ISSUE 18, July 2006
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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   Canonbury Masonic Research Centre
(Canonbury Academy, 6 Canonbury Place, London n1 2nq)
Head: 8th International Conference (4-5 November)

Knowledge of the Heart: Gnostic movements and secret traditions
This two-day conference will explore the rich legacy of gnostic beliefs and secret traditions from Sufism to the Gospel of Judas, featuring an international forum of speakers.

Roelof Van den Broek (Prof. Emeritus, University of Utrecht, Hon. Doctor Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris): Spiritual Transformation in Ancient Hermeticism and Gnosticism.
Richard Crane (Millennium Prestonian Lecturer): A Brief Insight into Christian and Islamic Mystical Experience.
Tobias Churton (Hon. Fellow of Exeter University. Author/film-maker, Channel 4 award-winning Gnostic Series): Freemasonry: a gnostic tradition?
Dr. Roger Dachez (Chargé d’enseignement, Université Paris, Président de l’Institut Alfred-Fournier, Paris): Martinist Orders and Freemasonry in France.
Philip Davies (Prof. Emeritus Biblical Studies, University of Sheffield): Gnosticism and the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Dr Peter Forshaw ( British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London): The Influence of Corpus Hermeticum on Early Modern Occult Philosophy.
Robert Gilbert (Author/Editor, Prestonian Lecturer 1997): Follies of the Wise: Two Centuries of the Western Vision of Gnosticism.
James M. Robinson (Prof. Emeritus of Religion, Claremont Graduate University USA, General Editor of Nag Hammadi Library): The Sethian Gnostic Gospel of Judas.
Dr Leon Schlaam (Religious Studies, University of Kent at Canterbury): Jung: Gnostic or Kabbalist?
Prof. Madeleine Scopello (University de Paris IV Sorbonne): The Temple as Symbol of the Soul in the Nag Hammadi Scriptures.
Colin Wilson (Philosopher/Author of The Outsider, Beyond The Occult): The Geography of Consciousness).
Prof. Thierry Zarcone (Research Fellow, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris): Gnostic/Sufi Symbols and Ideas in Turkish and Persian Freemasonry.

Public Lectures: Autumn 2006 Wednesdays: 7-9pm. Entry fee £7.
18 October: Gareth Knight: Dion Fortune and the Masonic Tradition.
15 November: Charles “Chic” Cicero: The Rosicrucian Vault: A Compendium of the Universal Unity

For further information, tickets, accommodation, meals and travel contact: Carole McGilvery: 020 7226 6256. Weekend conference fee £75. Lunch £7 per day (optional). e-mail: Download Registration forms from

   The Cornerstone Society
The Cornerstone Society is hosting a lecture tour for Brent Morris in November 2006. Brent is one of the world’s foremost Masonic scholars and is editor of the Scottish Rite Journal of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction USA.
    Brent, the author of several Masonic titles including the recently published The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Freemasonry, will also be talking to Lodges in Manchester, Sheffield, London and the South East.
    For full details go to or write to the secretary, details below, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope.
    The 2006 Northern Conference will be held on Saturday, 11 November 2006 at Hemsley House, Salford, Greater Manchester. Full details will be published on the website in due course.
    A programme of Cornerstone Society lectures for Lodges throughout the year is being put together, for which we have seen considerable demand. Interested lodges are invited to contact us.
    Trials are in process at the moment of the Lodge Orator scheme in several Provinces in conjunction with Grand Lodge. As the trials progress, details will be published. Please check the website regularly for details of developments.
    For further specific information, please email or write to The Secretary, The Cornerstone Society, ‘Bellfield’, 13 Victoria Road, Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire, fy8 1le.

Israel Masonic visit
Masons and their ladies are invited to a second visit to Israel 11-19 September, following the highly successful trip last November.
    The group then attended Lodges in Haifa, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and visited Jaffa, the Roman amphitheatre at Caesarea, the fortified city of Megiddo, built by King Solomon in the 10th century BC and many more major historical and Biblical sites.
    This year’s tour will re-visit some of the sites and include new ones. The group will again attend three Lodges, including the 75th celebration of Lodge Reuven No 1, the oldest Lodge under the Grand Lodge of the State of Israel.
    Yasha Beresiner, who conducted last year’s tour, will lead this year’s visit. For a full brochure contact:
    Special Pilgrimages’ Christian Tours, Tel: 01702 394000. Fax: 01702 359000.

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