ISSUE 9, April 2004

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
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews

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Resolution for the Grand Lodge
The President of the Board of General Purposes to move:

Annual Contributions to the Grand Charity 2005
“That in pursuance of Rule 271, Book of Constitutions, there shall be 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 a contribution of not less than £7.50. (No payment is due in respect of members of Lodges overseas).”
The Resolution was approved.

Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter meetings
The Annual Investiture will beheld on 28 April 2004 and the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge will be held on 8 September 2004, 8 December 2004, 9 March 2005, 8 June 2005. Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter will be held on 29 April 2004, 10 November 2004, 28 April 2005.

New Lodges
List of new Lodges for which Warrants have been Granted by the MW The Grand Master showing the date from which their Warrants became effective:

Date of Warrant; No. & Name of Lodge, Location, Area:
12 November 2003; 9780 Ernest Moss Cowes, Hampshire & Isle of Wight
10 December 2003; 9782 Admiral Lord Nelson Downham Market, Norfolk

The MW The Grand Master has appointed W Bro Barry Ross to be Provincial Grand Master for Suffolk in succession to RW Bro Robert Tile, who is to retire on 16 April. Bro Ross is due to be installed on 9 July.

Report on the Accounts
The operating results for 2003 show a deficit after tax of £239,300 compared with £168,200 for 2002. This year we have incurred reduced costs on MQ magazine of £615,100 (2002: £834,000), which we expect to reduce further in 2004, increased depreciation costs relating to the new computer system of £132,000 (2002: £74,000) and additional costs on security at Freemasons’ Hall of £80,300 (2002: £9,600).
       A professional valuation of the investment properties was carried out as at 31 December 2003 by Gerald Eve (Chartered Surveyors). This resulted in a fall of £364,000 in the value of these properties in the accounts.
       On 1 October 2003 the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London took over the assets and liabilities of London Management and the management of the Craft in London. It received the ‘London element’ of all dues received from that date, consequently reducing both our income and expenditure for 2003.
       We have this year reflected the realised and unrealised gains on property and equity investments as separate items after the operating deficit for the year, in line with current practice for charities and other not for-profit entities.
       Consequently, we have now combined the reserves into one figure on the balance sheet. The total recognised gains and losses for the year were a gain of £700 (2002: deficit of £1,537,700).
       Grand Lodge made gifts to the Library and Museum Charitable Trust of £365,800 (2002: £453,300) and to the Trust for Research into Freemasonry at Sheffield University of £50,000 (2002: £35,000).
       The disclosure under Financial Reporting Standard 17 on pensions shows a deficit on pension assets of £3,579,000 compared to a deficit of £5,346,000 as at 31 December 2002. An actuarial valuation of the pension scheme was carried out in 2003 and we have temporarily increased the employers’ contribution to 25%.
       The new Lodge membership and computer database has been operational since the early part of 2003, but we are continuing to enhance its capabilities and, in particular, its development to meet the needs of the Provinces and Districts.
       The Board is satisfied that the finances of Grand Lodge are in good order. Much has been achieved over the last four years, especially the upkeep of Grand Lodge and the refurbishment of our premises, the launch of MQ and the development of computerisation.
       Although further major expenditure is forecast, the Board hopes that it will be possible to restrict increases in dues to the rate of inflation.
       Lastly, 2003 was another challenging year for the Grand Lodge staff. I am very grateful for the support and help they have given the Craft, and on your behalf I offer them all our personal thanks for their efforts.