Last bank holiday weekend the Buckinghamshire Motorcycle Lodge 9926 held a meeting in Grantham

Having rode up from Bucks the previous day, they enjoyed a night on the town. They were joined on the Saturday by members of other biker lodges; Mike Hailwood Lodge 9839 and Lincolnshire Free Wheelers Lodge 9991. In total over 50 attendees enjoyed a tremendous passing ceremony, tour of the excellent museum, and biker-café themed Festive Board! 
Giorgio, the head of the lodge, presented a Bucks tie, with Hall Stone jewel, to the museum curator, for its inclusion in the incredible collection at the museum.
It was the first time that a biker lodge had held a meeting in the Grantham Masonic Centre. A big thank you to members of    including The Granta Lodge, William Peters Lodge, Meridian Lodge, Sir Issac Newton Lodge and Doric Lodge – all of whom meet at the Grantham Centre.

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Aprons Off: The Real Freemason

An insight into the life of a Freemason outside the masonic centre.

A CLAY PIGEON SHOOTER
Name: Steve Adams
Age: 52
Location: Croxley Green
Joined: November 2005
Lodges: Five Points, Slough Daylight, Bucks Stewards, Bucks Past Masters

Steve enjoys clay pigeon shooting in his free time. He joined freemasonry in the same way that many members of the organisation are shooters. After a while of attending masonic shoots, he decided to join freemasonry. He is a Clay Pigeon Shooting Association Safety Officer, and participated in English Skeet events, and is now an A class shooter.

Steve's favourite aspect of Freemasonry is supporting in the background in the more administrative roles in his many lodges.
Being in roles such as treasurer and assistant secretary, this as well as being a visiting officer and part of the craft communications team writing content for the provincial Facebook pages and articles for Concord magazine. 

Freemasonry's social aspect is a large part of why many masons enjoy it, and Steve thoroughly does also.
Steve has become more adept in groups and when doing public speaking by being a part of freemasonry, this is because we speak to each other in our meetings and making speeches at dinners, this therefore has increased his confidence in a variety of social situations. Steve enjoys how freemasonry allows you to meet people from all walks of life you’d never meet in normal life.

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Become a Freemason Today

Whether volunteering time for worthy causes, taking part in social events or fundraising, charity is at the very heart of Freemasonry. Our members make valuable contributions to deserving causes and it’s because of this we’re recognised as one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing £51.1m to deserving causes in 2020.

Membership is open to people from all backgrounds.
Our aim is to empower members to be the best they can be.

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One Step Beyond the Craft

You may not realise that Freemasonry is made of a number of different 'Progressive Orders'. This series will explain these various Orders and how they are linked.
Mark Master Masons
The full title of this Order is Mark Master Masons of England and Wales, and its District and Lodges Overseas. It is more familiarly known as ‘Mark’.
Meetings of Mark Master Masons are held in Lodges and are laid out in a similar way to a Craft Lodge room.
Qualification for joining is that a candidate must be a Master Mason. The joining ceremony is called ‘Advancement’.
The regalia consists of an apron and breast jewel. The edges of the apron are light blue and crimson.
The Order is based on the building of the first Temple at Jerusalem. The candidate is first acknowledged as a Mark Man then advanced to a Mark Master Mason where a ‘Mark’ is chosen to identify the stonework they have produced. The Advancement Ceremony teaches the lesson that education is the reward of labour and the dramatic message that dishonesty can never succeed.
Next week we will introduce you to the Royal Ark Mariners. 
Special thanks to  for the photographs and explanations of each progressive Order .

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Special Interest Lodges in Bucks

Pegasus Lodge 5637

This lodge is one of the provinces oldest special interest lodges.  It was originally formed as a lodge for those with military affiliation, formed by masons with a connection to the Royal Air Force, from nearby RAF Halton, near Wendover.

When they were first consecrated most of the applicants were members of, or associated with the Royal Air Force. Nowadays there are no such restrictions, although they are all proud of their shared heritage, and still have members with an RAF or aviation background.

One of the lodge's most notable Past Masters was Jerry Fray DFC, who was also a member of Daedalus Lodge, one of their sister lodges. Jerry played a key roll in the famous Dambuster's raid in World War 2, and you can find out more about him here: 

http://freemasonrytoday.com/features/dambusters-captured-the-incredible-story-jerry-fray

During the War period of 1939 to 45 practically every member of the lodge was on active service with the Armed forces or local government. Below is a summary compiled in 1947.

