Non-Masonic Giving Survey 2014

Non-Masonic Giving Survey 2014

October 2014

Would you like to have your say about which causes, charities and research the Central Masonic Charities should support the generous donations of Freemasons and their families? Simply visit to complete a survey which will help shape the future of Masonic giving.

The Central Masonic Charities have a proud history of awarding grants to the non-masonic community with over £4 million awarded each year to many worthwhile causes. Over recent years, our grants have provided vital support to rescue services, disaster relief in the UK and abroad, medical research, hospices and charities that help disadvantaged young people and the elderly.

As supporter of the Central Masonic Charities, your views about the causes we should support in the years ahead are very important to us. We therefore invite you to visit: and complete the short survey about the causes, charities and research that really matter to you.

The survey consists of only 10 questions and will take just a few minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for sharing your views with the charities.

Spinal Research’s pioneering study

Spinal Research’s pioneering study to treat spinal cord injury launched with nearly £42K donation from Freemasons

February 2015

Every year, over 1,000 people in the UK and Ireland are paralysed following an injury to their spinal cord.The Masonic Samaritan Fund and The Freemasons’ Grand Charity have together donated £41,977 to Spinal Research, a charity dedicated to developing reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck.

Dr Mark Bacon, executive and scientific director of Spinal Research, said: “We are delighted that the Freemasons are supporting the development of new treatments with their generous donation.”

Spinal cord injury usually results in irreversible paralysis because the vital neural communication link between thebrain and the body, consisting of millions of nerve fibres that control movement and sensation, is lost, the charity explained. While broken vertebrae can heal, the spinal cord can only achieve limited spontaneous recovery.

Professors Roger Keynes and James Fawcett, from the Departments of Neuroscience at Cambridge University, have identified a yet untested protein that may be responsible for blocking neuron regrowth. If they can find a way to stop this protein from working, then it may lead to a treatment that enables the spinal cords of paralysed patients to be repaired.

Eric Stuart-Bamford, Provincial Grand Master for Surrey, said: “I am so pleased that two of our Masonic charities are helping to fund this incredibly important research. The professors believe that the protein they have identified may play an instrumental role in neuron growth inhibition. If they are correct, and they can harness this knowledge, then there may finally be a treatment for this currently untreatable condition.”

Find out more about Spinal Research at: or subscribe to the MSF e-news for regular updates about non-masonic grants straight to your inbox by clicking here.

Hampshire charity boosted by £100,000 Freemasons’ donation

Hampshire charity boosted by £100,000 Freemasons’ donation

February 2015

A HAMPSHIRE charity’s drive to stamp out deadly brain tumours has been boosted by grants totalling £100,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

Farnborough-based, The Brain Tumour Charity welcomed Michael Wilks, Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, to present the donations.

The grants from the Freemasons will help to fund a groundbreaking research project investigating more effective treatments for highly-aggressive tumours, including the use of cancer-killing viruses to attack tumour cells in the brain.

During their visit to Farnborough, Mr Wilks and his wife Kay heard about the The Brain Tumour Charity’s work driving forward research as well as supporting affected patients and families.

They also learned about the Charity’s HeadSmart campaign to reduce the average time between first symptoms and brain tumour diagnosis in children in the UK.

Mr Wilks said: “Part of our self-development as Freemasons is helping others. We have been funding projects at the cutting edge of medical research for many years so we are delighted to be able to contribute to this project through the donations from The Freemasons Grand Charity and Masonic Samaritan Fund to The Brain Tumour Charity.”

Sarah Lindsell, Chief Executive of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “We are immensely grateful to the Freemasons for their generosity.Research is the only way we will beat brain tumours and this donation will make a significant difference, helping to bring hope to patients and their families facing this devastating disease.”

Find out more about The Brain Tumour Charity at: or subscribe to the MSF e-news for regular updates about non-masonic grants straight to your inbox by clicking here.

