Quarterly Communication 10 December 2003
Metropolitan Grand Ranks
In September 2002, the Grand Lodge approved amendments to the Book of Constitutions to change the method of calculating the number of appointments to London Grand Rank with effect from 1 January 2005, and to enable MW The Grand Master to appoint Brethren who were already Holders of Overseas Grand Rank or Provincial or District Grand Officers to London Grand Rank without any limitation of numbers.
With the advent of the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London on 1 October 2003 those amendments ceased to be capable of coming into effect.
A notice of motion to amend Rule 61 at the next Quarterly Communication to confer similar powers on a Metropolitan Grand Master with effect from 1 January 2005 was moved.
Annual Investiture of Grand Officers - 28 April 2004
Admission to the Annual Investiture is by ticket only. Brethren to be invested for the first time may invite to be present with them three, qualified Brethren and those to be promoted, two qualified Brethren.
Allowances having been made for such an issue and for those whose presence in the Grand Lodge is essential, a few seats will remain. Written application for these seats may be made to the Grand Secretary between 1 March and 31 March by Brethren qualified to attend the Grand Lodge: Past Grand Officers; Masters; Wardens (not past Wardens); Past Masters qualified under Rule 9, Book of Constitutions.
Applications should state clearly the name address and Lodge of the Brother concerned and under which of the four categories mentioned his application is made.
If necessary a ballot for the allocation of seats will be held on 5 April, and tickets will be posted to successful Brethren on approximately 8 April. Brethren who have been unsuccessful will be so informed.
Masonic Year Book
The next edition of the Masonic Year Book, 2004-2005, will be available next summer. The charge will be £8.50 per copy, plus postage and packing where appropriate, and books may be ordered from the Grand Secretary on forms distributed with the Paper of Business.
It is not proposed to produce a new edition of the Directory of Lodges and Chapters during 2004. Copies of the 2003 edition are available and may be ordered in the usual way.
Every Lodge will receive one copy of the Masonic Year Book free of charge. The Board emphasises that this copy should be available to all the members of private Lodges and not regarded as for the exclusive use of the Secretary to whom, for administrative reasons, they are dispatched.
London and Provincial Lodges
As in previous years copies will be dispatched direct to Secretaries of Lodges.
Sufficient copies will be dispatched to District Grand Secretaries for distribution to Lodges in the Districts. Lodges abroad not in a District will receive their copies direct.
Prestonian Lectures for 2004
The Board has considered applications for the delivery of the official Prestonian Lectures in 2004 and has decided that these should be given under the auspices of the following: Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 (London), Tudor Lodge No. 1792 (Warwickshire) and Lodge of Light No. 7218 (Sussex).
The lecturer, W. Bro. A.T. Stewart, states that the title of the Lecture will be English Speculative Freemasonry: origins, themes and developments.
The Grand Lodge of Andorra
On 9 September 2000, the Grand Lodge of Andorra was formed from five Lodges meeting in Andorra, of which four had been warranted by the Grande Loge Nationale Française and one by the Grand Lodge of Spain.
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