ISSUE 19, October 2006
Editorial
Historic: Rabbi and Mason
Travel: Morocco's exotic charm
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Working with Youngsters: The Grand Master goes fishing
Community Relations: Saying it with flowers
International: Spanish Freemasonry under the microscope
   Events: Grand Lodge Award; Royal Masonic Variety Show
Specialist Lodges: Masonry on the canal
Freemasonry and Society: A Churchman's view of Masonry
Education: Toast of the town and Events
Young Masons: The Universities Scheme
Library & Museum: The Freemasons's Tontine
Masonic Charities: The Grand Charity and NMSF and RMTGB and RMBI
Letters
Book reviews
Gardening

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The Province produced a series of leaflets to support the event including one which explained the horticultural aspects as they related to Freemasonry. A leaflet entitled What’s the big Secret? … It’s no Secret targeted those who may have wanted to know more about Freemasonry.
    The Grand Charity series of leaflets including the Tsunami and hospice grants, to name but two, dealt with charitable work. Almost 50,000 leaflets were distributed to members of the public, who without exception welcomed this new approach by Freemasons to communicate with the community.
    What impressed so many of the visitors was that, unlike so many of the other display gardens at the show, which were to be sold or broken up, the Cheshire garden was given as a charitable donation to the Hospice of the Good Shepherd near Chester.
    Indeed, one lady, when visiting the garden, said “What a lovely garden. This will be a lasting tribute for others to enjoy. I am delighted that it is going to a hospice. I visit this hospice and will certainly look out for it next time I visit”
    In addition to the garden, the Province had a display in the Arts and Garden Design Marquee which equally attracted a large number of visitors. The stand, which depicted a snapshot of a Lodge room with an ancient Master’s chair (courtesy of the Lodge of Unanimity No. 89), provided a glimpse of many rare and important artefacts, including the Provincial Sword, Provincial banner and Provincial Grand Master’s personal standard.
    Supporting information told of famous Cheshire Freemasons, charity work and the teddy bear project operated in many Provinces across the English constitution – TLC. The Provincial Grand Master Timothy Richards got in on the act when visiting both the garden and stand on one of the build up days. In his own words, as the Grand Master Overseer of Mark Master Masons, he said: “This is fair work and square and such as we have agreed” – praise indeed!
    The garden not only attracted the public, but many Masons from far and wide. Almost every Province and many overseas jurisdictions were represented, with several Masons accidentally stumbling across the garden and stand, clearly delighted at what they found.
    Other members of the Cheshire Special Projects team for this initiative included David Heathcote, Eric McConnell and David Thomson, assisted by the Provincial Grand Secretary, Peter Carroll, and the office team, together with many brethren from the Province as volunteers.

David Heathcote is Media and Public Relations Officer for the Province of Cheshire



Cheshire County Council chairman Neville Price and his wife talk to David Heathcote, Media & PR Officer and Harry Wright, Special projects chairman of Cheshire Masons

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