ISSUE 12, January 2005

Editorial
Kitchener of Khartoum: Mason extraordinary
Travel: Where east meets west
Veteran Honoured: Old soldier remembered
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part 1
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principal and, Report of the Committee of General Purposes
  Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London: London's first consecration
Soccer: Man in the Middle
Wales: Joseph Parry - flawed genius?
Library & Museum: Donations gather pace
Education: Dates for your diary and, Planning a 'white table' and, Looking to the future and, Time marches on
Grand Charity: General meeting and non-Masonic grant list
Masonic Charities: Reports from the four main charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Report of the Committee of General Purposes


Minutes of the Regular Convocation of 29 April 2004 were confirmed.

Royal Arch Strategic Working Party
Proposals for certain changes to the administration of the Royal Arch, amendments to the ritual consequent upon the decision of the Craft in December 2003 to redefine the relationship between the Craft and the Royal Arch, three other short additions to the ritual, and a preliminary version of proposals for an alternative working of the Symbolic and Mystical Lectures were circulated for comment in January.
     A very large number of comments and suggestions were received in response, and the Strategic Working Party was pleased to incorporate many of these in the course of its further deliberations.
     The proposals placed before Supreme Grand Chapter now are significantly different from those originally suggested, and the Strategic Working Party would like to record its gratitude to all those who submitted comments, some of which were substantive and were clearly the product of much consideration and care.
     If the proposals are approved by the Grand Chapter, the Strategic Working Party will have completed its work, and it is not envisaged that further changes will be brought before the Grand Chapter in the foreseeable future.
     The working of the changes will be kept under regular review, and it is anticipated that a major assessment will be appropriate in ten years' time to consider the progress and the effects of the present proposals.

Committee of General Purposes
Meetings in 2005: The Committee of General Purposes will meet in 2005 on 22 March, 27 September and 6 December.

Mystical Lecture
The Annex to the Paper of Business includes:
     (a) a recommendation that the R or H sign should no longer be given before addressing the Principals for the first time;
     and
     (b) in the explanation of the plate of gold the words "...hereafter when we hope to enjoy eternal life" in substitution for the traditional wording "...hereafter when we hope to enjoy endless life and everlasting bliss".
     The Committee considers that the reasons for the changes given in the Annex are compelling and apply with equal force to existing versions of the Royal Arch ritual. It accordingly recommends to Grand Chapter that corresponding changes should be made in the traditional version of the Mystical Lecture.

Charter of Confirmation
The Committee has received a petition for a Charter of Confirmation from Central Streatham Chapter No 4573 (London), the original having been lost.
The petition was approved.

Petitions for New Chapters
The Committee has received the following petitions for new Chapters:
     (a) That a new Chapter to be attached to Athelstan Lodge No. 1333, to be called Athelstan Chapter and to meet at Dordon Village Hall, Browns Lane, Dordon, Tamworth (Warwickshire);
     (b) That a new Chapter to be attached to Lodge St George No. 3072, to be called St George Chapter and to meet at the Masonic Rooms, 1 Hillsborough Street, St George's, Grenada (Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean);
     (c) That a new Chapter to be attached to East Africa Millennium Lodge No. 9701, to be called East African First Principals' Chapter and to meet at Freemasons' Hall, Nairobi, Kenya (East Africa).
The petitions were approved.

Centenary Charters
The Committee has received Memorials from the following Chapters, praying for Charters authorising the members to wear the Centenary Jewel:
     Chapter
     From
(a) Perseverance No. 573 (Worcestershire)
     19 July 2005
(b) Walden No 1280 (Essex)
     14 June 2005
(c) Carnarvon No 1684 (Natal)
     6 April 2005
(d) Benevolentia No 2549 (London)
     2 March 2005
(e) Baring No 2602 (Norfolk)
     23 March 2005
The memorials were approved.

Transfers
The Committee has received the following Memorials:
     (a) From Caledonian Chapter No. 134 (London) to be detached from Caledonian Lodge and attached to St Catherine's Lodge No. 3743 (London), and that with permission of the ME The First Grand Principal it be known as St Catherine's Caledonian Chapter No. 3743.
     (b) From Royal and Loyal Chapter No. 2952 (London) to be detached from Royal and Loyal Lodge and attached to Anglo Sierra Leone Lodge No. 9416 (London), and that with permission of the ME The First Grand Principal it be known as Anglo Sierra Leone Royal and Loyal Chapter No. 9416.
     (c) From Southall-Norwood Chapter No. 4868 (Middlesex) praying that following the closure of Southall-Norwood Lodge it be attached to Justicia Lodge No. 2563 (Middlesex), and it be known as the Justicia Chapter No. 2563.
The memorials were approved (subject in the cases of Caledonian Chapter and Royal and Loyal Chapter to the permission of the ME The First Grand Principal to keep a reference to their existing names).


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