ISSUE 12, January 2005

Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Ritual on CD?
The various articles on rituals (MQ, Issue No. 10) were very interesting from an historic point of view, but I have been looking for rituals (Emulation and Aldersgate) in a more modern form, i.e., CD-Rom, which would complement the paper versions.
     I would be interested to hear from anyone who might know if they are available. I have not seen them listed by the usual regalia suppliers, but perhaps they are contemplating a CD-Rom version. If they were of comparable price to the paper copies I am sure there would be a demand.
     Many of us have computers and would welcome the opportunity of printing specific items of Lodge work rather than reading the ritual itself, where the print seems to get smaller as one gets older!
     I realise there is the matter of copyright, but for personal use one would hope that copying for one's own use would not be regarded as illegal.
John Skeldon, York

Bath invitation
Since you kindly published the article I put together on the history of the Bath Masonic Hall in Issue No 10 (July 2004), I have received a number of requests to visit the beautiful and historic Temple.
     We can offer group visits on Saturdays, which include a tour, a visit to the museum and a talk on the history of the building, followed by lunch. We welcome ladies and non-Masons on these occasions.
     Social secretaries charged with the task of arranging an interesting day or weekend event may wish to consider a visit to Roman Bath, to include one of the oldest Masonic halls in the country.
     Reservations and enquiries should be made to W. Bro. J. Harris, Hall Manager, T. 01225 427677.
Reg Simmonds, Chairman, Bath Masonic Hall Trust

Bath and Royal Sussex Lodge
The acquisition of the Bath Masonic hall (MQ, Issue No. 10) in Orchard Street was undertaken by Bro. Stothert of Royal Sussex Lodge No. 53. He was later to become part of the world-famous Stothert & Pitt crane engineers of Bath.
     On page 59 of the history of Royal Sussex Lodge it states: "The new Masonic hall was consecrated by Bro. Rev. C. R. Davy, WM of the Royal Sussex Lodge with full Masonic ceremony."
     On page 61 in a minute from 4 January 1869 it states that the Royal Cumberland Lodge and Chapter were sub-tenants of Royal Sussex Lodge.
D J Bishop, Tiverton

Tides and ritual
Having sailed as an Engineer in the P&O and Elders & Fyffe lines for several years, I can confirm that the Masonic ritual is quite correct (Letters, MQ, Issue No. 11).
     There are indeed two high tides and two low tides per 24 hours. In fact Southampton Water has a mini-high tide in between because of a counter-flow caused by the flow of the tide around the Isle of Wight. For example, the tide chart for Dover on 4 October 2004 stated that the morning high tide was 01.52am and the afternoon high was 14.02pm.
A. W. Drage, Kettering

Liverpool tides
In Liverpool our forbears knew a bit about tides, and as a result a number of our Lodges use a form of ritual which overcomes the problem troubling D R Radford (MQ, Issue No. 11). Rather than specifying "24 hours", we say: "where the tide regularly ebbs and flows twice in the course of a natural day." Besides being more accurate, this is much more euphonious.
Peter Papworth, Blundellsands, Liverpool

First Degree is correct
The letter by D R Radford (MQ, Issue No. 11) caught my attention as being inaccurate and I am perplexed as to how the universal twice daily ebb and flow of the tides has escaped his notice!
     Whilst the science of tides is complex, in simple terms, centrifugal force, caused by the earth's rotation, the attraction of the moon and, to a lesser extent, that of the sun, combine to cause two high waters and two low waters everywhere in coastal regions.
     Land masses and irregular coastlines modify tidal behaviour but, the piece in the First Degree referred to is indisputably correct.
Don Elsden

Somme and Ypres visit
A fund-raising guided trip is being organised on behalf of the Heritage Masonic Fund to the Somme and Ypres battlefields 2730 May 2005. It is also intended to visit the graves of Masons who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the Great War.
     The trip is open to non-Masons, and visits can be arranged to requested cemeteries via the organisers for anyone who had a relative killed during this conflict. Travel is by coach, cross-channel ferry on a half- board basis, with commentary around the battlefields.
     We are hoping to make a substantial donation to the Fund. Further details can be obtained from Alex Bulloch (0121 459 9008) or David Paterson (0121 777 9374). Cost 280 plus 15 insurance.
David Paterson, Hall Green, Birmingham

Mauritius memories
I was intrigued to read about Freemasonry in Mauritius (MQ, Issue No. 11). I was fortunate enough to live there from 1969 to 1972 and became a joining member of Friendship Lodge No. 1696 EC.
     During my stay I never heard anyone refer to other Lodges on the island, including brethren who were permanent residents. We met at the Masonic Hall in Phoenix and enjoyed the best catering I have experienced in 45 years as a Mason.
     We had superb four-course meals prepared by the senior chef from the wardroom of HMS Mauritius. A bottle of wine per two diners was included all for the equivalent in today's money of 62.5 pence.
     We had English, French, Australian, New Zealand, Pakistani and Indian members. It was a truly wonderful experience and I shall remember it for as long as I live.
Jim Queen, Plymouth

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