Emulation Lodge of Improvement Annual Festival 2015

Emulation Lodge of Improvement Annual Festival 2015

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Emulation Lodge of Improvement will hold its Annual Festival at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen St, London on Friday 27th February 2015 at 5.00pm

There will be a demonstration of four Sections of the Lectures under the watchful eye of VW Bro Graham Redman PGSwdB, DepGSec. The sections to be demonstrated are as follows:

• Section 3 of the 3rd Lecture
• Section 4 of the 1st Lecture
• Section 6 of the 1st Lecture
• Section 7 of the 1st Lecture

This year the Provincial Grand Master for West Kent, RW Bro Jonathan Winpenny is to preside and it’s expected that he will be joined by several very senior brethren from London and the Provinces.

Ticket costs are £39.50 for Temple and Dining and £7.50 for Temple Only with Dinner served at the Grand Connaught Rooms.

This event is open to all Master Masons and Past Masters regardless of Rank or ritual background.

Should you wish to attend what has become a highlight of the masonic calender please download your application for tickets (here) and return along with a cheque made payable to Emulation Lodge of Improvement, to Scott Cargill at the Windmill Road address as shown below:

Good luck have a great night

Hale and Pace : Masonic initiation

Hale and Pace : Masonic initiation

Carl H. Claudy

Carl H. Claudy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Carl Harry Claudy (1879–1957) was an American magazine writer, a journalist for the New York Herald and author of a number of books relating to photography and to aviation, including First Book of Photography: A Primer of Theory and Prize Winners’ Book of Model Airplanes. During the early 1900s, Claudy photographed many important aeronautical events such as Alexander Graham Bell’s tetrahedral kite experiments and the Wright Flyer Army Trials at Fort Meyer, Virginia.[1] Claudy wrote many science fiction stories for The American Boy magazine during the early 1930s. Four novelization books were printed from some of those stories. From 1939-1941, he wrote for DC Comics. He was also a Masonic leader, speaker, playwright, and essayist. He wrote several handbooks for Masons.[2][3]



Science fiction

  • The Mystery Men of Mars
  • A Thousand Years a Minute
  • The Land of No Shadow
  • The Blue Grotto Terror


  • Pocket Masonic Dictionary
  • Foreign Countries
  • Old Tiler Talks
  • The Old Past Master
  • A Master’s Wages
  • These Were Brethren
  • Where Your Treasure Is
  • The Lion’s Paw
  • Masonic Harvest
  • Introduction to Freemasonry—Vol. I Entered Apprentice
  • Introduction to Freemasonry—Vol. II Fellowcraft
  • Introduction to Freemasonry—Vol. III Master Mason
  • The Master’s Book



  • “CLAUDY, CARL H”. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  • Nichols; Clute. “CLAUDY, CARL H”. The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. Retrieved 4 December 2011.


  1. “Carl H. Claudy, Father of the Short Talk”. A page about Freemasonry (Gary L. Dryfoos). The Masonic Service Organization. Retrieved 4 December 2011.

External links

You can download some of Claudy’s work from our download site

Freemasonry and the Holocaust

Freemasonry and the Holocaust

By: Bro. Shawn M. Gorley

                                                                                              Inverted Red Triangle Worn By Imprisoned Freemasons

      Inverted Red Triangle –   Worn By Imprisoned Freemasons

An excellent article well worth reading.

it starts with

          We’ve all learned in history classes about World War II and how people of the Jewish faith were rounded up, imprisoned, and brutally tortured and killed by the Nazis, but what most people don’t know is that the Freemasons were among those rounded up and systematically murdered by the Nazi war machine.

During the Holocaust between ten and eleven million people were murdered by the Nazi’s, Jews accounted for approximately 5.7 million and the rest were non-Jews.  Among the non-Jews were certain types of people such as Gypsies, Soviets, Polish Citizens, Jehovah’s witnesses and other political and religious opponents which included Freemasons.  Nazi ideology believed that the “high degree” Masons were willing members of the Jewish conspiracy, and many of the Nazi’s believed Freemasonry was one of the causes of Germany losing the first World War.”

