ISSUE 21, April 2007
Editorial
Historic: Philanthropist and scientist: Sir Henry Wellcome
Travel: In Darwin's footsteps
Grand Secretary: Interview with Nigel Brown
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Faith and Freemasonry: A Salvationist and the Craft
Young Mason: Keep up the tradition
Freemasons' Hall: Refurbishment
Ladies Groups: Cheshire Ladies Circle
   Library and Museum: Masonry and music - the role of the organ
Specialist Lodge: A new Lodge for showmen is consecrated
Serving the community: Two Masons win major rescue awards
Spain: How a Cleveland Mason found his Spanish roots
Wales: Welsh Mason lands national sporting award
Hospices: The Craft's historic links with hospices
Ancient Craft: Herefordshire's ancient boat builder
Education: Forthcoming events and Andrew Prescott and Own free will and accord and First Universities Scheme Initiate
Masonic Charities: Latest from the four main Masonic charities
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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Above
The PGM for Devonshire addresses the Brethren at the Plymouth launch

Below
RW Bro. Robin Osborn presents a cheque for over 56,000 to W Bro Les Hutchinson, Secretary to the Council, RMTGB


At the end of January 2007, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire launched its 2012 Festival Appeal in support of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB). The launches took place at three separate events using conference venues in Plymouth, Barnstaple and Torquay.
    Two years of planning and preparation went into organising these events. All 136 Lodges in the Province were represented with over 600 Masons, (approximately 10% of the Masonic population of the Province) attending the launches.
    Les Hutchinson, secretary to the Council of the Trust, and Ray Collings, fund-raising manager, gave presentations on the work of the Trust at each of the launch events.
    They were joined by John Thompson, a Devonshire Mason, member of the Council of the Trust and of the Petitions Committee, who elaborated on some of the distressing cases that he had encountered.
    The Trust is currently supporting 29 beneficiaries from Devonshire and in the last 12 months over 75,000 was expended on these beneficiaries alone.
    The Province is to be congratulated on the excellent start they have made to their Appeal and Les Hutchinson, as secretary to the Council, received a cheque from the Provincial Grand Master, Robin Osborn, for 56,647, which brings the total raised so far to over 300,000.
    Chairman of the Festival Appeal, Bill Daw, together with the Provincial Charity Steward, Conrad Donaldson, are now extremely busy encouraging their members to take out regular payments in support of the Appeal and, most importantly, ensuring that all payments are gift-aided. The Province has been split into five geographical areas with a manager responsible for each. Media specialists have built a website and are producing presentation material for each Lodge to use.
    They have launched a range of merchandise, which they hope will generate significant funds towards the Appeal. Of particular note is a Festival Wine, which is already proving popular. The Trust wishes them every success in their endeavours over the next five years.

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