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Surrey Mason Issue 32 Autumn/Winter 2013

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Official Magazine of the Province of Surrey

See Report page 16-17

Royal Arch Canterbury Service 2 In celebration of Arnold Long 4 Provincial Secretary’s column 5 Introducing Janos Gal 6 Annual Guildford Thanksgiving Service 9 A Look back through history – Benjamin Franklin 10-11 Ladies response to our appeal 12-13

Provincial Grand Master’s Reception 15 Godalming Masonic Centre 16-17 From the desk of the Grand Tyler 18 50 year Certificates 21 News from the Provincial Charity Steward/ News from the Provincial Almoner 23 Royal Arch 24-25 Your Letters 31-32

PROVINCIAL CAROL SERVICE The Provincial Carol Service this year will take place at All Saints Church, Woodham Lane, Woking GU21 5SU on Sunday 8 December at 3pm Contact: stephendingvean@gmail.com

PROVINCIAL WEBSITE: www.surreymason.org.uk


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The Holy Royal Arch Bi-Centenary service at Canterbury Cathedral

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The next issue of the Surrey Mason will appear in April 2014. Please submit copy before March 14th. editor@surreymason.org.uk

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Over 1,000 Holy Royal Arch companions and brethren from the Provinces of East Kent, West Kent, Sussex and Surrey came together to celebrate 200 years of the Formal Recognition of the Holy Royal Arch as a part of Pure Antient Masonry, in the historical Canterbury Cathedral. The service was conducted by The Archdeacon of Canterbury, The Venerable Sheila Watson while the grandeur of the surroundings of the cathedral lent its aura to the proceedings, as did the superb King’s School Crypt Choir. In her Sermon the Archdeacon referred to the long connection between the Cathedral and Freemasons, in particular the gifts of the Chapter House East Window and the Coronation Window in the Martyrdom. She paid tribute to the Masonic principles of unity, fellowship and service to the community. She also spoke of “service beyond ourselves”, a virtue embraced and encouraged by the Church and Freemasonry alike. The Lessons were given by stonemasons Jen Jordan and Sam Matthews who are usually to be found renovating the stone exterior of the cathedral. After the ceremony a group photograph was taken by the lawn. Seen from left to right are: Cllr. Ann Taylor (Sheriff of Canterbury); Russell Race (Met. Grand Supt.); Jonathan Winpenney (MEGS West Kent); Gillian Winpenney; Liz Dearing; Geoffrey Dearing (MEGS East Kent); Libby Stuart-Bamford; Eric Stuart-Bamford (MEGS Surrey); Maureen Thomas; Kenneth Thomas (MEGS Sussex). Also in attendance were the Second and Third Grand Principals, George Francis and David Williamson and David Boswell (MEGS Suffolk). The event attracted itv news (Meridian). This report can be seen at www.itv.com/news/ meridian/update/2013-09-21/a-new-era-of-openness-and-transparency-for-the-southeasts-freemasons/ Our thanks go to the Companions of East Kent who made us all very welcome and expertly arranged the reception, the event and the delicious lunch which followed. It was good to see neighbouring Provinces come together to celebrate such an historical event and it is hoped that we can forge even closer links with our neighbours in the years to come. If you’re ever in Canterbury, why not visit their Masonic museum run jointly by the Provinces of East and West Kent? The displays are excellent with Masons on hand to explain to brethren and the public alike all the treasures from their history. Ed.


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APPOINTMENT OF PROVINCIAL GRAND SECRETARY JUNE 2014

The role of Provincial Grand Secretary is the most important administra-ve appointment in any Province and can be likened to that of Company Secretary/Chief Administrator of a small company. Our current Secretary, John Tomlin, who has given exemplary service, re-res from five years of devoted service at the AGM in 2014.

The office of Provincial Grand Secretary calls for excep-onal people management skills as well as a high degree of diplomacy, confiden-ality, excellent office management and the ability to represent the Province both at Grand Lodge and in other Provinces. We now seek a dynamic individual who can take the Province to the next stage of its significant development over the next five years.

The role is to administer the affairs of the Provincial Execu-ve, maintain strict financial control over the Provincial Office and work closely with the Provincial Grand Treasurer and other key Provincial officers. The appointee will need to demonstrate the vital quali-es of a.en-on to detail, excellent verbal and wri.en communica-on skills, a detailed knowledge or experience of IT and the ability to manage and mo-vate the staff and helpers at the Provincial Office. This posi-on would ideally suit someone with a journalis-c/wri-ng or communica-ons background or a recently re-red administrator of the highest quality.

Repor-ng to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the successful applicant will be eligible for a no-onal payment which will be contracted under a five year term. It is expected that the successful candidate would be available to work alongside the current Provincial Grand Secretary for at least three months before taking up the post.

Editor’s comments

W.Bro Peter Cartwright

Thank you Ladies and thank you Ellyse Jones What an encouraging response to my appeal to the Ladies and children to aire their views on Freemasonry. Twelve-year old Ellyse Jones sent in a very charming response as well as some enlightening observations from wives or partners. (See page 11-12).

The Editor, Chairman, and the Surrey Mason committee would like to wish you all Seasonal Greetings.

We would also like to thank our advertisers who have supported us during 2013.

Errors The photograph published in the Surrey Mason (Edition 31 – page 17) was wrongly described as the South Downs. It should have been described as a view of the Sussex High Wield. Thank you to Chris Goring for pointing this out. He should know – he lives there.

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The role requires a.endance at various Masonic and social func-ons throughout the year as required and deemed necessary to maintain the presence and representa-on of the Provincial Secretariat. Flexibility is essen-al including evenings and weekends during the season.

Applicants should submit their CVs with a covering le.er sta-ng the reason they believe they are suitable for the posi-on and state how they could help manage Freemasonry in Surrey over the next five years, clearly marked Private and Confidenal to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, c/o W.Bro John U Tomlin, Provincial Grand Secretary, 71 Oakfield Road, Croydon CR0 2UX, at which point a full Job descrip-on will be offered to those considered for interview. Closing date for applica-ons is 30th November 2013.

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Arnold Long the perfect ‘all-rounder’ retires As Arnold “Ob” Long, a record breaking Surrey cricket player has decided to take a step back from his Masonic commitments, he tells us about his long and illustrious career both as a Freemason and a sports personality. Arnold was born in 1940 and has spent all his life in Surrey. He is not only an avid Freemason but also a cricket fan. A one-time record holder in Surrey, according to Wikipedia. The site says that “in 1962 he took 74 catches, and made 91 dismissals in all, both of which are Surrey records for one season.” Arnold was a wicketkeeper and lefthanded batsman, claiming 1,046 victims from his 452 games over a 20-year career, Wikipedia adds. Of these, 805 were for Surrey between 1960 and 1975, putting him third in the county’s all-time wicket keeping records. “I was 29 and still playing cricket when I joined the Coulsdon Lodge of Perseverance No.5611 at the insistence of my godfather and my uncle who were both Freemasons,” said Arnold. “They put a bit of pressure on me and at first I was a little hesitant as I knew nothing about it, but I have no regrets – “I thoroughly enjoyed it from the off and obviously still do. Freemasonry is a big part of my life!” Arnold holds Grand Rank in the Craft of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Early in the 1990’s he joined several of the other orders in Freemasonry including the Mark Degree and was appointed to the office of Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 2004 and served in that office until 2009. In 2006 he was appointed District Grand Master for the District of Surrey in the Royal and Select Masters but will be standing down from that position on 31st January 2014. He said “Between 1998 and 2002 I went through something like eight or nine chairs in different orders learning pages and pages of ritual.” He added “ I must say that the ritual does not come so easy now as it did then”

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What Arnold has found most surprising in his nearly 44 year career as a Freemason is the huge drop in membership. Costs have gone up considerably which is putting a strain on remaining members who have to bare the additional costs. “Time and money have become a big problem, especially for younger men who find it difficult to slip away for an afternoon from work.” However, this should not stop young men from joining the Craft, as he said, because it is a great opportunity to meet new people from all walks of life and make lasting friendships. I have met some wonderful people over the years and made lots of friends” He went on to say “I think it’s also good value for money!” Arnold then concluded “Over the years it has never ceased to amaze me of the generosity of Freemasons towards Charity. I have been particularly proud of my members over the last eight years as Surrey District of the Royal Select Masters, with a total membership of only 276 collectively donated in excess of £16,000 to charities including the Amongst the union flags and streamers at the BBC’s ‘Last Night Craft 2008 Festival, the of the Proms’ in September was this Masonic flag being proudly Diamond Riding Centre, waved. No such flag appeared at the ‘Last Night of the Croydon the White Lodge Centre Proms’ at the Fairfield Halls in late September but there were at Chertsey and the very many Surrey Masons at this fund-raising event all eager to Friends of James Terry enjoy the great music and the fun of the finale in the knowledge Court. I would hope that they were supporting deserving youth groups in Croydon. my successor will continue such support for the forthcoming Craft 2019 Festival.” So good luck in your retirement from this order Arnold we all wish you well and look forward to seeing you in our Craft Lodges offering us the usual friendly welcome, encouragement and support. Janos Gal reporting


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Provincial Grand Secretary’s comments How often have I heard the phrase “Things aren’t what they used to be?” in relation to Freemasonry. So many Brethren bemoan the passing of the old in favour of the new… but be careful what you wish for. The régime for the administration of the Province at the beginning of the last century was a great deal more draconian and Freemasonry was generally more expensive than it is today. I recently found a copy of the Provincial By-Laws for 1907 at the time when the RW.Bro The Hon. Mr. Justice Bucknill was Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Secretary was W.Bro George H. Redwood. By-Law 9 listed fines that could be imposed on the Brethren. Every Lodge that was not represented at the annual meeting of the Province, unless excused by the Provincial Grand Master, was fined one guinea (£1.05 pence). According to the Bank of England inflation calculator that is £106.96 at today’s prices. That was what the Lodge would pay, but if you were a Provincial Grand Officer and did not attend the AGM “without reasonable cause”, you would be fined half a guinea – about £53. Our current system of honour fees (this is currently £45 and payable only on first appointment to Provincial Rank), is far different from that of 1907. A Deputy Provincial Grand Master would, on appointment, have been charged a whopping £5.5.0d (£5.25) which at today’s prices would equate to £534.80. There were no Assistant Provincial Grand Masters during that time, so the next most senior rank was that of Warden. The fee for this

honour was £3.3.0d (£3.15) – £178.26 today. At the bottom of the scale were the two Grand Pursuivants who were each called upon to pay the equivalent of £106.96 today. Dues were relatively less than they are today. Currently the Province charges £18 per member (plus 3.60 VAT). Back in 1907 it was two shillings (10 pence in decimal currency) which equates to about £10.20 today. Registration of an Initiate was five shillings (about £25.50) but the actual charge today is just £10 plus VAT. Currently there is no charge for amending or registering By-Laws, but back in 1907 there was – again five shillings – about £25.50 today. Believe me, Provincial Grand Lodge gave little quarter in those times. A Lodge not paying dues on time was barred from any of its members attending Provincial Grand Lodge which, of course, had the effect of depriving any Brother due a promotion from getting that honour. Times have changed, and I’ll leave it to you to decide if it’s for the better. John Tomlin, ProvGSec

Freemasonry Cares launch hits target On 3rd September the Freemasonry Cares launch team concluded the formal stage of introducing the Freemasonry Cares initiative to the Province of Surrey. The Chairman of the launch team VW.Bro Michael Yalden PDepPGM announced that over 88% Craft Lodges and 82% of Royal Arch Chapters had attended one or more of the formal presentations constructed to inform the Freemasons of Surrey how the new Charity initiative of United Grand Lodge of Front Row: W.Bros David Gould & Richard Mountney, Mrs Laura Chapman, England provides a valuable “one stop” solution for filtering VW.Bro Michael Yalden PDepGM, and W.Bros John Coleman and Bob Jenkinson MBE. Back Row: E.Comps Derek Tullett & Alan Bayliss DepMEGS, assistance to the masons of Surrey and their dependants W.Bro Trevor Rains AProvGM, W.Bro Robert Peak and VW.Bro Derek Barr MBE He thanked all the team for their contributions. He said he had DepProvGM. thoroughly enjoyed Chairing the initiative. The team work was tremendous and a wonderful example of co-operation between Craft and Royal Arch masonry as well as all the other Orders in Surrey. He was now handing the reins over to W.Bro Trevor Rains AProvGM to keep the message alive. At the meeting was Mrs Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons Grand Charity. Laura congratulated the Province of Surrey on the enthusiastic and professional manner in which they embraced FMC. She said that the statistics were marvellous and we should consider ourselves as one of the leading Provinces. Laura said that keeping the message fresh and in the forefront of the Almoners weaponry was the next task. The Team had already considered this and would keep promoting the FMC initiative through W.Bro Bob Jenkinson's team of Group Almoners and Lodge Almoners. VW.Bro D.W. Barr MBE DepProvGM said that this was not the end but very much a beginning. He expressed grateful thanks on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master for all the work and effort of the committee. He also thanked VW.Bro Michael Yalden for his leadership and energy in driving the committee to its undoubted success. 5


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Introducing . . .