Hitler strongly believed that the Jews and Freemasons in tandem controlled the press, which is evident from his book Mein Kampf,


The links above will take you to the full article published on the


World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History:

World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History:
Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society
The Bibliothèque Nationale- Paris, France
May 29-30, 2015
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World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry & History:

Research in Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society
The Bibliothèque Nationale- Paris, France
May 29-30, 2015

Pre Conference: Wednesday, Thursday – May 27 – 28, 2015

Committee on the Francken Documents: All Day Sessions at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet

A workshop organized by invitation, to view and analyze developments with the Francken Manuscripts and other eighteenth century original documents, will be held at the Museum of Freemasonry, rue Cadet, directly preceding the conference.The workshop will present and discuss a special exhibit of materials not previously on public display. Click here for more information and to reserve a spot… 

4:00 PM Thursday 4pm- Viewing and reception for the Francken Documents at the Museum of Freemasonry (

*Thursday 8:30 PM The French premiere of “Golem”, Théâtre des Abbesses, tickets available here. See the discussion, Grand Lodge of British Columbia and the Yukon at

*All Day Attraction, Early arrivals might consider the several hundred antiquarian bookshops and the unusual flea markets with various manuscripts and books. The Seine-side booksellers with their familiar green metal display cases will be open in force.


Day One: Friday- May 29, 2015- Taking Stock

9:00AM Coffee in the Foyer

9:30 – 10:00 AM Welcome– Grand Auditorium

Guillermo De los Reyes, (Conference Chair), Jean-Loup Graton, (Bibliothèque Nationale), Pierre Mollier, (Editor- Ritual, Secrecy, and Civil Society)

10:00 – 10:45 AM Keynote Address– Grand Auditorium

Margaret C. Jacob, Distinguished Professor of History, University California of Los Angeles- Civil Society in an Uncivil Age: An Agenda for Freemasonry, Past and Present

Introduced by: Paul J. Rich, President, Policy Studies Organization


10:45 – 11:30 AM Special Instrumental Presentation-

Special session chaired by: Charles Bonaparte


400 Years of Masonic Music- Special Instrumental Presentation

Mozart actually wrote for a unique instrument called the basset horn, absent from recitals of Masonic music for 200 years. Music historian, Gille Thorne, has restored the proper place of the basset and will share his adventures.

11:30-11:45 AM Coffee in the Foyer

11:45AM – 1:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions

Salon One: Unresolved Historical Inquiries


John Belton and Count Alessandro Cagliostro, Problems in Masonic Bibliography

Samuel Biagetti, Freemasonry – The Missing Link Between Jacobitism and the American Revolution?


Zhenya Gershman, Rembrandt’s Secret


Jeffrey Kantor, In the Footsteps of Freemasonry in the Holy Land King Solomon, the First Jewish Temple in Jerusalem and Masonic Sites in the Holy Land


Salon Two: French Resources on Fraternalism


Panel Session

Sylvie Bourel, François Rognon, Francis Delon, Françoise Moreillon, Pierre Mollier- Masonic Archives in France  (presented in French with translation)

Salon Three: Issues of Gender and Universalism


Aimee E. Newell, American Female Makers of Masonic and Fraternal Regalia


Ineke Huysman, L’Ordre de l’Union de la Joye- A Women’s Order in the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age


Joachim Berger, ‘Universal freemasonry’ and Transnational Masonic Movements (c. 1870–1930)


László Vári, The Curious Case of Helene Hadik-Barkóczy with the Freemasons


1:00 – 2:15 PM Break for Lunch 

Screening of the BBC’s Inspector Morse, Masonic Mysteries, Season 4, Episode 4 (


2:15 – 3:00 PM Plenary Address

Chair: Guillermo De Los Reyes

John Cooper, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of California, Past President of the North American Conference of Grand Masters- Into the Maelstrom: The Issue of Masonic Regularity, Past and Present


Commentator: Alain Bauer

3:00 – 3:30 PM TBA

3:30 – 3:45 PM Coffee in the Foyer

3:45- 5:15 PM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One: Material Evidence of the Ethereal


