ISSUE 6, July 2003
Editorial
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Elementary, my dear brother
Travel: Magic of the Emerald Isle
Letters
Masonic clocks
Quarterly Communication and Annual Investiture
Masonic charity: 200 masons run for Crisis and Grand Charity and The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
Supreme Grand Chapter: Annual Investiture
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Exhibition on ladies nights
Gardening
Book reviews

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Essex Masons aid Masonic Housing Association
Following a fund raising campaign led by E. Comp Alan Kemp, Deputy Grand Superintendent, Essex Freemasons have contributed in excess of 58,000 to construct a large conservatory and to re-landscape the garden at Hamilton Court, the Masonic Housing Association (MHA) sheltered housing scheme in South Woodham Ferrers near Chelmsford.
     On 28 April, RW Bro Sir Neil Thorne, Provincial Grand Master for Essex, formerly opened the conservatory and handed the asset over to RW Bro Brian Smith, Chairman of Masonic Housing Association.
     The money was donated from many different sections of the fraternity in Essex, including the Royal Arch, the Craft, the Mark Masons and The Essex Mason, the journal of Essex Freemasonry.
     In accepting this generous donation on behalf of the Association, Brian Smith thanked and congratulated all the many groups and lodges who had joined together in the appeal.
     He reminded those present that, as the MHA did not only house Freemasons and their dependants, this was yet another example of Freemasonry making a substantial contribution to the community.
     At the same ceremony, RW Bro Alf Garner, Past District Grand Master of Zambia and President of Hamilton Court House Committee, announced the launch of The Friends of Hamilton Court Charitable Association.
     The Association will encourage Lodges and individual Freemasons in Essex to make regular donations to provide extra benefits, and an improved quality of life, for the elderly residents at Hamilton Court.
RMBI launch Freephone service for older Masons and their dependants
March 2003 saw the launch of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) Information Line service. Aimed primarily at older people still living in their own homes, this service offers free information and fact sheets on a wide range of benefits and other topics, including, but not limited to:
  • Community Care
  • Consumer issues
  • Health issues
  • Housing
  • Income & Benefits
  • Leisure, learning & work
The service is available to all Freemasons and their dependants, and can be accessed via Freephone 0800 018 2503. Lines are open seven days a week, between 7am and 7pm.
     The RMBI has a printed leaflet promoting this service - if you would like to receive copies of this for distribution, please contact the Communications Department on 020 7596 2400.
West Kent Festival 2003 raises 5m for the RMBI
The RMBI would like to extend grateful thanks to the Province of West Kent, whose Festival raised, after the final audit, the magnificent sum of 5,029,503.
     This included a very generous donation of more than 25,000 from the Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of Kent.
     The Festival dinner was held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, on 21st March, and was attended by over 950 West Kent Freemasons, their wives and RMBI Trustees.
     The West Kent Festival cheque was presented to RMBI President, RW Bro. Brian Smith by West Kent's Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Bill Bryen.
     This figure represents a significant achievement on the part of West Kent Freemasons, and ensures that the Institution can continue its work in helping older Freemasons and their dependants.

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