Arena44 VIDEO FOREWORD BY E COMP THE REVEREND TIMOTHY L’ESTRANGE

At the heart of our ancient rituals is the story of a building project. In Jerusalem, a great Temple is constructed and finally dedicated to God with much celebration and rejoicing. But that Temple re ...
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Arena44 EDITORIAL

Welcome to Arena 44. This edition comes at a time where we all have several new things to look forward to. Our NHS has forged a path forward through the virus with not only its care and support for th ...
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Arena44 THE LATEST FROM THE CONNAUGHT CLUB

At the time of writing, the Prime Minister has teased us with the prospect of a visit to a pub. As the Connaught Club is a predominantly social organisation (education through socialising), this is ve ...
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Arena44 SOUTHGATE MASONIC CENTRE

Set in the London suburb of Southgate, close to Southgate underground station (Piccadilly Line) and serviced by several bus routes, Southgate Masonic Centre is handily placed to act as the Masonic hom ...
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Arena44 AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE NEW SHOP AT FREEMASONS HALL

When meetings resume and Brethren return to Freemasons Hall, they might find themselves pleasantly surprised at some of the changes the building has undergone during the lockdown. Among the most signi ...
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Arena44 MEN AT THE TOP - W BRO JOHN SHULMAN PSGD METGINSP

I first meet Bro John on a Microsoft Teams' call during the February snowfall in London. His background picture is of an island off the Great Barrier Reef where he went snorkelling with his wife, Gill ...
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Arena44 SERVING A FRIEND OR BROTHER IN TIME OF NEED

W Bro Alastair Bates, Al to his friends, is the Secretary of Euphrates Lodge No 212, a member of Metropolitan Grand Stewards' Lodge No 9812, Inspectorate Scribe Ezra for Metropolitan Grand Chapter Ins ...
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Arena44 GOURMET MEALS FOR THE ICU - A RESTAURATEUR FEEDS NHS STAFF

Some of you may already have wandered down Gray’s Inn Road, just North of Chancery Lane. Perhaps you’ve even been attracted by the façade at number°182. And, if you looked closer, you might have seen ...
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Arena44 INTERVIEW WITH THE NEWLY APPOINTED DEPUTY METROPOLITAN GRAND MASTERS

With lockdown still upon us, we are confined to Zoom once more, and this time we are joined by the newly appointed Deputy Metropolitan Grand Masters, W Bro Warren Duke and VW Bro Christopher Hayward*.
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Arena44 METROPOLITAN GRAND LODGE SUPPORT TO LIFELITES

Working with every children and young peoples’ hospice service across the British Isles, Lifelites has ensured that even in these ever-changing times, the children supported have still been able to pl ...
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Arena44 METROPOLITAN ACTIVE OFFICE

Every Masonic Lodge and Chapter elects or appoints officers to execute the necessary functions of the unit's life and work; the same is true for Metropolitan Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter – these are ...
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Arena44 TYPE 2 DIABETES- A HAZARD FOR MASONS?

W Bro Mike Gerschel SLGR shares a personal experience. About two years ago I was not in good shape. Too many Lodge meals and too little exercise, plus my own homemade bread and lots of carbs, had ...
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Arena44 MEN AT THE TOP - W BRO MICHAEL TODD PAGDC METROPOLITAN GRAND INSPECTOR

Our latest man at the top, W Bro Michael Todd, PAGDC (becoming PSGD on 28 April 2021), MetGInsp, started his life near the city of Johannesburg founded by the Dutch settlers, the Afrikaans, during the ...
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Arena44 WHEELS FOR HEROES RECEIVES A £3000 GRANT FROM THE LONDON FREEMASONS CHARITY

On 16 March 2020, Brompton Bike Hire approached St. Bart’s Hospital and NHS London to provide bikes for their front-line staff who wished to avoid being crammed onto buses and trains during the COVID- ...
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Arena44 RICHARD HOUSE CHILDRENS HOSPICE RECEIVES MCF GRANT

2020 was the 20th anniversary of Richard House Children’s Hospice. No-one could have predicted what a year it would be, or the impact it would have on the community they look after. Despite the global ...
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Arena44 LONDON HOSPICE MAINTAINS LEVEL OF CARE DESPITE COVID19

A grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has enabled the St John’s Hospice, which covers parts of Central and North West London, to navigate through an uncertain period since the onset of ...
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Arena44 ST JOHN AMBULANCE GRANT

A tympanic thermometer is a handheld electronic device that very quickly measures a person’s temperature through their ear enabling the user to make a diagnosis of the patient’s health. St John Ambula ...
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Arena44 35,000 MASKS FOR THE HOMELESS THE CARERS AND THE KEYWORKERS

