinds made for any Latitude ... Gardens in general, Made, Planted and Furnish'd with Fruit and ForestTrees, Ever-Greens, Flowering Shrubs, &c.'

One digression from his work occurred in 1724, when Langley was sent to Newgate Prison for debt, where he resided in the masters' side of the gaol, reserved for those who could afford to pay for their food and accommodation. In his first book, An Accurate Description of Newgate: Written for the Publick Good. By B. L. of Twickenham, Langley explains that he paid 'Six Shillings and Six-pence to the Turnkey [on admission] and Ten Shillings and Six-pence to the Steward of the Ward ... for his Garnish Money ... to provide a sufficient Quantity of SeaCoal for Firing, Brooms to sweep the Ward and Candles for Light in the Evening .. .' Describing the prison in architectural terms, Langley wrote that it was 'situated in an Elegant Part of the West of the City of London, called Newgate Street... the architecture is according to the Tuscan Order, magnificently built with Stone, with great Strength and Beauty'.

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appears to have immersed himself thoroughly in the conduct of several liberal arts, which were illustrated profusely within the books on architecture he published over the decades. Practical Geometry (1726)bore a dedication to Lord Paisley,who was installed as Grand Master the previous year. This was followed by The Builder's Chest-Book (1727),a massive compilation of the works of many architects. Langley published The Builder's Jewel in 1741 with an initial print run of 2,000 copies. The evidently masonic frontispiece, designed by Langley and engraved by his brother Thomas, is signed 'Batty Langley Invent AL 5741'. The reference is likely to be to the masonic calendar: 'AL' stands for Anno Lucis, meaning 'in the year oflight', and 5741 is the date according to the idea that Earth was created in 4,000 BC. The book's elaborate illustrations depict a multitude of masonic symbols, including a plan of a lodge in the centre. The intricate design has been featured on many items of masonic stoneware, examples of which can be seen in the Library and Museum at Great Queen Street.

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Batty Langley's writings in 1734-35 caused a furore within the established world of architecture and design.

Langley's best-known piece of self-promotion ,,, came in the form of Ancient Architecture, "' Restored, and Improved, published in 1742 :i and reissued in 1747 as Gothic Architecture, Improved by Rules and Proportions. The book, complete with engravings by his brother, illustrated Langley's attempts ffi to improve on the original Gothic forms by giving them classical proportions and creating

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Palladian/neo-Palladian architecture to Britain - a style that drew on the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Emboldened by his own anonymity, Langley launched into a scathing attack on all things beloved by the Burlingtonians, including the works of Andrea Palladio, lnigo Jones, John Webb, Burlington himself and his partner William Kent. Langley cocking a snook at the establishment was probably not in his best interests commercially and he did not secure many commissions, but he continued to be a strong vocal protagonist of his beloved Gothic architecture.

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Top marks for RMBI care homes All RMBI care homes organise regular activities and events, working closely with local community groups to support residents' health and well-being while helping them stay connected with the world. The homes have received top marks in the UK's

HERE TO HELP Over the past 12 months, the MCF has developed a more efficient and stress-free application process to ensure support gets to those who need it At the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the priority is to make it as easy as possible for people to access support for financial, health, family or care needs. Getting in touch is simple and free - you can call or email the charity directly (0800 035 60 90 I he1p@mcf.org.uk) or speak to your lodge almoner. The MCF will not discuss your case with your almoner if you would prefer to keep it private. Whether you want to make an application or simply find out more about what is involved, your first point of contact will be our enquiries team. After discussing your situation and determining if you are eligible to apply, your case will be passed on to the grants team.

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The MCF has supported Freemason Charlie and his wife Irene (pictured above) through health and mobility difficulties in recent years. 'After we applied for help from the MCF, someone visited our home to help us fill in the form, and from that moment on we didn't have to worry about anything,' says Charlie. 'The process was simple and not at all intrusive, and we were kept fully informed with regular phone calls right up until the grants were approved .' Remember, even after you have received the help you need, you can always get back in touch with the MCF if your situation changes . The charity is there to help you when you need support, for as long as you need it.

largest survey of care home residents and their families. The 2016 Your Care Rating survey revealed that: • 97 per cent of RMBI residents consider their care home a safe and secure place to live • 96 per cent of RMBI residents think that staff treat them with kindness, dignity and respect • 95 per cent feel that they can take part in activities and hobbies if they wish


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MAKING BREAKTHROUGHS The MCF invests in the future of both the masonic community and wider society by funding research into a range of health conditions and disabilities In the past 12 months, the MCF has awarded 12 research grants including £300,000 to the Royal College of Surgeons, £150,000 to Brain Tumour Research and £145,000 to Kidney Research UK. While it may be some time before the outcomes of these research grants are announced, there have been two recent and notable developments as a result of masonic funding. In 2015, £100,000 was awarded to the University of East Anglia to

fund research into prostate cancer. The research has resulted in the development of a new test that makes the vital distinction between aggressive

and less harmful forms of prostate cancer. The breakthrough will help to avoid unnecessary and damaging treatment for some cancer patients. There has also been success in developing a new mode of healthcare for people with cystic fibrosis thanks to a £500,000 grant to the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in 2016. The funded project used the latest technology to enable patients to monitor their condition at home and liaise with specialist health teams remotely, rather than visiting a hospital. The trial has been successful in limiting infection and there is potential for the method to be translated to other conditions. The MCF Charity Grants programme will be redefined over the coming months, but medical research will remain one of the charity's top priorities. FIND OUT MORE For more details, visit www.mcf.org.uk/community

