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Official TGLFM&W Grand Lodge MASONIC MAGAZINE Issue 1 - Spring/Summer 2016 Remembering Annie Besant 01 October 1847 — 20 September 1933 The official magazine of The Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women www.grandlodge.org.uk

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Letter to The Queen

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine FROM THE GRAND SECRETARY Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 D ear Brethren, It is my privilege to welcome you to the new world of publication of our very own magazine. We have much to be thankful for in the world of imitation, ruthless crime, war and always jealousy for the work of good people. For many years we have sent our Quarterly Newsletter with news of the quarterly Grand Lodge Meeting to every member and to named friends of the great Masonic museums, i.e. United Grand Lodge of England and that of the New York American Masonic Museum. The Board of General Purposes considered the approach of a different type of news which would bring to each of our members and friends a nearer familiar approach written by you, the members. This would show your aspirations and sometimes problems. It is also intended that from time to time a study of Freemasonry and what we do and why we do it, will be helpful to all readers. The Board of General Purposes hope that you will find the ‘new look’ useful and helpful but also that you will be able to consider your Lodge ‘happenings’ to be sometimes unique and you can share them with all Grand Lodge Brethren. We hope that you will enjoy the magazine and consider it a valuable asset to your belonging to the family of masons in our world of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women. We sincerely thank our benefactor who has enabled this magazine to be in the modern spirit available in digital form with copies going to our friends abroad and in our Grand Lodges in Europe. A few paper copies will be sent to masons who do not yet have the ability to receive literature in digital form. Please keep me up-to-date with your thoughts of the magazine and how you are able to receive it. Jeanne Heaslewood, PGM. Grand Secretary “The Board of General Purposes considered the approach of a different type of news which would bring to each of our members and friends a nearer familiar approach written by you, the members” Page 2 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 THE GRAND MASTER’S ADDRESS ON THE ENTHRONEMENT The Grand Master’s Address on the occasion of the Enthronement at Grand Lodge on the 14th February, 2016 Grand Officers and Brethren, it is a great honour to have been given the privilege of the Chair of the Grand Master for a further term of three years. Unheard of during the history of our Order. I must thank the Grand Officers and Brethren for their support in placing the honour and care of the Order into the hands of the appointment of myself and the Board of General Purposes; many of those Grand Officers newly appointed will be working in harness together to raise the work of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women and I look forward to working with you all. It is my duty to thank the Grand Secretary for the steadfastness of moving the Grand Lodge onwards throughout the history of problems, finding new venues and consistently reminding us all of the work towards the future building of the Order. I also thank all the Grand Officers for the demanding and steady work which is entailed in each Office they have held and it is with sincerity that my deep gratitude is recorded for the assistance and help so freely given to me in my past office as Grand Master. I know that during the next three years we will be required to work steadily together to the benefit of the Brethren and to build on the past. Every Grand Master in this Order has had a theme for their three years in office and my chosen theme is specifically to enable provision for the younger brethren to receive study in the Arts and Sciences of Freemasonry and to receive this through the Lodges as well as through the use of our Masonic lending Library and articles written by our elder brethren. It is, to you the younger Brethren, to spread the word of a Freemason to your friends, in the workplace and in the community; to show by example the principles of Freemasonry; thus unknowingly recruiting new people who you are certain are worthy of joining your lodge. The recruitment of young people anxious to be of benefit to humanity and the community will largely be your responsibility. It is, to you younger Brethren, the future of the Order that the growth will depend largely on yourselves. Your charity of thought, deed and willingness to help others, either in the Lodge or in the community is your responsibility. Together with the senior members of the Order I am committed to my theme for the next