The Polytechnic Lodge No 2847 is bursting with pride to mention that two of its members, Bro Aldo Bregasi and his blood brother, Bro George Bregasi, together with their friend (and soon to be another ...
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Arena44 CORONAVIRUS VACCINE CENTRE-ONE OF MANY BRETHREN TO VOLUNTEER

Arena investigates: After thirty years’ service as a Senior Medical Officer, W Bro Alec Hurley SLGR retired in 2010 with the rank of Wing Commander in the RAF. He envisaged a relaxing retirement away ...
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Arena44 THE ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION CARE COMPANY

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company (RMBI Care Co.) provides residential care, nursing and residential dementia support to older Freemasons, their families and people in the wider co ...
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Arena44 LONDON COMMUNICATIONS WHAT IS NEXT

It’s been a busy and unpredictable year since I was invested as Metropolitan Communications Officer. A year when communicating has become more critical than ever before.
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Arena44 MASTERING MASONIC RITUAL BY JOHN E BURNAPP METROPOLITAN GRAND INSPECTOR

In my own personal experience, some of the most uplifting, memorable, and rewarding moments in my masonic journey have been the rare moments when a Brother or Companion has delivered a piece or passag ...
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Arena44 A SONG TO WELCOME US BACK TO OUR LODGES

Lockdown has had such an effect on our life, not just as Freemasons, but in everything we do. Many of the Brethren have been eager, even desperate, to meet on the Square again. To dine and laugh toget ...
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Arena44 CERES LODGE NO 4179 CENTENARY MEETING

Lockdown restrictions were no reason not to celebrate for Ceres Lodge 4179. Therefore, on Monday 1st February 2021, there was seen what we believe to be the first-ever online centenary celebration of ...
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Arena44 LODGES DONATE TO HELP A LITTLE BOY HEAR HIS PARENTS

When your child is sick, you will do anything to help them, but sometimes the difficulties are so overwhelming that it’s almost easier to lose hope. Then who can you turn to? Charlie and Maxine Dack f ...
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Arena44 THE CREATIVITY AND COMMUNICATIONS LODGE THE ROYAL LEOPOLD LODGE NO 1669

A Lodge for those with an interest in Creativity, Communications and Literature, old and new.
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Arena44 THE MASONIC CRAFT BEER SOCIETY FROM LOCKDOWN ZOOMS TO LODGE ROOMS

The Masonic Craft Beer Society, founded last May at the height of the first lockdown, was first featured in Issue 42 of Arena. Since then, the Society has grown from strength to strength – and is look ...
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Arena44 CANONBURY LODGE GOES FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

Canonbury Lodge was pleased to be able to meet at the end of 2020 to conduct the Ceremony of Passing. It was an Emergency Meeting and of course conducted in accordance with the Government and UGLE gu ...
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Arena44 LONDON MASONIC BOWLERS ASSOCIATION

As with most sports since March 2020, COVID 19 has put paid to physical bowls competitions. However, there are still reasons to celebrate.
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Arena44 KENT CLUB UPDATE

As I write, once again from a locked down study in my home, I realise that the weather is doing its normal winter thing - vacillating between freezing and rain and that I find myself in a philosophica ...
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Arena44 MUSEUM OF FREEMASONRY

While the past year has been unusual, to say the least, it has affected the Museum in several ways. A year on, where do we stand? Obviously, as a visitor attraction, we have had to close our doors to ...
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Arena44 THE METROPOLITAN GRAND ALMONERS ZOOM TEA ROOM

In early December 2020 one of the young Almoner Liaison Officers, W Bro Sami Steinbock, working under W Bro Barry Laws SLGR, suggested the idea of an open Zoom forum for Freemasons to drop in over the ...
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Arena44 SOLOMON LIVE AND BEYOND

From humble beginnings as a repository of static Nuggets and Papers, Solomon has grown to meet its members' needs with more interactive content, from audio files to videos and quizzes.
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Arena44 THE PASSAGE TO ENDING HOMELESSNESS

During the pandemic this page has kindly been given completely free of charge by Metropolitan Grand Lodge & Chapter to help a charitable organisation feature their urgent message. Today we feature ...
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Arena44 CHIPS FROM THE QUARRY

In this edition of Arena, we welcome a virtual visitor from the United States. W Bro Dr Mark Dreisonstok, 32°, KCCH. Dr Dreisonstok is writer for, and soon ...
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Arena44 LOOKING AFTER SOMEONE? KNOW SOMEONE WHO MIGHT BE? JOIN OUR CARER AWARE SESSION WITH CARERS UK

Every day, 6000 people become unpaid carers. If you support a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, you could be one of them.
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