ISSUE 23, October 2007

Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Pro Grand Master : Quarterly Communication
Grand Secretary: Exciting times ahead
Historic: Telford - Mason extraordinary
Travel: Cruising round Sicily
Samaritan: Helping the distressed
Younger Masons: The common bond
Jersey: Local Masons guard the Duke
   Classic car run: Down memory lane
International: Joseph Brant - a Masonic legend
Universities Scheme: The way ahead
Grand Chancellor: The importance of external relations
Education: Events : Understanding the symbols of the craft
Specialist Lodges: Australia link
Royal Arch: Why join the Royal Arch?
Lbrary & Museum: Major award for Library & Museum
MQ Signs off
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity : NMSF : RMBI : RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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    Visions of Utopia – Masonic, Religious and Esoteric Two-day conference, 3 and 4 November

Day One

9:15 Registration & Coffee

9:50 Opening: CMRC Trustees – Introduction: Carole McGilvery, conference organiser. Chairman: John Acaster, Manchester Association of Masonic Research.

10:00 Prince M.M. Shcherbatov’s Journey to the Land of Ophir – an 18th century Russian Utopia: Professor A. Lentin, Visiting Fellow, Open University and Wolfson College, Cambridge.

10:40 The Quest for Shangri-La – A Compelling example of the Utopia Dream: Christopher McIntosh, Fellow of Exeter University.

11:20 Morning Coffee

11:45 Utopias of the Mind – Reality & Imagination: Prof. dr.W. J. Hanegraaff, Chair, History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam.

12:25 Speaker’s Panel – Questions and discussion

1:00 Lunch Break

2:30 Broken Masonry – Healing Europe with a dirty joke (Johann Valentin Andreae): Tobias Churton, Hon. Fellow of Exeter University.

3:10 Heaven in the New World: Rosicrucian Art & the Shaker ‘Gift’ Drawings: Robert Gilbert, author and editor, Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076.

3:50 Afternoon Tea.

4:20 French Utopians & Freemasonry: 19th century: Pierre Mollier, Director, Library & Museum, Grand Orient of France.

5:00 Speakers’ Panel – Questions and discussion

5:30 Close

Day Two

9:30 Coffee

9:50 Welcome & Introduction: Carole McGilvery. Chairman: Dr Andrew Prescott, Manager of Library Services, Director of the University Research Centre, Lampeter, University of Wales.

10:00 Campanella’s City of the Sun: Dr Peter Forshaw, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, Birkbeck, University of London, and Exeter University.

10:40 From the Spiritual to the Natural: The Idea of the New Jerusalem in Swedenborg & Blake: Richard Lines, Secretary, Swedenborg Society.

11:20 Morning Coffee

11:45 Francis Bacon’s New Atlantis: The Matter of Desire & Political Utopia: Dr Guido Giglioni, Warburg Institute, Cassamarca Lecturer in Neo-Latin Cultural & Intellectual History.

12:25 Speaker’s Panel – Questions and Discussion.

1:00 Lunch Break.

2:30 Reflections on Utopias & Everyday Life: Utopianism & Communitarianism: Lyman T Sargent, Prof. Emeritus, Political Science, University of Missouri. Visiting Fellow, Mansfield College, University of Oxford.

3:10 George Washington’s Masonic Vision for an American Utopia: Mark Tabbert, Director of Collections, George Washington Masonic Memorial.

3:50 Noland or Neverland? Thomas More’s Utopia: Travel & the Ideal Society: Dr Chloe Houston, Lecturer Early Modern Drama, School of English & American Literature, University of Reading.

4:30 Speaker’s Panel – Questions and Discussion

5:00 Afternoon Tea

5:30 Close

All meetings are held at:
The Canonbury Academy, 6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq. Registration forms for the above conference can be downloaded from
     Weekend Conference fee £77 (£8.50 per day lunch optional). For further information, tickets, accommodation, meals and travel, contact Carole McGilvery on 020 7226 6256 or e-mail:

The Cornerstone Society
The 2007 Northern Conference will be held on Saturday, 10 November, at Hemsley House, Salford, Greater Manchester. The speakers will be Roger Dachez, President of the Institut Maçonnique de France, John Acaster a Past Master of Manchester Lodge for Masonic Research and Martin Roche, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, Province of East Lancashire. They will be holding a ritual workshop for the first time at this conference.
     The cost is £15.50, including a light buffet lunch and refreshments. Tickets can be purchased securely on line via or by writing to the secretary, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope at the address below. Full details are on the website.
     A programme of Cornerstone Society lectures for Lodges throughout the year is being put together. Interested Lodges are invited to contact the Society, and details of those talks can be obtained through the website.
     Trials are in process at the moment of the Lodge Orator scheme in several Provinces in conjunction with Grand Lodge. As the trials progress, details will be published. Please check the website for details of developments.
     For further specific information, email or write to The Secretary, The Cornerstone Society, ‘Bellfield’, 13 Victoria Road, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1lE.

Christmas Carol Concert
The Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall will ring to the sound of the Fanfare Trumpeters of the Central Band of the RAF at the opening of the Hospitals’ Christmas Carol Concert on Saturday, 8 December at 7.30pm. With Joseph Nolan from the Chapel Royal at the organ and the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir joining representatives from the London Hospitals’ Choirs, this concert will bring the spirit of Christmas to life. The brilliant young cellist Rowena Calvert will perform solo items and there will be a series of carols sung in the magic of candlelight as well as plenty of opportunity for you to join in familiar carols. The evening will be conducted by Clark Rundell.
     Do come and celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in an atmosphere of fun and festivity, all in the cause of charity (to be agreed by the London Hospitals).
     Saturday, 8 December 2007 at 7.30pm Tickets all unreserved £18 and £11 Box Office (020) 7602 6818

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