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 Council has re-elected WBro Brian Gillbanks and elected WBro John D. Maynard as Vice-Presidents for the ensuing year. The Council has co-opted the following members to serve for a period of one year: Nevil H. Parkinson, Bakul H. Vyas, Reginald R. Walter.
    The Council thanked Harold W. Hampton, who retired at the end of the AGM. He served as Treasurer since March 2001, when the appointment was first created, and previously as both a Grand Presidentís appointment and a Provincial Representative.
    The Council also thanked Anthony Jefferies and Richard Merritt, who completed their service at the end of the AGM, and Barry Cuttle, an elected member for East Lancashire and subsequently a coopted member of the Council until he retired in July 2004.

Raymond Lye - Grand Charity President
Masonic Grants

Applications to the Masonic Relief Grants Committee

Since the last report, the Council had ratified the following grants made by the Masonic Relief Grants Committee:

Relief granted
2004 18 August
15 September
20 October
17 November
15 December
2005 26 January

These figures include grants made under Rule 0311.

Non-Masonic Grants

The Council proposed the following non-Masonic grants:

Vulnerable People

£38,000 to fund the roll-out to four regional charities of the Centrepoint method of working with young homeless people, and to enable smaller regional charities establish the model.

Nightstop UK
£10,000 to enable the training of new volunteer hosts for local schemes to provide safe, emergency accommodation for homeless young people in homes of approved volunteers.


Home Farm Trust
£60,000 payable over two years to fund a Carer Support Officer to provide information and advice to carers of people with learning disabilities.

£30,000 to support three projects in Hull, Dudley and Hampshire for direct services to disabled children in five regions, to support the inclusion of disabled children in mainstream community life.

£20,000 to provide part-funding for an additional speech, language and communication therapist to improve the quality of life of patients who have suffered severe head injury or have other neurological conditions.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability
£15,000 to provide funding for the music therapy department to identify remaining functions in a person who may apparently not be aware of their surroundings or otherwise able to communicate.

Signalong Group
£5,000 to enable the production of visual resources, mainly manuals of signs based on British Sign Language, adapted for people with special needs to help with communication.

Bag Books
£5,000 to provide training for carers in the use of multi-sensory story-packs for people with profound disabilities.

Health Care

Princess Royal Trust for Carers
£33,000 to pay for a national conference for the chairs and trustees of 118 Carersí Centres, to provide training on new legislation, management, governance and carersí issues as well as providing an opportunity to share best practice.

Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association
£13,000 to fund a part-time specialist nurse to provide a telephone-based service to support patients and their carers.

Religious Buildings
£5,000 to Lincoln Cathedral via the Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire towards restoration and maintenance.

Asian Tsunami 2004 Floods Relief Chest No. E0091 and the Children of the Asian Tsunami (see page 60)

Grants to Hospices 2005
£500,000 for disposal for grants to hospice services;

General Small Grant 2005
£100,000 for disposal for general non-Masonic grants of £5,000 or less.

Match-Funding Grants 2005
£25,000 to provide funds for a pilot scheme in five Provinces to match grants to national non-Masonic charities made by Provincial Grand Lodges, which meet the guidelines of the Council and are of £5,000 or less.

Grants to Hospices 2004
The Council has now allocated all of the £550,000 placed at its disposal in March 2004 for grants to hospice services.

General Small Grants 2004

The Council has now allocated the £150,000 placed at its disposal in March 2004 for small grants to non-Masonic charities.

Emergency Grants
Tsunami Floods Relief (British Red Cross) £100,000, (DGL Madras) £10,000 and DGL Sri Lanka: £25,000; Floods in Philippines (British Red Cross): £15,000; Carlisle Floods (PGL Cumberland & Westmoreland) £5,000; Caribbean Hurricane (DGL Bahamas & Turks) £7,500.

Legacies and Bequests
Since the last General Meeting, the Grand Charity has received the following legacies of £1,000 or more: Bro Peter Allen £200,000, Mrs Vera I. Adams £190,000 and Bro L.H. White £2,000.

General Meeting
The Grand Charity usually holds a General Meeting each year in one of the Provinces, and a meeting will be held on Saturday, 29 October 2005, to encompass Berkshire and the surrounding areas.

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