ISSUE 21, April 2007
Editorial
Historic: Philanthropist and scientist: Sir Henry Wellcome
Travel: In Darwin's footsteps
Grand Secretary: Interview with Nigel Brown
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Faith and Freemasonry: A Salvationist and the Craft
Young Mason: Keep up the tradition
Freemasons' Hall: Refurbishment
Ladies Groups: Cheshire Ladies Circle
   Library and Museum: Masonry and music - the role of the organ
Specialist Lodge: A new Lodge for showmen is consecrated
Serving the community: Two Masons win major rescue awards
Spain: How a Cleveland Mason found his Spanish roots
Wales: Welsh Mason lands national sporting award
Hospices: The Craft's historic links with hospices
Ancient Craft: Herefordshire's ancient boat builder
Education: Forthcoming events and Andrew Prescott and Own free will and accord and First Universities Scheme Initiate
Masonic Charities: Latest from the four main Masonic charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Interviewing candidates

More information should be given to potential recruits to Freemasonry, the Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, told the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge last month.
    Lord Northampton said that candidates must be informed about the objectives and merits of Freemasonry right from the start and there must be clear guidelines for these interviews. Lord Northampton added that he was looking at initiatives to help this process.
    Clearly this means an educational process for those doing the interviewing so that a candidate knows what he can expect from joining the Craft and what will be expected from him.
    Lord Northampton emphasised that “no thinking man is going to join and then stay committed to an organisation that cannot talk about itself openly and with clarity. So we have to be clear in our own minds what the purpose of Freemasonry is and what our ritual means.”
    The Pro Grand Master’s full speech is on page 26.

Farewell to Andrew Prescott

Sadly, Professor Andrew Prescott, the first Director of the Centre for Research into Freemasonry at Sheffield University is leaving to take up a post at the University of Wales Lampeter.
    Although not a Mason, Andrew Prescott went to great lengths to put Freemasonry at the centre of social history. He will be sorely missed and a hard act to follow. He writes a farewell article on page 52.
    The University is strongly committed to continuing the Centre and advertising has begun for a successor.

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    However, this has meant on some occasions that readers have found the Post Office is no longer delivering MQ. While it is understandable that unwanted mail should be restricted, be sure you are not throwing the baby out with the bath water!



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