JANOS GAL Janos has gladly accepted my invitation to act as a ‘roving reporter’ on the Surrey Mason. He will bring a new dimension to the magazine with his journalistic skills particularly aimed at the younger Mason and will undertake special assignments. (See his other story on how he became a Freemason on page 8). Janos can be contacted at editor@surreymason.org.uk Ed.

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REEMASONRY is often perceived by the public as a suspicious, secretive organisation that is bent on world domination – but what is much less known or publicised is that most of these “conspiring” men are well past retirement age and after shaking hands the last thing that comes to mind is world domineering. In fact, I would take any of them as adoptive granddads because they are very kind and friendly. Unfortunately, the high average age of Freemasons – currently estimated at around 60 – is creating a little-known problem outside Freemasonry: many Lodges fold when their members sadly pass away. A number of schemes have been introduced to tackle this, including being more open and starting university schemes to recruit new members. It seems to be working and quite a number of young men, including myself, have joined the Craft in recent years. No better example is my Lodge, Mount Ararat No.9239, where we will have seven Initiations next year, or the Crescamus Lodge No.7776, where there are seven members under 40. At a recent meeting with other young Freemasons it came up in conversation that the difficulty with recruiting young men – especially university students – is that once term is over and they graduate, it becomes difficult to retain them. Also, once they have been raised there is little to look forward to if they are not involved in the day-to-day tasks of the Lodge. This is well illustrated by a recent letter from Sam

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Norman from Crescamus Lodge to the Surrey Mason lamenting that many young Masons, including him, did not visit other Lodges until several years passed. “It was not until two and a half years of membership that I had my first opportunity to visit another Lodge and . . . unfortunately I know of other brethren in the same situation,” Sam wrote. To find out what other young Freemasons in Surrey think could be done to improve their experience and get them more involved, I have interviewed five young Masons, and the result is very interesting. Of course, this is not a representation of all Masons in Surrey, but the answers are very varied and give a good insight into what some younger Masons think or want. One thing was common: they thought that a regular meeting place or a social club would help other young Masons stay in the loop. “I think Lodges are getting better at shepherding new Initiates through their Masonic careers. Sometimes, as a new Mason, it can feel like you are finding your own way. The Lodge Mentoring Scheme is certainly helping with this,” Chris Campbell, 38, from Air Unity No.7445 said. Nick Tamila, 30, who is a regular at the Connaught Club for young Freemasons in central London, had a similar opinion: “I think there needs to be more done for new and young Masons in Surrey, to give them an opportunity to meet and socialise as at times a young Mason may be isolated in their Lodge unaware that there are other Brothers their own age nearby and to encourage visiting among Masons new to the Craft.” Others felt that more senior Masons should lead with good example and show junior Masons how things are done in the proper way by putting an effort into learning the ritual. “I was fortunate enough to be Initiated, Passed and Raised in a Lodge where every officer was on great form for their ritual. Sadly, I have been to too many Lodges where Brethren were ill-prepared. If you’re not willing or unable to put the effort in to learn the work, don’t take office,” Anthony Williams, 25, from King’s College School Lodge No.4257, said. “I love learning ritual, or rather I love performing it. There is a wonderful sense of satisfaction in nailing a complex piece of learning for the first time and being applauded by the elder brethren for it. We are all showmen at heart,” Chris added. As with everything, opinions differ and two of the other interviewees thought that the rituals should be more relaxed and there should not be such a big emphasis on abiding “petty” rules. “I despise the petty rules re ties/cufflinks – we need to explain the ritual not just regurgitate it. Most young men have a very limited knowledge of the bible – but our ceremonies are lifted from that source,” Mike Neville, 46 from Frederick of Unity Lodge No.452 said. Also, too much pressure to learn the ritual perfectly and remembering every last word can put unnecessary pressure on novices and put them off participating in the future. “What I find least interesting is people tutting when someone says one line wrong – that’s not what we're there for, we're there to support one another,” Alexander Pool, 23, from St Alphege No.4095 said. One brother put it in a fantastic way – “If you mess up a line, and someone has to prompt you, don't worry about it, that's just a demonstration in the Lodge of brotherly support." JANOS GAL, 28, Mount Ararat Lodge No.9239 n


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Five attempts and 20,000 miles to become a Freemason My journey to becoming a Freemason started about six years ago when I visited the Grand Lodge of Scotland on George Street in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival. The Grand Lodge is regularly host to a number of performances and I went to see one with a friend who I later found out is a Freemason. During the break I wandered around the building and in one of the corridors I found some leaflets about the craft. I had heard about the conspiracy theories and other spooky stuff involving Freemasonry before that visit, but I did not really dig deep enough to know what it was all about. I read a leaflet and I immediately felt that in a way they were describing me when they mentioned the three basic tenets of Freemasonry. A few months passed and I put in a request to join but unfortunately the same week they came to visit me I moved to another property and we never met. A few weeks after that I moved to the US to do an exchange semester in journalism so I could not proceed with my application. While in the US, I was doing an apprenticeship for the local radio station in Columbia, Missouri, and one of the stories I was working on was about the local Freemasons. As it turned out Columbia was home to the Grand Lodge for Missouri and it was a special weekend with events so there were quite a few Masons there. After the interview I mentioned I was interested in becoming a Freemason and we did an initial interview and they would have been happy to Initiate me but since I was only there for a short while we decided not to proceed due to lack of time. This did not stop me from visiting several major sights in the US, including the San Francisco Freemasons’ Hall and the George Washington Monument in Alexandria. After the US I spent a few months in Chile and I found a Lodge in the small town where I was learning to speak Spanish. This was the first time I realised how wide-spread Freemasonry was, as this town was in the middle of the Atacama Desert with hardly anything going for it, but still there was a Freemasons’ Hall. I visited them too but we came to the same conclusion that I was too short on time to do anything

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meaningful. Following the visit to Chile, I shelved my project of becoming a Freemason for two years. I eventually graduated with a journalism degree and came to London for an interview. After the interview I went walking around Covent Garden and a beautiful building caught my eye. As I was getting closer I noticed the square and compass and a sign toward the Masonic Hall’s entrance. I went in and ended up doing the tour with a chap called Steven after which I asked him about becoming a Freemason and how to proceed. He said I could come back once I got the job and then we would take it from there. As it turned out, that was not to be because I got another job in Budapest and I spent the next year there. Finally, in 2011 I got a job in Sutton and moved here. I normally do my daily shopping in Morrisons and one day coming out through the back entrance I noticed the Masonic Centre. That evening I wrote a letter which I dropped in the post. To cut the story short, my letter ended up in the hands of Simon Bannister, the secretary of the Mount Ararat Lodge No.9239, I was invited to an interview and after my long journey I eventually ‘got in’. I was Initiated about six months after the initial contact with the Lodge secretary and I am now waiting for my Fellowcraft degree which will be done on 28 October. I think all has gone very well and everything was done efficiently and fast compared with stories I have heard from fellow young Freemasons. The truth is, my generation is not as patient as previous ones and I think a lot of young guys are put off by the prospect of waiting very long, so I am really grateful to the secretary for being so helpful and efficient in doing everything during the past year. I also ended up joining the Connaught Club, a club for young Freemasons in central London which has been great at keeping me interested in the craft. They hold regular meetings open to all members and they also organise special events such as a visit to Parliament or a behind the scenes tour of the Grand Lodge as well as monthly socials in the Freemasons Arms. I think that otherwise, with regular Lodge meetings often being so far apart, some young guys like myself would probably lose

interest or forget about it all with fast shrinking attention spans . . . My Lodge is very diverse: there are people from Armenia, Romania, Lebanon, England and now from Hungary. The diversity and inclusiveness of the Lodge cuts through barriers and this has helped me settle in fast, plus I don’t have to worry about my accent because everyone has their own in the Lodge. I make sure to go to every meeting and to visit other Lodges in between and take part in events organised by the Connaught Club. I have been quite busy as during the past ten months since my Initiation I went swimming with the club, went on two walking tours and also visited four Lodges so far. Visiting Lodges already this early in the process has been very beneficial because I have seen quite a number of Initiations – including two doubles – so now I understand more what was going on while I was blindfolded. Also, in June, to my surprise and delight, I was asked to deliver the w.t. presentation at the Initiation of the latest addition to Mount Ararat Lodge and I am proud to say I managed it with only one prompt. I am now learning the answers for the Fellowcraft degree, which is slightly more difficult than the w.t., but all the same I will try and do it without a mistake this time. In December I will do the w.t. again at our third Initiation this year and hopefully I will be a Master Mason before the end of this Masonic year. All in all, I am glad to have become a Freemason and I take pride in being one even more so that it has taken me five attempts, about 20,000 miles and nearly six years to get here. Janos Gal Mount Ararat Lodge No.9239


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Annual Provincial Thanksgiving Service at Guildford Cathedral

The Annual Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 13th October, took on an overcoat of blue and crimson mixed with the light and dark blue of Craft Masonry. In his welcoming message the Provincial Grand Master/The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Eric Stuart-Bamford said how the Province had given support to Guildford Cathedral over the years and one that he said was close to Surrey Freemason’s hearts. Noting that the Annual Service of Thanksgiving was a little different as Freemasons were celebrating the BiCentenary of the Holy Royal Arch and the regalia worn by some different than the usual attire, he said that the Holy Royal Arch was the ‘root and branch of Freemasonry’ having been formally accepted in 1813. He reminded us that in addition to the Masonic celebrations he hoped that £2m will be donated to the Royal College of Surgeons for medical research from Freemasons nationally. In thanking the Dean and staff of the Cathedral, the Provincial Grand Chaplain and his team, the Choir, and to the Provincial Grand Stewards both Royal Arch and Craft, he wished us all to enjoy the occasion. After the Fanfare, the Procession was led in by the Dean and clergy followed by the Provincial Grand Master/Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Provincial officers of Craft and the Royal Arch accompanied by an array of Royal

Arch Chapter banners. The Dean then welcomed the Companions, Brethren and their families and friends to the Cathedral. W.Bro Roderick Culbertson offered the Bidding Prayer and the First Reading was read by The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent. The Second Reading was read by Cllr. Lockyer-Nibbs, Mayor of Guildford. Before the Third Reading read by E.Comp Alan Bayliss, Deputy Grand Superintendent the members of the Surrey Provincial Choir gave a beautiful rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. E.Comp The Reverend David Allonby OBE gave an enlightening and informative Address (visit royalarchsurrey.org.uk) for the full text. The Intercessional Prayers were given by W.Bro Roderick Culbertson and W.Bro John Horton with the Dean offering the final prayer. The Organist was W.Bro Brian Rayner, conducted by W.Bro Carl Jackson FRCO who also played the Recessional Organ Voluntary. Ed. You can view a further report on this occasion with additional pictures by visiting: royalarchsurrey.org.uk

