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,
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,
Peter Beales Nursery
Great Queen Street
Opening up Freemasons' Hall
(l to r) Pro Grand
Master the Marquess
of Northampton, Society
Cox and the Earl Howe,
who made the draw.
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
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
The first prize was a car and