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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My last night was spent at one of the most romantic places I have ever visited, Round Hill. The hotel, situated in a bay, is surrounded by what they call ‘cottages’ but which, in reality, are magnificent villas. Although privately owned, these are rented out when the owners are not in residence. Ralph Lauren, who put his design mark on some of the décor, is a villa owner. I stayed in one, previously owned by Viscount and Viscountess Rothermere, a five-bedroom villa with its own large swimming pool perched on a hill overlooking the bay, with its own housekeeper and gardener. Amazing, at the hotel they also offer an optional all-inclusive rate.
      On my last day I visited Rose Hall, formerly a plantation and home in the 19th century to Annie Palmer, known as the white witch. She is said to have murdered all three of her husbands as well as numerous lovers. The Great House has been restored to its former splendour by its current owners, although now unlived in, as her spirit is claimed to still haunt the place.
    Exclusive Offer

MQ readers can stay at the luxurious Round Hill Resort on an all-inclusive basis and save £500 per person, staying for 14 nights in a superior room, and flying economy class from London Heathrow with Air Jamaica.
      Available from 1 May to 31 October 2004. Cost £2,270 per person, based on double occupancy.
      There are also special rates for anyone wishing to upgrade to suites or complete villas.

Call Carrier on 01625 547020, quoting MQ.
      Jamaica has several Masonic Lodges, and my guide, the Marketing Director of the Jamaican Tourist Board, just happened to own a restaurant with her partner, Walter Robinson, a Past Master of Lodge Harmony No. 3603. Needless to say, we dined there and I was able to taste authentic Jamaican cooking.
      If you like piquant food, then this is a must. Their place, Mobay Proper, calls itself a ‘sports’ bar and grill, perhaps because the place has its own pool table. Located on the edge of the Hip Strip, the area known for its nightclubs and bars, there is a road dividing the restaurant from Montego Bay.
      Eat here or just have a drink on their terrace under the stars. Do let Walter know if you plan a visit. A lovely ending to really wonderful trip, I was sorry to leave.

Beaches: T. 0800 742 742
Jamaica Tourist Board: T. 020 7224 0505
Mobay Proper, Jamaica: T. (876) 940 1233

Take in the Jamaican sun in the luxury of the Round Hill Resort

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