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ITC 23 Discussing The Future of Freemasonry with David West (part 1)

ITC 23 Discussing The Future of Freemasonry with David West (part 1)

On this episode of In The Chair I talk to David West, author of “Managing the Future of Freemasonry”, as well as books such as “Masonic Recruitment”.

David is a member of St Laurence Lodge 5511 that is in the Province of Essex. researches his books very well and backs up his thoughts in what could be potentially a controversial subject.

We first discuss the first section of “Managing the Future of Freemasonry”. This is a look at the historical events of the last two hundred years; not from the Masonic context, but the overall social and economic climate and how this compares with the membership trends in Freemasonry.

This draws parallels with the Industrial Revolution and our current climate. At first glance they appear different but there are many things in common, and we as Freemasons should learn from the mistakes when Freemasonry almost ceased to exist.

We also discuss how the climate now is also different from the climate that was around at the time when many of the current lodge members joined Freemasonry, such as the decline in social circles and a stable career. These differences must be acknowledged by a lodge that wishes to bring in new members.

One of the major discussion topics is that Freemasonry defines itself by saying what we are not, as opposed to saying when we actually do (and when pressed on that we say we are a charitable organising – which is only part of what we do, and a relatively new addition to Freemasonry!)

Another very important topic is that of religion, and how views of religion in the population at large have dramatically changed over the last few decades; but this doesn’t necessarily mean people aren’t spiritual and wouldn’t fit the criteria required for Freemasonry, but this isn’t obviously reflected in how we attract and interview potential candidates.

And once a new candidate is admitted we need to acknowledge that the manager/staff relationship is different in modern employment; and naturally a candidate will bring these ideas and concepts with them to Freemasonry, which currently as a potentially outdated management structure.

This conversation continues in next week’s podcast 24.

Links from the show

“Managing The Future of Freemasonry” by David West
“Masonic Recruitment” by David West
David’s Website
Lewis Masonic Website
St Laurence Lodge, 5511
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

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ITC 22 This week I talk to Juan Sepulveda who hosts The Winding Stairs Masonic podcast in the USA

ITC 22 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: An American Gentleman and Mason, Juan Sepulveda

On this episode of In The Chair I talk to Juan Sepulveda; not only a fellow Freemason, but also a fellow podcaster.

Juan is a member of Orange Blossom Lodge #80, in Kissimmee, Florida in the United States.

In this episode we discuss why Juan decided to set up The Winding Stairs podcast (see www.thewindingstairs.com, and search for it on iTunes to subscribe). One of the main reasons is to let people find out more about the lessons of Freemasonry. He considers these very important, and thinks that many overlook these lessons in pursuit of learning the ritual and progressing through the ranks.

It’s quite an eye opening discussion, especially when Juan explains that many Masons consider the minimum requirements are sufficient. We take this further by discussing the lessons taught by the Working Tools, and how valuable these lessons are and how they can be applied in your day to day living.

Juan is now setting up a side project (The Gentlemen’s Brotherhood) to attempt to bring some of the lessons of Freemasonry to the wider public; it’s a shame that some people who would benefit from Freemasonry don’t join for various reasons, and this may lead them to join Freemasonry at a later date.

I also ask Juan the ‘quick questions’ – although they are far from quick and Juan really goes into detail and imparts some fantastic thoughts and advice.

Why did he become a Mason?
Why did he stay a Mason?
Does he have a single memory of Freemasonry?
Any advice for people interested in joining Freemasonry?

Links from the show

The Winding Stairs Podcast website
The Winding Stairs on Facebook
The Gentlemen’s Brotherhood website
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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How to build a website for you Lodge: www.masonicpodcast.com/websites
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Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events. Quote "Masonic Podcast" for a 15% discount from his standard rates.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 21 Freemasonry in Turkey with Baris Erman on In The Chair, the podcast for Freemasons

ITC 21 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: Freemasonry in Turkey with Baris Erman

Today’s guest is Baris Erman from Istanbul, who is a member of Musavat Lodge #11, part of the Grand Lodge of Turkey.

Baris contacted me to explain the differences between Freemasonry in England and Turkey, and it was so interesting I had to have him as a guest on In The Chair.

