Election of Grand Lodge Auditors
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.
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 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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