MQ’s last issue
This is the last issue of MQ. We are being
amalgamated with Freemasonry Today, and
from January the new magazine will be sent
to you under that title.
MQ has published 23 issues – almost six
years of interesting work on behalf of the
Craft, in which I hope we have put before
you contemporary and historical articles, as
well as up-to-date information from Grand
Lodge, Supreme Grand Chapter, the four
main Masonic charities and the Library and
Museum of Freemasonry.
An organisation the size of the United
Grand Lodge of England should have its own
‘house’ magazine to keep in communication
with its members, and I am sure that
Freemasonry Today, which has been published
as an independent publication for ten years,
will rise to the occasion.
This is an interesting time for
Freemasonry, with much activity happening
both centrally and locally. The new magazine
will be bringing all these developments to
you. The Universities Scheme, the ongoing
community work and the many services
available to Masons and their families through
the charities, shows the true face of the Craft.
I am grateful to the countless numbers of
you who have written to me on various issues
of interest and concern to you, and I value the
many contacts I have made over the past six
years. I have been most grateful to the many
generous comments which have been paid to
MQ since its launch in January 2002.
We have kept our overseas members
informed through our web site, as well as
many thousands of others – both Masons and
non-Masons – who have an interest in
Freemasonry. Both the magazine and the
web site have underlined the UGLE policy
of more openness. The Craft has much of
which it can be justifiably proud; we have
nothing to hide.
The official announcement of the
amalgamation was made by the Pro Grand
Master, Lord Northampton, to Grand Lodge
in September (see page 6, and a tribute to
MQ is paid on page 42). It is now time to
sign off and welcome the new. So mote it be.
The Grand Chancellor, Alan Englefield,
spoke to Grand Lodge last month, outlining
his role involving external relations with
other Grand Lodges. His task is important,
and this is recognised by the very fact of his
appointment, the first ever under our
Constitution. The badge on his apron –
hands being shaken across a globe of the
world – emphasises “Masonry Universal”.
A major event for him in November is
the specially-convened Pro-Grand Master’s
Conference on Regularity. The issue of
regularity among Grand Lodges is
important, as there is a strong need for amity
where it can be obtained with Masons from
There is also the need to keep in touch
with our District Grand Lodges overseas,
an important part of our Order, essential to
our world-wide status, reflecting as they do,
the universality of the Craft.
Grand Orient of Italy
In our July issue we inadvertently dropped
the key word “not” from our article on the
ruling in favour of Freemasonry from the
European Court of Human Rights (page
35). This gave the false impression that the
UGLE recognised the Grand Orient of Italy.
The UGLE does not recognise this Grand
Lodge as being Regular.
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