ISSUE 15, October 2005
Editorial
Historic: Nelson and Freemasonry
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's Speech
Grand Lodge: Quarterly Communication
Hurricane Katrina: Grand Charity Relief Chest
Royal Arch: John Knight
Masonic Embroidery: A stitch in time...
Travel: Walzing along the Danube
Specialist Lodges: Martial arts
Library & Museum: The two Freemasons' Halls
    Anniversary: Jersey's Liberation
Anniversary: Dorset's 225 years
Obituaries: Lord Swansea OSM
Pro Grand Master: Whither directing our course?
Charmian Hussey: A Mason's wife on Masonry
International: The Grand Lodge of Israel
Education: Sheffield's big plans
Education: Forthcoming events
Education: The Second Degree
Masonic Charities
Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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Macedonia

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 two months.
     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.

Amalgamation

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 Lancashire).
     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.

Erasures

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 be erased.
     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. Rosswick.

York Rite

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 or Scotland.
     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.

Expulsions

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 Samaritan Fund.

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, 13 December.

Meetings of Supreme Grand Chapter are: 9 November 2005, 27 April 2006, 8 November 2006.


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