Bicentenary of the union between the Antients and Moderns Grand Lodges

Reading Time: 3 minutes Cause for celebration Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes explains that while Freemasons should be proud when a lodge celebrates a milestone anniversary, the creation of a new lodge can be an equally significant landmark Last December I commented that we should be proud of our history. I therefore have no qualms in mentioning – indeed … Read more

John Hamill on the mythical golden age of Freemasonry

Reading Time: 3 minutes Rose-tinted glasses Director of Special Projects John Hamill crunches the numbers to show why we should not hark back to a bygone age when Freemasonry was thriving The sad aspect of reading the business paper for each Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge is the list of lodges that are closing. There is a perception that … Read more

Grand Secretary’s column – Summer 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes  I am pleased to let you know that your magazine, as part of our wider communications campaign, has been shortlisted for another award – this time within the Best Corporate and Business Communications category at the ‘Oscars’ of the PR industry, the CIPR Excellence Awards 2013. This is encouraging and supports the excellent feedback we … Read more

Pro Grand Master’s address – March 2013

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quarterly Communication13 March 2013An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes Brethren, In my address to Grand Lodge last December I commented that we should be proud of our history. I therefore have no qualms – indeed I believe it is important – in mentioning that this year marks an important landmark … Read more

Keeping up appearances: taking care of Freemasons’ Hall

Reading Time: 5 minutes From building staircases and painting intricate floral plasterwork through to restoring corridors to their former glory, Stan, Damien and Stuart are part of a devoted team of craftsmen at Freemasons’ Hall who ensure that the building is preserved in all of its Art Deco grandeur. Luke Turton reports Stan Johnstone gazes at the exquisitely polished … Read more