The first thing we discuss is how Entered Apprentices and Fellowcrafts progress through the Craft. In Turkey this is not only a slower process, and members must demonstrate knowledge by writing short essays and attend a minimum number of meetings, and these meetings often involve a lecture and discussion.

And once a Master Mason starts progressing through the Offices it can still take over 20 years to become Worshipful Master, especially as offices are held for two years.

Because Turkey is very multicultural it is standard to have the Torah, Bible and Quran on the Master’s pedestal, as well as any others should a member of a different religion also be in attendance.

In Turkey it is often perceived that Freemasonry is an atheist organisation, which is contrary to how Freemasonry is often perceived in Western countries where it is assumed it is more religious than Craft masonry is.

We also discuss the history of Freemasonry in Turkey. It isn’t a smooth history with many splits and break-ups through-out its history - if you’d like to find out more there’s a link to some articles below. We also cover how the language barriers are overcome in a country so diverse as Turkey.

An interesting thing that surprised me is Royal Arch Chapter never made it to Turkey, though other orders based on the Scottish Rite did.

Also, here is the original email that Baris sent to me, which also contains a wealth of information:

Dear Bro. Robert,

I’m a freemason from Istanbul, Turkey, and an avid listener to your excellent podcast. I try to listen to it weekly when I’m commuting to the university I’m working at. I enjoy learning about freemasonry in other countries, and I just love your show because it’s focused on individuals rather than general knowledge you can easily find online or in books. In this way, I can understand how it “feels” to be a freemason in the UK. As to me, I was initiated 1996, when I was 19 (According to the rules of the Turkish GL, sons of freemasons may be initiated before the age of 21, but they have to remain an EA until they are 21). So, next year will be my 20th year in the craft. I have gone through various offices (master of ceremonies, secretary, expert, and now treasurer), but there is still time for the East.

Of course, coming from different traditions and masonic cultures, there is a lot to compare between our systems. I’m a member of the Musavat Lodge nr. 11 under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Turkey, which is recognized by UGLE. Turkish freemasonry dates back to 1861 (with the founding of the Supreme Council of Turkey), but the first national grand lodge was formed in 1909. In 1965 there was a schism between brothers trying to seek recognition from “regular” grand lodges, and those who wanted to pursue liberal freemasonry: Our grand lodge was formed as a result of this separation, and was recognized by UGLE in 1970.

I find the liberty to provide further details regarding Turkish freemasonry, since you kindly expressed your interest in such information at the latest episode of the masonic podcast. I’d like to apologise if I’m taking too much of your time.

Turkish freemasonry has a number of interesting characteristics:

- Our GL is mostly centralized: Lodge rooms are provided by the GL, and most of the administrative stuff is dealt with by it - Lodges don’t occupy themselves with financial or administrative matters other than the election of lodge officers and the collection of dues.

- Lodge meetings are biweekly, and we have a 3-month hiatus in the summer. On average, there are 19 meetings of a lodge each year.

- Lodge meetings typically consist of either a ceremony, or a conference. Conferences and lectures also happen in tyled lodges, after a ritual opening. Mostly, these meetings are at EA degree. A conference is typically 30 minutes long, and is followed by a discussion.

- Dress code is always business attire.

- After each meeting, there is a dinner with more discussion.

- Passing and raising only occurs after one year of good standing with at least 50% of the meetings (on the present degree) attended. So, an EA may only petition to be passed to FC, if he has been a member of the lodge for one year, and has attended at least 50% of the lodge’s meetings at EA degree.

- Officers are elected for 2-year terms. In order to be eligible, one has to have been a MM of good standing for one year, and have attended at least 50% of the meetings of the lodge during the previous year.

- The ritual is mostly based on the AASR, but is a bit modified. There has been a significant influence of the GL of Scotland during the recognition process as well (i.e. the inclusion of due guard). In addition, the ritual is a bit de-christianized to comply with the understanding of Turkish freemasonry. There are always three VSL on the altar (Torah, Bible, Quran), and additional Books are added, if a brother from a different faith is present. There is NO reference whatsoever to the Saints John, the ladder has been removed from the tressle board (which is a bit far-fetched in my personal opinion)

- The present social climate in Turkey is mostly filled with prejudice against freemasons, especially by the more religiously-inclined muslim population. However, the numbers of freemasons are constantly rising for decades. The actual number lies around 15.000 brothers at our GL.

