ISSUE 18, July 2006
Archbishop Fisher: A Godly man and a Brother
Travel: The train takes the strain
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture speech by the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge of New York: Speech by the Pro Grand Master
   Specialist Lodges: Keeping their eyes on the ball
Education: Planning ahead for the Chair and Events and New premises for Masonic research
Royal Opera House: A right Royal occasion
Royal opening: Beamish Museum
Digital records: Saving our past for the future
Library & Museum: The hall in the garden
Queen's Birthday: Masons played a prominent part
International: A Mason and the Foreign Legion
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity and NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Prestonian Lectures
2005: Women and Freemasonry
The Lecturer, W Bro G. W. S. Davie, had informed the Board that in addition to the three official deliveries to Connaught Army and Navy Lodge No. 4323 (London), West Kent Installed Masters’ Lodge No. 5778 (West Kent) and Antient and Loyal Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9762 (West Lancashire), the Lecture was also delivered on 66 other occasions throughout the Constitution.
    The Board thanked Bro Davie for the considerable time and effort he had spent in this connection.

2006: The Victoria Cross, Freemasons’ Band of Brothers
The Prestonian Lecturer for 2006 is W Bro G. S. Angell. Five official Prestonian Lectures for 2006 have been or will be given under the auspices of Saint Paul’s Lodge No. 374 (Montreal and Halifax), FitzRoy Lodge No. 569 (London), Reserve Forces Lodge of Northumberland No. 2666 (Northumberland), Old Wellingtonian Lodge No. 3404 (London), Harlequins Lodge No. 5793 (South Wales, Eastern Division).

2007: The Board has submitted a nomination to the Trustees of the Prestonian Fund and they have appointed RW Bro Dr R.B.F. Khambatta, PDistGM, Pakistan, as Prestonian Lecturer for 2007. Bro Khambatta states that the title of his lecture will be The Grand Secretaries 1813–1980.
    Arrangements for the delivery of the Lectures to selected Lodges will be considered by the Board in November and applications are now invited from Lodges. Applications should be made to the Assistant Grand Secretary through Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Secretaries.
    The Board desires to emphasise the importance of these, the only Lectures held under the authority of the Grand Lodge. It is, therefore, hoped that applications for the privilege of having one of these official Lectures will be made only by Lodges which are prepared to afford facilities for all Freemasons in their area, as well as their own members, to participate and thus ensure an attendance worthy of the occasion.

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

St Bride Lodge No. 2817, in order to amalgamate with Alexandra Palace Lodge No. 1541 (London); Widnes Lodge No. 2819 in order to amalgamate with Knowsley Lodge No. 3581 (West Lancashire), St Elphin Lodge No. 3287 and Red Rose Lodge No. 6007 in order to amalgamate with Gilbert Greenall Lodge No. 1250 (West Lancashire); Red Triangle Lodge No. 3874 and Antient Manor Lodge No. 4511 in order to amalgamate with St Michael’s Temperance Lodge No. 3401 (West Lancashire).
    The Board has received a report that nine Lodges have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are: Kirkdale Lodge No. 1756 (West Lancashire), Cheerybles Lodge No. 2466 (London), Fylde Lodge No. 2758 (West Lancashire), Seaforth Lodge No. 4038 (West Lancashire), Hesa Lodge No. 4540 (Middlesex), Trinity College Jubilee Lodge No. 5002 (London), Balliol Lodge No. 5941 (West Lancashire), Southall St. John’s Lodge No. 6389 (Middlesex), Poynton Lodge No. 8728 (Cheshire).
    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. A recommendation that they be erased was approved.

As required by Rule 277 (a) (i) (B) and (D), Book of Constitutions, a Brother was recently expelled from the Craft.

Grand Lodge Accounts 2005
The Audited Accounts of Grand Lodge for the year ended 31 December 2005 were adopted.

Election of Grand Lodge Auditors
The re-election of Horwath Clark Whitehill LLP, as Auditors of Grand Lodge, was approved.

Amendment to the Book of Constitutions
In a Motion pursuant to Notice, a Resolution that Rules 216 to 222 under the heading
“The General Council” be deleted and be substituted by new rules under the heading
“The Rulers’ Forum” [see MQ, issue No. 18, pages 18 and 19] was approved.

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:

8 March 2006: 9819 George Taylor Lodge (Worcester, Worcestershire).
20 April 2006: 9817 Phoenix Lodge (Nicosia, Cyprus); 9818 Zenon 18 Lodge (Limassol, Cyprus).
27 April 2006: 9820 Rochford Kindred Daylight Lodge (Rochford, Essex).

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