First Rising - the official newsletter for members of the UGLE

Welcome to the fifth edition of First Rising – the official newsletter for members of United Grand Lodge of England.

We aim to give you the latest news from UGLE and keep you informed with our plans for the future. During these uncertain times, it is more important than ever that we communicate regularly with you – our members. This edition, we have an update on dining from Donald Taylor, Director of Legal Services at UGLE, news from East Africa and a new Testimonials section on the UGLE website!

Stay safe Brethren.

This newsletter has been broken into sections, making it easier to read on the website. These sections are available on the news section of the website.

Masonic Dining in England during Covid restrictions Please click to read

Discoveries from the treasures of English Freemasonry - 4. Please click to read

The District Grand Lodge of East Africa - Light at the end of the tunnel. Please click to read

UGLE Webinar with John Dickie Please click to read

Testimonials - UGLE Website Please click to read

Women Freemasons Please click to read

Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), The Freemasons’ CharityPlease click to read

Latest talks from Museum of Freemasonry Please click to read

New diary for 2021 - Letchworth's Shop Please click to read


Whilst we all know of individuals and families affected by COVID, many people are wondering how the Craft as a whole is faring.

We are aware that member deaths are up 13.34% on this time last year and know of 199 Brethren who have been called to the Grand Lodge Above by this terrible disease.

Rest eternal grant unto them, and let light perpetual shine upon them.