HOW TO RECRUIT
It has been very interesting reading the
letters and comments made by younger
brethren who have now benefited by
joining the Craft and to learn of how
they heard about Freemasonry.
One Lodge that I belong to (King
Harold No. 1327) recently held an open
meeting and white table in place of a
regular meeting, which proved to be
It was promoted Province-wide in all
of the Masonic centres with posters and
an article in the Provincial newsletter.
The idea was to tell as many non-Masons as possible about Freemasonry,
and was a recruitment drive not just
for the Lodge but for Freemasonry
More than 70 people attended,
including the local MP and mayor. Tea
was taken and then the guests were
invited to the Lodge room. With the
exception of gloves, full regalia was
worn. We paraded in to the Lodge
room, officers took their places and
the assembled visitors were then
treated to an informative talk.
The Officers were introduced and
an explanation given as to their duties.
This was followed by a prolonged
question and answer session after
which we paraded out to a rousing
Land of Hope and Glory.
Pre-dinner drinks were then taken,
followed by dinner in a very relaxed
atmosphere. The whole event went
very well, with Freemasonry picking
up at least six new initiates.
One other thing to consider is
making more use of old copies of
MQ, by putting a label on them giving
the local Provincial Office telephone
number. We have started doing this
in my Mother Lodge (Walnut Tree No.
5192), and there are now many waiting
rooms in Hertfordshire where you will
find a copy (or six) of MQ and our own
Memories of an old trouper
I was very interested to read the article
(MQ, Issue No. 22) about Reg Moores’
activities in the entertainment world.
Tom Arnold’s production of Rose
Marie on Ice was the first musical to be
presented in this medium at Haringay
Arena, London. It brought back many
memories because I sang and spoke for
Michael Kirby, who played and skated
the main lead of Jim Kenyon.
Both Michael and Barbara Ann Scott,
who played and skated the role of Rose
Marie, became close friends of my wife
and I, and we met several times on later
US concert tours. Reg mentions Shaw
Taylor – I think he spoke for Heinie Brock,
who played the part of ‘Hard-Boiled
Herman’ in the show. I also sang the song
Because for Barbara Ann Scott when she
performed her solo skating act.
The photograph was taken on the last
night of the production with producer
Gerald Palmer standing between Barbara
and Michael, with myself to Michael’s right
in evening tails.
In October I shall celebrate 56 years in
Freemasonry, having been initiated into
Savage Club Lodge No. 2190 in 1951. The
same month I shall celebrate my 92nd year.
I had the same problem as Reg in being
unable to take office in the Lodge because
of constant touring in the UK and abroad.
I finally became Savage Club Lodge Master
in 1968, and was later DC for 12 years.
When I moved from London I joined
Bela Lodge No. 7576, Province of
Cumberland and Westmorland in 1991
and was Master in 1994.
Thomas Round (far left) with Rose Marie stars
Michael Kirby and Barbara Ann Scott with
Gerald Palmer in the middle.
Joining up with Reg
It was with pleasure that I read the article on
inventor and entertainer Reg Moores (MQ,
Issue No. 22), for I stood next to him when
we joined the RAF in 1944.
Reg – or Curly as we called him – was
always a bit of a boffin and kept the hut
entertained with his small self-built portable
radio and stories of one-wheeled bikes, etc.
The most interesting article (MQ, Issue No.
20), mentioned that “At present … (this)
Breeches Bible is the only one known
to be used in the English Constitution
although in America there are believed
to be two.’
Grand Master’s Lodge No. 1 owns a
Breeches Bible, presented to the Lodge in
December 1918 by Hugh Knowles, who
became a joining member in 1917 and was
Master in 1929.
This version was ‘Imprinted at London
by the deputies of Christopher Barker,
Printer to the Queen’s Most Excellent
Majesty, 1599’. This was in the last years
of the reign of Elizabeth I.
Due to its age and value, it is not used by
the Lodge but is on loan to the Library and
Museum of Freemasonry at Freemasons’
I W Fairclough
Secretary, Grand Master’s Lodge No. 1
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