ISSUE 22, July 2007
Editorial
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master : Address of the Pro Grand Master : Report of the Board of General Purposes
Historic: Architect to a King
Young Masons: Value of a warm welcome
Faith and Freemasonry: The twin supports
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
The Grand Secretary: Notes
   Travel: In the footsteps of the pharaohs
Inventor: Voice of the people
Human Rights Court Judgement: Landmark victory for Masons
International Conference: Masonic history unveiled
The Grand Chancellor: Special overseas role
Specialist Lodge: Prior Rahere and his legacy
Public Service: Serving the famous
Education: Events : Importance of the cable tow
Lbrary & Museum: Fraternal art
Masonic Charities: RMTGB : Grand Charity : RMBI : NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Fresh approach
I found the sentiments expressed by Craig Adkins (Issue 21) a most refreshing change to those usually espoused by senior brethren, many of whom seem to equate the popularity of Freemasonry with its ability to change and reflect modern life.
    Just as we would not dream of judging the merit of any society purely by the scale of its membership, surely we should be cautious about rushing to modernise just to attract new brethren.
    For many of my generation (I am 44) the mystique and perceived exclusivity of Freemasonry was in itself a major motivation for wanting to find out more. Where the mystique is lost and the special made common, we surely lose our ‘USP’ and raison d’être as a worthy brotherhood.
    If I want to spend my leisure time in a fund-raising organisation, I attend my Rotary club. For spiritual communion I go to church, but I go to my Lodge because it is different.
    It is a unique and set-apart place where history itself is alive and the past respected and honoured, rather than discarded as something irrelevant to the modern generation.
    Symbolism, language, discipline, ritual – all so hard to find in other places – must remain at the heart of our institution if we are to progress on sure foundations, and differentiate what we have to offer from the cyber café culture of so many other organisations today.
    Andrew Gilliland
    Otley, West Yorkshire


I read with interest in MQ, Issue 2, the article on Bridgegate Ladies Circle and wish to tell you about “The Ladies” Club which was formed by 8 ladies on 8 January 1948, we have one remaining founder member still alive now reaching 93.
    The club grew attracting ladies from other lodges, in the early years, one was always vetted and today a new lady must be proposed and seconded. In 1987 when I joined we had a membership of 85 plus a list of ladies waiting to join – I had to wait 3 years to get in, unfortunately this has now dropped to 60. We have a committee made up of 4 officers, President (elected annually), Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer plus 4 others. Hold monthly meetings, a lot at South West Surrey Masonic Centre, Guildford, with a dinner and a speaker and we too have raised a large amount of money for various charities. In 2008, our 60th anniversary we are hoping to have a Thanksgiving Service in Guildford Cathedral.
    This is very short and I trust not too muddling.
    Any interest at all?
    Estelle Pearse
    Secretary, “The Ladies” Club


Breeches Bibles
Regarding my article on Breeches Bibles (MQ, Issue No. 20), it has created quite an interest. I would like to thank the following who have been in direct contact with me:
    Roger Jenkins, Royal Gloucester Lodge No. 130 (Breeches Bible 1599), Alan Hakin, Universal 181 (15?8), Alan Jones, Walton Walker 3847 (1610) and Martin Barrett, Lodge of Benevolence 336 (1597).
    It just goes to show the interesting items that can be found in our lockers. Happy Hunting!
    Peter Coward
    Macclesfield, Cheshire


Same difference
I refer to the letter (MQ, Issue 21) by Alan Simpson and must confess that I and my colleagues are unsure of the rationale for the statement that the English initiation is a ‘walk in the park’ compared with that in South Africa.
    I hold District Grand rank in South Africa and, as such, have attended many initation ceremonies in that country and in the UK. As far as we are aware, the ceremonies are identical – if that was the point of the letter.
    Graham Partington
    London


Masonic nursing reunion
I am planning a reunion for anyone who trained at The Royal Masonic and Roehampton School of Nursing set 79/2. I can be contacted at karyna.gibbons@hotmail.co.uk or 23 Elstow Avenue, Caversham Park Village, Reading, rg4 6rx. Telephone: 01189543120 (evenings).
    Karyna Gibbons(nee White)

Complete ritual available
The new Complete Working Royal Arch ritual is now available. It has been updated by Hale Chapter of Improvement to incorporate the necessary amendments and additions following the convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter on 10 November 2004.
    It has been approved by members of Supreme Grand Chapter, and includes both the mandatory changes to the Address after Exaltation and the Historical Lecture, plus the new ‘permissive alternative’ versions of the Symbolical and Mystical Lectures alongside the traditional versions. The revised Sixth Edition has been completely revised and all errors and omissions in the previous edition corrected.
    Copies, £15 each, are available from www.lewismasonic.com.
    Martin Faulks
    Marketing Manager, Lewis Masonic


Morning dress at night
I agree with D E Cheaney (MQ, Issue No. 21) that dress code is a triviality. I have been a Mason for 30 years and I am still waiting for an explanation as to why, when Lodges usually meet in the evenings, the high echelons of Masonry insist upon wearing morning dress!
    J S Wain
    Torquay


Sudlow’s background
I was very interested in the article (MQ, Issue No. 21), about Henry Solomon Wellcome. However, the spelling of the name of my namesake is Robert Clay Sudlow, not Sadlow.
    Sudlow was born in Liverpool about 1845 and moved south with his parents when he was very young, and played a very important part in 19th and early 20th century Freemasonry.
    His legacy of the silver match box survives to this day, and is presented for excellent work in the Lodge of Emulation.
    I am not related to Robert Clay Sudlow, but I came across his details when carrying out a genealogical study of my own family.
    Incidentally, both my paternal grandfather and his brother were Liverpool Masons.
    J F T Sudlow
    Rochester, Kent


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