ISSUE 20, January 2007
Editorial
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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NEW GRAND SECRETARY
The MW The Grand Master has appointed Brother CNR Brown to be Grand Secretary and Grand Scribe E with effect from 1st February 2007. Brother Nigel Brown was born in Lusaka in the then Northern Rhodesia and was educated in Southern Rhodesia. From the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst he was commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, retiring as a Captain. He then spent 15 years in senior management, and for the past 12 years has been a business consultant specialising in advising clients on winning competitive global tenders. He is married with two adult children, has been a Freemason for 19 years and is currently serving as a Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Legacy appeal
Freemasons are extremely generous in their donations to charities both Masonic and non-Masonic, national and local. Indeed, “Relief” is one of the three great tenets of Freemasonry. From gift-aids to Provincial festivals, to general charitable giving outside of the Craft to the “fiver” at Lodge raffles and the alms box, over a lifetime the average Mason would probably surprise even himself about the amount he gives to charity. But one area that seems to miss many Masons is the legacy – what is left to posterity in his Will. It was to this end that the four charities have produced a special article on legacies (see pages 60–61) and addressed the recent Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge.
Royal Arch
The Pro First Grand Principal, Lord Northampton, has told Supreme Grand Chapter that he has set up a working party to examine the recruitment and retention of members, and to report back to him by the end of April. As with the Craft, this is a problem in some areas. Whilst the Craft and Royal Arch are separate, a brother has to be a Master Mason before he can join the other Order. So there is a strong link. Pressuring brethren to join other Lodges – or the Royal Arch – should be discouraged, but explaining the Royal Arch to the new Master Mason should be encouraged. Certainly, 12 months after taking his Third Degree, he should be reminded of the existence of the Royal Arch.


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