Saturday, 10th November 2018
– Doors open at 10:30am
Grand Temple, Freemasons' Hall, London
As part of the commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice that drew a halt to the Great War, Victoria Rifles Lodge No. 822 (the Installed Masters' Lodge of the Circuit of Service Lodges) is hosting a meeting in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall on Saturday 10th November 2018.
It is hoped that all 35 Circuit Lodges will be present in significant numbers, swelled by In-Pensioners from the Royal Hospital Chelsea as well as military freemasons from around the country. The meeting will be full of military symbolism, reflecting the part that Freemasons played in the conflict and it is hoped that at least one of the High Rulers will grace the meeting with his presence.
One principal item of business will be recognition of the 1,321 Hall Stone Lodges and the part that they played in the funding of Freemasons’ Hall and the brilliant memorial to all those who fell during that horrific conflict. To that end we will be extending an invitation to the Worshipful Master (or his representative) of every Hall Stone Lodge still in existence to attend this milestone event in 2018. The event has the approval of the Board of General Purposes and falls the day before the Cenotaph Remembrance Service on Sunday 11th November, exactly 100 years on from the Armistice. Subject to space restrictions in the Grand Temple, other members of the Lodge would be very welcome.
Full details are still under development but we envisage a 11.30 am start, which will permit travellers arriving from further afield opportunity to return home the same day.
The small charge (£5) is in lieu of a charity donation, as there will be no collection at the meeting. Proceeds will be split between the Royal Hospital Chelsea and Veteran's Outreach Support, providing mental health therapies for former members of the British Armed Forces and Reserves and their direct family members, including the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy.
You are also very welcome to join us for lunch in the Grand Connaught Rooms on a self-funded basis.
Saturday, November 10th 2018
Doors open: 10:30am
Bookings close: November 10th 2018