ISSUE 16, January 2006
Editorial
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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Erasure of Lodges

The Board has received reports on 11 Lodges that have closed and surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are: Unification Lodge No. 3455 (South Africa, Eastern Division); Woodside Lodge No. 4062 (Cheshire); Victory Lodge No. 4128 (Cheshire); Ashburne Lodge No. 4348 (Durham); St Michael’s Birkenhead Lodge No. 4615 (Cheshire), Manor of Estham No. 5346 (Surrey), Pax-Vera Lodge No. 6200 (Cheshire), Manor of Bosham Lodge No. 6297 (Sussex), Juventus Lodge No. 6473 (London), Lodge of Brotherhood No. 7578 (London), Penman’s Green Lodge No. 8384 (Hertfordshire).
    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.

Installed Masters’ Lodges

It has been suggested that the exemption from Grand Lodge dues and Grand Charity contributions proposed for Installed Masters’ Lodges will apply in respect of 2005 for those Lodges whose financial year ends on 31 December. The Board rejects such an interpretation of the Motion Pursuant to Notice that appears at item 8 of the Paper of Business and wishes to make it plain that the exemption was at all times intended to be introduced to coincide with the increase in dues in 2006.
    It considers, nevertheless, that it is desirable to place the matter beyond argument and accordingly notice of an amendment to the Motion was moved by the Grand Registrar as follows:
    “That the words ‘with effect from 1 January 2006’ be inserted after the first word of (ii), (iii) and (iv) of the Motion to amend the Book of Constitutions at item 8 of the Paper of Business.”
    The original Motion to amend the Book of Constitutions read:
    The President of the Board of General Purposes to move:
    (i) That Rule 228(c) be amended to read as follows:
    “(c) The accounts shall be balanced each year as at the 31st December, and shall be audited by a firm of auditors recognised under the Companies Acts elected annually in June by the Grand Lodge. These accounts when audited shall be circulated to every Lodge not later than 30th April next following for presentation and consideration at the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge in June.”
    (ii) That Rule 269 be amended by substituting “June” for “March” in the first paragraph and by adding a new third paragraph as follows: “Provided further that any Lodge in a Metropolitan Area, Province, District or Group that is from time to time determined by the Board of General Purposes to be a Lodge the membership of which is restricted to Brethren who are Installed Masters but which is otherwise open without further restriction to all Brethren within the relevant Metropolitan Area, Province, District or Group shall pay annual dues in respect of those Brethren only who are not members of any other Lodge, and in the case of a Brother who is a member only of one or more such Lodges restricted to Installed Masters the Lodge of which he has been longest a member shall alone pay annual dues in respect of him.”
    (iii) That Rule 270 be amended by substituting “June” for “March” in the final line.
    (iv) That Rule 271 be amended by substituting “June” for “March” in the first paragraph adding a new second paragraph as follows:
    “Provided that any Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or Province that is from time to time determined by the Board of General Purposes to be a Lodge the membership of which is restricted to Brethren who are Installed Masters but which is otherwise open without further restriction to all Brethren within the relevant Metropolitan Area or Province shall pay annual contributions in respect of those Brethren only who are not members of any other Lodge, and in the case of a Brother who is a member only of one or more such Lodges restricted to Installed Masters the Lodge of which he has been longest a member shall alone pay the annual contribution in respect of him.”
    The amendment and the amended Motion were approved.

Expulsions

As required by Rule 277 (a) (i) (.) and (.), Book of Constitutions, three Brethren were recently expelled from the Craft.

Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

A presentation was given from the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.

List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by the MW The Grand Master showing the date from which their Warrant became effective:

14 September 2005 9812 Metropolitan Grand Stewards’ Lodge (Freemasons’ Hall, London). 9813 Meridian Daylight Lodge (Grantham, Lincolnshire).

Quarterly Communication

Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge are held on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December. The next will be at or about noon on Wednesday, 8 March 2006. Subsequent Communications will be held on 14 June 2006, 13 September 2006, 13 December 2006, 14 March 2007. The Annual Investiture of Grand Officers takes place on the last Wednesday in April (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 27 April 2006, 8 November 2006, 26 April 2007.

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