three years and to uphold our Order of Freemasonry with its honour and commitment and to share joy and enthusiasm of Freemasonry with you all. I am pledged to that duty as Grand Master and I will do all in my power to work diligently towards the goal of the next three years to which I am committed to follow together with the duties of the Office of Grand Master. Shirley Ann Ellick Grand Master “It is, to you younger Brethren, the future of the Order that the growth will depend largely on yourselves” Page 3 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 50 years’ service in Freemasonry Jeanne will have completed 50 years’ service in Freemasonry on 6th June, 2016 which at 90 years of age is incredulous; still working as Grand Secretary, with only a break for three years from 2004 to 2007 to be the Grand Master of the Order. Although in Freemasonry for Men and Women for 50 years, Jeanne has always been in community service. Her devotion to service has been passed down over centuries of following a Grandfather in the Gordon Highlanders, a father who served in the first and second world wars in the Dorset and Northants regiments. Jeanne herself served during the last war, firstly as a teenager in the Youth Service Squad in Northamptonshire, then as a WAAF first as a Wireless Operator (Morse Code) then as a Physical Training and remedial Instructor. As a child Jeanne joined the Bluebirds in India and progressed through to Brownies, Girl Guides, Guide Commissioner, County Chairman of the first Ranger/Rover guide/scout group in the country. During this time she progressed to work as a Home Help Organiser to Domiciliary Principal Officer in local government and become President of the professional Body of the Institute of the Home Help Organisers Great Britain. Jeanne’s track record in Freemasonry shows the dedication to the service of others having joined the Craft Lodge ‘Maat’ meeting in Richmond, Surrey in 1966 in International Co-Freemasonry Le Droit Humain. Becoming expelled on 1st January, 2001, due to the fight she led against a new ruling that a Mason did not have to have a Belief in a Supreme Being, set up with 9 members of the then Consistory Council of the 32nd Degree, a new Order. Desiring it to be along the lines of UGLE the new Order on the 18th February, 2001 (shortly after leaving LDH) became The Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women, 60 members being at the Consecration. The Craft Lodges ‘Maat’ and ‘Reconciliation’ were soon added to by Mark, H.R.A. Rose Croix, Knights Templar, Knights of Malta, Knights Kadosh 30th degree, 31st degree and the 32nd degree (Consistory Council) and Grand Secretary. After visiting India in 2002 and assisting to lay the foundations for the Indian Federation of LDH to become the Eastern Order of International Co-Freemasonry, Jeanne was offered the 33rd degree by the Grand Master of the newly developed Indian Grand Order; in line with her usual approach, she refused unless all the nine Founding Members (already 32nd degree) were considered suitable to become members of the Grand Inspectors General of the 33rd and last degree. The high opinion of the work assisted especially with the organisation of the Indian new Order was recognised by the Illustrious Grand Master Radha Burnier, 33rd degree, travelling to England to confer the 33rd degree on all nine members of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women. A small determined lady who has given service throughout her life not only in the work set out above but in her professional work as well as having been the Chairman of a property company looking after an estate of 32 flats, all of which has been in a voluntary capacity. She has in January, this year retired from that limited company. About Jeanne, who has given a life time of love and dedication, in Faith, Hope and Charity. Page 4 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 LODGES - NEWS AND UPDATES Arbor Vitae No.1 Lodge Abor Vitae was represented at the Grand Lodge Meeting by W.Bro. Michael Fowler, Grand Chaplain Elect. who reported that the W.M. was now able to drive again following the horrific car accident. He expressed the pleasure of the Lodge to learn that the Board of General Purposes had awarded the ‘Honorific Degree’ to M.W.Bro. Nicholas Ferrari, PGM. on his retirement from the Order. Following a series of unfortunate happenings to members over the winter months where even one member suffered the agony of her home in the north being flooded; he reported that the Lodge will resume its normality by meeting together in June. Golden Spiral No.2 Lodge Golden Spiral No.2. 2016: Meeting on the 15th May, 19th June, (26th June, Grand Lodge Solstice for all degree masons). 