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England – Freemasons lose £2.8m VAT case

Freemasonry Network - 05.01.2024
(by Will Drysdale, Accountancy Daily, 3 January 2024)

 

The oldest Grand Lodge of Freemasons in the world has lost an appeal for VAT refunds of £2.83m for charges on membership fees as primary aim was not philanthropic The Grand Lodge has an annual income of approximately £13m, with £9m of this coming from membership fees and room rental. The two claims related to 2014 and 2018 and totalled £2.83m in VAT refunds from membership fees. As the largest representative body of freemasonry in the UK with 175,000 members, the Grand Lodge, which was founded in 1717, has net assets of £70m and employs 90 people, operating as a not-for-profit organisation. Originally, the Grand Lodge appealed to the First Tier Tribunal (FTT) claiming that the organisation was exempt from the VAT charges under Article 132(1)(1) of Council Directive 2006/112/VAT (PVD). This exemption is applied to organisations whose aims consist of a philosophical, philanthropic or civic nature. The tribunal dismissed the two claims for VAT periods 06/10–03/18, stating that the organisation had more than one ‘main aim’ and was not solely philanthropic. The FTT said… read more:

 


 

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Texas/US – Masonic lodge gives PJC students scholarships

Freemasonry Network - 04.01.2024
(by editorial board, The Paris News, January 4th, 2024)

 

The Roan Oak Masonic Lodge No. 860 of Garretts Bluff helped six Paris Junior College nursing students breathe easier last month when the lodge awarded them $500 scholarships. Present to bestow the scholarships were Worshipful Master Logan Thomas, Senior Deacon Pat Thomas, and Master of Ceremonies/Scholarship Committee Chair Alan Tapp. “It’s always a great pleasure to work with PJC and their nursing program,” said… read more:

 


 

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Essex/England – The Freemason Ladies Festival -Roma Pabila

Freemasonry Network - 04.01.2024
(by editorial board, Essex County Daily Gazette Standard, 31st December 2023)

 

On Saturday the 18th of November, the Freemason community hosted the Christmas Ladies Festival. This event was to thank and honour the wives, partners, and girlfriends of Freemasons. Master Javed Agha hosted this Freemason celebration. What happened at this event? This celebration was held at Derougemont Manor in Brentwood. On arrival, guests were greeted by the Master Mason. The evening entailed a four-course dinner along with two charity raffles and an auction. The auction included a one-week stay in a villa in Tenerife as well as a TV. The raffles had an… read more:

 


 

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NY/US – Ti Freemasons optimistic for 2024

Freemasonry Network - 02.01.2024
(by Shaudra Barlett Yaw, The Sun, January 2, 2024)

 

In 136 years, Mount Defiance Lodge #794 of Free and Accepted Masons has offered men within the community who embody integrity and honesty and who have an innate desire to make their world better by helping people in need the opportunity to come together. At the very heart of the organization is its motto, “Making good men better,” and the members are consistently striving to do just that. “We have principles of morality that we, in many ways, impart in what we do in ritual. Masons help men become better in their own families and in their community,” revealed Lodge member, Bob Bartlett. “I know a lot of men are looking for an organization of men – a group of men- that care about the right ways of living that would like to seek out other like-minded men that practice these things and be around men of that nature.” Freemasonry is the leading worldwide fraternal order of men bonded together in fellowship, who aid one another and their communities by giving freely of their time and… read more:

 


 

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Berkshire/England – Newbury’s Victory Lodge supports homeless charity Loose Ends at Christmas

Freemasonry Network - 01.01.2024
(by Mirek Gosney, newbury today, 01 January 2024)

 

Freemasons have made a generous donation to a local homeless charity. The Victory Freemasons Lodge, which meets at Newbury, has donated £2,000 to Loose Ends. The Newbury-based charity offers a drop-in site for vulnerable and homeless adults – and the sum will enable it to continue providing warm meals through the winter amid rising operating costs. Lee Farmer, who was to be the ‘master’ of the Lodge for a year, and his wife Nicola, visited Newbury Cricket Club a week before Christmas to present the donation to Loose Ends chair of trustees Diana Lacey and… read more:

 


 

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South Australia – Historical book explores the history and decline of the Kangaroo Island Freemasons

Freemasonry Network - 01.01.2024
(by editorial board, The Islander, 31st December 2023)

 

The story of Freemasonry on Kangaroo Island has come to life in a new book written by Alan Jacobs titled… read more:

 


 

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NY/US – Ticonderoga Freemasons spread holiday cheer

Freemasonry Network - 30.12.2023
(by Shaudra Barlett Yaw, The Sun, December 25, 2023)

 

Recently, the Freemasons of the Ticonderoga Mount Defiance and Crown Point Rescue lodges served pumpkin pie and whipped cream to the residents of the Elderwood Nursing Home facility in Ticonderoga as part of its outreach support to the community during the holiday season. Pictured, left to right, are Masons Doug Buckland, Donnie Norton, Allan Clark, and Dan Catlin. A cherry pie and ice cream effort for the residents is planned for February in commemoration of… read more:

 


 

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