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A LOOK BACK THROUGH HISTORY . . . MY MOST ADMIRED FREEMASONS

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Benjamin FRANKLIN

ONE OF MY most admired Freemasons was an American – Benjamin Franklin. So what may you say is so special about Franklin. Wasn’t he at one time an agitator and mischiefmaker towards Great Britain? Didn’t he oppose British rule? Yes, in fact Franklin committed High Treason to his King and should have been hung, drawn and quartered if Britain had overcome the Revolutionaries during the 1770s. Most of us will say “He was justified in opposing an undemocratic regime.” The English-American colonies at that time were controlled and administered over 4,000 miles away in Britain. Bad, punitive taxes were imposed, little or no representation was allowed. Americans felt they deserved all the rights of Englishmen but the British, on the other hand, felt that the colonies were created to be used in the way that best suited the crown and parliament. When colonial legislatures powers were curtailed by the British, conflict ensued. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was born in Boston in 1706, the fifteenth of seventeen children to an American mother and an English father. Josiah Franklin, his father wanted Ben to attend school with the clergy, but could only pay for 2 years of study. He attended Boston Latin School but did not graduate. He completed his mostly self-taught education by becoming an avid reader from the age of 10. At the age of 12 he became an apprentice to his brother, James, a printer who taught him the printing trade which was to become a life-long passion for Ben. When he was 15 his brother founded the New England Courant being the first truly independent colonial newspaper. Ben’s skills as a popular journalist and writer led to disagreements with his brother and Ben left his apprenticeship without permission becoming a ‘fugitive’. Running away to Philadelphia when he was 17, he worked for several newspapers hoping to make a new start but became disillusioned at his prospects. Sir William Keith convinced Franklin to go to London to procure printing equipment to start a new newspaper but finding Sir William’s promises to be barren he resumed his career as a typesetter in a

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printing house in what is now St Bartholomew-the-Great, Smithfield, London. He returned to Philadelphia in 1726 with the help of Thomas Denham, a merchant who employed Franklin as clerk, shopkeeper, and book-keeper in his business. In 1727, Benjamin Franklin, then 21, created the Junto, a group of “like minded aspiring artisans and tradesmen who hoped to improve themselves while they improved their community.” The Junto was a discussion group for issues of the day and this is where Franklin formed his social and political opinions. Reading was a great pastime but books were rare and expensive so the Junto’s members created a library, initially gathered from their own collection of books. This proved difficult, however. Franklin conceived the idea of a library paid for by subscription, which would pool the funds of the members to buy books for all to read. In 1728, Franklin set up a printing workshop; the following year he became the publisher of a newspaper called The Pennsylvania Gazette. This gave Franklin a platform for debate about local reforms through printed essays and observations. The Gazette made Franklin a wealthy man,

“The genius of Franklin is so overwhelming, and manifested in so many different directions, that no short paper can even list his achievements” American Philosophical Society

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but he never forgot his working class roots. He experimented and improved things that interested him and one of his most famous inventions were bifocals glasses. Franklin proved that lightning could travel down a kitestring which eventually resulted in him inventing the lightning rod in 1750. He improved the printing press, the common stove, he had ideas of ventilation, paved Philadelphia and made it a better lighted town, invented numerous gadgets, such as a 3 wheel clock, a meta-morphic chair, and an artificial arm to reach books high on a shelf. “Wit and During the 1730s1740s, Franklin began humour win taking notes on more causes population growth and other than demographic factors arguments” noting that America had the fastest Franklin growth rates on earth. He observed that its population was doubling every 20 years and that it would surpass England’s in 100 years. How right he was! The British became alarmed at this and started to impose restrictions on the economic development of the colony. 1733 saw Franklin publish the famous Poor Richard’s Almanack and although written under a pseudonym it was clear to all who was the author. This propelled him into national popularity. In 1741 he published The General Magazine and Historical Chronicle for all the British Plantations in America rousing a dislike to British colonialism. Franklin continually challenged the accepted laws of science. He changed, modified, probed all manner of theories on anything and everything. Franklin played the violin, the harp, and the guitar. He also composed music. He developed a much-improved version of the glass harmonica. Never resting he would ponder on his love of Chess devising new and challenging solutions. There was no end to his insatiable quest

for improving things. He created The Union Fire Company, one of the first organised firefighting companies and he gave New Jersey an anti-counterfeiting paper currency and in 1766 made a case for paper currency in the British parliament. Franklin became involved in local politics and rapidly progressed. In 1748, he was selected as a councillor, in 1749 he became a J.P., and in 1751 he was elected to the Pennsylvania Assembly. His most notable service in domestic politics was his reform of the postal system, with mail sent out every week. He became aware of why it took so long for ships to deliver mail to New York from London. His observations on the North Atlantic Ocean patterns led him to discover that some ships were sailing against what he named as the ‘Gulf Stream’. Merchant shipping from France took his ocean charting into consideration and mail arrived much quicker from Paris. The British, however, ignored his findings. It took many years for British sea captains to adopt his advice on navigating the current. A charter from the Pennsylvania legislature in 1751 enabled him to establish the Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital in what was to become the United States of America. Franklin visited London from 1757 to 1775 and resided at Craven Street, Covent Garden. Whilst in London, Franklin became involved in radical politics. Franklin suddenly emerged as the leading spokesman for American interests in England and wrote popular essays on behalf of the colonies. Franklin was a very able diplomat armed with a lively analytical mind. In 1776 he went to France to represent the United States and through diplomacy managed to win the hearts of the French. He won sympathy without a display of suffering, and made friends without seeming to try. He convinced every one of his honour and his word was his bond – the French people

trusted him. Through it all he kept his sanity, made new friends and retained old ones just by being fair and honest. Franklin lived to be eighty-five years old. Sixty of those years as a Freemason. FRANKLIN THE FREEMASON We do not know exactly when Franklin was Initiated but scholars tend to agree that it was in 1731 and probably at the February meeting of St. John’s Lodge in Philadelphia. He attained the rank of Junior Warden of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on St. John the Baptist’s Day, June 24, 1732. Franklin was not merely a Lodge member but a Freemason intensely interested in the Craft, willing to give his infinite ability for its welfare. Among his first actions in France when he appeared as Ambassador, were affiliations with Masonic Lodges. He was elected a member of the famous “Lodge des Neuf Soeurs” of Paris and assisted in Voltaire’s Initiation into this Lodge. Franklin was referred to as “An Illustrious Brother whose Distinguished Merit among Masons entitles him to their highest veneration.” It appears that the principles and precepts of the Craft played a very important part in his life, whether those fine qualities were inherent in him or gained through Freemasonry we shall never know but what we do know of the man is that he embedded all the virtues that we as Freemasons strive to obtain – brotherly love, truth, and care for the less fortunate. Benjamin Franklin passed to the Grand Lodge Above in 1791. Ed.

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CONTINUING OUR THEME OF THE FAMILY APPEAL OF LODGE MEMBERSHIP WE DECIDED TO ASK SOME OF OUR LADIES FOR THEIR VIEWS. HERE IS WHAT THEY TOLD US . . . I would still like to receive your letters – so keep sending them in. Editor

ON BEING A MASON’S WIFE . . . OR A MESSAGE TO NEW MASONIC WIVES

“I’M DELIGHTED HE IS SO INVOLVED!” In 2015 Derek will have completed 50 years in Freemasonry. For 40 of those years I will have been married to him. Being a Mason has been the best thing for Derek. Whilst working he was able to fit in meetings with his work and family commitments. In retirement he has been become more involved. Freemasonry has provided him with various things to do viz; lectures on Masonry, being involved with Freemasonry Cares, Almoner in the Province for Royal Arch and being an OV as well as continuing his work with the Craft, Chapter and Mark Lodges that he is a member of. I am delighted that he is so involved. He has met many people over the years, some having become friends (I have become a friend of the wives too). Masonry has given him a purpose, something to focus on, to help people (charities) and keeps his mind and body active. Thank you Masonry! Celia Tullett

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So what did I expect when, many years ago, my husband took the first steps into the mysterious world of Freemasonry? My knowledge of Freemasonry at that time was pretty sketchy and, I’m ashamed to admit, I didn’t take it seriously at all. My jibes of “Off to join the rolled-up trouser leg brigade?” and “Come on, show us the funny handshake” were met with extreme disdain – and ignored. I didn’t mind his going out; it was a novelty to be in charge of the remote control while he was wearing the apron, but it all seemed to me to be a load of pretentious nonsense. After all – grown men bearing their breasts, waving swords around and secret ceremonies – surely this was the stuff of childhood boys’ games? If the men wanted an evening or two without the ladies around, why not meet for a pint and a pie down the pub and keep their clothes intact? Meeting other Masons and their wives for the first time was very daunting. “What is expected of me?” I had asked. “Just be yourself, but don’t mention trouser legs!” was the terse reply. Not much help, but I promised to behave. On entering the function room on my first occasion, my worst fears were realised. I looked around and it seemed that everyone knew everyone else. There appeared to be a mass of impenetrable groups all engaged in confident, animated chatter. In one fell swoop, all my long forgotten childhood shyness returned and I wanted to go home! However, introductions were made and I soon became enfolded into a welcoming circle of warm, interesting people from every walk of life. It is a circle that has grown throughout the years. Nowadays, the only problem with attending a variety of Masonic functions is the old chestnut “What do I wear?” He is not much help in that department. If the invitation says “black tie” it’s reasonably straightforward, but the other functions usually lead to a frenzy of discarded items from my wardrobe piling up on the bed, ending in a wail from me of “I’ve got nothing to wear!” I get no sympathy from him. Over the years I have learned that there is a great deal more to Freemasonry than I had thought. I had no concept of the extent of the extreme generosity of Freemasons. But then, how many people are aware that Freemasons are the such huge givers to charity in the UK, or that the funds they raise don’t only go to fellow Masons and their families but hundreds of thousands of pounds go to other deserving causes? I am now full of admiration for Freemasons, both for what they stand for and what they achieve. And, OK, if they have to bear a breast and roll up a trouser leg or two to become a Mason, well, so be it – they still have my utmost respect and my support. So ladies, if you are a new Masonic wife and have the slightest apprehension about your husband’s involvement and how it will affect you – don’t worry! The Masonic functions at which the ladies are invited are fun and sociable. You will meet new friends and usually be fed very well, so relax and enjoy and be rightfully proud of your man! Liz Tomlin


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THE ‘PEPPERMINT’ MASON My husband became involved in Freemasonry in October 2005 after sampling the delights of a Ladies’ Weekend in Bournemouth. A colleague of mine, invited my husband and I to a Ladies’ Weekend. We were not aware her partner was a Mason. We had our suspicions but were not enlightened by them, not that we cared, because we could see a friendship developing. Off we travelled to Bournemouth, and we were filled with excitement and anticipation. Our friends had briefed us on the dress code. We had bought my dress, not a true evening dress, but dressie enough to fit in with the dress code. Alan, hired his evening suit but was not enjoying the thought of wearing his suit – he still to this day feels self-conscious in a suit. What a fabulous weekend! We met lots of lovely, sincere and genuine people. As the alcohol flowed, the food eaten, the speeches were completed Alan removed the joining application from his pocket. My husband did not complete the form that evening, but after some discussion during the remainder of the evening the application to join the fraternity was completed by breakfast. Alan became a member of Beddington Lodge. He went through to the chair last year 2012. He never expected to be in the chair and dreaded that day arriving, reflecting back he will agree that it was a big challenge and was worried he would disappoint his brothers. Obviously he did not, because he had grown and developed into a confident and well respected Freemason. During the season, off he goes to the meeting, in his black

suit and tie, carrying his black brief case, as he walks out of the front door, I reach for the phone to catch up with the women of our Lodge. If only they knew, how much we laugh and giggle at their expense, swapping stories of the mumblings coming from the conservatory, garden and garage. Protectively covering 'the little blue book’, pretending the noise was not them. The relief on his face when he returns from the Monday meeting. He returns again on Tuesday, and so the cycle goes on. I found some mints in his briefcase one day and asked him for one to relieve my indigestion. With a worried look on his face he says, "No!" I asked him, "Why?" With a look of surprise and hurt on my face, "Their for my brothers chairs" he explains. I begin to think about strange rituals? I call him my peppermint man now. Alan has been a Freemason for 8 years during which we have met some truly sincere and genuine people, watched families grow, children develop and grow into solid and reliable adults, ready to contribute to society in a positive manner. During most of Beddington Lodge social gatherings we hold a raffle for charity. We have a healthy competitive sense of fun between tables to see who wins the most prizes, particularly between two families, The Tull’s and the Reeve’s, there are hundreds of the Reeves family. Visitors to our Lodge often believe we mean the boos and hissing. Very amusing for us. At our Ladies’ Festival we enjoy the entertainment provided with one brother playing an air guitar. Visitors are greatly amused, and to this day they still relay the amusing story. Valerie Tull

