A meeting of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Grand Charity was held at Derby on 25th June 2008 under the Chairmanship of W. Bro. Brian Quartermain.
It had been agreed at the previous meeting held in January that the Committee would consider implementing a system of acknowledgement for beneficiaries of grants from the Provincial Grand Charity in the form of a plaque. W. Bro. Neil Hartburn had undertaken to obtain samples which he produced for approval. The Committee agreed to purchase 20 large plaques and a number of smaller ones for immediate use.
The Provincial Grand Treasurer, W. Bro. Geoffrey Crawford, presented a Statement of Accounts to the date of the meeting and drew attention to certain items. He reported that he had reinvested a sum of £370,000 with the Bank of Scotland at the very attractive rate of 6.75%. The total market value of investments at 31st March 2008 was almost £852,000 with a book value of just under £708,000.
Albert Wilson Fund
Six brethren had received assistance from the Fund to enable their Lodge subscriptions to be paid at a total cost of £736. If there is a member in your Lodge who you feel might benefit from help from the Fund please contact your Lodge Almoner.
The new Provincial Grand Almoner, W. Bro. Brian Jones, reported that he had reappointed W. Bro. Joe Sim as his Assistant in the south of the Province and appointed W. Bro. Tony Gregory to represent him in the north.
The Secretary reported that arrangements had been completed for the Party in the Park at Chatsworth on 27th June and around 1,200 people were expected to attend.
Note: The event was a success despite inclement weather, with around 1,200 brethren and families enjoying a very pleasant evening and enjoyable music.
The Chairman announced that the 2008 Carol Service is to be held at Derby Cathedral on Sunday 7th December. Please note this date in your diary.
W. Bro. Bernard Eyre reported that he had received almost £3,000 so far for the Coins for Cash project but that no support had yet been received from Duffield and he asked for a volunteer. If you meet at Duffield and would like to act as the local co-ordinator please let Bernard know.
The Chairman reported that the next edition of Derbyshire Circle would be distributed in September and would include information provided by the Festival Executive.
The next meeting of the Standing Committee will take place at Chesterfield on 3rd September, to be followed by the Advisory Committee of Charity Stewards and Almoners at 2.00 p.m. and the Annual Meeting immediately following.
Graham M. Sisson