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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London venue available
For the past four years, following approval by the Grand Tyler, the City University Club has been catering for Masonic meetings and dinners. We now have vacancies for more meetings.
     We are based in the heart of the City of London in EC3. Our chefs are Savoy trained and we are renowned for our excellent cuisine. We have all Lodge and Chapter furniture and storage facilities. Meetings including room hire and a three course dinner with wine are from £35 per person.
Robina Graham
Secretary, City University Club, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD, Tel 0207 626 8571

Thanks to Brothers worldwide
My father, W Bro. Brian (Charlie) Mynard and my Mother Florence, recently visited relatives in Australia for a special holiday, during which my father suffered a minor stroke and was taken into Coffs Harbour Hospital. Whist in the critical care ward, he suffered a major stroke, which almost proved fatal.
     I am writing to express my grateful thanks to the Brethren of the Province of Sydney and their wives, who gave their time to visit him during his five weeks in hospital.
     My special thanks go to Baden Graham of Coffs Harbour Daylight Lodge No. 1016, who organised the visits and reported back to me via email on my father’s progress.
     These visitors gave respite care to my mother during this emotional and stressful period and also stimulated my father at a time when he could just have given up.
     I must also thank Jim Parkin, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Buckinghamshire, Mike Watts, Almoner of Cowper & Newton Lodge No. 2244 and David Sawyer, Provincial Grand Almoner of Buckinghamshire, who made the Australian link, John Fisher Provincial Grand Master of Buckinghamshire Mark and all who telephoned Australia direct or contacted me regularly for reports on his progress.
     Without their help we may never have got him home. It is truly wonderful and comforting to think that our Fraternity’s arm’s extends to the other side of the World.
Doug Mynard
Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire

Brother Blücher
It is a pity in the article A Brother In Arms (MQ, Issue No. 9) that, although there is a print of the painting concerning the meeting of Wellington and Blücher, and reference to the fact that Ney was a Mason, there is no mention that Blücher was a Mason.
     He was, at one time, the Master of Loge zu den drey Balkan in Münster, Germany. There is a famous painting in the Lodge rooms which spent World War Two with the Masonic symbols painted over and hung prominently on the wall of a Nazi officer.
     Wellington is reported to have referred to Waterloo as a “Damn close-run thing”. I would suggest it would have been a lot closer had not Blücher and his army arrived when they did.
Ian Harris
Morecambe, Lancashire

William Joyce and Masonry
I was interested to read in your last issue the review of Mary Kenny’s biography of William Joyce, ‘Lord Haw Haw’. This is not the first time that there has been a report on Joyce in a Masonic periodical. The following item appeared in The Freemason on 11 July 1936, under the heading ‘Fascism and Freemasonry’:

The question of the attitude of Fascism to Freemasonry was raised at a meeting in connection with the British Union of Fascists at the Yeovil Assembly-rooms on 19 June. The speaker was Mr. William Joyce (Director of Propaganda). Replying to a question, Mr Joyce said that toward English Freemasonry they had no attitude whatever. If they received any proof that the organisation in Britain was taking part in politics they would at once protest. But they must have proof before they acted.
The Masonic Order in England was under royal patronage, and he could not very well conceive that Royal patronage would be given to an organisation which worked against the Country. From personal experience he knew scores of Masons who were ordinary English people and who would be shocked and surprised if they were told that their Order had any political significance. He knew scores of Masons who had given good service to their Country and would certainly not be prepared to allow their Order to use them for any political purpose. In France, Italy and Germany, Freemasonry had played a disastrous role. In those countries it meddled with politics as a rule.
To those who said British Freemasonry might be a danger to the state he replied: ‘Bring to me evidence that it is working against the state’. They were to be convinced by evidence and not by hearsay.

Joyce’s assurances that the differences between British and continental Freemasonry were recognised by fascist groups ring hollow in the light of the sacking of Masonic temples in the Channel Islands by German occupying forces a few years later.
Professor Andrew Prescott
Centre for Research into Freemasonry, University of Sheffield

Lifeboat book
Further to the letter from Brian Smith, President RMBI and others, I have a copy of a book entitled The Royal National Life- Boat Institution and the Masonic Lifeboats, written by I.F. Trinder of Holland-on-sea Lodge No. 6639 and published in 1973 to cover a century of association between the RNLI and Masonry.
     It appears to have been published privately and sold entirely for the benefit of the Royal Masonic Hospital and the RNLI.
Eric L. Parrish
Pevensey, East Sussex

Gunners everywhere
The article about Richard Eve (MQ, Issue No. 9) refers to his letter concerning a visit he made to the ‘Ublique’ Lodge, connected to the Royal Artillery.
     As every gunner knows, the Latin motto of the regiment, from which the name of the Lodge was borrowed, starts with the word ‘Ubique’ which means ‘everywhere’. As a young National Serviceman, I shall never forget the drill sergeant who drummed that motto into us.
Cyril Zipson
Ilford, Essex