18th September, 16th October, and 20th November. Seven former members of the Lodge Annie Besant No.4 now in Abeyance, were Obligated into Lodge Golden Spiral before the Christmas break. The two Fellowcraft who joined are now Master Masons. At the Installation of the W.M. in February, 2016, V.W.Bro. Elizabeth Adebutu-Kesington, Ch.BChB was duly Installed in the Chair of K.S. The Golden Spiral continues to weave its magic by its never ending thread through masonry, which it doubtlessly proved itself during the emotional journey which the W.M. Bro. Elizabeth embraced in the ceremony of the third degree for Enitan, her daughter; it was also a first in the history of our Order with Tundi, the W.M’s son who had a large part to play as Senior Deacon (family pictured below). This was a truly family affair and an emotional ceremony for every member of the Lodge. The Lodge theme of continuously renewing itself was once again, a living spiral. The Lodge contact is: glf4m-w@tiscali.co.uk Page 5 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 LODGES - NEWS AND UPDATES Lodge Radiant Star No.3 Meeting dates 2016. 21st May, 2016. 18th June, 2016.16th July 2016. 17th September, 2016 15th October, 2016. 19th November, 2016. Lodge Radiant Star No3 meets in Chipping Sodbury , in the Province of Bristol and meets eight times a year, on Saturday afternoons. The Lodge is geographically the furthest south and west of London. The third Lodge to be consecrated when the Order was formed, it has always enjoyed a dedicated membership, with members coming to meetings from as far away as Essex, Oxford and the far reaches of South Wales, in addition to having a dedicated local core of members. Radiant Star Lodge in recent years, has studied the esoteric side of Freemasonry, in line with the wishes of the majority of its members. Papers have been read and discussions on subjects such as the Mystic Charge, JSM Ward’s handbooks in all three Craft degrees and most recently, an excellent paper presented outlining the parallels between Freemasonry and the Spring Equinox Papers. As well as on ‘mainstream’ subjects such as the penalties of the First Degree and Censing the Lodge. Sadly, V.W.Bro.Christopher Parker GChp. has resigned from the Lodge and the Order, leaving a huge gap in the lodge and in the Grand Lodge. At the recent Business Meeting the Ballot was in favour of the RWBro. Roger Davis, DGM as the W.M Elect for the ensuring year. Contact: Lodge Secretary lodgeradiantstar3@hotmail.co.uk Lodge Salutation No.7 Lodge Salutation No.7 meets in the Province of Nottingham on the 7th May, 2016, 4th June, 2016, 2nd July 2016, 3rd September, 2016, 1st October, 2016, at the T.S. Hall, Maid Marion Way, Nottingham. At a meeting held in September, 2004, the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Michael Westcott and Grand Officers met with invited public in the Theosophical Society venue, Nottingham in order to set up a New Lodge. Brothers Phil and Barbara Burgess, both Past Masters were instrumental in gathering friends and invited guests to the meeting; successfully, ten candidates with two further Past Masters, Bro. Val Wong and Sheila Bedford, agreed to set up a Provisional Lodge. Following initiation of ten candidates, Lodges of Instructions were held until the year 2007 when the Lodge was Consecrated by the Grand Master and Grand Officers during the Annual Solstice Grand Lodge Meeting in London. The name Salutation was chosen as it recognised the history of the area reputed to be of Robin Hood and the Knights of the Crusades. The Salutation Inn standing next door to the Theosophical Hall is one of the oldest inns in Nottingham and said to be historically connected to the ancient history of the area. The maxim of the Lodge is Semper Fidelis, meaning always loyal, true and faithful and Semper Sodalitas meaning friendship. At the Meeting of the Lodge in March, 2016, Bro. Marie Limb, SW of the Lodge was Installed as W.M. The Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Shirley Ellick was welcomed in due form and was attended by a retinue of Grand Officers. Following the Meeting the younger members of the Lodge provided an Agape at which a beautifully decorated commemorative cake was dutifully cut by the newly installed W.M. Page 6 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 LODGES - NEWS AND UPDATES Contact. Email Salutation7@hotmail.com Lodge Illuminatus No.10 Lodge Illuminatus, No. 10. Leicester. The Installation of the W.M. meant for March was postponed due to the hall being unavailable. Lodge Illuminatus has experienced some unfortunate problems but is back on track. Following the resignation of the W.M. and Secretary, the members of the Lodge, of whom five are Past Masters of the craft, are continuing to maintain Lodge Illuminatus No. 10 under the warrant of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women in Leicester. Lodge members V.W.Bro Anthony Greenwood, DGDC, R.W.Bro.Glennis Greenwood, PSGW will be invested respectively as, Deputy Grand D.C. and Junior Grand Warden. R.W.Bro.Beverley Greenwood, PJGW will also be invested as Junior Grand