There are several ways in
which Masons and their dependants can seek advice about the homes:
Direct to the RMBI at 20 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5BG
(Tel: 020 7596 2400/Fax: 020 7404 0724 or email: email@example.com)
Direct to the individual RMBI
homes (see list)
Through the Lodge Almoner
Through the Association
of Friends at each home
Through the RMBI website
In addition, there is a Care Advice Team that helps prospective residents by applying for admission
and helping to fill in
Mr Gray adds: 'The visiting teams are being expanded in line with demand. The RMBI
is also looking at setting up a national advice telephone line to provide support on a whole range of areas, such as benefits, accommodation and health matters:
Following a major review, the administration of RMBI annuitants was transferred to
the Grand Charity in April to
enable the streamlining of the administration of distributions.
A new system of Masonic Relief Grants has been
introduced and leaves the RM BI to concentrate on its primary objective of providing residential care (see MQ No 2, page 58).
Mr Gray explains: 'An appropriate dowry has been transferred to the Grand Charity, since £14.7 5m will be required over the next ten years to support
However, we will continue
to support both existing annuitants and recipients
of the new Masonic
The annual cost of running the Institution is £26m, and the RMBI is therefore always grateful for donations, legacies, payroll giving and gift aid.
Each resident gets bespoke attention. For example, it is standard practice for those requiring care in an RMBI home to be assessed by a Care Advice Visitor or a Home Manager, using a system that enables them to identify the special type of care needed.
The RMBI is very pro-active in promoting its services, and provides speakers for Lodges or other meetings, and can also supply display boards and promotional material for open days or other events.
In addition, the Institution provides other services, including home improvement loans.
The loan is repaid,
with interest, only when the property is sold or after the recipient has died.
Through the Good Neighbour Fund, holidays are also arranged for clients each summer in Eastbourne, Thorpe Bay, Bournemouth and Llandudno.
Also, thanks to the Royal Arch Holiday Fund and the generous sponsorship of Provinces and Friends, the RMBI has been organising for some years a winter holiday to Malta for about
30 older people.
Others, who fund themselves, often accompany them.
How to contact the homes
Prince of Wales Court Penylan Avenue, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan CF36 3LY Tel: 01656 785311
157 Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4GR Tel: 01273 777736
Cadogan Court Barley Lane, Exeter, Devon EX4 1 TA Tel: 01392 251436
St Oswald's Road, Fulford, York Y01 0 4FA Tel: 01904 626238
Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3NH Tel: 01284 768028
Devonshire Court Howdon Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5WQ Tel: 01162 714171
Vicars Street, Eccles, Manchester M30 ODG Tel: 0161 7889517
Harewood Court Wilbury Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 3GL
Tel: 01273 739515
James Terry Court
51 Warham Road, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 6LH Tel: 020 8688 1745
Lord Harris Court Mole Road, Sindlesham, Wokingham, Berkshire RG41 5EA
Tel: 01189 787496
Duke of Kent Court Stisted Hall, Kings Lane, Braintree, Essex CM77 8AG Tel: 01376 345534
Duke of Kent Court Shepherd's Green, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 6PA Tel: 020 8467 0081
Prince Michael of Kent Court Stratford Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 4DH Tel: 01923 234780
Queen Elizabeth Court Clarence Drive, Craig-y-Don, Llandudno, Conwy
LL30 1 TR
Tel: 01492 877276
Scarbrough Court Alexandra Way, Cramlington, Northumberland NE23 6ED Tel: 01670 712215
Shannon Court Portsmouth Road, Hindhead, Surrey GU26 6DA
Tel: 01428 604833
Moor Lane, Great Crosby, Liverpool L23 2SH
Tel: 0151 9243683
128 Alumhurst Road, West bourne, Bournemouth BH48HU
Tel: 01202 769169
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