The Association of Medical, University & Legal Lodges (AMULL) Festival for 2017 was held on Saturday, 2nd September 2017 in the Governor’s Hall at St Thomas’ Hospital, London
There was a medical theme underpinning the Festival this year and on the banks of the River Thames across from the Palace of Westminster stood the venue – the famous St. Thomas’ Hospital, originally founded circa 1100 and on its present site since 1868. Deep inside the original building is the Governor’s Suite; in 1901 the setting for the consecration of the host Lodge, the Cheselden Lodge No.2870.
Guests enjoyed a morning of good fellowship whilst a classical string quartet, the Chiswell Strings, provided by graduate students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, gave a recital which was followed by inter-faith prayers being led by ex-RAF Chaplain and current Metropolitan Grand Chaplain Rev John Hughes.
The medical theme continued with speaker Dr. James Le Fanu, himself a former student at St. Thomas’s who combines medical practice with being the Daily and Sunday Telegraph’s own medical columnist. He very much entertained the guests with his own special brand of medical gossip and satire on ‘Why do the media always get it wrong’.
This was followed by the usual champagne reception, which was taken on the Terrace overlooking the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament in glorious sunshine.
The President, David Williamson, presented this year’s AMULL financial Hardship Grant to Matt Davies, a 26-year old law student – and a non-Mason. The President explained that, having recently graduated with a First in Law from Portsmouth University, Matt had been successful in being awarded a prize to study for his Bar Practice Training Course at UWE Bristol.
Having been orphaned at an early age, Matt had worked to put himself through his undergraduate course and will continue to work to finance his living costs at Bristol. The AMULL Committee unanimously voted to award him a Hardship Grant of £2,000 to cover his first term’s rent and to give him a cushion for other out-of-pocket expenses to allow him to commence his studies and establish himself and find employment in a new city.
The toast to AMULL was proposed by Hugh Johnstone, Master of Cheselden Lodge No. 2870 to which the President responded.
A collection was taken during the lunch for the AMULL charity, which makes grants to the student community in the form of bursaries, scholarships and prizes. The collection raised a whisker under £2,500 (including Gift Aid), which is a record for AMULL Festivals.