ISSUE 10, July 2004
John Pine: A sociable craftsman
Jumping for Joy: Skydiving for charity
Quarterly Communication: Speeches of: the Grand Master, the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Address of the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes
Royal Arch: Cheshire gives a lead
  Walking with the greats: Bath Masonic Hall
Motoring in style: Classic Vehicle Club
Masonic education: A daily advancement and Events for your diary
Travel: Portugal
Library & Museum of Freemasonry
International: A warm welcome in Malta
Masonic ritual: Spoilt for choice
Public relations: Sheffield; Dorset; Chelsea Flower Show; Freemasons' Hall
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

 Previous Page 
 Next Page 

Chelsea Flower Show

Norfolk blossoms out

The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent is presented with the Festive Jewel rose by Major Ian Bruce (left), Provincial Grand Master for Norfolk, while Peter Beales, who produced the rose, looks on.
Bob Hobbs

Freemasons are always coming up with ingenious ways of promoting charity, and Norfolk has come up with a barnstorming idea – a Masonic rose.
     International Rose Grower Peter Beales, a member of St. Edmund Lodge No. 6539, meeting at Attleborough, Norfolk, suggested a novel way of supporting the Province of Norfolk’s 2006 Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Festival (RMBI) appeal.
     He would produce a rose, from the sale of which the Festival would benefit by £2 per plant sold, and a rose was duly selected from a number presented to Provincial Grand Master Major Ian Donald Bruce, Deputy PGM Colin Walmsley and their wives.
     It is beautifully fragrant, salmon pink in colour, with high centred clusters of flowers, which may be grown as a bush or small climber. The name came following a Province-wide competition, publicised in the Provincial magazine The New Ashlar. As a result, the name Festive Jewel ‘blossomed’.
     A formal presentation of the rose was made to the Grand Master, the Duke of Kent, by the PGM on the Peter Beales’ stand at the Chelsea Flower Show in May.
     It is in the new Peter Beales catalogue, and is on sale from November and orders taken now are £10.95, which includes the £2 RMBI donation, and postage up to and including three roses £4.95. Peter Beales Roses can be contacted at London Road, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 1AY or on 01953 454707, Email:
Peter Beales Nursery

Great Queen Street

Opening up Freemasons' Hall

(l to r) Pro Grand Master the Marquess of Northampton, Society Vice-President Rosemary Cox and the Earl Howe, who made the draw.
David Peabody

Freemasons’ Hall is becoming an increasingly popular venue for non-Masonic events. Recently the Grand Charity hosted the 2004 Spring Draw for the National Blind Children’s Society in May.
     The Somerset-based Society requires a London venue for its draw, and David Jenkins, Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, and a former member of the Grand Charity Council, suggested Great Queen Street.
     There are 23,000 visually impaired children in the UK, and many are now educated in mainstream schools. The Society supports children who would otherwise be unable to purchase or have access to the equipment that they need in order to fulfil their educational potential.
     The first prize was a car and raised £75,000.