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UGLE publishes its gender reassignment policy

News from UGLE - 1 August 2018 - 12:37pm

In line with the Gender Recognition Act of 2004 and the Equality Act of 2010, United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is pleased to publish its gender reassignment policy

While there has been no general request for guidance on gender reassignment, UGLE believes this to be an opportune time to issue guidance to its members.

The policy outlines that a candidate for admission to Freemasonry under the jurisdiction of UGLE must be a man. Should a person who has undergone gender reassignment and has become a man apply to become a Freemason then his application must be processed in the same way as for any other male candidate. A Freemason who after initiation ceases to be a man does not cease to be a Freemason.

It should also be noted that people who the law classifies as female will still be exempt from membership of the United Grand Lodge of England. They may, of course, become members of the two female only grand Lodges – The Order of Women Freemasons (OWF) and The Honourable Fraternity of Ancient Freemasons (HFAF) – both of whom refer to members as Brothers.

Read UGLE’s gender reassignment policy.

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Freemasons’ Hall unveils new Tercentenary organ in Temple 10

News from UGLE - 27 July 2018 - 9:41am

United Grand Lodge of England has been presented with a new organ in Temple 10 at Freemasons’ Hall, which has been generously donated by The Grand Stewards’ Lodge

The funds for the new organ were raised over a three-year period, through a combination of the generosity of individual members of the lodge and through donations from some of the 19 ‘Red-Apron’ Lodges which nominate Grand Stewards.

A total of £65,000 was raised to pay for the new organ, which was installed in the latter part of 2017 by Viscount Organs and inaugurated at The Grand Stewards’ Lodge installation meeting on 17th January 2018 by the then Grand Organist, Carl Jackson MVO.

The journey started when The Grand Stewards’ Lodge were looking for a suitable project they could support to commemorate the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge on 24th June 1717. It was during this time that the organ in Temple 10, roughly 50 years old, stopped working and so it was decided that its replacement would be chosen as the lodge’s project to celebrate the Tercentenary.

The Organ Committee decided that the new instruments specification and layout should mirror the fine renovated Willis III pipe organ in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall. The organ console is made of oak, stained to match the existing furniture, it has three manuals (Great, Swell and Choir) and a full pedal board, 55 speaking stops and a full set of couplers, together with the same number of thumb and toe pistons as are available on the Grand Temple Organ.

UGLE has established close links with the Royal College of Organists, which was founded by Freemason Richard Limpus in 1864, and now funds the RCO Freemasons’ Prize, as well as providing Freemasons’ Bursaries to cover items such as tuition fees and travelling expenses. As a result, the new organ in Temple 10 will be available to pupils who wish to practise for their exams from September 2018.

Read more about the history of The Grand Stewards’ Lodge

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United Grand Lodge of England seeks an Accounts Administrator

News from UGLE - 25 July 2018 - 4:07pm

United Grand Lodge of England seeks an Accounts Administrator for the Finance Department

To maintain accurate and up-to-date accounting records in the cashbook and nominal ledger for the receipt of income for membership-subscriptions. To monitor and report on compliance with the organisations financial controls policies and procedures.

Duties include:

  • Crosscheck the daily 'rough sheets' from the Registration Department with the cheques/electronic receipts from Lodgers and Chapters.Crosscheck the daily 'rough sheets' from the Registration Department with the cheques/electronic receipts from Lodgers and Chapters.
  • Scan cheques, print the listing from the cheque scanner and put the cheques, cash and listing into business cheque advantage bags ready for banking.
  • Receipts/cheques to be banked daily.
  • Post receipts to the cashbook in the nominal ledger of the accounting system, checking the accuracy of the VAT PZ rating calculation as necessary.
  • Liaise with the Registration department and other departments as required to resolve queries.
  • Quarterly VAT return – check the accuracy of posting to the VAT module through detailed nominal ledger report. Correct any errors by posting a journal.
  • To prepare accounts up to trial balance and any account reconciliations as requested by the Finance Manager from time to time.
  • Seek continuous improvement in performance and quality standards (of the job/role or the department or the staff as applicable).
  • Attend and positively contribute to meetings, seminars and project groups as required.
  • Carry out any other activities, duties and tasks as directed.

Must have skills:

  • Accounting qualifications (part qualified) or at least 1 year Transactional Finance experience
  • General Ledger experience
  • Good standard of general education
  • Up-to-date PC skills, detailed knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Good communicator
  • Highly motivated
  • Team oriented

Salary:

Competitive salary and benefits package.

Hours:

The successful applicant will work Monday to Friday (25 hours) 9am – 3pm in the Finance office.

Application details:

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to:

Elizabeth Gay
Head of HR
United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London
WC2B 5AZ

Or via email to egay@ugle.org.uk

CVs received without a covering letter will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is close of business on Wednesday 8th August 2018.

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United Grand Lodge of England seeks a HR Assistant

News from UGLE - 25 July 2018 - 3:25pm

United Grand Lodge of England seeks a HR Assistant for the HR Department on a part-time basis

The primary responsibility of the HR Assistant is to provide the Head of HR with effective administrative assistance.

