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  2. Good to see a Lodge engaging with a worthy local cause and it being covered favourably in the press.
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  4. A sensory shed that can calm children with special needs was unveiled yesterday (June 13). When the leaders of Leverton School in Waltham Abbey realised it needed a safe place for its special needs pupils to retreat to, they were disheartened when their bids for funding were unsuccessful. That was until a grandfather of one of the pupils heard of their difficulties and pointed them in the direction of the nearby Forester Lodge. The Loughton Freemasons took the cause to their heart and set about raising £1,800 for the project, which was increased to £2,000 following a personal donation by organist Tom Kelly. (Continues in the link) http://www.eppingforestguardian.co.uk/news/16290574.leverton-school-in-waltham-abbey-unveiled-its-sensory-hub/?ref=mr&lp=12
  5. goomba

    Demit

    I am a Master Mason in an American Grand Lodge. I would say I understand your frustration but regretfully it seems your lodge will be on the losing end. If you've read a Traditional Observance Lodge by Bro. Cliff Porter it may help you with your problems. He was ready to hang up his apron. I'm lucky enough to live in an area that I can drive to three different grand lodges territories and demitted my from the state GL whose jurisdiction I lived to to join another one. Feel free to PM me if you'd like.
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  7. bod

    Demit

    As already intimated, a regular GL is unlikely to adopt a lodge from another regular GL An irregular GL will no doubt take you on - but then the regular GL the lodge is part of won't really release the lodge - it's is ultimately their lodge (I use the terms regular and irregular as they are commonly understood, not as a reflection of my own opinions on the matter)
  8. Roy

    Demit

    I have had the sad experience in my short Masonic 'career'. Basically it is not much more than sending a letter to the Grand Lodge and then follows some administration, returning the charter and possessions of the Grand Lodge (aprons, cordons/sashes, etc.). At least, that's how it went in the GL where I'm still member, but my mother lodge isn't. A lodge is an organisation of its own that makes its own decisions.
  9. Forester

    Gutted that I Couldn't Go

    I did speak with a one or two veterans who didn't attend for reasons stated above, however I was in attendance along with a lot of serving and ex serving members of the armed forces including one or two that served in Iraq with Johnson. Also chatted with Danny who seemed quite cool and relaxed about the whole thing, a real nice chap
  10. Mike Martin

    Demit

    Trouilligan and Sontaran have raised exactly the issues this raised for me. Although we're all in the UK and can't actually advise you I think it would be nice to have a better idea of what you're actually proposing. I remember an American Lodge handing its Warrant back to its Grand Lodge in order to go it alone a few years ago and that didn't end too well as no one wanted to interact with it except the Grand Orient of the United States which I think has also crumbled nowadays.
  11. Sontaran

    Demit

    I'm curious; if we're talking about the US, I assume you're thinking of leaving a 'mainstream' GL and moving to a PHGL or the other way round...? - and not moving from (eg) one mainstream to another? And moving AS A LODGE rather than just as individuals? Assuming that's correct, you'd first need to check that the 'receiving' GL is willing to take you .. and if we ARE talking about moving to a PHGL, you might want to check if there is mutual recognition .. if there is, you might well find they won't accept you as it could cause some major issues between the Grand Lodges. If you're talking about moving from one mainstream to another - or PH to PH, then I think it unlikely due to territorial issues and state borders.
  12. Trouillogan

    Demit

    I understand your immediate concern but my point about recognition is that if you affiliate to work under another Grand Lodge then you'd better make sure it is one that is widely recognised, otherwise you and your brethren will find yourselves unable to associate masonically with brethren under other Grand Lodges. I would also posit that you would be more likely to find men of the sort you seek within a recognised jurisdiction, than in unrecognised ones.
  13. MyBrothersKeeper

    Demit

    This is a situation in the United States. This question is not about recognition but rather a group of brothers who no longer want to be a part of a group of men who are crooked, stagnant, and show no desire to be better men or to enhance the character of those around them.
  14. nymaso3

    Demit

    In which country?
  15. Trouillogan

    Demit

    Remember that books by either Albert Mackey or Albert Pike are each only one American person's opinions and therefore not a sure guide in any sense. Your question inherently touches upon the subject of Grand Lodge recognition. In brief, this covers recognition of other Grand Lodges by each other and by the 'home' Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland, which have an agreement of eight articles under which other Grand Lodges are recognised and which subscribe fully to the 'Aims and Relationships of the Craft'. Although there are Grand Lodges and Orients that operate outside these inter-jurisdictional agreements, inter-communications and inter-visitations are severely limited. So, be careful what you wish for!
  16. MyBrothersKeeper

    Demit

    Thank you! The lodge is to leave its current GL and join another and create a new lodge under that GL.
  17. Omar31

    Demit

    It might depend upon whether the lodge is to continue either under another GL or as independent. As it happens one of my lodges was originally chartered by the GL of Scotland but later joined the state GL. So the lodge hangs both charters on the wall.
  18. MyBrothersKeeper

    Demit

    I've searched and even read Mackey's but I can not find information on a lodge demitting from a grand lodge. However, I have heard the procedure is to return the charter with a letter to the Grand secretary. Any advice or other factual information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  19. Honoured to be appointed Raphael at Ferneberga Rose Croix (No.1096)

  20. Trouillogan

    PGL Antrim 150th Anniversary

    Yes, it does look a bit disappointing, with 187 lodges in the list. But only 13 with web sites published, perhaps communication is not what it could be nowadays. From my own limited experience of Irish freemasonry, the membership seems to be of more tender years than in UGLE, so perhaps they are mainly at their desks and ploughs with the older, retired brethren able to attend.
  21. Belfast Telegraph newspaper reports on 150 anniversary meeting https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/video-news/video-150-years-of-northern-ireland-freemasonry-36961575.html View the video and observe the vacant balcony seating. A very disappointing turnout.
  22. This what I have ended up doing
  23. It may be more straight forward to put him in contact with the Province: http://www.pglforfarshire.org/
  24. Try Lodge Albert 448 Not sure if Peter Taylor still posts on here but he is active on lodgeroomUK.com - he's a PM of that lodge Wayne
  25. wayne cowley

    "Hate Crime " attacks in Newport

    Indeed so I haven't been in there since the attack but glad that the main part of the building is undamaged. Didn't see any obvious damage on outside of building when I drove past Wayne
  26. I have a friend near Blairgowrie/Dundee who is interested in Freemasonry. He is involved in training and psychology and would suit a lodge which has a slightly philosophical outlook? Anyone have a contact?
  27. Indeed, and I hope that this serves as a warning to all Masonic Centres in these disruptive times?
  28. Such a shame Hopefully the hall management are now taking advice from the local fire brigade on how to prevent any further such incidents?
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