Sunday, September 27, 2009

The United Grand Lodge of England

On Wednesday, September 9, along with my two companions Robin Pooley, OBE (JGD 2004, UGLE) and John Tuchwell (PAGDC 2001, UGLE), I caught the 8:30 AM train out of Norwich station for London’s Liverpool station. We were en route to the Quarterly Communication of the United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of England at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London. Upon entering the hall, I was directed to the robe-ing room to dress in my regalia and to await escort into Grand Lodge. Those waiting with me included Nikolaos Vourgidis, Grand Master and George Vassilogeogis, Deputy Grand Master Grand Lodge of Greece; Jean-Claude Tardivant, Deputy Grand Master Grande Loge Nationale Francaise; J.F. “Jeff” Webb, Grand Master Grand Lodge of Louisiana; and a large contingent from the Grand Lodge of Espirito Santo, Brazil. After a bit of waiting, we were marched into the Lodge room and watched as the Quarterly Communication was opened in ample form by MW Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, Pro Grand Master. It was a thrill of a lifetime to sit in Freemasons Hall in London and be introduced as the sitting Grand Master from Alaska. I owe a supreme debt of gratitude to WBs Pooley and Tuckwell for arranging my visit and looking after Beth and me during our stay in England.

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