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Masonic band names challenge
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 06:00:00 +0100 -

The United Grand Lodge of England set the challenge on Twitter of recreating Masonic band names and there were some fascinating results

We tried to set the bar with our own picks of Blink 1717 (Blink 182!) and The Three Degrees, but you gave us some of your own brilliant recreations.

Here's a few of our favourites below:

Thanks to everyone who took part!

Freemasons’ Hall given special mention at the 2017 Tylers and Bricklayers Triennial Awards
Tue, 11 Jul 2017 09:44:05 +0100 -

Continuing a tradition of excellent craftsmanship from when Freemasons’ Hall was first built, the new washroom area outside the Grand Temple has received a special mention for the tiling

This recognition was given at the 2017 Tylers and Bricklayers Triennial Awards, which were held at Grocers’ Hall on 6th July.

Run by theWorshipful Company of Tylers & Bricklayers, the awards are held every three years to recognise projects within the area bounded by the M25 motorway that demonstrate all-round excellence in brickwork, roof slates and tiling, and wall and floor tiling.

The renovation to the washroom area at Freemasons’ Hall was completed in late 2016, with large format porcelain tiles and feature walls including stone vanity and credenza tops.

The overall winner in the Tiling category was Tottenham Court Road tube station for its Paolozzi mosaics.

Commemorative stone unveiled to mark Tercentenary
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:01:00 +0100 -

It’s been300 yearssince the well-known story offour London lodgeswho came togetheronSt John’s Day,24thJune 1717 and founded the world’s first Grand Lodge

To commemorate theTercentenary of this date,a commemorative stone has been unveiled outside the Tower Entrance of Freemasons’ Hall.

Three of the four lodges who made this vital contribution to Freemasonry are still active today – Lodge of Antiquity No.2, Royal Somerset House and Inverness Lodge No.IV, and Fortitude and Old Cumberland Lodge No.12. They are referred to as Time Immemorial lodges and have the unique distinctions of being allowed to operate without the requirement of a warrant, and of having a band of dark blue in their lodge officers' collars.

The occasion was marked by a joint meeting at Mansion Housewhere theUnited Grand Lodge of England’sGrand Master, HRHTheDuke of Kent, was proclaimed as the Master of all three lodges.

Next time you walk past Freemasons’ Hall, make sure to cast your eyes over this commemorativestoneand its history of four lodges coming together to found the Premier Grand Lodge.

London Freemasons donate £100,000 to support Grenfell Tower residents
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:40:31 +0100 -

The Metropolitan Masonic Charity has donated100,000 toprovide immediate relief support for people affected by theGrenfell Tower fire on June 14th

Sir Michael Snyder, Leader of London Freemasons, commented: 'This donation is made on behalf of all London Freemasons.

'The Metropolitan Masonic Charity regularly supports many local charities and community initiatives across London and we wish to assist those who have lost their homes as well as all of their possessions.'

New artwork unveiled at Freemasons’ Hall
Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:14:33 +0100 -

A packed house descended on Freemasons’ Hall yesterday, as the Library and Museum of Freemasonryopened its doors for a Private View of ‘Rough to Smooth’ – an exhibition of contemporary artwork inspired by Freemasonry

Visitors were treated to an exhibition of new artworks celebrating Freemasonry and its continued role and relevance in society today. In attendance was Peter Lowndes, Pro Grand Master, Anthony Wilson, President of the Board of General Purposes, and Jacques Viljoen, the United Grand Lodge of England's very first Artist in Residence, who created the exhibition along with nine guest artists.

The ‘Rough to Smooth’ art exhibition will open to the public during this Saturday’s Open Day, which marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Premier Grand Lodge. It will be a day of exhibitions, music and architecture and the chance for visitors to view the new collection of art - many of which are for sale.

Anthony Wilson commented: 'What has struck me, above all else, is the amount of thought and work that has gone into each picture. The artists have demonstrated both an understanding of, and the variety ofresponses to Freemasonry, its values and, in particular, our splendid building.'

The exhibition continues next week from Monday June 26th until Saturday July 1st. Admission is free and Freemasons’ Hall will be open from 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4:30pm.