ISSUE 2, July 2002
Editorial
Brothers in endurance: Sir Ernest Shackleton
Travel: Florida
Jack the Ripper: Exploring the Masonic link
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture address by the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes and Report of the Library and Museum Trust
Masonic News: Order of Service to Masonry; Grand Lodge deficit; Alvin Coburn pioneer photographer; Royal Masonic Variety Show
   Royal Arch News: Concern over falling exaltations
Charity News: Masonic relief grants launched; New RMBI video; Help is at hand through the NMSF; RMBI challenges and change; Update on RMBI projects; RMBI resident Jessie is Britain's oldest person; Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign; TalentAid
Masonic Homes: Proud and independent
Library and Museum news: Recent library acquisitions
Letters
Gardening
Book reviews

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Grand Charity grant to National Asthma Campaign

The Grand Charity has made a grant of 103,929 to the National Asthma Campaign for research at the Royal London Hospital. About one and a half million children receive treatment for asthma, making the illness the most common long-term medical condition in schools.
    The current system of lung function testing, spirometry, is unsuitable for small children, and most diagnosis is made on reported symptoms only. The aim is to build a model for diagnosing asthma using a new lung function technique for children. Children from local East London schools, and children who have attended the Royal London for asthma treatment, are being tested.

MASONIC TRUST FOR GIRLS AND BOYS

TalentAid
Support for the gifted children of Freemasons

The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys has just launched 'TalentAid', a scheme to help the gifted children and grandchildren of Freemasons. The costs associated with having a talented child can be enormous - specialist coaching, travel expenses, competition fees, instrument or equipment purchase, and sometimes school or college fees as well. The Trust has just considered its first batch of applications, and 35 children and young people have been awarded grants.
    Do you have a talented child, or one who might develop a talent given the right opportunities? You can obtain further information about the scheme by contacting the Trust by email at: petitions@mtgb.org or telephone on 020 7405 2644, or write to: The Secretary, Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, 31 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AG.

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