I have always been intrigued by the Freemaons. The secret handshakes, the secret words, and secret rituals. My knowledge of the organisation was limited, and mainly came from things I had read on the internet. Which can be exaggerated and unreliable. So when I got the chance to go and visit a Freemason lodge I was excited, but slightly nervous. I was not really sure what they do. But I knew wanted to find out. I was even ready and prepared to put a blindfold on. Here's what happened... Watch a video from our day at the Freemasons here As I arrived at the Freemasons lodge in Clifton, the place was busy. It was an open day, part of the new open and accessible Masons. Hmm, a marketing strategy I thought. The Freemasons there were all men. All smartly dressed in suits, and most looked quite serious. I was unshaven in a hooded top and jeans. Maybe I should have come more smartly dressed... There was quite a cross section of people who had popped in, which surprised me. Some looked like … [Read more...] about Blindfolds, rituals and a throne
Freemason reveals secrets
A once secret society opened its doors to the public in Bristol last weekend. Freemason Hall which sits at the bottom of Park Street in Clifton, is home to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Bristol. It is the central hub for the practice of freemasonry across the region, which is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organisations in the world. Freemasonry still contains ceremonies and rituals that remain largely secret today, but in recent years the order has become more open and transparent in its practises, and the event in Bristol is part of that. The open day itself saw a steady stream of Bristol public coming into visit the grand building, where a series of tours and talks took place. This isn’t the first time Freemason's Hall has done this, they started to have open days back in 2006, but this is the first of its kind for three years. It is part of its drive to modernise its membership and become more outward facing. The Freemason’s Hall is the only one of its kind in … [Read more...] about What really goes on in a Freemason’s Hall?
Two of the remaining founding members of Longridge Lodge, Thomas Blackburn and Trevor Wadsley marked the lodge’s 50th anniversary at Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, Garstang, by revealing to members and guests the secret to how the town got its own masonic fraternity. Seventy guests, including current and past members and those from other lodges heard 26 Masons from Longridge and the surrounding area met under the chairmanship of the late Walter Carefoot to consider forming of a lodge in the town where they lived and worked.Longridge originally fell in the masonic province of East Lancashire, but 20 of the 26 were members of lodges in the province of West Lancashire and were adamant a newly formed Longridge Lodge should be included side of the county, leading to lengthy talks between the two. An agreement was finally reached and the Masonic Lodge of Longridge, No 8077 in the Province of West Lancashire, was consecrated on April 18, 1966 at the Masonic Hall, Saul Street, Preston.To … [Read more...] about Longridge Masonic Lodge marks its 50th anniversary
The 'diary of SS Officer Egon Ollenhauer' said to contain details on a special operation approved by Adolf Hitler to hide some 260 truckloads of gold bars, coins, valuables and priceless artwork at nearly a dozen discreet locations across Poland in the closing months of World War 2 simply isn't credible, Russian military historian Konstantin Zalessky has said. © AP Photo / Mike Groll, FileGerman Freemasons REVEAL Path to Nazi WWII Gold Hidden By SS - ReportAccording to the historian, who has written over a dozen books on Nazi Germany, there were simply too many inconsistencies with the story. "The document itself wasn't published; several photographs of its pages were provided. We need to be careful with such things. The people who submitted these papers say that there had been verified in five examinations, but we don't know who conducted them," Zalessky said, speaking … [Read more...] about ‘No One by That Name in SS’: Historian Pokes Holes in ‘Nazi Gold Diary’ Story
A surge in anti-Semitic violence and hate speech has prompted soul-searching for many in France, which has long wrestled with its history of discrimination and prejudice against Jews. "Anti-Semitism has very deep roots in French society," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said this month after a prominent writer was accosted in the street and warned that "France belongs to us." The number of anti-Jewish offences reported to police rose to 541 last year from 311 in 2017, after falling for two years. Dozens of Jewish cemeteries have been desecrated, and swastikas have been found scrawled on the doors of people's homes. One elderly Holocaust survivor was even murdered in a grisly attack thought to be motivated in part by anti-Semitism. France, home to Europe's biggest Jewish community, hopes that curbing incendiary hate speech online and an increased focus on anti-racism education will help cut down on the vandalism and threats. But the problem goes back centuries in a country with a long … [Read more...] about Outbreak of anti-Semitism forces France to confront painful past