Royal Air Force
2 Group Captains
4 Wing Commanders
7 Squadron Leaders
4 Flight Lieutenants
4 Flying Officers
8 Warrant Officers
4 Flight Sergeants
3 Sergeants
1 Corporal

Others:
1 Major - Royal Engineers
1 Quartermaster - Royal Marines
1 Battalion Intelligence Officer - Home Guard
1 Lieutenant - RNVR
1 Petty Officer - RNVR
2 Home Guard
1 Divisional Officer - NFS
1 Fireman - NFS
2 Special Police

The lodge has close links with 5 sister military lodges; Daedalus Lodge no. 3843
Meeting in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, Mercury Lodge no. 4581 meeting in Farnborough, Hampshire, Hermes Lodge no. 5532 Meeting in Fareham, Hampshire, Albatross Lodge no. 6164
Meeting in Manchester and Innsworth Lodge no. 8751 Meeting in Gloucester.

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Aprons Off: The Real Freemason

An insight into the life of a Freemason outside the masonic centre.

AN AMBULANCE DRIVER
Name: Gordon King
Age: 57
Location: Kings Langley
Joined: 1995
Lodges: Lodge of Concorde

Gordon drives ambulances for the ECMO Unit at St Thomas' hospital. After 30 years at the met office and as a Detective Inspector Gordon retired. 
Gordon then volunteered to drive ambulances after they were desperately short in numbers during the pandemic, finally ending up at St. Thomas after moving once again. His career in the Police and during his retirement in the NHS has quite simply been about helping people who need it the most, Gordon emphasises how freemasonry resonates with this.

Gordon's favourite aspect of Freemasonry because of this is giving back. Gordon likes the ways in which freemasonry has charity at its core. Gordon enjoys the sense of satisfaction in helping people both in freemasonry and driving ambulances. He also mentions a selfless culture, where many of its members will always lend a "sympathetic ear" to those who need it most and provide what they can to help.

Freemasonry has been a part of Gordon's life for a very long time as a member of nearly 40 years, so it has helped him most of his adult life. Gordon is inspired by the selfless actions of many of the members and he always works in many ways to emulate their example. 

To be better and to help others truly is one of the core principles on which masonry is founded.

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Become a Freemason Today

Freemasonry is all about building character and supporting members as individuals. It’s these foundations that allow members to develop themselves, from increased self-confidence to transferable skills such as public speaking.

Membership is open to people from all backgrounds.
Our aim is to empower members to be the best they can be.

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Household Division on Tour

On Saturday The Household Division Lodge were hosted by the Buckinghamshire Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge who conducted a second degree on behalf of our Lodge. 

The Stewards Lodge, were pleased to have in attendance the Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy along with the Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master. As well as two Assistant and two Past Assistant Provincial Grand Masters present.

The Stewards Lodge held a superb meeting using the excellent crop of current active Stewards to take significant roles in the ceremony and delivered it impeccably!

Attending from Household Division Lodge was our Senior Deacon, Almoner, a Steward and the candidate. As well as our Secretary who is the Junior Warden in the Stewards Lodge, Tyler who is also the Tyler and our Visiting Officer who is the Inner Guard.

A brilliant meeting and enjoyable festive board! 

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One Step Beyond the Craft

You may not realise that Freemasonry is made of a number of different 'Progressive Orders'. This series will explain these various Orders and how they are linked.

Royal Arch
The continuation of the Third Degree is the 'Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch'. It is more familiarly known as ‘Chapter’.
 
Meetings of a Royal Arch Chapter are known as Convocations and have three Principals who rule the Chapter as opposed to the single Master in a Craft Lodge.
Qualification for joining is that a candidate must be a Master Mason. The joining ceremony is called 'Exaltation' and the members are called Companions.
The regalia consists of an apron, sash and breast jewel. The colours of the apron and jewel are crimson and dark blue which vary depending on a member’s rank.
The Order is based on the return of the Jewish tribes from their captivity in Babylon to rebuild the Temple at Jerusalem having been destroyed at the end of King Solomon's reign. During the preparation for the building of the Second Temple, a momentous discovery is made and it is this discovery that is the basis of the Exaltation Ceremony.

Next week we will introduce you to Mark Master Masons.
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Men Behind The Mystery

Prince Philip, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

 
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh started his life in Freemasonry in 1952, at the age of 31. He was initiated into Navy Lodge No. 2612, on 5 December.