WHAT ABOUT THE LADIES? Sadly, over the past few years, I have increasingly noticed the decline in local Ladies Festivals and other important local social events that would include the Ladies, family and friends. We have had to actually seek out Ladies’ Festival and local social functions to attend! The Ladies do like the opportunity to dress up and do their bit, also to see their men looking their best. And, importantly, to feel some part of the world of Freemasonry, it’s our little perk for supporting you whilst you commit your time to Masonry, supporting many good causes through charitable means. I suppose I can’t really understand why the gentlemen would not like a nice weekend away, or special evening function to share with their partners, friends and family and be willing to make the necessary effort consistently to ensure that this enjoyable social side to Freemasonry flourishes. The growing absence and reduction of these wider social activities, however formal or informal, must I feel sure impact adversely on Masonic membership and on the opportunities to raise more funds for sometimes overlooked needy charitable causes. Come on Gentlemen, lets see more local social events being organised, it will be worth the effort and accumulate large amounts of “brownie points” with your partners for your many other Masonic commitments during the year! Don’t forget the Ladies and all they could do to support you, with just a bit of encouragement and involvement socially. More Ladies nights out please! And Ladies please ask your partner about these events. Wendy Kennard (partner of Alan Brockwell)

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I usually refer to Freemasons as the ‘Men in Black’. I only wish my husband was as sexy as Will Smith. Still, you can’t have everything. How I wish sometimes that he would get off the computer and sit with me for a few hours, although he does come in every half-hour to check to see if I’m alright with a reassuring kiss and some comforting words and then returns to Mrs Apple Mac. That Surrey Mason magazine has got a lot to answer for. The gripes out of the way, I know he enjoys his Freemasonry and I suppose if he’s happy I’m happy. He is so proud to be a Freemason that he tells everyone, even strangers at every opportunity what a wonderful organisation it is. I’m sure that given the opportunity he would be prancing up and down Oxford Street with his sandwich board quite unashamingly announcing their virtues to the world. I was watching a re-run of my favourite film Titanic when as the poor souls were about to be swallowed up by the sea, the small orchestra still playing their instruments as the water was about to lap their feet and me feeling quite tearful, he exclaims “Did you know that they were Freemasons?” as if nothing was more important. For someone to be so committed and proud of Freemasonry there must be something really good about it. And yes, I can see all the good Freemasons do, not only in Surrey but throughout the world. It’s such a pity that the rest of the male population of the world aren’t like them . . . It would be a much better place! Karen C

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The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent officially opens the newly-refurbished James Terry Court

On 9th August, East Surrey Lodge No.2769 presented a cheque to St Catherine’s Hospice. The sum was raised by W.Bro David Lee in his year as Worshipful Master and St Catherine’s was his nominated Charity. Unfortunately W.Bro Davis was unable to make the presentation due to unexpected work commitments so the Lodge Charity Steward, W.Bro Graham Williams stepped-in to make the presentation on his behalf. The Cheque was gratefully received by the Hospice’s Charity Fund Raiser Victoria Lawrence following an extensive tour of the Hospice facilities. In thanking the Lodge, Victoria said she was very grateful as this was the first donation that she had personally received from the Freemasons. The Photo shows from left to right W.Bro Tony Lidbury (Secretary) W.Bro Peter Drysdale (Treasurer), Victoria Lawrence, W.Bro David Dean and W.Bro Graham Williams (Charity Steward).

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The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, officially opened the fully refurbished state-of-the-art home on July 24th at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Yvette Hopley, the Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro Eric Stewart-Bamford and other distinguished guests from the Masonic community. The Duke toured the home meeting many residents and went out of his way to speak to as many of them as possible. He was accompanied on the tour by the home manager Mrs Diane Collins, David Innes (Chief Executive RMBI), the Grand Secretary, Nigel Brown and the Grand Director of Ceremonies, Oliver Lodge on behalf of The United Grand Lodge of England. His Royal Highness was then introduced to representatives of the members of staff at James Terry Court, the current president of the RMBI, James Newman, former President Willie Shackell CBE who presided during the rebuild and other members of the RMBI. The Duke then went on to be introduced to VW.Bro Derek Barr, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and other members of the provincial executive. Representing the committee of Friends was Frank Lee, Chairman of the Friends who introduced his Vice-Chairman John Banks, President Nora Hunter OBE, Vice-President Peter Kendall and other members of the committee. Also on hand were representatives of the builders Mansell’s. The £10 million refurbishment of JTC has now made it the flagship home of the RMBI and exceeds the latest government guidelines and regulations on size, accessibility, facilities and is “future proofed” to make sure that the residents and staff remain in the highest level of comfort and safety for many years to come. The home can now accommodate 76 residents in addition to 13 rental apartments which are designed for independent living. With thanks to Richard Veness Court Circular editor.


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Provincial Grand Master hosts a grand reception On 12th September at the Connaught Rooms, Great Queen Street, the Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro Eric Stuart-Bamford and his wife Libby hosted a reception for 143 subscribing guests. It was a great occasion for current Worshipful Masters, MEZs, and their wives and partners to meet the Provincial Grand Master and his wife and some of the Provincial Executive past and present. A delicious buffet dinner was enjoyed by all before the PGM rose to acknowledge and thank the guests for attending. Prior to the Provincial Reception around 70 people viewed the Library & Museum of Freemasonry and afterwards Diana Clements, the Director gave a guided tour of the Grand Temple. 15


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Godalming Masonic Hall THE TOWN Set in a heavily wooded valley traversing of the River Wey, Godalming is a historic market town, with a population of just over 21,000. James Oglethorpe, the English Statesman, philanthropist and Freemason, was born in Godalming in 1696 and founded the colony of Georgia in America in 1732. Two years later he formed the first Masonic Lodge in Georgia, Solomon's Lodge No.1, which now claims to be the oldest continuously operating Lodge in North America. THE FIRST LODGE Despite this transatlantic connection, Freemasonry was comparatively late in coming to Godalming, and it wasn't until 1885 that the first (recorded) Lodge, Bramston Beach Lodge No.2101, was consecrated. This was just 4 years after the introduction of electric light to the High Street – the first town in the world to enjoy such luxury. This new fangled idea was scrapped in 1884 and the town reverted to gas until 1904 when they tried again! A study of the Past Masters Honours Boards in the Temple at Godalming Masonic Hall, shows that, throughout the years, many Godalming worthies and prominent citizens have been Freemasons – Mayors & councillors, professionals & businessmen, shopkeepers & tradesmen, craftsmen & teachers – men who helped shape the town and assist in Godalming's growth and success. The Boards even boast a member of the Royal Family with HRH The Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor), Past Grand Master, Past Provincial Grand Master of Surrey and a Past Master of Friendship & Harmony Lodge No.1616. THE OLD CENTRE Godalming Masons first met in the Godalming Public Hall, until one of the Brethren, George Jones, a local builder and landowner, offered to build a Masonic Hall on land in South Street, which was dedicated at a Provincial Grand Lodge held there for that purpose on the 17th August 1886. Festive Boards were held in nearby hotels and inns. In 1963, the adjacent house was purchased and the Centre extended to include a dining room and kitchen. On completion of these works, Bramston Beach Lodge passed over the ownership of the building and its contents to the newly formed GODALMING MASONIC HALL ASSOCIATION which included representatives of the five Lodges and Chapters that were by then meeting at the Centre – Bramston Beach, Godalming No.3811 & Bargate No.5829, the Libra Fidelis Royal Arch Chapter and the Pleydell Bouverie Mark Lodge. THE NEW CENTRE For many years both Godalming Borough Council and its successor, Waverley Borough Council, had planned the construction of a relief road to ease the traffic problems of Godalming's historic High Street and eventually the route of what is now Flambard's Way was agreed, which necessitated the compulsory purchase and demolition of the South Street Masonic Hall. Surrey County Council agreed to fund and finance the 16

purchase of a suitable site and the erection of a new Hall and, in the mid 80's, the Ockford Road site was secured. In 1988 the present Godalming Masonic Hall was erected and was dedicated by the late The Earl of Shannon, Provincial Grand Master, in 1989. This Centre now provides a dining room, bar, kitchen, committee room, changing room and cloakrooms on the ground floor with the Masonic Temple above. Built into the bar area is a stone fireplace, salvaged from the South Street Hall, which bears the Bramston Beach Lodge badge and the first floor Temple includes two stained glass windows also saved from the demolition men. The Temple furniture and fittings are also mainly those used in the old Centre, including the very uncomfortable but also very valuable 17th Century Senior Deacon's chair! Godalming Masonic Hall is currently home to 10 Craft Lodges, 4 Royal Arch Chapters and 6 other Masonic orders, all of whom have equal standing on the Hall Association. Lodges and Chapters from Guildford, Woking and other Masonic areas now meet at Godalming, enjoying the friendly relaxed atmosphere in this south western corner of the Surrey Province.


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The SouthWest’s best kept secret! Surrounded by woodland, with extensive lawns and a large car park, the Hall is much favoured locally for wedding receptions, christening parties etc., and is also used during the day by non-Masonic groups including two Probus Clubs, children's groups, Pilates classes etc., all of which help to keep the Centre very much part of the Godalming Community. Like some other Surrey Centres, Godalming is also now gaining a reputation for the excellence of its catering with a superb choice of menus being offered by Classical Dining, who joined the Centre at the beginning of 2013. THE OLYMPIC TORCH Being situated on one of the main roads into town, the Hall is very prominent and provided an ideal vantage point to witness the Olympic Torch passing right outside last July. Large banners were hung outside and the photo shows the torch as it passed by, cheered on by over 250 Freemasons, family and friends outside the Centre, plus another 1,000 or so on both sides of the road alongside. The Centre was extensively remodeled and modernised during the summer of 2013, with structural alterations as

Photos: Opposite page: Godalming Masonic Centre (top). James Oglethorpe US stamp (inset) Crowds beside the centre as the Olympic torch passes (bottom). This page: The Master’s chair (left) and the very uncomfortable 17thC Senior Deacons chair (right).

well as a make-over to the bar and dining rooms. The works were just about finished in time for the Open Day in September, which was part of the Godalming Heritage Weekend, and which attracted a good number of visitors, all eager to see what our Fraternity and it's building are all about.

THE SILVER MATCHBOX and the Werther’s Original Browsing through a copy of Emulation Working Today, kindly donated by a member of my Lodge, and which I found to be very useful in explaining the workings of the Emulation Lodge of Improvement, I was interested to read a chapter on ‘The Silver Matchbox’. Bro. Major Badham in October 1897, worked on the 2nd Degree in such a manner described as exemplary by the then Senior Member of the Committee, Bro. Robert Sudlow who was precepting on that occasion. Sudlow subsequently presented him with a silver matchbox to mark the achievement. Within a few years it had become the established custom that a brother who works a ceremony from the Chair ‘without standing in need of prompting or correction’ receives a silver matchbox engraved on the front with his name or intials and on the reverse usually with the heading E.L. of I. with the date and ceremony worked. A few years ago, our Preceptor would on occasions hand out to worthy brethren a ‘Werther’s Original’ for those during the evening who performed well at our Lodge of Instruction. Not quite the same as a silver matchbox but nonetheless a mark of recognition for

attempting to do one’s best at the ritual. It shouldn’t be overlooked however, that neither a ‘Werther’ nor a silver matchbox given for verbal accuracy says nothing about the quality of how the ritual is delivered. Our ceremonies can be described to some extent as mundane to those brethren who have witnessed them over and over again, and I am sure we have all seen some more experienced brethren fidgeting in their seats, aroused only when a mistake was made. I remember seeing a ceremony performed by a Master a few years ago where his timing, emphasis and diliverance were absolute perfection. It was like watching a good play at the theatre. To quote a slightly altered phrase from Shakespeare: “The Lodge Room is a mere stage and all the Brethren are just players”. Next time you recite a piece of ritual why not imagine you’re Lawrence Olivier or Kenneth Branagh as Henry V delivering his rallying call to his soldiers with his St. Crispin’s Day speech in Henry V – “We few, we happy few, we band of Brothers!” After all isn’t that what our ritual is all about – acting out dramas! Ed. 17


