Following the success of their previous campaign to help fight dental decay amongst the capital’s children, Sir Michael Snyder, Metropolitan Grand Master, has announced that London Freemasons will repeat this success by supporting the launch of Dental Health 'Smile'
This new campaign is designed to educate children in maintaining dental care, by providing 40,000 specially designed toothbrushes to Children’s wards and Hospital A&Es across all London Boroughs.
Sir Michael said: 'Deterioration in children’s dental health across the country is a serious issue with children as young as five having all of their teeth removed due to severe tooth decay. To fight this danger to children’s health, The Metropolitan Masonic Charity have allocated the funds to purchase another 40,000 specially designed children’s toothbrushes each impregnated with fluoride.'
Alan Hillman of City Gate Lodge No. 9890, who conceived this initiative, is working closely with Claire Robertson, Consultant in Dental Public Health to Public Health England (London) and Professor Nigel Hunt of the Eastman Institutive UCL.
Plans are also in place to seek the co-operation of one of the major toothpaste manufacturers to join London masons in their campaign, by providing handy sized toothpaste tubes to accompany the distribution campaign.
Public Health England’s Claire Robertson added: 'Thank you so much for all your tremendous support with providing these much-needed toothbrushes for the children in London’s Hospitals. We cannot thank you enough for your generously with our campaign.'
Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge
11 December 2013
Report of the Board of General Purposes
The Minutes of the Quarterly Communication of the Grand Lodge of 11 September 2013 were confirmed.
Nomination of a Grand Master for the ensuing year
HRH The Duke of Kent KG was nominated as Grand Master for the ensuing year.
Annual Investiture of Grand Officers (30 April 2014)
So that sufficient accommodation can be reserved for those Brethren who are to be invested and their friends, admission to the Annual Investiture is by ticket only. Brethren to be invested for the first time may invite to be present with them three qualified Brethren, and those to be promoted two qualified Brethren.
Masonic Year Book
The next edition of the Masonic Year Book 2014–2015, will be available next summer. The charge will be £13 per copy, plus postage and packing where appropriate. It is not proposed to produce a new edition of the Directory of Lodges and Chapters during 2014. Copies of the 2012 edition will still be available from Letchworth’s shop.
Every Lodge will receive one copy of the Masonic Year Book free of charge. The Board emphasises that these copies should be available to all the members of private lodges and not regarded as for the exclusive use of the secretary to whom, for administrative reasons, they are dispatched.
Metropolitan and Provincial Lodges
As in previous years copies will be dispatched direct to secretaries of lodges.
Sufficient copies will be dispatched to District Grand Secretaries for distribution to lodges in the Districts. Lodges abroad not in a District will receive their copies direct.
Prestonian Lectures 2014
The Board has considered applications for the delivery of the official Prestonian Lectures in 2014 and has decided that these should be given under the auspices of the following: The London Grand Rank Association, Egerton Worsley Lodge, No. 1213, Eccles (West Lancashire) and Temple of Athene Lodge, No. 9541, Harrow (Middlesex).
The Lecturer, Dr M.A. Kearsley, states that the title of the Lecture will be: 1814: Consolidation and Change.
Grand Lodge of Albania
On 14 October 2011, the Grand Lodge of Albania was formed by the Grand Orient of Italy from three lodges meeting there. The United Grand Lodge of England no longer recognises the Grand Orient of Italy but it has publicly stated that it accepts the Grand Orient’s regularity of origin and that its lodges are working regularly.
The Grand Lodge of Albania, having shown that it is of regular descent and that it conforms to the Basic Principles for Grand Lodge Recognition, the Board has no reason to believe that it will not maintain a regular path. A recommendation that it be recognised was approved.
The Board had received reports that the following lodges have resolved to surrender their Warrants: Carmel Lodge, No. 4774, in order to amalgamate with Tennant Lodge, No. 1992 (South Wales); Menturia Lodge, No. 6023, in order to amalgamate with Goulburn Lodge, No. 3478 (East Lancashire) and St Leonard’s Lodge, No. 6132, in order to amalgamate with De Bon Cuer Lodge, No. 6984 (West Lancashire).
The Board recommendation that the lodges be removed from the register in order to effect the respective amalgamations was approved.
The Board had received a report that twelve lodges have closed and have surrendered their Warrants. The lodges are: Borough of Shoreditch Lodge, No. 3064 (London); Ryecroft Lodge, No. 4974 (Derbyshire); Mosaic Lodge, No. 5028 (Worcestershire); Lodge of Fellowship, No. 5579 (Warwickshire); Defendit Lodge, No. 6049 (Northumberland); Motspur Lodge, No. 6106 (Surrey); Saint Oswald Lodge, No. 6135 (Northumberland); Blaydon St Cuthbert Lodge, No. 6962 (Durham); Lodge of Fortitude, No. 7188 (Durham); Juventus Lodge, No. 8105 (South Wales); Haling Manor Lodge, No. 8310 (Surrey) and Stallinger Lodge, No. 9624 (Durham).
The Board recommendation that they be erased was approved.
A presentation was given on the Proceedings of Grand Lodge of two hundred and one hundred years ago by J.M. Hamill, Assistant Grand Chancellor and G.F. Redman, Deputy Grand Secretary.
List of new lodges for which warrants have been granted by the Grand Master showing dates from which their warrants became effective:
11 September 2013: Waladli Lodge No. 9887, St John’s (Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean); Eastern Archipelago District Grand Stewards’ Lodge No. 9888, Kuala Lumpur (Eastern Archipelago); District Grand Stewards Lodge of Nigeria No. 9889, Lagos (Nigeria) and City Gate Lodge No. 9890, London.
Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge
A Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge is held on the second Wednesday in March, June, September and December. The next will be at or about noon on Wednesday, 12 March 2014. Subsequent Communications will be held on 30 April 2014 (Annual Investiture), 11 June 2014, 10 September 2014, 10 December 2014 and 11 March 2015.
Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter
Convocations of Supreme Grand Chapter are held on the second Wednesday in November and the day following the Annual Investiture of Grand Lodge. Future Convocations will be held on 1 May 2014, 12 November 2014 and 30 April 2015.