-As appendant body, there is only the Supreme Council of the AASR. In contrast to England, The SC does accept brethren of all faiths, AND is recognized by the SC of England.

I would be delighted to answer any of your questions regarding Turkish freemasonry, if you are indeed interested.

Fraternally yours,

Baris Erman

Links from the show

The Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons in Turkey website
Article on the history of Freemasonry in Turkey
Article on the history of Freemasonry in Islamic Cultures
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 20 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: Happy New Year 2016

ITC 20 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: Happy New Year 2016

This week’s show is a reflection of 2015, and looking forward to 2016, and how you as a listener can help.

Firstly, we look back over the previous episodes. You can find the show notes (and listen to them) by going to: www.masonicpodcast.com/category/podcast. You can also share your favourite episodes via email and social media by clicking on the buttons that appear on the left hand side of the website.

You can really help promote the show by telling others. Word of mouth is fantastic is, but backing it up with some information is even better!

Please download the digital flyer that you can attach to emails or post on websites or social media: www.masonicpodcast.com/flyer.

Please also print the pdf (each page has four small flyers) and distribute to the Brethren of your Lodge, but also to others who may be interested in finding out more about Freemasonry. You can get the pdf from www.masonicpodcast.com/flyers.

There’s thousands of Freemasons in the UK (and hundreds of thousands around the world) who would benefit from listening to In The Chair, unfortunately they don’t know it exists and the only way for them to know is to be told!

In The Chair will be returning in the New Year. If you have any ideas or suggestions for 2016 please get in contact: robert@masonicpodcast.com.

Genuinely, your help is greatly appreciated and helps support the show. Once again, happy New Year, and see you in 2016.

Links from the show

Previous Podcast Episodes
Colour flyer to attach to emails, social media and websites
Flyers you can print and distribute to yourself
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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How to build a website for you Lodge: www.masonicpodcast.com/websites
100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 19 Christmas comes to In The Chair, the podcast for Freemasons, join us in singing a few carols

ITC 19 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: The Christmas Edition

Today is a break from the norm and we are embracing the Festive season with some Christmas carols recorded at the recent Kennet Lodge annual Christmas Dinner (which raises funds for the widows of past Lodge members).

I’m sure you will agree that the Brethren of Kennet Lodge (and their guests) were on fine form, and I hope you sing-a-long at home!

My thanks to Helen Bone (my wife) and Patricia Barber (my mother-in-law) for leading the “choir”.

In The Chair will be returning in the New Year. If you have any ideas or suggestions for 2016 please get in contact: robert@masonicpodcast.com.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Links from the show


Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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See the full show notes at: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/19
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How to build a website for you Lodge: www.masonicpodcast.com/websites
100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 18 - The Connaught and Provincial Light Blues Clubs - In The Chair, Masonic Podcast

ITC 18 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: The Connaught and Provincial Light Blues Clubs

Today’s guest is Daniel O’Connell, he’s a member of Halsey Lodge 1479 in the Province of Hertfordshire. He then went on to join the Connaught Club, and was then involved in setting up the Fleet House Light Blues Club.

Daniel explains his journey into Freemasonry, and how being a member of the Connaught Club has really added to his enjoyment. He also explains what the Connaught Club is (www.connaughtclub.org), what the criteria for joining is, and what the benefits of membership are.

We look at the benefits of joining a Light Blues club, and why the membership of these clubs is still useful for a Past Master, as well as new Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts or Master Masons.

There are also great benefits to the Province for setting up a Light Blues, and ensuring it is actively promoted and attended. This not only helps with retention, but also for getting members to interact socially and visit each other’s Lodges at different Masonic Centres.

Because these clubs are designed for junior members (in both age and masonic career) many have young families and job commitments that older members don’t, so things like location, day and start time are all taken into account to allow for them.

Of course, with both the Connaught Club and Light Blues members cannot remain members once they no longer fit the membership criteria, either through age or Provincial recognition.

