Arena41 FOREWARD - E COMP CHRISTOPHER CLARK PGSN DEPUTY METROPOLITAN GRAND SUPERINTENDENT

These are unprecedented times. As I write this, we have just started easing the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 emergency and fear that we might be triggering another spike in the pandemic.
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Arena41 EDITORIAL ARENA 41 - W BRO ROD GLYN-THOMAS LGR

The last couple of months have been challenging. We have lost many brethren. Some brethren have had to cope with the loss of loved ones, others have suffered this horrendous virus.
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Arena41 JOB OPPORTUNITY DEPUTY EDITOR ARENA MAGAZINE

The Metropolitan Communications Team is looking for a new Deputy Editor for Arena magazine. Arena is the magazine for London Freemasonry and is published quarterly. Ten thousand copies are printed each quarter and distributed through Masonic Centres and online.
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Arena41 ROSETTA IS COMING

We are all aware that Porchway has been around a long time and is no longer at the ‘cutting edge’ of web design. At the request of the Metropolitan Executive, a number of London Masons who had specialist experience in developing Information Portals were recruited to assist in specifying and overseeing the delivery of the replacement system.
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Arena41 THE MEN AT THE TOP W BRO NICK GARNISH PSGD METROPOLITAN GRAND INSPECTOR

Archbishop Samuel Harsnett, Archbishop of York, signed the Foundation Deed for Chigwell School, in 1629 - when KingJames I was on the throne. The school is the Alma Mater of our Metropolitan Grand Inspector, Nick Garnish.
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SOLOMON FOSTERING CURIOSITY AND DEVELOPING UNDERSTANDING

Since its successful launch, some 18 months ago, the world of Freemasonry has moved on considerably and Solomon has moved on with it.
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Arena41 HOLDING HANDS TOUCHING HEARTS AND CHANGING LIVES

Mark Masons’ Hall, nestled in the bosom of the fashionable St James’ area of the West end, is home to ten of the ‘Progressive Orders’ in Freemasonry as well as being one of the main masonic venues in the capital.
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Arena41 COVID-19 - THE LONDON FREEMASONS RESPONSE

For probably the first time since the Second World War, we find ourselves in a situation where every person in the country has a role to play in helping save lives. This unprecedented crisis has led many to ask ourselves, “How can we help?”
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Arena41 THE LATEST FROM THE CONNAUGHT CLUB

As the new normal keeps us all guessing when we can get our aprons and gloves out again, the Connaught Club committee has moved its activities online. We meet via Zoom to plot and plan the year ahead with various events planned throughout the year.
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Arena41 THE BRETHREN OF PEN AND BRUSH LODGE GIVE 26250 POUNDS TO THE FRONT LINE

The Brethren of Pen & Brush Lodge No 2909 thought long and hard on how they could help the coronavirus situation. Their average age being well over 65, and the majority in "lock down", it was determined that their response would have to be financial.
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Arena41 VOLUNTEERING DURING THE PANDEMIC

When the Coronavirus epidemic began to hit London, I was extremely keen to serve. My wife started working seven-day weeks between two London hospitals, and aware of the sacrifices she and others in the NHS have made, I wanted to help.
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Arena41 THE HONOURABLE FRATERNITY OF ANCIENT FREEMASONS IN LOCKDOWN

When we issued a Suspension Notice of all masonic activity on 17th March like many people we thought it would only be for a few months and then it became obvious from the severity of the situation that we were going to be without meetings for many months.
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Arena41 VOLUNTEERING PPE DELIVERIES BY MOTORCYCLE

As theatres across London and the South East went dark due to Covid-19, Bro Luke Francis Senior Deacon of Avondale Lodge 2395, which meets at the Civil Service Club, London, found himself with little to do.
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Arena41 W BRO RICK WAKEMAN SUPPORTS LIFELITES

The 2020 seasonal appeal from the rock star W Bro Rick Wakeman on behalf of the charity Lifelites has raised over £42,000 so far for life-limited and disabled children using hospice services.
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Arena41 HORNSEY LODGE NO 890 DELIVER

Home for the last 25 years for friends, business partners and members of Hornsey Lodge No 890, W Bro Paul Brown and W Bro Mike Bracken and their families has been the village of Tetbury in the Cotswolds.
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Arena41 MEDICAL BRETHREN ON THE FRONT LINE

As many of you know, we have several Lodges in London which have a number of NHS staff within their ranks. Furthermore we have many doctors, nurses and hospital administrators who are members of many other lodges. Here is a look at just a few of them.
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Arena41 THESE CHALLENGING TIMES - A LETTER FROM ME COMP RUSSELL J RACE 2NDGPRIN

When I was asked to pen a few words for the magazine in the current unique conditions, it was naturally easier to think of more negatives than positives.
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Arena41 THE MEN AT THE TOP - W BRO GLEN MCDONALD METGINSP PSGD

