ISSUE 14, July 2005

The King and the Craft
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principle and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge dues: Message from the President of the Board of General Purposes
    Masonic Housing: Major changes Finance: Choosing an investment manager Travel: Tantalising Tunisia Goose and Gridiron: Historic Masonic unveiling Extravaganza: Hollywood comes to Grand Lodge Masonic Events: Day of Fun and Medical, University and Legal Lodges' Festival Education: Sheffield Masonic Library and Forthcoming events and The Entered Apprentice Specialist Lodges: Revving up to success and where eagles dare International: The horror of Phuket and Grand Charity team visit disaster area Library and Museum: Fraternal societies Masonic Charities: NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB and Grand Charity
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Hollywood comes to Grand Lodge

The ever-growing popularity of Freemasons’ Hall as a venue for the film and television world was underlined in May, when a major event was held there for the Hollywood blockbuster Disney film The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, part of which was actually filmed in the building.
    The Grand Temple and surrounding areas were completely transformed for the 1,000 guests to the extravaganza in a way never seen in the building before. The event followed the World Premiere at the Empire, Leicester Square, and was organised by Amanda Davies and her company, AD Events.
    As guests came through the Tower entrance in Wild Street, they were greeted by a Vogan soldier, one of the characters from the film created by Hensons, with another Vogan helping in the cloakroom. Afterwards a couple of them danced with the guests.
    All the waiting staff were dressed in costumes. Karen Haigh, who runs the non-Masonic events and filming at Grand Lodge, said: “Amanda kept coming in to the building over a few years, and because we had Hitchhiker’s filming inside it seemed a good idea to have the Premiere reception there.
    “Senior executives from Buena Vista, the Disney film company, thought the place was wonderful. It was also nice to have the mother of Hitchhiker’s author Douglas Adams, who died a few years ago, among the guests.” Amanda said: “I do the film premieres for Disney, find the venue, put together the design and install and run the event.
    “I saw Karen Haigh at Grand Lodge about eight years ago and fell in love with the building. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came along and part of it was actually filmed at Freemasons’ Hall for two weeks. There is even a book out on the film with pictures in there of the building.
    “I am always looking out for new venues, and the building is so fabulous and the people at Grand Lodge are fantastic. I look forward to coming back soon. For the event, some rooms were transformed into different elements of the film, including a big video screen in the Grand Temple. Outside the Tower entrance we had a Hogpod spaceship billowing smoke, and we needed permission from Camden Council to do this. We also lit the outside of building with colour changes and guests were thrilled.”
    Among Amanda’s other major events have been Terminator 3, the BAFTA Film Awards, Star Wars and Spiderman.

Above: (left) a Vogan soldier at the entrance and (right) the main cloakroom is lit up

Photographs courtesy of AD Events

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