A very special night at Grenville Lodge No

1787 with the Assistant Grand Master of Freemasonry.

It was more than 200 years ago that the first university Lodge – Apollo University Lodge – was founded at Oxford in 1818.
Isaac Newton University Lodge soon followed at Cambridge in 1861 and since then many thousands of young men have been introduced to Freemasonry through these two Lodges.

It was these very foundations that led to the United Grand Lodge of England establishing the Universities Scheme in 2005 and introducing Freemasonry’s important values to a new generation.

There are now 87 Lodges and seven Chapters pursuing a similar, yet distinct, course across England and Wales, where towns and cities have universities. Based at Yeomanry Hall in Buckingham, Grenville Lodge No. 1787 is partnered with Buckingham University as part of the scheme. 

At last night's meeting of Grenville Lodge No. 1787, they welcomed Yaneesh Jingree, a student at Buckingham University into Freemasonry.

During a wonderful ceremony, well executed by the WM, Secretary and the team at Grenville, Yaneesh was initiated in the presence of his father and over 50 other Brethren.

The meeting was supported by the Assistant Grand Master. RW.Bro David Medlock, the Provincial Grand Master RW.Bro. John Clark, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro Neil Robertson and a number of Provincial Grand Officers.

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New Look Slough Masonic Temple

LET THERE BE LIGHT THEY SAID....

The Provincial Comms team, along with Centre Manager, Gary Brodie have been working on a new lightbox installation for Slough centre.
It was unveiled at the Executive quarterly meeting and got its first official use by the members of Notarius Lodge.

The beautiful lit panel depicts the four cardinal virtues from the Grand Temple at Freemasons Hall in London. I was allowed entry to the Grand Temple in October 2023, to acquire high quality photographs that were used in the final design. The final piece of art was printed by Scott Buckle on flame-resistant material and stretched over an illuminated lightbox.

Slough Masonic Centre Manager Gary Brodie was overseer of the six hour installation process and afterwards said, "This is exactly what I had envisioned for our temple, colour, drama, and spectacle. Project Transform has advanced to the next level."

The unveiling of the lightbox coincided with the launch of the Buckinghamshire Freemasons 2024 Strategy. Which aims to further improve Project Transform by providing a technical support staff as well as properly documented training manuals, implementation plans, and access rights to licenced music.

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A Perfect Day for Bucks Freemasons



So, when Freemasons get bored they get musical. Here are members of Vale Lodge from Aylesbury, entertaining themselves, and now their YouTube audience#BucksF

Scenes from the Royal Albert Hall



During the arrival and seating of guests, videos from Charities were shown, demonstrating the diversity of Masonic Charity.

New Year, New You!

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2024?
Do you want to be a part of an organisation that brings people from all walks of life together to benefit the community?
Are you interested in a 300-year-old mystery that is steeped in history?

We have an open evening where you can meet new and experienced Freemasons.
Book your place at this live event in Bletchley and enjoy an evening of conversation and discovery.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2024, from 7:00 p.m. at Bletchley Masonic Centre, MK2 2BZ.

This is a ticket-only event, so please book your places here:
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A special Christmas Message from the head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire 

2023 has been the busiest year ever in Buckinghamshire with so many new members joining us. In the 12 days of Christmas (12DX) event alone we have welcomed another 60 new members to enjoy the theatrical nature of our ceremonial, social activities, and of course the lifelong friendships that follow.

Now is the time to rest and spend time with your families.

This Christmas will be the second since the passing of my lovely mum. Christmas for our children has always been at Nan's house in Burnham and everything always stopped for the Queen's speech.

Things are very different now and we are learning to accept and embrace the change while still maintaining the wonderful spirit of Christmas as Mum would have wished.

Sarah and I are fortunate to be with our family during the festive period. We will be thinking of you all and although it’s natural for freemasons to look after others, I once again ask you to keep a watchful eye on those living alone or recently bereaved at this time. Please give them a call, invite them over, or just tap on the door, have a chat, or drop a card in the letterbox. Please make sure they are not lonely over this festive period and let the Provincial Almoner know via your lodge Almoner if anyone needs our help.

You and your families are the true spirit of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire, and I am very proud of the great things you do.

