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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Canonbury Masonic Research Centre

Canonbury is undergoing refurbishment and meetings are currently being held at the Canonbury Academy, 6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq.

Seventh International Conference – 5-6 November Seeking the light: Freemasonry and Initiatic Traditions
    This two-day event explores the rich legacy of ritual and ceremony within Masonic and related traditions. Topics include: Masonic Rituals as Symbols of Universal Order; Baptism & Masonic Initiation; Entering the Courts of Heaven: Initiation Rituals in Late Antiquity; Society of Gardeners Rites 1610; St Lawrence Ceremony and The Grand Lodge of All England 18th century.
    Initiation & Ritual of “Oriental” Studies; Freemasonry as an Instrument of Initiation; Ritual Reform in the Netherlands; Ritual Actions & Meaning Among Freemasons: A Sociological Approach; Sir Michael Tippett – The Midsummer Marriage: Initiatic Journey through the Central Themes of Druidry.
    Cost: £70 (lunch £7 per day optional). Please make cheques payable to Canonbury Masonic Research Centre and send to CMRC, Canonbury Tower, Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq.

Public Lectures (Wednesdays 7pm–9pm)
    19 October: Jeremy Naydler: The Shamanic Roots of the Egyptian Pyramid Texts. Book signing.

16 November: Tobias Churton: Special film showing of A Might Good Man: Elias Ashmole & the Initiation. Book signing.

For ticket reservations please send a cheque for £7 made payable to CMRC. For further information on Canonbury events, contact Carole McGilvery on 020 7226 6256. Email:

The Cornerstone Society

The fifth Northern Conference, entitled The Three Great Pillars, will be held at the Salford Masonic Hall, Hemsley House, The Crescent, Salford, Lancashire M5 4PE on Saturday, 12 November 2005.
    A number of speakers, each an expert in his own field, have been invited and this conference will feature a number of interesting aspects of Freemasonry and its interaction with society and inner values.
    Details will be made known shortly. Because of the nature of conference material, it is open to Master Masons only. Those interested should write to The Cornerstone Society, 17 Park Avenue, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire WA14 5AX.
    The series of lectures to private Lodges will continue. The Society is planning lecture tours taking in a number of Lodges up and down the country. Leading Masonic speakers from both sides of the Atlantic will be invited to take part in these tours.
    Any Lodge or Chapter interested in hosting one of these lectures should contact The Cornerstone Society at 26 Park View Road, Lytham, Lancashire, FY8 4JE, or at 68 Foxley Lane, Purley, Surrey CR8 3EE, or by email as below.

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Centre for Research Into Freemasonry (University of Sheffield)

Public seminars:

4 October: Pierre Mollier (Grand Orient of France): Two Centuries of French Masonic Historiography (organised with the Department of French). 3pm, Departmental Library, Department of French, Room 7.28, Floor 7, Arts Tower, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN.

10 November: Tom Steele (University of Glasgow): Freemasonry and Positivist Philosophy in Nineteenth-century European Popular Education Movements.

7 December: Jeffrey Tyssens (Free University of Brussels): Processes of Politicising Freemasonry: the Belgian example in the 19th century.

Study day
    The Centre is organising a study day on 26 November 2005 on the Anglo-Saxon King Æthelstan (893/4-939), who occupies a central place in Masonic mythology.
    The medieval Cooke and Regius manuscripts state that Æthelstan granted the stonemasons a charter authorising them to hold assemblies, and that he made a series of ordinances to regulate the craft, which allegedly formed the basis of the ‘Old Charges’ of the Freemasons.
    The study day Who was Æthelstan? will present some of the latest historical research, including a lecture by Professor Sarah Foot of the University of Sheffield, author of the entry on Æthelstan in the new Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
    Details: 10.30am-4.30pm, £95 including lunch. Venue: Tapton Masonic Hall, Shore Lane, Fulwood, Sheffield, S10 3BU. Contact Julie Banham, Centre for Research into Freemasonry, Humanities Research Institute, Floor 14, Arts Tower, University of Sheffield S10 2TN. T. 0114 222 9890. Fax: 0114 222 9894. Email:

Quatuor Coronati Lodge

Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, the Premier Lodge of Masonic Research, will receive a paper from Charles Lawrence, an Emeritus Professor of the University of East London and Chartered Engineer, entitled Within and Without: the Hidden Mysteries of Nature and Science as a key to Early Grand Lodge Freemasonry at 5pm at its meeting on Thursday, 8 September.
    The paper outlines the interaction between science and Freemasonry and shows that the philosophical conflict of mechanistic science and religion is at least as true of Freemasonry today as it was in the 1720s. Members of the Correspondence Circle and members – not below the rank of Master Mason – of Lodges in the Correspondence Circle are welcome to attend. 020 7405 7340 or Email:

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