W.Bro Will Kane was Installed as the new Master of Tudor Lodge on Wednesday 8th January 2020. The Officer line to the Chair is all Light Blue and the Lodge looks forward to a bright future supported by all the Officers of the year.

UGLE Annual Report

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has launched its first annual report, in its 300 year history, marking another major step forward in its commitment to modernisation, transparency and normalization.

Dr David Staples, chief executive of the UGLE, said: “Our first ever annual report is a major step ahead for the organisation in terms of the transparency and normalisation of Freemasonry, we want to tell the public who we are and what we do.

This year, we have raised more than £42m for charity and given more than 18.5 million hours of our time in unpaid social and civic volunteering.
I am enormously proud to serve an organisation with such a story to tell.”

The annual report includes reports, which sits alongside the UGLE’s four key values of integrity, respect, friendship and charity. In addition, a recent study found that 75% of Freemasons take part in civic or charitable activities, compared to only 31% of non-Freemasons, in a matched geodemographic profile.

“All the effort and transparency has brought surprising results. Recent research showed that one in four people would consider joining Freemasonry today. The change is significant, because in 2018, the result of the same survey was one in ten,” explained Dr Staples.

Read the Annual Report here…

Article in the London Post (click here for full article)

Having donated £1million between April and July to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, Freemasons are now focusing on protecting the homeless, with a new series of donations across England and Wales. 

The homeless crisis has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, with many people losing their jobs and finding themselves either living on the streets or in unsuitable living conditions. In 2019 Shelter estimated that 280,000 people were homeless in England whilst the Greater London Authority reported 4,227 people sleeping rough in London between April and June, of which 2,680 were sleeping on the streets for the first time. 

The funds raised will help provide safe living conditions, healthcare, meals, and employment opportunities for the homeless; as well as helping protect them from the winter weather, which kills hundreds of homeless people every year. In addition, Freemasons will be volunteering their time at 26 homeless support organisations.

The United Grand Lodge of England has recently launched a new press section on the UGLE website to highlight masonic coverage.

This section will be constantly updated to showcase all the nationwide coverage including highlighting the fantastic work of Freemasons helping their communities across the country.

Click here to go to the Press Page

Board considers lowering the age of Initiation to 18 years old

Following a presentation by  RW Bro. Michael Ward, a Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master, at the last Quarterly Communications on the the origins and work of the Membership Working Party, a recommendation was made to lower the age of Initiation from 21 to 18 years of age.

Read the full statement here

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