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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Canada trip of a lifetime
Since 1986, girls and boys under the care and protection of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys have benefited from educational holidays abroad. The children and young adults selected each year are from low-income families unable to arrange such visits.
     In August 2004, a group of 32 students, aged between 16 and 19, enjoyed a 13-day visit to Canada. The main towns and cities visited were Toronto, Ottawa and Huntsville all in Ontario and Mont Tremblant, in the Province of Quebec.
     The most memorable attractions included Niagara Falls, where the party braved the breathtaking `Maid of the Mist' boat ride, the 1,800 ft CN Tower, the stables of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, a private tour of the Canadian Parliament buildings and a visit to the Park Omega wildlife centre.
     They also sadly witnessed the Toronto Blue Jays slump to another baseball defeat at the amazing Sky Dome arena.
     Whilst visiting the Black Creek Pioneer Village near Toronto, the group visited an 1870s Masonic Temple, a permanent exhibition manned by the Freemasons of Ontario.

The youngsters who enjoyed the RMTGB educational trip to Canada
    The party were also privileged to be received as the personal guests of the Prime Minister of Canada, and as well as receiving souvenir gifts from his staff, they also enjoyed a behind-the-scenes insight into his private office.
     The children and young people selected to participate in these holidays do not meet their fellow travellers before departing for foreign shores, but often as a result of the holidays life-long friendships are forged. The aim is always to provide a holiday of a lifetime.
     Some of the comments received by the Trust after the visit this year included:

"I had an amazing time, Canada is beautiful."

"I just wanted you to know that I really appreciate all you have done to make this happen for me and the rest of the group, and for us to come away with so many happy memories and some fantastic new friends"

"Three weeks ago tonight I was on the eve of the experience of a lifetime, a holiday to Canada! I was a lad who had never been anywhere on my own, let alone go thousands of miles away from my family!"

"To pick a highlight of the trip would be almost impossible because we did so many memorable things."

"The holiday was packed with firsts, my first trip abroad, my first flight, my first ride in a cable car etc. etc. Thank you."

"I have lots of brilliant memories of the trip that will remain with me forever."

Visit our website at for further highlights of the trip.
     In addition to the annual educational visits for beneficiaries, the Trust also offers opportunities for overseas travel in other ways. The Canada Lodge Travelling Fellowship for Girls and Boys is one of the many subsidiary funds administered by the Trust.
     The Trustees are able to make small grants to young people who wish to further their education by travel to Canada. Applications should be submitted in writing to the Secretary of the RMTGB.

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