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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Masonic Charities

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A year ago the NMSF President, VW Bro. Captain Norman Lloyd-Edwards, and Chief Executive Richard Douglas, reported in Grand Lodge that the NMSF continued to meet a strong demand for support, thanks to the generosity of Freemasons from far and wide.
     Twelve months later the story remains very much the same. For the second year running the NMSF Petitions Committee has allocated over 3 million in support of 500 new applicants. The applicants have ranged in age from 5 to 95 and 50% have been the wives, widows and dependants of Freemasons.
     Treatment has been funded at over 300 hospitals across the country. Although the main area of need continues to be in support of treatments associated with hip and knee replacements, funding has been provided for a wide variety of conditions including the removal of cataracts, heart valve replacement and tonsillectomies. The only common factor with regard to each individual applicant is that they knew, or were told, about the NMSF. If you, or someone you know, is in need, and cannot afford to fund their own private treatment, please contact the Fund on 020 7404 1550. Full advice on eligibility and the application process is readily available via a single phone call. The Fund can only help if it is aware of the need.
NMSF AGM 2004
The 2004 Annual General Meeting of the New Masonic Samaritan Fund will take place on Tuesday 30 March 2004.
     The Provincial Grand Master for Hampshire and Isle of Wight has kindly offered to host the meeting, which will be held at the Botley Masonic Centre, Brook House, Botley, S030 2ER.
     In addition to the formal business of the AGM, the NMSF Chief Executive, Richard Douglas, will deliver a short presentation about the continuing work of the Fund.
     Further details about the meeting, including the full agenda and proxy voting forms, are available on request from the offices of the Fund - T: 020 7404 1550 or via the website at www.nmsf.org.
RMBI update on Ecclesholme
To ensure that this Home, located in Eccles, Manchester, continues to meet our objective of providing dignified care and support to Freemasons and their female dependants, we have embarked on a major refurbishment.
     Costing more than 0.5 million, the project will result in the following improvements:
     A redesigned front entrance with ramped access; 46 upgraded residents' rooms with en suite WCs; an additional passenger lift with seating and an alarm; double-glazed windows throughout the Home and in all residents' rooms; fully-fitted assisted bathrooms and toilets; a comprehensive refurbishment of the main kitchen; an additional lounge with nearby kitchen; Improved gardens and visitor parking areas.
     If you would like to receive full information about Ecclesholme, or would like to register a dependant or yourself on the residents' waiting list, please contact the Home Manager, Mrs Julie Deakin on 0161 788 9.517.
Just What the Doctor Ordered
Two Provincial Festivals in as many months provided a very welcome double injection as the New Masonic Samaritan Fund continues to fund support for those in medical need.

Lincolnshire set the scene with a celebration dinner held at the Lincolnshire Agricultural Showground on 11 October and attended by over 850 Brethren and their guests.
     In his address, the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro. lain Ross Bryce, paid tribute to all members of the Province who, under the leadership of RW Bro. Gordon Walkerley Smith as Festival President, raised a staggering total of 2,598,435.
     A second celebration, which took place at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport on 7 November, saw the Provincial Grand Master for Monmouthshire, RW Bro. M. John Hughes, host a dinner for 750 Brethren and their guests.
     Under the watchful eye of the Pro Grand Master, MW Bro. The Marquess of Northampton, a cheque was presented to NMSF President VW Bro. Captain Norman Lloyd-Edwards, for the magnificent total of 1,441,469.
     The President and NMSF Board of Management, on behalf of the hundreds of applicants who are supported each year, wish to express their sincere gratitude to all the members of the Provinces of Lincolnshire and Monmouthshire for their outstanding support.
     Such generosity will enable the Fund to maintain its proud boast that no application has ever been turned down through lack of available funds.

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