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From the Desk of the Provincial Grand Tyler The title of this piece is perhaps a little misleading, as anyone who has ever visited the Provincial Grand Tyler’s office will attest. It’s not so much an ‘Office’ as a space within the basement archive store, next to the boiler, which is also home to the accoutrements of Provincial Grand Lodge (the Provincial Sword, VSL, Standards etc.). And the ‘Desk’ is a more-or-less flat surface just about big enough for an A4 pad Chris Casselden and a pen. But, one mustn’t complain, there are others who are not even afforded this small luxury. Being the lowest office in the building it is a reminder that the Provincial Grand Tyler stands at the very bottom of the list of Acting Provincial Grand Officers. However, it should never be forgotten that being placed at the bottom he also supports the entire structure above! This is the first time for quite a number of years that this post has been occupied by a Working (or Professional) Tyler. So, forgive me if I champion their cause within these pages. Not that I wish in any way to belittle or denigrate the efforts and accomplishments of any of my predecessors. All have performed the role admirably and I hope only to maintain their levels proficiency and professionalism. Like the job of Tyler within a Private Lodge the principal duties of the Provincial Grand Tyler are largely unseen. They involve being responsible for the safety, upkeep, transportation and setting up of the Provincial Grand Lodge accoutrements in the Grand Temple prior to the Annual meeting in Great Queen Street, the Cathedral Service and one or two other 'Outings'. So, apart from a couple of ‘Shows’, is that it? Well no – at least I hope it isn’t. I have since my appointment become the ostensible 'Head' of all Surrey Tylers. This, of course, confers no power or

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authority whatsoever – Tylers, like Lodges are private individuals, fiercely independent and not, under normal circumstances, subject to any higher authority except to the Lodge they work for. However, in the event of a dispute or any misconduct involving a Tyler then Lodges should know we are here to assist. While I hope never to see or hear of such things, it is useful to remember that we can offer support should the need arise. In what other respects can I help? When it comes to hiring (and indeed firing) of a Tyler, this is entirely within the gift of the individual Lodge, and this is how it should be. Under no circumstances should the Provincial Executive or any of its Officers seek to dictate who should be employed by which Lodge. However, the sudden demise, illness or resignation of a Tyler can sometimes leave a Lodge with no service, and often with little warning. In such instances it is hoped that we can help in finding a stand-in Tyler at short notice and we can also assist by putting the Lodge in touch with a possible permanent replacement if the Lodge is unable to find one themselves. Surrey now has the first ever Tyler’s Lodge (Ebbisham) which will be home to any Tyler, Janitor, Guardian, Warder, Outer Guard etc. (and even Organists!) from any of the Masonic orders and although it comes under the banners of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Surrey, membership is open to any Tyler or Organist in the English Constitution. The aims of the Lodge are to improve the existing Tyler's network and to share our collective experiences the better to improve the services we offer to Lodges throughout the Province. Although the Lodge only came into being in its present form in February 2013, already it has proved invaluable in filling a large number of 'gaps' caused by the recent resignation of one of Surrey's busiest Tylers. I am trying to put together an up-to-date comprehensive database of Surrey Tylers (estimated to number about 28) to enable me to assist Lodges in their time of need. So, as a last final plea could I ask all the Tylers in the Province to let me have a list of the Lodges they work for (Lodge Number and venue, along with contact details, and (continued over)


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venues that you're happy to travel to). If you are a member of the Lodge and Tyle as a part of Officer Rotation, or by agreement with the Lodge, and you do not wish to extend your services to other Lodges then I will not need your details. I can be contacted through the Provincial Office or directly chris.casselden@virginmedia.com

I should like to thank my two predecessors, Ted Thorne and Don Howie for their encouragement and support, along with the good wishes of my fellow Tylers and the members of 'My' Lodges following this appointment. Chris Casselden

Farnham Heritage Days In 2005 we decided, at the invitation of The Farnham Society, to open our Masonic Centre on Farnham Carnival Days which was centred on Castle St. a wide Georgian thoroughfare (Grade 2 listed buildings). Stalls, entertainments and a band stand were erected in Castle St. and our Masonic stand at the top of Castle St. provided an insight into Surrey Freemasonry and a tour of our Masonic Temple. The free tea, coffee and biscuits were also very popular. In 2008 the Carnival was moved and we didn’t open the Centre. In 2009 the Farnham Society again contacted me and explained that they intended to open many interesting buildings in Farnham on English Heritage Days and asked if we would new interested in opening our Centre as well. Consequently we have opened Farnham Masonic Centre on the Saturday and Sunday of English Heritage Week every year since. 2013 was a particular success. We opened from 10am-4pm on both days and overall welcomed 242 members of the general public into our lair. This year we had decided to design and provide any stands and signs ourselves rather than borrow them from Province and our torsos made at a local drama school were excellent bases on which to display an array of Masonic aprons and collars. My team

designed bakelite signs which were printed upon and showed our structure in Farnham, i.e. the various Lodges and side orders which meet at the Centre. On entering the Centre the public are welcomed and shown around the various stands and displays. They are offered tea, coffee etc. Afterwards they are invited up into our Temple and we talk to them about all aspects of Freemasonry. Bro Ian Goolding of Waverley Lodge, his assistant Bro Bryan Lodge are particularly expert in the theory of Masonry.The public are amazed and usually love such a free and open discussion. I usually assist Bros Ian and Bryan and I take many steps forward in my Masonic knowledge by listening to Ian. It really is very entertaining. I am always asked by Provincial Officers “How many Initiates we managed to recruit”, but we in Farnham have a progressive attitude to recruitment these days and prefer to recruit quality rather than quantity. Having said that the two Farnham Lodges that I belong to have not had need to do a practice at a Regular Meeting for as long as I can remember. We always manage to get children and pretty young ladies to sit in the WMs Chair with a “retired” WMs collar around their necks. As Chairman of Farnham Centre I would like again to thank all of my team and of course the brilliant Farnham Ladies’ Club for the superb job they do for us here at Farnham every year. W.Bro. Geoffrey Swann Chairman Farnham Masonic Hall Co. Ltd.

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An informative and humbling presentation was given by Unit Manager Gill Ayton-Smith to the Deputy Grand Superintendent of Surrey, E.Comp Alan Bayliss, member of the Provincial Charity Committee and its Secretary, W.Bro Steve Jones, W.Bro David Skilleter of Tandridge 100 Lodge facilitated the visit. There is a very personal connection for W.Bro David whose son was in the Neonatal Intensive Care 30 years ago and his daughter, Amy, now works in the unit. The Tandridge 100 Lodge donated £1,000 which was presented to Gill at a recent Surrey 4 Surrey presentation. The team were given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities at Chertsey and an overview of the capital expenditure required to keep the unit functioning, much of the funding coming from charitable sources. The unit is classified as a high level provider of critical care for Surrey. Should a Lodge or Chapter wish to support the vital work Gill and her team are dedicated to deliver, they can do so through the Surrey 4 Surrey fund. Picture shows: E.Comp Alan Bayliss, Sister Mandy Woodford, W.Bro David Skilleter, Deputy Sister Maria Beale, Unit Manager Fill Ayton-Smith, Staff Nurse Emily Wilkins and W.Bro Steve Jones

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Saturday 21st September saw Cranleigh Lodge hold their first charity event in the Lodge car park. Six charities booked free stalls, unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, St. Joseph’s School, Cranleigh had to cancel at short notice. Nevertheless the five that did turn up all reported good sales of books whilst also promoting the very worthwhile work they all do in the community. The charities represented were Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, Royal Surrey Hospital, Cancer Research, National Eczema Society and Motor Neurone Disease. As hosts, Cranleigh Lodge members had donated over 2,000 books to the event. The Book Fair was the idea of the membership sub-committee who have been meeting over the past few months to organize it. Members gathered on the Friday evening to set up café style refreshments in the ante-room and a display and information leaflets in the Temple promoting modern Masonry and Cranleigh Lodge. Not to mention sorting out the 2,000 books! Special thanks must go to our ladies who made some wonderful cakes for the café. Why have we done this, some may ask? We all know that many Lodges are struggling with membership. We have been very

Cranleigh Lodge hold event in the car park

fortunate in Cranleigh Lodge because we have been able to attract a good number of joining members in recent years. We have not been so successful in gaining younger Initiates. We need to reach out to the local community to let them know we are here and the good work we do. This sort of event does that and more, it enables us to help local charity groups to promote themselves and to raise a bit of much needed cash. We are sure our members will continue to support these worthy objectives. Bill Clayton Assistant Secretary, Cranleigh Lodge No.3445

Nutfield S.M.W.A. – What it means to me by Diane Hammond I lived in Wales, on Anglesey for seven years. However, after the death of my Welsh partner, I found myself, alas, alone. The decision was made to return to my roots in the South East of England. A buyer was found for the house in Llangefni, a pleasant flat purchased in Caterham. Now much nearer to my family in Kent and Surrey, I needed to make a ‘single‘ life for myself. One of my new neighbours, Joan Dickens, introduced me to some people and activities, including the S.M.W.A. There are a variety of backgrounds and experiences amongst our membership. Everyone has had their tragedies and triumphs in life, all have experiences to share and a story to tell. Nevertheless, the members of the club are warmly friendly and welcoming and new friendships soon blossom. I have never looked back! The friendly companionship and lovely lunches are a joy. We meet six times a year on alternate months with the AGM taking place in August. Members arrive between 11 am and noon and proceedings begin with coffee and a raffle. Of course, as ladies do, we all enjoy a good old “natter”. Christmas lunch in particular is a fun occasion with a delicious festive lunch and a small gift for each member. We all wear our best bibs and tuckers and a good time is enjoyed by all!

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Meetings usually include an entertainment, mostly in the form of a speaker. This is organised by our entertainment secretary, Dods Leaver, who works hard to source speakers on a varied range of topics from the informative to the downright hilarious. We have enjoyed talks on “Pigs, Polytunnels and Pick your own”, the story of a local garden centre; “Crop Circles; “The Magic of Musicals” – from our own Chris Rashbrook; and a most informative insight into life at the Bar from a retired Barrister. Dods endeavours to seek out variety in order to cater to all tastes. During the months when there is no meeting we meet informally to catch up with news and enjoy the company of friends. These lunch outings are organised by club secretary Paula McRitchie, a lady with an already busy life. (I don‘t know how she does it!). A reminder note is sent to everyone and we usually convene at a convenient pub or restaurant, ringing the changes so that we can sample different menus and venues. Occasional trips to the theatre, stately homes and other places of interest even a trip to the seaside (bring your bucket and spade), have also been organised by Paula, with some of the costs kindly funded by the Surrey Province. No one needs to be forgotten, lonely or left out in this caring

little community. Our welfare secretary Doris Morris sends every member a birthday card, those who are unwell or in hospital are sent a get-well card. For those who are not able to drive, other members who can will step into the breach and provide transport with smile, and a helping hand if needed. Diana Garland has held the post of chairwoman for six years and fulfils her duties with charm and grace, keeping us all in order! Other members of the committee include vice chairwoman Doreen Dart, whose role is to support Diana when she is unable to attend, and Joan Dickens who does a stirling job making sure our books balance. Surrey M.W.A. is a happy bunch of ladies who do much more than “lunch”. As you can see from the epistle above It is one of the things in my ‘new life’ to love. A reason to look forward to next time meet. To making new friends, which is such a treat. Joining’s a privilege and all I can say Is three huge hurrahs, Vive S.M.W.A. Article submitted by Mrs Diane Hammond of the Nutfield Branch of the SMWA For more information about membership please contact: Mrs Diana Garland (Branch Chairman) on Tel 01737 768847


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“A gem of a man” Congratulations and thank you to these brethren who have served Freemasonry for 50 years or more! W.Bro David Lester AProvGM presenting a 50th Certificate to W.Bro George Hodson. The Worshipful Master, W.Bro Ralph Stratford looks on

Roy Ferguson receives his 50th On 4th June W.Bro Nick Parsons, AProvGM, attended John, Lord Lumley Lodge No.5885 and presented the Lodge’s long-serving secretary with a certificate to mark his 50 years in Freemasonry. W.Bro Roy Ferguson, PPJGW, was Initiated into the Lodge in May 1963 and was WM in 1976 and 1993, the 50th Anniversary year of the Lodge. He has been the secretary of the Lodge most of time since 1980, Preceptor in 1995 and Almoner since 2005. Roy also received the PGM’s Certificate of Appreciation in 2007. In presenting Roy with his certificate, the AProvGM paid tribute to his enthusiasm and dedication to Freemasonry during the 50 years and detailed news events of 1963. At the end of the presentation Roy gave us a history lesson about the Lodge and his Grand Lodge Certificate. At the time of the Consecration of the Lodge the head of the Lumley family was the Earl of Scarborough, at that time Deputy Grand Master. Permission was obtained to use his ancestor’s name and also the Lumley arms. Roy’s Grand Lodge certificate, issued in 1963, therefore bears the arms of John, Lord Lumley Lodge and is rather unique among the subscribing members of the Lodge. The photograph shows W.Bro Nick Parsons presenting the certificate to Roy with the WM, W.Bro Michael Warner behind.

