Quarterly Communication 10 September 2003
Attendance at Lodges under the English Constitution by Brethren from other Grand Lodges
The Board considers it appropriate to draw attention to Rule 125(b), Book of Constitutions, and the list of Grand Lodges recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England, which is published in the Masonic Year Book, copies of which are sent to secretaries of Lodges.
Only Brethren who are members of Lodges under recognised jurisdictions may visit English Lodges. They must produce a certificate (i.e., a Grand Lodge certificate or other documentary proof of Masonic identity provided by their Grand Lodge, should be prepared to acknowledge that a personal belief in TGAOTU is an essential Landmark in Freemasonry, and should be able to produce evidence of their good standing in their Lodges.
It is the Master's responsibility to ensure that the requirements of Rule 125(b) are met.
It is particularly noted that the hazard of admitting a member of an unrecognised constitution arises not only in connection with overseas visitors (or individuals resident in this country who belong to an unrecognised constitution overseas).
There are Lodges of unrecognised constitutions meeting in England, and care must be taken that their members are not admitted to our meetings.
Resolution for the Grand Lodge Erasure of Lodges
The President of the Board of General Purposes moved:
'That Commemoration Lodge No. 3887 (East Lancashire); Hindley Lodge No. 4020 (West Lancashire); Old Stoke Lodge No. 4081 (London); Lodge Luangwa No. 4820 (Zambia); Bookham Lodge No. 5553 (Surrey); Veneration Lodge No. 5686 (East Lancashire); and Berrymead Lodge No. 5717 (London) be erased from the register of the Grand Lodge.'
Over recent years, the Lodges have been unable to attract a sufficient flow of new members and have suffered very low attendances. The Board is satisfied that further efforts to save them would be to no avail, and therefore has no alternative but to recommend that they be erased.
The proposal was agreed.
MW The Grand Master has appointed W Bro Geoffrey Wayne Rowe, PJGD to be District Grand Master for South Island, New Zealand, in succession to RW Bro Geoffrey Friend, who is to retire on 31 October. Bro. Rowe will be installed on 1 November 2003.
The First Grand Principal has also appointed E Comp Iqbal Ahmed to be Grand Superintendent in and over Bengal. Comp Ahmed was installed on 20 September 2003.
Quarterly Communication dates
Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge are held on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December. The next will be at noon on Wednesday, 10 December 2003. Subsequent Communications will be held on 10 March 2004, 9 June 2004, 8 September 2004 and 8 December 2004.
As required by Rule 277(a)(i)(b) and (d), Book of Constitutions, Michael Terence Riley was expelled from the Craft on ll June 2003. He was once a member of the following Lodges and Chapters: Lodges No. 4239 and No. 3337 and Chapter No. 189.
From the Grand Lodge of Connecticut, Grand Master MW Bro Clifford Stamm II, accompanied by his father; W Bro Clifford Stamm, Sr., Associate Grand Marshall of District 5; Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Colorado, MW Bro William Wooden, Past Grand Master.
From our own Constitution: District Grand Master, Trinidad and Tobago, RW Bro John Graham; District Grand Master, Nigeria, RW Bro Adediji Adedoyin; District Grand Master, Gibraltar. RW Bro Stanley Ward; South Africa, Western Division, RW Bro Cdr. 'Nick' Carter, Past District Grand Master; Montreal and Halifax, Grand Inspector VW Bro John Fookes; Sierra Leone and The Gambia, Assistant District Grand Master, W Bro Samuel Jones and RW Bro Solomon Pratt, Past District Grand Master; Madras, Assistant District Grand Master W Bro Dr. Koyikal Varma, accompanied by four Brethren.
The Annual Investiture of Grand Officers takes place on the last Wednesday in April (the next is on 28 April 2004), and admission is by ticket only.
A few tickets are allocated by ballot after provision has been made for those automatically entitled to attend. Full details will be given in the Paper of Business for December Grand Lodge.
Panel for Clemency
The following members of the General Council have been elected to serve on the Panel for Clemency, in addition to the President and Deputy President of the Board of General Purposes: RW Bro Sir John Welch, Bt, PSGW, VW Bro D E Davinson PGSwdB, VW Bro N Morrison PGSwdB, VW Bro J S Winpenny GSuptWks, W Bro R K Wilson PSGD and W Bro R P Rosswick PJGD.
Supreme Grand Chapter
Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter are held on the second Wednesday in November and the day following the Annual Investiture of Grand Lodge.
Future Convocations will be held on 12 November 2003, 29 April 2004 and 10 November 2004.
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