Wednesday, 14 December 2005 09:26

Pro Grand Master’s address - December 2005

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

14 DECEMBER 2005

An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

Brethren,
I said in my article for the Cornerstone Society which was published in the last edition of MQ that I thought our members should be encouraged to talk about the good things they are taught in our rituals to prove to the world the happy and beneficial effects of our Antient Institution.

There are many virtues in Freemasonry, but one which I think we should use to promote our Order is tolerance. There can be few other organisations in the world today who practice the degree of tolerance that we find in the Craft – accepting all men of good faith. 

Freemasonry is a system founded on morality which aims to make the individual a better person, and thereby able to lead a more fulfilling life and be of more use to his fellow man. 

We are not concerned with a candidate’s nationality, colour or class, nor with his religious or political persuasion; we care only that he has a belief in a Supreme Being, has a general desire for knowledge and wants to be of service to others. 

Furthermore, Masonry requires of him a perfect freedom of inclination – an open mind is a prerequisite for joining an Order which develops an open heart. 

The second Masonic characteristic I think we should be emphasising to potential candidates and others is trust. It is linked to our first Grand Principle, Brotherly love, is one of the lessons of our Third Degree story and is the mortar with which the trowel binds us together. 

You do not have to be a Mason for very long before you learn first hand the importance of trusting and being trusted. As we climb symbolically Jacob’s ladder our perception of truth changes in proportion to our capacity for discrimination. 

Developing qualities of tolerance, trust and discrimination leads us eventually to wisdom and Truth. Truth, our third Grand Principle, is at once the first rung on the Masonic ladder when it is solely concerned with morality, and the last rung when it is considered as an aspect of Divinity. Truth depends on our sense of what is true for us personally and for that we must listen to our conscience, the voice of nature. 

The principles and virtues of Freemasonry as taught in our rituals have much to offer a society in need of tolerance and trust.

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Wednesday, 09 November 2005 12:05

First Grand Principal's address - November 2005

ROYAL ARCH ANNUAL INVESTITURE

9 NOVEMBER 2005

An address by the ME The First Grand Principal The Duke of Kent, KG

Companions,
I am very glad to see so many of you here today to witness the installation of ME Companion George Francis as Second Grand Principal. On behalf of us all I wish him a long and happy tenure in office. I cannot let this occasion pass without expressing our warmest thanks to ME Companion Iain Bryce who has retired today as Second Grand Principal.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2005 10:32

Pro Grand Master’s address - September 2005

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

14 SEPTEMBER 2005

An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

Brethren,
I welcome you all to Grand Lodge today at the start of another Masonic season and thank you for attending. I hope you have all had a good summer even though, like me, you may be feeling that Shakespeare was right when he said that ‘summer’s lease hath all too short a date’.

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Wednesday, 08 June 2005 10:35

Pro Grand Master’s address - June 2005

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

8 JUNE 2005

An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

Brethren,
I would like to keep you informed on the progress of the Strategic Working Party that I have set up to review the administration and governance of the Craft, and which is chaired by the Deputy Grand Master, who is unfortunately unable to be with us today.

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ROYAL ARCH ANNUAL INVESTITURE

28 APRIL 2005

An address by the ME Pro First Grand Principal the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

Companions,
I offer my warmest congratulations to those Companions whom I have had the pleasure of investing with Grand Chapter Rank today. The attainment of Grand Rank is not just a reward for past services to the Royal Arch – it brings the opportunity and the responsibility of putting even more of your time and energy into Royal Arch Masonry. 

Grand Officers have an important role to play in explaining the Royal Arch and the lessons it teaches to newer members and potential members. This has always been the case, but never more so than now, following the introduction of the changes to the Royal Arch ritual. We have the opportunity of using these changes to promote a better understanding of and a greater interest in this very special Order.