That’s how W.Bro David Lester AProvGM described W.Bro George Hodson PPAGDC when presenting him with his 50th Certificate on behalf of the PGM at the Croydon Millenary Lodge No.7745 meeting on Wednesday 2nd October. George, born in 1927 was Initiated into Standard Lodge in 1963. He joined Croydon Millenary in December 1992 becoming Master in 2000. In 1998 George joined Lodge of Good Report No.136 and was Master there in 2004. He served both Lodges for many years as Almoner. In his career as an engineer, George was a ‘troubleshooter’, but the AProvGM described George as more of a ‘problem-solver’ as he liked a challenge in solving problems. His love of music has always been his great passion playing the violin and directing numerous choirs. “We are very proud and fond of George who is always ever-present at our LoI. He is the embodiment of a good Freemason, much respected, loved, and supported well by his lovely wive Alex.” said a Lodge member.

Woolsack Lodge produce ‘3-of-a-kind’ Last year three members of Woolsack Lodge No.8221 reached their 50-year Masonic landmark. As the Lodge was not founded until 1968, it follows that the trio must have been Initiated elsewhere. First VW.Bro Michael Yalden, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, received his certificate at his mother Lodge, Bargate No.5829 from the hand of Past Provincial Grand Master, Terry Doyle. Later in the year, W.Bro Nick Parsons, AProvGM, together with a number of Woolsack brethren visited Shannon Court to present a 50-year certificate to one of its residents and Woolsack member W.Bro Frank Payne, in the presence of his wife and a number of residents at the home. Frank had been Initiated in Sterndale Bennett Lodge No.2182. Nick Parsons also visited Woolsack Lodge at Godalming to make a similar presentation to the Lodge Secretary, W.Bro Richard Floyd, who had been Initiated at Croydon in the Lodge of Mutual Defence No.6711.

STOP PRESS: See also W.Bro Derek Furminger’s 50th certificate presentation on page 27.

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Azor Lodge’s donation to OcuMel UK Kathryn Curtis, Co-Founder and General Manager of OcuMel UK, receiving a £200 cheque from W.Bro Stephen Hoad, Charity Steward for Azor Lodge No.9208. Kathryn’s father, Bro. John Barkham, who died in July 2011 after contracting Ocular Melanoma which is a rare cancer of the eye, was a much admired and sorely missed member of Azor Lodge. As Kathryn wrote in ForSight, the first newsletter published by OcuMel UK, “As a family we felt very isolated due to the rarity of the condition and the lack of information we were given at the time of dad’s primary treatment”. OcuMel was set up by Kathryn and Jo Gumbs to provide a network of support for patients and their families as well as good information about the condition and treatment options. Azor Lodge has been a regular donor of funds to support the continuing growth of OcuMel UK and several of Azor’s members were involved in a fund raising ‘car park for charity’ in Slough last year. OcuMel UK can be contacted by anyone in need of support or wishing to give support or a donation by email: info@ocumeluk.org or www.ocumeluk.org and 01276 682190 (24/7 Answerphone).

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William Cobbett Lodge No.7914 50th Anniversary William Cobbett Lodge No.7914 celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Friday 4th October 2013 at The Masonic Hall Castle Street, Farnham. This was coupled with the Installation of Bro. Michael P Hodge by the Worshipful and Installing Master W.Bro Edward Heath. Fifty members and guests were in attendance including the Official Visitor Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro David Lester and the Master-Elect’s personal guest Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro David Else. To mark the occasion the Bible Marker was refurbished with a new cloth embroidered with the Lodge Name and Anniversary Year.


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News from the Provincial Grand Charity Steward W.Bro Paul Crockett It will not, I am sure, have escaped your notice that we will soon be embarking on a new, five year appeal that will culminate with a Festival in 2019. Our appeal will be in aid of the RMBI. The Institution was founded in 1842 and named the “Institution for Worthy and Decrepit Freemasons”, in 1850, the first Home (for Annuitants only) was opened in Croydon with an equally interesting name the “Asylum for Worthy, Aged and Decayed Freemasons”. It remained there for over 100 years until 1955. Since 1960, more homes have been built or acquired and the RMBI now accommodate over 1,000 residents. In addition, a number of other people living in the community receive pastoral care visits from the Care Advice Team and over 3,000 people now benefit from the RMBI services. Recent reports show that the average age of residents is just under 90 years, and at the time that this report was produced over 25 residents were over the age of 100. This means that the RMBI face the growing challenge of offering Dementia Care. To meet the costs of supporting this number of people the RMBI has, annually, to find more than £4.0 million – most of which is contributed by Freemasons through the Festival system, donations and legacies. The work of the RMBI is one of mutual dependence between the Institution and the Fraternity. With the continued generous support of Freemasons they are confident that they can meet the challenges of

the future. The RMBI exists to enhance the quality of life for over 3,000 people throughout England and Wales. However, as the needs of the beneficiaries change, so the quest for quality is unending. Nonetheless, there is a firm commitment to meeting the needs of older Freemasons and their dependants, striving vigorously to provide the highest standards of care, support, holidays and assistance to older people. The appeal will be launched by the Festival President, RW.Bro Eric Stuart-Bamford, Provincial Grand Master, at three events in February 2014. In Croydon on Tuesday 25th February, Surbiton on Wednesday 26th February and Guildford on Thursday 27th February. Invitations will be sent to every Lodge in due course and I would encourage your Lodge to be represented. These launch events will provide you with all the details about the Festival appeal. The Festival President will outline his and our objectives and how we can achieve them successfully whilst at the same time raising the profile of the RMBI and having fun along the way. I look forward to meeting you at these events and at further events that are planned across the Province. W.Bro Paul Crockett

News from the Provincial Grand Almoner W.Bro Bob Jenkinson, MBE Freemasonry Cares

The Provincial Freemasonry Cares Team recently held a meeting with the Chief Executive of the Freemason’s Grand Charity Laura Chapman to review the method by which the F/Cares initiative was managed within the Province. Laura was very impressed by the way in which it was handled and extremely complimentary about the wonderful support given by both Lodges and Chapters. A great deal of the success of the initiative is down to this support and after so much hard work on the part of everyone involved it is important to ensure the Freemasonry Cares message stays alive. Please continue to spread the word especially among your Lodge widows and the senior members of the Lodge who are the most likely to need support from the Masonic Charities. Please remember to pass on details of the Freemasonry Cares helpline – 0800 035 60 90 – which is always available to anyone during normal office hours. This year’s Christmas Cards have arrived and are now being distributed to those who have ordered them. The Freemasonry Cares Team at Grand Charity are always looking for new ways of keeping the F/Cares message alive and items such as handbag hooks, shopping trolley tokens, compact mirrors etc. are being considered. If you have any ideas for something that would be attractive to keep and used on a regular basis please pass your ideas on to your Lodge or Group Almoner. Home Improvement Loans Although the Freemason’s Grand Charity will generally not provide assistance toward home repairs a substantial fund exists to lend money to elderly Freemason’s and their widows who are owneroccupiers, to enable them to carry out essential repairs or

improvements to their homes, which they are unable to afford themselves. The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) may be able to arrange a loan of between £2,500 and £60,000 from the ‘Victor Donaldson Fund’ at Barclay’s Base Rate plus 1%. The borrower pays neither the capital nor the interest during his/her lifetime but it is redeemable when the property is sold or on the death of the surviving partner. The loan will include the cost of a survey commissioned by the RMBI together with the necessary solicitor’s fees. If you have a Brother or Lodge Widow who is aged 65 or over who could benefit from one of these loans talk to your Almoner or contact Annette Campbell at the RMBI – Tel: 020 7596 2462. Masonic Samaritan Fund – Eligibility Calculator Under certain circumstances you are entitled to apply to the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF) for assistance toward private medical treatment, respite care or mobility aids, subject to certain qualifying criteria. The usual route to obtain this support is either via the Lodge Almoner or direct to the MSF. In either case it can be a little daunting to make this initial approach, especially if you eventually discover that you do not qualify for help. The Masonic Samaritan Fund has now set up a new website where a prospective applicant can determine whether they qualify for support without initially having to speak to anyone. This is achieved by answering a series of simple questions using the new MSF ‘Eligibility Calculator’. Once an applicant has confirmed they do qualify for assistance they can then initiate an application in the usual way. The new Eligibility Calculator can be accessed via: www.msfund.org.uk/eligibility-calculator. W.Bro Bob Jenkinson

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ROYAL ARCH MATTERS An unusual 50 Year Certificate presentation

A busy afternoon for Redwood Chapter

As E.Comp ‘Bob’ Driver cares for his wife, who is disabled; it is not possible for him to attend the Convocations of Merantune Chapter No.6149. So when he achieved 50 years in Royal Arch Masonry, it was proving difficult to find a way for him to be presented with his 50th Certificate. But a way was found. Merantune Chapter has a once a month Chapter of Improvement on a Wednesday afternoon, starting at 2pm, so Bob and his wife Doris attended just before that time, and Bob was presented with his 50th Certificate by E.Comp Gordon Hill.

E.Comp Chris Eley, AProvGP attended Redwood Chapter No.3411 at their Installation Convocation.

In the photo Bob is surrounded by four E.Comps who were there – Brian Gardener, Gordon Hill, Jim Brown and Alan Cain. Afterwards everyone had tea and cake, and Bob and Doris went happily home.

Light from the East Chapter No.4186 The regular Convocation of Light from the East Chapter No.4186 on Saturday 22nd June was deemed a great success when 42 Members and guests attended to witness the exaltation of two new Companions, followed by the presentation of £4,000 to the Province in support of the Royal Arch Masons 2013 Bi-centenary Appeal in aid of the Royal College of Surgeons. To mark the occasion and to receive the cheque, the meeting was attended by the Deputy Grand Superintendent E.Comp Alan Bayliss, who was accompanied by the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals, E.Comp Richard Wileman and E.Comp Colin Jones respectively.

Following the exaltation of Companions Paul Palombo and Philip Manning, the MEZ was pleased to formally present the cheque to the Deputy Grand Superintendent who received it with pleasure and congratulated the Chapter on their fund raising efforts and donation in support of the Appeal. The Companions afterwards dined at an excellent Festive Board where further comments and thanks were expressed by the Deputy Grand Superintendent. 24

Chris presented the Chapter with a personal gift of a PZ jewel that had once belonged to a very distinguished Companion of the Royal Arch, E.Comp Philip Toler. The jewel originally dates back to 1937 when it was presented to the IPZ of Prince Leoride Chapter No.1669 to E.Comp Jacom Branstare as a token of esteem and appreciation for his valued services as MEZ 1936-27. Somehow it ended up in the hands of Redwood Chapter and it was presented to E.Comp P A Toler in 1970, when he had completed his year in the First Principle’s Chair. E.Comp Chris said that Philip Toler was Exalted into Redwood Chapter in 1961 and was made an Honorary Member in 2005. Philip Toler was a prominent Mason. He was Second Provincial Grand Principal from 1981 to 1982 and was followed by the Rev. Graham Ivor Williams, MA, who later became the Grand Superintendent in and over the Royal Arch Province of Surrey. The newly installed MEZ, E.Comp Stan Willis, then presented this very special jewel to the IPZ, E.Comp Ray Hannen for his services to the Chapter. In return, E.Comp Stan presented Chris with a Provincial Year Book from the year 1975/76 for the Provincial Office collection. The Scribe E took the opportunity to highlight several familiar names from the book, including the Chapter’s Director of Ceremonies, E.Comp Ronald Hawkins, whose sons and grandson are now in the Chapter. E.Comp Chris was then called on to present four Supreme Grand Chapter Certificates in a very informative and learned manner. E.Comp Chris summed up the occasion as a typical Redwood Chapter Convocation, well supported, great ritual and well organised with a happy collection of Companions formed from Redwood Lodge and the Upper Thames!


