ISSUE 12, January 2005

Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The spirit that sustains
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry at Freemasons' Hall, London is mounting an exhibition from January to August 2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
     The exhibition will look at how English Freemasonry faced the difficulties of the war on the Home Front across the country and how Freemasons' Hall coped with the Blitz. Exhibits include jewels, photographs, stamps and archive material.
     The exhibition is open from 24 January to 19 August 2005 (Monday to Fridays only), 10am to 5pm. Admission free.
     Library and Museum staff will give a series of free afternoon talks in the week of the Anniversary of VE Day, as follows (all commencing at 4pm):

9 May The Spirit that sustains: An Overview of English Freemasonry and the Second World War (Diane Clements);

10 May A Building at War: Freemasons' Hall, London 19391945 (Fay Newman)

11 May Exiles, Allies and Victors: Masonic Association 194050 (Martin Cherry);

12 May Doves, Dragons and the Leafy Idyll: A Study of the Iconography of Masonic Jewels, 19391945 (Alison Royle);

13 May From Peace to War: the material culture of Freemasonry in the Second World War (Mark Dennis).

Sheffield University
The Centre for Research into Freemasonry at the University of Sheffield is organising the following free public seminars:

16 February Freemasonry and the Parliamentary Labour Party: the case of New Welcome Lodge No. 5139 ( John Hamill, UGLE Director of Communications).

9 March Freemasonry, mining and social networks (Professor Roger Burt, University of Exeter).

Seminars begin at 5.15pm, and are held in the Old Library, History Department, 387 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2HQ. For further details and to receive a brochure of seminars for the rest of 2005, contact Julie Banham, Centre for Research into Freemasonry, Floor 14, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield S10 2TN. T. 0114 222 9890;
     Recordings of seminars will be mounted on the Centre's website approximately ten days after the seminar is held.

The Cornerstone Society

    Friday 11 February Julian Rees will give Michael Baigent's talk at Woodcote Lodge No. 4891 (Croydon) entitled Digging into the Degrees Lodge Orators for the 21st Century. Venue: Croydon Masonic Hall, 73 Oakfield Road, Croydon at 4 pm.
     Please send a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque for 25, made payable to Woodcote Lodge, for the meeting and dinner, to I.H.D. Scales, 49 Bradmore Way, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 1PF.
T. 01737 553704. A ticket will be sent.

Tuesday 1 March The same talk will be given at West Sussex Masters Lodge No. 8963, Masonic Hall, 7 South Pallant, Chichester at 5.30 pm. It is understood that the Provincial Grand Master will be present.
     Please send a stamped addressed envelope and a cheque for 15, made payable to West Sussex Masters Lodge, for the meeting and dinner, to Henry Cole, 89 Valley Park Drive, Clanfield, Hants. PO8 0PS.
T. 023 9259 9168.
A ticket will be sent.

London Masonic Walk
Meet 11am Royal Exchange (Bank Station Exit 3). Every last Friday of the month: 30 July, 27 August, 24 September, 29 October, 26 November. Two-hour walk with Yasha Beresiner (qualified City guide): Mason's Alley, Goose & Gridiron site; Wren's St Paul's; Johnson and the Cheshire Cheese; Fleet Street (where the Knights Templar may have started it all): The Temple.
     5 per person (under-12s free). No need to book or call, but can contact on Yasha @ 07768 292066. Organised by The Streets of London.

Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 and Correspondence Circle
Future Lodge meetings (5pm on Thursdays at Freemasons' Hall, London):

17 February Paper by Andrew Durr on The Chicken and Egg the Emblem Book and Freemasonry.

12 May, 23 June, 8 September, 10 November (Installation).
Individual members and members of Lodges in the Correspondence Circle (not below the rank of Master Mason) are welcome to attend. Contact: T. 020 7405 7340.
Web site:

Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
Diary dates (Spring Summer 2005), Wednesdays: 79pm. Fee 7.

16 February John Acaster (Sir Francis Bacon, Religion & the Secrets of Freemasonry).

16 March Peter Nockolds (Alchemy & Astrology The Hidden Tradition of the Rosicrucian Alchemical Text of Atalanta Fugiens 1617).

20 April Dr John Carey (The Old Gods & Craft Traditions in Medieval Ireland).

18 May David Rankin (The Angelic Legacy of Dr John Dee).

15 June Professor Ronald Hutton (The History & Nature of Modern Paganism).

Please send a cheque for 7 made payable to Canonbury Masonic Research Centre.

Enquiries: Carole McGilvery 020 7226 6256

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