ISSUE 10, July 2004
Editorial
John Pine: A sociable craftsman
Jumping for Joy: Skydiving for charity
Quarterly Communication: Speeches of: the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Address of the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Royal Arch: Cheshire gives a lead
  Walking with the greats: Bath Masonic Hall
Motoring in style: Classic Vehicle Club
Masonic education: A daily advancement and Events for your diary
Travel: Portugal
Library & Museum of Freemasonry
Charities
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Star Letter
EARL HAIG THE MASON

By chance, just after I had read the article about the Duke of Wellington and Freemasonry (MQ, Issue No. 9), there was a visit from Archie Eglinton, who is my wife’s cousin, and I told him about a more modern Field Marshal and his interests in Freemasonry. Archie instructed me to write to you with this story.
     In 1920, Lord Haig came to visit at Broomhall in order to visit a club of ex-servicemen that had been developed in our local town of Dunfermline. My father told me that, in the morning following this dinner of the ex-servicemen, Haig said that he was hoping to be able to form a number of these groups all over Scotland and elsewhere.
     My father said that he then told Haig that he was finding similar groups of ex-servicemen who were joining or had recently joined Freemason Lodges in Scotland.
     Father went on and said to Haig: “You didn’t by any chance become a Freemason, did you?” Haig apparently looked surprised but admitted that, as an undergraduate at Oxford he had joined the local Lodge at Leven in Fife near to their Cameron Bridge distillery and had become a Freemason in Elgin’s Lodge at Leven No. 91. This Lodge was named after the fifth Earl, who was Grand Master Mason in 1761.
     My father then discovered from the Lodge secretary that indeed Douglas Haig, described as an undergraduate at Oxford, had taken his First and Second Degrees and was still awaiting his Third.
     A suitable date was arranged for Field Marshal the Earl Haig, K.T., to receive his Third Degree and he later went on to become Master of the Lodge and was persuaded to take office in Grand Lodge, which he did. When he died he was Senior Grand Deacon.

The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine K.T.
Past Grand Master Mason of Scotland


Value of the Almoner
Having just been in hospital for a major cancer operation, I read with interest The Importance of Masonic Almoners (MQ, Issue No. 8).
     Many Masons like me must have listened to the Almoner’s report in Lodge, and not given much thought to what is involved, and the comfort to those visited.
     I now know different. How grateful I was for his visits. In the future I shall listen more carefully to his reports, and when there is a draw or collection for the Almoner’s fund or the Charities, I will contribute with gratitude.
     To those Masons who have never had a visit from their Almoner, I recommend you do the same. You may need him one day.
Norman Ballard
Southampton


Spackman memories
We are all encouraged to make a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge, so I was interested to read the article “The Jewel in His Crown” (MQ, Issue No. 9).
     It particularly caught my attention when it mentioned Panmure Lodge and W Bro R J Sadleir. Unfortunately, the article persisted in calling him Sadler. This letter will also hopefully put another layer on the foundation laid by the article concerning Bro Spackman.
     Brother Sadleir was born in 1863 and died in 1940. He was initiated into Playgoers Lodge No. 2705 in 1899. During his Masonic career he was a member of 15 Lodges, and was just as impressive with his membership of the Royal Arch.
     What my mother Lodge has the most to thank him for is his introduction of the Veritas Working of the three Craft degrees into Veritas Lodge No. 4983. The working is carried out by seven other Lodges, including Beaux Arts, mentioned in the article about Bro Spackman.
     The working has a number of delightful additions including an unusual Inner Working. Brother Sadleir also established a tradition that Veritas Lodge would never resume, but would always be closed down properly in each degree.
     During his distinguished Masonic career Brother Sadleir not only published his own ritual, but also a number of leaflets designed to assist the newly admitted Freemason.
     If any Brother wishes to discover more about Brother Sadleir or Veritas Lodge No 4983 they should contact me at reg_brindley@bigfoot.com or our secretary, Gordon Wells, at gjpfwells@waitrose.com.
     I would also like to know if we can obtain a photograph of the painting of our Founding Master, Richard Joseph Sadleir.
Reg Brindley
South Warnborough, Hants


Music in Lodges
I hope you can keep the debate going concerning music in Lodges and Chapters. There are many who feel that playing ‘modern’ songs demeans ritual and the prestige of Freemasonry.
     I belong to the school of thought that encourages modern appropriate music that heightens and encourages enjoyment of a Freemason’s night out.
     I like to play Consider Yourself for an initiate or Cilla Black’s Step Inside Love when we collar our Tyler.
     What’s wrong with Two Little Boys for the Deacons and South of the Border for Junior Warden? And we’ve had some fun finding songs for plumbers, taxi drivers, electricians and even funeral directors.
George Holden
Blackpool


Wellington Lodge
Your article in relation to the Duke of Wellington (MQ, Issue No. 9) had some interesting background information, and would like to add a little more detail to an otherwise very informed and accurate piece of writing.
     Wellington Lodge did, in fact, come into being after the decision by Grand Lodge to grant Lodge No. 494’s request to bear the name and title of Wellington. Their subsequent reluctance to do so would presumably have stemmed from the Duke’s negative response to their original request. However, that was the situation in April 1843.
     In 1864 Masons in Portadown, County Armagh, were trying to re-establish Lodge No. 82, which had moved a few years previously to the town from the nearby village of Tandragee.
     The Lodge had fallen on hard times and had, as a result, returned their warrant to Grand Lodge in Dublin for safekeeping. Through Bro. Thomas Carleton (note the same surname as the secretary of Lodge No. 494), who was the chairman of the town commissioners, the Lodge was formally re-established as Wellington Lodge No. 82 and was opened on the first Monday of June 1864, and since then has continued to prosper.

W George Twinem, Secretary
Wellington Lodge No 82
Portadown


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