ISSUE 3, October 2002
Brother Winston: Churchill as a Freemason
Travel: Getting the taste
Manchester City: Masons achieve their goal
Freemasonry in the Community: Sermon of the Dean of St Paul's Cathedral and Chief Executive spells out the five objectives of the Grand Charity
Quarterly Communication: Report of the Board of General Purposes and Address by the Pro Grand Master
A Dickens of a Night: Charles Dickens celebrated
   Masonic Research: Seek and ye shall find
Charity News: New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Grand Charity and Cornwall Freemasons raise 2.8m and MTGB: Special concert in the Grand Temple and RMBI: Care in action
Library and Museum: Burmese banners and Royal British Legion link
Freemasonry in the Community: Supplement
Book reviews

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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:

Direct to the individual RMBI homes (see list)

Through the Lodge Almoner

Through the Association of Friends at each home

Through the RMBI website at

In addition, there is a Care Advice Team that helps prospective residents by applying for admission and helping to fill in benefit forms.
    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 the annuitants. However, we will continue to support both existing annuitants and recipients of the new Masonic Relief Grants'.
    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

Albert Edward, Prince of Wales Court Penylan Avenue, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan CF36 3LY Tel: 01656 785311

Barford Court 157 Kingsway, Hove, East Sussex BN3 4GR Tel: 01273 777736

Cadogan Court Barley Lane, Exeter, Devon EX4 1 TA Tel: 01392 251436

Connaught Court St Oswald's Road, Fulford, York Y01 0 4FA Tel: 01904 626238

Cornwallis Court Hospital Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP33 3NH Tel: 01284 768028

Devonshire Court Howdon Road, Oadby, Leicester LE2 5WQ Tel: 01162 714171

Ecclesholme 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

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent Court Stisted Hall, Kings Lane, Braintree, Essex CM77 8AG Tel: 01376 345534

Prince George, 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

The Tithebarn Moor Lane, Great Crosby, Liverpool L23 2SH Tel: 0151 9243683

Zetland Court 128 Alumhurst Road, West bourne, Bournemouth BH48HU Tel: 01202 769169

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