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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The large wall clock with Masonic symbols sits behind the Master's chair

Time marches on

Lodges set up for educational and research purposes come in many forms, but Lodge of Expiation No. 9290, Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight, has taken an interesting turn.
     Consecrated in 1988, the germs of the idea of such a Lodge began 11 years earlier when Michael Oliver was a Mason in Ceylon, who wanted a Lodge that would look at spiritual and moral education within the Craft.
     After other overseas tours of duty and in Cornwall, where he was an active Mason, Michael Oliver moved to Ringwood in Hampshire in 1979, and in 1988 the Lodge of Expiation was consecrated at the Bournemouth International Centre.
     Where this particular educational Lodge has taken an unusual turn arose out of the Province's 2005 Festival for the New Masonic Samaritan Fund. Lodge charity steward Derf Paton decided to produce a number of clocks with special Masonic designs based on Lodge offices.
     These vary from a 20 inch wall clock to a small white personal travel alarm clock. Derf Paton spent a great deal of time researching the emblems for the face of the clock.
     Each clock comes with a detailed explanation of the Masonic symbolism and the thought behind the design, and he has put together a ten-minute lecture on the symbolism of the clocks.
     The numbers on the clock have symbols representing: 1 Chaplain; 2 Director of Ceremonies; 3 Junior Warden; 4 Almoner; 5 Organist; 6 Senior Warden; 7 Inner Guard; 8 Charity Steward; 9 Secretary; 10 Treasurer; 11 Senior Deacon; 12 The Master.
     The two great pillars, square and compasses, Bible and "G" for God complete the face, which is on the light blue Master Mason apron colour.
     The face is intended to teach the onlooker to reflect on the importance of charity, and that all Masons are expected to willingly give of their time, helping those less fortunate than themselves. Happiness stays with those who give it their time away.
     A large wall clock is currently on display at the Library & Museum of Freemasonry at Grand Lodge and at the Masonic Hall, Lymington in Hampshire. They are ideal for individuals and Masonic halls.
     Expiation Lodge has also produced a book of Masonic lectures by Masons in the Province entitled The 2005 Collection as well as a book of Masonic music, put together by Bill Hale, which are suitable for Lodge meetings. It is hoped that a CD of the music, played on the organ at Grand Lodge, will be available in the near future. The clocks are available through the Freemasons' Hall shop - Letchworth's - T. 020 7395 9329.
     The books (10 each) can be obtained from the Lodge secretary: H. Hipkiss, 4 Castle Mews, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 2BG. Email:

Derf Paton is a member of Lodge of Expiation No. 9290

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