ISSUE 14, July 2005

The King and the Craft
Quarterly Communication: Speech of the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech of the Pro First Grand Principle and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge dues: Message from the President of the Board of General Purposes
    Masonic Housing: Major changes Finance: Choosing an investment manager Travel: Tantalising Tunisia Goose and Gridiron: Historic Masonic unveiling Extravaganza: Hollywood comes to Grand Lodge Masonic Events: Day of Fun and Medical, University and Legal Lodges' Festival Education: Sheffield Masonic Library and Forthcoming events and The Entered Apprentice Specialist Lodges: Revving up to success and where eagles dare International: The horror of Phuket and Grand Charity team visit disaster area Library and Museum: Fraternal societies Masonic Charities: NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB and Grand Charity
Obituaries, Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Freemasons' Hall London:
Ceiling of Grand Temple

    Grand Lodge Accounts 2004

The President of the Board presented the Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 December 2004. He said that these show an operating deficit of £239,000 for the previous year. The major reason for this deficit is the cost of nearly £2.5m for removing the asbestos in Freemasons’ Hall.
    Although receipts from Lodges are down by approximately £250,000 compared to the previous year, this is due to the formation of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London in 2003, so that both the income and expenditure for that area is no longer shown in Grand Lodge’s accounts. Savings have also been achieved in the production of MQ and postage.
    In spite of the large deficit, we are fortunate to benefit from a legacy of £395,000, net gains of £594,000 in total on investments and the sale of a property. These amounts are largely non-recurring and should be regarded as part of Grand Lodge’s capital fund for investment.
    During the year we also disposed of a painting, the subject of which was not Masonic, at a gain of £2.6m. Nevertheless, the proceeds form part of Grand Lodge’s heritage and therefore will be made available to the Library and Museum Charitable Trust to maintain and expand the collection of Masonic exhibits.
    Consequently, a donation of £926,000 was made this year and it is anticipated that further donations will be made in subsequent years.
    The Accounts were adopted.
Election of Grand Lodge Auditors

Horwath Clark Whitehill LLP were re-elected as Auditors of Grand Lodge.

List of new Lodges

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

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

9 March 2005
    9799 West Kent Scriveners’ Bromley, West Kent
    9800 Zenith Penrith, Cumberland & Westmorland
    9801 Sir Isaac Newton Nailsea, Somerset
    9802 Braidwood Dartford, West Kent
    9803 Meridian Keswick, Cumberland & Westmorland
    9804 Logistica Newmarket, Cambridgeshire
    9805 Nantahala Peterborough, Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire
    9806 Daylight Lodge of Hutton Hutton, Essex

28 April 2005
    9807 White Horse Lodge of Installed Masters Northallerton, Yorkshire, North & East Ridings
    9808 Myton Hull, Yorkshire, North East Ridings
    9809 Lodge of Excellence Lagos, Nigeria
    9810 Berkshire Country Sports Wantage, Berkshire
    9811 Rugby Football Huddersfield, Yorkshire, West Riding

Quarterly Communications

Quarterly Communications of Grand Lodge are held on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December.
    The next will be on Wednesday, 14 September 2005. Subsequent Communications will be held on 14 December 2005, 8 March 2006, 14 June 2006 and 13 September 2006. The Annual Investiture of Grand Officers will be on 26 April 2006.

Supreme Grand Chapter

Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter are held on the second Wednesday in November and the day following the Annual Investiture of Grand Lodge. Future Convocations will be held on 9 November 2005, 27 April 2006 and 8 November 2006.

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