ROYAL ARCH MATTERS A very special day for Honeywood Chapter The September Convocation of Honeywood Chapter No.8440 was going to be a very special occasion. Not only were they going to receive the Second Provincial Grand Principal, E.Comp Richard Wileman but for the first time since December 1995 they would be Exalting a Companion. There were a number of Provincial Officers who came along to support the Second Provincial Grand Principal and some assisted with various parts of the Ceremony. E.Comp Chris Eley, AProvGP (an Honorary Member of the Chapter) acted as Third Principal and E.Comp Edward Guyver, ProvGTreas, acted as Scribe N. Also present were E.Comps George Dryden, ProvGReg (the Chapter’s Official Visitor, Jack Kinch (the Chapter’s Scribe E), Lt Cdr Kevin Todd MBE, RN Rtd, ProvGStwd and Steve Jones, ProvGStwd. After the Chapter was opened, the Escorting Officer, E.Comp Gary Foley, ProvAGDC, entered and advised the MEZ that the Second Provincial Grand Principal was in the ante-room and demanded admission to the Chapter. The Second Provincial Grand Principal entered to spontaneous applause, was greeted by the MEZ, E.Comp Brian Heyes, accepted the Sceptre and took his seat in the First Principal’s Chair.

Royal Arch Bi-centenary Celebratory Dinner The Bi-Centennial Dinner took place at the Duchess’ Stand at Epsom Race Course and a great night was enjoyed by the 250 who supported the event.

The food was excellent, the London Ensemble, (after their leader spent 6 hours on the M25 following the closure of the Dartford Crossing), were superb. The raffle raised £2,400 from pre sales and sales on the night. This will help boost our donations to the Royal College of Surgeons. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent was able to announce that the amount raised by Surrey Chapters was £43,000. A big thank you must go to E.Comp Steve Guzy who organized the event under the lead of Derek Harrington.

E.Comp Richard Wileman said how much he was looking forward to this very special Convocation, after which he introduced the Acting Provincial Officers present. After taking and signing the Minutes he invited the MEZ to resume the First Principal’s Chair to Exalt Bro. Martin Turner of Athene Lodge No.5349. The Ceremony of Exaltation was performed in an excellent manner by E.Comp John Rudd, who performed the first part of the Ceremony and E.Comp Chris Eley, performing the second part of the Ceremony. E.Comp Eric Head, was the Principal Sojourner and E.Comp David Thompson, explained the Signs and delivered the Mystical Lecture.

A BIG WELCOME TO NEW ENTRANTS TO THE SURREY ROYAL ARCH The Executive and all the members of the Royal Arch Province of Surrey congratulate all these new entrants whose names are listed below: Atkins D M, Hopper M D, Humphries R J, Kale M C, Keohane J S, Norton S, Read P J, Robinson T K, Thompson D, Timson G D E, Tree P J, Turner M B. Send items for future publications, together with an original digital copy of the event to: C W Eley, ‘Thornbury’, 3 Heath Drive, Sutton, Surrey, SM2 5RP. Email: cw.eley@tiscali.co.uk It certainly was an afternoon to remember for the Companions of Honeywood Chapter.

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SEMPER FIDELIS No.5867 HOST PROVINCIAL DEBATE AT SUTTON “This House believes that Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge should introduce a single flat rate subscription fee.” Secretarial Note: The following is a précis of the debate recording the highlights. Debate Chairman: W.Bro Nick Parsons APGM For the Motion: W.Bro Stephen DiPlacito and W.Bro Adrian Bean. Against The Motion: W.Bro Sylvester Osei and W.Bro Klick Rahman. Researchers: Steven Draper, Melvyn Cowie, Derek Williamson and David Rudland. Debate Secretary: Jeff Penfold. Secretarial Note: The following is a précis of the debate recording the highlights. Chairman’s Opening Statement: W.Bro Parsons opened the debate by introducing the Provincial Debating Team Members. The debate was ‘Oxford Union style’ with 1 minute opening statements for and against the motion, followed by 4 minutes from the opposing sides, questions and comments from the floor and a short summary from both sides before the vote. Proposal FOR the Motion: W.Bro DiPlacito made his opening statement by clarifying that as we were all Craft Masons, we held a belief in fairness, and that is where the debate lay. The debate was about the fees payable to Grand and Provincial Grand Lodge only and was to establish the fairness of the flat rate subscription rather than the present system, which was not fair for all. Opening AGAINST the Motion: W.Bro Osei opened his counter-argument by observing that the notion of a single flat rate annual subscription fee was an emotive one and that in his opinion, when it came to fees, a non-interventionist, laissez-faire policy must continue. He continued that United Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge were ‘not for profit’ bodies that relied on prompt payment of subscriptions in order to function, to promote Freemasonry nationally and globally, to carry out important projects for charity and fund scientific research. He would argue that the fees structure for 219,501 craft members must stay as it was, under 5 inter-related themes: Organisational; Impact; Income; Choice; Kudos/Status. The Case for the Motion: The Chairman called upon W.Bro DiPlacito to evidence the case for the motion. W.Bro Stephen’s main argument was that fees for Grand and Provincial Grand Lodge should be standard and uniform with a flat rate fee in operation, however, he noted that when Masons joined a second craft Lodge they had to pay a second fee to both Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge as fees were payable per member of the Lodge and not memberships. He questioned whether this was fair? W.Bro DiPlacito stated that Masonry was a hobby, albeit a brilliant hobby, and drew a comparison with the British Sub Aqua Club which operated in a similar way but with only one membership fee. This had proven to encourage choice and the support of multiple branches. In addition to the single membership fee, members paid for the actual expenses that they incurred. He went on to emphasise that flat rate fees would

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encourage new members and support growth and retention within Masonry. More often than not struggling Lodges were happy and enthusiastic but need a hand and a flat rate fee would help in this respect. Finally, he challenged Grand and Provincial Grand Lodge to review fees in line in these times of austerity and made a brief comparison to social care, in which he worked. He urged the Floor to support the motion, in the interest of fairness. The Case against the Motion: The Chairman called upon W.Bro Osei to evidence the case against the motion. W.Bro Osei began his counter-argument by asking why we joined Freemasonry and pondered whether it was to ‘make a difference to and in our lives and to those around us’ and whether it was to gain a sense of fulfilment, belonging, brotherliness, be with ‘like minded people’ with the appropriate backgrounds, experiences or qualifications. All that came at a cost, a reasonable one in his opinion. He went on to consider several related themes as to why the fees structure should stay as they were. The notion of a single flat rate annual subscription fee is an emotive one, with many amongst us being members of more than one Craft Lodge: 82% belong to one Lodge; 13% belong to two Lodges; 3% belong to three Lodges 1%, belong to four or more Lodges. We should continue to allow Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge to set their own fees as they are two organisations, two histories, two separate identities, but with the overriding aims of service, promotion, commitment and dedication to the needs of Freemasons at national and local levels. Amalgamating the two would lead to the centralisation of power and decision making in Grand Lodge. Flat fees would result in a reduction in income for both Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge. Despite the climate of austerity, organisations have a responsibility to charge “fair and reasonable prices” in order to survive and grow. The current fees are Value for Money. Fixed flat rate pricing was synonymous with and associated negatively with low-price and low-value. Quoting Keynesian economics W.Bro Sylvester said that choice was a necessary result of any democracy. Any individual or organisation had the right to set their prices accordingly and Consumers had the right to accept or reject that price – by walking away. As long as transparency of pricing was evident, Brethren would know and could decide whether they wished to join or not. W.Bro Osei urged the Floor to vote against the motion as a single flat annual subscription fee would take away from the free market the element of choice from the Consumer, would result in reduced income and loss of identity for both organisations and result in loss of credibility for Freemasons up and down the country.

Comments from the Floor: The Chairman invited comments from the Floor. There were many but amongst those one Brother rose to comment Against stating that only 20% of the membership would be affected by the status quo being maintained but 80% would be affected by the adoption of a flat fee. He questioned how cross memberships in different provinces would be dealt with in the event of a flat fee. Another Brother speaking For the Motion observed that it would be better for Grand Lodge to adopt a single fee for each member and for Province to do likewise. Closing FOR the Motion: W.Bro Adrian Bean summarised that a single flat fee would result in lower prices, fairness and equality. He also urged that the question of charitable giving should not cloud the issue as this topic was outside the debate. He believed that there would be chaos if competition between Provinces was introduced and that the essential was to have fairness and not kudos. Closing AGAINST the Motion: W.Bro Rahman stated that he believed that those speaking For the Motion had in fact evidenced the case Against the Motion. Fairness arose from an adjustable rate, were only 20% of the members being affected and that a single increased fee would affect most Members. He also opined that it would not be helpful if Grand Lodge was to set fees for Provinces. Chairman’s Closing Remarks: The Chairman restated the Motion and said that the floor had heard arguments for and against. Many of those were elegant points, given in a heartfelt way. The chances were that Members and guests had come into Semper Fidelis Lodge on that evening with an opinion already formed on the topic. He wished to remind the floor that they were being asked to vote on the substance of the arguments in the Debate itself, and not on what their opinion was when they had first arrived. The Chairman invited the four speakers to withdraw from the Lodge. A vote was taken and the Secretary passed the result to the Worshipful Master. W.Bros DiPlacito, Bean, Osei and Rahman were admitted back into the Lodge. The Worshipful Master rose to declare that there were 8 votes For the Motion, and 10 votes Against the Motion. W.Bros Osei and Rahman were declared the winners. The Worshipful Master congratulated and thanked the Team for presenting an entertaining and lively debate. Jeff Penfold


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In October W.Bro Bob Tomlin visited Lovekyn Chantry Lodge No.6807 to present W.Bro Derek Furminger with a 50 year certificate. In October 1963 Derek was Initiated as a Lewis, Passed and Raised into Merton Lodge No.2790. All three Ceremonies were performed by his father Vernon Furminger. Derek joined Lovekyn Chantry in 1984 and was its Master in 1992. He was Exalted into Sudbrook Chapter No.8440 which subsequently changed their name and number to Lovekyn Chantry Chapter No.6807. He was MEZ in 2001. Educated at Raynes Park County Grammar School, Derek has been married to Heather for nearly 25 years. After serving a formal apprenticeship Derek worked in Export Sales and Marketing on defence electronics throughout the world. He then ran a small hotel and restaurant in Dorset for 7 years before moving back to Surrey where he worked at the RAF Headley Court Rehabilitation Centre in Leatherhead. They now spend the winter in South Africa where they bought a property. As well as the presentation of the 50 year certificate to Derek there was also due to be an Installation Ceremony. Unfortunately the candidate was not able to attend so it was decided to give a demonstration of the 1st Degree Ceremony. Derek offered his services as candidate. So he was presented with a 50 year certificate and then Initiated – is this a first?