Duties include:

Manage the joiner and leaver processes to include (but not limited to) -

  • Coordinating all employment related paperwork for new hires and terminations as instructed by Head of HR and passing onto Payroll & Benefits Administrator for payroll processing.
  • Prepare induction packs for new joiners.
  • Carrying out HR induction for new employees.
  • Coordinating probationary review process to include checks and controls around form filling and record keeping.
  • Manage the leaver’s process, including exit interviews and confirming to Payroll & Benefits Administrator final pay arrangements.

General tasks:

  • Assisting with maintaining the HR system with starters, leavers, training, reviews, holidays, sickness, benefits etc.
  • Assist with the recruitment process (in particular preparing interview packs for the week ahead as applicable) as directed by Head of HR.
  • Dealing with holiday and sickness absence queries from members of staff.
  • Maintain employee files – ensuring all paperwork filed.
  • Assist with and organise training as directed.
  • Opening and distributing incoming post and arranging outgoing post.
  • Responsible for scanning and filing departmental paperwork as directed.
  • Ensure all Job Descriptions are kept up-to-date and create new JDs as and when necessary.
  • Co-ordinate and provide HR reports relating to recruitment, training, turnover, absence, benefits and general statistics.
  • Monitor staff absence levels including co-ordination of return to work interviews and referrals to occupation health adviser where necessary.
  • Assist Head of HR with any other tasks as and when required.

Annual tasks:

  • To assist the Payroll & Benefits Administrator with preparing records for the purpose of internal and external audit.
  • Responsible for administration of all the completed Performance & Development Reviews (PDR’s) to include logging development and training requirements (May-July).
  • Assist Head of HR with salary review process (July-October).
  • Coordinate annual flu vaccinations for all staff and tenants as required (October).
  • Managing the administration for the Christmas Gift Card Scheme (December).

Additional Tasks (following internal training):

  • Provide payroll cover for Payroll & Benefits Administrator (following training) as and when required.

Must have skills:

  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strict confidentiality
  • Team player
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook and be otherwise IT literate to adapt to bespoke systems and databases (training provided)

Salary:

Competitive salary and terms package applies.

Hours:

The successful applicant will work three days per week either 8-4pm or 9-5pm.

Application details:

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter to:

Elizabeth Gay
Head of HR
United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London
WC2B 5AZ

Or via email to egay@ugle.org.uk

CVs received without a covering letter will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is Monday 6th August 2018 (5pm).

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Are you interested in joining UGLE’s Communications Committee?

News from UGLE - 13 July 2018 - 12:00am

United Grand Lodge of England is looking for new people to join the Communications Committee
 
Chaired by James Long, Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes, the committee is responsible for providing leadership for UGLE’s Communications strategy. Members of the committee are typically experienced media, communications and marketing professionals. 
 
The committee meets monthly at Freemasons' Hall.
 
If you are interested in applying, please email your CV and covering letter to Dr David Staples, Chief Executive, at apply@ugle.org.uk

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Buckinghamshire Freemasons donate £3,000 to Milton Keynes Food Bank

Freemasory cares - 12 July 2018 - 12:00am

Milton Keynes Food Bank has received a donation of £3,000 from Buckinghamshire Freemasons

A certificate for the funds, donated via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), was presented by Andrew Hough, MCF representative, and Mike Clanfield, Provincial Charity Steward for Buckinghamshire.

Milton Keynes Food Bank is an independent charity established to provide local families and individuals with essential food supplies at a time when they need it most, covering the days or sometimes weeks before other parts of the social care infrastructure can come into play.

The grant received has been used towards the transportation costs for the charities gifted vehicles, which are used for delivering the emergency food parcels to their 12 serving centres across Milton Keynes.

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United Grand Lodge of England seeks an Administrator

News from UGLE - 9 July 2018 - 10:42am

United Grand Lodge of England seeks an Administrator for the Registration department for a 1 year fixed term position

The duties and responsibilities will be many and varied, but will be to process Registration Forms and issue Membership Certificates as well as assisting in maintaining the database.

Duties include:

  • Process Registration Forms, Annual Returns, Applications for Grand Lodge/Chapter Certificates, Dispensations.
  • Check quality and accuracy of Membership Certificates and send out using mail merge.
  • Keep a record of all Membership Certificates returned for amendment or alteration and endorse as necessary in accordance with Office procedures.
  • File all forms accurately.
  • Assist with post-opening duties.
  • Answer telephone enquiries promptly and courteously.
  • Carry out any ad hoc duties as may be requested by his/her Line Manager which are considered to be within his/her skill and competence and within the context of the job title.

Must have skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Knowledge of Microsoft applications such as Windows, Word, Excel and Outlook and be otherwise IT literate to adapt to bespoke systems and databases (training provided).

Salary:

Competitive salary and terms package applies.

Hours:

The successful applicant will work five days per week 9am – 5pm in an open plan office.

Application details:

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to:

Elizabeth Gay
Head of HR
United Grand Lodge of England
Freemasons’ Hall
60 Great Queen Street
London
WC2B 5AZ

Or via email to egay@ugle.org.uk

CVs received without a covering letter will not be considered.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 18th July 2018.

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