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A Tale of Six Triangles

Our Federation is putting out green shoots

Growth in our Federation is vital if we are to survive and flourish, and there are many initiatives in hand at the moment, spearheaded by energetic and committed Brethren to found new Triangles and to grow recently formed ones. Below is a progress report on our six Craft Triangles. A Triangle is, in effect, an embryonic Lodge, without the necessary minimum number of M∴M∴s to be consecrated as such. Hence they cannot confer degrees, and when a candidate comes forward, the MPGC or another member of the Triangle of the 33° must confer the degree on behalf of the Triangle.

Kenilworth – Warwickshire

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The Kenilworth Golf Club in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, is the meeting place for the new fledgling Triangle. Their inaugural meeting was held on 13 January when they interviewed their first candidate.New applicants are welcome. All went well and that their first initiation will took place in February. The name of the Triangle is Love and Unity and their motto will be ‘We are all one divine image of your reflection’.

Glenrothes – Fife, Scotland

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Two esoterically minded people from this town were keen to become Freemasons. They are a couple in their early thirties who want to be initiated and establish a triangle in Scotland, the first LDH presence there for quite a few years since Lodge Osiris went into abeyance. They have been interviewed and later initiated at a special lodge meeting at Hexagon House on 9 February. There will then be publicity and marketing initiatives in their home town and surrounding area to attract others who might wish to be involved in the formation of a triangle.

Norwich – Norfolk

Norwich

A male applicant from Norwich, not just content with being initiated into an existing lodge, is keen to become a member of the British Federation and spread the light of Freemasonry for Men and Women in East Anglia, by finding other like-minded people local to him and working with them to form a triangle. He has been interviewed and now initiated along with others at a special event in February. As a result of the above three initiatives, a special meeting was held at Hexagon House on Saturday 9 February in order to initiate applicants from the three above embryo Triangles. The Consistory sought the help of AIM members and provide officers to conduct this ceremony.

Brighton & Hove – Sussex

Brighton

On Thursday 29 November the Brighton & Hove Triangle was consecrated at the Village Hall, Ovingdean, Brighton. The Triangle first met in January 2018. One or two Brethren had been discussing the idea of re-establishing a Droit Humain presence in Brighton and Hove for a year or so but it wasn’t until August 2017 that a plan was agreed. The first step was to find suitable premises which was not easy. Eventually, by November 2017, they had found a Jewish Community Centre in Hove who were happy to let them meet there. They subsequently decided to move to the Ovingdean Village Hall in April 2018. They have now had requests from two non- masons as applicants and both have now been initiated.

Y Ddraig – Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire

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Y Ddraig Triangle meets in Chipping Sodbury in the Orient of South Gloucestershire, and are planning to form a Lodge within the coming twelve months. While still small in numbers, its members are hugely committed to the success of this Triangle. They conducted an initiation and a passing in November – no mean feat in one day, but helped by members from Hexagon House, it proved to be a very enjoyable day. The fact of having to set up the Temple each time is proving to be useful instruction for younger members. They have had a range of enquiries over the year although, as ever, Freemasonry is not right for everybody and so they keep looking for more enquirers and symbolically open their doors – and always their hearts – to those who are genuine seekers and willing to join them. The Triangle is planning an Open Day for 2019. Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month and the Triangle welcomes visitors from other lodges.

Tir N’An Oige – London

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The name of the Triangle - Tir Na nÓg or Tir na hOige - means ‘Land of the Young’ or ‘Land of Youth’ in Old Irish. This is a revival of an old Lodge of the British Federation which went into abeyance and a distinctive feature of the Triangle is the working of the Irish Ritual, an ancient Masonic ritual which predates the Emulation ritual of 1816. Interestingly, the congenial venue of the Triangle is the Civil Service Club in the heart of London’s Westminster, which promises to make this Triangle an ideal Lodge for visiting members of other Federations of Le Droit Humain as well as other masonic Orders in amity with the British Federation. This is a Triangle which attracts people from very diverse backgrounds and disciplines, united in their common interest in esoteric subjects and the role of Freemasonry in the Western Mystery Tradition. The Triangle has five members and three candidates awaiting Initiation which is very exciting. It will soon become a fully fledged Lodge which, given its central London location, we hope will showcase the esoteric and spiritual model of Freemasonry practised by the British Federation of Le Droit Humain.

We are the Co-masonic Benevolent Fund a registered charity in the UK (No. 205813). Set up to provide relief of poverty and distress among the less fortunate or suffering members of humanity and particularly focusing on children, in the UK and further abroad. Our values underpin everything we do.

Specifically focused on the prevention of or relief of poverty, in the under privileged and vulnerable children and young people.

CMBF is able to makes grants to organisations or individuals of up to £25,000 per year. We pride ourselves on offering help and support to those that are in need and always welcome request for worthy causes that meet the criteria. Through the generosity of the public and our members, as part of our commitment to improve lives of our fellow humans in the very communities we are part of.

Co-Freemasonry was brought to England in 1902 by Annie Besant, who was responsible for spreading Co-Freemasonry Principles to many other countries throughout the world. Long before women gained the right to vote, Annie Besant was a well-known activist for equality and justice, particularly for women and young children and recognised for her work regarding the plight of the Match Girls in London. Over the last 80 years, the CMBF has provided help and support to many good causes, from our base in Hexagon House, Surbiton. Following the principals and values we share and acting as a light in the world. If you feel you could help in any way toward the aims of the CMBF please do get in contact. Being a registered charity, we are driven, not by profit but by our commitment, to the communities that are in need.

Testimonials

“Following the Co- Masonic Benevolent Fund’s most generous award, React has been able to provide vital aid to life–limited children cared for by financially disadvantaged families” Sue Sturgen, the Mayor of Guildford’s local distress fund.

“All the children at Happy Home are delighted to receive your support to start our apprenticeship scheme” David Calvert–Orange, Wheel of Hope.

“Thank you for your generous support of the Own Fone scheme allowing vulnerable and at risk children to connect to our helpline” Amy Home, Grants officer. Missing People.

“You have given hope to families in need. Thank you” Sally Buck, Shelter Box.

“Your support is greatly appreciated and helps to continue working with young people” Sally Taylorson, Harlow.“We help local people, and are particularly pleased with your support of the project focused in Kingston” Julie Haggerty, Chief Executive. EnhanceAble.

“Thank you for continuing to support this vital service” David King, Chief Executive. Chase. Hospice for Children.

“The 100 children in the care of SPES, many suffering from being dumb or deaf, have been given a chance in life... by providing a scholarship” Claude Voileau, President of Honour of SPES Int.

Our Committee Members:

Mrs P. Harris (Chair)
Mrs A. McConkey
Mr B. Roberts
Ms A. Hoblyn
Ms N. Onyewuenyi
Mr J. Alawo
Mr F. Mir

 

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Esoteric study in Brighton & Hove We meet at Ovingdean Village Hall , Ovingdean Road, Ovingdean Brighton BN2 7BB. All are welcome. For further details and to confirm your visit, contact Martyn Yeats on mfy2405@gmail.com

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