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Keith would love to see you! W.BRO KEITH BELL, PPGStB (Surrey) Now 88 years of age, former Able Seaman (we believe HMS Formidable) during WWII and on the Russian Convoys, former Police Sergeant, MPS and Black Taxi Driver, one time Tyler, Toast Master and Entertainer (always loved singing and still does) for a number of Lodges in the Surrey Province. Keith is an Honorary Member of Pride of Surrey Lodge No.9167. He is currently a resident in the RMBI Home: Lord Harris Court, Sindlesham and sadly does not receive many visitors. Members of the Lodge would like to thank the New Samaritan Fund for supplying the new full reclining chair within two weeks of application and thank the new process of Freemasonry Cares. In August along with the Almoner of the Lodge, Keith (who loves chocolate) received a visit from the Chairman of LHC, W.Bro Ted Melber and was presented with a miniature copy of the Arctic Medal, to which he is entitled. Bro Bell looks well and is being well cared for but it is felt that visitors form some of his old Lodges would stimulate the mind a little. Peter Russell onrus@btopenworld.com

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Semper Fidelis have a good summer recruiting Another year passed by and another splendid SEMPER FIDELIS Lodge No.5867 ‘Ladies’ Luncheon’, again enjoyed by some 60+ comprising members, wives, and relatives complete with families attended at The Drift Golf Club, East Horsley on Sunday 30th June 2013. Sunny weather prevailed all day and attendees enjoyed a menu of prawn cocktail/ beef/ carvery and fresh fruit salad, all being prepared in excellent taste. Several small ‘fund raisers’ occupied the lunch time – popular amongst these – Name the age of the teddy bear; Ladies quiz; Heads or tails; and Number of sweets in the jar. (W.Bro John L Stewart organised these time-fillers most successfully.) Our MC, W.Bro Mike Millership kept a keen eye on all the movements, including the popular raffle, thus the event raised the sum of £610 and a cheque donation for this sum, in favour of The Princess Alice Hospice, Outdoor “Recruitment Mode” by Semper Fidelis Lodge. Good weather also ensured a high attendance at the 30th Anniversary of Ashtead Village Day on Saturday 8th June 2013. Participating for the first time Semper Fidelis Lodge, arranged, through the combined service of Provincial office and valued assistance from W.Bro Jim Barnes, to hire a stand at the show. The photograph shows the valued potential of such an organised arrangement, as several important aspects of Freemasonry are freely displayed, including various jewels, aprons, a ‘broken column’ charity box and collars. These items encouraged various questions from interested persons! The show opened at 12.30pm with the usual procession and music, however, it was not long before we were able to record the first of thirteen names and prime details of possible candidates. An informative team of five PMs from the Lodge were actively engaged all afternoon to explain the basic aspects of becoming a Freemason and the UGLE booklet What’s it all About was presented to each interested person. Having successfully recorded the thirteen person details, we now need to promptly and systematically effect a follow-up upon each, so as to further interest, answer any relevant questions, then if found suitable, recommend them into the next stage in Freemasonry. W.Bro Neville West Almoner and Charity Steward was presented by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro Mark Ryder to Mrs Jane Formby. Jane being a special guest of the Lodge and a long-serving trustee of this valued registered charity. Jane provided us with a most interesting account of the work of this modern hospice and out-patients clinics. Each year they support over 2,600 patients and their families; they care for people with illnesses, living in a large part of Surrey, South West London and Middlesex – wherein they care for over 800 patients at any one time! It costs over £8 million a year to provide their valuable services – for free! Yet, they receive less than 25% of funding from the NHS, thus relying on the support of the local community, to ensure they can ‘be there’, caring when it matters. Support includes emotional, practical and financial advice. It was interesting to hear from their representative that for every £1 donated, they spend 85p on charitable activities, 10p for fundraising and only 5p to cover management and administration. Volunteers cover a large part of the daily work load, such as reception, café, tea for patients, book trolley and gardening to name a few. For every £1 spent on fundraising, they raise over £6! They support our loved ones – we should most certainly consider supporting them! Contact them on 01372 461869 or email fundraising@pah.org.uk or view their website www.pah.org.uk. Finally, we must indeed remind ourselves of the forthcoming Surrey Provincial Festival (2019) in favour again of the RMBI. The scheduled initial Festival Launch Seminars are to be held within three centres – Croydon, Surbiton and Guildford, all commencing at 19.00 hours, and respectively are on 25th, 26th & 27th February 2014. 29


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Provincial Motorcycle Rally passes the £10,000 mark The seventh annual Provincial Sponsored Motorcycle Rally took place in unbroken sunshine on Sunday July 14th. There was a record number of riders taking part this year, on well over 20 bikes of all shapes, sizes and ages. We were honoured with the presence and full participation of the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, RW.Bro Michael Wilks. Bro Mike is well-known in his home province and beyond as a dedicated and enthusiastic biker, and he kindly kept the date free in his busy calendar to take part in this year’s Rally, with his charming wife Kay as pillion. on Sunday 6th July 2014. Contact: nigelworsfold@hotmail.com t: 01252 The nominated charity this year was Cancer Research UK and, through 311741 or 07956 824723. All classes of motorcycles and scooters are sponsorship raised from Lodges, family and friends, the participants eligible to take part, and pillions are encouraged. W.Bro Nigel Worsfold have already banked over £1,000, through the highly successful Surrey for Surrey Fund. This brings the total raised in the history of the Rally to well over £10,000 for a variety of worthy and deserving charities. Dad, son, grandfather and cousin W.Bro Nick Parsons AProvGM was on hand at Surbiton Masonic make it a unique ‘Lewis’ occasion Centre to welcome the riders to the finish line, and to welcome RW.Bro Michael Wilks to our Province. W.Bro John Mason has been Secretary of Concord Lodge No.463 The Rally is in the form of a ‘treasure hunt’. Two weeks before the event, the organisers take a full day to drive to all points of the Province, for over 5 years and the last year has seen many preparations and to create various location-based questions. The riders then have to go to fund raisings for their 175th Anniversary Meeting next year (see opposite page). those locations on the day of the Rally to find the answers. This year, It was whilst planning one of their fund raising events, that John’s son 12 questions were set, but there is no expectation that the riders must Joe, approached him and said that the 175th sounded like it was going go to all of them. Nevertheless, Surrey Masons being dedicated and to be quite an event and he would love to be a part of it. He then asked, competitive men, it’s become a matter of pride amongst the riders to “Dad, how old do I have to be to join?”. John explained that the joining make great efforts to go to all of them! age is 21, but in special circumstances, exceptions can be made for As usual the day was enjoyed by all those who took part, Masons men to join at 18. Without pushing Joe, he had always hoped he would and non-Masons alike, and we were blessed with flawless sunshine. express an interest, especially as he attended many of the Lodge’s The organisers are always hoping to increase the number of participants. Almost all Surrey Masonic bikers are now on the organisers’ social events, and since the age of 6 had been in the Scout movement. database, but there might be more, so if you are a Masonic motorcyclist Joe thinks that joining Freemasonry is a natural progression once his in Surrey and you would like to take part, you are encouraged to contact involvement as an Explorer Scout is over. W.Bro Nigel Worsfold for details of next year’s Rally, which will take place “Dad, I would really like to join”. This was music to John’s ears, so he wrote to the Provincial Grand Secretary applying for permission from the Provincial Grand Master for his son to join at the age of 18. Permission was granted and the next step was an interview with the Lodge Committee. This was held on 23rd July and after answering the usual questions, Joe was unanimously accepted. John realised that in order to comply with Rule 158, he needed permission from the PGM of West Kent as he lived in Hayes. This was applied for and duly granted. A Special Dispensation was then granted by the Provincial Grand Master on the 30th July. Joe will be 18 on 10th November, and John will have the honour and privilege of Initiating him on 13 November which will probably make Joe their youngest ever member. “Although I have carried out numerous Initiations, none will be more nerve wracking or mean as much to me personally as this will. It will be a bit of a family affair with Joe’s grandfather delivering the working tools and my cousin leading Joe Joe proudly displays his recently-acquired Jack around the Lodge” Petchey Foundation Award said John.

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Sir, On Saturday 29th September, Table Fellowship Lodge No.8989 took part in the Surbiton Street Market. The reason was that we wanted to increase our Lodge’s ‘profile’ in the local community and at the same time encourage local men to consider becoming Freemasons. We paid a £60 fee for our space, which was a six foot trestle table with a canopy (supplied by the organisers). We were also very well supported by the Province, who provided some display kit. This was in the form of banners and a couple of stands; a selection of leaflets about Freemasonry; and (of course) some copies of the Surrey Mason. All very simple to organise and all very inexpensive – but what a result we achieved! We wanted to increase awareness of Freemasonry in the local community and we most certainly succeeded, with a constant flow of visitors asking lots of questions and showing great interest. We didn’t expect a lot in the way of new members, but in fact ended up with six really good enquiries from men, all of whom strongly expressed an interest in becoming a Mason. We met two Past Masters, who were currently unattached, and who had recently moved into the area. Both of them wanted to reestablish their Masonic membership with a local Lodge and seeing our stand provided just the right input at just the right time.

All-in-all the day was a resounding success. It cost very little; it was easy to organise; the Province was extremely supportive; it didn’t require a lot of manpower to run; we had a lot of fun doing it; and we ended up with the prospect of several new members for our Lodge. The bottom line is that if you want to increase the membership of your Lodge, one really effective way of doing this is to ‘get out there’ and engage with the local community. Yours sincerely and fraternally, W.Bro Charles Hoseason, Lodge Membership Officer YOUR LETTERS – continued over

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Sir, I was delighted to “read” the article on P11/12 of the summer 2013 edition of Surrey Mason regarding websites in general, and those for Lodges in particular. The reason for putting – read – into quotation marks is that the article was read to me as I am totally blind. My reason for writing is that mention was made to “accessibility” which is an aspect of web design which is often overlooked. Visual clarity of a website helps those with poor site, however, those of us who use “screen access technology” are often presented with issues which may not, at first sight, be obvious. The main instances are poor labelling of hyperlinks, images, buttons and other elements. A site may validate through one of the several validation sites (probably the best being the W3C facility) but often the labels are either meaningless or totally absent. A common instance is labelling a hyperlink “here” or “click here”, especially if there are several occurrences of these on a page. A little thought about the structure of the sentence can easily solve this issue. A hypothetical example could be: “For further information about the Provincial golf day ‘CLICK HERE’”. Restructuring this to:

“For further ‘INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROVINCIAL GOLF DAY’ ‘click here’”. The reason is that the access software looks for labels and lists them, hence if there are several occurrences of the same label, the site becomes meaningless. The same comments are relevant to buttons. Images, along with buttons, have separate issues. Depending on how they are formed, they may be, by default, labelled “unlabelled” or, button1, button2, … button (the equivalent for images) which renders them meaningless and unusable. In the case of an image, the labelling should give an indication of the content of the image. For example, “picture of the WM presenting a cheque for £100,000 to the one-legged dog society”! Over the years, as an amateur, I have edited several web pages from raw code or using CMS utilities. From this, I know how relatively easy it is to implement these W3schools guidelines. I have also seen several Masonry websites which carry examples of poor practice. I strongly urge webmasters to look at sites with these points in mind. David W Wood Pilgrim Lodge No.7265

Sir, Following a very successful Masonic Year, the Lodge of Grand Design No.6077, became a Patron of both Masonic Homes in the Province; James Terry Court and Shannon Court. The Worshipful Master of the Lodge, W.Bro Patrick Crossan and the Lodge Charity Steward, W.Bro Colin Read visited both Homes and presented a cheque to; W.Bro Frank Lee, Chairman, The Friends of James Terry Court and W.Bro David Else, Chairman, Friends of Shannon Court. The hospitality during the visits was first class. A wonderful tour of each Home, (which have been modernised to a very high standard) was provided followed by an opportunity to sit and chat with residents over tea and biscuits. The excellent facilities at each of the Homes was commended by W.Bro Crossan and W.Bro Read who also praised the staff for their commitment and dedication in making a significant difference to the quality of life for the residents and their families. A number of other organisations and charities benefitted from the funds raised by members of the Lodge of Grand Design throughout the year. These included; the Scout and Guide Movement in Leatherhead and Bookham, The Samaritans, Victims Support, Friends of St Nicholas Church Bookham and an orphanage and Place of Safety for Street Children in Khartoum, Sudan. A total of £8,000 was distributed between all the beneficiaries. The spirit of Masonry continues to be enjoyed by members of the Lodge of Grand Design through their Masonic activities and Charitable donations. W.Bro Colin Read Charity Steward

Sir, I am W.Bro Tony Pearson, current Worshipful Master of Selsdon Park Lodge No.5005. I today received the latest edition of Surrey Mason which, as always, I read with great interest and I take the opportunity to congratulate you all on an excellent production. I thought I would take the opportunity to inform you about a sponsored walk I have just completed. On Sunday 8th September I undertook a walk of 18 miles around the Croydon Central Parliamentary Constituency boundary to raise money for SADS UK which funds research and support into Sudden Adult Death’s. I walked in memory of Dean Chapman who I knew, and who died suddenly aged only 28 in December last year. Dean left a partner and two very small children. So far I have raised just short of £300 but my donation page at www.virginmoneygiving.com/TonyPearsonWalkforDean remains active. I have attached a picture from the start of the walk. I am far right of the picture, wearing the SADS UK t-shirts, and in the centre of the picture is Gavin Barwell MP, who was walking to raise money for Croydon Visual. As local Councillor for New Addington, I am delighted to raise money in memory of Dean, who lived in New Addington, for SADS UK and want to thank everyone that supported me. Tony Pearson

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