On 2 October 2000, Skopje Lodge No.
9721 was consecrated in Skopje, Macedonia.
It was followed by the consecration of Unity
Lodge No. 9749 and White Dawns Lodge
No. 9765 in 2001 and 2003 respectively.
These Lodges were established with the
intention of eventually forming them into
a Sovereign Grand Lodge.
At the request of the three Lodges in
Macedonia the Pro Grand Master will
inaugurate the Grand Lodge of Macedonia
on Friday 30 September this year, two days
before the fifth Anniversary of Skopje Lodge.
By the time this Grand Lodge meets in
December, the Grand Lodge of Macedonia
will have been in existence for almost ten
weeks. The Board would prefer that the
new Grand Lodge be recognised from the
moment of its creation, rather than after
a delay, even if this is only a matter of
A resolution to recommend that
recognition of the new Grand Lodge,
conditional upon its being constituted,
be granted prospectively, and that subject
to the fulfilment of that condition, the three
Lodges in Macedonia be erased from the
register of this Grand Lodge, was approved.
The Board has received a report that the
Douglas Lodge, No. 5348 has resolved to
surrender its Warrant in order to amalgamate
with Vigilance Lodge No. 6236 (West
The Board accordingly recommends
that the Lodge be removed from the
register in order to effect the amalgamation.
A Resolution to this effect was approved.
The Board has received a report that 17
Lodges have closed and have surrendered
their Warrants. The Lodges are: King
Solomon No. 2029 (London), Clemency
No. 2341 (East Lancashire), Queen Victoria
No. 2584 (East Lancashire), Middlesex
Hospital No. 2843 (London), Semper
Paratus No. 3440 (East Lancashire),
Morning Star No. 4136 (East Lancashire),
Lodge of Zeal No. 4204 (East Lancashire),
St Andrew’s No. 5314 (Northumberland),
Service No. 5412 (East Lancashire), Tuscan
No. 6020 (Northumberland), Hayes St
Mary’s No. 6168 (Middlesex), Sanctuary
No. 7135 (Northumberland), Shir Gar No.
7339 (South Wales, Eastern Division),
Cleveland No. 7723 (East Lancashire),
Darwen No. 8066 (East Lancashire),
Acorn No. 8843 (Surrey) and Cole Court
No. 8987 (Middlesex).
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
A Resolution to this effect was approved.
Panel for Clemency
The following members of the General
Council have been elected to serve on
the Panel for Clemency, in addition to
the President and Deputy President of the
Board of General Purposes: VW Bro D. E.
Davinson, VW Bro N. Morrison, VW
Bro D. G. Varney, W Bro Dr. M. R. Aish,
W Bro J. C. Edgcumbe and W Bro R. P.
In June 2003 the Board drew attention to the
York Rite College which exists to service the
York Rite in the USA and elsewhere, as well
as to work some additional ritual.
Despite the very precise wording in the
Board’s Report, some have not understood
the extent and scope of the prohibition
which was then imposed on members of
this Constitution participating in the York
Rite in areas where we have jurisdiction
either exclusively or jointly with one or
both of the two Home Grand Lodges.
The Board affirms its previous
recommendation that Grand Lodge regard
as irregular the York Rite when worked
in London, a Province, or any District or
place in which the Grand Lodge has either
exclusive jurisdiction or jurisdiction shared
only with the Grand Lodge of Ireland
This does not prevent members of
Lodges under this Grand Lodge from
participating in the activities of the York
Rite or the York Rite College in places
(e.g., Canada and the USA) outside the
geographical area thus defined.
Photography in Lodge Rooms
Brethren are reminded that whilst there
is no objection to the taking of group
photographs in a Lodge Room in
connection with a special meeting,
the taking of photographs during meetings
(including any procession immediately
before or after a meeting) is prohibited.
The prohibition extends to any purported
reconstruction after a Lodge has been closed
of any part of the proceedings while the
Lodge was open. Within Freemasons’ Hall
such group photographs may, subject to the
permission of the Grand Secretary, be taken
in a Lodge Room, but photographs in or of
other parts of the building must not be taken
unless special permission has been given by or
on behalf of the Board of General Purposes.
Report of Library and Museum Trust
The Board has received a report from the
Library and Museum Charitable Trust.
As required by rule 277 (a) (i) (B) and (D),
Book of Constitutions, 11 Brethren were
expelled from the Craft on 16 July 2005
Motion Pursuant to Notice
Amendment to Book of Constitutions
The President of the Board of General
Purposes moved an amendment to Rule
122, notice of which was given at the
last meeting (MQ, Issue No. 15, p20).
The Motion was approved.
Masonic Samaritan Fund
There was a presentation on the Masonic
Meetings of Grand Lodge and
Supreme Grand Chapter
The dates of meetings of the Quarterly
Communication of Grand Lodge in 2006
are as follows: 8 March, 26 April (Annual
Investiture), 14 June, 13 September,
Meetings of Supreme Grand Chapter
are: 9 November 2005, 27 April 2006,
8 November 2006.
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