Letter: Two sides of Freemasonry

Share
Related Topics
From Mr Richard Winstone

Sir: So, Commander Higham, grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of England, assures us that "being a Mason is an excuse to have a good dinner, a few drinks, be among friends and raise some money for charity"? ("Public face of the Masons defends rights to 'privacy' ", 21 July).

May I suggest that he issues an invitation to anyone thinking otherwise to send him the details; and if their complaints are justified, he will investigate, and publish the findings.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Winstone

Stroud, Gloucestershire

21 July

From Ms Isobel Shepherdson

Sir: You report Commander Higham (21 July) as saying that men have their Freemasons' Lodge and women have the Women's Institute.

As a WI member, I protest at the suggestion that there is any point of similarity (except single-sex membership) between the two organisations. We have no need to waste valuable time drawing a distinction between privacy and secrecy: our public face is our only face. Any woman can join on payment of the annual subscription. This is currently pounds 12, so is hardly likely to prove exclusive. She is then free to join in local, national and international activities, enjoy any of the wide range of courses put on at our residential college near Oxford and contribute to the campaigns which we organise ourselves (care for rural carers) or with others (against the present law of provocation).

Because of the secrecy/privacy surrounding the Masons, it is difficult to know what they are - sinister or just comic.

Yours faithfully,

Isobel Shepherdson

York

From Mrs Wynn Smythe

Sir: I simply cannot believe that the Freemasons are deliberately doing wicked and underhand things that need investigating.

When my first husband died suddenly, leaving me with three children, their help - practical, financial and supportive - was invaluable. We had moved away from my husband's lodge, but a local man was found who visited me regularly. The lodge kept in touch, even after I remarried, and I felt that there was always a friendly, reliable person to whom I could turn if necessary.

Yours sincerely,

Wynn Smythe

Reydon, Suffolk

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Finance Assistant / Credit Controller

£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are an award-winning digit...

Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform Engineer - VMware / SAN / Tier3 DC

£45000 - £55000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior VMware Platform En...

Recruitment Genius: Purchasing Assistant

£10000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Ledger Assistant

£17000 - £19000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A distributor of specialist ele...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Labour and the Liberal Democrats would both end winter fuel allowances for pensioners with enough income to pay the 40p tax rate  

Politicians court the grey vote because pensioners, unlike the young, vote

Andrew Grice
US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have a drink after agreeing a deal on carbon emissions  

Beijing must face down the perils of being big and powerful – or boom may turn to bust

Peter Popham
Homeless Veterans campaign: Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after £300,000 gift from Lloyds Bank

Homeless Veterans campaign

Donations hit record-breaking £1m target after huge gift from Lloyds Bank
Flight MH370 a year on: Lost without a trace – but the search goes on

Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
Germany's spymasters left red-faced after thieves break into brand new secret service HQ and steal taps

Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
Virginia Ironside was my landlady: What is it like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7?

Virginia Ironside was my landlady

Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
8 best workout DVDs

8 best workout DVDs

If your 'New Year new you' regime hasn’t lasted beyond February, why not try working out from home?
Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable