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
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
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
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
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).
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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