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  1. Thanks for the clarification... it is certainly the impression of many, still, though. Of course, I'm still well away from such consideration, although I do tick that particular "box" :-)
  2. I guess this is down to Provincial differences... certainly in Hampshire and IoW, you get presented (by the Provincial Representative, usually the VO) with a booklet relating to HRA on your Raising, and are encouraged (in due time, but not too quickly) to join. Likewise, there is a gentle tap of the stick in that Provincial Rank beyond (P)ProvAGDC is only for those who are members of HRA, and I've heard it suggested that Acting Provincial Rank at the juniorlevels requires a commitment to join, if not already a member.
  3. In many ways, the UGLE hierarchy means we're 2nd class masons - we can't visit HRA Chapters in most other jurisdictions (at least, for the whole shebang), as most other Constitutions follow the Scottish system (Craft-->MMM-->EM-->HRA). The logical solution is for UGLE and MMH to coordinate, and put right 300+ years of FUBAR. The problem of course, is that to get from Here to There brings major practical issues, way beyond re-framing the Prime Directive...
  4. Good prediction... But rather bizarrely, The Excellent Master Degree (Passing the Veils) is only available to those much further along their masonic journey than a Master Mason... http://www.somerset-wilts-rsm.org.uk/excellentmaster.html For the avoidance of any doubt, the Order of the Silver Trowel is worked in a number of Royal and Select Masters Districts by Installed Masters Councils... meaning you already need to be a RSM Installed Master to be eligible for the Excellent Master degree!
  5. Thanks... but unfortunately, it's behind a paywall, so the conspiracy remains protected 😉
  6. Indeed... which is why my post include "less 5 members to open/close" 🙂 It is situations like this where the words (probably incorrectly) attributed to Douglas Bader are appropriate: Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.
  7. All meetings suspended for four months with IMMEDIATE effect!https://www.ugle.org.uk/coronavirus-member-update My first decision as WM of a Lodge was to cancel this week's GPC... the second to cancel next week's Lodge meeting (less 5 members to open/close)... please tell me it's not always like this?
  8. Deeply honoured to have been confirmed as Master Elect of Mercury Lodge, for the forthcoming year!

  9. Very pleased and proud to have been made a Worthy Night, at St George's Conclave of the Red Cross of Constantine

  10. Honoured to be appointed Raphael at Ferneberga Rose Croix (No.1096)

  11. The pseudo-independent but not really status of Kosovo is causing confusion and argument in so many multi-national organisations and programs
  12. This is all fine and dandy if the Ritual is performed well. But for some parts, IMHO, it is better to be read and right than memorised and wrong. Obligations are a case in point - surely it is better that the Obligation is word-perfect first time, than wrong, or repeatedly prompted? After all, we ask the Candidate to repeat that Obligation, and seal it on the VSL. I've been very fortunate in my various Ceremonies, in that the Master (reigning or acting) has been very good - but I've also witnessed some very poor ceremonies when visiting.
  13. But surely, a proscribed quasi-masonic organisation is still proscribed even if it is no longer extant? A Wiki-type page would be ideal.....
  14. Ummm... So how long before this masonic connection is linked to the murder of Ms Galizia
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