Masonic symbol, a refreshing change?
Heineken’s headquarters, built in Zoeterwoude in the Netherlands back in 1975 from the ground would not support any evidence of this rumour. However now, with the help of the technology supplied by Google
Maps we get to see this cleverly designed building from a different angle.
Freddy first entered the company in June 1941 when it was not owned by the family anymore but slowly bought back shares until he was a major share holder and the company was once more controlled by the Heineken family. By the time of his resignation as chairman of the board in 1989 he had transformed Heineken from a well known Dutch beer in to a world known brand and one of the biggest breweries to have ever existed.
He is more famously know for being kidnapped, along with his driver in 1983 and released when a ransom of 35 million Dutch guilders was paid. The kidnappers were later caught and all served lengthy prison sentences for their crimes, this story was transformed to the big screen in 2011 when Freddy was played by Rutger Hauer, ironic as Rutger used to be the face of Guinness. Freddy remained a powerful force behind the company until his death in 2002, Charlene Heineken, his daughter inheriting his vast fortune.
Freddy Heineken, the powerful business man, the visionary, the kidnap victim but was he a Freemason. we will let you decide.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”