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Cover: GeorgeVI - Library and Museum of Freemasonry Stills fromThe King’s Speech – courtesy of Momentum Pictures
Volume 37 No.4 December 2011
From the Editor
The MasonicTimes of King GeorgeVI 7 Anthony Hopewell - ‘in every age monarchs themselves have been promoters of the Art…’ None more so than King GeorgeVI “Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments” 10 Tony Barstow - King GeorgeVI and The King’s Speech the Masonic connection Michael Edward Herbert 13 Steve Chadburn - One of a series of Caricatures of leading Freemasons The Holy Royal Arch: Ghosts of the Past; Gremlins of the Present; Hopes for the Future 15 Roeinton Khambatta - The origins of The Royal Arch Masonry are examined St Edmund’s Church, Falinge, Rochdale:An Appreciation 18 John Buckley - Winner of the 2011 East Lancashire Short Papers Competition Dan Leno 21 Dan Leno - The story of theVictorian Comic Genius by his great-grandson ‘I know where you’ve been!’ 25 MarcusWoodhouse - Ever thought of becoming a Founder of a Lodge? One of my other interests is… 26 David Ashbolt - Cats and their welfare is just one of the other interests of one of our most senior Masons
From plain to reflecting the light: watermarking ribbon
How watermarked ribbon is made for use in Masonic regalia Lodge Copernicus No. 246 (South Australia) – a case of back to the future 33 John Belton - In South Australia the keen Mason is able to become a Craft, Royal Arch and Mark Mason all in one Lodge Walter Parratt – Organist - Master of the Queen’s Music and Freemason 34 Fred Lomax - A look at the life of the founder of modern English organ-playing Freemasonry, Occultists and the Victorian Search for Hidden Knowledge 37 David Harrison - Freemasonry seemed to attract a number of influential occultists and magicians during theVictorian period, including: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Arthur EdwardWaite, Frederick Bligh Bond,Aleister Crowley and Rider Haggard Charity begins with Freemasons 43 Andrew Ross - long time London Mason, charity chief executive and volunteer Chairman of Lifelites Management Committee, discusses Freemasonry and the importance of charity Your Masonic Questions Answered Extra The Queen and the Craft 46 Terrence Haunch -Why is the toast ‘The Queen and the Craft’? A Sussex Surprise 49 ThomasWebb - The article is a direct result of the author finding a copy of The History of Freemasonry in Sussex in a pile of books destined for pulping Letters to the Editor 52 Ashlar Chippings 55 Hugh O’Neill - Snippets of Masonic miscellanea Some ‘Lost’ Symbols of English Craft Masonry 57 Fr ed Lomax - One of a Series of 5 Minute Talks
Square End Piece
Some amusing Masonic bits and pieces The 2011 City of London Lodge of Installed Masters Annual Interview
Yasha Beresiner -Yasha Beresiner interviews Robert L. D. Cooper, Curator of the Grand Lodge of Scotland Museum and Library Opinion : Under No Less a Penalty 61 Peter Panic - The disappearance and loss of the Penalty from our degrees is re-visited Brother Brother’s Journal 63 Michael Halleran - The Great Detective - The recollections of a nineteenth-century American gentleman of the Craft The Square Debate: Freemasonry does not deal in spirituality 66 The address by the Deputy Grand Master, Jonathan Spence, at Grand Lodge in September has started a fundamental debate regarding the place of spirituality in Freemasonry The Foundations of Freemasonry 68 John Paternoster - The Ladder of our Tracing Board symbolises the mystical essence of that tradition which has its roots so many thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, Chaldea, Babylon and Atlantis A soft answer that turns away anger 71 Julian Rees - The Bible contains some real gold, real nuggets worth re-discovering, examining and experiencing Your Masonic Questions Answered 73 Graham Redman - Some interesting questions on Masonic procedure and protocol answered by the acknowledged expert in the field Point ofView: First Impressions 75 Pat Streams - A visit to a lodge fails to impress Pat Streams Learning from the Old and the New 77 John Acaster - To learn is to grow. Learning ritual has always been an important part of English Freemasonry. The learning and widening of Masonic knowledge and reflecting upon it, has not The QC Column 79 Gordon Davie - News from the premier lodge of research Book Reviews 80 John Belton On Holy Ground:The Honorable
Order of American Co-Masonry Julian Rees Observing the Craft - the Pursuit of
Excellence in Masonic Labour and Observance Square Humour - Cannon's Corner 81 The funny side of Freemasonry Masonic Philately andThe Isle of Man 83 Maurice Beazley - The 125th Anniversary of Freemasonry in the Isle of Man is celebrated in stamps Sprig of Acaia 84 Jack Price, Provincial Grand Master for East Lancashire, is remembered Leicester Lodge of Research 84 David Sharpe - News from the Leicester Lodge of Research Monitor 84 News and Forthcoming Events
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