Enjoy this festive time, relax, be merry and come back refreshed for some very exciting times in the new year.

Yours sincerely,

John Clark
Provincial Grand Master for Buckinghamshire

It's a Christmas wrap, guys!

Buckinghamshire's festive initiation project comes to an end, and what a journey!
60 people became Freemasons in Buckinghamshire during 12DX, with six more set to join in January 2024.

Buckinghamshire, as a whole, had an incredible few weeks. "Well, that was probably the greatest experience in my time as a Freemason!" exclaimed John Clark, the head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire, during the wrap party yesterday evening. "This evening, guys, it's a free bar, and the drinks are on me!"
Thank you especially to our organisers, Bros. Lloyd, Dan, and Mark. They worked tirelessly to ensure that our freshly minted brothers enjoyed an unforgettable evening with each of their individual lodges.
They are all now placing their cases in the cupboard for the remainder of 2023 and taking a well-earned winter break!

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Four more knocks at the door for 12DX!

Buckinghamshire's festive initiative to welcome new members into Freemasonry continued in earnest this week.
At Hall Barn Lodge in Marlow, the head of the lodge delivered a first-class ceremony of initiation for Bro. Octavian.
Bro. Michael received a warm welcome at Chenies Lodge in the beautiful setting of the lodge room at Beaconsfield. It is a stunning location to see, with its vaulted ceiling, spiral staircase at the entrance, and second level, which is decorated with banners and houses the ancient standard for the Hallstone Province of Buckinghamshire.
On the same evening, in Aylesbury, Pegasus Lodge delivered the gift of Freemasonry to their newly made brother in style. Bro. Richard said afterwards how appreciative he was of everyone's efforts to make his day so special.

Meanwhile, after performing a double-raising ceremony in the early hours, Slough Daylight Lodge initiated Bro. Malcolm. Bro. Gerrit, a fellow South African, finished the meeting by presenting Bro. Malcolm with his provincial welcome pack. Both ceremonies were so beautifully done that the whole meeting was able to be finished in under three hours without hurrying through the ceremonies. One observer remarked that it was some of the best ceremonial work he had ever seen and that it was amazing to see younger Masons carrying out parts of the ceremony that were previously reserved for more senior members.
The candidates and everyone in attendance enjoyed a memorable morning that they will remember for many years.

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His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC

Today marks the 60th Anniversary of our Grand Master becoming a Freemason.
The Duke of Kent was born in 1935, and educated at Eton and Le Rosey, Switzerland.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Kent were first cousins through their fathers, King George VI, and Prince George, Duke of Kent. His father, who was Grand Master from 1939 until 1942, was the fourth son of King George V. His mother Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark was also a first cousin of the Queen's husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, making him both a second cousin and first cousin once removed to King Charles III. He is currently 40th in the line of succession to the throne.

The Duke of Kent was initiated as a Freemason in Royal Alpha Lodge No. 16 in London on 16 December 1963. He completed his Second Degree on 30 January 1964 and his Third Degree on 5 June that same year, and served as Master of the Lodge in 1965.

His Royal Highness was appointed Senior Grand Warden by the United Grand Lodge of England in 1966 and was promoted to Grand Master in 1967 during UGLE's 250th anniversary celebrations at the Royal Albert Hall. He has been re-elected every year since and is now UGLE's longest serving Grand Master.

As the Grand Master is a member of the Royal Family, he may appoint a Pro Grand Master to be his principal adviser and to act for him on occasions when, due to Royal engagements, he is unable to be present.

Hats the way we like it!

