ISSUE 8, January 2004
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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Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
The Frederick Phillips Charity is one of the subsidiary charities administered by the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB).

It was constituted, founded and established in 1927 and was originally administered by the Grand Charity. It has wide terms of reference, but is currently being used for assistance with postgraduate education. Accordingly, the charity has been passed to the RMTGB for administration.
     In order to give an idea as to how this charity continues to help the families of the Craft, the following paragraphs have been prepared and are based on actual candidates we have been able to help.
     Harriet, aged 25 years, is the daughter of a Freemason who is a retired Clergyman. She attended Goldsmith's College, University of London where she read for a BSc Degree in Psychology, graduating with a 2.1 Degree.
     She was out of education lot - one year during which period she obtained part-time employment as a clerical assistant in a bank.
     With a view to realising her ambition to obtain employment as a clinical psychologist, Harriet joined the University of Surrey where she undertook a one-year MSc Degree in Health Psychology, for which she received a Frederick Phillips Scholarship. Following the completion of her MSc Degree, Harriet was successful in obtaining employment as an assistant psychologist by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service of a local authority.
     Edward, aged 27 years, was a former beneficiary of the RMTGB.
     He attended London Guildhall University reading for a LLB Degree. However, due to illness, he was required to re-take the first year of his course.
     Edward graduated with a 2.1 Degree. He then went on to the London School of Economics and Political Science to study for a MSc Degree in Politics of Empire and Post-Imperialism which he succcessfully completed with Merit.
     He was out of education for a year whilst undertaking full-time employment on a one-year Internship at the House of Commons.
     It is Edward's ambition to pursue a career in the Foreign Office, and he won a place at the University of Cambridge, where he is studying for a MPhil Degree in Politics, Democracy and Education, for which lie was awarded a Frederick Phillips Fee Bursary and Scholarship.
The Grand Charity helps Down Syndrome
The Down Syndrome Educational Trust is a small charity, based in Portsmouth, with an international reputation.

It exists to advance the development and education of individuals with Down Syndrome, and achieves this aim by conducting innovative research, providing practical information and training, and offering expert support and advice.
     The Trust is recognised as a world leader in its field, and it publishes many of the leading information resources on Down Syndrome.
     The Down Syndrome Issues and Information (DSII) publishing project has been one of the Trust's most ambitious and far-reaching projects. It involves developing a major new series of practical and informative books covering the wide range of issues affecting individuals with Down Syndrome.
     When completed in 2005, the DSII project will consist of 68 books, available in print and on the Internet, covering all aspects of the education, development and healthcare of infants, children, teenagers and adults with Down Syndrome.
     The Freemasons' Grand Charity has contributed 20,000 towards the costs of producing the 17 books in the DSII Adults with Down Syndrome series. This series of books will provide parents and professionals with detailed and up-to-date information about the issues affecting adults with Down Syndrome.
     Areas covered will include education, training and employment, independent living, relationships and family issues, leisure and recreation, mental health, spiritual and emotional well-being, the law and advocacy.
     The Trust expects to publish the first books in this series over the coming months, with the remainder following during 2004.
     By informing parents and professionals about these key issues, the DSII Adults with Down Syndrome series will help them provide better opportunities so that the 19,500 UK adults with Down Syndrome over the age of 19 years are able to fulfil their potential in our communities.
     "There is very little information available to parents, carers and teachers on the needs of adults with Down Syndrome. This grant will enable us to draw on the experience of experts worldwide to fill that gap." says Professor Sue Buckley, the Trust's Director of Research and Training.
Apartments for sale by the RMBI
Harewood Court, Hove, with sheltered accommodation for the over 55s, is being refurbished by the RMBI to a very high standard, and many of the 116 self-contained unfurnished apartments can be purchased on long leases.

The first Phase of one-bedroom flats is now available, priced from 135,000.
     Harewood Court combines the independence of living in a self-contained individual apartment with the peace of mind which comes from being in a sheltered environment, supported by a daytime house manager, backed up by an out of hours alarm call system if required.
     If you are over the age of 55, and would like to receive a comprehensive information pack about the apartment, or would like to arrange a viewing, please contact our selling agent, Brian Woodiwiss (T. 01273 778668) of Messrs Parsons Son and Basley, who will he pleased to assist.

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