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  1. Looks like he's had a bit of a pile on from his own readership if you read the comments on the "Independent" website by searching Oliver Keens.
  2. 5039 is the Manchester Science and Art Lodge. The Secretary's details are found on the link and who might provide you with some history. https://eastlancashirefreemasons.org/list-of-craft-lodges/
  3. All seems a bit mythical to me when you look at the timeline of the various recognised religions. The imagination of those creating religion would give a sci-fi writer a run for their money. Religion was devised at a time when we didn't understand science and nature. Historical events couldn't be explained and access to information was non existent. Religion as a concept, helped create order where none existed, for the fear of death and what happened next was a tool to control the masses. Religion is a personal issue based on conviction rather than scientific evidence or historical artefacts. If it comforts you to believe, then believe. I look at Craft Freemasonry as just 4 acts (EA, FC, MM & IM) which we all get to act out if we choose. I take no religious connotation from any of them.
  4. I would willingly have my Lodge take its Warrant and meet elsewhere to put it bluntly. Why should we put up with poor menus and quality.
  5. I can't find any mention of it in any books, but does a private Lodge have to have a festive board or, are they free to move on to a hostelry of their choosing. I can't see any reason why halls are insisting on Lodges dining if they meet at the halls.
  6. I know of a Mason who was cut off from his church because in the eyes of the Priest, Freemasonry conflicted with Catholicism. The only area it conflicts is charitable giving in my view, as I follow the notion that the Catholic Church wants your spare cash on the donation plate and being a Mason means it is going to other causes and that they don't get it. I add that the same Priest told the congregation that a woman's place was in the home raising the children, thereby demonstrating his archaic views.
  7. We are of the same opinion. Times are changing and Ladies/Partner festivals are old hat. Once you've been to a few, they're all more or less the same. The wives/partners are often embarrassed at their Masonic other half trying to sing and keeping gifts to a reasonable price, means it is more or less the same thing every year. Far better to do something less stuffy, cheaper and where everyone can let their hair down (if they've still got it).
  8. I'm all for including wive's/partners and family at white table evenings and social gatherings. They put up with us enough. But Masonic toasts and fire are a no, no while they are present for me.
  9. I'm uncomfortable that you are doing toasts while staff are serving dinner. As a former DC of my mother Lodge, the room would be cleared of all non-Masons prior to any toasts and certainly if fire were to be given. Taking of wine perhaps, but even then, it would be construed as rudeness to the staff. But, your Province/District and if there's no complaint from on high, so be it.
  10. I've just come out of the chair post pandemic, this being a second Lodge I've been the WM in. I found the uptake very lacking and had to cancel. Members I found are still reluctant to gather in large numbers and pay OTT for food that is average. I prefer a white table after a meeting, but even better, casual social gatherings away from the halls where people are more open to relax and mingle. I do agree with Medic that the format is tired after years of attending the things and overly expensive, particularly for small Lodges. Interesting that you do toasts and Masonic fire with non-Masons present though, as its been suggested that this is a no, no?
  11. I remember it was some appeal for Lodge contributions. All those Lodges that participated were given the jewel.
  12. For those closer to the number crunchers, is there any idea what the fall out rate has been nationally for the Craft and HRA? It's obvious on a local level that numbers have fallen, in part due to the Pandemic, which also gave members time to discover things outside of Freemasonry and rekindle old interests.
  13. Any premises has the right to impose conditions of entry on users of the premises. If people want to use them, abide by the conditions. If they don't want to observe and comply with the conditions, don't moan when they can't get in.
  14. I read it as the details of the various ranks and offices within those Lodges. Call it my wary retired plod brain.
  15. Okay, but the bit in red is a little confusing.
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