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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    Funding for Hospices

This autumn, The Grand Charity will announce a further £500,000 of grants for hospices across England and Wales. We are proud to report that the latest donations bring The Grand Charity’s funding for the sector to close to £6 million over 21 years.
     The Hospice movement ensures over 250,000 individuals and their families receive the best care and support during the final stages of an incurable disease. The services offered are free of charge and the great majority of the UK’s hospices are independent, local charities that receive little or no NHS funding. Collectively they must raise over £300 million each and every year to continue their important work.
     Since 1984, the Grand Charity has made a significant contribution towards this annual target with grants towards the operating costs of over 200 independent hospices and palliative care services, including those dedicated to children.
     The money received from The Grand Charity complements the generous level of support for local hospices demonstrated by Provincial and individual Masonic Lodges over many years.
     For further information on the Grand Charity and its support for Hospices, including a Hospices Grant Application Form and details of beneficiaries in 2005, please contact The Grand Charity on 020 7395 9261 or visit their website at www.grandcharity.org.

Hospitals’ Christmas Carol Concert

MALCOLM SARGENT FESTIVAL CHOIR

Saturday, 3 December 2005 at 7.30pm Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ. Families welcome. Tickets £18.
     The Grand Charity is proud to be supporting this year’s concert. All proceeds from the concert are being donated to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity.
     To purchase tickets please send a cheque made payable to ‘Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir’ with a stamped, addressed envelope to: Miss Sylvia Darley OBE, 34 North End Road, London, W14 0SH or telephone 020 7602 6818.

How to perform a testicular self examination

The Grand Charity is currently supporting the Professorship which leads research into male cancers at The Institute of Cancer Research. Currently held by Professor Colin Cooper this position is named The Grand Charity of Freemasons’ Chair of Molecular Biology.
     Testicular cancer primarly affects younger men and is the most common form of cancer in men aged 15-45. Regular self examination can help to detect this cancer at an early stage. Thanks to advances made at The Institute testicular cancer has an overall cure rate of 95% and the cure rate can be as high as 99% if caught at an early stage.
     For further information or to request a leaflet about testicular and prostate cancer contact the Everyman Campaign at: The Institute of Cancer Research, Freepost LON922, London, SW7 3YY T: 0800 731 9468 www.icr.ac.uk/everyman


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