On 6 March 1953, HRH Prince Philip progressed to the Second Degree of Freemasonry, before advancing to the Third Degree on 4 May 1953. The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) issued his Grand Lodge Certificate on 7 May that same year and he has remained a member to this day.

The Duke of Edinburgh was born in Corfu on 10 June 1921, the only son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg. He therefore also held the title Prince of Greece and Denmark.

Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy as a cadet in 1939, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Prince Louis, who was Admiral of the Fleet and First Sea Lord. He had a long and successful career in the Navy and rose to the rank of Commander.

Prince Philip was also a qualified pilot and was the first member of the Royal Family ever to fly out of Buckingham Palace in a helicopter.

The Duke of Edinburgh was known to drop into meetings at his Freemasons Lodge almost unannounced. Navy Lodge has a storied past and an amazing roster of luminaries appear upon its membership roll. The Lodge prides itself on being the premier Naval Lodge in the world, with an unparalleled history that includes four monarchs as past members – King Edward VII, King Edward VIII, King George VI and King George II of the Hellenes.

The Duke of Edinburgh was patron or president of some 800 organisations, with special interests in scientific and technological research and development, the encouragement of sport, the welfare of young people, and conservation and the environment.

Freemasons can also count other members of the Royal Family among their number, including HRH The Duke of Kent, who is the longest-serving Grand Master of the UGLE.

As well as members of the Royal Family, Navy Lodge can proudly name three winners of the Victoria Cross among its past and present members; numerous Admirals, Generals, Vice-Admirals and Senior Officers; as well as other notables such as Sir Ernest Shackleton, Robert Scott – known as ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ – and many more.

Elsewhere, there is also a Duke of Edinburgh Lodge, No. 1182, Liverpool, which was issued a warrant on 2 July 1867 and was consecrated on 1 August 1867. The Lodge was named after Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, who was then Duke of Edinburgh. He was born on 6 August 1844, the second son of Queen Victoria.

In addition, there is a Duke of Edinburgh Lodge in London, No. 1259, which was consecrated on 4 May 1869. The Lodge was also named after Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, who became Duke of Edinburgh in 1866.

Fry-Yay Friday for Watling Street

On the 12th May 2023, Watling Street Chapter No. 1639 played host to the Provincial Grand Chapter Team for an Exaltation Convocation.

The Chapter meets at St Giles Parish Rooms in Stony Stratford which is a delightful converted church complete with a winding staircase into the Chapter room. 

Provincial DC Paul had his work cut out arranging the procession into the Chapter going from two rows formed up in the dining room, down to single file up the stairs them back into two rows once in the room. 

Under his expert guidance it all went perfectly though.

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Lily Lodge of Richmond, the Bucks Cricket Lodge

This week Lily Lodge of Richmond, the Bucks Cricket Lodge went from six members to 23 with three more waiting to join, plus one home grown initiate in the nets. 

Which Lodge out there is willing to challenge this the fastest growing Lodge in the Province to a friendly cricket match & BBQ? Open to family and friends. 

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Another Great Evening

Great evening was had, we were very happy to have raised Brother Sam to the 3rd degree, it was also great to see Brother Alex with us as he was only initiated last month. 

We are now looking forward to our next meeting, an emergency meeting where we will do our first double raising.

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Last Night saw the Launch of Orion Lodge 8756 as the new Premier WINE Lodge for Buckinghamshire …

Maybe the World 🌎!!

A fabulous evening that saw a Proclamation of our WM, followed by the initiation of our new Brother Michael in the Temple……then a full blown Wine 🍷 tasting at the festive board. 

Bro Lee  (our resident Somelier) took the brethren through wine tasting techniques and process whilst enjoying 4 wines (2 whites, 2 reds) pairing them with the 3 food courses! 

It was a triumph of an evening and was well received by all! 

Orion Lodge are looking to welcome any brother that is interested in Wine and fun and amazing Logic ritual!
Wine 🍷 and Freemasonry….what’s not to like?!

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Our newly installed master WBro Sozimo  announced it was an honour and a privilege to be placed into the chair

The large gathering at the Winslow Masonic Centre witnessed a first class logic ritual ceremony second to none. Our Provincial guest WBro Norman  ProvGWarden presented the lodge with the Louis jewel (lewis) which he them invested WBro Peter with this historic jewel for accepting the roll of lodge Membership Officer. 

