The Minutes of the Quarterly Communication
of 8 September 2004 were confirmed.|
Nomination of a Grand Master
for the ensuing year
HRH The Duke of Kent was nominated
for re-election as Grand Master for the
Report of the Board of
The President of the Board drew attention to corresponding with other Grand Lodges only via the Grand Secretary and the amendment to Rule 165A on amalgamations (page 32). He also repeated the comments by the Pro First Grand Principal on asbestos at Freemasons' Hall (page 22).
Annual Investiture of Grand Officers
(27 April 2005)
So that sufficient accommodation can be reserved for those Brethren who are to be invested, and their friends, admission to the Annual Investiture is by ticket only.
Brethren to be invested for the first time may invite to be present with them three qualified Brethren, and those to be promoted, two qualified Brethren.
Allowance having been made for such an issue, and for those whose presence in the Grand Lodge is essential, a few seats will remain. Written application for these seats may be made to the Grand Secretary between 1 March and 31 March by Brethren qualified to attend the Grand Lodge:
a Past Grand Officers [Metropolitan and Provincial Grand Masters, all other Present Grand Officers, including Grand Stewards, Deputy Metropolitan and Provincial Grand Masters, Metropolitan Group Chairmen and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters should not apply in this way.
They will be invited specifically by letter about a month before the day of Investiture and asked to indicate on a reply slip whether they intend to be present. Similar arrangements are made for District Grand Masters who are known to intend to be in the UK on 27 April and this can be extended to others, if they write indicating their wish to attend.];
c Wardens (not Past Wardens);
d Past Masters qualified under Rule 9 of the Book of Constitutions.
Applications should state clearly the name, address and Lodge of the Brother concerned and under which of the four categories mentioned his application is made.
If necessary, a ballot for the allocation of seats will be held on 4 April, and tickets will be posted to successful Brethren on approximately 7 April. Brethren who have been unsuccessful will be so informed.
Possession of a ticket will not, of itself, ensure admission -- Brethren who are not Grand Officers will be required to hand their tickets to the scrutineers for examination by them, in accordance with the usual practice at Quarterly Communications.
Past Grand Officers should sign the Attendance Books in the Past Grand Officers' Room, and give up their tickets before being admitted to the Grand Temple. Grand Officers taking part in the procession will sign in the Grand Officers' Room.
Masonic Year Book
The next edition of the Masonic Year Book, 2005-2006 will be available next summer. The charge will be £10 per copy, plus postage and packing where appropriate, and books may be ordered on forms distributed with the Paper of Business.
It is not proposed to produce a new edition of the Directory of Lodges and Chapters during 2005. Copies of the 2003 edition are available and may be ordered in the same way.
Every Lodge will receive one copy of the Masonic Year Book free of charge. The Board emphasises that this copy should be available to all the members of private Lodges and not regarded as for the exclusive use of the secretary to whom, for administrative reasons, they are dispatched.
London and Provincial Lodges
As in previous years, copies will be dispatched direct to secretaries of Lodges.
Sufficient copies will be dispatched to District Grand Secretaries for distribution to Lodges in the Districts. Lodges abroad not in a District will receive their copies direct.
Prestonian Lectures for 2005
The Board has considered applications for the delivery of the official Prestonian Lectures in 2005 and has decided that these should be given under the auspices of the following:
Connaught Army and Navy Lodge No. 4323 (London).
West Kent Installed Masters Lodge No. 5778 (West Kent).
Antient and Loyal Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9762 (West Lancashire).
The Lecturer, W Bro G. W. S. Davie, PSGD, states that the title of the Lecture will be "Women and Freemasonry".
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