ISSUE 18, July 2006
Editorial
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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Erasures
The recommendation that the following Chapters be erased from the register of Grand Chapter and the Charters cancelled was approved:

Ashbury Chapter No. 1459 (East Lancashire); Queen’s Westminster Chapter No. 2021 (London); Portsmouth Temperance Chapter No. 2068 (Hampshire and Isle of Wight); Holden Chapter No. 2946 (London); Mulfulira Chapter No. 5326 (Zambia); Victoria Falls Chapter No. 5327 (Zambia); Radiant Star Chapter No. 5776 (Surrey); Stamford Chapter No. 6427 (East Lancashire) and Precept Chapter No. 6439 (Cheshire).

Fees 2007
A Resolution was approved, in pursuance of Regulation 98, that from 1 January 2007, the fees payable to the Fund of the Grand Chapter (exclusive of VAT) shall be:

£
(a)
the Registration of
56.50

(i)
a Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment
28.50

(ii)
a Deputy Metropolitan Grand Superintendent (under Regulation 26(c) (iii), Deputy Grand Superintendent (under Regulation 28A (iii)), 2nd or 3rd Metropolitan Grand Principal (under Regulation 26(j)) or 2nd or 3rd Provincial or District Grand Principal (under Regulation 31 (h))
12.00

(iii)
a holder of Overseas Grand Chapter Rank (under Regulation 42)


(iv)
a Royal Arch Mason, inclusive of Grand Chapter Certificate (on exaltation or joining from a Chapter not under the Grand Chapter):
21.50


in a Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province
15.00


in a District Chapter
19.50


in a Chapter abroad not under a District
30.00
(b)
Replacement or amendment of a Grand Chapter Certificate
14.50
(c)
A Certificate for a Serving Companion
11.50
(d)
A Dispensation by the First Grand Principal
23.00
(e)
A Dispensation by the First Grand Principal nunc pro tunc (No fee is payable for the registration of a Companion who joins a Chapter from another under the Grand Chapter.)


Contributions 2007
A Resolution was approved, in pursuance of Regulation 100, that the contributions (exclusive of VAT) for the Year 2007 payable by every Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province in respect of each of its members shall be £3.15.

Charges for Patents and Charters
Charges for Patents and Charters are reviewed annually and are based on the cost of producing the documents. The Committee recommendation that the charges (exclusive of VAT) for the year commencing 1 May 2006 be as follows, was approved:

£

(a)
205
Charter for a new Chapter
(b)
590
Charter of Confirmation
(c)
360
Charter for a Centenary Jewel
(d)
565
Charter of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel
(e)
580
Charter for a Bi-Centenary Bar
(f)
580
Charter of Confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar
(g)
60
Certificate of Amalgamation
(h)
80
Enfacement (Alterations) Fee


Contributions to Grand Chapter
2007: The Committee recommendation that the contributions (exclusive of VAT) payable annually to Grand Chapter in respect of each member of a Chapter in a Metropolitan Area or a Province for the year 2007 should remain unchanged at £3.15 was approved.
2008: The Committee believed that it would be able to recommend next year that contributions remain unchanged in 2008.

Statement of Accounts
The audited Accounts of Supreme Grand Chapter for the year ended 31 December 2005 were received and adopted as follows:

The operating results for the year ended 31 December 2005 show a surplus after tax of £104,800 (2004: £103,300). In 2005 a donation was made to The Trust for Research into Freemasonry at Sheffield University of £50,000 (2004: £50,000). No donation was made to the Library and Museum Charitable Trust (2004: £50,000).
    The Income and Expenditure Account for this year includes the realised and unrealised gains/losses on the investment portfolio, which amounted to a net gain of £473,100 (2004: £192,500).
    This performance reflected the buoyant year for financial markets. Investment income saw a small reduction with the £525,700 switch out of cash into equities and hedge funds. The overall increase in funds at the year end was £577,900 (2004: £295,800) to £4,199,700.
    Your Committee has recognised that Supreme Grand Chapter should make a contribution towards the costs of maintaining the fabric of Freemasons’ Hall.
    The annual contributions from Chapters decreased by £29,700 in 2005 and only just covered the Total Expenditure.
    We also note that the apportionment of the costs of Grand Lodge will increase during 2006. Notwithstanding these factors, your Committee is satisfied that the finances of Supreme Grand Chapter continue to be in a healthy state and it is hoped to continue the dues at their present level for the foreseeable future.
    The staff at Freemasons’ Hall were thanked for their hard work and support over the last year.

Future Convocations
Future Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter will be held on Wednesday, 8 November 2006, Thursday, 26 April 2007 and Wednesday, 14 November 2007.

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