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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    Vacancies at RMBI Homes
The RMBI has 17 Homes across England and Wales that have a variety of options to help the Masonic community. These include residential, nursing and respite care, Elderly Mentally Frail (EMF) units and some sheltered accommodation.
    We want our older Brethren and their dependants to be in first class care and the RMBI needs to ensure its resources are maximised by keeping vacancies to a minimum. The vacancy levels at the Homes change from week to week so it is best to contact the RMBI in regards to specific Homes.
    There are four Homes in particular that presently have immediate vacancies:

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court – Porthcawl, Wales
Purpose-built in 1973 and refurbished in 2000, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court is a spacious and friendly residential care home which stands in extensive, wellkept grounds in a residential area of this friendly, quiet seaside town. It is close to the promenade and five minutes from the beach.
    The Home provides residential and nursing care for up to 56 people. Each resident has their own en suite bed sitting room overlooking the garden. Five comfortable lounges provide space to relax or socialise. As in all our homes, residents are actively supported in their pursuits and pastimes, with trips and activities arranged regularly.
    Call Home Manager Mrs Jeanette Davies on 01656 785 311 for more information.

Lord Harris Court – Wokingham, Berkshire
Lord Harris Court is a large, comfortable Home of modern design, built in 1972 and stands in spacious grounds adjoining the Berkshire Masonic Centre in Sindlesham, Berkshire.
    The Home is surrounded by wellmaintained lawns, an orchard, an ornamental pond and summer houses, all of which have disabled access and a variety of seating areas.
    Lord Harris Court can also provide both residential and nursing care. The Home is able to accommodate 90 residents in centrally heated, furnished, bed-sitting rooms with en-suite facilities, some including showers. There are three large lounges and a library providing space to relax or socialise.
    Call Home Manager Miss Liz Fleming on 0118 978 7496 for more information.

    Scarbrough Court – Cramlington, Northumberland
Scarbrough Court is situated in attractive grounds in a pleasant residential area of Cramlington, ten miles from Newcastle and provides residential and nursing care for up to 49 people.
    Each resident has their own bed-sitting room and five comfortable lounges provide space to relax or socialise. There are five south-facing lounges with television sets and a wide selection of books in both normal and large print.
    There is also a chapel, a hairdressing salon and a wide variety of trips and activities happening frequently.
    Call Home Manager Mrs Caroline Edden on 01670 712 215 for more information.

    Cadogan Court – Exeter, Devon
Cadogan Court opened in 1986 and is situated on the outskirts of Exeter with views over the city to the Cathedral and within easy reach of Dartmoor, Exmoor and nearby seaside towns. The Home is surrounded by well-maintained gardens, which have disabled access and an assortment of seating.
    Cadogan Court provides both residential and nursing care and a new, dedicated nursing wing for up to 15 people was added in October 2005. Accommodation is provided for 70 people and each resident has their own en suite bed sitting room. There are three large lounges and five small lounges providing space to relax or socialise.
    Call Home Manager Mrs Katharine Fender on 01392 251 436 for more information.

    The Fundraising Cycle Mike Humphrey is one of these guys who seem to do things the rest of us read about. He runs half-marathons, abseils off unusual structures such as the Humber Bridge or Grimsby Dock Tower or treks through the Peruvian Andes at 15,000 to 16,000 feet. And Mike does this all for charity. So the RMBI are extremely grateful that Mike has decided to raise money for us by cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats this summer in support of the London appeal. Amongst the actual cycling he has to endure, he has managed to organise a flyover by the Red Arrows, some sponsorship and lodgings at Centre Parcs as well as a friend in a helicopter to take some scenic photos. Mike is keen to make this one of the biggest individual fundraisers ever for the RMBI and we are sure you would love to help him out. All donations can be sent to: Raymond Ressner, 14 Welholme Avenue, Grimsby dn32 0ea. Ray is kindly acting as Mike’s Treasurer and we need to keep him busy. The RMBI website will be tracking Mike’s progress on the ride, so look out for that when he heads off on 15 May at

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