Membership

London Grand Rank Investiture 2018

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Over the last few days, I have received a number of heart-warming congratulations from fellow Lodge members at the news that their Lodge Secretary has been awarded London Grand Rank in recognition of services to Freemasonry in London. In the grand scheme of things, the award is nothing to make a huge fuss about but […]

Rules

The Masonic summer break

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People not connected to Freemasonry may not be aware that nearly all lodges hold no meetings between late June and early September. So why is this? In the main, it is because Freemasons are expected to attend all regular meetings. In the case of Covenant Lodge that is just four every year on the dates […]

Membership

How to let someone know about Freemasonry

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Last week at the request of a Freemason friend, I travelled into London to meet with one of his acquaintances to chat very informally about Freemasonry and whether it might be a good fit for him. We had a lovely chat and will meet again. The most important thing for everybody is not to assume […]

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New Masons Reception

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A little more than a month ago, I responded positively to an invitation to arrange for any new members of the Covenant Lodge to attend a welcome presentation at our headquarters in Great Queen Street, London. For anyone who has not previously visited the building, I heartily recommend it. It is open to the public […]

Charity

London Fire Brigade Appeal proves Freemasons care

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For too long, London Freemasons had kept rather quiet about their record of success at charitable giving. How so? The truthful answer is more complicated than I would like. London Freemasons are a large body of likeminded men when it comes to charitable giving. London is the largest single masonic organisational unit in the UK […]

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Religion and Politics – why do Freemasons make such a fuss about them?

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Freemasons are discouraged from discussing religion or politics in lodge meetings. The basic idea behind the rule is to reduce possibilities of divisive arguments. Secondly, the rule is intended to put “roadblocks” in the way of Freemasonry somehow morphing into a quasi-religious or political organisation. Yet, if Lodge members are not able to communicate freely […]

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How to join London Freemasonry – try before you buy!

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There is little doubt that Freemasonry has come a long way in the last 20 years. From an inward-looking anachronistic organisation happy in its own isolation; now, it is becoming outward looking, more public than ever and, in the process, enjoying significantly more public support. Freemasonry has begun to drop its veil of secrecy and […]