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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     A significant amount of the post received at the New Masonic Samaritan Fund continues to be from grateful applicants. Their gratitude is both genuine and spontaneous.

Thanking you and the NMSF seems totally inadequate, but thank you anyway. I have been a supporter of this wonderful branch of our organisation from the start and will continue. I certainly did not think it would ever apply to me Ė how wrong can you be?

Since the decision was taken to provide funds in support of respite care the postbag has been extended even further.

Having returned home last Monday from our wonderful respite stay at Connaught Court it is right and proper that I should, on behalf of my wife and myself, express and record our grateful thanks and appreciation for funding our stay.

Regrettably, despite continuing efforts to advertise the support available from the NMSF, not all letters record such a vote of thanks.

I hope you donít mind me asking for some more details on the Masonic Samaritan Fund which I know very little about. My father is a senior mason and I am also a mason but know very little of the working of the masonic charities.

However, this type of request for support is also encouraged and far more welcome than the letters or enquiries that never arrive. All too often we hear, all too late, about someone who may have benefited from the NMSF, but either did not know how to ask for advice or simply did not know about the Fund.
    Since it was established in 1990, the NMSF has continued to provide support for Freemasons, their wives, widows and dependants, who have an identified medical need but, faced with a long wait for treatment via the NHS, are unable to afford to fund their own private medical care.
    More than 6,500 individuals have already benefited directly from the Fund, but it is clear that many more have not been helped because they simply did not know what support was on offer. The poster campaign advertised elsewhere within this edition is the latest attempt to spread the word.
    The message remains simple and clear. If you, or someone you know, has an identified medical or respite care need, contact the NMSF direct for confidential advice and to find out if help may be available.
    Telephone 020 7404 1550 or email

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