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collatette which he was entitled to wear at all Masonic meetings during his year of office. The Ulster Lodge elected to contribute, and the, then rather princely sum of £777 was duly subscribed.

As the Peace Memorial Temple, or Freemason's Hall as it came to be known, neared completion, it was decided that the Ulster Lodge should apply for accommodation in the magnificent building. Since the same idea doubtless occurred to most of the fifteen hundred and forty-two other London Lodges, the privilege of being able to meet in the Temple was highly prized, but obviously, many would have to be disappointed. The problem was solved for the Ulster Lodge by the astute legal brain of the late W. Bro. Sir Robert McCall, K.C., P.M., and a member of the Grand Lodge. On his advice, by changing the day and hour of meeting in 1929, they were able to move into the Old Freemason's Hall in Great Queen Street, so that when the Peace Memorial Temple was opened in 1933, as existing tenants, they passed automatically into the new premises, securing their headquarters in what is still believed to this day to be the greatest Masonic building in the world. As a further mark of respect for the Lodge's reputation, the managers of the Connaught Rooms adjoining

A centenary jewel can only be granted a Lodge if it has run uninterrupted for one hundred years, and despite the disruption of the two wars, and despite the dangers, the Ulster Lodge never abandoned a meeting, even when the bombing was at its most intense. When the Grand Lodge, at the height of the Blitz, disapproved of evening meetings in Freemason's Hall, the Lodge met at 11 a.m., and transacted their business, often to the accompaniment of anti-aircraft guns. On one occasion, a doodlebug passed directly overhead at the precise moment W. Bro. A. W. Bently, the W.M., was administering the obligation to a candidate. The ceremony is said to have proceeded without interruption, though it's hard to imagine there were not at least one or two silent supplications for architectural intervention, and the bomb was heard to explode a short distance away, wreaking much damage, though not a pane of glass was broken in

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