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  1. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Masons-Craft-Knapkin-Holder-Freemasons/dp/B01MRG8XBQ I quite fancy one of these too.
  2. Changing banks is always a nightmare. Our current Treasurer recently changed our lodge accounts to Metro Bank, which conveniently has its head office branch near Freemasons' Hall. It seems to be OK now but he had to go through a lot of hoops and hassles.
  3. I was given a pair of cufflinks including the G for my birthday. I wouldn't have bought them myself, but I'll probably wear them for lodge meetings (when no-one will see them) and when the person who gave them to me is around. The problem, I think, is that unless you know where to look most Masonic jewellery that you find online does include the G. I agree with Sentience - it's too strong to say that the G is meaningless or not recognised within UGLE. As far as ties are concerned, note that if you buy a black one it should be plain black with no S&C on it, even in the weave. I have been known to wear my Craft tie (original version) outside lodge meetings, and I believe it was intended for that purpose as well as in all meetings. UGLE will shortly be selling a new tie specifically for non-lodge wear.
  4. Not under MetGL in London, they don't. Nowadays there's an elaborate points system for assessing 'worthiness' and if you don't get enough points you don't get LGR. The criteria for SLGR are even more stringent. In practice, a Secretary will send a brother's CV to the VO, and he will say whether it's worth proceeding with the application.
  5. Or as in J in Chapter? That would fit with the circle and triangle.
  6. Try uploading a hi-res close-up of it to Google Images for a search.
  7. The shortest toasting I've seen is in our Mark lodge, some of the members of which (not me) are so senior that no-one dares to argue. We do the Queen and the GM, then the WM and the Visitors. The WM is toasted by saying "The Master" and any response longer than "Ta" is considered too long. Visitors are told that they may respond if they wish but they'll never be invited back. There is no fire at all and the whole lot gets done in 5 minutes.
  8. You can do it either way. As DC I encourage the WM to stay standing until the toast to the Met Grand Master is concluded. We then all sit down, and only those below the rank of LGR stand for the next one to Met officers. This speeds up the process and is appreciated by brethren with back or knee problems who don't want to keep bobbing up and down.
  9. Met GL has a dedicated spreadsheet available for London Treasurers. Details are on the London members' site Porchway (search for Treasurer).
  10. The Circle and Triangle do of course make an appearance in the Royal Arch.
  11. The Freemasons were shown as benevolent in this series (as far as I remember). In any case, it's quite likely that the character would have been a Freemason, as he was well in with Washington.
  12. Standing in the top drawer of his bedside cabinet?
  13. Welcome too from London. I'll echo Steve's advice. When I was initiated, I was sitting outside the lodge room before the meeting and someone advised me to avoid looking into the room - "It keeps the icing on the cake." I also read too much before my initiation - apart from anything else, there was a detailed article in a Telegraph supplement - and I did regret it.
  14. Edward VII resigned as GM when he became king, so it's unlikely that we'll have any reigning monarch.
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