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
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Helping with financial need
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London WC2B 5AZ
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Helping older people
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London WC2B 5BG
T: 020 7596 2400
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Helping young people
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London WC2B 5AG
T: 020 7405 2644
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Supporting those in medical need
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London WC2B 5BL
T: 020 7404 1550
Fax: 020 7404 1544
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The RMBI – making the difference

The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) prides itself on its ability to make a real difference to the lives of older Freemasons and their dependants.
     This is made possible by the generous donations received from the Craft in general and Lodges in particular, together with the practical support of Lodge Almoners, members of each Home’s Association of Friends and its committed and knowledgeable team of Care Staff.
     The work of the RMBI is well illustrated by the following scenario:
     A lady of 86 years lived alone in a remote area, following the death of her husband (a lifelong Freemason) some five years earlier. She had no immediate family.
     She had always taken pride in her ability to look after herself, but following a fall in which she sustained a broken hip, found herself housebound and unable to get to the shops which were a short bus ride away. Whilst a neighbour helped with her shopping, the lady found herself increasingly isolated, lonely and depressed.
     Her late husband’s Lodge Almoner visited her one day and was appalled by the deterioration in both her physical and mental state. He immediately arranged for a member of the RMBI Care Advice Team to visit.
     The Care Advice Visitor’s assessment was that personal care was desperately needed, and recommended that the lady move to an RMBI Home immediately. This was done within a week. She has now regained her physical and mental condition and much of her independence.
     Our Care Advice Team sees many heartbreaking cases like this, week after week. However, on moving to an RMBI Home, surrounded by love, care and new friendly neighbours, as well as their own ornaments and keepsakes, many people discover new leases of life.
     They hugely enjoy the companionship within the Home, and are welcome to participate in the many activities and trips that are laid on. For many, however, the most valuable aspect of living in an RMBI Home is “…always knowing that someone is there.”
     For more information about the work of the RMBI, please visit our website, or contact our Fundraising & Events Team on 020 7596 2405.


A General Meeting of the Grand Charity will be held at the Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 9SB at 11.00 am on Saturday, 16 October 2004.

The meeting is open to all Masons and non-Masons. Lunch will be available at a cost of £15.00 per head. Formal notice will be given later in the year, but for advance information, contact the Secretary of Grand Charity.

The Grand Charity
60 Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ
Tel: 020 7395 9293
Fax: 020 7395 9295

TLC provides for small Teddy bears to be given by Accident and Emergency Medical staff to distressed children in the A&E unit. Freemasons provide the Teddy bears to local hospitals and more than 85,000 Teddy bears have already been distributed.

The Scheme was first introduced in the Province of Essex and is now supported in more than 16 Provinces. The Grand Charity would like to invite additional interested Provinces to join the TLC scheme.

Please contact the GRAND CHARITY on 020 7395 9296 for more information if your Province is interested in becoming involved in the TLC scheme.