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Quarterly Communication Speeches

Below is the list of speeches made at Quarterly Communications and Annual Investitures of Grand Lodge during the last five years - the full text for each is available on Freemasonry Today, as are speeches from before this period.

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - September 2017

    13 September 2017

    Quarterly Communication13 September 2017 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, before I welcome our overseas guests, may I first welcome our new Chief Executive Officer, David Staples, currently masquerading as a Deputy GDC but who, all being well, will become Grand Secretary in due course.Brethren, welcome[…]

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  • Presentation on the Improvement Delivery Group

    13 September 2017

    Quarterly Communication13 September 2017 A presentation by RW Bro Bro Sir David Wootton, Assistant Grand MasterPro Grand Master and brethren, we all have our own view of what we see in masonry. For me, it’s five things:We’re all volunteers: none of us have to be masons or do what we[…]

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  • OSM citation for W Bro Professor Aubrey Norris Newman, PJGD

    13 September 2017

    Quarterly Communication13 September 2017 Order of Service to Masonry citation for W Bro Professor Aubrey Norris Newman, PJGDBro Aubrey Newman was made a mason in December 1967, just after his 40th birthday, in John of Gaunt Lodge No. 523, in Leicester, serving as its Master in 1981 (and again in 2000,[…]

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  • OSM citation for W Bro Edward Arnold Ford, PJGD

    13 September 2017

    Quarterly Communication13 September 2017 Order of Service to Masonry citation for W Bro Edward Arnold Ford, PJGDBro Eddie Ford was made a Mason in December 1978, at the age of 36, in Andresey Lodge No. 6408, in Burton-on-Trent in the Province of Staffordshire, serving as its Master in 1988 (and[…]

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  • 1717 – Formation and Foundation: John Hamill on 300 years of Freemasonry

    14 June 2017

    Quarterly Communication14 June 2017 An address by VW Bro John Hamill, PGSwdB, Deputy Grand ChancellorMW Pro Grand Master and brethren, at a dinner party last year the conversation turned to the idea of time travel and, were it to become possible, which period we would like to go back to. I[…]

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  • Masonic Charitable Foundation: An address by VW Bro His Honour Judge Richard Hone, President, and David Innes, Chief Executive

    14 December 2016

    Quarterly Communication14 December 2016 An address by VW Bro His Honour Judge Richard Hone, President, and David Innes, Chief ExecutiveRichard Hone: Pro Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and brethren, I am delighted to address Grand Lodge for the first time, as President of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and I am very proud[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - December 2016

    14 December 2016

    Quarterly Communication14 December 2016 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, our December meeting is always one of the best attended and I am really encouraged to see so many of you here today. In particular well done to Lincolnshire with over 100 members travelling here; 40[…]

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  • From Concept to Reality: Creating an Exhibition about Three Centuries of English Freemasonry

    14 September 2016

    QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION14 September 2016 An address by Diane Clements and Stephen Greenberg: 'From Concept to Reality: Creating an Exhibition about Three Centuries of English Freemasonry'Diane Clements: As you may have read in the paper of business, the Library and Museum team has spent much of the last couple of years developing[…]

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  • Deputy Grand Master's address - September 2016

    14 September 2016

    Quarterly Communication14 September 2016 An address by the RW Deputy Grand Master Jonathan SpenceBrethren, I am delighted to see so many of you here today and I hope you have all had a suitably refreshing summer. I am particularly pleased to see a large number of younger masons amongst us, especially[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - June 2016

    8 June 2016

    Quarterly Communication8 June 2016 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, those of you with keen eyesight will have noticed that I am wearing a new breast jewel. It is based on the Arms of the Grand Lodge and has been approved by the Grand Master as[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - December 2015

    9 December 2015

    Quarterly Communication9 December 2015 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, I am so pleased to see the excellent turnout today and I would like to extend a very special welcome to those of you attending a Quarterly Communication for the first time. It was four years[…]

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  • Laura Chapman's address at the Grand Charity's AGM - September 2015

    9 September 2015

    Annual General Meeting of The Freemasons' Grand Charity 9 September 2015 An address by Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons' Grand CharityDeputy Grand President and members. Those of you who attend Quarterly Communications and the AGM of the Grand Charity will know that typically I speak about the Charity’s non-masonic grant making.[…]

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  • Richard Hone's address at the Grand Charity's AGM - September 2015

    9 September 2015

    Annual General Meeting of The Freemasons' Grand Charity9 September 2015 An address by Richard Hone, QC, President of The Freemasons' Grand CharityThe main change is to reduce the membership from the present 180,000 members to a single charitable company whose own 124 members – comprising the trustees of the new charity,[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - September 2015

    9 September 2015

    Quarterly Communication9 September 2015 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesI am pleased to see such a good attendance at this important meeting and on a day that Her Majesty the Queen becomes the longest reigning British Monarch.Brethren, I would like to thank those members who have[…]

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  • An announcement regarding the Metropolitan Grand Master - June 2015

    10 June 2015

    Quarterly Communication10 June 2015 An announcement by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, I have to announce that the MW The Grand Master has made the following appointments:In his capacity as First Grand Principal, he has appointed E Comp Russell Race, Metropolitan Grand Superintendent in and over London, to[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - December 2014