Many of us find ourselves, consciously or unconsciously, following in family traditions. For Bro Glen, he followed not only in the footsteps of his father and grandfather into their line of work - but also into Freemasonry.
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Arena41 THE DIRECTOR OF CEREMONIES BOOKSHELF

The Lodge Secretary or Chapter Scribe E is the officer most commonly associated in the mason’s mind with works of reference, but as Lodge or Chapter Director of Ceremonies there are a number of publications useful to us on a regular or occasional basis.
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Arena41 SURVIVING DEPRESSION - A ZOOM TALK BY W BRO JAMES INNES SLGR

On the 5th May 2020 over 175 brethren from around the world joined a Zoom talk and Question and Answer session by W Bro James Innes SLGR, current Worshipful Master of Charterhouse Deo Dante Dedi Lodge No 2885.
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Arena41 WEST LONDON MASONIC CENTRE COVID 19 PROJECT

The directive closing Masonic centres issued by UGLE in March 2020 prompted the Board at West London Masonic Centre to examine what assistance the centre could offer, not only for local Freemasons and their families but also members of the wider community who would be seriously affected by the pandemic.
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Arena41 JAMES TERRY COURT BLUES W BRO FRANK BERLYN SLGR CELEBRATES HIS 100TH BIRTHDAY

W Bro Frank Berlyn SLGR reached his 100th birthday on April 20th, but due to the Covid 19 lockdown has been unable to celebrate this wonderful landmark in his life by sharing with his Lodge colleagues.
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Arena41 LONDON FREEMASONS GRANT PROVIDES ENTERTAINMENT TO THE ELDERLY IN RMBI HOME

At the end of last year, residents of the Prince George Duke of Kent Court, a Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution home in Chislehurst, were surprised by the arrival of a giant gadget. (Left to right: Betty Connor, 99, Joan Mailing, 99 and David Andrews, 81)
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Arena41 LONDON FREEMASONRY SUPPORTS THE VOCALEYES CHARITY

Work of the VocalEyes charity in enabling the blind or partially sighted to experience theatre performances has been further supported with a grant of £5,000 from London Freemasons.
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Arena41 WRITE HERE WRITE NOW!: LONDON FREEMASONS SUPPORT PIONEERING WORK AT THE POLKA THEATRE

London Freemasons are backing a pioneering effort to support those in need. Your contributions have enabled a £5,000 donation to go to the Polka Theatre in South London.
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Arena41 LONDON FREEMASONS CHARITY SUPPORTS THE PATHWAYS THROUGH DEMENTIA CHARITY

I joined the Arena team just before the ‘Masonic call-off’ and my first assignment was a real blessing in disguise.
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Arena41 GROVE PARK LODGE NO 2824 GETS STUCK IN

Grove Park Kent Lodge No 2824 has been highly active in the fight against Coronavirus in a variety of different ways.
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Arena41 A YOUNGER MASON SPEAKS - BRO LUKE LEVINE DISCUSSES HIS JOURNEY INTO FREEMASONRY

I joined Freemasonry being initiated into the Lodge of Fraternal Unity No 7330 in February of this year.
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Arena41 WHY SHOULD I VISIT A LIVERY LODGE?

Around a fifth of the City of London’s 110 Livery Companies have a masonic Lodge. The Livery Companies comprise London's ancient and modern trade associations and guilds, almost all of which are styled the "Worshipful Company of..." followed by their respective craft, trade or profession.
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Arena41 R W BRO REX THORNE PAST METROPOLITAN GRAND MASTER 1927 TO 2020

Rex Francis Thorne was born on 6th June 1927 in Lewisham, the son of Albert Frank Thorne and his wife Constance (née Francis).
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Arena41 R W BRO REX THORNE EULOGY

W Bro Robert Corp-Reader OBE PDepGSwdB remembers his great chum.
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Arena41 THE KENT CLUB UPDATE

My article for the Spring edition of Arena was earlier in the year and "pre Covid-19". I wrote about plans for the ensuing Spring and Summer and urged you to look at The Kent Club’s website at www.londonfreemasons.club to ensure you did not miss out.
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Arena41 THE METROPOLITAN GRAND LODGE OF LONDON GUIDE TO SETTING UP AND USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA

You will have no doubt seen reports in the media of a surge in the take up of a variety of Social Media. These free applications afford the ability to stay in touch with brethren, family, colleagues etc. For some this may seem something of a black art and this guide is intended to explain, in simple terms, how to get started and then use these various platforms.
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Arena41 PONDERING THE PUZZLES POISED BY FREEMASONRY

Freemasonry is fascinating, isn’t it? The lure of all the mysteries, the progressive ideas it has inspired in countries like the United States, the symbols that are supposed to hide in plain sight, and this special bond between Brothers that they are forbidden to share outside - all of this played widely in my imagination long before I could finally join.
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Arena41 FREEMASONRY APPROACHES ITS FINEST HOUR

It is no surprise that the arrival of Covid-19 has caused as much disruption to Freemasonry as it has to every other aspect of British society.
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