ISSUE 20, January 2007
Historic: Dr Thomas Barnardo - children's saviour
Travel: South African journey
London Gala Evening: Royal Masonic Variety Show
Centenary Celebrations: Scouting's milestone
Quarterly Communication: Speech by the Pro Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Supreme Grand Chapter: Speech by the Pro 1st Grand Principal and Report of the Cttee of General Purposes
Library and Museum: Facets of Fraternity
   Specialist Lodge: Internet Lodge - Masonry on the Web
Special Events: Spamalot and the Alternative Hair Show at Grand Lodge
Freemasons' Hall: ADelphi System - A computer revolution
Mark Master Masons: Duke of Kent at 150th anniversary
Breeches Bible: A Lodge locker's secret
Masonic Arboretum: Planting an idea
Education: Events and The hoodwink
Masonic Charities: RMTGB and Grand Charity and Legacy appeal and RMBI and NMSF
Letters, Book reviews, Gardening

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The Queen Mother at the Official Opening of Devonshire Court in November 1966.

RMBI Chief Executive Peter Gray with Michael Roalfe, Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, at the official opening of the new reception area.

    RMBI Home’s 40th anniversary

The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependants for over 160 years, providing a comprehensive range of services including residential care in 17 RMBI Homes throughout England and Wales. One of these high quality care Homes recently celebrated a special anniversary.
    Opened by the Queen Mother in 1966, Devonshire Court, in Oadby, Leicestershire, has been providing high quality care for older Freemasons and their dependants for 40 years, and the staff and residents celebrated this special milestone in style.
    Devonshire Court’s Home Manager, Beverley Bethell, said: “The anniversary created a buzz in the Home and residents enjoyed a whole week bursting with extra activities. With so much going on, they had to pace themselves!” Anniversary celebrations at the Home culminated with a fireworks party for residents on the Sunday night.
    The anniversary event was also a great opportunity to celebrate the successful redevelopment in the Home. This year has seen the completion a new spacious reception area for residents, as well as eight new bedrooms.
    Beverley Bethell continued: “The new reception area is a welcome addition. The residents enjoy the bright, open area and it’s become the hub of the home, where they sit and chat with each other or listen to music.”
    Devonshire Court was the first purpose-built Home by the RMBI. It is situated in its own four-acre grounds, close to the countryside in a pleasant residential area of Leicester.
    The beautiful grounds include a putting and bowling green and enjoyable areas for residents to relax in and walk around. The care the Home provides covers a full range of needs: residential, nursing and a facility for people with a mental frailty.

For more information about all of our Homes, please visit our website on or call 0207 596 2400.

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    Not all direct mail is junk mail!

Included within the last edition of MQ was a new publicity leaflet detailing the support available from the NMSF. This issue of MQ brings with it a copy of the latest edition of the Funds newsletter, In Need. Hopefully this will generate as much interest as the earlier leaflet which resulted in an unprecedented increase in demand for help and advice from the Fund.
    In the week following the circulation of the last MQ, the NMSF experienced a 400% increase in the number of application forms issued compared with the comparable week in 2005. The direct mail approach to advertising the support available clearly worked, but there is still a need to get the message further, in particular to Masonic widows.
    If you did not receive your copy of the earlier leaflet (see photo), or would like more copies to pass on to others, please contact the Fund by telephone (020 7404 1550) or email

Support to the emergency services!

After 26 years service as a fireman, Simon Abel faced the prospect of an enforced early retirement through injury. Despite physiotherapy and treatment from a chiropractor, he was facing a bleak future due to a shoulder injury which threatened his career.
    An even more daunting prospect, considering that he had been promoted only a month before being placed on sickleave and faced a further five-month wait for treatment via the NHS.
    Thanks to the early intervention of the NMSF, he underwent much needed surgery and is already back on light duties with every prospect of a return to full operational duty before the end of the year.

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