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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    The Minutes of the Regular Convocation of 28 April 2005 were confirmed.

E Comp George Pipon Francis PDepGDC was installed as Second Grand Principal.

Committee of General Purposes

Meetings in 2006

The Committee of General Purposes will meet in 2006 on 28 March, 26 September and 5 December.

Petitions for new Chapters

The Committee had received the following petitions for new Chapters: for a new Chapter to be attached to White Ensign Lodge No. 9169, to be called White Ensign Chapter No. 9169, to meet at Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath (Worcestershire); for a new Chapter to be attached to Upminster Daylight Lodge No.9788, to be called Upminster Daylight Chapter No. 9788, to meet at the Masonic Hall, Upminster (Essex).
    The petitions were granted.

Charter of Confirmation

The Committee had received a petition for a Charter of Confirmation, the original having been destroyed by fire, from Uppingham-in-Rutland Chapter No. 9119 (Leicestershire and Rutland).
    The petition was granted.

Centenary Charters

Memorials had been received from the following Chapters, praying for Charters authorising the members to wear the Centenary Jewel: Sincerity No. 428 (Cheshire) with effect from 18 October 2005; St Johnís No. 818 (Monmouthshire), 14 March 2006; Londonderry No. 2039 (Durham), 28 April 2006; Rahere No. 2546 (London), 12 June 2006; Playgoers No. 2705 (London), 10 December 2005; Seven Kings No. 2749 (Essex), 27 June 2006; Carthusian No. 2885 (London), 22 June 2005 (retrospective) and Orchestral No. 3028 (London), 5 April 2006.
    The Memorials were granted.

Bi-Centenary Charters

Memorials had been received from the following Chapters, praying for Charters authorising the members to wear the Bi- Centenary Bar on the ribbon of the Centenary Jewel: Prince Edwinís No. 128 (East Lancashire), with effect from 13 May 2006; Mount Moriah No. 143 (London), 11 April 2006.
    The Memorials were granted.

Transfers

The following Memorials for transfers had been received: from Duchess of York Chapter No. 2482 (East Lancashire), praying that following the closure of Duchess of York Lodge it be attached to Renaissance Lodge No. 1219 (East Lancashire), and be known as Renaissance Chapter No. 1219; from Field End Chapter No. 6924 (Middlesex) to be detached from Field End Lodge and attached to Haste Hill Lodge No. 7592 (Middlesex), and be known as Haste Hill Chapter No. 7592.
    From West Kent and Merchant Navy Chapter No. 1297 (London) praying that it be detached from West Kent Lodge and attached to Merchant Navy Lodge No. 781 (London), and that subject to the permission of the ME The First Grand Principal, it be known as Merchant Navy and Maritima Chapter No. 781.
    The Committee recommendation that the prayers of the Memorials be granted (subject in the case of West Kent and Merchant Navy Chapter to the permission of the ME The First Grand Principal to the adoption of a new name) was approved.

Amalgamations

The following Chapters have resolved to surrender their Charters: Chapter of Integrity No. 163, Lancastrians Chapter No. 3853 and Chapter of Good Report No. 7370, in order to amalgamate with Duchess of York Chapter No. 2482 (East Lancashire); Benefactum Chapter No. 5231, in order to amalgamate with All Saints Chapter No. 1716 (London); Badge of Innocence Chapter No. 8975, in order to amalgamate with Chapter of Mutual Defence No. 6711 (Surrey).
    The removal of the Chapters from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations was approved.

Erasures

Reports had been received on ten Chapters: Cosmopolitan Chapter No. 917 (London), Prince of Wales Chapter No. 2520 (Northumberland), Commemoration Chapter, No. 2663 (London), Wythenshawe Chapter No. 2688 (Cheshire), George Green Chapter No. 3510 (London), Marquis of Titchfield Chapter No. 3550 (Nottingham), Burton Court Chapter No. 3864 (London), City Chapter No. 3999 (East Lancashire), Haven Chapter No. 5710 (Cheshire) and Teddington St Maryís Chapter No. 7469 (Middlesex).
    The erasure of the Chapters from the register of Grand Chapter and the Charters cancelled, was approved.

Charitable payments

In accordance with practice in recent years, the Committee recommended that Gift Aid payments be made to each of the four main Masonic Charities and the Heritage and Educational Trust of the London Grand Rank Association of net sums for each of the four Charities of £5,000 and the Heritage and Educational Trust of £1,000. A resolution to authorise the payments was approved.

Future Convocations

Future Convocations will be held on Thursday, 27 April 2006; Wednesday, 8 November 2006 and Thursday, 26 April 2007.


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