ISSUE 19, October 2006
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
Book reviews

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Care in the RMBI Homes hase been carried out for more than 160 years

Queen Elizabeth Court in Llandudno – ideal for a short-stay respite break

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   Quality Care
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years, providing a comprehensive range of services including residential care in 17 RMBI Homes throughout England and Wales.
    All our Homes offer residential care, which caters for a wide range of individual needs. In addition, nursing care is available at 13 and specialist dementia care at seven of our Homes. Respite care is also available.
    Although we have been in the business of caring for 160 years, the organisation has not remained static. We have continually strived to provide the highest quality care and facilities for our residents and those efforts have been recognised by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI), the care sector regulator.
    CSCI reviewed the RMBI’s Homes very positively overall with a number of our Homes described as excellent. As part of this quest for quality, the RMBI has identified Homes which need to be replaced. One of these is Scarbrough Court in Cramlington, Northumberland.
    This Home will be rebuilt at its present location after planning permission was given by Blyth Valley Borough Council. This brings to a close two years of uncertainty and the RMBI is delighted with the decision.
    Scarbrough Court has been part of the local community since 1967 and this news will be welcomed by all who rely on it for care and nursing as well as the staff.
    Everyone is looking forward to the new Home and are glad the decision has been made. Caroline Edden, Scarbrough Court Home Manager, said: “My staff are so happy that we will be getting a brand new workplace that will make it easier for us to care for our residents and also create a terrific atmosphere around the Home. We wish it could be built tomorrow.”
    The new Home will have more beds and will require additional staff from the local area to cope with the increased demand.
    It will also be built first so that the residents at Scarbrough Court have minimal disturbance. Work is expected to start on the new Home in the new year.
    Similar plans are underway for Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, as well as James Terry Court in Croydon, Surrey. It is hoped that these Homes will also benefit from redevelopment in the future, subject to planning permission.

Fancy a break beside the seaside?
Queen Elizabeth Court (QEC) is located in the picturesque seaside town of Llandudno, Wales’s largest resort, in Conwy, North Wales. The Victorian resort town is nestled between the Great and Little Ormes and has two beautiful beaches, the award-winning North Shore and the quiet, sand dunes of West Shore. QEC was purpose-built in 1977 and is situated on level land within walking distance of the seaside, shops and surrounding hills and countryside. A theatre, indoor and outdoor bowling greens, swimming pool and golf course are all near the Home, together with churches, chapels, shops, banks and a post office. There is a bed capacity of 67, of which 19 can be available for nursing. The Home operates a traditional “hotel” style of care, where residents share communal facilities. Rooms are centrally-heated, en suite and arranged on two floors, in seven wings. QEC is an ideal location for a short-stay respite break. These are helpful for both those living alone, and for families that need a little respite from the demands of caring for an older relative.

Scarbrough Court is to be rebuilt

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