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Mike Martin

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  1. Hi Paul, welcome to the Forum and Happy New Year.
  2. I just randomly found this while looking for something for work and thought it would be nice to share:
  3. Yes very true, although I'm sticking with London to get started, it's easier to fit in that way
  4. I think I'd quite like to visit 192, I've got a bit of a thing about "Atholl" Lodges at the moment and want to visit some.
  5. The basic Lodge dress requirement for meetings is "dark lounge suit". I usually try to avoid black so my suits are normally a dark grey with a nice pinstripe although I'm presently wearing a black 3-piece.
  6. Ha ha, there you go this piece was short
  7. There are no real timescales to quote they will be looking to find a volunteer from a Lodge who has the time to meet and engage with you, so it's very stringlike.
  8. If you or someone you know is suitably qualified please do apply, Charity Grants Manager: https://mcfjobs.engageats.co.uk/LoginV2.aspx?enc=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
  9. Hello and welcome to the Forum, have a look around definitely ask any questions you have. have you found a Lodge and Proposer or are you just starting the journey?
  10. Snippet: The historically "secret society" of the Freemasons has been mired in conspiracy theories and controversy for years, but young Australians are looking past that and choosing to become part of the fraternity. In the past, the Freemasons' initiation process was highly secretive. Members had to be approached to join, had to meet certain criteria, and a guard stood outside lodge meetings to ensure only male members could attend. Whole article: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-21/young-people-joining-freemasons-connect-changing-world/10508708
  11. Don’t worry about that I know little of such things. I work in Freemasons’ Hall but for the Masonic Charitable Foundation not the UGLE, they’re very different entities. Lunch meetings are always my favourite.
  12. Hi Moses and welcome. Please do tell us a bit about yourself and share your Lodge details if you are a Freemason and if not just tell us about your interest.
  13. My Gt Granddad was a member of the Ancient Order of Druids (the fraternity not the friendly society) back at the turn of the 20th Century and I have his Grand Lodge certificate and a photo of their Tug of War team from 1910. I tried to do some research on it a couple of decades ago and found that it had ceased to exist but that a guy was trying to research and document it but I can't remember his name now. The first thing to be aware of is that the fraternal Druid Orders are not a part of Freemasonry although they did seem somewhat imitative of it but then again during the 1800s there were dozens of fraternities that were similar to Freemasonry and some of them still exist today including the Buffaloes and Gardeners. Here is some background for you: http://freemasonry.london.museum/it/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/The-Druid-Orders.pdf
  14. If you came into Freemasons' Hall during the week you should've looked me up.
  15. If you've ever wanted to get a feel what Freemasonry was like in the past these make fascinating reading: https://masonicperiodicals.org/
  16. What I get from this is the phenomenon that when we all join, respectively fresh-faced, we buy into all that "on-the-level" stuff and we have to assume that all, the "senior" brethren did too so where did it go when they received their respective "Provincial Honours" and why do they start trying to translate "honour" into "rank".
  17. Maybe they're confusing the S&C with the statue of Sikander in the "Temple":
  18. Good news, I hope that it all gets sorted so you can continue with Freemasonry in your new State.
  19. Well that settles it really, as you're not interested in Freemasonry just an agenda I'm afraid your time with us is up.
  20. A job for the Lawyers, I'd say.
  21. Further to Trouilli's post, I pretty sure that Rule 143 is just making it plain that the Officers of a Lodge can't pawn the Lodge's belongings while they are in Office.
  22. Just to highlight that 4 days probably won’t be anywhere enough time to realistically expect a response as only the biggest Grand Lodges in the world actually have paid staff, the vast majority rely on volunteers (even Grand Secretaries) just like Lodges do. I would also suggest actually phoning and sending a letter rather than relying on easily missed email.
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