Deacon. Another family taking their full part in the affairs of the Lodge and Grand Lodge and is unique in Freemasonry but is ‘the family’ in this Order of Men and Women which strengthens the core of Freemasonry. Contact, by email. glf4m-w@tiscali.co.uk Provisional Lodge Phoenix, to be Consecrated on 8th May 2016. The foundation of a new Lodge is to be laid and consecrated in the historic town of Berkeley. The new Lodge title is to be Lodge Phoenix No.11 and the official Consecration day is the 8th May, 2016. Not only a new Lodge in a very historical town but as well as Consecration of the Temple, Consecration of the Lodge, Constituting and Warranting the Lodge but also initiating new candidates on the same day. A truly remarkable start to the new Lodge. Congratulations are given to the Founders who are anxious to lay the foundations of a new Lodge in the annuals of the History of the Order. Berkeley, south of Gloucester, close to the River Severn with its medieval history and well known history as a ‘meeting place’ has been chosen to become the ’meeting place’ for the newest Lodge in the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women in Britain. Page 7 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 LODGES - NEWS AND UPDATES Berkeley was first recorded in 824 as Berclea, from the Old English for "birch lee". Berkeley Castle is not only a family home but is reputedly the place where Edward11 was murdered on Sept 21st 1337. The Berkeley Arms Hotel, where the Lodge will meet, sits at the side of Berkeley Castle and is a historic coaching Inn dating back to the 16th century and already has had a Masonic Temple which housed an ancient ‘Royal’ Lodge for some centuries. The name of Lodge Phoenix No.11 was chosen for its qualities. The Phoenix is a beautiful bird endowed with feathers of gold, red and purple with a nimbus that has 7 rays and because of the purple hue is thought to have been associated with royalty. It is said that the touch of a wing can bring healing. This bird could be considered as a true representation of Masonry, which, like the story, has been in existence for many centuries. The Phoenix also represents wisdom, strength and beauty. Lodge Phoenix No. 11 the first Lodge in Berkeley for men and women will meet on Sundays and the dates of future meetings will be given in the next edition. The members are committed to steady growth and look to bring to the historic town of Berkeley, Province of Gloucestershire a worthy Lodge of Freemasons for Men and Women. Contact: Lodge W.M. LodgePhoenix11@hotmail.com NEW GRAND LODGE WEBSITE www.grandlodge.org.uk Page 8 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 BOARD OF CHARITY AND BENEVOLENCE On 14th February, 2016 at the enthronement of the Grand Master and the Board of General Purposes were pleased to invest VWBro. Elizabeth Adebutu-Kesington as the Chairman of the Board of Charity and Benevolence. This is a very important Office with a wide sweep of duties and the representatives of the Lodges known as Grand Charity Stewards are also Trustees for the three years 2016-2019. DOES CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME Our Brothers; Most Worshipful Bro. Pearl King, Founder Member of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women in Great Britain, M.W.Bro. Michael Westcott, G.M. from 2001 – 2003 and R.WBro. Audrey Westcott, PDGM. RWBro. Tina Carlile,PSGW. All were involved with the Alzheimer disease or as it is more generally known Dementia. We have watched the pioneering of this Order through the years of life, sickness and the dreaded onslaught of Dementia in these pioneers of our Order. We have had to stand by, experiencing brilliant minds, losing the thoughts and ideals of knowing who or what life has become. For some, the care of the loved partner, wife and brother without the support, love and understanding of all of the Order would have been a heavy load. There is now the aftermath to consider and to remember the dedication to the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry for Men and Women from day one in 2001 when the Grand Lodge was mooted by our brethren who have given so much to us. We need to continue to strive to dedicate ourselves as did the Founders who have left us for Grand Lodge Eternal. To this aim, we have undertaken to seek as Masons how we can remember our past pioneering members and in the manner of to a collection for a Christmas donation to the Alzheimer’s society for their research into dementia. A leap forward has been made, but to bring it nearer to success requires monies to pay for the research to continue and to help in the meantime; one method of which the society is by encouraging into each town an Alzheimer’s club, which will enable sufferers to enjoy some form of life, give carers a break, and researchers the opportunity to have case studies. Our brethren now lost to us, were large of heart, courage and mind. They