ISSUE 11, October 2004
Elias Ashmole: Masonic Icon
Travel: The magical beauty of Scotland
Honoured: By the Glovers' livery company
The Theatre: Strong links between Craft and stage
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Pro Grand Master and, Report of the Board of General Purposes
Mauritius: Fascinating Masonic history
Rochester Cathedral: Kent Masons' magnificent fresco
Clerkenwell: 25 years of Masonry
  Bravery award: One Mason's heroism is honoured
Christmas shopping: What to buy in London's West End
High flight: Helping terminally ill children
Jewels of the Craft: An essential part of Masonry
Library & Museum: John Pine exhibition and Library & Museum Trust report
Masonic education: Events for Masons; Quatuor Coronati Lodge; Mentors for new Masons
Charities: Masons provide emergency aid for flood victims; Charity news; Demelza gives voice
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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News round up

   Old soldier’s sight improved
“Since I had my cataract operation I can see so much better. It is wonderful what has been done for me, especially since I am almost 104 years old.
    “I can read my post now and some of the newspaper. Thank you most sincerely for funding the operation. It is like a miracle.”
    A week after writing this letter to the New Masonic Samaritan Fund (NMSF) William Stone stood proudly at the Cenotaph in London. Following the surgery funded by the NMSF he was able, as part of the ceremony, to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, to read John McCrae’s 1915 lament In Flanders Fields.

Left: Proud centurion William Stone
   Stephen’s heart by-pass
At 50 years old, and with four children, Stephen Glenister was understandably worried about the future when diagnosed as being in need of a heart by-pass operation. His fears were exacerbated by the death of his brother to heart disease at the age of 52 less than a year earlier. Having undergone a quadruple heart by-pass, funded by the NMSF, Stephen is now, after three months, back at work, walking five miles a day and going to the gym twice a week.
    In a recent letter to the Fund he said: “I thank you all for the help that you have given to myself and my family, and circumstances permitting we will continue to support the New Masonic Samaritan Fund to the utmost of our ability in the hope that others may benefit as I have done.”

Stephen with his father, Bro WJ Glenister, and his mother

The NMSF Gift Aid envelope
   Gift Aid envelope
The envelope-giving scheme recently introduced by the NMSF has proved so successful that a further print run has been required. The scheme allows the Fund to claim Gift Aid from the Inland Revenue on all qualifying donations.
    Gift Aid increases the value of a donation by 28%, meaning that a £10 contribution is worth £12.80 to the Fund. The value of the donations is increased thanks to the ‘generosity’ of the Inland Revenue and at no cost to the donor or the Fund.
    The NMSF will supply the envelopes, free of charge. They will be accompanied by brief guidance notes to ensure that the conditions set by the Inland Revenue are fully met, albeit these are not onerous. If you would like to make your alms collection go even further, for very little effort and at no cost to you, please call the Fund on 020 7404 1550.

Making the difference
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI) has been providing quality care for Freemasons and their female dependants for over 160 years. Whilst we pride ourselves on making a real difference to the lives of over 1,000 residents, the difference we make to their families is also significant.
    Looking after an older relative can be wearing, especially when they suffer from ill-health or some form of dementia. There can be a degree of guilt attached to the act of “putting a relative in a home”, but many of our residents enjoy living in an RMBI Home, with the practical and social advantages this brings.
    The following extracts from recent letters to the RMBI illustrate the care we provide:

    “My mother was treated with respect and dignity throughout her stay. We never complained – there was no need. The nurses, carers, caterers, gardeners and administrators all played their part. Nothing was too much trouble and the warmth and friendliness we found was reassuring and comforting.”

    And again:

    “The staff always made me feel welcome on my visits and made me many soothing cups of tea! I consider we were very fortunate to have such good care for Mum in the last few years of her life.”

    If you would like to visit one of our Homes, talk to residents and staff and see for yourself the high standard of care we provide, please contact our Head Office on 020 7596 2400.