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W. Bro. Michael Simons our Lodge Secretary has been awarded the Member of The British Empire in The Queen’s Birthday Honours (2016).

Member of The British Empire

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is the "order of chivalry of British constitutional monarchy", rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and public service outside the Civil Service.

On Saturday the 14th May 2016 we held a White Table. This was to explain to our partners and friends what we do and how we dress.

As you can see we had many non Masons with us so please feel free to
get in touch and you too can come and visit us and see what we get up to.

Malcolm Bilmen
Worshipful Master

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W. Bro. Victor Hyams has been awarded the Chevalier de Ordre national de La Legion d’honneur.

Légion d’Honneur

The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour (French: Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur), is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France and is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand'Croix (Grand Cross).

The order's motto is "Honneur et Patrie" ("Honour and Fatherland") and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur next to the Musée d'Orsay, on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris.

W. Bro. Victor Hyams

W. Bro. Victor Hyams, our oldest Member, was initiated into St. Mary at Finchley Lodge in 1957. He spent the war fighting in the 44th Royal Tank Regiment and was part of the allied forces fighting in Normandy. In the few days after D Day he was injured during fierce fighting.

His story has been reported in The Guardian in this article:

In October 1990 W. Bro Victor returned to HILL 112 in Normandy, to visit the monument erected in the field of battle at which he was injured in the weeks after the D-Day Landings. This film was made to celebrate Victors 90th birthday: