ISSUE 11, October 2004
Elias Ashmole: Masonic Icon
Travel: The magical beauty of Scotland
Honoured: By the Glovers' livery company
The Theatre: Strong links between Craft and stage
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Mauritius: Fascinating Masonic history
Rochester Cathedral: Kent Masons' magnificent fresco
Clerkenwell: 25 years of Masonry
  Bravery award: One Mason's heroism is honoured
Christmas shopping: What to buy in London's West End
High flight: Helping terminally ill children
Jewels of the Craft: An essential part of Masonry
Library & Museum: John Pine exhibition and Library & Museum Trust report
Masonic education: Events for Masons; Quatuor Coronati Lodge; Mentors for new Masons
Charities: Masons provide emergency aid for flood victims; Charity news; Demelza gives voice
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The Board’s Report lists those Grand Officers whose deaths were reported up to 20 July, including that of RW Bro Benjamin van Rensburg, District Grand Master for Orange Free State, tragically killed in a car accident on his way home from a Lodge meeting on 22 May. On 1 August, the District Grand Master for Ghana, RW Bro Benoni Otoo was also killed in a car accident.

Amalgamation of Lodges
In September 2000, the Book of Constitutions was amended to provide a formal procedure for Lodges to amalgamate and receive a Certificate of Amalgamation recording the event. The procedure has proved extremely popular and from 2001 onwards many Lodges have availed themselves of the facility.
    In practice, however, it has been found that the individual joining procedure laid down in Rule 163 of the Book of Constitutions is cumbersome as a means of transferring membership from the amalgamating to the continuing Lodge.
    The Board accordingly recommends that a simplified procedure be introduced for the purpose, and notice of motion to amend the Book of Constitutions was approved.

Notice of motion for the next Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge
The President of the Board of General Purposes to move:
Amendment to the Book of Constitutions Insert new Rule 165A:
    “165A. Notwithstanding the provisions of Rules 163, 164 and 165, where the Grand Master grants a Certificate of Amalgamation between two or more Lodges under Rule 102A compliance with the following procedure shall, subject to the proviso below, be sufficient to effect the transfer of membership to the continuing Lodge of members of the other Lodge or Lodges (the “Amalgamating Lodge(s)”) that are party to the amalgamation:
    (a) there shall be completed in respect of each Amalgamating Lodge a joint Registration Form (as approved from time to time by the Board of General Purposes) giving the full name, place of abode, date of birth and occupation of each member of the Lodge desirous of transferring his membership;
    (b) the joint Registration Form shall be signed, against his name, by each such Brother and shall have appended thereto a certificate signed by the Master and Secretary of the Amalgamating Lodge that none of the Brethren therein named is indebted to the Lodge;
    (c) the joint Registration Form shall be transmitted to the Secretary of the continuing Lodge in order that names of the Brethren listed therein and the particulars required above may be placed on the summons for a regular meeting of the Lodge, to be held not later than the date of the removal of the Amalgamating Lodge from the register of the Grand Lodge, at which the transfer of membership must be approved by a majority of not less than twothirds of the members present and voting;
    (d) upon the removal from the register of the Grand Lodge of the Amalgamating Lodge the transfer of membership shall become effective provided that the foregoing procedure (i) shall not be used in the case of any Brother who is indebted to his Amalgamating Lodge or who has at any time ceased to be a member of any Lodge by the operation of Rule 148 or 181; and (ii) shall not be effective to transfer the membership of any Brother who shall prove to have been, at the date of the removal from the register of the Grand Lodge of the Amalgamating Lodge, indebted to any Lodge of which he then was or had at any time been a member.”

Panel for Clemency
The following members of the General Council have been elected to serve on the Panel for Clemency, in addition to the President and Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes: VW Bro D. E. Davinson, PGSwdB; VW; Bro N. Morrison, PGSwdB; VW; Bro J. S. Winpenny, GSuptWks; W Bro Dr. M. R. Aish, PDepGSwdB; W Bro R. K. Wilson, PSGD; W Bro R. P. Rosswick, PJGD.

The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants:
    (a) Doric Lodge No. 2359 and Parkfield Lodge No. 5247 in order to amalgamate with Prince Leopold Lodge No. 1588 (West Lancashire);
    (b) Royal Salford Lodge No. 2988, Empire Lodge No. 3803 and Kersal Lodge No. 7043 in order to amalgamate with Zetland Lodge No. 852 (East Lancashire);
    (c) Lodge of Freedom No. 5918 in order to amalgamate with Arrowhead Lodge No. 8500 (West Lancashire);
    (d) Chase Vale Lodge No. 6529 in order to amalgamate with Bowes Park Lodge No. 3119 (London);
    (e) Villiers Lodge No. 6684 in order to amalgamate with Lodge of Affability No. 317 (East Lancashire);
    (f) Jonathan Lodge No. 7088 in order to amalgamate with Falcon Lodge No. 8062 (London);
    (g) Old Masonians Northern Lodge No. 7322 in order to amalgamate with St. Luke’s Lodge No. 4294 (East Lancashire).
    The Board accordingly recommended that the Lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations. Resolution approved.

The Board has received a report that eleven Lodges have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. They are: De Grey and Ripon Lodge, No. 1161 (East Lancashire); Lebanon Lodge No. 1326 (Middlesex); St. George’s Lodge No. 1958 (Hampshire & Isle of Wight); Cama Lodge No. 2105 (Middlesex); Henry Matthews Lodge No. 3491 (Cheshire); Semper Idem Lodge No. 4630 (London); Letchworth Lodge No. 5272 (Cheshire); East Cheshire Lodge No. 5432 (Cheshire); Pharos Lodge No. 5594 (London); Waterfall Lodge No. 8716 (East Lancashire); Pride of Sussex Lodge No. 9538 (Sussex).
    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. Resolution approved.

Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges
The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey
The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey was formed on 12 June 1848 from Lodges set up in New Jersey by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, which had in turn been formed by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The Grand Lodge of New Jersey has recognised the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of New Jersey and is content for this Grand Lodge to do so.
    Having shown that it is a descendent of duly recognised Grand Lodges and that it conforms to the Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition, a resolution that it be recognised was approved.