rose to the challenge of love and care; can you in the Lodges by making a Christmas challenge to raise as much money in the name of our past honoured brethren and put to the Board of Charity and Benevolence for the Alzheimer’s Society work to continue research into Dementia? V.W.Bro.Elizabeth Adebutu-Kesington Chairman Board of Charity and Benevolence Page 9 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 REMEMBERING ANNIE BESANT 1st October 1847 - 20 September 1933 Social reformer and freethinker, Dr Annie Besant née Wood wrote many articles on issues such as marriage and women’s rights for Charles Bradlaugh's National Reformer. In 1877 she wrote a book advocating birth control, The Law of Population and later published The Link, promoting women’s rights. Elected to the London School Board in 1889, she initiated a programme of free meals for undernourished children and free medical examinations for elementary school students. She opened the Central Hindu College, Benares, in 1898, later receiving the honorary degree of D.L. by the Benares Hindu University. A vocal supporter for Indian Home Rule, she was interned by the British authorities during the first world war. In 1917 she was installed as President of the Indian National Congress party. Dr Annie Besant introduced International Co-Freemasonry into England with the consecration of Lodge Human Duty No. 6, London, on September 26, 1902 by officers of the Supreme Council Le Droit Humain. She was co-founder of the Order of the Temple of the Rosy Cross (OTRC) in London, in 1912 and was elected president of the Theosophical Society from 1907 until her death in 1933. Page 10 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 OVERSEAS GRAND LODGES List of Overseas Grand Lodges Consecrated by the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry of Men and Women Great Britain: Page 11 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 Page 12 http://grandlodge.org.uk/internationalgrandlodges.html www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 AUTISM AND FREEMASONRY Dr Sandra Beale-Ellis You may wonder why the subject of autism is particularly relevant to freemasonry, but it is possible that someone in your own lodge is autistic. 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autism spectrum and that is just the number who has been diagnosed. The diagnosis for women is even lower as it seems they are able to cover their traits or at least cope with them more ably (in public at least). I should add that I am a freemason’s wife. My husband, Joe, has been through the Master’s Chair and after a short break following that year has returned to active freemasonry recently. Joe and I have both been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. The autism spectrum is broad with Kanner’s or ‘classic’ autism traditionally at one end, which can include either a delay in or a lack of language development and often continuing learning difficulties; and Asperger’s syndrome at the other end. This is an intellectually high functioning form of autism. In between are varying degrees of autism. All presentations of autism share two common features: social communication difficulties, and narrow interests and repetitive actions. Although this positioning on the spectrum indicates that perhaps some autistic conditions are milder than others, this is not necessarily the case. Whether a person has classic autism or Asperger’s, there are good days and there are bad days, some very bad. These can also switch quickly where a person is thriving at one point in the day, and then within seconds, it can change and the same person can suddenly feel depressed, angry, or overwhelmed. Recently a clinical diagnosis given has been changed to simply being on the ‘autism spectrum’. Autism can also be accompanied by other conditions including dyspraxia, depression, severe anxiety, and attention deficit disorder (ADD). Rather than write too much generally about the characteristics of autism, which can be found on many websites (I would suggest www.autism.org.uk in the first instance) and in a vast array of literature, I shall briefly attempt to reveal how an autistic person may be affected within freemasonry. Joe had a desire to join freemasonry, because one of his obsessive or narrow interests is history and tradition. He absorbs facts like a sponge. He spent many years studying freemasonry and its traditions before contacting Grand Lodge (UGLE) and consequently being introduced to his local Lodge. He knows more facts about freemasonry than many more experienced freemasons (or brethren as they are called by those ‘in the know’). While some may think this is strange, or even try to belittle him for it, others admire him for his obvious passion and commitment. He loves the tradition of ritual and the ways it is performed, which I understand he does with military precision. He has been complimented on this often. He