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jacket’n’jeans
Posted - 08 May 2018 21:48
Surely they’ve let you in too

Or is that frowned upon “upstairs “?
3-ducks
Posted - 08 May 2018 21:51
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I'm not one, no.

Don't get me wrong. I believe in aspiration. My grandfather, who was a sergeant in the war, did well and was invited to the square. But in those days it was exceptional and meant something. When a club lets everyone in, it loses its purpose.
Rhamnousia
Posted - 08 May 2018 21:57
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My grandad was a freemason and he definitely wasn't fancy
3-ducks
Posted - 08 May 2018 21:57
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Cookie why don't you just stick to one username. At least on the same thread eh.
Bloody Nora
Posted - 08 May 2018 21:59
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I recently discovered that my great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather was one.

He was a hairdresser who lived in Wapping.
3-ducks
Posted - 08 May 2018 22:03
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Barbers and surgeons were basically the same thing in those days, so fair play.
Chambers
Posted - 08 May 2018 22:14
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My Great Uncle was Grandmaster (or whatever they call it) in charge of the Masons in the UK. My Dad was pressured to join, but declined. So was I, I was in Rotary for a few years and met some older Masons through that who recognised the surname. 'Are you related to Reg'? Yes, but I don't want to join.

I'm not in Rotary either any more.
jacket’n’jeans
Posted - 08 May 2018 22:29
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V poor Dux, but you will be issued with a new improved identity ‘when the time comes’.
☠ Rufus Youngblood
Posted - 09 May 2018 00:08
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I'm now picturing Chambo's uncle as Reg Hollis from The Bill.
Original Teclis
Posted - 09 May 2018 05:24
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Pretty interesting seeing as the Grandmaster of the United Grand Lodge of England and Wales has been HRH Prince Edward the duke of Kent, since 1967.

Had no idea you were so well connected chambo.
Mr Sugden
Posted - 09 May 2018 06:23
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Being a member of the craft is no longer a big deal, almost anyone can get in.

Like all such societies they are struggling for numbers.
Mr Sugden
Posted - 09 May 2018 06:25
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Chambo"s uncle would more likely have been a Provisional Grandmaster.
Original Teclis
Posted - 09 May 2018 06:47
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Heh, you mean provincial. And yes, that's what I assumed but the 'in charge of the masons in the uk' comment made me smile as that is usually reserved for a prince of the blood,
jacket’n’jeans
Posted - 09 May 2018 07:29
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Don’t worry chaps just roll up your trouser leg, the answer is written on your knee.
Chambers
Posted - 09 May 2018 08:02
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All I remember about Uncle Reg was that he was fairly wealthy, lived in a big house in the Isle of Wight, a larger than life character and used to buy me some cool toy cars as a little kid. My Dad later told me he was a complete alkie. I don't think he was in The Bill
Siegfreid
Posted - 09 May 2018 08:27
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The masons? What a bunch of losers
Judy_Carter
Posted - 09 May 2018 08:56
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Perhaps Chambo’s uncle was the renegade master wit da ill behaviour
Chambers
Posted - 09 May 2018 09:05
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Apparently he had a reputation.
Pinkus
Posted - 09 May 2018 09:10
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Heh@Judy
Spurius Odus
Posted - 09 May 2018 09:33
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Another heh for Judo
Original Teclis
Posted - 09 May 2018 20:41
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This thread deserves more exposure.
Original Teclis
Posted - 09 May 2018 21:21
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Did you get refused or something osama!? In my experience it's just a bunch of blokes who want to have a night away from the family, once every few months, a nice meal, some beers with male company, vague worship of something, and give a lot of money to charity.

Doesn't sound too bad to me.
Turgid Sarissa
Posted - 10 May 2018 08:38
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*hierarchy

i before e except after c (and various other exceptions)
Turgid Sarissa
Posted - 10 May 2018 08:41
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Turgid Sarissa
Posted - 10 May 2018 08:55
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This thread led me to enjoy the flash mob music video for Praise You. I had no idea it was once voted the best music video of all time.
Jabberwangy
Posted - 10 May 2018 15:28
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My BIL's Grandfather passed away the other day at 96. He'd been head of the local lodge for about 40 years. His trade: builder. His son took over: cricket coach.

The masons have never been "elitist" in the sense lower middle class people like dux aspire to
Jabberwangy
Posted - 10 May 2018 15:34
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TBF he's rightly id'd you as in their target market
Original Teclis
Posted - 10 May 2018 15:36
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Lodges change their head every year. Sigh, past masters often get recycled into the chair over and over but it will have changed in that 40 years. You won't see an immediate past master going into the chair the next year so it is at most three years between turns.

Lodges are different the country over and just as each region or town has its own demographic, so will lodges reflect this. In Surrey there are billions of military lodges, London is more bankers and lawyers, regions are made up of a rough selection of usually local people who could be from any old walk of life.

It's an alternative to the pub, it's the second largest giver of money to charity after the national lottery in the uk and you can make some new friends. All the paranoia about masons is a load of rubbish, made by people who love a conspiracy theory.