ISSUE 13, April 2005

The Campbells are coming: At speed!
Travel: Warming to Iceland
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part II
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and: Report of the Board of General Purposes
The flying eye hospital
Beamish Museum: The million pound project
  Wigan Grand Lodge: The Liverpool rebels
Chelsea Lodge: That's entertainment
Re-enactment: The way we were and: The Russian connection
Community Service: Weathering the storm
Faith and Freemasonry: God and the Craft
Education: Researching Freemasonry on the Internet and: Masonic events
Freemasons Hall: Masons at War
Grand Charity: Report and grant list and: Support for Asian tsunami
Masonic Charities: Reports from the Masonic charities
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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A Royal Lodge
With regard to the Masonic Sons of George III (MQ Issue No. 12), George, Prince of Wales, Grand Master, gave his Royal approval to the then Berkeley Lodge of Faith & Friendship.
    As a regular guest of Viscount Dursley at Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire, he is thought to have accompanied his host to Lodge on more than one occasion. He was certainly present in 1807, and according to local folk memory, declared it to be “a right royal Lodge”.
    The official reason for this remark was the warmth of his welcome and the generosity of the festive board.
    A request to make it official was granted and a Royal warrant was added to the 1789 Lodge warrant. The Lodge (No. 270) has been styled “The Royal Lodge of Faith and Friendship” ever since.
    It remains the only private Lodge in the world with a warrant entitling it to style itself a Royal Lodge.
Chris Malpus, WM, Royal Lodge of Faith & Friendship

‘Robertson’s Preserve’ Masons
My eldest daughter has located, on Ebay, five ‘Robertson’s Preserve’ brooches, replicas of five offices within a Lodge: Entered Apprentice, Fellow Craft, Master Mason, Director of Ceremonies and Master.
    Each has the appropriate apron, collar and jewel. Does anyone have knowledge of the missing brooches for the other offices?
Neville West, Fetcham, Surrey

Jersey remembers
As part of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Jersey from German occupation, which takes place on 9 May, the Province of Jersey is to mark the occasion by opening the Masonic temple to the public on the previous Saturday, 7 May.
    The Jersey temple was the only Masonic establishment under the English Constitution to have been sacked by the Nazis, and there will be an exhibition of artefacts, regalia, photos and much more relating to the period.
    It is an opportunity for visiting brethren, their families and the general public to view this magnificent building and see for themselves historical evidence of what took place in those dark days.
Ian Russell, Information Officer, Province of Jersey

Boscastle talk
At a meeting of Kirkleatham Lodge No. 6363 on 12 January, one of our Brethren, Flight Lieutenant Martin Wood, who is stationed at RAF Chivenor, gave a presentation.
    Bro Wood piloted an RAF Sea King helicopter during the dramatic rescues at Boscastle, and he and his crew rescued 50 people and a dog. The presentation was most informative, showing a great deal of unseen footage taken during the incident. His father, W Bro Gerald Wood, is DC of the Lodge.
    Martin was part of a team – one of four in his helicopter and one of nine helicopters (including Navy and Coastguard), not to mention the police, fire and ambulance on the ground.
John Halliwell, Boscastle, Devon

Improving ritual books
I write in response to the letter from Brother John Skeldon (MQ Issue No. 12). Lewis Masonic is a long-established firm, founded in 1886, specialising in the publishing of Masonic texts.
    We publish all major Craft and Royal Arch rituals as practised under the UGLE. In answer to Bro Skeldon, no CD ROM of the ritual is available at present and there are no plans afoot at present to produce such a product.
    However, we do produce a large print version of the Emulation ritual as we understand that the pocket version can be hard to read for some of the older brethren. If anyone would like to suggest how we can improve our ritual books, I would be delighted to hear from them on the email below.
Martin Faulks

Welcome in the Bahamas
Last December I was to begin three months in Nassau on holiday and I contacted the website, to make contact to visit a lodge there.
    My e-mail message was answered promptly by the secretary of Royal Victoria Lodge No. 443 from Nassau, welcoming me to visit the Lodge.
    I was taken in his car to the Lodge for one of four visits I made last year. In fact, I became a paid up member of Royal Victoria Lodge.
    Each time I was made extremely welcome by the 30 or so members present. Visiting again in February, this meeting was also attended by Grand Lodge Officers of the Scottish and Irish Constitutions, who have separate Lodges in Nassau and the outlying Islands.
    If any Mason is visiting Nassau or any of the other outlying Islands, I would strongly recommend them to make an effort to visit any of their Lodges after consulting the website.
Rowland D Jones, Leeds

Parry memories
Regarding Joseph Parry (MQ Issue No. 12): He died at his home, “Cartref”, 23 Victoria Road Penarth (not Plymouth Road as stated).
    My wife’s grandmother, who was about 18 at the time (1903), would talk about various happenings in Penarth in her youth, including Joseph Parry’s funeral procession, which set out from his home in Victoria Road for St Augustine’s churchyard.
    When the procession reached the churchyard – about a mile away – the end of it was just leaving the house. The grave in the churchyard has recently been restored and now looks as new.
Trevor Warren, Penarth

Masonic Referees
The article on Masonic FA Cup Final referees (MQ Issue No. 12) makes at least one notable omission, that of John Hunting, who refereed the Everton v Watford final in 1984. It was the culmination of a long career in the centre of the field, as John had officiated at many internationals.
    Bro. John has been a member of Temperantia Lodge No. 4088 in Leicestershire and Rutland for over 25 years, is a regular attendee and a participant on many occasions on the floor of the Lodge.
    John is also a regular referee at Wimbledon, and is known throughout the tennis world for his fairness and impartiality when involved in any sport.
John Peacock, Penrith

(John Hunting tells me the Royal guest that day was the Grand Master, the Duke of Kent. Rodney Dale informs me that Bournemouth Mason Derek Nippard, PM of Horsa Lodge No. 2208, is “very active in Freemasonry locally” and refereed the 1978 Arsenal v Ipswich final – Editor)

More referees
Regarding referees generally (MQ Issue No. 12), probably the two best-known referees, Ken Aston and Sir Stanley Rous, were both Masons.
    They were members of London Lodge, Exonian No. 3415, until they passed to Grand Lodge Above. Sir Stanley Rous was responsible for the red and yellow card system. I was proud to be in contact with him when I was Lodge secretary.
Don McKenzie, Maidstone, Kent

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