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A COVID DIARY A COVID DIARY

Through no choice of our own, we currently find ourselves existing in an unbelievable set of circumstances. I imagine when living in any time of crisis or conflict, the effort of just getting through ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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-to-be managing editor of, The Scottish Rite ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

CALLING ALL CRICKET LOVERS

Earlier this year a group of Cricket enthusiasts decided to band together to generate interest in refreshing an ailing Lodge to create London's first Cricket Lodge.

Restarting - An Inspectors eye view

With some trepidation, I approached Freemason’s Hall around 4.15 pm on 1st September. This was the restart of Freemasonry; one of the first meetings since March. Would the plans put in place be effect ...

Lockdown Lowdown

Having retired from the Metropolitan Police in 2019, my new career as an artist was coming on nicely and I had begun to see regular sales of my artwork.

THE KENT CLUB UPDATE

So the lockdown is now a thing of the past and we are, as I write, in the traditional Masonic holiday month of August having just had the hottest day of the year so far.

A NEW DAWN - LED BY HELIO LODGE

The brethren of Helio Lodge No 3900 felt it was particularly important to keep fellowship and fraternity together during the COVID Pandemic by staying in close contact via the Lodge's WhatsApp group.

A YOUNGER MASON SPEAKS

I did not know it, but Freemasonry had always been following me around. When I decided I wanted to learn about Freemasonry, the series of coincidences that followed were frankly unbelievable.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

As weeks turn into months, it seems the terminology is wearing thin as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to headline in the media.

AN ALDERSGATE STORY

It was the first, socially distanced, Metropolitan Royal Arch meeting after the Coronavirus lockdown, in an unusually hushed Freemasons' Hall. And this was not any ordinary meeting. It was the rescue ...

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 th ...

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 Cotswol ...

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 public ...

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 ...

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 special ...

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. Halls are closed and meetings are suspended, while Breth ...

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 ...

R W Bro Rex Thorne EULOGY

We are gathered here today to say goodbye to one of life’s real gentlemen, Rex Francis Thorne. We are a small congregation today due to the pandemic. Rex’s wife Sophie, her daughter and husband Natal ...

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 style ...

EDITORIAL - W Bro Rod Glyn-Thomas LGR

Dear readers, welcome to the 40th edition of arena Magazine. At the last meeting I attended before this awful pandemic, I was having a chat with some of my mates after our festive board and a brot ...

THE CONNAUGHT CLUB - UPDATE

W Bro Anthony Muirhead - the Chairman of the Connaught Club - gives an update with what’s going on with the young masons in London. As spring approaches (!) the Connaught Club has much to look forw ...

WELLINGTON LIVERY MASTERS LODGE No 6991

In 2014 the current Master, W Bro Issa Tahhan, recognised that some of the other Livery Masters were Freemasons which gave him the idea of a special and unique working lodge for Livery Masters and Pas ...

DISCOVERING FREEMASONRY

Recruitment has been one of the main objectives in London Freemasonry in recent years, so it was pleasing to see around 350 people turn up to the Grand T emple of Freemasons’ Hall on an evening in ear ...

Discovering Freemasonry

There was a sense of anticipation as several hundred people arrived at Freemasons’ Hall last Thursday evening 6th February and were shown into the magnificence of the Grand Temple; many describing the ...

Hurricane Dorian Relief Appeal

Hurricane Dorian, which hit the Bahamas in August, has caused extensive destruction and devastation. The official death toll stands at 50 and the number of missing at an alarming 1,300 people, but the ...

Visiting Australia

One of the hidden joys of being a Freemasons is visiting other Lodges and with over 6 million members worldwide you are sure to find a friendly welcome either near to home or further afield. This was ...

Smashing Clays for a good cause

MetGL CSA are very proud to have been given the opportunity to present our contribution of £3,000 to the London Fire Brigade Appeal direct to Sir Michael Snyder at a prestigious Metropolitan Masonic C ...

Coborn Lodge rides for Ollie

Creating an impressive sight one very wet and miserable Sunday, seventy-four bikers, including, Masonic Bikers of Coborn Lodge, Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association and bikers from the local Sitting ...

Kent Club Social Evening in Penge

On the evening of 13th September The Kent Club for London Freemasons, represented by our Chairman W Bro Dudley Price PAGDC, took to the road for the first time to the newly redecorated South East Lond ...