More information should be given to
potential recruits to Freemasonry, the Pro
Grand Master, Lord Northampton, told the
Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge
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
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
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
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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