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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Recognition of Foreign Grand Lodges
The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Iowa and Jurisdictions
The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Iowa was formed on 9 August 1881 from Lodges set up in Iowa by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Missouri, which had in turn been formed by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio. The Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Ohio was recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England at its meeting held on 11 June 1997. The Grand Lodge of Iowa has recognised the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Iowa and Jurisdictions and is content for us to do so.

The Grand Lodge of AF & AM of Bulgaria
The Grand Lodge of Antient, Free and Accepted Masons of Bulgaria was formed from the unification of the Grand Lodge of Bulgaria and the Grand Lodge of Bulgaria AF & AM on 23 April 2001. This Grand Lodge has MW Bro Borislav Sarandev as its Grand Master and should not be confused with another body in Bulgaria styling itself the Grand Lodge AF & AM in Bulgaria, which is not to be considered for recognition by the United Grand Lodge of England. Having shown that they are descendents of duly recognised Grand Lodges and that they conform to the Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition, resolutions that these two Grand Lodges be recognised were approved.

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Annual dues
2005: The Board recommends, in accordance with Rule 269, Book of Constitutions, that the annual dues (exclusive of VAT) payable to Grand Lodge in respect of each member of every Lodge for the year 2005 shall be:



19.90

In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached
11.10

In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province
2.88

In a Lodge in a District
4.65

In a Lodge abroad not in a District
The Resolution was approved.

2006: It may help Treasurers in planning the finances of their Lodges to know now that next year the Board believes that it is likely to recommend to Grand Lodge that the dues in 2006 be increased by approximately 3% to:



20.50

In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached
11.43

In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province
2.97

In a Lodge in a District
4.79

In a Lodge abroad not in a District
In making its recommendations about dues, the Board is conscious of the need, within its duty of fulfilling the necessary functions of Grand Lodge, to keep those functions and their cost constantly under review.

Fees
2005: The Board recommends, in accordance with Rule 270, Book of Constitutions, that the fees (exclusive of VAT) payable for registration, certificates and dispensations should be increased by approximately 3% to:


(a) the Registration of
79.60

1. A Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment
45.35

2. A Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master or a Metropolitan Group Chairman (under Rule 60)
45.35

3. A Deputy or Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master (under Rule 66)
18.00

4. A holder of Overseas Grand Rank (under Rule 93)


5. A Mason, inclusive of Grand Lodge Certificate


       (initiation, or joining from a Lodge not under the Grand Lodge)
45.35

    In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached
39.25

    In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Province
25.20

    In a Lodge in a District
35.50

    In a Lodge abroad not under a District
45.35

(b) the replacement or amendment of a Grand Lodge Certificate
25.25

(c) a certificate for a Serving Brother
22.00

(d) a Dispensation by the Grand Master
44.00

     a Dispensation by the Grand Master nunc pro tunc
The Resolution was approved.

2006: The Board believes that next year it will need to recommend to Grand Lodge that Fees again be increased by approximately 3% to the following:


(a) the Registration of
82.00

1. A Grand Officer, present or past, on first appointment
46.70

2. A Deputy Metropolitan Grand Master or a Metropolitan Group Chairman (under Rule ..)
46.70

3. A Deputy or Assistant Provincial or District Grand Master (under Rule ..)
18.50

4. A holder of Overseas Grand Rank (under Rule ..)


5. A Mason, inclusive of Grand Lodge Certificate


       (initiation, or joining from a Lodge not under the Grand Lodge)
46.75

    In a Lodge in England and Wales that is unattached
40.50

    In a Lodge in a Metropolitan Area or a Provinc
26.00

    In a Lodge in a District
36.50

    In a Lodge abroad not under a District
46.75

(b) the replacement or amendment of a Grand Lodge Certificate
26.00

(c) a certificate for a Serving Brother
22.60

(d) a Dispensation by the Grand Master
45.20

     a Dispensation by the Grand Master nunc pro tunc

Charges for Patents and Warrants
In accordance with the provisions of Rule 270A, Book of Constitutions, the Board has considered the costs of preparing the actual documents specified in this Rule and recommends that for the year commencing 1 April 2004 the charges (exclusive of VAT) shall be as follows:



200.00

(a) Warrant for a new Lodge
535.00

(b) Warrant of Confirmation
312.00

(c) Warrant for a Centenary Jewel
460.00

(d) Warrant of Confirmation for a Centenary Jewel
490.00

(e) Warrant for a Bi-Centenary Bar
490.00

(f ) Warrant of Confirmation for a Bi-Centenary Bar
21.00

(g) Certificate of Amalgamation
70.00

(h) Enfacement (Alterations) Fee