I also ask Dan the “quick questions”:

Why did he become a Mason?
Why did he stay a Mason?
Does Dan have a single memory of Freemasonry?
Any advice for people interested in joining Freemasonry?
Advice for Master Masons

You can also read an excerpt of the email from Roy who was inspired to join Freemasonry following listen to In The Chair podcast: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/in-the-chair-brings-new-members-into-freemasonry

Links from the show

Connaught Club Website
Connaught Club on Twitter
Fleet House Light Blues Club Website
Halsey Lodge, 1479 Website
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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See the full show notes at: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/18
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Contact In The Chair by email: robert@masonicpodcast.com

How to build a website for you Lodge: www.masonicpodcast.com/websites
100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 17 - Freemasonry 101 with Reuben Ayres - In The Chair Masonic Podcast:

ITC 17 In The Chair Masonic Podcast: Freemasonry 101 with Reuben Ayres

Today’s guest is Reuben Ayres, Provincial Grand Orator for the Province of Devonshire, and member of St George Lodge that meets in Exeter. Reuben presents a variety of lectures to his Brethren in Devon, but today we talk about the basics of Freemasonry.

We start of discussing how it can be hard to define Freemasonry as it means different things to difference people.

We find out about Freemasonry before the forming of the Premier Grand Lodge in 1717, but why it’s hard to find out for sure the origins of Freemasonry and the various theories that have been put forward.

We then see how the Premier Grand Lodge had different factions that had slightly different form of ritual (the Antients and the Moderns), and how they then re-united to create the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813. Therefore, the tercentenary celebrates 300 years of a Grand Lodge, not of UGLE!

One of the main things we learn is that when looking at the history of Freemasonry, we must also look at history as a whole, and how events have impacted Freemasonry. Not only that, are we at a turning point in Freemasonry, an era that future historians will look back on.

Learn how Freemasonry in the UK spread across the four quarters of the globe through the rise of the British Empire, and how it left those roots and connections as the Empire receded.

I also ask Reuben the “quick questions”:

Why did he become a Mason?
Why did he stay a Mason?
Does Reuben have a single memory of Freemasonry?
Any advice for people interested in joining Freemasonry?
Advice for Master Masons

Links from the show

Provincial Grand Orator in Devonshire Page
Reuben’s Provincial Grand Orator Twitter Feed
Reuben’s Provincial Grand Orator Facebook Page
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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See the full show notes at: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/17
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Contact In The Chair by email: robert@masonicpodcast.com

How to build a website for you Lodge: www.masonicpodcast.com/websites
100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

If you would like to advertise on In The Chair please contact robert@masonicpodcast.com.

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ITC016 Setting up a Lodge Website - In The Chair talks to Nigel Harris-Cooksley

ITC 16 In The Chair Masonic Podcast talks about setting up Lodge websites with Nigel Harris-Cooksley

Today’s guest is Nigel Harris-Cooksley, Secretary of North Harrow (6557) in the Province of Middlesex. This is the second time Nigel has been on, he was first on In The Chair 12 talking about using websites and social media to attract candidates, and his efforts generated a total of 60 new candidates during a five year period. You can listen to that show at www.masonicpodcast.com/12.

That podcast has been one of the most listened to and generated many questions from others who want to set up a Lodge website, or improve the one they already have.

Please note, these show notes cover an overview of the episode, but I have put together a more detailed guide for setting up a Lodge website: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/websites.

Nigel puts the success of attracting new members down to his Lodge’s website: www.northharrowlodge.org. Before working on social media and gaining traffic (which we’ll talking about in a future podcast) you need to have a good website. The website is a central hub where you will be directing traffic, and it is the ‘shop front’ to your Lodge.

We discuss the importance of picking a domain name. Should it be a domain name that follows a standard format, or something that is more descriptive? Or both!

Both Nigel and I purchased domains and hosting from different companies (I use www.123.reg.co.uk) but there are others available. We also discuss what you need to ensure you hosting package contains, but generally agree that WordPress is the way to go for building your Lodge’s website.

WordPress lets to change the way your website looks, and enables you to install “plug-ins” to give your website functionality. Because this can be in depth more instructions can be found at the accompanying resource page www.masonicpodcast.com/websites.

WordPress also allows you to easy manage the content on your website. It’s important this content is relevant to the end user, and also to search engines such as Google. We talk about using keywords the user will likely use, where to place them on the website – this is known as Search Engine Optimisation (SEO).

