Welcome to the fifth edition of First Rising – the official newsletter for members of United Grand Lodge of England.
We aim to give you the latest news from UGLE and keep you informed with our plans for the future. During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we communicate regularly with you – our members. This edition, we have an update on dining from Donald Taylor, Director of Legal Services at UGLE, news from East Africa and a new Testimonials section on the UGLE website!
Stay safe Brethren.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM GRAND LODGE
Donald Taylor, Director of Legal Services at UGLE, answers some common questions about Masonic dining in England during Covid restrictions. FIND OUT MORE
DISCOVERIES FROM THE TREASURES OF ENGLISH FREEMASONRY
The Grand Master’s throne with a carved framework of gilt lime wood, flanked by a pair of Doric columns. The throne’s arms and supports are formed from a double scroll of acanthus leaves with a lion’s mask and paw at the tip of each arm and the base of each support. The seat rails are carved with rosettes and incorporate on the front a rectangular plaque, carved with a Volume of the Sacred Law between the points of a pair of Compasses. The throne is surmounted by a carved wood ducal coronet, partially gilded and partially painted red, with a painted ermine trim; this is flanked below by two gilt cradles, on which are mounted a terrestrial globe and a celestial globe.
Soon after George Augustus, Prince of Wales (later George IV) became the first Royal Grand Master of the Moderns Grand Lodge in 1790, a ceremonial throne and two Warden’s chairs, replete with Masonic symbolism, were commissioned for use in the new Freemasons’ Hall in London. The London cabinet maker Robert Kennett, based at 67 New Bond Street, charged £157. 10s. (£17,000 itm) and took three months to complete the set in gilded lime wood. VIEW THE TREASURES HERE
THE DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF EAST AFRICA – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
We are delighted to share news of the charitable activity undertaken by the District Grand Lodge of East Africa during the pandemic.
Please click on the PDF below to read in full.
Whilst we all know of individuals and families affected by COVID, many people are wondering how the Craft as a whole is faring.
We are aware that member deaths are up 13.34% on this time last year and know of 199 Brethren who have been called to the Grand Lodge Above by this terrible disease.
Rest eternal grant unto them, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
UGLE WEBINAR WITH JOHN DICKIE
We are delighted to announce that author John Dickie will be joining us for an exclusive webinar to discuss his new book: ‘The Craft – How Freemasons Made The Modern World’.
The webinar will take place on Monday 31st August at 7.30pm on our BrightTalk webinar system. REGISTER YOUR INTEREST IN ATTENDING
TESTIMONIALS – UGLE WEBSITE
Freemasons across England, Wales, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are proud of their 300 year history of helping those in need.
Here are just a fraction of the organisations we have been able to help, which shows how the millions of pounds donated every year by Freemasons have made a real difference to local communities across the country. READ THE TESTIMONIALS
Women Freemasons have been meeting across the country for over 100 years.
There are two female-only Grand Lodges: The Order of Women Freemasons and HFAF – Freemasonry for Women. They both follow exactly the same ceremonies and wear the same regalia as male Freemasons, and they often work closely with community and charity projects.
The United Grand Lodge of England have an excellent working relationship with both Grand Lodges. Freemasonry for Women members took part in Open House London in 2019 in order to showcase female Freemasonry, whilst both organisations take part in joint Freshers’ Fairs up and down the country as part of the Universities Scheme. READ MORE
MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION, THE FREEMASONS’ CHARITY
Three major grants awarded by the MCF, the Freemasons’ charity, have helped to improve the lives of thousands of people affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Age UK, Mind and Buttle UK have each been awarded a grant of £250,000 to support their work following a huge surge in demand for their services.
The grant to Age UK will support the national Information & Advice line as well as the telephone friendship services that are needed more than ever to help tackle loneliness and offer vital assistance to older people. The grant has also supported Age UK’s network of more than 130 local Age UK charities across the country, which continue to be stretched to their limits providing essential food and medicine deliveries, as well as running befriending support for older people living in their communities. READ MORE
LATEST TALKS FROM MUSEUM OF FREEMASONRY
Our latest online talk recordings are waiting for you to watch now. Recent talks include Archivist Susan Snell on Minnie Windemer’s story as Matron of the Freemasons’ War Hospital from 1916 to 1919, Librarian Martin Cherry celebrates Yorkshire with an eclectic collection, and most recently we have Curator Mark Dennis climbing into the trenches to discuss our unique items made by soldiers and Freemasons through the ages.
Subscribe to Museum of Freemasonry’s YouTube channel to keep updated and share these wonderful stories.
NEW DIARY FOR 2021 – LETCHWORTH’S SHOP
2021 Masonic Pocket Diary now in stock! Starts October 2020.
1 week to view
Faux leather black cover
Masonic essential information
Removable address book
Current and forward year planners
FREE P&P to all UK customers. GET YOURS HERE
FIRST RISING FEEDBACK
Did you enjoy the fifth edition of First Rising? We highly value your feedback!
Please let us know by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org