Since starting the 12DX initiative, Buckinghamshire has now welcomed in 52 new Freemasons.
So far this week, eleven initiations have taken place at nine separate meetings in seven different meeting centres.
Bro. Martin joined Herschel Lodge in Slough. 
Bro. Carl joined Saint Peter and Saint Pauls' Lodge in Newport Pagnell.
Bros. Sohail and Nilesh joined Cliveden Lodge in Beaconsfield.
Bro. Paul joined Fairway Lodge in Aylesbury.
Bro. Edmund joined Marlow Lodge in Marlow old town.
Bro. Tony joined Observatory Lodge in Slough.
Bro. Ivan joined Burke Lodge and Bro. Javed joined Temple Manor Lodge. These were separate meetings at Marlow Centre, with a shared festive board afterwards.
Bro. Amro joined Claydon Lodge in Winslow and enjoyed a rendition of the Entered Apprentices song by a choir of Freemasons in Santa hats!
Plus, Bro Ken completed his North East Corner Club passport challenge to visit every meeting centre within one year, earning him the privilege of a gold lapel pin and promotion to Light Blue Ambassador. He had his final signature from the Tyler of Fairway Lodge, who, exactly 5 years ago to the day, was the very first person to complete the challenge!

12DX is Buckinghamshire's festive drive to welcome 60 new members to Freemasonry. We have raised our membership levels for the previous four years in a row, and we are running far above the national average. This year, we are on track to reach our highest growth in over ten years, thanks in large part to the committed people in the Buckinghamshire Freemasons who devote their time and effort to attracting more good people to join us.

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Oh Brother, My Brother!

Freemasons travelled from all around the country last night to watch one of the highlights of 12DX, the Head of the Chalfont St. Peter Lodge initiating his younger brother. He delivered the ceremony flawlessly, and, like any elder brother, he left a large pair of boots for his younger sibling to fill later.
Bro. Sunny, the initiate, was treated to a meeting unlike any other; from start to end, it was dramatic and emotional, thanks to the Project Transform lighting, the incredible music, and the lodge room itself with a vaulted ceiling.
The ceremony included members of the Lodge, members of the Province, and the Head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire himself, as well as a lively and comedic festive board. It was a night that we'll remember for a long time.

With only 16 meetings left and 19 new Freemasons to be initiated, there will be plenty of chance for Bro. Sunny to see the initiation ceremony from a different perspective. What a great time to be a Freemason in the Hallstone Province of Buckinghamshire!

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Teamwork makes the Masonic dream work!

The initiations in our highly successful 12DX Winter campaign continue in style.
On 'Super Saturday', at Wolverton Masonic Centre, we saw Wolverton Trinity Lodge play host to visitors from Milton Keynes Lodge, who helped perform the ceremony of initiation for their candidate. It is a tremendous way for lodges to not only visit one another but also to collaborate for the betterment of Freemasonry. The candidate, Bro. Adrian, enjoyed a first-class ceremony and a lively seasonal Festive Board afterwards.

Elsewhere in the Hallstone Province, we saw our great friends from    , and the Widows Sons from Oxon and Berkshire take a ride out to the Buckinghamshire Motorcycle Lodge. They enjoyed a first-class pair of initiation ceremonies for biker Bros. Antonio and Theo.

Wraysbury Lodge in Slough welcomed Bro. Larry in front of the magnificent square and compasses in the temple. 
Finally, Bro. Alex was initiated into Frederick Lawson Lodge in Beaconsfield to packed room.

With 16 meetings left and 40 new Freemasons initiated so far, there will be plenty of chance for our new brothers to see the initiation ceremony from a different perspective. What a glorious time to be a Buckinghamshire Freemason!

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Buckinghamshire has now welcomed in 35 new Freemasons

In just one week, thirteen initiations took place at nine separate meetings at eight different centres.
Bro. Daniel joined Buckingham Lodge in Aylesbury. 
Bro. Shane joined Bourne End Lodge in Marlow. 
Bros. Robbie and Matthew both joined Denham Lodge in Denham. 
Bros. Lakhbir, Aran, and Ferdous joined Beaconsfield Lodge in Slough. 
Bro. Robert joined Great Ouse Valley Lodge in Newport Pagnell. 
Bro. Stephen joined Haddenham Lodge in Thame. 
Bro. Anwar joined Vale Lodge in Aylesbury. 
Bro. Mark joined the Lodge of St. Barnabas in Linslade.
Bro. Aled joined Watling Street Lodge in Stony Stratford.

Plus, Bros. Dan and Ken took their second step in Freemasonry. Members of their lodge, De Bohun No. 8175, presented the brothers with the gift of Fellowcraft Freemasonry and showered them with festive hats. What a night they had!

