ISSUE 4, January 2003
Editorial
History: The Wilde Oxford Mason
Captain Courageous: Mason Eric Moody's Horror Flight
Travel: Weekend Tonic
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter
   Charity News: Grand Charity and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and RMBI - Making the Difference and New Masonic Samaritan Fund - In Safe Hands
Spring lecture season: Library & Museum of Freemasonry; Cornerstone Society; Canonbury Masonic Research Centre; Sheffield University
Library and Museum: News
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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Letters

Star Letter

Frank Swift the Mason

I was very interested to read the article about Manchester City Football Club and its Masonic background (MQ, Issue No.3). I was myself a director of the club for a considerable number of years and have been an Honorary President since my retirement in 1992.
    There is a notable omission from those members of the Craft to whom the article refers, namely the late Frank Swift.
    Your article mentions that Bert Trautmann succeeded Frank Swift as goalkeeper. Frank, who subsequently became a journalist and died in the Munich Air Disaster when he was accompanying Manchester United in that capacity, was himself a Mason.
    He joined the Craft when he was still a City player, and on a number of occasions he visited my mother Lodge, Trafford No. 1496 in West Lancashire Province, as the guest of my father both before and after I was initiated in January 1950.
    I have a very clear recollection of an occasion - I think it was in 1948 or 1949 - of meeting Frank when he and I were both travelling to South port. He was joining the England team for an international match at Everton the following day, and I was travelling home from Manchester with my father, as we both lived there then.
    I remember Frank told my father that he had to return to Manchester immediately after the match for his Third Degree ceremony.
    Michael Horwich, Cheadle, Cheshire

A real James Bond
I was interested in your review of the James Bond Film (MQ, Issue No.3). W Bro Charles Staffell was for many years the special effects chief at Pinewood Studios, where they made the early Bond films.
    It was only later that producer Cubby Broccoli learned that Charles was also in the Secret Service, and had a better insight into it than all the Ian Fleming fiction. It was on the set of Licensed to Kill that Charles had a word with Cubby without revealing anything contrary to the Official Secrets Act.
    Charles was the first man to introduce the 'independent frame' to film processing, and was a master at matte effects and pyrotechnics. He even put producer Stanley Kubrick in his place on Full Metal Jacket when it came to explosions. Everybody was convinced it took place in Vietnam, but it was actually staged at Pinewood and Battersea Power Station.
    W Bro Charles fooled them all, for he was the best master of film effects that the industry is ever likely to know.
    Joe Marks, Shepperton, Middlesex

Old girls' school request
I am the Honorary Secretary of the Old Masonic Girls' Association, which aims to keep old girls of the Royal Masonic School at Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire in touch with each other and the school.
    From time to time we receive requests from our members about films and videos that have been made during their time at the school. These feature pupils and were made for distribution to Lodges in order to promote the school. We have been unable to obtain copies, but wondered if, through your magazine, we could enquire whether any Lodges have copies of these films or videos that we could arrange to borrow?
    I can be contacted at The Hollies, 59 Bownham Park, Rodborough Common, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 5BZ T. 01453 873305 F. 01453 873344 Email: eve@marinex.co.uk
    Eve Clements, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Welcome in Tenerife
As WM of Logia Ave Fenix No. 73 I extend an invitation to all Masons holidaying in Tenerife to visit our new Temple in Los Cristianos.
    They will be given a very warm welcome at either our Lodge of Instruction (Tuesdays, 8pm) or at our regular Lodge meetings (the fourth Tuesday in October, December (Installation), January, February, March and May).
    Emulation ritual is followed and all the ceremonies are conducted in English. Regalia are available.
    Those interested should contact Lawrence Howard on their arrival (T. 922 790009).
    Ladies are invited to join the wives of members for an informal meal on all regular Lodge and convocation nights.
    Derek Payne, Tenerife

Greetings from France
As the editor of GLNF Actualite in Paris, I am sure I join many other Grand Lodges in congratulating you on MQ magazine.
    This is just the time the 21st century - to bring Freemasonry news in the open as we are all involved, as Masons and citizens, in everyday life.
    We are supposed to improve beauty and happiness in the world, so let us start with our neighbourhood and erase an old-fashioned repelling aspect of so-called secrecy.
    Jean Murat, Paris

A View From New York
It is very interesting to read about English Freemasonry on this side of the pond. Keep it coming.
    We must make Masonry more attractive to the current membership by enhancing Masonic life, by turning Masonic proceedings into meaningful, stimulating and relevant experiences in our Lodges and Masonic associations.
    The future of Freemasonry lies in the education of the membership. Only by understanding can one truly appreciate, and without appreciation we will never advance.
    Incidentally, I am also a member of Sulgrave Lodge No. 9462 at Rushden in Nottinghamshire.
    Jay Austin, New York

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