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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Meeting the needs of older Freemasons and their dependants

Festival News
The RMBI operates 17 care homes across the country, as well as a care advice visiting service for those who prefer to remain in their own homes. The cost of these services increases every year, which means that we are ever more dependant on financial support from the Brethren.
     The Festival system provides a significant proportion of the necessary income, and our sincere thanks go to members of the current RMBI Festival Provinces, who are working so hard on our behalf.
     The Province of South Wales, Western Division will enjoy the culmination of their Festival in 2005, while Durham have just embarked on their 2010 Festival, with the launch taking place in October 2004.
     We also gratefully acknowledge the efforts of the Provinces of Norfolk (2006), Somerset (2007), Bristol (2008) and Middlesex (2009).
     For more information on Festivals, or to make a donation, please contact the Fundraising & Events Team on 020 7596 2400.

London Announcement
Building on the Charity's long association with London Freemasons and their dependants, the Board of Trustees and Executive are delighted that the Metropolitan Grand Master, Lord Millett, and his Deputy RW Bro Russell Race have agreed that London will focus its Masonic giving over the next few years on the RMBI. This has received the enthusiastic support of the ten Group Chairmen, and their teams of Visiting Grand Officers, and we look forward to forging an even closer relationship with Metropolitan Grand Lodge.

Expansion in our Homes
At the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge on 8 December, the President, VW Bro John Moore, and the Chief Executive, W Bro Peter Gray, gave a presentation on the future of the RMBI. They reinforced the message that the RMBI realises the importance of ensuring that our Homes are of the highest possible standard, to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible care to Freemasons and their female dependants.
     While significant improvements have already been completed at Ecclesholme (Manchester) and Harewood Court (Hove), a five-year improvement programme (costing in excess of 20m) is also underway across the majority of our other Homes.
     Further details of the investment programme can be found in the "RMBI Update" newsletter on the RMBI website ( Alternatively, copies of the newsletter are available from the Fundraising & Events Team on 020 7596 2400.


RW Bro. Ian Lay, PGM for Sussex, presents the previous RMBI President RW Bro. Brian Smith with the Sussex Festival 2004 cheque, watched by VW Bro. Don Durrant, the Festival Chairman.

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