12DX is Buckinghamshire's festive drive to welcome 60 new members to Freemasonry. We have raised our membership levels for the previous four years in a row, and we are running far above the national average. This year, we are on track to reach our highest growth in over ten years, thanks in large part to the committed people in the Buckinghamshire Freemasons who devote their time and effort to attracting more good people to join us.
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There's just one way to go this winter!

21 Buckinghamshire people have already reached new heights in their personal development journeys thanks to our 12DX programme. Next year it could be you!

In Stony Stratford, Bros. Graham and Nevil were welcomed to Roman Way Lodge. Several new lodge members were thrilled to be a part of this ceremony since they had recently been initiated into Freemasonry. One said, "Seeing this ceremony for the first time since I was initiated was fascinating. I can still remember my day, and I hope that my new brothers carry that experience forward, as have I."

In more 12DX news, Bro. Sandeep joined Freemasonry with Seer Green Lodge at the Buckinghamshire Freemasonry headquarters in Beaconsfield.

With fourteen meetings scheduled, this will be a great week as we welcome eighteen more people into Freemasonry. This might be you next year.
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There's no let-up in the spirit of kindness throughout this season!

There have been a total of 18 new Freemasons created in Buckinghamshire through our 12DX initiative.
Brother Anton of Thames Mariner Lodge in Marlow, Brother Roberto of Brentham Lodge in Beaconsfield, Brother John of the Buckinghamshire Emergency Services Lodge in Winslow, Brothers Adam and Jonathan of Concordia Lodge in Aylesbury, and Brother Jack, of the Lilly Lodge of Richmond Lodge (the Bucks Cricket Lodge) in Beaconsfield were all recipients of the Gift of Freemasonry this week.

The new initiates began their incredible journey as Freemasons through their unique Initiation ceremonies and the masonic humour that was presented to them in the form of cricket stumps, firing glasses, hats, uniforms and masonic carrots... ☃️
They will undoubtedly be looking forward to the many ways in which they may learn about our history, our mysteries, and the numerous ways in which we help our community.
In the remaining 35 lodges, there are 44 more Freemasons to initiate before the season comes to a close. This means that there are many more magical moments waiting for us.

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12DX has now seen 14 new Freemasons made in Buckinghamshire

This week, heads of lodges delivered the Gift of Freemasonry to Bro. Frankie at Chenies Lodge in Beaconsfield, Bro. Mark at Wycombe Lodge in Marlow, Bros. Umar and Naj at Secklow Hundred Lodge in Stony Stratford, and Bros. Des and Yogeswaran at Ferdinand De Rothschild Lodge in Aylesbury.

It was great to see Buckinghamshire see a third Lewis made in as many days when, in a moving ceremony, Bro. Jim at Thames Mariner Lodge initiated his son.
We have many more magic moments ahead of us, as there are 50 more Freemasons to initiate in 39 lodges before the season ends.

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Our 12DX festive campaign to welcome 64 new members into Freemasonry continues!

Recently, at Wendover Lodge No. 9616, Bro. Jesse took the big chair to initiate his two sons. Bro's Albert and John are 2nd generation Freemasons and therefore referred to as Lewises. The head of the lodge, Bro. Jordan, was delighted to see them receive the Gift of Freemasonry and said, "This is a fitting end to the year for our lodge. We cannot wait to see what 2024 will bring."
We wholeheartedly agree with you, Jordan. Freemasonry is the gift that keeps on giving.

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Buckinghamshire's festive initiative to welcome over 60 new members into Freemasonry continued recently at Cliveden Lodge and also at Heatherden Lodge!

Bro. Phil, the head of Cliveden Lodge, welcomed in two new candidates to Freemasonry. Bro Taras and Bro Javed are pictured with new lifelong friends at Beaconsfield Masonic Centre on their special evening. We think that they will travel far and wide together and enjoy their journey through Freemasonry enormously.

Bro. Neil, the head of Heatherden Lodge, presented the Gift of Freemasonry to Bro. Muhammad in a spectacular ceremony at Slough Masonic Centre. Members of the lodge are pictured in front of the lodge banner. Heatherden has introduced four new people into Freemasonry this year and will have two more prospective candidates join early next year! Onwards and upwards, Heatherden!

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