Annual Dues and Grand Charity
A resolution regarding the annual dues for 2008
was approved, as was a resolution that a Lodge
annual contribution to the Grand Charity
should be raised to £13.
W Bro G S Angell, Lecturer for 2006 with his
paper The Victoria Cross, Freemasons, Band of
Brothers, has stated that in addition to the five
official deliveries, he also delivered it on 78
The Lecturer for 2007 is RW Bro Dr R B F
Khambatta, Past District Grand Master for
Pakistan, with his paper The Grand Secretaries
1813-1980. The four official Lectures have been
or will be given to Reading Lodge of Union No.
414 (Berkshire), Lodge Faith No. 2438 (Suffolk),
North London Installed Masters Lodge No.
9784 (London) and the District Grand Lodge
of Bombay and Northern India.
W Bro R D T Sillett has been appointed
Lecturer for 2008 with his paper The Language
of the Ritual. Lodges wishing to be considered for
one of these official Lectures should apply to the
Grand Secretary via Metropolitan, Provincial or
District Grand Secretaries. Applications will be
considered by the Board in November.
Application should only be made by Lodges
prepared to afford facilities for all Freemasons
in their area, as well as their own members, to
ensure an attendance worthy of the occasion.
Information for the Guidance of members of
In September 1974, the Board reported that it
had reason to believe that some confusion
existed in Lodges over the distribution of the
booklet Information for the Guidance of Members
of the Craft. The Report continued:
The Board feels strongly that every member of the
Craft should possess a copy of this booklet and has
therefore reviewed its earlier recommendations in order
to achieve this result.
The Board now recommends that each newly
made Mason should be given a copy of the booklet
at the same time as he is presented with the Book of
Constitutions and the By-Laws of his Lodge during
the initiation ceremony. In addition, the Board
reiterates its view that a copy should be presented
to each newly installed Master.
All succeeding editions of the booklet have
included the above extract inside the front
cover, together with a statement that it was
adopted, and thereby became an edict binding
on the Craft.
It appears to the Board that the confusion still
exists, and has reaffirmed its recommendation
that each newly made Mason and each newly
installed Master should be given a copy of the
booklet at the same time as he is presented with
the Book of Constitutions and the By-Laws of his
Lodge during the ceremony of initiation and
Wearing of Chains in Private Lodges
A Notice of Motion for the next Quarterly
Communication was proposed to alter the
rules in the Book of Constitutions that a
Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand
Master should be permitted to extend an
invitation to another Metropolitan,
Provincial or District Grand Master visiting
a Lodge of his Province to wear his chain
rather than a collar.
The courtesy, however, is not to
be extended to Deputy or Assistant
Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand
Masters or Metropolitan Grand Inspectors.
Royal Arch collarettes
The only Royal Arch collarettes permitted to
be worn in the Craft are those from which the
jewels of the present Grand Principals and
present Grand Superintendents are suspended
(and these are worn only with Craft regalia).
In April 2007, Supreme Grand Chapter
gave permission to those Past Deputy Grand
Superintendents and Past Second and Third
Provincial, District Grand Principals, and
Metropolitan counterparts, who are Grand
Officers to wear the jewels of their past ranks
on collarettes within the area in which they
held the office.
The Committee of General Purposes
requested that the new jewels and collarettes
be permitted to be worn with Craft regalia
within the area to which they relate.
The Board concluded that it was not
appropriate for any collarette denoting a
past Royal Arch rank to be worn with
Craft regalia, any more than those collarettes
worn in the Craft by Past Deputy and
Assistant Provincial or District Grand
Masters, and their Metropolitan counterparts,
are permitted to be worn with Royal Arch
regalia. It recommended that their wearing
be confined to the Royal Arch.
A resolution enabling eleven Lodges
to surrender their Warrants in order to
amalgamate with another Lodge was
approved. A resolution also approved the
closure of a further 15 Lodges. Two new
Lodges were warranted from 26 April.
Grand Lodge Accounts 2006 and Auditors
The audited accounts of Grand Lodge
for the year ended 2006 were approved.
Howarth Clark Whitehill LLP were reelected
as auditors of Grand Lodge.
Six members were expelled from the Craft
on 4 May.
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
A presentation was given to Grand Lodge by
the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution.
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