François Gruson, The Masonic Temple Between Universal Model and Cultural Tropisms


Dominique Sappia and Herve Hoint-Lecoq, Jewels, Ornaments, Lights and Furnitures, a Historical and Statistical Study Through Time and Countries : Appearance of the Movable and Immovable Jewels (1696-1801)


Hilary Anderson Stelling, Commanding Elegance: The Decoration and Furnishing of Masonic Lodges in New England, 1790-1830


Salon Two: Ancient Ideas in the New World

J. Scott Kenney, Contemporary Canadian Freemasonry: Social Dynamics and Possible Futures


Adam Kendall, Pilgrimage and Procession: The 1883 Knights Templar Triennial Conclave and the Dream of the American West


Olga Romero Mestas, Freemasonry, Secret Societies and Civil Society in Cuban Independence


Oscar Alleyne, A Contemporary Look at the Various Forms of Freemasonry among African-Americans in the United States


Salon Three: In Far Places


Emanuela Locci, The Impact of European Freemasonry on Turkish Civil Society


Demetrius Xoccato, A Masonic pretender to the Hungarian throne: François Claude Auguste de Crouy-Chanel


Martin Javor, Orpheus, Mährische Magazin and Prager Gelehrte Nachrichten – Masonry Magazines in Central Europe in the 18th Century


Lori Lee Oates, Edward BulwerLytton and the Globalization of Fringe Masonic Philosophies in the Nineteenth Century


End Day One


*7:30 PM The Magic Flute, performed by the Paris Opera- Tickets with English notes available here

Day Two: Saturday- May 30, 2015- Setting Agendas

9:00 AM Coffee in Foyer


9:30 – 10:15 AM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One:

Jean-Michel Mathonière, Compagnonnage: Knowledge and Symbols of Knowledge Among Stone Cutters at the End of the Ancien Régime


Salon Two: Lodge Quatour Coronati– Panel Session

Brent Morris, Gordon Davie, Yasha Beresiner, and John Belton- Masonic Research by Mason and Non-Masons: Can Ever the Twain Meet?

Salon Three:TBA


10:15 – 11: 15 AM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One: Roots and Branches

The Masonic Collections of the The Bibliothèque Nationale


Joi Grieg, The Mystic Tie- Inclusionary and Exclusionary Language Usage in North America


Yasha Beresiner, Medieval Guilds of the City of London and their Later Influence on Freemasonry


Piroska Balogh, The Constitution and Operation of the Draskovics Observance


Salon Two: Fraternalism Midst Hostility and Challenge


Chair and Commentator: Guillermo Izabal, Royal Arch No. 2


Neil Wynes Morse, Some Masonic Activities in the Australian Military During WWI

David H. Lewis, Freemasonry Under the Nazis


Adam Kendall, Writing History with Lightning: American Nativism, the Ku Klux Klan & the Fraternal Press in the 1920s


Aslak Postad, Anti-masonic trends in Norway 1869 – 2015

Salon Three: Origins of Fraternal Wisdom


Josef Wäges and Reinhard Markner, The Secret School of Wisdom: The Authentic Rituals and Doctrines of the Illuminati


Philip Carter, That Which Was Lost- The Third Pillar


Karen Kidd, Evolution of Co-Masonic Blue Lodge Ritual


Commentator: Goncalo Amaral


11:15 AM – 1:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions 


Salon One: TBA

Salon Two: Brothers Abroad

Naama Klar, Freemasonry and the Roots of Liberal International Trade: The Enlightenment and the Transatlantic Network in the 18th Century


Brian Rountree, Prairie Charity: Masonic Benevolence in late Nineteenth Century Manitoba


László Vári, Ferenc Pulszky’s Masonic Periods


Ralf Bernd Herden, The Grand-Duchy of Baden 1780-1820: State, Politics and Masonry

Salon Three: 

