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Thursday, October 1, 2020
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    Jamboree of all jamborees

    The Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest, non-religious, non-political and charitable organisations in the world.

    Free Masons, a movement shrouded in mystery, sometimes secrecy, sometimes controversy and mostly misunderstood.
    The Bulletin spoke to Charles Burn, Assistant District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge, South Africa North.
    Charles explained some of the functions, fears and questions regarding Free Masonry.
    The Freemasonry is one of the oldest and largest, non-religious, non-political and charitable organisations in the world.
    “Freemasonry is based on the principles of kindness, honesty, fairness, tolerance and integrity,” said Charles, “it teaches self-knowledge through participation in a progression of Ceremonies.”
    Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that traces its origins to the local Fraternities of medieval stonemasons’ guilds, which from the 14th century set wages, trained apprentices and regulated who could practice the craft. Masons studied measurement, geometry and mathematics. They built cathedrals and castles from stone while the expert masons acted as architects and engineers.
    By the end of the 17th century, guilds became obsolete due to the decline in cathedral and castle building. The majority of lodge members became “gentlemen enthusiasts” practising speculative masonry.
    The Grand Lodge of England, under which the Highveld Lodge operates, was formed in 1717.
    The District of South Africa North is the largest District of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) outside of England and comprise of 100 lodges with around 2000 members. It also covers a geographical area of the old Transvaal and includes Botswana, Swaziland and Mauritius.
    Freemasonry exists throughout the world, however each Grand Lodge is sovereign and independent. There is no international governing body for Freemasonry.
    Freemasonry has a long history of charitable support for the less fortunate members of society.
    The Highveld Lodge held a Jamboree on Saturday, 4 May, at the Sky Hill Entertainment Centre. The main aim was to raise funds for charitable work.
    A number of men from all areas in Govan Mbeki Municipality were invited to a “Men Only” event. The Bulletin arrived to find smells of Portuguese food hanging in the air and men enjoying themselves. After a while the food was served and everybody had a blast.
    There was an entry fee to the event that went towards the Highveld Lodge Charity fund and towards the food and drinks.
    A number of sports memorabilia were auctioned off and some fetched really high prices.
    The highlight of the evening was certainly when Jose Maciel handed, on behalf of the Highveld Lodge, an electric wheelchair to a beneficiary. His wife was wheelchair bound for 40 years and couldn’t really be mobile. He also distributed large sums of the proceeds to fellow lodges in the area so that they could use for their own charitable work.
    The evenings formal proceeding was concluded with a spectacular fireworks display.
    It was really a grand affair.

    Jamboree of all jamborees