ISSUE 18, July 2006
Archbishop Fisher: A Godly man and a Brother
Travel: The train takes the strain
Quarterly Communication: Annual Investiture speech by the Grand Master and Speech of the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the First Grand Principal and Report of the Committee of General Purposes Grand Lodge of New York: Speech by the Pro Grand Master
   Specialist Lodges: Keeping their eyes on the ball
Education: Planning ahead for the Chair and Events and New premises for Masonic research
Royal Opera House: A right Royal occasion
Royal opening: Beamish Museum
Digital records: Saving our past for the future
Library & Museum: The hall in the garden
Queen's Birthday: Masons played a prominent part
International: A Mason and the Foreign Legion
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity and NMSF and RMBI and RMTGB
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The Very Revd David Leaning, Dean of Southwell, RW. Bro. Robin Wilson, Provincial Grand Master for Nottinghamshire and Paul Hale, Rector Chori

RW Bro. Richard Anderson, Provincial Grand Master for Yorkshire North and East Ridings, proudly displaying the magnificent Festival total

Festival success: Andrew Stebbings, RMTGB President (left) with Richard Anderson, PGM Yorkshire, North & East Ridings and (right), David Williamson, Assistant Grand Master
   New Choral Bursary for Southwell Minster
On 22 May the Province of Nottinghamshire held its Annual Service at Southwell Minster, during which the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Robin Keith Wilson, presented a cheque for 2,000 on behalf of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, to fund the first year of a new Choral Bursary at the Minster.
    Presenting the cheque to the Dean, the Very Revd David Leaning, Provincial Grand Master, said:
    In 1997 Southwell Minster launched an appeal to raise a quarter of a million pounds to safeguard the future of the Choir.
    Following the withdrawal of funding by local authorities and other institutions, the School was forced to close its Boarding House where its choristers lived during term time. At the same time, the number of suitably talented young people in the area diminished, and the Minster was therefore obliged to look further afield for its intake of choristers, each of whom would need to make a lengthy journey to attend the School and stay late for practice and the services, and at weekends. It was quickly recognised that several gifted singers were being prevented from taking up their places in the Choir, because their parents could not afford to meet the cost of travel, meals and after-school supervision.
    Southwell was not the only cathedral finding it difficult to raise financial support for its choristers. The RMTGB therefore resolved to assist, by establishing a system of Choral Bursaries to cover expenses and fees of those choristers in need, and thus to play their part in preserving the wonderful tradition of choral singing in our cathedrals, and enabling the children to benefit from the unique experience of a cathedral choral education.
    Since its inception in 1997, the Choral Bursary Scheme has contributed a total in excess of one and a half million pounds spread among 22 cathedrals and collegiate churches throughout the country. Southwell was one of the first to receive a Bursary, and since 1997 six choristers have been supported at a cost of more than 62,000. I am delighted to announce that the Trust is very pleased to be able to continue its support for the Choir and the Minster, and it therefore gives me the greatest possible pleasure on its behalf to present this cheque for 2,000.

RMTGB Festival 2006
The Freemasons of Yorkshire, North and East Ridings broke with tradition this year. Instead of holding a Festival banquet at which only a small percentage of members of the Province would be able to attend, the culmination of the 2006 Festival Appeal took place at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting held on Saturday, 20 May 2006 at the University of York.
    The meeting was presided over by RW Bro Richard Anderson, Provincial Grand Master (PGM) and the guest of honour was RW Bro David Williamson, Assistant Grand Master. Also present was RW Bro Iain Bryce, Past Deputy Grand Master and a former Provincial Grand Master for Yorkshire, North and East Ridings, together with other distinguished brethren.
    The PGM, in true theatrical tradition, kept everyone in suspense before two members of the Province came forward with a tightly-furled banner. At the given signal, this was slowly unfurled and the PGM read out the final result a truly magnificent total of 2,325,736, of which 2,087,056 came from the Province, with only 99 Lodges. London achieved 160,883, other Provinces raised 73,655 and Districts and Lodges Overseas realised 4,142.
    In their addresses, both the Assistant Grand Master and the PGM paid tribute to the work of the Trust. In his response, VW Bro Andrew Stebbings, President of the RMTGB, said that the Trust was currently looking after 23 children and young people from Yorkshire, North and East Ridings.
    He highlighted the progress of two families and went on to say that over the last five years the Trust had expended in excess of 690,000 on the 23 cases from this Province alone.

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