ISSUE 13, April 2005

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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The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants: Royal George Lodge No. 4119 and Mossley Hill Lodge No. 7963, in order to amalgamate with Empire Lodge No. 3257 (West Lancashire); Anglo-Dutch Lodge No. 5862 in order to amalgamate with Barnes Lodge No. 4968 (London); Olympia Lodge No. 6812 in order to amalgamate with Ingol Lodge of St Margaret No. 8544 (West Lancashire).
    5.15 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 a report that 14 Lodges have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are: Temperance Lodge No. 739 (Warwickshire); Bethel United Lodge No. 3594 (South Africa, North); St Austin Lodge No. 4335 (West Lancashire); Waldie Peirson Lodge No. 4737 (South Africa, North); Mandeville Lodge No. 4936 (London); United Services Lodge No. 5034 (Zimbabwe); Lodge of Cordiality No. 5551 (London); Cornucopia Lodge No. 5648 (London); Beacon Lodge No. 6072 (West Lancashire); Belvedere Lodge No. 7153 (West Lancashire); Harrow Green Lodge No. 8172 (Middlesex); Fideles Amici Lodge No. 8848 (London); Simplicius Lodge No. 8851 (Sussex) and Badge of Innocence Lodge No. 8975 (Surrey).
    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.

Resignations from the Craft
In the year to 31 December 2004, there were no resignations from the Craft, under Rule 277., Book of Constitution.

Book of Constitutions
The Board notes that the full content of the Book of Constitutions, which has for many years been available for purchase by members of the public, will in the near future be posted on the Grand Lodge’s website.
    It hopes that Lodge secretaries and others who have need to refer from time to time to the contents of the Book will find it helpful to have available on-line an authoritative up-to-date version of the Rules in the Book of Constitutions and the Royal Arch Regulations.
    The Board considers that there is no objection to such Brethren periodically downloading the text of those Rules and Regulations, but recommends that an official bound version of the Book should continue to be presented to every initiate and every Brother joining from another Constitution.

Circulation of Lodge Minutes
The Board is most anxious to encourage Lodges to save time at meetings by distributing the Minutes of the previous meeting to members with the summons. It notes, however, with concern that in some cases such Minutes contain far more detail, particularly in relation to the ceremonial work of the Lodge, than is either necessary or appropriate.
    The Board considers that the function of Minutes is to provide the formal record of the business transacted at each meeting of a Lodge, rather than a detailed description of every aspect of the ceremonies and administrative business.
    It also notes that such lengthy Minutes are a relatively recent development, in many cases linked with the increasing use of word processors. It accordingly suggests that Lodge secretaries should restrict the Minutes, in so far as they relate to the ceremonies of the three degrees and the Installation of the new Master, to identifying the ceremony, the Candidate and the particular Brethren undertaking the work (if that is not immediately obvious from the offices such Brethren hold).

New Lodges
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by The MW The Grand Master, showing the date from which their Warrants became effective.

Date of Warrant No. & Name of Lodge, Location, Area:

16 November 2004
9794 Lodge East Africa, Dar-es-Salaam, East Africa
9795 District Grand Stewards Lodge of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Kingston, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
9796 Graham Milton, Thrapston, Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire

8 December 2004
9797 Ian Bruce, Wroxham Norfolk
9798 Concordia Ducum, Diss Norfolk

Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodge
Approval was given to recognition of the Grand Lodge of Mauritius.

Meetings of Grand Lodge and Supreme Grand Chapter
The Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge will be held on 14 September 2005, 14 December 2005, 8 March 2006 and 14 June 2006. The Annual Investiture will take place on 27 April 2005.
    Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter will take place on 28 April 2005, 9 November 2005 and 27 April 2006.

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