The celebrations continued at the Bell hotel for a traditional delicious carvery festive board thoroughly enjoyed by all …

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Become a Freemason Today

Our members have come from all walks of life and each with their own unique story to tell for why they became a Freemason.
Becoming a Freemason means you’ll be joining approximately 175,000 members throughout England and Wales, as well as Districts overseas.

Membership is open to any man over the age of 18 irrespective of their race or religion. In total, we have more than 7,000 Lodges, with students able to join one of 87 University Scheme Lodges. Women are invited to join one of two female-only Grand Lodges: The Order of Women Freemasons and Freemasonry for Women. Our shared aim is to empower members to be the best they can be.

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One Step Beyond the Craft

You may not realise that Freemasonry is made of a number of different 'Progressive Orders'. This series will explain these various Orders and how they are linked.

Craft Freemasonry
Every Freemason begins by being Initiated into the 'Craft' which is the starting point in their Masonic journey. The Craft consists of Three Degrees including the 'Royal Arch'.

On being Initiated a Freemason enters the First Degree and is called an Entered Apprentice. On passing their Second Degree they then become a Fellowcraft. Finally, they are raised to the Third Degree and are known as a Master Mason.  Irrespective of their rank, they are treated equally and are called a brother (even in women's Freemasonry)

The three degrees are what most people will have seen pictures of, with members wearing the familiar light and dark blue collars and aprons. In the picture it start on the left with the plain white Entered Apprentice apron and goes through to Grand Rank dress apron on the right side of the picture.

Next week we will introduce you to Royal Arch Freemasonry.

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Aprons Off: The Real Freemason

An insight into the life of a Freemason outside the masonic centre.

A PRISON OFFICER
Name: Ewan Gordon
Age: 50
Location: Aylesbury
Joined: June 2003
Lodges: Verney, Emergency Services Lodge

Ewan is a Prison Officer in Aylesbury. Being a Prison Officer and Public Servant is all about integrity and honesty, which is supported by Freemasonry. Freemasons are role models and public service is full of great role models. Our work in Buckinghamshire Emergency Services Lodge is full of fine current and former Servicemen and Emergency Service workers, a fine group of Freemasons who believe integrity is paramount. 

Ewans favourite aspect of Freemasonry is the sense of community, "Our communities are so important, supporting local projects makes me so proud to be a Bucks Freemason. It’s what we do best." Freemasonry gives him a sense of comradeship and friendship. Ewan has developed a great sense of decency and equality, he loves the work we do in the local community, in particular during the pandemic. 

Freemasonry has helped Ewan with his mental health-"I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2017 due to my operational service and Freemasonry has helped me manage with condition and symptoms, giving me plenty of friends I can share my feelings and worries, fully supporting me confidentially. Now I champion Disability and Equality within Freemasonry."
Freemasonry provides you with a community and network of people to share and develop close friendships, providing you with people to talk to and people that will care and will look after you. 

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Special Interest Lodges in Bucks

Buckinghamshire Emergency Services Lodge 3077

Based at the Bletchley Masonic Centre, but with meetings held at Aylesbury, Stony Stratford, Winslow & Beaconsfield.  A travelling lodge.

Grenfell Lodge 3077 had fallen on hard times when a group of Buckinghamshire Freemasons stepped into lend a helping hand. Early 2017 this group joined the Lodge and the Buckinghamshire Emergency Services Lodge was born. 

You don’t have to be a serving or former member of the emergency services to be part of the fellowship. Since reforming they have had five initiates and thirteen joiners, and now stand at 23 members with more to come

They enjoy a fine fellowship and have recently started wearing their service headwear and miniature medals during the Festive Board.  Members of the Emergency Services have been awarded jubilee medals since 2002 as well as long service medals. 

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Last Friday The Household Division Lodge held an exciting meeting at Slough Masonic Centre

The meeting was for our their new members, former Life Guard and Scots Guard and was attended by 63 members and visitors, also welcoming three more joining members.

The White Table Festive Board saw friends, partners, and future candidates for the Lodge totalling 87 dining. 

Those in attendance were treated to an excellent after dinner speech by Paul ‘Tug’ Hartley GM. Tug gave an excellent insight to his life through his “Hero to Zero” talk, one which resonated with so many present. His eye opening account of how his life changed when he was awarded the George Medal, and not all for the best, was said to be one of the best they had the privilege to listen to.

Throughout the course of the evening our charitable donations raised over £2000 that will see donations made to Pilgrim Bandits Charity and Hull4Heroes on behalf of Tug. As well as continued efforts to raise money for the Worshipful Master’s chosen charity, Royal Star & Garter.

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