    10 December 2014

    Quarterly Communication10 December 2014 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, a lot goes on during a period of 12 months in Freemasonry. Much of this all our members see in their lodges, as well at Metropolitan, Provincial and District Grand Lodges and Grand Lodge. However what[…]

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  • 'Our Yesterdays' - Graham Redman and John Hamill

    10 December 2014

    Quarterly Communication10 December 2014 A speech by WV Bro Graham Redman, Deputy Grand Secretary, and VW Bro John Hamill, Assistant Grand Chancellor GFR: MW Pro Grand Master and Brethren, a year ago we left the United Grand Lodge of England duly constituted on 27 December 1813 with elaborate ceremonial, and the Brethren[…]

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  • Celebrating 15 years of Lifelites: a talk by Mike Woodcock and Simone Enefer-Doy

    12 September 2014

    Quarterly Communication10 September 2014 A talk by Mike Woodcock, President of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, and Chairman of Lifelites Trustees, and Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of LifelitesMike Woodcock: MW Pro Grand Master, brethren, at the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys we inevitably deal with many distressing cases involving[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - September 2014

    10 September 2014

    Quarterly Communication10 September 2014 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren, at the Quarterly Communication held on the second of September 1914, one hundred years ago, the First World War had been underway for just under a month. Thinking back to that time, your predecessors would have known[…]

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  • Joint statement on Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF)

    12 June 2014

    Grande Loge Nationale Française In 2012 the United Grand Lodge of England, the Grand Lodge of Ireland and the Grand Lodge of Scotland (the Home Grand Lodges), because of internal problems within the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF), each withdrew recognition from the GLNF. This action was undertaken in the belief[…]

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  • 'Our Yesterdays' - Graham Redman and John Hamill

    11 December 2013

    Quarterly Communication 11 December 2013 A Speech By VW Bro Graham Redman, Deputy Grand Secretary, And VW Bro John Hamill, Assistant Grand Chancellor GFR: RW Assistant Grand Master and Brethren, a year ago we left the Moderns Grand Lodge resolving unanimously to give a dinner to The Earl of Moira, Acting Grand Master[…]

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  • Assistant Grand Master's address - December 2013

    11 December 2013

    Quarterly Communication 11 December 2013 An address by the RW Assistant Grand Master David WilliamsonBrethren, the more observant among you may have noticed that I acted as Deputy Grand Master at the last two Quarterly Communications, in September and June. However, you should not infer from the fact that you see me in[…]

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  • Statement by the Grand Chancellor on the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF)

    11 September 2013

    Quarterly Communication 11 September 2013 A statement by the Grand Chancellor Derek Dinsmore on the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF) MW Pro Grand Master and brethren, Grand Lodge will recall that twelve months ago it voted to withdraw recognition from the Grande Loge Nationale Française (GLNF). Since then the Board and its External[…]

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  • Understanding Dementia: VW Bro Chris Caine, Deputy President of the RMBI

    11 September 2013

    Quarterly Communication11 September 2013An address by VW Bro Chris Caine, PGSwdB, Deputy President of the RMBIVW Bro Caine commenced by thanking the MW Pro Grand Master for the opportunity to provide a relatively short, but comprehensive presentation on the important, topical and at times emotive subject, ‘Understanding Dementia’.He went on[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - September 2013

    11 September 2013

    Quarterly Communication 11 September 2013 An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes Brethren, one of my pleasurable duties is, along with the other Rulers, visiting our Districts and in June I was in Trinidad and Tobago and, more recently, I visited Zimbabwe. Brethren before any of you start to[…]

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  • No time to be retiring: Edward Lord and Julian Soper's advice on recruitment and retention

    14 December 2012

    The national and the London chairmen of the Universities Scheme, Edward Lord and Julian Soper, give some advice on how to recruit and retain younger membersOf our members across the English constitution, only nine per cent are aged under forty. To put that percentage in perspective, it is three thousand[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - December 2012

    12 December 2012

    Quarterly Communication12 September 2012An address by the MW the Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren,I have recently finished the two yearly Regional Conferences that I have with Provincial Grand Masters. These are relatively informal affairs and cover a wide range of subjects. I find them extremely useful and they are kind[…]

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  • 'Still yet more of our yesterdays' - Graham Redman and John Hamill

    12 December 2012

    QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION12 December 2012A speech by VW Bro Graham Redman, Assistant Grand Secretary, and VW Bro John HamillGFR:  MW Pro Grand Master and Brethren, a year ago we left the Antients or Atholl Grand Lodge on the receiving end of a stiff letter of complaint from the Moderns Grand Lodge[…]

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  • Pro Grand Master's address - September 2012

    12 September 2012

    QUARTERLY COMMUNICATION12 September 2012An address by the MW The Pro Grand Master Peter LowndesBrethren,It has been an exciting, if somewhat wet, summer throughout the country and I trust you have all come back refreshed for the new Masonic season.I have just started the first of four regional business meetings with[…]

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  • Assuring the future of Freemasonry: Edward Lord and Julian Soper

    12 September 2012

    Quarterly Communication 12 September 2012 An address by W Bro CE Lord OBE PAGDC and W Bro JR Soper PAGDCBro C.E. Lord, OBE, PAGDC: Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master and Brethren, as the National and the London Chairmen of the Universities Scheme, we were honoured to be asked to give thought to this[…]

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