ISSUE 9, April 2004

Editorial
The Duke of Wellington: A Brother in arms
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Life with the Stars: Masons and famous people
Hall Stone Jewel: Cyril Spackman, designer
Travel: Jamaica
Grand Charity: Annual Report and Accounts
Masonic stamps: Masonry on stamps
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Antients and Moderns go on-line
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Masonic charities: The continuing work
Bowel cancer: How the Grand Charity is helping
Royal Arch: Russia and Eastern Europe
Letters
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews
Gardening

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Quarterly Communication

Report of the Board of General Purposes

10 March 2004




Election of Grand Master
On the proposal of W Bro David Rosin, and seconded by W Bro James Whitehead, HRH The Duke of Kent KG was re-elected Grand Master with acclamation.

Installation of Deputy Grand Master
R W Bro Peter Lowndes, PJGW, was installed as Deputy Grand Master by the MW The Grand Master.

Investiture of the Earl of Cadogan
The MW The Grand Master invested R W Bro the Earl of Cadogan, Past President of the Board of General Purposes as a Past Deputy Grand Master.

Investiture of President of the Board of General Purposes
VW Bro Anthony Wilson was invested as President of the Board of General Purposes by the MW The Grand Master.

Election of Metropolitan and Provincial Members of the Commission for Appeals Courts
Metropolitan: W Bros G. M. Silverman, C. R. Berry, E. D. Levy and R. W. Spon-Smith. Provincial: VW Bros J. F. Annear and R. J. Kay and W. Bros. R. J. Head and K.E.C. Howe.

President of the Board of General Purposes
The President said that the Masonic situation in Bulgaria has for some time been somewhat confusing, as there are two Grand Lodges with extremely similar names.
       For this reason I wish to make it plain that the Grand Lodge which is the subject of the resolution for recognition is the Grand Lodge whose Grand Master is MW Bro Borislav Sarandev.
       Brethren, since the Board's report was settled, we have been informed that it may be the intention of the Grand Lodge of France to consecrate a new Lodge here in London to work Craft Degrees in French under the Scottish Rite.
       The Grand Lodge of France is irregular and unrecognised. If this report is true, the action represents a complete disregard for the principals of territorial sovereignty which are observed by all regular Grand Lodges around the world, but which are often breached by irregular Grand Lodges.
       Clearly there must be no contact with this Lodge, if it should be formed. All members of our jurisdiction should be on guard, therefore, to ensure that no member of this irregular Lodge is permitted to visit any of our Lodges, and any instance of that happening should be reported to the Grand Secretary at once.
       I believe this may be an appropriate time to remind Brethren generally that a list of those Grand Lodges which this Grand Lodge recognises is printed annually as an Appendix to the Proceedings of the December Quarterly Communication.
       But I must also add this caution: that circumstances do change, and it is important tomake sure that the list being consulted is the most up-to-date available. Inany case of doubt, advice should always be sought from the Grand Secretary's offce via the Metropolitan, Provincial or District Grand Secretary.

Contributions to the Grand Charity
The Board recommends in accordance with Rule 271, Book of Constitutions, that contributions payable to the Grand Charity in respect of each member of a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province, or in England and Wales that is unattached, for the year 2005 shall be 7.50. No payment is due in respect of members of Lodges overseas. The Resolution was approved.

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Grand Lodge Register 1994-2003

The tables below show the number of Lodges on the Register and of Certificates issued during the past ten years.

Lodges on the Grand Lodge Register
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
London
1642
1641
1632
1628
1622
1617
1605
1596
1581
1570
Provincial
6155
6178
6202
6215
6226
6245
6248
6246
6231
6212
District & Abroad
820
820
823
798
798
800
803
802
793
791
Total
8617
8639
8657
8641
8646
8662
8656
8644
8605
8573

Grand Lodge Certificates Issued
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
Issued at Freemasons' Hall
11054
10796
10602
10221
9844
9323
8655
8325
8116
7960
Issued by District Grand Masters
969
1166
1055
1246
971
1007
724
967
817
790
Total
12023
11962
11657
11467
10815
10330
9379
9292
8933
8750