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Wednesday, 27 April 2005 10:33

Grand Master’s address - April 2005

ANNUAL CRAFT INVESTITURE

27 APRIL 2005

An address by the MW The Grand Master HRH The Duke of Kent, KG

Brethren,
I begin as always by welcoming you all to our meeting this afternoon, and I offer my warmest congratulations to those brethren I have had the pleasure of investing with Grand Rank today on their preferment.

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QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

9 MARCH 2005

An address by RW Bro Michael Walker

I feel no stranger amongst you. I have been visiting your Grand Lodge, and to represent my own, for over 23 years. 

Because Freemasonry is a subjective entity it makes its own special contribution to each individual, and it is therefore very difficult to provide an exact definition for an outsider.

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Wednesday, 09 March 2005 09:36

Pro Grand Master’s address - March 2005

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

9 MARCH 2005

An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

I want to say something about one of our oldest and closest friends, RW Bro Michael Walker, Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Ireland, who is due to retire shortly and is therefore making his last visit to our Grand Lodge in his official capacity – although I hope he will continue to visit us in future.

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Wednesday, 08 December 2004 09:48

Pro Grand Master’s address - December 2004

QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION

8 DECEMBER 2004

An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

Brethren,
you may remember that in 1998 my predecessor, the late MW Bro. Lord Farnham, set up a Strategic Working Party to review the structure of English Freemasonry.

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REGULAR CONVOCATION

10 NOVEMBER 2004

An address by the ME Pro First Grand Principal the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, DL

Companions,
I have little to add to what I have said on previous occasions and what has been said today. I hope this new alternative ritual will be adopted by many Chapters, and that the spiritual message of the Royal Arch will be better understood as a result. 

I would like to thank the members of the main Committee and the ritual sub-Committee for their deliberations over the past two years; E. Comp Richard Sandbach and others who played a major part in the creation of this alternative ritual and the Grand Scribe Ezra for his efforts in answering individually a very considerable number of letters from concerned Companions.

I would also like to thank the President and other members of the Committee of General Purposes and E Comp. Elkan Levy for their support culminating in the vote today. I have been very impressed by the contribution of the members of the Royal Arch and the obvious devotion they have for this unique Order. Companions, we must now concentrate our efforts on introducing those brethren who will be able to benefit from its profound message.

Companions, the President of the Board of General Purposes (BGP) of the Craft has asked me to make a statement on his behalf on the matter of asbestos in Freemasons' Hall.

Companions, Freemasons' Hall is nearly 75 years old. Built as the Masonic Peace Memorial to commemorate those who gave their lives in the First World War, there was a determination by the Building Committee that only the highest quality materials and latest technology would be used in its construction. Unfortunately for us today, one of the high tech materials much used at that period was asbestos, mainly as a lagging material.

In the summer of last year a problem was discovered under the floors of the balconies of the Grand Temple, and dealt with. The BGP commissioned an asbestos survey, and at the end of this September another major project was started, in accordance with current best practice, to seek out and remove any residual asbestos in the building. That work is being carried out by one of the leading specialists in the field under stringent safety conditions. 

As part of those safety conditions, the normal air exchange and heating systems in the building have been switched off and temporary heating is being installed. 

Constant tests have been, and will continue to be, carried out, and the levels of asbestos dust are significantly below the limits allowed by Health and Safety Regulations.

Although the work will take some time, well into next year, and will inevitably disrupt the normal routines of the building, plans have been made to keep that disruption to a minimum. However, Freemasons' Hall will unfortunately be closing a week earlier than usual at Christmas, as a stage in these works, and will remain closed during the first week in January. 
Those Chapters and Lodges who are affected at that time will have to make arrangements with other venues, or change their date, and the Grand Secretary's office is already in touch with them and will do what it can to assist. Any dispensation fees that arise as a result will be waived.

Companions, there is no danger to anyone working in or using the building, but it is a legal requirement that we deal with the problem now. The atmosphere is being regularly monitored as part of the removal project, and although the work is complicated, disruptive, and, I am sorry to say, expensive, we shall, when it is all completed, have the satisfaction of knowing that we have fully complied with all the Health and Safety Regulations and the law.

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