ISSUE 10, July 2004
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
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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Donald Wolfit memories
Thank you so much for your excellent article by Neal Arden (MQ, Issue No. 9). I was particularly pleased to read the comments on the late Sir Donald Wolfit, who was definitely more than an actor ‘forced on tour’ as stated.
     He was a consummate master of them all, his working in the Lodge was sheer perfection at all times. Never did he pause in the wrong place, fluff his lines, dry up or forget them, or be in need of a dozen off-stage prompts or loud whispers from the brethren.
     I was Sir Donald’s Assistant Director on such films as Rise and Fall of a Birdwatcher for MGM. The great man taught me a lot. It is a pity others do not listen – if they did, then standards would rise, not fall.
Joe Marks
Shepperton, Middlesex

Virtual organists
When I became a Mason in 1991 I joined a small Lodge in Surrey (Aultone No. 6873) meeting at Sutton, and was surprised to learn that our organist was not a Lodge member.
     During my visiting over the years, and particularly in my year as Master, it had become obvious that we were not alone in having no musician within the Lodge.
     As a computer programmer, I decided to approach this from the cyber direction. If we could not employ a real organist, then we would have a virtual one.
     I had moved to Aldershot, and as Semper Fidelis No. 6664 at Farnborough had lost their organist, I offered to do musical accompaniment using my virgin system.
     I have demonstrated the system to many Lodges at many centres, including Great Queen Street. I set up my laptop on top of the organ and operate it there. Often brethren do not realise that I am not playing the organ itself.
     My current system I call the Internet Lodge Organist, and it is available to anybody who wants to give it a try. All that is required is a Lodge member who has access to a laptop and a reasonable pair of amplified speakers
     If you do try it, please feed me back information along with any problems suggestions. Go to Email:
Peter Coates

Goss Masonic china
The article on Masonic stamps (MQ, Issue No. 9) inspired me to enquire how many people know of, or collect Goss china? William Henry Goss carved a career in the pottery industry, becoming Copeland’s chief artist in 1854 at the age of 21.
     A year later he opened his own factory and produced a range of goods from busts and classical figures to the inexpensive massproduced souvenir heraldic ware.
     Collecting Goss china became a craze, and the designs or transfers were mainly depictions or copies of coats of arms of towns and cities or personal arms. Pictorial scenes, abbeys, schools, military and naval badges give the collector a wide variety or a special them to collect on.
Fine examples of Goss china with
Masonic signs

     For the past 25 years I have collected one particular model, the Carlisle Salt Pot, initially to see how many different crests or transfers I could find. Some 696 later, two stand out of the rest.
     They are Masonic decorations, probably among the rarest of designs sought after. Transfers showing the square and compasses, the sun, moon and stars, sprigs of acacia and the arms of the Grand Lodges of England, Scotland and Ireland are among a variety of designs produced by Goss.
     A few have been found that commemorate a ladies festival, showing the Lodge motif and giving the name of the Master in that year. A few examples can be seen in the Great Queen Street museum.
     Prices for pieces with Masonic decorations have ranged from £150 to £200 each, until recently, when two pieces auction on the Ebay Internet site for over £700 each.
     I would be most interested to hear from any Brother who is a collector, or who wishes to know more.
Peter Lomax
2 Pennine Walk, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3NN

W S Gilbert Lodge
W S Gilbert (MQ, Issue No. 8) was also a member of Northern Bar Lodge No. 1610. He became a joining member on 15 January 1877, when he was a barrister in Liverpool, and was made an honorary member on 16 December 1881. He never held office, as the bye-laws at that time prevented joining members from doing so.
Richard Heap

Founder Spackman
I refer to the article about Cyril Spackman (MQ, Issue No. 9), which I read with great interest. Panmure Lodge, mentioned in the article, is the great-great-grandmother Lodge of Old Palace Lodge No. 7173 EC.
     W. Bro. Spackman was a founder of this Lodge, which was consecrated in May 1952. He designed our Lodge jewel. I had no idea that he was such a talented man and how fortunate we were to have him as a Founder. We have much by which to remember him.
Eric Allen
East Preston, West Sussex

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