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  1. No time frame involved other than your own interest, inclination and readiness to move on. If you have been a Mason for a number of years, your more recent affiliation to a new Lodge is irrelevant in your readiness to apply to join Royal Arch. If there is anything I can advise on or assist with, please feel free to contact me by PM.
  2. Things are a bit different in Scotland. The Royal Arch does not have the close relationship with the Craft that it enjoys under the English Constitution. For example in England the Royal Arch Companions will wear their Chapter jewel at Craft meetings (which they don't in Scotland) and progression from Craft to Royal Arch is seen as a natural and desirable progression. A majority of a Craft Lodge will also be Royal Arch members. In Scotland however fewer members of a Craft Lodge will have joined Chapter and it is not always easy to know who is in Royal Arch to make an approach and enquiry easier. I can assure you that a Royal Arch Chapter will be very happy to see you and assist your application. S&f, Roy (Past 1st Principal, Josiah RAC No. 26, Province of Galloway, Scottish Constitution.)
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    Mark and Royal Arch

    If I may point out the "Most Excellent Master Degree", as worked in the English Royal and Select Master, is different from the 'Excellent Master' (Passing of the Veils) Degree as worked only in a Scottish Royal Arch Chapter, which is again different from the Passing of the Veils as worked in a Bristol working (or formerly the Passing of the Veils as worked prior to 1834 in English Chapter. All part of Life's rich tapestry. Past 'Z', Past T.I.M (Scottish Cryptic Degree)
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    Masonic integrity

    Another story with insinuations in yesterdays "Telegraph" : - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/25/decorated-undercover-police-officer-accuses-freemasons-blocking/
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    Slumbering Lion Awakens?

    Closed minds are not open to reason, discussion, argument or facts. As a "Lizard Person" I know. I've tried.
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    Declining a handshake

    I declined to comment.
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    It Never Ceases to Amaze Me........

    If I am part of an organisation that secretly runs the world and is responsible for all the chaos, corruption, wars and mayhem that occurs across our planet, then I think I deserve a pay rise 'cos I'm working too hard.
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    PGL of Antrim Officer in Court

    I'm not sure I can agree that all the professions mentioned have mended their ways. Whilst in recent times some politicians have lauded "whistle blowers" and called for them to be protected, in practice a "whistle blower" is seen as 'disloyal, a trouble-maker, not to be trusted, not one of the chaps (or chapesses)'. Still today they face "consequences" and the inevitable end of their careers and social exclusion. I don't think that will change anytime soon.
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    PGL of Antrim Officer in Court

    It is always a shame when somebody lets us down so badly and I've no doubt the conspiracy freaks will leap on this as another example of "Masonic" malfeasance. I think it is important to remember that there are many professions and callings where members fail to live up to the high principles supposedly inherent therein. From the Police to Doctors and Nurses, from Priests and Nuns, to Politicians and Judges. When people go wrong it is not because they are policemen or doctors etc, but despite being in that office, calling or profession. Shipman did not murder all those patients (including my wife's Uncle and his wife) because he was a doctor, but despite that calling. Just as this individual did not steal because he was a Freemason but despite his membership of our Organisation which is founded on the purest principles of piety and virtue. Masonry is pure and incorruptible. Sadly some of our members are not. It has happened before and sadly will again. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth when it does though.
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    Scots KT/ Stella Templum

    I am Past Preceptor/Prior of Threave Castle Preceptory No 160, Province of Dumfries and Galloway, but no I haven't heard of it.
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    A warm welcome from Scotland (even if we are expecting hurricanes and "thunder snow" by the end of the week).
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    it may interest members of the HRA to know that this 'removal' in 1989 (i was in the English RA at the time) only happened in England. In Scotland the "original" names are still given in the opening and closing and 'lettered' on the altar during the Exaltation Degree. I was also in public office at the time and very aware of the 'witch hunt's' intrusion on myself and colleagues. I wouldn't say it is of a"lesser" intensity now. Just lower key but just as insidious. Scotland also retains the Passing of the Veils Degree, which became obsolete in English RA around 1830 ish. It may assist Companions interested in delving deeper to try and obtain an old copy of RA ritual (prior to 1980's) and read the three Lectures that were given from the three Chairs before they too were 'dumbed down' to the point of being near meaningless thereafter.
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    help iding these would be greatfull

    Hi"lallers " They look like jewels of an Order like R.A.O.B. (Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffalo's) .
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    Grand Lodge Certificate

    Hi Tom, If I were to visit a Lodge where I am not known (ie, if I were to come to the States) I would request a "Clearance Certificate" from my Lodge Secretary stating that I am in good standing and not indebted to the Lodge in any way. I would also apply to the Grand Secretary to ensure any Lodge I might visit was in amity with UGLE. As it happens, in Scotland a regulation has been enacted that to attend another Order (such as the Royal Arch) you must be in 'good standing' in your Craft (Blue) Lodge. To attend say KT's you must be in 'good standing' in your Royal Arch Chapter. And so on. It is the Secretary's responsibility in each Order to ensure it's members are and remain in good standing in the various subordinate or dependent Orders. As a result it has been my practice to request a Clearance Certificate each year to show to the various Secretaries of Orders that I am in. I haven't this year simply because I have never been asked for it. In fairness I now live and am Masonically active in a rural area (out in the boondocks as it's termed) where "everybody knows everybody" so if any individual was not in good standing he would soon be known about.
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    Grand Lodge Certificate

    Hi GOOMBA, I am a Past Master IN, but not OF Internet Lodge 9659. It has a Large number of members who join from different Constitution, from Scotland to Poland and from Ireland to Romania and Brazil. As these members have joined and are now members of a Lodge under UGLE, that entitles them to an UGLE GL Certificate. Whereas I joined from a Lodge under UGLE and didn't receive another GL Certificate because I already had one from when I joined and was Initiated, Passed and Raised in my previous UGLE Mother Lodge. I now live in Scotland. Were I to join (it's termed "Affiliate" here) a Scottish Craft (Blue) Lodge, I would receive a Scottish Grand Lodge Certificate. I have a number from various Orders I have joined here, from Royal Arch, to Knights Templar to AASR. I hope that assists your query. One of the endeavors I like about the Internet Lodge is its policy of restoring Light to countries where Masonry has gone 'Dark (usually former communist countries). Welcome to UGLE and who knows, we may meet up some time?