ISSUE 10, July 2004
Editorial
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
Charities
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Removal of a Chapter
A Memorial from Lumen Chapter, No. 5768 (London) praying that the Chapter be permitted to be removed from London to the Province of Middlesex was approved.

Erasures
The Committee received reports on four Chapters: St. Andrews Chapter, No. 2329 (South America, Southern Division); St. George Chapter, No. 2544 (Natal); Duke of Edinburgh Chapter, No. 4341 (West Lancashire); Karoi Chapter, No. 8193 (Zimbabwe).
     The Chapters have been obliged to close for lack of support and have surrendered their Charters and have been erased from the register of Grand Chapter and the Charters cancelled.

Fees
2005: The Committee recommendation, in accordance with Regulation 98, that the fees for Registration, Replacement Certificates, Certificates for Serving Companions, and Dispensations for 2005 should be increased by approximately 3% to keep pace with the costs of providing the services concerned, was approved.
     2006: The Committee believes that it is likely to have to recommend next year that fees payable in 2006 be increased by approximately 3% to keep pace with the costs of providing the services concerned.

Contributions to Grand Chapter
2005: The Committee recommendation, in accordance with Regulation 100, that the contributions (exclusive of VAT) payable annually to Grand Chapter in respect of each member of a Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province for the year 2005 shall remain unchanged at £3.15, was approved.
     2006: The Committee believes that it will be able to recommend next year that contributions remain unchanged in 2006.

Motion Pursuant to Notice
Amendments to the Royal Arch Regulations
The President of the Committee of General Purposes moved amendments to Regulation 26(e) with effect from 1 January 2005 relating to a Metropolitan Grand Chapter.
     The amendments were approved.

Notice of Motion
For the next Regular Convocation of the Grand Chapter
     (A) Amendments to the Royal Arch Regulations 43, 44, 45 and 49.
     (B) Changes to the General Practice of the Royal Arch
     “(a) That all references to the Royal Arch being the completion of the Master Mason’s degree be removed from the ritual;
     (b) that the traditional dates attributed to the three Original Grand Lodges be removed from the Historical Lecture; and
     (c) that Chapters be permitted to use the additions and variations to the ritual of the Royal Arch and the Lectures of the Three Chairs set out in the Annex to the paper of business.”

Accounts of Grand Chapter
The audited Accounts of Supreme Grand Chapter for the year ended 31 December 2003 were adopted.

Charges for Patents and Charters
In accordance with Royal Arch Regulation 99, the Charges for Patents and Charters are reviewed annually and are based on the cost of producing the documents. The Committee recommendation that the charges (exclusive of VAT) for the year commencing 1 May 2004 be as follows was approved:
    £
170.00 (a) Charter for a new Chapter
530.00 (b) Charter of Confirmation
320.00 (c) Charter for a Centenary Jewel
500.00 (d) Charter of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel
520.00 (e) Charter for a Bi-Centenary Bar
520.00 (f ) Charter of Confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar
  21.00 (g) Certificate of Amalgamation
  70.00 (h) Enfacement (Alterations) Fee