ISSUE 8, January 2004
Editorial
Musical Masons: Gilbert and Sullivan
Travel: Proud Prague
Charge of a Mason: The Charge of the Light Brigade
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Israel: 50th Anniversary of Grand Lodge
London Masonry: Inauguration of Metropolitan Grand Lodge and the Metropolitan Grand Chapter
Quarterly Communication: Deputy Grand Master's Address and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Masonic charities: News and Masonic Almoners
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Not everything in an apron is 'Masonic'
Masonic education: Masonic diary dates
Letters, Gardening, Book reviews

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Supreme Grand Chapter 12 November 2003
Removal of a Chapter
A Memorial has been granted to Pishon Chapter No. 6458 to be removed from London to the Province of Essex.
Amalgamations
Permission was granted to the following amalgamations:
     Chapter of Perseverance No. 275 with Chapter of Prosperity No. 290 (Yorkshire, West Riding); Ebury Chapter No. 1348 with Poseidon Chapter No. 6815 (London); Sir Walter Raleigh Chapter No. 2432 with Finsbury Chapter No. 861 (London); Springs Chapter No. 2653 with Benoni Chapter No. 3157 (South Africa, North).
     On the Committee's recommendation, the Chapters are removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations.
Organ recital
A short organ recital was given by E. Comp. P J Wharton, Grand Organist.
Grand Chapter Register
The following tables show the number of Chapters on the Register and of Certificates issued during the past ten years:

Chapters on the Grand Chapter Register

1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
London
692
691
690
689
687
685
685
679
675
671
Provincial
2270
2296
2311
2323
2339
2344
2358
2367
2372
2363
District & Abroad
343
347
347
349
350
350
351
352
351
352
Total
3305
3334
3348
3361
3376
3379
3394
3398
3398
3386

Grand Chapter Certificates

1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
Issued at Freemasons' Hall
5560
5855
5462
5120
5025
5087
4585
4636
4260
4196
Issued by Grand Superintendents Abroad
337
759
472
564
520
406
558
414
333
500
Total
5897
6614
5934
5684
5545
5493
5143
5050
4593
4696
Charitable payments
Approval was given that Gift Aid payments be made to each of the four main Masonic charities and the Heritage and Educational Trust of the London Grand Rank Association of net sums for each of the four Charities of 2,000 and the Heritage and Educational Trust 1,000.
Erasures
The following Chapters have been erased from the register of Grand Chapter and the Charters cancelled because of lack of support:
     Cycling and Athletic Chapter No. 2335 (West Lancashire); Knowsley Chapter No. 3581 (West Lancashire); Boston Park Chapter No. 4576 (London); Kano Chapter No. 4975 (Nigeria); Mazowe Valley Chapter No. 7398 (Zimbabwe).

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