ISSUE 5, April 2003
Editorial
Henry Sadler: The First Grand Librarian
Travel: Full of Eastern Promise
Masons and Medical Research: The Royal College of Surgeons
Quarterly Communication: Report of the Board of General Purposes
Masonic News: Capital Event, Brazil's Grand Chapter
Masonic Charities: The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and The New Masonic Samaritan Fund
Masonic Education: A Feast of Learning
Library & Museum: Trench Art exhibition
Letters
Gardening
Book Reviews

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Quarterly Communication 12 March 2003

Erasure of Lodges
The Board has received a report that 18 Lodges have closed and surrendered their Warrants. The Lodges are:
     Newall Lodge No. 1134 (East Lancashire), Borough of Bethnal Green Lodge No. 2896 (London), Northern Star Lodge No. 3053 (East Lancashire), Belle Vue Lodge No. 3664 (East Lancashire), Old Lawrentian Lodge No. 4141 (London), Endeavour Lodge No. 4409 (East Lancashire), Roger Ascham Lodge No. 4430 (London), Joppa Lodge No. 4586 (Cheshire), Fidelitas Lodge No. 4706 (East Lancashire), Tigris Lodge No. 5321 (London), Diadem Lodge No. 5574 (East Lancashire), Cravenstoke Lodge No. 5605 (London), Clare Avon Lodge No. 5617 (London), Arts and Sciences Lodge No. 5626 (London), Temple Lodge No. 5881 (Durham), Slade Lodge No. 5883 (East Lancashire), Crusader Lodge No. 6589 (West Lancashire), Mancunium Lodge No. 6872 (East Lancashire).
     A Resolution that the above Lodges be erased was passed.
Fees
A Resolution was passed that the fees (exclusive of VAT) payable for registrations, certificates and dispensations should be increased by approximately 3% to:

  1. the Registration of:
    1. A Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment 77.25
    2. A Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master or a Metropolitan Group Chairman (Under Rule 60) 44.00
    3. A Deputy or Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master (under Rule 66) 44.00
    4. A Holder of Overseas Grand Rank (under Rule 93) 17.50
    5. A Mason, inclusive of Grand Lodge Certificate (initiation, or joining from a Lodge not under the Grand Lodge)
      In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached 44.00
      In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a province 38.10
      In a Lodge in a District 24.45
      In a Lodge abroad not under a District 34.50
  2. the replacement or amendment of a Grand Lodge Certificate 44.00
  3. a certificate for a Serving Brother 24.45
  4. a Dispensation by the Grand Master 21.35
    a Dispensation by the Grand Master 'nunc pro tunc' 42.70
The Board believes that next year it will need to recommend to Grand Lodge that fees again be increased by approximately 3% to the following:
  1. the Registration of-:
    1. A Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment 79.60
    2. A Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master or a Metropolitan Group Chairman (Under Rule 60) 45.35
    3. A Deputy or Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master (under Rule 66) 45.35
    4. A Holder of Overseas Grand Rank (under Rule 93) 18.00
    5. A Mason, inclusive of Grand Lodge Certificate (initiation, or joining from a Lodge not under the Grand Lodge)
      In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached 45.35
      In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province 39.25
      In a Lodge in a District 25.20
      In a Lodge abroad not under a District 35.50
  2. the replacement or amendment of a Grand Lodge Certificate 45.35
  3. a certificate for a Serving Brother 25.25
  4. a Dispensation by the Grand Master 22.00
    a Dispensation by the Grand Master 'nunc pro tunc' 44.00
Contributions to the Grand Charity
The Board recommends in accordance with Rule 271, Book of Constitutions, that contributions payable to the Grand Charity in respect of each member of a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province, in England and Wales that is unattached, for the year 2004 shall be 6.00. No payment is due in respect of members of Lodges overseas.
Warrants for new Lodges
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been granted by the MW the Grand Master showing the date from which their Warrants became effective.

Date of Warrant
No. and Name of Lodge / Location / Area

13 November 2002
9765 White Dawns / Skopje / Macedonia
9766 Grays and Orsett Daylight / Grays / Essex

11 December 2002
9767 Richard Warburton / Fishguard / South Wales, Western Division

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