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BOXING CLEVER The Province of Leicestershire & Rutland has raised £30,000 for the MCF thanks to a sports memorabilia auction that included Sir Henry Cooper's boxing gloves In March, Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons held a sports memorabilia auction at the Leicester Tigers rugby ground as part of their five-year Festival Appeal in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation . Hosted by former England cricketer Ed Giddins, the evening raised more than £30,000, with lots including a wheel from Nigel Mansell's Formula 1 car, a football signed by Pele and Chris Froome's Tour de France yellow jersey. The most coveted lot was a pair of Sir Henry Cooper's boxing gloves, which he used in the 1969 European Heavyweight Title fight in Rome against Piero Tomasoni, who Cooper beat in five rounds. The gloves sold for £1,800 alongside Cooper's autograph and newspaper clippings about the fight. Freemason Mark Pierpoint donated the gloves, which had been given to his father, Ray, many years ago by a member of Cooper's team. David Hagger, Provincial Grand Master, said: 'We have started our Tercentenary celebrations in style with this wonderful charity event. I'm thrilled that we have raised so much for the Masonic Charitable Foundation.' The Province is among the first to launch a Festival Appeal in support of the MCF, and hopes to raise £1.8 million over five years.

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Festivallaunch at the Winter Gardens The Province of West Lancashire launched its 2021 Festival Appeal in support of the MCF on Wednesday, 10 May at its Provincial Grand Lodge meeting, held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.


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ON THE MOVE Packed up in style, Grand Lodge's portrait of the 10th Duke of Devonshire left Great Queen Street in March, heading to a temporary home at Chatsworth House, the residence of the current Duke and Duchess . The portrait is to feature in a major exhibition at Chatsworth this summer, House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion, showcasing the history of fashion in the Devonshire Collection . The loan was coordinated by the Library and Museum .

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LETTERS

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WE WILL REMEMBER Sir, I wasn't really sure who to address my comments to regarding the Victoria Cross memorial paving stones unveiling ceremony at Freemasons ' Hall, except Grand Lodge, brethren and friends . Freemasonry stood tall and exemplified what we are about in the unveiling of the wonderful memorial to those gentlemen who were Freemasons, and who paid the final sacrifice. This was a wonderful day for Freemasonry and a day of pride for Freemasons . Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of it. Lou Myer, Ubique Lodge, No. 1789, London

Sir, Having received spring's magazine and opening the first page, I was returned

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Write to: The Editor, Freemasonry Today, Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B SAZ Email: editor@ugle.org.uk The opinions ex pressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect t he v iews of the United Grand Lodge of England. Al l UGLE members' let t ers printed are appended with the contributor 's name, his mother lodge name and number, the town where that lodge meets, and the Province; please include these details at the foot o f your letter. Please enclose an SAE for any items sent by mail that you wish to have returned .

to my military time in Germany, 1956. The photo of the London bus took me back to my visit to Berlin on the same type bus , which took a party of members belonging to the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and 17th/21st Lancers to Berlin for bank-holiday weekend. I am now 80 and a proud mason of 45 years . I wonder if any other masons of today may have been on that trip? Phil Holmes, Liverpool Mercantile Lodge, No. 4319, Liverpool, West Lancashire

MASONIC ANCESTRY Sir, What a great article you wrote in FreemasonryToday,Issue 32, called 'Finding Freemasons' . My mother enjoys her family history research and through the Ancestry connection she

discovered that my great, great, great, great grandfather Abraham Keyzor and his cousin Abraham Murray were both initiated into Robert Burns Lodge, No. 25, on 6 December 1858. One hundred and fifty-seven years later, I was delighted to see the lodge going strong and they very kindly allowed me to visit at their installation night on 6 February 2016. What a night! The whole lodge made me feel very welcome and the Festive Board included a bagpipe player escorting in the Worshipful Master. There was an 'address to the haggis' before we tucked into a starter of haggis, and after dessert we had great entertainment with musical songs before a raffle, where I was lucky enough to win a bottle of Rabbie Burns beer. Having the opportunity of visiting the lodge of an ancestor is something truly special and I intend to visit again in future. Hopefully, other brethren may find similar connections with older lodges. David Bywater, Cantuarian Lodge, No. 5733, London

Sir, On 13 October 2016, Worshipful Brother C Paul Braddock of Halas Abbey Lodge, No. 5407, achieved his 50th year in Freemasonry. This may not seem a startling event nowadays but for one extraordinary fact: Paul has never missed a single meeting in all his 50 years of Freemasonry . That amounts to 400 meetings, and a round trip of 46 miles from his home in Wolverhampton culminating in 18,400 miles travelling .


