ISSUE 17, April 2006
Historic: The Brother who designed the Spitfire
Travel: The charm of Kerala
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Public Relations: Hottest spot in town
International: Emulation in Bulgaria and Mauritius takes a leap forward and Hungary's Royal Arch library
Library & Museum: Recent acquisitions
Masonic Bibles: Lodges and their Bibles
    Royal Masonic Girls' School: My thanks to the Freemasons
Holocaust: The Count of Auschwitz
Education: International conference on the history of Freemasonry and Events
Specialist Lodges: Masonry universal - via radio
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity continues to help those in need and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Grand Charity: The Tsunami - one year on and Important Gift Aid information
Letters, Book Reviews, and Gardening

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The Board has received reports that the following Lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants:
Tudor Lodge No. 467 and Hollingworth Lodge No. 2702, in order to amalgamate with Lodge of Friendship No. 277 (East Lancashire); John O’Gaunt Lodge No. 3815 in order to amalgamate with Lodge of Fortitude No. 281 (West Lancashire); Menorah Lodge No. 4849 in order to amalgamate with Zion Lodge No. 1798 (East Lancashire); Ashford Manor Lodge No. 5045 in order to amalgamate with Albert Duke of York Lodge No. 4970 (Middlesex); Norbury Lodge No. 5656 in order to amalgamate with Cheadle Lodge No. 3731 (Cheshire).
A Resolution that the Lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations was approved.

Erasure of Lodges
The Board has received a report that 15 Lodges have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are: Ewell Lodge No. 1851 (Surrey); Midland, Oxford and South Eastern Bar Lodge No. 2716 (London); Croindene Lodge No. 3363 (London); Erimus Lodge, No. 3474 (Yorkshire, North and East Ridings); Bromley St Mary Lodge No. 5144 (London); Centenary Lodge No. 5509 (Durham); Phille-Brook Lodge No. 5803 (London) ; Lodge of Happiness No. 6800 (Surrey); Delville Lodge No. 7231 (South Africa, North); Machaon Lodge No. 7621 (Middlesex); St Ethelburga Lodge No. 7677 (London); Wellesley Lodge No. 7981 (Surrey); Apollo Lodge No. 8347 (Northumberland); Cape of Good Hope Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9212 (South Africa, Western Division); Andredesleah Lodge No. 9423 (Surrey).
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 a Resolution that that they be erased was approved.

Resignations from the Craft
In the year to 31 December 2005, there was one resignation from the Craft, under Rule 277a, Book of Constitutions.

List of new Lodges
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by The MW The Grand Master, showing the date from which their Warrants became effective, and location and area, are as follows (Warrants effective from 14 December 2005):
9814 Scout Lodge: Wellingborough (Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire);
9815 Beamish Temple Lodge: Stanley (Durham);
9816 Morgan Lodge: Malvern (Worcestershire).

HRH The Duke of Kent, in his capacity as First Grand Principal, has made the following appointments: WE Comp Ronald Head PGStB as Grand Superintendent in and over South Africa, Western Division in succession to E Comp Basil Starke, who retired on 3 March 2006.
E Comp John Ilott PGSwdB as Grand Superintendent in and over Hertfordshire in succession to E Comp Alec Fuller, who is to retire on 14 May 2006.

At the Quarterly Communication, the Pro Grand Master, the Marquess of Northampton, presented the Order of Service to Masonry on behalf of the MW The Grand Master to RW Bro Sir Jayantilal Keshavji Chande KBE, Past District Grand Master for East Africa (left) and RW Bro Richard Sandbach, Past Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire (right).

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