In honour of all English Freemasons awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross (VC), the United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, unveiled a unique Victoria Cross Remembrance Stone at Freemasons’ Hall on 27th June 2019.

The Remembrance Stone was commissioned in 2016 by Granville Angell to commemorate all English Freemasons who were awarded the Victoria Cross. The VC is the highest award for gallantry that can be conferred on a member of the British Armed Forces and since its introduction in 1856, more than 200 Freemasons have been awarded the Victoria Cross – making up an astonishing 14% of all recipients.

You can read the full article online here.


The Grand Master alongside Emily Draper who carved the stone. Emily is Worcester Cathedral’s first female Stonemason apprentice.

The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent addresses assembled guests.
You can read his full speech here.

The event was opened by Dr David Staples, UGLE’s Chief Executive and Grand Secretary.
You can read his full speech here.

The event was closed by Brigadier Willie Shackell CBE, Past Grand Secretary and Past President of the Masonic Samaritan Fund.
You can read his full speech here.

Open rates
Please see the open rates for the last three editions of the bUGLE below – while the open rates are high, as this newsletter will contain key communication from UGLE, we wanted to remind you to make sure you read the bulletin each week.
7 June – 81.6%
14 June – 71.7%
21 June – 77.9%

Digital Workshops

We’ve been running Digital Workshops across the Provinces this year to support Communications practitioners on both effective content writing and social media messaging. We’ve visited many Provinces across the country, but there are still a few who may be interested in attending.

Here’s some of the feedback received so far:
“Thoroughly useful, well organised and very engaging.”
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London

“Very useful and informative.”
Provincial Grand Lodge of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire

If you’d like us to visit your Province for a Digital Workshop, please email Dean Simmons dsimmons@ugle.org.uk or Shaun Butler sbutler@ugle.org.uk


Remember to follow Dr David Staples and Prity Lad on Twitter!

UGLE’s Director of Member Services Prity Lad is now on Twitter. Prity’s department oversees three primary components: Registration, External Relations and District support.

Make sure you give her a follow here: @LadPrity

Remember, Chief Executive & Grand Secretary Dr David Staples is also on Twitter and regularly posting – if your Province isn’t already, make sure you give him a follow here: @UGLE_DrDStaples


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