ISSUE 3, October 2002
Editorial
Brother Winston: Churchill as a Freemason
Travel: Getting the taste
Manchester City: Masons achieve their goal
Freemasonry in the Community: Sermon of the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral and Chief Executive spells out the five objectives of the Grand Charity
Quarterly Communication: Report of the Board of General Purposes and Address by the Pro Grand Master
A Dickens of a Night: Charles Dickens celebrated
   Masonic Research: Seek and ye shall find
Charity News: New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Grand Charity and Cornwall Freemasons raise 2.8m and MTGB: Special concert in the Grand Temple and RMBI: Care in action
Library and Museum: Burmese banners and Royal British Legion link
Letters
Freemasonry in the Community: Supplement
Gardening
Book reviews


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Taught to be cautious
As Freemasons, we were taught to be cautious, but it comes as no surprise to read in the current Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge (see page 50 and 51) that warnings have gone out yet again about brethren from the English Constitution attending irregular meetings and unauthorised people visiting our own Lodges.
    And these irregular meetings are not just abroad there are non-recognised Lodges within the UK. It is the responsibility of each and every member of the English Constitution to ensure that they only attend recognised meetings overseas.
    As the Board of General Purposes also points out, the responsibility rests with the Master of the Lodge to ensure visitors to our own Lodges are from recognised Lodges.
    Note that it is not the responsibility of the Lodge secretary, although he should be very alert to the problem and be advising the Master accordingly.
    Following Freemasonry in the Community Week, we have gone a long way to dispel some of the sillier (and sometimes derogatory) myths about Freemasonry. We need to keep a 'clean sheet' in this respect, and the procedures on how to ensure you are only attending a properly recognised Lodge are laid out in the note from the Board of General Purposes. The message from the Board is clear: read, digest and implement.
    Changing tack, I cannot emphasise strongly enough that this is your magazine.
    I want to hear from readers on any suggestions you may have for articles, ranging from contemporary or historic individual Masons to more general features, both Masonic and non-Masonic.
    On another note, understanding more about Freemasonary is an important part of a Mason's education. I strongly recommend that all Masons should read John Hamill's article on page 56 to assist them in this direction. Some readers will have received a questionnaire with this issue. I know it is a pain filling these forms in, but it is a 'tick box' format and should only take around four minutes to complete.
    Please read the Grand Secretary's letter that accompanies the questionnaire. It is essential that we have a good picture of who our readers are and what they want from us. So do take the time to fill it in. There are many views held about what is perceived to be the general background of members of the Craft. For the first time in more than 300 years this questionnaire will give us some idea of who we really are!
    If any of you know of any Brother who is not in receipt of MQ, please notify the Communications I Department at Freemasons' Hall.


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