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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Whether it is classic cars or specially-baked cakes, Masons were prominent in events that took place in April to celebrate the Queen’s 80th birthday.
    One of the most picturesque events was the parade of 80 British motor vehicles, one manufactured in each year of the Queen’s life, which were proudly displayed on the parade ground at Buckingham Palace.
    The event, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Group, was organised by Mason John Cole, assisted by Peter Baxter and Peter Lusty, all of Merantune Lodge No. 6149, Province of Surrey.
    Of the 80 vehicles, 12 were owned by Masons. The event raised more than £11,000 for the RNLI, the charity nominated by the Queen.
    For 50 years Graham Chubb, a Master Baker and the third generation of his family to take up the profession, has been turning out cakes that are fit for a Queen.
    And, when the Queen’s 80th birthday came around and Her Majesty invited others who celebrated their eighth decade on the same day to Buckingham Palace, there on television in the reception area of the Gallery where the lunch took place, was Graham’s cake.
    The 60lb cake had been sent up to London by car and was the 17th in a line of cakes Graham has made for a Royal celebration.
    Graham, who lives at Woolston near Taunton in Somerset, is a member of Quantock Lodge No. 4446. A national and international cake artist, he is a judge at cake exhibitions and also teaches cake decoration. His cakes are made from a secret recipe first used by Graham’s grandfather when he started the family business in 1900 at Street in Somerset.
    The two-tier cake was deep cream in colour, with highlights of pink, lilac and gold. The top tier rested on the 18-inch square base cake. The sides of the bottom tier were decorated with festoons of wisteria, while the Queen’s love of horses was reflected in the horses’ heads that adorned the sides of the top tier, the whole cake being surmounted by a horse.
    Both the cipher and signature of the Queen were used in the design, and a sweeping mass of pink Queen Elizabeth roses came from the top tier to the bottom.




Left
Graham Chubb with his cake baked for the Queen’s 80th birthday

Centre
Mason John Cole, who helped organise the British car display at Buckingham Palace, with the Duchess of Gloucester

Right
Some of the 80 cars make their way into Buckingham Palace



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