The King's Speech
The King's Speech has been a tremendously successful film winning four Oscars at the recent Film Academy Awards in Hollywood.
Well, Athol Lodge have their very own "King's Chair" which was sat upon by a King of England, Edward V11 when he was Prince of Wales before his accession to the throne in 1901 after the death of his mother Queen Victoria.
The carved oak Worshipful Master's Chair which proudly sits in the Lodge Room at Severn Street Masonic Hall bears two inscription plates which read "Presented to Athol Lodge No 88 by Bro John Vaughan PM AD 1863" and beneath it on a silver plate "This Chair was lent to the Birmingham and Midland Counties Agricultural Exhibition Society for the use of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales KG, Most Worshipful Grand Master, on the occasion of his visit to the Exhibition held at Bingley Hall on November 28, 1885"
The Worshipful Master's Chair is one of a suite of three carved oak chairs with the Junior and Senior Wardens Chairs both bearing inscribed plates which read "Presented to ATHOL LODGE No 74 by Bro Archer, Rawlings and Stableford in 1875"
If the Directors of the film are looking for a sequel perhaps they should look no further than the "King's Chair" at Athol Lodge?
New Happiness Website
The Lodge of Happiness 7952 has launched a new website. The site has been created with the simple aims of publicising the Lodge, explaining what Freemasonry is all about and encouraging new members to join.
Commenting on the launch, Derek White, the Worshipful Master, said: "We believe that our new website is both interesting and informative and sets new standards in terms ease of use. It will show the wider public what our values are and let them know about the good work Freemasons do to help those less fortunate than ourselves”
"In launching the site, we are also issuing an open invitation to men of all faiths, who would like to develop themselves in a supportive, friendly environment, and help society in the process, to find out more about our Lodge and about Freemasonry in general.”
He concluded by noting "Our Lodge certainly lives up to its name; you won't find a happier place to become a Mason."
The website includes information about the Lodge of Happiness and Freemasonry in general. In addition there is information about the charitable work Masons do to help those in need and why Freemasonry is so relevant in today’s society.
Anyone who would like to approach the Lodge with a view to joining is welcome to make contact via: www.lodgeofhappiness.org.uk, or by telephoning Alastair on 0845 474 7952.