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Birmingham’s Hidden Spaces: Victorian Masonic Hall shines out of Mailbox’s shadow – Birmingham Post

Birmingham's Hidden Spaces

The Severn Street Masonic Hall is a modest Victorian building, which sits in the shadow of its relatively new neighbour The Mailbox. The building, often overlooked by passers-by today, was constructed over 150 years before The Mailbox even existed, in a damp, slum area of the city known as the Froggery that was rife with crime and squalour. The Grade II listed building is the oldest Masonic meeting place in Birmingham and houses a surprising array of Masonic artefacts and regalia dating back over 200 years. It was originally built in 1809 as a synagogue for Birmingham’s Jewish community and ... Read More »

Stokenchurch Freemasons clean the graves of local fallen heroes (From Bucks Free Press)

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Stokenchurch Freemasons have paid tribute to the village’s war dead by cleaning up military graves, 100 years after the First World War began. The group polished the headstones of seven men and two women who lost their lives in WWI and WWII in St Peter and St Paul churchyard. This poignant mark of respect for the village’s fallen heroes is particularly significant in the centenary year. John Colling, 73, of Stokenchurch Lodge says: “Freemasonry is all about friendship, integrity and charity, so we couldn’t think of a better way of putting those principles into practice by sprucing up the military ... Read More »

CHRISTMAS: Milton Keynes Freemasons give 95-year-old woman an early present

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Milton Keynes Freemasons handed over an early Christmas present to a sprightly pensioner. John Petrie of Roman Way Lodge played Santa for Blanche Bailey, 95, at the Carpenter Court Care home in Neath Hill. She was one of around 60 guests from the centre and two other sheltered housing complexes at Sudgrove House, Downs Barn, and Magdalen House, Stony Stratford, treated to a festive lunch by the freemasons. Mrs Bailey received a traditional hamper for being the most senior citizen at the event. Mr Petrie, 71, of Holy Thorn Lane, Shenley Church End, MK, is the chairman of Roman Way Lodge. ... Read More »

Stokenchurch Freemasons clean up military graves in St Peter and St Paul churchyard

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Stokenchurch Freemasons have paid tribute to the village’s war dead by cleaning up military graves, 100 years after the First World War ended. The group polished the headstones of seven men and two women who lost their lives in WWI and WWII in St Peter and St Paul churchyard. This poignant mark of respect for the village’s fallen heroes is particularly significant in the centenary year. John Colling, 73, of Stokenchurch Lodge says: “Freemasonry is all about friendship, integrity and charity, so we couldn’t think of a better way of putting those principles into practice by sprucing up the military ... Read More »

Freemasons ’ goal is to make good men better

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Freemasonry is said to be the world’s oldest and largest society of men. It is a fraternity long-shrouded in mystery, whose tentacles are said to extend into the highest echelons of power. Conspiracy theories have abounded about its supposed global influence. It is said that some of the most high profile US President were Freemasons, including George Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman. ‘The Liberator’ Daniel O’Connell was a Freemason until he resigned following a condemnation of Freemasonry by Pope Leo XII. Dan Brown – best known for the Da Vinci Code and shining a spotlight on groups such as ... Read More »