Helping the Bard
The Royal Shakespeare Company Newsletter featured an article by W Bro Bill Hazzledine (Stage Door) about the recent low profile "soft" opening, or Builders Night. The article referred to the actual trowel used to lay the foundation stone of the Memorial Theatre back on 2nd July 1929, which featured in the Builders Night production at the wonderful new theatre.
The trowel had been carried to the original stone laying ceremony, in procession through the town, by a column of about 200 freemasons (see picture), all dressed in full regalia (aprons, collars and jewels) and has since been on display at the Masonic Hall on Great William Street.
There is a long association between the theatre and freemasonry - indeed one of the Stratford lodges is named the David Garrick Lodge in celebration of the great man. Notable theatrical masons include Sir Arthur Gilbert, Sir William S Sullivan, Sir Henry Irving, Sir Donald Wolfitt; although not knights of the realm, also John Wayne, Clark Gable, Bob Monkhouse and … Jim Davidson.
Those familiar with the art deco facade of the building shown as the offices of the BBC programme 'Spooks' will recognize it as the London headquarters of the Freemasons in England, which is a popular set with tv and film producers.
The RSC Newsletter also noted that last year Warwickshire Freemasons made donations to local charities of £98,100 and, nationally, the Freemasons' Grand Charity gave £7 million
Hunter Provides and Shares
Orion Lodge 4993 will be presenting the First Part of the First Lecture, and receiving an explanation of the First Degree Tracing Board at their meeting on 27th January 2011. This will involve the majority of the Lodge members, ranging from the newest Entered Apprentice up to the Senior Member of the Lodge.
In Memory of
Did a loved member of your family, a Mason or simply a friend enjoy music or song?
At the upcoming 2012 Spring Harmony Concert you have the opportunity to dedicate either a piece of music or a song in their name.
Maybe you are attending the event with others and wish to have something special in the programme; a personal message, a poem or again a song or music in their name.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief
Following the massive earthquake which struck Japan, triggering a tsunami that destroyed many coastal villages and towns, thousands of people have died, and many more are missing or injured. Ongoing earthquakes have repeatedly occurred since the initial earthquake, seriously hampering relief efforts. The stability of the Fukushima nuclear plant is still unclear, with fears of a possible radiation leak spreading across Japan, including into Tokyo which is home to over 30 million people.
In addition to a £50,000 emergency grant to the British Red Cross approved by the President, the Council of the Grand Charity has opened a special Relief Chest which can receive donations from members of the Craft who wish to be part of a coordinated response. If anyone wishes to help assist the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Council is happy to receive donations to this Relief Chest for onward transmission at a later date to suitable projects.
Donations can be sent by cheque payable to "The Freemasons' Grand Charity" to: Relief Chest Scheme, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ, stating that they are in support of the Japan disaster relief work.
Tags: 2012 Festival
The 26th Atlantic Rally leaves the Grand Canaries on 20th November 2011, covers 3,200 non-stop miles and involves about 225 boats. Finishing in St Lucia, it is a significant and demanding challenge. Bro Stuart Reed of Trinity Lodge 254 will be skippering his 50 foot sailing yacht Elphin II with a crew of 5 and has invited Lodges to sponsor him, with proceeds to the 2012 Festival.
All Lodge Almoners and Festival/Charity Stewards have been sent details, and Stuart’s progress can be monitored on the website www.worldcruising.com/arc/ by clicking DAILY LOGS. From 20th November there will be a separate part of this website dedicated to the yacht's progress on the voyage.