Six of the association members met up at Shrewsbury, on a warm and sunny June evening to attend an ‘out of town’ meeting of the world’s premier research lodge – Quatuor Coronati No 2076. Also in attendance was the head of the Shropshire masons and Vice – President of MAMR, Roger Pemberton.
QC meetings are normally held in Freemasons’ Hall, London but the refurbished church at Crewe Street was the venue to receive the 2019 Prestonian Lecture from Mike Karn.Shropshire acquired the building in 1970 and it has been turned into a splendid masonic venue.
Some MAMR members are also members of QC, Past Masters John Acaster and Dr John Wade were in attendance both taking office. John Wade was a Prestionan Lecturer.The current MAMR President Allan Shields was delighted to act as Inner Guard for the evening.
Following a very quick lodge meeting Ric introduced Mike Karn who delivered his lecture ‘English Freemasonry during the Great War’ in fine style. Many of the visitors were accompanied by their wife’s and partners who were invited into the lodge room to hear this most interesting lecture. When Britain declared war on Germany in 1914 Freemasons had to adapt and deal with the impact of global war.
Mike hails from Middlesex and had spent a great deal of time collecting information from the minute books of many of the London and Southern based lodges, many of which despite the risk of air raids continued to meet. However some lodges found it was impossible to meet as their members were fighting in the trenches.
Mike delivered a shortened version of his lecture, the full transaction has been published and a great deal of money has been raised by Mike who has kindly donated the proceeds from the sale of the publication to charities. He received thanks from Ric and a warm round of applause from the audience.
Lodge members, distinguished guests and visitors then retired to the warm surroundings of the dinning room for a delicious meal and a drink at the bar. Shrewsbury offered great hospitality which every one attending enjoyed. Ric thanked the province of Shropshire for being such a great host.
A most enjoyable and interesting evening enjoyed by all!