ISSUE 19, October 2006
Editorial
Historic: Rabbi and Mason
Travel: Morocco's exotic charm
Quarterly Communication: Address by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Working with Youngsters: The Grand Master goes fishing
Community Relations: Saying it with flowers
International: Spanish Freemasonry under the microscope
   Events: Grand Lodge Award; Royal Masonic Variety Show
Specialist Lodges: Masonry on the canal
Freemasonry and Society: A Churchman's view of Masonry
Education: Toast of the town and Events
Young Masons: The Universities Scheme
Library & Museum: The Freemasons's Tontine
Masonic Charities: The Grand Charity and NMSF and RMTGB and RMBI
Letters
Book reviews
Gardening

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HRH The Prince of Wales meets with Grahame Elliott at The Palace of Holyroodhouse



Lord Northampton addresses the General Meeting in the Grand Temple at Freemasons’ Hall
   The Grand Charity marked 25 years of charitable giving and the £72 million given in grants over those years at the summer General Meeting, chaired by Lord Northampton and attended by hundreds of people, including the Mayor of Camden and ex-newscaster Martyn Lewis.
    Since 1981, more than £30 million has been given towards the work of hundreds of national non-Masonic charities, with individual grants as high as £1.25 million.
    More than £1.5 million has been given for emergency relief work and an additional sum of nearly £1 million has been donated to help the victims of the 2004 tsunami.
    Underlining this tremendous commitment to charitable giving, Freemasons attending the General Meeting approved further non- Masonic grants of over £1.4 million, incorporating support for air ambulance services and asthma research.
    The Grand Charity also plays an important role in assisting distressed Freemasons and their dependants. During its first 25 years more than 30,000 individuals have benefited from the financial support provided by Masonic relief grants, and over £5 million was donated towards the work of the other central Masonic charities.
    At the meeting Andrew Stebbings, son of the founding President, the late Sir John Stebbings, and Past-Presidents Sir John Welch and Raymond Lye, joined the new President of the Grand Charity, Grahame Elliott, to address the audience about the work of the Charity. This was followed by first-hand accounts from representatives of beneficiary charities on the positive impact of the Grand Charity’s programme of grants.
    Firstly, Bruno Oudmayer of Plan International captured the attention of the audience with his passionate explanation of how donations from the dedicated tsunami relief chest are supporting work in India, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
    Plan’s aim is not only to rebuild these shattered communities but also to ‘build back better’, securing a long-term sustainable future for the hundreds of children affected by the devastation of the 2004 tsunami. The meeting then turned to support for charities in England and Wales, with Martyn Lewis of Help the Hospices highlighting how nearly £6 million of grants from the Grand Charity has helped to deliver vital hospice care during the final moments of life for patients in hundreds of hospices.
    Reflecting on the success of the evening, Grahame Elliott expressed his gratitude for the ongoing support given to the work of the Grand Charity by Freemasons and their families:
    He said: “Over many years, it has been the Grand Charity’s privilege to give over £72 million to help many hundreds of national charities and thousands of individuals. This has only been possible because of the generosity of Freemasons and their families. I am delighted that so many people were able to attend this Summer General meeting to learn more about Freemasonry, the charitable work we do and the role of the Grand Charity in that work.”
    The leaflet enclosed with this edition of MQ includes further information on the work of the Grand Charity over the past 25 years. For details of the grants approved at the General Meeting and copies of the addresses given at the meeting visit www.grandcharity.org

Spreading the word
The Prince’s Trust recently celebrated its 30th birthday and the Grand Charity was delighted to be represented at an event hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales to mark the occasion.
    Grahame Elliott, President of The Grand Charity, took the opportunity to update HRH The Prince of Wales on the Charity’s longstanding support for the work of The Trust and the millions of pounds of charitable donations given every year by Freemasons.
    Since 1994, The Grand Charity has given £437,000 towards the work of The Trust, including the most recent grant to support the xl educational programme. With the donation of £100,000, The Trust was able to expand its school-based clubs to eight new locations, support three established groups and help an additional 152 disadvantaged young people to re-engage with their education.


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