Arena43 FOREWORD RW BRO STEPHEN FENTON PJGW DEPUTY METROPOLITAN GRAND MASTER

Brethren All In Masonic terms, and in every aspect of our lives, there are perhaps two predominant thoughts in our minds at this time. Will my family and friends come through this dreadful pandemic ...
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Arena43 EDITORIAL Arena 43

Dear readers, Welcome to the 43rd edition of Arena Magazine. As I take the virtual quill for the first time, it is with hope and the deepest respect that I address you today.
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Arena43 THE LATEST FROM THE CONNAUGHT CLUB

W Bro Anthony Muirhead — the Chairman of the Connaught Club — gives an update of what s going on with the young masons in London. As with the rest of masonry, the Connaught Club continues to fee ...
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Arena43 CEO OF THE MCF SPEAKS TO THE KENT CLUB

W Bro Col Simon Bennett LGR MetAGSwdB reports Bro Les attended the most recent Zoom Meeting of the Kent Club and spoke about his career with some of the highlights, the evolution of Masonic chari ...
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Arena43 THE MEN AT THE TOP E COMP NICK CRITCHLOW

THE MEN AT THE TOP: E Comp Nick Critchlow PGSoj (PAGPurs), Metropolitan Grand Inspector (RA) Comp Nick Critchlow was born on Friday 13th! Although considered an unlucky day in Western superstitio ...
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Arena43 THE ROYAL ARCH IN LONDON

THE ROYAL ARCH IN LONDON: METROPOLITAN PRINCIPALS DISCUSS THEIR JOURNEYS E Comp Rod Glyn-Thomas and Comp Seb Giroux interview By the power of Zoom we are meeting with E Comp Patrick Penny PGStB ...
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Arena43 REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020

FREEMASONS' HALL LIT UP FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY 2020 IN HONOUR OF THE MEMBERS WHO'VE SERVED BOTH PAST & PRESENT. With everything that happened in 2020, it would be all too easy to just focus on the com ...
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Arena43 SENIOR APPOINTMENT CHANGES 2021

SENIOR APPOINTMENT CHANGES - 2021 I am pleased to announce the following changes in the appointments of London Rulers taking effect from the next annual meeting of Metropolitan Grand Lodge and Metr ...
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Arena43 THE LIONS BARBER COLLECTIVE

THE LIONS BARBER COLLECTIVE By W Bro Gur Samuel LGR When the Covid-19 pandemic prevented the Metropolitan Grand Stewards’ Lodge No 9812 from holding their regular December meeting in person, they i ...
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Arena43 AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FIRST PRINCIPALS CHAPTERS

E Comp David Pugsley LGCR and E Comp Rod Glyn-Thomas review these important Chapters. Sitting in a Chapter in the First Principal’s Chair is undou ...
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Arena43 THE MEN AT THE TOP W BRO RUSSELL SOLLOF

W Bro David Pugsley SLGR interviews W Bro Russell Sollof PAGDC PAGSoj Metropolitan Grand Inspector (RA)
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Arena43 VERITAS A PRIMUS JEWEL COMES HOME

I bring you a tale of history, discovery, hope, hopelessness and drama. It all starts with a gentleman and Brother named Richard Joseph Sadleir, born in London, March 1863.
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Arena43 LOGGIA ITALIA SPONSORS INNOVATIVE MASAI FARM PROJECT IN TANZANIA

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Arena43 WEST LONDON MASONIC CENTRE DELIVER ELEVEN THOUSAND MEALS AND STILL COUNTING

After producing over 10,000 meals during the first Lockdown, the West London Masonic Centre team sprang back into action when the second Lockdown began in November.
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Arena43 CALLING ALL CRICKET LOVERS

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Arena43 MCF SUPPORTING THE WORK OF THE MARIE CURIE HAMPSTEAD HOSPICE

A grant in excess of £2,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the principal masonic charity and one of the largest grant making charities in the UK, is being used by the Marie Curie Hampstead Ho ...
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Arena43 OPEN AGE RECEIVES A THREE THOUSAND POUND GRANT

Open Age was established in 1993 and is now celebrating over 25 years of championing an active life for older people.
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Arena43 STRENGTH AND LEARNING THROUGH HORSES

Strength and Learning Through Horses is a specialist centre in North London that uses horses in both the education and therapy of vulnerable young people.
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Arena43 THREE THOUSAND POUND DONATION TO SUDBURY NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

The Sudbury Neighbourhood Centre is a registered charity founded in 1979 with the aim of providing day-care for vulnerable, elderly people in the London Borough of Brent.
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Arena43 VITAL SUPPORT DURING COVID-19 FOR LIFELITES

Last year's Christmas appeal from the music star and London Freemason Rick Wakeman on behalf of the small charity Lifelites has raised over £42,000 to support the life-limited and disabled children us ...
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Arena43 THE KENT CLUB UPDATE

How life varies! My last update, written in August, celebrated the end of the lockdown and mentioned how we had been able to get out to Kent for a day - socially distanced of course - in the sun free ...
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Arena43 FREE EXCHANGE - MARYLEBONE PROJECT

The Marylebone Project - the largest women-only homeless centre, with a mission to empower women to end their homelessness and live their lives to the full.
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Arena43 AN INTERVIEW WITH THE GRAND SECRETARY

VW Bro Dr David Staples Grand Secretary FRCP joins us from his office in Freemasons Hall.
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Arena43 GUNNER LODGE NO 1789 RAISES FUNDS FOR MILITARY CHARITY TO COMBAT STRESS

Members of Ubique Lodge No 1789, the Lodge of the Royal Artillery, together with wives/partners and guests raised the sum of £2,000 at their annual Summer Ball held at the Union Jack Club, London in J ...
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Arena43 MAKING SCRUBS FOR HOSPICES

There is no denying it, 2020 had an impact on all of us. It showed people rising to the challenge and performing their duties with even more care and devotion than before.
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Arena43 THE METROPOLITAN GRAND ALMONERS TEAM

Like most things Metropolitan, administratively, the structure of the Metropolitan Grand Almoners Team is unique in comparison to his counterpart Provincial Grand Almoners in the Provinces.
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Arena43 SOLOMON THE ROYAL ARCH

By the solemn Act of Union between the two Grand Lodges of Free-Masons of England in December 1813, it was declared and pronounced that pure Antient Masonry consists of three degrees and no more, viz. ...
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Arena43 A PROSTATE CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM CAN WE LIVE WITHOUT IT

As Freemasons, we are only too pleased and indeed, excited, about helping the wider world who are not Freemasons.
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Arena43 SEARCHING FOR OLD KINGSTONIANS

Lovekyn Chantry No 6807 is a Surrey Lodge which meets in one of the oldest masonic venues in the UK, the Old Chantry Chapel, part of Kingston Grammar School.
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Arena43 WHY SHOULD I VISIT AN AMULL LODGE

We first took a look at the Association of Medical, University and Legal Lodges (AMULL) in the pages of Arena way back in Issue 9.
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Arena43 A YOUNGER MASON SPEAKS

Freemasonry had always been part of my family with my father and grandfather being Masons.
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