The conclusion we reach is the website needs to be geared to the lay-person who may be interested in finding out more about Freemasonry and seeking answers to questions. We discuss what these questions are, and why it is important to face these questions head on and provide the answer they are seeking. (A hint: the biggest questions involves money!)

We also discuss how using plug-ins can help with SEO, and also plug-ins can track your visitors, and how you can use this data to continually improve the website.

Should you have a blog, news feed or calendar? Yes. And no. There are reasons for and against adding these to your website.

Remember, just having a website does not guarantee success – it must be opitmised. It also takes time for changes to show tangible results.

If you have questions about setting up websites, or questions for Nigel about using social media for a future podcast please comment or email robert@masonicpodcast.com.

Links from the show

Lodge Website Resources Page
North Harrow Lodge’s Twitter: twitter.com/harrowfreemason
North Harrow Lodge, 6557 Website
In The Chair Podcast’s Twitter: twitter.com/masonicpodcast
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
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See the full show notes at: www.masonicpodcast.com/16
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100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 15: Martin Strong talks about the parallels of Scouting and Freemasonry

ITC 15 In The Chair Masonic Podcast talks to Martin Strong about the parallels of Scouting and Freemasonry

Today I speak with Martin Strong about the parallels of Scouting and Freemasonry, and discuss how the two organisation are separate though have many similarities in ethos.

Martin got involved in Scouting because of his son and went on to become a Leader. He joined Freemasonry (Caversham Lodge 3831 in Oxfordshire Province) through his father and discovered the two institutions have a lot in common. He later became one of the founding members of Be Prepared Lodge 9845, a Lodge for Freemasons with a scouting connection.

We discuss that contrary to popular belief Robert Baden-Powell was not a Freemason, however, his good friend Rudyard Kipling was; and how he may have influenced Baden-Powell through his story ‘The Jungle Book’!

We also discuss the lessons that Freemasonry could learn from the Scout Association.

Even if you weren’t in the Scouts as a child you’ll find this candid discussion with Martin very interesting.

If you have questions about Scouting and Freemasonry, or suggestions for future show subjects please let me know: robert@masonicpodcast.com.

Links from the show

Be Prepared Lodge, 9845 Website
Scout Association of the UK Website
Caversham Lodge, 3831 Website
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
United Grand Lodge of England
Toastmaster Martin Strong Website
Magician Robert Bone website

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Masonic books available on Amazon

See the full show notes at: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/15
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Contact In The Chair by email: robert@masonicpodcast.com

100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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ITC 14 In The Chair Masonic Podcast talks Chris Butlin about his Masonic Journey and Paul Watson about the Tercentenary Celebrations

ITC 14 In The Chair Masonic Podcast talks Chris Butlin about his Masonic Journey and Paul Watson about the Tercentenary Celebrations

Today we have two guests, the first is Chris Butlin on his experience of his Initiation into Freemasonry, and the second with Paul Watson who is chairing a committee to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England

Chris joined Kennet Lodge, you can find out more about Kennet Lodge at www.kennet4414.org.uk.

Paul Watson is also a member of Kennet Lodge and by coincidence is also chairing a committee to help celebrate the upcoming tercentenary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England (www.ugle.org.uk) in 2017.

This start with many inter-Provincial events that start in 2016. So far thirty events are planned to build up and help raise awareness of Freemasonry. Some of these are under wraps, but there will be a whole day at Windsor Racecourse in 2017, including a concert in the evening with an A-list celebrity. More details to be released so watch this space!

The main drive is to raise awareness of Freemasonry in the public, and use social media to help promote these events.

If you are involved in any tercentenary celebrations in your Lodge or Province please let me know: robert@masonicpodcast.com.

Links from the show

Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge) Website
United Grand Lodge of England
Province of Berkshire
Province of Buckinghamshire
Province of Oxfordshire
Province of Hertfordshire
Province of Middlesex

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Masonic books available on Amazon

See the full show notes at: http://www.masonicpodcast.com/14
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Contact In The Chair by email: robert@masonicpodcast.com

100 Days to Learn Masonic Ritual: www.masonicpodcast.com/100days
Useful resources for Masons: www.masonicpodcast.com/resources

Robert is a professional magician and can be booked for ladies nights, Christmas parties, weddings and corporate events.

In The Chair is an independent production by Robert Bone.

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