ISSUE 7, October 2003
Editorial
William Hogarth: Portrait of a Mason-Artist
Travel: Here's to your health
Letters
Royal Masonic School for Girls: Looking to the future
Masonic VC Winners
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Masonic education: Major conferences programme
Masonic charities: Lifeboats and Prostate cancer and Bowel cancer and Subsidiary funds and Grand Charity meeting
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Sword's link with Gustavus Adolphus
Gardening
Book reviews

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Subsidiary funds administered by the RMTGB
In addition to its main funds, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) is also responsible for administering a number of subsidiary funds that are available to give relief to children and young people.
     These funds fall into three categories. The first contains two special funds designated for the provision of safe accommodation in London. The second includes funds available at the discretion of the Secretary to provide immediate relief in an emergency.
     The third comprises scholarships, bursaries and travelling fellowships available to qualified students and awarded on merit.
     Some of these funds are restricted to existing beneficiaries, others are restricted to the children of Freemasons and some are available for the benefit of any boy or girl.
     The Masonic Boys' Welfare Fund is available to any boy. The fund was originally set up in 1922 for the maintenance, further education or advancement of boys under the age of 23 who had been beneficiaries of the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys (RMIB).
     Schemes were subsequently approved by the Charity Commission, which raised the age to 25, removed dependency on the RMIB and inserted that boys must be in need of financial assistance with preference being given to boys and young men who were the sons of Freemasons.
     In 2002 the Masonic Boys' Welfare Fund expended over 70,000 in achieving its aims.
     Cain, aged six, was born with part of his right arm missing. The fund provided support towards the cost of a right arm myo-electronic prosthesis of which Cain is now justifiably proud.
     Thomas, aged nine, suffers from a rare neurological disorder which affects all the muscles in his body. The fund awarded a grant towards the cost of a specially adapted vehicle with hydraulic tail lift capable of transporting Thomas when seated in his specialised wheelchair.
     The grants have made a dramatic difference to the lives of both these boys and are another example of how Masonic funds continue to be put to good use.
     For further details of our subsidiary funds and how they may be able to help you, visit our web site at www.rmtgb.org or write to us at 31 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AG.
Helping older Freemasons
The RMBI continues to help older Freemasons and their female dependants receive the best possible care, support and advice, as well as supported care in our registered accommodation.
RMBI Holidays
The time of year has now arrived to start thinking about the next Malta holiday - February 2004.
     The holiday group (consisting of about 30 RMBI annuitants and recipients of the Grand Charity's Masonic Relief Grant) is accompanied throughout by a volunteer who links with local Freemasons - and the RMBI - if any difficulties arise. However, no actual medical care is provided, and people do need to be reasonably mobile and fit enough to cope with airports and flights!
     Most holidaymakers are sponsored by the generosity of various Provinces, and the RMBI itself funds four places out of income from the Royal Arch Holiday Fund. Usually two or three residents from RMBI Homes also go, sponsored by their Associations of Friends.
     The same pleasant, conveniently located hotel in Sliema, which has been used for some years, will be the venue for 2004. Local Freemasons in Malta support and entertain the holidaymakers, which is absolutely invaluable and makes all the difference to the success of the holidays.
     This holiday can enormously benefit people's health and spirits at a sometimes depressing time of year. If you know of any fairly fit person who is eligible and would benefit, please contact the RMBI Communications Department on 020 7596 2400.
RMBI Information Line
0800 018 2503
A reminder that the RMBI's 'Freefone' Information Line Service was launched in March this year.
     Aimed primarily at people still living in their own homes, the service offers free information fact sheets on a wide range of topics, including consumer issues, health issues and income and benefits.
     To take advantage of this completely free service, please call 'Freefone' 0800 018 2503.

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