Its hard to believe that another year has slipped past already, and we are now back to the annual European Heritage Open Days initiative where many of our most historical buildings will be open to the public on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th September 2014. This year in Northern Ireland, we have three Masonic Centres opening in the town of Saintfield, Enniskillen and Londonderry. We have attached copies of all three advertisements so you can see where to find the Halls, Opening Times and other useful information.
The Saintfield Hall is some 92 years old this year and contains a range of interesting Masonic and Historical material. Interestingly, it is the only one of our Halls that will be open on Sunday afternoon, and I hope that it will have many visitors on the day.
The Enniskillen Hall occupies a prominent position on the road into Enniskillen from Belfast and again has an varied selection of Masonic artifacts on display, including an early Masonic bog oak medallion bearing the date 1517. There is an extensive collection of jewels from the local Lodges, a cased set of dress regalia that was once used by The Duke of Leinster and a very early Royal Arch Masonic Chart bearing the date 1749. All in all, if you have never been there, this Hall is well worth a visit. And even if you have been there, make an effort to appear, and support the Fermanagh Brethren in this very worthwhile effort to engage with the public at large.
And finally, we have the Old Bishop’s Palace in the centre of Londonderry, long time home to the Lodges of the town, and containing another interesting collection of Masonic artifacts. So Brethren, take this opportunity to visit some ( or indeed all ) of these Halls, support the local Brethren and take the opportunity to view some of the very interesting exibits on display.