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Report of the Board of General Purposes - 11 September 2013

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge 
11 September 2013 
Report of the Board of General Purposes 

Minutes

The Minutes of the Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge of 12 June 2013 were confirmed.

Meetings in 2014

The Board of General Purposes will meet in 2014 on 11 February, 18 March, 13 May, 15 July, 16 September and 11 November.

Attendance at Lodges under the English Constitution by Brethren from other Grand Lodges

The Board drew attention to Rule 125 (b), Book of Constitutions, and the list of Grand Lodges recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England, which is published in the Masonic Year Book, copies of which are sent to lodge secretaries.

Only Brethren who are members of lodges under recognised jurisdictions may visit English lodges. They must produce a certificate (i.e. a Grand Lodge certificate or other documentary proof  of  masonic  identity  provided  by  their Grand Lodge), should be prepared to acknowledge that a personal belief in TGAOTU is an essential Landmark in Freemasonry, and should be able to produce evidence of their good standing in their lodges. It is the Master’s responsibility to ensure that the requirements of Rule 125 (b) are met.

It is particularly noted that the hazard of admitting a member of an unrecognised constitution arises not only in connection with overseas visitors (or individuals resident in this country who belong to an unrecognised constitution overseas). There are lodges of unrecognised constitutions meeting in England, and care must be taken that their members are not admitted to our meetings.

Attendance at Lodges Overseas

The continuing growth in overseas travel brings with it an increase in visits by our Brethren to lodges of other jurisdictions, and the Board welcomes this trend.

From time to time, however, Brethren become involved with masonic bodies which Grand Lodge does not recognise, e.g. in visiting a jurisdiction which, quite legitimately so far as it is concerned, accepts as visitors Brethren from Grand Lodges which are not recognised by the United Grand Lodge of England. 

In this connection, Brethren are reminded that it is part of their duty as members of the English Constitution not to associate masonically with members of unrecognised constitutions, and should such a situation occur, they should tactfully withdraw, even though their visit may have been formally arranged.

To avoid this danger, and potential embarrassment to hosts, Brethren should not attempt to make any masonic contact overseas without having first checked (preferably in writing) with the Grand Secretary’s Office at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ, that there is recognised Freemasonry in the country concerned and, if so, whether there is any particular point which should be watched.

The Board recommends that the terms of this warning should be repeated verbally in open lodge whenever a Grand Lodge Certificate is presented, and in print once a year in a lodge’s summons.

Brethren should also be aware of the masonic convention that communications between Grand Lodges be conducted by Grand Secretaries. They should therefore not attempt without permission to make direct contact with the Grand Secretary of another Constitution. This does not preclude direct contact on a purely personal level between individual Brethren under different Grand Lodges.

Erasure of Lodges

The Board has received a report that 25 lodges have closed and have voted to surrender their Warrants. They are: 

Lodge of Truth, No. 1458 (East Lancashire); Samaritan Lodge, No. 3336 (East Lancashire); Widnes and Knowsley Lodge, No. 3581 (West Lancashire); In Deo Fidemus Lodge, No. 3951 (Sussex); Stability Lodge, No. 4293 (East Lancashire); Billinge Lodge, No. 4296 (East Lancashire); Sedgley Lodge, No. 4361 (East Lancashire); Castle Lodge, No. 4482 (East Lancashire); Loyalty Lodge, No. 4819 (East Lancashire); Littleton Park Lodge, No. 5305 (Middlesex); Esher Lodge, No. 5491 (Surrey).

Acacia Jubilee Lodge, No. 5575 (East Lancashire); Accession Lodge, No. 5661 (Durham); Ealdham Lodge, No. 6045 (West Kent); Shuttleworth Lodge, No. 6098 (East Lancashire); Aurea Ceres Lodge, No. 6524 (London); Lodge of High Endeavour, No. 7366 (East Lancashire); Tottington Lodge, No. 7537 (East Lancashire); Haste Hill Lodge, No. 7592 (Middlesex); Unitas Fratrum Lodge, No. 7958 (East Lancashire); Treaty of Uxbridge Lodge, No. 8379 (Middlesex); Horizon Lodge, No. 8948 (East Lancashire); Collingwood Lodge, No. 8961 (Surrey); Navigators’ Lodge, No. 9140 (West Kent); Warwickshire Scout Lodge, No. 9648 (Warwickshire).

A Resolution to approve the above erasures was agreed.

Expulsions

As required by Rule 277 (a) (i) (B) and (D), Book of Constitutions, eight Brethren were recently expelled from the Craft.

Report of Library and Museum Trust

The Board had received a report from the Library and Museum Charitable Trust.

Understanding Dementia

There was a talk on the above subject by VW Bro C.J. Caine, PGSwdB.

Quarterly Communication 

The next Quarterly Communication will be at noon on 11 December 2013. Subsequent Communications will be held in 2014 on 12 March, 11 June, 10 September and 10 December.

Annual Investiture 

The Annual Investiture of Grand Officers takes place on the last Wednesday in April (the next is on 30 April 2014), and admission is by ticket only. A few tickets are allocated by ballot after provision has been made for those automatically entitled to attend. Full details will be given in the Paper of Business for December Grand Lodge.

Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter 

Convocations are held on the second Wednesday in November and the day following the Annual Investiture of Grand Lodge. Future Convocations will be held on 16 October 2013 (transferred to this date from 13 November by Resolution of Grand Chapter, passed on 26 April 2012), 1 May 2014, 12 November 2014 and 30 April 2015.

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