dislikes sloppiness because if there are correct ways to do things, autists believe they should be followed exactly. They thrive on correctness and routine. Paradoxically this is where some aspects of freemasonry can be more challenging. Learning needs to be systematic. Joe has to learn ritual, one part at a time. Once he has Page 13 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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TGLFM&W Masonic Magazine Issue 1: Spring/Summer 2016 learned a part, he can then move on to the next part, and then the next part. It is difficult for him to move around haphazardly before he has learned the words properly. He will just get confused, panic and then likely miss lodge meetings or practises because he feels overwhelmed. If there is ‘unrest’ or ‘incident’ at an event it is likely to affect an autistic individual severely. They tend to be either hypo or hyper sensitive and react to situations quite differently, often seen as dramatically, to non autistic individuals. Autists may find interpreting others’ comments or reactions difficult and can often misread situations. They can be easily upset especially when they are feeling tired, stressed or panicked by situations. Social occasions can be overwhelming and you will often find an autistic person sitting alone, calming himself down. Joe uses a tactic to get over this discomfort, which may be considered unusual for the autistic individual. He approaches everyone as quickly as he can and speaks to them before they speak to him. This way he is in control of the situation, what he says, how he needs to react. It is a way to reduce feeling cornered and under pressure in social situations. As he is a leader, within top management, within his professional career, this tactic has worked well for him and enables him to network superbly. I, on the other hand, do the complete opposite given the chance unless I know people, in which case I imitate Joe’s methods if the situation allows me to do so. Imitation is something autistic individuals do a lot – it is their way to learn how to behave in social situations. As a freemason’s wife I struggled when Joe first entered the Lodge. I had to attend lots of social events with people I mostly did not know. The wives of Joe’s proposer and seconder, were told to look after me. They did, and they continued to do so throughout most of Joe’s masonic career thus far. At this point it is worth mentioning that Joe’s masonic break after his Master’s year was forced pretty much for reasons which caused him to become overwhelmed with events which spiralled out of his control, through no fault of his own. We had a fantastic Master’s year, running many events both large and small, and managing to raise £5,500 for a local charity supporting children with disabilities and their families. We had tremendous support from his own Lodge, and from some other Lodges within Kent. At the end of the year we were both physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted and a break was desperately needed by us both. One such event is tiring enough for anyone, a chain of events in just a few months experienced by a couple with autism was a challenge akin to climbing Everest twice in a month. To add to the pressure I was also in the throes of completing my doctorate in education. Despite the immense pressures we loved his Master’s year and I loved the dressing up and organising all of the events. Being a dancer and having been part of the competitive world for so long, Ladies Night was made for me. As the organiser, my social phobias were lessened as I could act a part; be another person. Autistic individuals can sometimes seem rude and seemingly ignorant. Often there is a lot going on, lots of noise, lots of talking, lots of information, and autists become overwhelmed easily. One way of overcoming this, if it is not possible to leave the situation and find a quiet space, is by ‘switching out’ and appearing to be ignoring what is going on. It can be a way to avoid sudden rage or episode of anxiety. Be patient, they will eventually ‘come back’. You will also find an autist is very exacting about detail; perhaps the directions to a lodge, the invitation to a lodge meeting, what he or she should wear. This is not just them being pedants, but the detail is essential for them to process the situation so that they can accept it as fact. They will get anxious about travelling, about being told one thing and then it being changed at the last minute. It is important that you accept your fellow brother for the way he or she is. Autism is not an excuse; it is simply a difference in the way the brain is wired, which cannot be altered. Most importantly, be supportive and listen to them when they explain what you can do to help make their masonic life easier and more enjoyable. Page 14 www.grandlodge.org.uk

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