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Paul was initiated by his father, AJ Braddock, Past Provincial Grand Registrar, who himself was initiated into Halas Abbey Lodge in 1954. Paul also initiated his own son, MD Braddock, Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer, in 1978 - so there were three generations of Braddocks in the lodge at the same time. All three attained the Master's chair, in 1966, 1968 and 1990, respectively. Paul was appointed lodge organist in 1985, a role that he took over from his father and an office that he has undertaken with great merit for more than 30 years. On 25 January 2017, Paul celebrated his 85th birthday. In 1995 he was appointed Provincial Grand Organist of Worcestershire, which is a three-year appointment and yet another great honour. David J Evans, Halas Abbey Lodge, No. 5407, Halesowen, Worcestershire

WATER CRAFT Sir, Last year was the 125th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS),the founder being Worshipful Brother William Henry (who became Master of the Royal Life Saving Lodge in 1919). HRH Prince Michael of Kent, the RLSS Commonwealth President, awards Certificates of Merit to those who have given exemplary service annually . However, he kindly agreed

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IN THE CHAIR Sir, A letter in FreemasonryToday, Issue 37, gave information on the aims of the South Cheshire Masonic Golf Society (SCMGS) and I thought it might be helpful if I provide further detail in clarification. The society has indeed been in existence for 41 years as of now. In this time the members, and the lodges in the Cheshire area, have mad e some

incredible donations to the cause of providing prescription powered wheelchairs to children who fall financially outside of the benefits or welfare system we have. We seek genuine hardship cases and extremely disabled children who become the beneficiaries. I stress the word 'prescription' as many people are fooled by companies into buying off-the-shelf powered wheelchairs that are not suitable for the user. Ill-fitting chairs cause and worsen ailments. It is essential that chairs provided for the children are suitable for a span of up to five years. A growing child will easily have a specialised moulded seat replaced and adjustments made to the chair are that much better if the mechanics are correct at assessment . There are national companies under the charitable banner who supply wheelchairs at an overpriced cost to cover the business . The SCMGS ensures that every chair is purchased at the most competitive price possible, enabling us to stretch our donations to the maximum. The members of the society over the years have raised approximately ÂŁ200,000 for the purchase of the wheelchairs; the 50th wheelchair is to be presented at Eastham Lodge Golf Club at the Cheshire Provincial Golf Day on 28 June. Our fixtures and forms are provided at www.scmgs.xyz for anyone wishing to support in any way. A chair provides a child with a form of freedom that we, as able-bodied, ignore. It provides respite for a parent in the knowledge that their child is safe and able to be active of their own volition. To enable a child to socialise even a small amount, have friends and join in some fun and play can be a parent's greatest wish and a child's greatest happiness. A child 's laughter in play can melt the coldest heart. A small donation subscription is ÂŁ10 per year and is always thankfully received . We are so grateful to everyone who has supported this cause by even the smallest donation; every penn y we receive goes to a chair. Noel Martin, Loyal City Lodge, No. 4839, Chester, Cheshire

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accepted a constitution from Grand Lodge in 1723 and became No. 11 on the first numbered list oflodges in 1729.As a result it lost its time immemorial status and, despite attempts in the 19th century to regain that status, it wasn't until the run-up to Grand Lodge's 250th anniversary in 1967 that it was restored. The first Grand Master, Anthony Sayer, was a member of this lodge. The lodge at the Rummer and Grapes in Channel Row is now Royal Somerset House & Inverness Lodge, No. 4. Named Old Horn Lodge in 1767,it united with Somerset House Lodge in 1774 and took that name. In 1828 it united with Royal Inverness Lodge, the first lodge warranted under the United Grand Lodge, and took its present name.

SYMBOLIC GESTURES Despite the Great War, a celebration of the bicentenary of the formation of Grand Lodge was held at London's Royal Albert Hall on 23 June 1917.Members of the three original lodges were processed into the hall to mark their status. At the meeting it was announced that to commemorate their actions in 1717,the officers' collars of the three lodges would have the addition of a central garter blue stripe, and their Masters were called up to be invested with their new collars by the Grand Master. Later in the year the Duke of Connaught further honoured them by becoming the permanent Master of the three lodges. At the celebrations for the 250th anniversary in 1967 and the 275th in 1992, the Masters of the time immemorial lodges were processed into Grand Lodge. The Master of Royal Somerset House & Inverness Lodge presented the Bible to the Grand Master; the Master of No. 12 presented the square and compasses; and the Master of No. 2 presented the Wren maul. Today, to mark the part played in 1717,the present Grand Master will assume the office of Master of the time immemorial lodges at a joint meeting of the three in June. It is a fitting tribute to these distinguished lodges without whose actions in 1717 we might not be celebrating this year.

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