First Rising – MONDAY 27TH JULY

by | Jul 27, 2020

Welcome to the fourth 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 a letter to members from the Grand Master, some frequently asked questions on the Resumption of Masonic Activity, news from one of the first Lodges to hold a meeting and an update on a new ‘In The Press’ area!

Stay safe Brethren.

LETTER FROM THE GRAND MASTER 

Please click below to read the letter in full

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM GRAND LODGE

Frequently asked questions on the Resumption of Masonic Activity

We have created two documents outlining the answers to some common questions that we have been receiving relating to the resumption of meetings.

CRAFT – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ROYAL ARCH – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

DISCOVERIES FROM THE TREASURES OF ENGLISH FREEMASONRY

The jewel belonged to Thomas Fenn, who was President of the Board of General Purposes from 1884 to 1893. A Joining Member of Prince of Wales’s Lodge No. 259 in 1860, he served as Grand Steward in 1863 and was the representative Grand Steward at the laying of the Foundation Stone for the second Freemasons’ Hall.

The Board, which acts as the Executive Committee of the UGLE, was formed in 1813 at the Union of the Antients and Moderns. Its functions are prescribed in the Book of Constitutions. The Board is presently composed of the President, the Deputy President, the Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer, and the President of the Committee of General Purposes of Grand Chapter, together with no more than seven additional members. VIEW THE TREASURES HERE

THE FIRST MEETINGS AT FREEMASONS’ HALL – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Above – Brethren from Helios Lodge No. 3900 are photographed outside of Freemasons’ Hall in London. It’s great to see members now back meeting at Freemasons’ Hall and here’s Helio Lodge No. 3900 who met for their first meeting after the Resumption of Masonic Activity on 18th July 2020.

It was an administrative meeting which was presided over by Lodge Master Tony Knox-Goba. The main business was the election of the Senior Warden Sylvanus Bolton Mason as Master-Elect, with the Installation due to take place on 17th October 2020.

The meeting was attended by 13 members and two visitors which included Metropolitan Grand Inspector Jonathan Powis, who thanked the members for their commitment and resolve to keep Freemasonry alive.

IN MEMORIAM

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 15.50% on this time last year and know of 198 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.

NEW MEMBERS’ WEBSITE – HAVE YOUR SAY

United Grand Lodge of England is planning to launch a new members’ website in the near future, providing valuable and exclusive content for all our 200,000 members.

In order to enhance your experience with this platform, we would like to hear your preferences about the content that you’d want to see. Your answers will be anonymous and the survey should take no longer than five minutes to complete. Please note that once you have proceeded past the first page, you will be prevented from returning to complete the survey if you close your browser. COMPLETE THE SURVEY

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

GET YOUR FREE COPY OF THE MUSEUM OF FREEMASONRY’S THE CURIOUS COLOURING BOOK

If you are stuck at home with the kids, or just looking for a little hobby and entertainment, Museum of Freemasonry has collected some of its images from the Library and Archives to share with you.

Free to download, print and share, The Curious Colouring Book is packed with images from Freemasonry’s past. Whether it is an 18th-century engraving or an Art Deco invitation, a Freemason’s collar jewel or symbol, there’s something here for you to bring out your inner artist!

After you get your colouring pens to work, why not share with us on social media using the hashtag #MuseumFreemasonry! DOWNLOAD YOUR COLOURING BOOK HERE

IN THE PRESS

UGLE has recently launched a new press section on our website to highlight all the positive coverage we have received. This section will constantly be updated to showcase all the nationwide coverage including highlighting the fantastic work of Freemasons helping their communities across the country. READ ABOUT US IN THE PRESS

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