ISSUE 9, April 2004

The Duke of Wellington: A Brother in arms
Quarterly Communication: Address of the Grand Master and Report of the Board of General Purposes
Life with the Stars: Masons and famous people
Hall Stone Jewel: Cyril Spackman, designer
Travel: Jamaica
Grand Charity: Annual Report and Accounts
Masonic stamps: Masonry on stamps
Library & Museum of Freemasonry: Antients and Moderns go on-line
Masonic education: Events for Freemasons
Masonic charities: The continuing work
Bowel cancer: How the Grand Charity is helping
Royal Arch: Russia and Eastern Europe
Richard Eve: A former Grand Treasurer
Book reviews

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RW Bro Peter Lowndes, who was installed as
Deputy Grand Master by the MW The Grand Master

     Quarterly Communication

Grand Master's address to Grand Lodge

10 March 2004

Deputy Grand Master
RW Bro Iain Ross Bryce has been a Grand Officer for 21 years, which includes eight years as Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire,North & East Ridings and 12 years as Deputy Grand Master.
       In addition to the extensive duties attached to the offices he has held, Bro Bryce has spent a considerable amount of his time working with and co-ordinating the Masonic charities.
       His chairmanship of the committee which decided the future of the Foundation for the Aged and the Sick in 1988, and of the Sick Fund in 1989, which later developed into the New Masonic Samaritan Fund, was followed by his work on creating the Charity Festival Matrix in 1992. More recently he chaired the committee looking at the allocation of Grand and Provincial ranks.
       He intends to remain active in Masonry and is currently the founding Master of Bridlington Bay Lodge No. 9778, which was consecrated in November 2003. Bro Bryce will continue in office as Second Grand Principal in the Royal Arch, so his experience and advice will not be lost to us.

President of the Board of General Purposes
RW Bro Earl Cadogan has been a Grand Officer since 1969 when he served as Senior Grand Warden. His 34 years as a Grand Officer include 11 years as President of the Masonic Foundation for the Aged and the Sick, six years as President of the Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and four years as President of the Board of General Purposes.
       Brother Lord Cadogan first joined the Board as an appointed member as long ago as 1983. He served on the Finance Committee from then until he became its chairman in 1991, and relinquished this office only when he became President in 1999, having also acted as Vice-President of the Board in 1991 and 1992.
       The Craft owes both these brethren an immense debt of gratitude for their hard work, which they have undertaken over so many years, and their dedication to Freemasonry. We thank them for everything they have done for us and wish them many more happy and rewarding years in Freemasonry.

This year’s Address
I normally attend the Craft Annual Investiture and take the opportunity of addressing Grand Lodge. This year I shall attend the Annual Investiture of the Royal Arch on 29th April, and it is my intention to address Supreme Grand Chapter. I want to take this opportunity, therefore, of dealing with some important issues which affect the Craft in particular.

Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London
It was a great pleasure to me to be able to take part in the ceremonies at the Royal Albert Hall last October, setting up both the Metropolitan Grand Lodge and Metropolitan Grand Chapter of London.
       It was a magnificent occasion and reflects great credit not only on the staff of London Management, who worked long hours for many months in preparation for the event, but also the volunteers of the London Grand Rank Association.
       We also owe a debt of gratitude to those in the Grand Secretary’s office, without whose dedication and support no great occasion of Grand Lodge would be possible, and in particular to the Assistant Grand Secretary for his work on the complex changes to the Book of Constitutions.
       Praise is due also to Brother John Wright, who acted as overall project manager, and his team of stewards under the leadership of Brother Andrew Wingram, and, of course, to the Grand Director of Ceremonies and his deputies, who conducted the ceremonial activities of the day so smoothly.
       It will take time for the new structure to bed down, because it is the biggest change in Freemasonry for almost 200 years, but there are already welcome signs that a new spirit of co-operation and companionship is beginning to transform the newest Masonic venture into something of which we will be very proud.