Wednesday 27 September meeting:
Knoop, Jones and Hamer- Three English Masonic Historians.
The evening commenced with the opening and closing of the Lodge of Silent Temple No 126 using the original ritual of the lodge dating back to 1762. This provided an interesting start to the evening for the brethren, who then retired to the newly refurbished Library dining room to hear Chris Powell deliver his paper as part of the Association meeting
The trinity of Knoop, Jones and Hamer is probably second only to the importance of R.F.
Gould in the pantheon of Masonic historians in England. As a by-product of trying to unravel the mystery of Knoop’s lecture delivered to MLMR in May 1948 (‘Dr Anderson and the Charges of a Freemason’, subsequently forbidden by UGLE to be published) Bro. Powell has uncovered surprising links of both Knoop and Jones to Manchester and the North-West.
We learnt that out of the three only Knoop was actually a Freemason. He did have connections with Manchester having been educated there he eventually settled in Sheffield where he lectured at the university as a professor in economics.
Jones however had left school at eight years of age and met Knoop during his time also as a lecturer.
Hamer on the other hand had came from an army background. Chris gave an interesting talk on all three authors and described that their work had ‘stood the test of time’
Following the completion of the Association business Philip Myers – President of the Association declared the meeting closed and the brethren enjoyed a wonderful and delicious three course festive board during which Chris continued to enlighten the brethren with during the discussions that followed.
WBro John Acaster’s Visit to Denmark
John Acaster, Past President of MAMR, recently visited Denmark and in particular The Danish research Lodge Sit Lux, where he gave a lecture. His Danish hosts made him most welcome as can be seen in the selection of photographs.
There was much discussion at the festive board following the meeting
Spiritual Paths of Masons in Continental Europe
The brethren of MAMR were joined at the November meeting by WBro Dr Michel Jaccard, PhD at Manchester Hall.
The evening commenced with a meeting of The Lodge of Silent Temple which utilised the original Lodge opening and closing ritual dating back to 1726.
Following the closing of the lodge the Association meeting was opened and Bro Jacccard introduced, who hails from the French Swiss border area of Switzerland.
Michel is himself especially knowledgeable concerning esoteric interpretations, he was initiated in 1971, He is a Past President of GRA, the Grand Lodge Alpina Research group and is currently their webmaster. (www.masonica-gra.ch) Professionally he is expert in R&D and Quality.
Bro. Jaccard informed the brethren about the background to Freemasonry in Switzerland with special reference to its symbolic and ritual richness. The first Lodge in Switzerland was formed in 1736 and today there are today 83 lodges with 3700 members. Female Freemasonry also takes place in Switzerland, taking the total membership to 5000 Freemasons.
European Freemasonry is often known as ‘Continental Freemasonry’ and usually linked to the so-called ‘liberal’ style of Freemasonry such as that practiced by The Grand Orient de France, who allow discussion on political, social and religious issues.
With most European Freemasons belonging to Lodges that are affiliated to Grand Lodges who fully respect the land marks set out by The United Grand Lodge of England, this papare proved most interesting as it described the spiritual or modern paths in full agreement with Masonic values and rituals that many European brethren embrace.
Following the paper, the brethren retired for dinner where much discussion and debate continued on this most interesting subject.
The full paper will be available as part of the transactions book published later in the year.