ISSUE 10, July 2004
John Pine: A sociable craftsman
Jumping for Joy: Skydiving for charity
Quarterly Communication: Speeches of: the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Address of the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Royal Arch: Cheshire gives a lead
  Walking with the greats: Bath Masonic Hall
Motoring in style: Classic Vehicle Club
Masonic education: A daily advancement and Events for your diary
Travel: Portugal
Library & Museum of Freemasonry
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
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Demonstrations of ritual
The Board has reviewed the guidance on demonstrations of ritual approved by the Grand Lodge in June 2002 and has concluded that where a Lodge rehearses or demonstrates its normal ritual (e.g. because it has no candidate) there is no need for the Lodge to be called off to enable the demonstration or rehearsal to take place. It accordingly hopes that the Grand Lodge will endorse the revised consolidated statement set out below:

1. The ritual of a recognised Grand Lodge which works in English may be demonstrated at a meeting of a Private Lodge provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
(a) only Master Masons are present at the demonstration;
(b) the Lodge has been closed, or is “called off” for the duration of the demonstration; and
(c) the Lodge room remains fully tyled throughout.

2. The ritual of any Grand Lodge which works in a language other than English may not be demonstrated in a Lodge under the English Jurisdiction, except with the express permission of the Board. Any such permission will only be given subject to the conditions set out above.
3. No demonstration of the ritual of another Grand Lodge may in any circumstances be given in a Lodge of Instruction.
4. Paragraphs 1 to 3 apply equally to reconstructions of historical forms of Craft ritual.
5. Brethren are reminded that arrangements for the demonstration of the ritual of another Grand Lodge should be made through the Grand Secretary’s Office. (See also the section headed “Correspondence with Other Grand Lodges and their Members” in the booklet Information for the Guidance of Members of the Craft.)
6. No Lodge of another Constitution may meet and confer a degree upon a “live” candidate (as opposed to demonstrating a conferral) in an English Constitution Lodge; nor may a dispensation be granted for an English Constitution Lodge to hold a meeting or confer a degree within the territory of another Grand Lodge.
7. Where a Lodge desires to rehearse or demonstrate its normal ritual at one of its meetings (e.g. because it has no candidate), there can be no objection to the presence of Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts who have already received the degree being demonstrated, and the Lodge need not be “called off”.
8. The Ceremony of the Consecration of a Lodge is of a special nature and may only be carried out by the Grand Master or by some other Grand Officer or Master or Past Master of a Lodge appointed to act for him (Rule 97, Book of Constitutions). It may not therefore be demonstrated either in whole or in part.
9. The extended Inner Working of the Board of Installed Masters, if worked in a Lodge, is regulated by the following resolution passed by Grand Lodge on 1 December 1926:
     “Grand Lodge takes note of the exceptional and traditional circumstances attaching in certain Lodges to the ceremonial Opening and Closing in extenso of a Board of Installed Masters. While it still deprecates the use of any signs, tokens, or words unknown to, or unrecognised by, the majority of English Installed Masters, it declares, in view of these circumstances, that, provided that there shall be incorporated in such ceremony a precise declaration by the Installing Master to the Master Elect that the signs, tokens, and words given in the course of the extended portion of the working are not essential to the Installation of a Master, and are not known to, or to be required from, Installed Masters generally, and that no further Degree in Masonry is being conferred, Lodges are permitted to perform the ceremony”
     The Board considers that that resolution applies equally to any demonstration of the extended Inner Working.

The Board has received a report that sixteen Lodges have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are:

Eshowe Lodge No. 2596 (Natal); Edward VII Lodge No. 3359 (Durham); Constitution Lodge No. 3392 (East Lancashire); Insuranto Lodge No. 3733 (London); Universalis Lodge No. 4163 (Middlesex); Claremont Lodge No. 4572 (East Lancashire); Equity Lodge No. 4589 (East Lancashire); Silver Jubilee Lodge No. 5531 (Worcestershire); Golden Reef Lodge No. 2834 (South Africa, North); Springfield Lodge No. 6722 (East Lancashire); Menevia Lodge No. 6771 (Middlesex); Old Hulmeians Lodge No. 7062 (East Lancashire); Maney Lodge No. 7630 (Warwickshire); Edgbaston Emulation Lodge No. 7779 (Warwickshire); Weoley Castle Lodge No. 8196 (Worcestershire); Highwood Lodge No. 8282 (London).
     Over recent years, the Lodges have found themselves no longer viable. The Board is satisfied that further efforts to save them would be to no avail and therefore has no alternative but to recommend that they be erased. A Resolution to this effect was agreed.

Grand Lodge Accounts for 2003
The President of the Board of General Purposes presented the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2003. He said:
     “These show an operating deficit after tax of £239,000. However, increased costs during the year in respect of depreciation on the new computer system and on security at Freemasons’ Hall were matched by a reduction in the costs of MQ magazine.
     “The improvement in stock markets during the year has, moreover, resulted in Total Funds at 31 December 2003 remaining the same as at the end of the previous year, notwithstanding the operating deficit after tax.
     “My predecessor as President referred in his comments on the 2002 Accounts to the Pension Fund deficit under FRS 17. Whilst this deficit has been reduced in 2003, an actuarial valuation was carried out in the year and accordingly the employer’s contribution has been temporarily increased to 25%.”
     The Audited Accounts of the Grand Lodge for the year ended 31 December 2003 were adopted.

Election of Grand Lodge auditors
The re-election of Horwath Clark Whitehill LLP, as Auditors of the Grand Lodge, was approved.

Motion pursuant to Notice
Amendments to the Book of Constitutions
The President of the Board of General Purposes moved:

‘(i) That the following sentence be added at the end of Rule 105 (a):
     “If there be only one nomination and if no other member duly qualified shall have indicated to the Secretary that he wishes to be considered and if no member present calls for a ballot then it shall be permissible for the Master to declare the election in favour of the nominated member.”

(ii) That Rule 112 (a) be amended to read:
     “(a) The Treasurer shall be elected by the members on the regular day of election of the Master and in the same manner.”’

Amendment to Motion:
The Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes moved:
     “That the words ‘; provided that the election shall not be so declared unless notice of the intention so to do and the identity of the sole Brother nominated shall have been given on the summons convening the meeting at which the election is to take place’ be inserted at the end of the addition to Rule 105(a) of the Book of Constitutions.
Amendment approved.

New Lodges
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by The MW The Grand Master showing the date from which their Warrants became effective:

Date of Warrant
No. & Name of Lodge; Location, Area:

12 November 2003
9781 Lux Solis; Saffron Walden, Essex

10 March 2004
9783 Scout; Buckfastleigh, Devonshire
9784 North London Installed Masters; Southgate, London
9785 Lodge of the East and West; Handsworth, Warwickshire
9786 King Tefkros; Larnaca, Cyprus

The MW The Grand Master has made the following appointments:
W Bro Ernest Robert Steven, as District Grand Master for South America, Southern Division, in succession to RW Bro Angus Grant, who resigned on 13 November 2003. Bro Steven was installed on 10 May 2004.
W Bro David Alistair Fok PAGReg, as District Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over Hong Kong and the Far East, in succession to RW Bro Peter Wong, who retired on 30 April 2004. Bro Fok was installed on 26 May 2004.
VW Bro Michael Robin Bailey, PGSwdB, to be Provincial Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over East Kent, in succession to RW Bro John Bonomy, who is to retire on 30 June 2004. Bro Bailey is due to be installed on 28 October 2004.
W Bro Kow Abaka Quansah to be District Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over Ghana, in succession to RW Bro Benoni Otoo, who is to retire on 30 September 2004.