ISSUE 10, July 2004
John Pine: A sociable craftsman
Jumping for Joy: Skydiving for charity
Quarterly Communication: Speeches of: the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Address of the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Royal Arch: Cheshire gives a lead
  Walking with the greats: Bath Masonic Hall
Motoring in style: Classic Vehicle Club
Masonic education: A daily advancement and Events for your diary
Travel: Portugal
Library & Museum of Freemasonry
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Masonic Classic
Vehicle Club

Freemasons now have their own club for classic car enthusiasts, as John Cole explains
   Motoring in style

Bob Green, a butcher from Nottingham, arriving in his 1970 Morris 1000 Panda car,
waved in by Denis Phipps, Provincial Grand Master of Surrey.

The inaugural Masonic Classic Car Run was held in the summer of 2002, and proved to be so popular that it was decided to hold the event on an annual basis. After its first two years the event has raised nearly £50,000 for charity.
     This year’s Run was held on Sunday, 6 June with 145 vehicles taking part from 31 Provinces, with total pledges of £35,734. The total raised this year is to be split between the When You Wish Upon A Star charity, which sends terminally-ill children to Lapland to meet Father Christmas, and each entrant’s Provincial Grand Charity.
     Following last year’s Run, a number of entrants suggested the formation of a Masonic Classic Vehicle Club – to encompass motorcycles and commercial and military vehicles, as well as classic cars – and entrants in all three Runs – some 300 brethren – have been invited to become members of the new club.
     Sir Neil Thorne, Provincial Grand Master for Essex, is chairman and Philip Toler, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Surrey, and owner of a 1903 Cadillac, is president. Clive Hennessy and John Cole are treasurer and secretary respectively and Peter Lusty is membership secretary.
     The inaugural committee meeting of the club was held on Friday 2 April at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. Main discussion item was the initial contact, via UGLE, of the Grande Loge Nationale Française to identify a suitable location in the Champagne region for a Masonic Classic Vehicle Club fraternal visit, including members’ classic vehicles, this September.