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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Tsunami victimes struggle to reach relief goods dropped by a US Seahawk helicopter at Banda Aceh, Indonesia
    The Craft has responded magnificently to the Tsunami appeal after Raymond Lye, President of the Grand Charity, authorised an emergency grant of £100,000 to the British Red Cross appeal for help following the South East Asia tragedy.
    This grant was used by the Red Cross towards the initial flight, which carried emergency relief items to the worst affected areas. These supplies included clothes, medical kits, cooking equipment and emergency shelters.
    In addition, the President authorised emergency grants to the District Grand Lodge of Sri Lanka (£25,000) and the District Grand Lodge of Madras (£10,000).
    The Grand Charity has also opened a Relief Chest for anyone wishing to make a donation to assist victims of the disaster. Raymond Lye said: “The level of support given to this appeal so far has been overwhelming. More than £560,000 has been deposited in the Relief Chest. Such generosity is sincerely appreciated.”
    In January, the Council of the Grand Charity decided that all future funding would be directed towards long-term assistance to support the children orphaned or otherwise affected by the disaster.
    As a result, at the annual meeting of the Grand Charity, it was agreed that the Council could approve a specific project for the use of the funds from the Relief Chest.
    In addition to these amounts, sums from time to time held in the Relief Chest Account will also go to this project, and discussions are being held with specialist international charities operating in the affected areas, to identify suitable projects or purposes.
    Individual Masons as well as Lodges and Chapters have been sending donations to the Relief Chest, and charity stewards have been working long and hard to ensure that the final amount will be a bumper contribution towards helping the thousands of victims of the disaster.
    To make a donation to this fund, a cheque made payable to “The Grand Charity” should be sent to its office at 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ, together with a covering note stating that the money is to be paid into the “Asian Tsunami 2004 Floods Relief Chest No. E0091”.
    UK taxpayers can increase the overall size of their donation by allowing the Grand Charity to reclaim the tax via Gift Aid. For every £1 donated a further 28p will be added to the appeal. For further information, telephone the Relief Chest office on 020 7395 9246 or 020 7395 9361.
    Donations can also be made by direct transfer into the Grand Charity’s bank (your own bank may charge for this service). Such donations should:
— Show clearly who they are from
— (the donor’s name)
— Be marked “E0091” and
— Be paid into the following account:
Coutts & Co., St Martin’s Office Branch, 440 Strand, London WC2B 0QS. Sort Code: 18-00-02; Account No: 25852351; Account Name: The Grand Charity of Freemasons under the United Grand Lodge of England “Relief Chest No. 1”.


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