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 1st Grand Principal, the Marquess of Northampton
Companions, we have had a busy morning so I will keep my remarks short. I am sure you enjoyed the talk given by E Comp the Rev Elkan Levy and it will have given you much to think about. No-one can be in any doubt that recruitment and retention are the keys to the future prosperity of the Holy Royal Arch.
    I have decided therefore to set up a working party under the chairmanship of the 2nd Grand Principal to look at this matter in some depth and report back to me by the end of April.
    The working party will consult as widely as possible, look at the different ways recruitment and retention is handled by London and the Provinces, and produce guidelines and recommendations based on examples of best practice.
    I am sure you also enjoyed the talk with musical illustrations by E Comp Andrew Pearmain to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Bro Mozart.
    I know that many of you come a long way to attend the convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter and I hope you have found the trip worthwhile.
    Because we do not meet again for another five months I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you and your families a very happy festive season.

The Minutes of the Regular Convocation held on 27 April 2006 were confirmed.
Committee meetings in 2007
The dates upon which the Committee of General Purposes will meet in 2007 are: 27 March, 25 September and 4 December.
Centenary Charters
The Committee had received Memorials from the following Chapters, praying for Charters authorising the members to wear the Centenary Jewel:
    Friendship and Harmony No. 1270 (Bombay and Northern India), from 29 September 2006, retrospective; Cathedral No. 2741 (London), 30 April 2007; Polytechnic No. 2847 (London), 30 May 2007; Quintinian No. 5416 (London), 3 March 2007. The prayers were granted.
Bi-Centenary Charters
The Committee had received Memorials from the following Chapters, praying for Charters authorising the members to wear the Bi-Centenary Bar on the ribbon of the Centenary Jewel.
    All Souls No. 170 (Dorset), from 7 May 2007; Chapter of Iris No. 255 (Middlesex), 7 May 2007; Chapter of Unity No. 298 (East Lancashire), 3 March 2007; Chapter of Affability, No. 308 (Yorkshire, West Riding), 7 May 2007. The prayers were granted.
Transfer
The Committee had received a Memorial from Chapter of Perpetual Light No. 8028 (London) praying that, following the removal of Lodge of Perpetual Light No. 8028 from the register of Grand Lodge, it be attached to Fiat Lux Perpetua Lodge No. 6144 (London), and that with the permission of the ME The First Grand Principal it be known as Chapter of Perpetual Light No. 6144. The ME The First Grand Principal had acceded to the request.
Removal
The Committee had received a Memorial from Earl Strafford Chapter No. 3500 praying that the Chapter be permitted to be removed from Middlesex to the Metropolitan Area of London. The Grand Superintendents concerned having accorded their assent, the prayer was granted.
Erasures
The Committee had received reports on nine Chapters: Royal Rose No. 2565 (London), Old Masonians No. 2700 (London), Friendship No. 2963 (West Lancashire), Whitehall No. 3020 (London), Wimbledon No. 3160 (Surrey), Bon Accord No. 3750 (London), Clapham Park No. 5446 (Middlesex), Retreat No. 7122 (Middlesex) and Gateway of Friendship No. 8363 (London).
    Over recent years, the Chapters have found themselves no longer viable and have surrendered their Charters. A recommendation that the Chapters be erased from the register of Grand Chapter and the Charters cancelled was approved.


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