ISSUE 20, January 2007
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Dress sense

A candidate is usually told prior to his initiation the form of attire that he is expected to wear for the occasion. I advised my candidate that he would require a dark suit, white shirt and white gloves.
    To my astonishment, his seconder said he could wear the traditional morning suit so frequently worn by Masters, Past Masters and senior ranks.
    When I was introduced into Freemasonry, I was informed by my proposer that it was not considered etiquette to wear such attire prior to being a Past Master.
    However, the last few years have seen something of a Masonic fashion trend.
    To my knowledge UGLE does not offer a dress code to guide us on this issue.

Ken Connolly
Gilston, Hertfordshire

Bring ‘hele’ to heel

I have read with interest the various comments made in recent letters to MQ regarding the word ‘hele’ in the Craft Obligation. In the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland the booklet Guidance on Craft Ceremonies states:
    “Although most books of ritual state that the word ‘hele’ should be pronounced ‘hail’, the correct pronunciation is ‘heel’ (Oxford English Dictionary). It is an old English word derived from the Saxon ‘helan’ (to hide or cover or to conceal) and it is still used in its practical sense by gardeners in many parts of the country”.
    The Oxford English Dictionary is quite clear on this point and this pronunciation is confirmed by Dr. E.H. Cartwright in his book on Masonic ritual. Chaucer used the word in the 14th century, intending it to rhyme ‘conceal’ and ‘reveal’. Sadly, many Masters seem slavishly to follow the Emulation ritual these days.
    Brethren who use the Internet can go to Google and type in ‘Oxford Dictionary – hele’ where they will find a full explanation, giving the historical background to the word, its use in the context of Masonry and why, when and how the mispronunciation arose.
    Perhaps we should also give some thought to the poor candidate in a state of darkness when he hears, in his unenlightened state, that he has to ‘always hail’ (in modern parlance meaning to call or shout), and then is immediately charged with having to conceal and never reveal!
    It is a contradiction in terms and makes no sense – no wonder the candidate gets confused and bewildered. Perhaps some thought should be given to this when the Emulation ritual is next revised.

D.J. Tranter.
Loughborough, Leicestershire

Alaskan Masonry

The first sight seen by most visitors traveling to Alaska on a cruise is a small town called Ketchikan. Opposite the cruise liner port on the quayside is a Masonic temple (see photo below). It made for an unexpected and delightful reminder of the universality of Freemasonry.

Neville Nagler
Pinner, Middlesex

Vienna welcome

I recently attended the installation meeting of Sarastro Lodge in Vienna, which works in English although many of its members come from all over Europe.
    I was warmly received and given a job – Senior Warden! Secretary Christopher Jones extends an invitation to brethren visiting Vienna to attend the Lodge, which meets fortnightly on a Thursday with the installation meeting on a Saturday.
    I can thoroughly recommend a visit – and you might get a job – and the contact is and the Lodge website is

Stuart Halsey
Throcking, Hertfordshire

Apology unnecessary

Your apology in the editorial (MQ, Issue 16) regarding Masons who are not in the Royal Arch was completely unnecessary. Most, if not all Royal Arch Masons, would agree that your original statement was correct.
    How can a Craft Mason be ‘complete’ without knowing the ‘genuine secrets’?

Michael Locke
Rainham, Kent

Royal Arch fulfilment

In the editorial (MQ, Issue No. 16), the editor considered that full membership of Freemasonry should include being in the Royal Arch. Quite so.
    There is no need for an apology for an unfortunate choice of words. Grand Lodge recognises pure Masonry as the three Craft Degrees and the Royal Arch – as did the Antients Grand Lodge.
    The completion of becoming a Master Mason is found in the exaltation of a Royal Arch candidate, wherein he will find excellent companionship and spiritual fulfillment.

N C Curle
Peverell, Plymouth

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