ISSUE 18, July 2006
Editorial
Archbishop Fisher: A Godly man and a Brother
Travel: The train takes the strain
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture speech by the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge of New York: Speech by the Pro Grand Master
   Specialist Lodges: Keeping their eyes on the ball
Education: Planning ahead for the Chair and Events and New premises for Masonic research
Royal Opera House: A right Royal occasion
Royal opening: Beamish Museum
Digital records: Saving our past for the future
Library & Museum: The hall in the garden
Queen's Birthday: Masons played a prominent part
International: A Mason and the Foreign Legion
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity and NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Antigua history
In response to Chris Spurrier’s letter “Masonry in Antigua” in issue 16 of the magazine the Premier Grand Lodge of England (the Moderns) issued a warrant on the 31st January 1738, for Parham Lodge No. 154 to meet in St. John’s, Antigua.
    Further warrants were issued to Court House Lodge No. 164 on the 22nd November 1738 and Bakers Lodge No. 170 on the 17th March 1739. William Isaac Matthew was issued with a Patent in 1739 as Provincial Grand Master for the Leeward Islands, which in those days included Antigua. Those then were the three Lodges of Free and Accepted Masons of Antigua who participated in the laying of that stone which Chris Spurrier found in the ruins of Fort James to the north of St. John’s harbour. However, 1739 would have to be the date which perhaps over the years can be read as 1730.
    Of further interest is that Parham Lodge failed to remit dues after 1781, although it was kept on the roll until 1813, and ended up as No.52.
    Court House Lodge was also kept on the roll until 1813 but made no return after 1790 and at that time was No. 62.
    Bakers Lodge similarly was kept on the list until 1813 but paid nothing after 1781. It ended up as No. 59.
    All three lodges numbered amongst their membership, military officers and ‘several gentlemen of distinction’, including the Governor in the case of Parham No. 154.
    Brian Parsons, Barbados, West Indies

Mitchell sculptor
I was delighted to read the article (MQ Issue No. 17) relating to R J Mitchell and to see the full page image of the statue of Mitchell which is exhibited in the Science Museum in London.
    I am the artist who created the statue and the photograph that was used in the article was taken in my studio by a photographer that I commissioned, Gerry Rushton.
    I therefore own the copyright, but did not receive a prior request from you to publish the photograph in the article.
    Furthermore, there is no mention of the correct source of the photograph nor that the statue was created by me and professionally photographed by Gerry.
    Whilst I am obviously very pleased to see the image in the magazine and am delighted that you felt that the quality of the image was such that it could be used in the article, I do feel that details of the artist and the photographer should have been included. As you will appreciate, I am extremely proud of my work and would appreciate some recognition for the use of the image, perhaps in a later edition of the magazine.
    Stephen Kettle, Twickenham

[The Editor writes: The photo was obtained from the Science Museum and the copyright wrongly attributed to them. I am delighted to put the matter right.]

Thai project
A number of Lodges have contributed to the building of a temple which is nearing completion near the Thai-Cambodian border following the tsunami which caused such devastation in Thailand.
    My Lodge, Amphibious No. 9050 and fellow Dorset Lodge Honour and Friendship No. 1266 have been helped by our Provincial Grand Master.
    Now Stuart Lodge No. 540 of Bedfordshire, having heard of our project, has also come to the rescue.
    The photo shows the temple, which has had four of its pillars sponsored by Dorset Masons. On the completion of the temple there will be a plaque placed on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master for Dorset.
    This is a splendid example of Masonry universal and we are grateful to those brethren who have helped this worthy cause.
    Ian Birch, Wimborne, Dorset

Masons help fund a temple on the Thai-Cambodia border




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