Royal Edward Lodge No. 892, Leominster, made its annual distribution of donations to local charities Saturday 12 September 2015

The following donations, totalling well in excess of £3,000 were distributed by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Andrew Cowell: to Acorns Children’s Hospice, Echo celebrating its 25th anniversary of making a real difference to the lives of disabled people in Leominster and beyond, Kyre Riding for the Disabled, Marches Family Network, Megan Baker House, and Parkinson’s UK – the Worshipful Master’s choice made at his installation.

Andrew Cowell said that he and his fellow Freemasons place a great deal of emphasis on supporting local charities and organisations in the area.

Worshipful Brother Gareth Prosser, Charity Steward for Royal Edward for the last four years, mentioned that a sum of rising £15,000 has been awarded to local charities during that period, and that it was the wish of all at the Royal Edward Lodge to continue such support where needed.

RW Bro the Rev David John Bowen was installed as the nineteenth Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Herefordshire on Monday 3rd June 2013

Except for a break of twelve years between 1836 and 1848, when no Provincial Grand Master was appointed, this otherwise continuous period of 260 years has witnessed Dukes, Lords, and Members of Parliament as Provincial Grand Masters for Herefordshire. The first and longest serving being Sir Thomas de Cornwall 1753-1789.

Rev David Bowen was installed by MW Bro Peter Lowndes, Pro Grand Master representing the Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent.

Rev Bowen’s first act as Provincial Grand Master was to appoint VW Bro Mike Roff as Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Freemasons held their annual church service at Hereford Cathedral Sunday 9th June.

Friday, 13 July 2012 01:00

Harvesting success

Although well established and successful, Herefordshire Growing Point, situated on the campus at Holme Lacy, remains unheralded among the county’s registered charities

The Disabled and Older Gardeners’ Association, based at the Demonstration Garden in the grounds of Holme Lacy, deserves recognition for the immense and invaluable benefits afforded to about 300 disabled, elderly and young people, who attend the weekly sessions at Holme Lacy or during the charity's outreach programme to residential care homes and day centres round the county.

Mental stimulation, increased self-esteem and confidence, and social interaction, are clear and evident experiences for those attending these sessions. Age Concern, Martha Trust and Acquired Brain Injury Unit, are among the participating organisations. Barrs Court Special School tutors comment that “This project is one of the most stimulating of the educational modules provided away from the school ... solid experience in gardening skills and knowledge and of great benefit to our students”.

Herefordshire Freemasons support this view: such support, initiated among the Brethren of St Peter’s Lodge No. 7368 in Bromyard, especially when David Wall was its Worshipful Master, resulted in £1,000 being donated by the Herefordshire Masonic Charities Association to this worthy enterprise. Richard James, Charity Steward of St Peter’s Lodge said he was “Thoroughly impressed with the horticultural therapy provided to such a wide range of deserving people - the maintenance of this all-year round project is paramount”.

Laura Hone, Chairman of Herefordshire Growing Point, in thanking the local Freemasons stated that “Our costs are rising inexorably, particularly transport costs, and so such support is invaluable”.

If you would like to find out more about Herefordshire Growing Point or to make a donation, please visit their website.

This winter witnessed the successful completion of the Scott-Amundsen Centenary Expedition to the South Pole comprising two teams, each team including three serving members of HM Forces.

One such serving member of the British Army was Warrant Officer Kevin Johnson. His team retraced the longer 900 mile plus route undertaken by Captain Robert Falcon Scott from Cape Evans.

Like the intrepid Scott, Amundsen and Shackleton before him, Kevin Johnson is a Freemason. He is a relatively new Master Mason of Cantilupe Lodge No.4083. On successfully completing the Antarctic expedition, Bro Kevin Johnson proudly unfurled the blue and gold Masonic Flag, given to him by the Brethren of his Lodge, at the Geographic South Pole – a true celebration of past heroic achievements. Bro Kevin is, at 43, the same age as Captain Scott in 1911.

All members of the Expedition attended a royal reception at Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London Friday 26th April. In attendance were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William is patron of both the Expedition and the Royal British Legion – the expedition has raised vital funds for the Royal British Legion’s £30 million commitment to the Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall to help wounded, injured and sick Service personnel on their journey of recovery.

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