ISSUE 13, April 2005

Editorial
The Campbells are coming: At speed!
Travel: Warming to Iceland
Royal Masonic Family: The Six Masonic Sons of George III, Part II
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and: Report of the Board of General Purposes
The flying eye hospital
Beamish Museum: The million pound project
  Wigan Grand Lodge: The Liverpool rebels
Chelsea Lodge: That's entertainment
Re-enactment: The way we were and: The Russian connection
Community Service: Weathering the storm
Faith and Freemasonry: God and the Craft
Education: Researching Freemasonry on the Internet and: Masonic events
Freemasons Hall: Masons at War
Grand Charity: Report and grant list and: Support for Asian tsunami
Masonic Charities: Reports from the Masonic charities
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Report of the Board of General Purposes
Grand Lodge Register 1995–2004
The tables below show the number of Lodges on the Register and of Certificates issued during the past ten years:

Lodges on the Grand Lodge Register
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
London
1,641
1,632
1,628
1,622
1,617
1,605
1,596
1,581
1,570
1,556
Provincial
6,178
6,202
6,215
6,226
6,245
6,248
6,246
6,231
6,212
6,170
District & Abroad
820
823
798
798
800
803
802
793
791
787
Total
8,639
8,657
8,641
8,646
8,662
8,656
8,644
8,605
8,573
8,513
Grand Lodge Certificates Issued
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
Issued at Freemasons’ Hall
10,796
10,602
10,221
9,844
9,323
8,655
8,325
8,116
7,960
7,941
Issued by District Grand Masters
1,168
1,055
1,246
971
1,007
724
967
817
790
450
Total
11,962
11,657
11,467
10,815
10,330
9,379
9,292
8,933
8,750
8,391


Fees
2006: The Board recommends, in accordance with Rule 270, Book of Constitutions, that the fees (exclusive of VAT) payable for registration, certificates and dispensations should be increased by approximately 3% to:

£
(a)
 the Registration of
82.00
 1.
A Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment
46.70
 2.
A Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master or a Metropolitan Group Chairman (under Rule 60)
46.70
 3.
A Deputy or Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master (under Rule 66)
18.50
 4.
A holder of Overseas Grand Rank (under Rule 93)
  5.
A Mason, inclusive of Grand Lodge Certificate
   (initiation,or joining from a Lodge not under the Grand Lodge)
46.80
  In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached
40.50
  In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province
26.00
  In a Lodge in a District
36.50
  In a Lodge abroad not under a District
46.80
(b)
 the replacement or amendment of a Grand Lodge Certificate
26.00
(c)
 a certificate for a Serving Brother
22.60
(d)
 a Dispensation by the Grand Master
45.20
 
 a Dispensation by the Grand Master ‘nunc pro tunc’

A Resolution to put this into effect was approved.

2007: The Board believes that next year it will need to recommend to Grand Lodge that fees again be increased by approximately 3% to the following:

£
(a)
 the Registration of
84.50
 1.
A Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment
48.10
 2.
A Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master or a Metropolitan Group Chairman (under Rule 60)
48.10
 3.
A Deputy or Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master (under Rule 66)
19.10
 4.
A holder of Overseas Grand Rank (under Rule 93)
  5.
A Mason, inclusive of Grand Lodge Certificate
   (initiation,or joining from a Lodge not under the Grand Lodge)
48.20
  In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached
41.70
  In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province
28.80
  In a Lodge in a District
37.60
  In a Lodge abroad not under a District
48.20
(b)
 the replacement or amendment of a Grand Lodge Certificate
26.80
(c)
 a certificate for a Serving Brother
23.30
(d)
 a Dispensation by the Grand Master
46.60
 
 a Dispensation by the Grand Master ‘nunc pro tunc’


Charges for Patents and Warrants
In accordance with the provisions of Rule 270., Book of Constitutions, the Board has considered the costs of preparing the actual documents specified in this Rule and recommends that for the year commencing 1 April 2005 the charges (exclusive of VAT) shall be as follows:

£
250.00
(a)
Warrant for a new Lodge
600.00
(b)
Warrant of Confirmation
350.00
(c)
Warrant for a Centenary Jewel
500.00
(d)
Warrant of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel
525.00
(e)
Warrant for a Bi-Centenary Bar
525.00
(f)
Warrant of Confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar
50.00
(g)
Certificate of Amalgamation
75.00
(h)
Enfacement (Alterations) Fee



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