Help for Hereford charities
At the annual distribution of donations to local organisations and charities held at Brook Hall Leominster on Saturday 15th June, the members of the Royal Edward Lodge No. 892 distributed cheques of between £250 and £1,000 to Hereford Breast Cancer Haven, the Robocap appeal, St Michael’s Hospice, Riding for the Disabled at Kyre, Megan Baker House, Leominster First Responders, and Leominster Scouts.
At the presentation, organised by the Lodge Charity Steward Gareth Prosser, W Bro Richard James, Past Master of Royal Edward, distributed the donations to those recipients present, including the Leominster Scouts.
Representing the Leominster Scouts, Mrs Sandra Hackley emphasised how grateful she was to receive the support of the Freemasons, as 'the Leominster Scouts are financially in a dire situation, and such support means a great deal.'
The recently held Old English Night at Dephis Lodge heralded another wave of charitable giving to local organisations. Over the past decades Delphis has consistently recorded the highest per capita giving within the Province of Herefordshire, generously supported by the Vaga, Delphis, Coningsby Charitable Trust as once again most evident on this occasion.
W Bro Kevin Lyons, Worshipful Master of Delphis Lodge, and his Wardens Brothers Ian Talboys and John Crooks, by example, supported the following proposals put by W Bro David Knowles and W Bro Don Lane which were universally approved:
- £1,000 Blackmarston School, plus £304 from the draw & £105 from the auction
- £1,000 Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre
- £1,000 Robocap
- £1,000 Herefordshire Masonic Charity Associations (HMCA) 'B' Fund used for petitions from local charities
- £30 Teddies for Loving Care for Hereford Hospital from the auction of one of the teddy bears
Such dedicated giving promises well for the future, including the next Festival to be awarded to the Province of Herefordshire.
Back on the green
In 2011 the Masonic Annual Charity Event (MACE) was launched, and in August 2012 the Gloucestershire Masonic Bowling Association (MBA) hosted the second tournament at Stroud’s Cotswold Bowls Club. Around 96 players from 16 Provinces attended, as London Metropolitan Bowling Association’s ‘A’ rink beat last year’s winners, Middlesex. The day raised £13,300 for ROBOCAP and concluded with a Gala Dinner at the Masonic Hall in Stroud. The 2013 tournament will be hosted by Cambridgeshire MBA.
A truly entertaining and successful fund raising event was recently held at the Courtyard, Herefordshire’s centre of the arts
Ten amateur choirs competed in Hereford’s The Last Choir Standing in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charities: the Haven, which provides support for sufferers of breast cancer, and Robocap, which will provide robot-assisted surgery in the treatment of prostate cancer.
Following the performance the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hereford, Councillor Brian Wilcox, welcomed members of one of the successful choirs – the newly created Herefordshire Masonic Choir – to the Mayor’s Parlour at the Town Hall.
During the visit the Masonic Choir entertained the Mayor and invited guests with a delightful musical evening.
Roger Tomlinson, conductor and choir master, emphasised that the Masonic Choir had an unusual choir format of 1st and 2nd tenors and basses. The choir was formed with two aims in mind: to promote the enjoyment of singing, and to add support to masonic and local charities.
Herefordshire Freemasons have officially acknowledged their support of this year’s identified Mayoral Charities.
Cllr Brian Wilcox has chosen The Breast Cancer Haven and Robocap, a state-of-the-art robotic technology treatment for prostate cancer, to champion over the forthcoming twelve months while in office as Mayor of the City of Hereford. These are local charities close to his heart.
Herefordshire Freemasons have officially declared their support for the Mayor’s two chosen charities. Local Freemasons were the first to financially support Robocap, and since last year they have been awarded the title Guardian of The Haven.
This declaration of support by Herefordshire Freemasons, signifies their continued sponsorship of these two local charities.
The recently registered charity appeal ROBOCAP, which uses state-of-the-art robotic technology treatment for prostate cancer, was officially launched in Herefordshire, in an event organised by local Freemason Howard Pitts.
Appeal chairman Les Kinmond introduced the three consultant urologists of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Worcestershire, Graham Sole, Biral Patel and Aloysius Okeke. They described this advanced form of keyhole surgery, which offers surgeons three-dimensional imaging and magnification in order to give greater precision and allow for minimally invasive surgery with the reduced incidence of complications.
Cllr Olwyn Barnett, chairman of Herefordshire Council, urged local mayors to support this appeal, and local mason Brian Wilcox, Mayor-elect for Hereford City, said that ROBOCAP would be his official charity during his term of office.