The Council has re-elected WBro Brian
Gillbanks and elected WBro John D.
Maynard as Vice-Presidents for the
ensuing year. The Council has co-opted
the following members to serve for a period
of one year: Nevil H. Parkinson, Bakul H.
Vyas, Reginald R. Walter.
The Council thanked Harold W.
Hampton, who retired at the end of the
AGM. He served as Treasurer since March
2001, when the appointment was first
created, and previously as both a Grand
Presidentís appointment and a Provincial
The Council also thanked Anthony
Jefferies and Richard Merritt, who
completed their service at the end of the
AGM, and Barry Cuttle, an elected member
for East Lancashire and subsequently a coopted
member of the Council until he
retired in July 2004.
Raymond Lye - Grand Charity President
Applications to the Masonic Relief Grants
Since the last report, the Council had
ratified the following grants made by the
Masonic Relief Grants Committee:
|2004 18 August||133||£248,181|
|2005 26 January||119||£182,714|
These figures include grants made under Rule 0311.
The Council proposed the following
£38,000 to fund the roll-out to four regional
charities of the Centrepoint method of
working with young homeless people, and
to enable smaller regional charities establish
£10,000 to enable the training of new
volunteer hosts for local schemes to
provide safe, emergency accommodation
for homeless young people in homes of
Home Farm Trust
£60,000 payable over two years to fund
a Carer Support Officer to provide
information and advice to carers of people
with learning disabilities.
£30,000 to support three projects in Hull,
Dudley and Hampshire for direct services to
disabled children in five regions, to support
the inclusion of disabled children in
mainstream community life.
£20,000 to provide part-funding for an
additional speech, language and
communication therapist to improve the
quality of life of patients who have suffered
severe head injury or have other
Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability
£15,000 to provide funding for the music
therapy department to identify remaining
functions in a person who may apparently
not be aware of their surroundings or
otherwise able to communicate.
£5,000 to enable the production of visual
resources, mainly manuals of signs based
on British Sign Language, adapted for
people with special needs to help with
£5,000 to provide training for carers in the
use of multi-sensory story-packs for people
with profound disabilities.
Princess Royal Trust for Carers
£33,000 to pay for a national conference
for the chairs and trustees of 118 Carersí
Centres, to provide training on new
legislation, management, governance
and carersí issues as well as providing
an opportunity to share best practice.
£13,000 to fund a part-time specialist
nurse to provide a telephone-based service
to support patients and their carers.
£5,000 to Lincoln Cathedral via the
Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire
towards restoration and maintenance.
Asian Tsunami 2004 Floods Relief Chest
No. E0091 and the Children of the
Asian Tsunami (see page 60)
Grants to Hospices 2005
£500,000 for disposal for grants to hospice
General Small Grant 2005
£100,000 for disposal for general non-Masonic grants of £5,000 or less.
Match-Funding Grants 2005
£25,000 to provide funds for a pilot scheme
in five Provinces to match grants to national
non-Masonic charities made by Provincial
Grand Lodges, which meet the guidelines of
the Council and are of £5,000 or less.
Grants to Hospices 2004
The Council has now allocated all of the
£550,000 placed at its disposal in March
2004 for grants to hospice services.
General Small Grants 2004
The Council has now allocated the
£150,000 placed at its disposal in March
2004 for small grants to non-Masonic
Tsunami Floods Relief (British Red Cross)
£100,000, (DGL Madras) £10,000 and
DGL Sri Lanka: £25,000; Floods in
Philippines (British Red Cross): £15,000;
Carlisle Floods (PGL Cumberland &
Westmoreland) £5,000; Caribbean
Hurricane (DGL Bahamas & Turks) £7,500.
Legacies and Bequests
Since the last General Meeting, the Grand
Charity has received the following legacies
of £1,000 or more: Bro Peter Allen
£200,000, Mrs Vera I. Adams £190,000
and Bro L.H. White £2,000.
The Grand Charity usually holds a General
Meeting each year in one of the Provinces,
and a meeting will be held on Saturday,
29 October 2005, to encompass Berkshire
and the surrounding areas.
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