ISSUE 12, January 2005

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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The Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, addresses the meeting
    The General Meeting of the Grand Charity was held in Birmingham on 16 October 2004 and was attended by more than 500 Brethren and their guests. The Deputy Grand President, the Most Hon the Marquess of Northampton, presided.
     The Grand Charity holds three general meetings each year its AGM, as part of the Grand Lodge Quarterly Communication in March, and two others, typically one in the Provinces and one in the greater London area. The formal business of the Charity is conducted reports are made of the proceedings of the Council and resolutions are put to the members for approval, including grants recommended by the Council for non-Masonic charities.
     Equally important, the meeting provides an excellent opportunity for the Craft to learn more about the work of the Grand Charity. As a public meeting, wives and distinguished local dignitaries are also able to gain an insight into one of the central activities of Freemasonry, charitable support both for Masons and their dependants and for the wider community, through the grants given to non-Masonic charities.
     To reach the widest possible audience, the Grand Charity holds meetings in a different region of the country each year. Having touched the peripheries in previous years, this year's Provincial meeting was held in the centre, with support for its planning and attendance from 11 surrounding Provinces.
     Following the formal business of the meeting, speakers from three charities described the work that they are undertaking as a result of the Grand Charity's support. Professor Colin Cooper, who holds the Grand Charity of Freemasons Chair of Molecular Biology at the Institute of Cancer Research, described his work to solve the genetic puzzle of prostate and testicular cancer. The newly appointed Chief Executive of the Prince's Trust, Martina Millburn, emphasised the importance of the help given by the xl clubs, funded in part by the Grand Charity, for `at risk' young people, who desperately need support to make a successful transition to adulthood. John Overton, the Chief Executive of the Acorn Children's Hospice Trust, described the great need for hospice care for children and thanked the Grand Charity, and Freemasonry as a whole, for the tremendous support, totalling many millions of pounds over the years, that is given by the Craft to hospices throughout England and Wales.
     A summary of the report of the Council of the Grand Charity for the General Meeting follows.

New members of the Council

Following the appointment by the Grand President of W Bro Adrian R. Chalk PJGD as Deputy President of the Grand Charity, the Council has filled the casual vacancy among Provincial representatives by appointing W Bro Michael J. Foxwell PGStB. The Council has also co-opted W Bro Roderic W. Mitchell, ProvGTreas (Staffs).

Masonic grants
Applications for Masonic Relief Grants:

Since the last report, the Council has ratified the following grants made by the Masonic Relief Grants Committee:

No. of Grants
18 February142200,330
17 March127237,101
21 April146272,739
19 May94175,536
16 June166294,959
21 July175293,090

District Grand Lodge of Ghana
The Grand Charity received a request from the District Grand Lodge of Ghana for a donation to an appeal for a teaching hospital in Accra. The Council approved a grant of 5,000 to the District, which the Deputy Grand Master presented on his official visit to the District Grand Lodge of Ghana in October.

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