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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Spotlight on Sheffield
When Sheffield Masons presented cheques to two charities, including the Cavendish Cancer Care Centre, they little realised that the result would be that the local Masonic hall would star in a local television programme.
     Harry Gration, presenter of the BBC Look North evening TV programme is a patron of the Centre, and was surprised at the existence of Tapton Masonic Hall, Sheffield, where the cheques were presented.
     He immediately saw a good story, and local Masons came together to help him put the programme together about Freemasonry at the Grade II listed building.
     Like many non-Masons he was impressed with both the building and the activities – fund-raising in particular – in which Freemasons are involved. The date was fixed, the camera crew turned up and on the evening of the 17th February the programme went out.
     Among the volunteers were Liaqat Ali Khan, a Past Master of Hillsborough Lodge No. 5444, Paul Airton, a Fellowcraft of Sheaf Lodge No. 6990 and David Ayres, a Master Mason of Furnival Lodge No. 2558, all in Sheffield in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, and Mike Teanby, Area 4 Representative of the Province Media Committee.
     As well as talking about how they enjoy their Freemasonry and what it means to them, there was a demonstration of the procession into the Lodge and a ‘ballot’ to make Harry Gration a Mason.
     Locally, Masons are pleased with the constructive image the programme displayed, and the feedback in the Sheffield area has been very positive. The programme shows the advantages to be gained when Masons take a positive attitude to publicity.
     It all came about from ongoing initiatives that came out of Freemasonry in the Community Week, whose committee decided to support two charities, the Cavendish Cancer Care Centre and the Bluebell Wood Hospice for Children. Committee chairman Chris Watson acted as the Master in the television programme.
     Following three car boot sales and a sponsored walk along the River Don, passing the Five Weirs into Sheffield City Centre, more than £10,000 was raised, with cheques going to the two charities.
Dorset Masons go public with a consecration ceremony

TV shots from the BBC Look North programme
Consecration Ceremony

It is always a delight to see the Craft in public, and Dorset Masons were out in force when they publicly laid the foundation stone of the Portland Jubilee Gateway. The traditional ceremony was based on Sir Christopher Wren’s laying of the foundation stone of St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more locally the George III statue and Jubilee Clock in Weymouth.
     The ceremony was led by Dorset Provincial Grand Master Kenneth Barnes, and included the Mayor, Councillor Steve Flew, Portland Town Council members and Brethren of Portland Lodges.
     A time capsule was deposited, the contents provided by Portland Schools. The project was principally financed by Portland Lodges.