Philip Ice, Wallace Boston, Karan Powell, Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval, Paul Rich, Margaret Jacob and Count Alessandro Cagliostro- Taking the Conference to the World: Our Work and Teaching, Publishing, and Surviving the Internet Revolution: New Realities for Fraternal Studies


1:00 – 2:30 PM Break for Lunch Screening, the 1943 Nazi anti-Masonic movie, Forces Occultes (Hidden Froces), original uncut version, with English subtitles (


2:30 – 4:00 PM Salon Breakout Sessions


Salon One: Evolution of the Fraternal Metaphors


Rex Kallembach, Chair and Commentator

John Acaster, The Voyage from Corruption to Harmony: Fresh Insights Into the Inspiration of Noah and ‘the primitive’ Within Freemasonry


Klaus-Jürgen Grün, Development of Humanitarian Freemasonry since Anderson’s Constitutions


Giulia Delogu, Reshaping Virtue: the Case of Eighteenth-Century French and Italian Masonic Poetry


Andreas Önnerfors, Unveiling the Copiale-manuscript: layers of fraternalism, ritual and politics in eighteenth century Germany


Salon Two: The Bordeaux Vintage


Panel Session

Roger Dachez, Louis Trébuchet, Jacques Simon, Pierre Mollier, The French Sources of the”Scottish” Degrees 

Salon Three: Masonic Biography


Luis-Jose Meja, Chair and Commentator


Simon Mayers, Dudley Wright: His Early ‘Truth-Seeking’ Years (1906-1916)

Casey D. Stanislaw, Santa Anna, the Mason

Maria Danova, The Master’s Mask: Richard Wagner & Freemasonry

4:00 PM Closing Plenary Session


Brent Morris, Emperors, Princes, and the Francken Mysteries: What Paris Has Revealed- Report on the Conference Special Committee on the Francken Documents


End Day Two


6:00 PM Farewell Reception at the Museum of Freemasonry


Informal Closing Dinner- Contact John Belton if interested (


7:30 PM Les Enfants du Paradis (Ballet l’Opera de national de Paris) exploring illusion and reality in the provocative production by Jose Martinez

8:30 PM Music Festival, the famous music festival in the quarter Saint Germain will be at its height on Saturday evening:


Sunday- May 31, 2015


~~Informal walking tour of local Masonic sites and architecture led by François Gruson (details forthcoming)~~

A Sunday brunch will be hosted by Professors Guillermo de los Reyes and Paul Rich, for discussion and suggestions about the May 2017 World Conference on Fraternalism, Freemasonry, and History.  Contact Whitney Shepard if interested.

A self-guided tour of locations and curiosities from Dan Bown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code is easily put together using the site

The Catacombs extend for more than 150 miles under Paris with much of fraternal and ritualistic interest. For the museum and tours see:

Fortuitously, an antiquarian book and manuscript flea market, Le Marche du Livre Ancien, convenes Sundays at the Parc Georges Brassens, rue Brancion, 15th arr, Porte de Vanves metro, 9-6 pm. The adjacent park include interesting sculpture, a marionette theatre and a beekeeping school.

The Fraternalism Bookends: December 4-5, 2015 there will be a parallel international fraternalism/masonic conference in Washington DC held by the German Historical Institute at the Blair Mansion, 1607 New Hampshire Avenue. The conference is a block from Policy Studies Organization headquarters located at the historic Garfield House, 1527 New Hampshire Ave. Reception/ exhibit at Garfield House for those attending. Submissions by March 15. Follow this link for more information: The intention is that Paris and Washington in tandem will provide a permanent venue for scholarship and research exchanges on fraternalism and freemasonry. Washington D.C.- December 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020. Paris – May 2015, 2017, 2019, 2021.

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£42,000 towards medical research into spinal cord injury

Donation funds spinal cord research

Two fundraising groups have donated a combined total of almost £42,000 towards medical research into spinal cord injury.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund have together donated £41,977 to charity Spinal Research.

Dr Mark Bacon, executive and scientific director of Spinal Research, said: “We are delighted that the Freemasons are supporting the development of new treatments with their generous donation.”