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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 ...

Giggle Doctors get London Masons support

The London Masons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £5,000 to support a North London children’s charity, The Theodora Children’s Charity. Their first visit to Great Ormond Street Hospi ...

Clive on the run

Clive Dunnico at 76 and a London Mason for 55 years is looking to run 32 miles in aid of the Metropolitan Grand Master’s fund raising appeal to purchase two extended height aerial vehicles. These appl ...

The MMC Toothbrushs for Ealing Broadway

In support of the NHS England’s national campaign to fight tooth decay in Children and National Smile Month, Freemasons have been donating 40,000 toothbrushes, with the slogan “From London Freemasons” ...

A pilgrims walk

Ivor Macklin and Anthony Codd, members of Hornsey Lodge, based in the City of London, recently completed the Camino Ingles (118 Kilometres) section of the Camino the ancient route of pilgrims to the h ...

Medical Dogs funded by London Freemasons

The Metropolitan Masonic Charity has donated £4,500 to support Medical Detection Dogs who’s patron is Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall. MDD is a growing charity that through painstaking rese ...

Lost for Words

AFASIC is a charity based in the City of London dedicated to helping young people who have difficulty with speech, their parents and carers. The charity has received a £5,000 donation from London Fre ...

London Freemasons support Barons Court

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £25,000 to support Barons Court Project who supporting people on low incomes who are vulnerable to mental ill health and / or homelessness in the Hammersm ...

Toothbrushes for Tooting

In support of the NHS England’s national campaign to fight tooth decay in Children, London Freemasons are donating 40,000 toothbrushes, with the slogan “From London Freemasons” on the handle, to Child ...

Support For MS Action Oxygen Chamber

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £4,400 to the MS Action to aid with the running costs of their high density oxygen treatment chamber in Walthamstow. MS Action has provided complementary ...

Support For Deptford Charity

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £5,000 to the Deptford Reach Charity. Deptford Reach helps people rebuild lives that have been damaged by homelessness, mental illness, drug or alcohol ab ...

London Freemasons help Suited and Booted

Suited & Booted is a charity that helps vulnerable men make the most of their abilities in finding suitable employment. The charity has received £5000 from London Freemasons. Over 1400 men passed thro ...

London Masons donate to Horse Whisperers

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has provided a grant of £1,000 to Learning Through Horses which is a North London based charity delivering alternative education programmes, which, through working wi ...

London Freemasons help Doorstep Library

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £5,000 to support Doorstep Library, which was founded in 2010 as an independent charity to establish Doorstep Libraries in the London Borough of Hammersm ...

Donation for Londons Groundwork Charity

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £30,000 over three years to support Groundworks Charity’s Rework Project to train unemployed people in repairing domestic appliances to be sold by chariti ...

The Power of Photography

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore received a grant of £4,000 from the Metropolitan Masonic Charity. It is the largest orthopaedic hospital in the UK and a leader in the field both in t ...

Drake Music orchestrate funding

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £40,000 to Drake Music based in East London. The grant to fund the salary of the National Research and Development Manager to expand the DMLab programme t ...

SURPRISE FOR AIR AMBULANCE

At a special lunch to thank London Masons for their generous £2 million donation to help fund the Capital’s second and badly needed air ambulance, Sir Michael Snyder, The Metropolitan Grand Master, pr ...

Masonic Stars Support Lifelites

London Freemasons, comedian Joe Pasquale and keyboard legend, Rick Wakeman, have become Patrons of Lifelites, the Masonic charity that gives Kids with limited life unlimited possibilities through the ...
 

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These are only some of the thousands of donations made by London Masons to local charities.
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