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Mike Martin

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  1. So to clear up one thing, it's not masonic or related to Freemasonry but Mr Google tells us that it was a fraternal organisation back in the 1900s which metamorphosised into an insurance company called Liberty National.
  2. Hi there and welcome to the Forum. Freemasonry is not really a thing you can read you have to experience it, which is why you will find that serious Freemasons will advise against it. Books written by actual Freemasons speculating about hidden meanings and such are intended for other Freemasons as without experiencing the Degree ceremonies you have no chance of understand what they're writing about. Those written by non-Masons are just guessing and of no use. Rather than trying to read you should reach out to local Freemasons and talk with them about what it entails.
  3. It's an old lament but offered to you in good faith, be careful not to extrapolate your own personal experiences of Freemasonry to all of Freemasonry. What your Lodge, or even your Province, does is not necessarily what is done in the other approximately 7,000 Lodges under the other 46 Provinces and Met GL of the UGLE.
  4. Ahh, so PM in a Province and PZ in London? This would distract when it comes to "honours" as here under MetGL they are not quite as "automated" as they seem to be in some Provinces and are related to your potential future service to "London Masonry" as well as your past. You need to be at least 5 years out of the Chair of a London Lodge and active to have your name put forward to be considered here.
  5. He played John Adams Gates Freemason/Knight Templar in National Treasure. PS I wouldn't personally count the Duke of Wellington as he had no liking of Freemasonry see: https://www.freemasonry.bcy.ca/biography/wellington_d/wellington.html
  6. Hmmm, I suspect that you're not actually a London Mason, which Lodge are you a member of?
  7. Hi there, As you state that you're a PM of a London Lodge without mentioning that status within a Province I assume that you actually mean a Metropolitan Grand Steward? I am a little surprised that as a PM you are unaware of the roles of your own Lodge's Visiting Officer and Senior VO in the process of recommending "merit" on behalf of your Lodge to the Office of the Met. Grand Master for consideration. The question of setting up a "foreign" Lodge in England has been well covered and I would only highlight the fact that the three "Home Grand Lodges" actually work very closely together and would not dream of setting up Lodges in each others geographical territories, which is why Lodges in Northern Ireland are actually under the Grand Lodge of Ireland. PS as a London Mason you have access to Rosetta in order to research these things.
  8. Hi there and welcome to the forum. It's hard to tell but are you asking a question or making a statement and to what end?
  9. Although not a Freemason himself he has portrayed 1 real Freemason, 1 made up Freemason and a character invented by a Freemason several times.
  10. Same is true of Ireland but there are OES Chapters in Scotland. However, you're right the poster is actually in the US.
  11. So does anyone know anyone who has bought this board game and any feedback on it? https://www.matthewandmichael.co.uk/product-page/on-the-square-the-1st-3-degrees
  12. The last time I visited the GLAE website (2018-9 I think) it showed that it had changed direction from its 2005 genesis and become a Co-masonic order and there was no mention of Peter still being involved. Some years ago I got worried about Peter as he suddenly went silent on the Internet so I tried to reach out to him but with no success. The GLAE blog that he used hasn't been updated since 2008.
  13. I'm with Lewis in the raised eyebrow department, very strange terminology. Which Lodge are you a member of old chap?
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/dec/02/something-for-secret-santa-the-freemasons-open-a-gift-shop
  15. I couldn't tell you how much it weighed but as well as the watch fob orb there was also a walking stick orb, the orb was the handle of a walking stick which could well weigh in at that much if it was removed from the stick.
  16. Hello there and welcome to the Forum. I'm afraid that there's nothing we could do to tell you who the owner of the rings is, although handing them into the Police could help as if they were from a burglary they will be listed on the owners' crime report. As to the rings themselves, they are just made for a Freemason, who is proud of his membership, to wear hence the use of the Square & Compasses emblem although it is actually the version used in Scotland and most of America rather than England. One of the rings appears to have a Trowel and a Level on its sides and the other just some bling.
  17. Why not have a chat with the guys (Crest Regalia) who host this forum, they manufacture regalia so may well be able to repair too. The phone number is 01709 531572
  18. From an era where video reporting was not as copious as today here's a look at what our brethren of the 1930s were up to. Full title reads: "Brighton. With Impressive Masonic Ceremonial. Major R L Thornton Provincial Grand Master of Sussex lays foundation stone of the new Sussex Eye Hospital." Have some of this: https://www.britishpathe.com/video/with-impressive-masonic-ceremonial
  19. Yes there is a form of words to do so. Hence my comment earlier the problem is the OP gives no context so not possible to address.
  20. Very hard to give you a proper answer because you haven't explained what the problem is.
  21. But didn't it used to be after the Chair?
  22. No your writing is fine and I had a pretty good idea but what I'm saying is that is not really a good motivation for joining a Lodge. You need to do it because you want to do it for you and the membership of a relative doesn't really give you that motivation. Your difficulty is that we are in the middle of the Covid19 thing and it is going to be difficult (at best) for you to get the interaction with Freemasons (in the real world) that you will need to find out about Freemasonry and whether it is for you. The only way to really get it is by going and meeting with members of a Lodge and having a long talk.
  23. Hi again, You shouldn't need to join a Lodge just to find out about what he was involved in and to be honest that isn't a great motivation to do so. Most Grand Lodges are able to share membership details with relatives of deceased Freemasons and a letter to it including his full details (full names, date of birth and address) and an explanation of why you're trying to find out should get you the info. The same is true of Scottish Rite and the Shrine which are separate organisations.
  24. Hi there and welcome to the Forum. That ring will have definitely been "special" to your Granddad because it was "his" Scottish Rite ring and to you for the same reason but I'm afraid that special factor doesn't really carry on into the wider world. This type of ring is or has been quite popular in the States and for that reason examples turn up frequently on Ebay and you are right to baulk at a $4k price tag for reinstating the diamond as they are often listed for around a $1000 - $1,500. As to what you do with it that is really a decision for you but don't get hung-up on honoring this piece of jewellery as it is just an outer show of our membership of a fraternity that has internal ideals of brotherly love, relief and truth. Some of us wear masonic jewellery because we are proud to be a part of such a tradition but it is not an essential item, his regalia would have been that part. If you want to find out about what he was a part of you should google up the Grand Lodge of the where you live, as you're in the US that will be a State Grand Lodge.
  25. Snippet: Crude' suspect bomb found at Penryn Masonic lodge Full Article: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-52909306 Another: https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/freemasons-respond-after-crude-bomb-4189652
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