ISSUE 16, January 2006
Historic: Sherlock Holmes incarnate
Travel: In the Footsteps of the Incas
Sport: Batting for England
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Supreme Grand Chapter: First Grand Principal's speech and Committee of General Purposes
Royal Masonic Girls' School: Stories in windows
Specialist Lodges: Brotherhood of the Angle
    Napoleonic Wars: A Mason's Word
International: Macedonia: New Grand Lodge consecrated and Enthusiasm unbound
Grand Lodge: Development of Freemasons' Hall
Masonic Rebels: Rise and fall
Bristol Museum: A Phoenix from the Ashes
Freemasonry and Religion: United in diversity
Library and Museum: Most glorious of them all
First Aid: Masons learn to shock
Education: The Third Degree and Forthcoming events
Masonic Charities, Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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Concordat with Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland

A Concordat was drawn up in 1905 between representatives of the three Grand Lodges, the English deputation being led by MW Bro. the Earl Amherst, Pro Grand Master. It was adopted by the Grand Lodge and published in the Grand Lodge Proceedings for September, 1905.
    Recent experience where new Grand Lodges have been formed out of Lodges drawn from the three Constitutions has shown that the present requirements of the Concordat in relation to recognition are unduly restrictive in today’s conditions. Representatives of the three Grand Lodges, when they met in August 2005, agreed to the insertion of a phrase allowing for the relaxation of the strict requirements of the Concordat by agreement in individual cases. The Board has decided to republish the Concordat in full as follows with the new phrase underlined:

At a conference held in Committee Room No. 14, House of Commons, on Thursday, 29th June, 1905, between Delegates from the Grand Lodges of England, Ireland and Scotland.

Present: MW Bro. Earl Amherst, Pro Grand Master of England, in the Chair. England: RW Bro. The Rt. Hon. T F Halsey MP, Deputy Grand Master; VW Bro John Strachan KC, Grand Registrar; VW Bro. Sir Arthur Collins KC, President, Board of General Purposes and VW Bro. Sir Edward Letchworth, Grand Secretary.
    Ireland: VW Bro. J Chetwode Crawley LL.D., Grand Secretary of Grand Lodge of Ireland and VW Bro. H E Flavelle, Deputy Grand Secretary.
    Scotland: MW Bro. The Hon. C M Ramsay, Grand Master Mason; RW Bro. The Hon. James Hozier MP, Past Grand Master; RW Bro. J D G Dalrymple of Woodhead, Past Grand Master Depute; VW Bro. W Officer, Chairman of Foreign and Colonial Committee and RW Bro. David Reid, Grand Secretary.

The following resolutions were agreed to:

1. The three Grand Lodges agree that any member of the Order who may be suspended or expelled in one jurisdiction shall not, while so disqualified, be permitted to remain a member of or to visit or join any Lodge under the jurisdiction of the others: and each Grand Lodge shall cause notice of all decrees of suspension or expulsion to be sent to the other Grand Lodges. And in case of such decrees being made abroad, the District or Provincial Authorities acting, shall also notify the neighbouring District or Provincial Authorities of all three jurisdictions.

2. In each of the three jurisdictions, a duly installed Master under either of the other Constitutions shall, if not otherwise disqualified, be entitled to be present at a Board of Installed Masters, and to form one of the quorum; but not to preside therein or to install a Master, unless requested to do so by the Board.
    Nor can a Visiting Master or Past Master of another Constitution preside in the Lodge he is visiting. In case there is not present a Master or a Past Master duly qualified under the home jurisdiction, then and then only the officer in charge of the Lodge may request a Master or Past Master under one of the other two Constitutions to perform any ceremony which the Warden is not competent to perform.
    This agreement is not to interfere with the right of the Worshipful Master of a Lodge to invite a member of the Lodge or a visiting Master or Past Master of any of the three Constitutions to perform any ceremony without assuming the Chair.

3. The question of recognising a new Grand Lodge in any Colony or other territory in which the three Grand Lodges have equal jurisdiction and have Warranted Lodges working therein, shall not be taken into consideration unless at least two-thirds of the Lodges under each jurisdiction or such other proportion as the three Grand Lodges shall agree in the light of local circumstances have signified their adhesion to such new body; and such recognition shall only be granted by agreement of the three Grand Lodges.
    After the recognition of such new Grand Lodge as a sovereign body, the respective authorities of the three Grand Lodges will surrender their rights to warrant new Lodges within the Jurisdiction of the new body, provided always that the rights of Lodges not adhering to the new body shall be fully safeguarded.

Prestonian Lectures for 2006

The Board has considered applications for the delivery of the official Prestonian Lectures in 2006 and has decided that these should be given under the auspices of the following: Saint Paul’s No. 374 (Montreal and Halifax), FitzRoy Lodge No. 569 (London). Reserve Forces Lodge of Northumbria No. 2666 (Northumberland), Old Wellingtonian Lodge No. 3404 (London), Harlequins Lodge No. 5793 (South Wales, Eastern Division). The Lecturer, W Bro G S Angell, states that the title of the Lecture will be The Victoria Cross – Freemasons’ Band of Brothers.

Grand Lodge of Armenia

The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, the Grande Loge Nationale Française and the Grand Lodge of Russia consecrated the Grand Lodge of Armenia on 30 July 2002, from three Lodges which had been warranted by each of those Grand Lodges for that purpose.
    It having shown that it is a descendant of duly recognised Grand Lodges and that it conforms to the Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition, the Board, having no reason to believe that it will not maintain a regular path, recommends that it be recognised.
    A resolution to this effect was approved.

Electronic communication of summonses

In December 2000 the Grand Lodge approved a recommendation from the Board that in those cases where the secretary of a Lodge was able and willing to despatch summonses by e-mail, it should be sufficient compliance with the requirements of the Book of Constitutions if summonses were sent by e-mail to those members who had requested it. It was stipulated that any such request should be made in writing and on an annual basis.
    The Board has given further consideration to the matter, having regard to the everincreasing use of e-mail as a means of communication, and now recommends that a written request, once made, need not be renewed annually, but should continue in force until further notice to the secretary of the Lodge.
    Moreover, the written request may itself be sent by e-mail. Every member who has not asked for summonses to be sent by e-mail must continue to receive them by post, and it is essential that at least one printed copy of each summons be retained by the Lodge for its records.
    In addition, any summons required to be sent to the relevant Masonic Authority must be sent in printed form unless electronic transmission has been requested.


The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants:

(a) Lodge of Prudence No. 2114, Allerton Lodge No. 6653 and Warbreck Lodge No. 6976 in order to amalgamate with Walton Lodge No. 1086 (West Lancashire);

(b) Lodge of Precision No. 3842 in order to amalgamate with Clerkenwell Lodge No. 1964 (London);

(c) Progress Lodge No. 4016 in order to amalgamate with Monton Lodge No. 6361 (West Lancashire);

(d) Landmark Lodge No. 5411 in order to amalgamate with Commonweal Lodge No. 5332 (East Lancashire);

(e) Woodford Lodge No. 6276, Olive Branch Lodge No. 6277 and Anvil Lodge No. 7427 in order to amalgamate with Lodge of St Thomas No. 5497 (Cheshire);

(f) Lodge of Benevolence No. 6340 in order to amalgamate with Progress Lodge No. 4120 (West Lancashire);

(g) Wilmere Lodge No. 8472 in order to amalgamate with Goodwill Lodge No. 3896 (West Lancashire).

A Resolution from the Board that the Lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations was approved.

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