TOUR OF FREEMASONS' HALL

The third event of our new Chairman's year was a private guided tour of the United Grand Lodge of England, currently celebrating the tercentenary of Freemasonry in England.

Our May event took us to The United Grand Lodge of England, the home of Freemasonry, in Great Queen Street on the 22nd May 2017. At this well attended event we were pleased to welcome back not only our redoubtable Hon. Secretary, who not only ensured the event was organised superbly but also ensured everything ran to time, but were also able to welcome some newer members who had not previously attended an event.

After meeting in the library we were given a most educative and entertaining tour by our guide and were privileged to be able to view the current exhibition about The Great War and those masons who gave their lives in this most bloody conflict. In addition there was a fascinating exhibition about the 64 Victoria Crosses awarded to Masons. Given that there were in total 633 awarded during the entire conflict, this tells us that just over 10% were won by Masonic members.

 

The tour of the United Grand Lodge ended in the main meeting hall where, after an energetic Q & A session, all those attending agreed that a valuable insight into modern Freemasonry had been given.

 

Following our visit, we dined locally at the Strada restaurant in our private dining area.

                                             Neil Hitchens

Photos by Neil Hitchens
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