Correspondence with other
Grand Lodges and their members|
It is an established Masonic convention that Masonic correspondence outside the Lodges and membership of the United Grand Lodge of England should be conducted through the offices of the respective Grand Secretaries.
It appears from correspondence in the Grand Secretary's office from his colleagues in other jurisdictions, that this convention is being increasingly disregarded.
The Board wishes to remind members of the Craft that all enquiries directed to other Grand Lodges should be sent to the Grand Secretary at Freemasons' Hall, London. This applies equally whether the correspondence is conducted through the medium of the post or by electronic means such as e-mail and facsimile transmission.
Where, in certain areas overseas there are, in addition to an English District Grand Lodge or a Group under a Grand Inspector, similar bodies under other jurisdictions, no exception is taken to contact on routine matters through our District Grand Secretary or Grand Inspector.
The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants:
a Imperial Lodge No. 2711 in order to amalgamate with Sefton Lodge No. 680 (West Lancashire);
b Concordia Lodge No. 4954 and Stat Veritas Lodge No. 6813, in order to amalgamate with Royal Protector Lodge No. 3471 (West Lancashire);
c Broughton Lodge No. 5437 and Vanguard Lodge No. 7170 in order to amalgamate with Fraternity Lodge No. 4072 (West Lancashire);
d Preston Temple Lodge No. 6233 in order to amalgamate with Royal Preston Lodge No. 333 (West Lancashire);
e Lodge of Revelation No. 7076 in order to amalgamate with Duke of Connaught Lodge No. 1558 (London);
f Power Lodge No. 8051 in order to amalgamate with Lascelles Lodge No. 4796 (Yorkshire, West Riding).
The Board accordingly recommends that the Lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations.
A Resolution to this effect was approved.
Erasure of Lodges
The Board has received reports on five Lodges that have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are:
Alexandra County Lodge No. 3751 (Natal).
Stanley Priory Lodge No. 6741 (West Lancashire).
Cloister Lodge No. 6777 (West Lancashire).
Merston Culy Lodge No. 6879 (Worcestershire).
Springbok Lodge No. 737 (South Africa, Eastern Division).
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.
A Resolution to this effect was approved.
As required by Rule 277 (a) (i) (B) and (D), Book of Constitutions, eight Brethren were recently expelled from the Craft.
In December 1996, the Board reported to the Grand Lodge that five Brethren, listed in the Appendix to the Board's Report, had been expelled from the Craft on 18 October 1996.
The Grand Registrar has now advised that because of a fatal procedural defect in the case of the second Brother named in the list, his purported expulsion was invalid and the Brother concerned has remained a member of the Craft.
Motion Pursuant to Notice
Amendment to the Book of Constitutions
The President of the Board of General Purposes to move: That a new Rule 165A, be inserted as follows:
"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 two-thirds 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."
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
There was a presentation on the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by The MW The Grand Master, showing the date from which their Warrant became effective:
Date of Warrant 8 September 2004
No. & Name of Lodge, Location, Area
9792 Alma, Sidcup, West Kent
9793 Srivaran Kumaranayagam,
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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