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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Address of the Pro Grand Master, the Marquess of Northampton
Brethren, we held the first meeting of the Rulers’ Forum here yesterday with representatives of the ten groups and have got off to a good start. We discussed a variety of topics which are relevant to the future of English Freemasonry.
    The minutes of the meeting will be widely circulated and I hope that any Brother who has any good ideas for the well-being of the Craft will pass them to the Forum through his local group.
    The Centre for Research into Freemasonry at the Sheffield University continues to make good progress. Many of you will have seen reports of the events in the spring, accompanying the opening of the Centre’s new premises, named after the pioneering Masonic scholar, Professor Douglas Knoop, a Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076.
    The University of Sheffield’s teaching affairs committees have now approved an MA programme in the history of Freemasonry and Fraternalism, the first such degree in the world, which will be launched during 2007-8.
    Finally, on behalf of my fellow Rulers, I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a very happy and peaceful Festive Season and a prosperous New Year.

The Minutes of the Quarterly Communication of 13 September 2006 were confirmed.
Nomination of a Grand Master for the ensuing year.
HRH The Duke of Kent was nominated for re-election as Grand Master Report of the Board of General Purposes
Annual Investiture of Grand Officers
(25 April 2007)
So that sufficient accommodation can be reserved for those Brethren who are to be invested and their friends, admission to the Annual Investiture is by ticket only.
    Brethren to be invested for the first time may invite to be present with them three qualified Brethren and those to be promoted, two qualified Brethren.
    Allowance having been made for such an issue and for those whose presence in the Grand Lodge is essential, a few seats will remain. Written application for these seats may be made to the Grand Secretary between 1 March and 31 March by Brethren qualified to attend the Grand Lodge: Past Grand Officers, Masters, Wardens (not Past Wardens), Past Masters qualified under Rule 9, Book of Constitutions.
    Applications should state clearly the name, address and Lodge of the Brother concerned and under which of the four categories mentioned his application is made. If necessary, a ballot for the allocation of seats will be held on 2 April, and tickets will be posted to successful Brethren on approximately 5 April. Brethren who have been unsuccessful will be so informed.
    Possession of a ticket will not, of itself, ensure admission – Brethren who are not Grand Officers will be required to hand their tickets to the scrutineers before examination by them in accordance with the usual practice at Quarterly Communications.
    Past Grand Officers should sign the Attendance Books in the Past Grand Officers’ Room, and give up their tickets before being admitted to the Grand Temple.
    Grand Officers taking part in the procession will sign in the Grand Officers’ Room.
London
Most Brethren in London will, and some Brethren elsewhere may, be aware that the Metropolitan Grand Master for London proposes to make significant changes to the manner in which the Metropolitan Grand Lodge and the Private Lodges in the Metropolitan Area of London are administered. Most of the changes are ones of internal organisation, and as such are entirely a matter for the Metropolitan Grand Master.
    He has, however, requested certain amendments to the Rules in the Book of Constitutions to reinforce the changes that are proposed and to cover certain related minor matters.
    The principal matter covered by the proposed amendments is the redesignation of Metropolitan Group Chairmen and Deputy Metropolitan Group Chairmen as Assistant Metropolitan Grand Masters and Metropolitan Grand Inspectors respectively, each of whom will have authority throughout the Metropolitan Area.
    Both will be permitted to wear chains of office and will be enabled to demand admission to and preside in any Lodge in the Metropolitan Area.
    In addition, a Brother who has held office in the Metropolitan Grand Lodge will be permitted to wear a jewel showing his former office, similar to that of a Past Provincial Grand Officer, with the apron of a holder of Senior Metropolitan or Metropolitan Grand Rank.
    The Board has taken the opportunity to put forward some further small amendments to the Book of Constitutions, most of which are matters of form rather than of substance.
    There is, however, one significant amendment, which will give the MW The Grand Master the power to rearrange the boundaries of Metropolitan areas, similar to the power he possesses in relation to Provinces and Districts. The Board wishes to stress that it is introducing this amendment in order to rationalise the existing position and that there is no suggestion that the power might be exercised in the foreseeable future.
    Notice of Motion to amend the Book of Constitutions accordingly appeared on the Paper of Business.


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