The lodges of the Furness and South Lakeland area in West Lancashire have come together to organise a fundraising boxing and dinner evening for the past 31 years
Held each January at the Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, with the support of Kendal Amateur Boxing Club, the event is always a sellout. This year, £9,500 was raised, bringing the total over the event’s lifetime to more than £190,000.
With the money distributed equally between masonic and local, non-masonic charities, the emphasis is on helping less well-known good causes that are often overlooked.
At a presentation evening at Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall, attended by Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, £4,800 was presented to 11 recipients representing local, non-masonic charitable organisations.
On one of the hottest days of the year, more than 500 Freemasons and their families came from as far away as Plymouth, Barnstaple and Tiverton to celebrate the Tercentenary at Ugbrooke House in Chudleigh
The day had something for all the family, with a brass band, an inflatable assault course, a dog show, and a display of classic cars and motorbikes. Cream teas and cakes were on offer, as were guided tours of Ugbrooke House.
A teddy bears’ picnic was also held in recognition of the Teddies for Loving Care initiative. Over the past eight years, Freemasons in Devonshire have provided hospital A&E units with more than 43,000 teddy bears, which have been used to comfort children in severe distress.
Firefighter Simon Jakeman of Elmbridge Lodge, No. 5838, Surrey, was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List
It was presented to him for services to the environment, sustainability and energy efficiency in the London Fire Brigade by the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, on behalf of the Queen, at the Tower of London.
Simon was accompanied by his wife Karen and their children.
Sixty young Essex Cornerstone Club masons gathered at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, East London, where more than 1,000 people took part in a 5K Bubble Rush fun run in support of four London and Essex-based hospices, including Haven House Children’s Hospice
The young Freemasons acted as stewards, wearing Essex Cornerstone Club T-shirts.
There were many words of thanks, and a keen interest in Freemasonry following this year’s Sky 1 documentary series Inside The Freemasons, as well as discussions about the recent masonic hall open days across the Province.
A recent grant of £4,000 to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance from Freemasons in the Province has helped to bring the total masonic support given to Air Ambulance charities across the country to £2.1 million since 2007
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight grant will go towards the purchase of syringe drivers that will be used by the Air Ambulance team to deliver critical care drugs to seriously ill patients.
A syringe driver functions as a pump that ‘drives’ a syringe, allowing a drug to be administered continuously to a patient at a controlled rate. Syringe drivers have many uses in pre-hospital medicine, including anaesthesia, cardiac support and intensive care transfers.
When Ian Parkinson became Master of Pilling Lodge, No. 7879, at Preston in West Lancashire, he wanted to help Blackpool-based charity Donna’s Dream House
The charitable trust provides free holiday experiences for children and teenagers with life-threatening illnesses, and for recently bereaved siblings and their families.
At the opening of refurbished accommodation at Donna’s Dream House, Ian presented charity founder Len Curtis MBE with a cheque for £36,755. In addition, Ian presented Len with the keys to an eight-seater minibus, to be loaned to the charity – fuelled, insured and serviced – for an initial period of 12 months.
The Association of Atholl Lodges celebrated the Tercentenary in a special event hosted by Athol Lodge, No. 74, at the Severn Street Masonic Hall, the oldest masonic meeting place in Birmingham, in the Province of Warwickshire
Present at the meeting were Grand Patron and Assistant Grand Master Sir David Wootton and Warwickshire Assistant Provincial Grand Master Trevor Sturt.
Addresses were given by Association Chairman Geoffrey Abraham on the history of Atholl Lodges, and by Clive Moore on ‘The Atholl Legacy’.
Dan Thomas and his fiancée Jenna Slater led members of St Peter’s Lodge, No. 7334, Birmingham, in raising £11,000 for local charity Autism West Midlands
As well as receiving donations from lodge members, they organised fundraising activities that included two ladies nights, a 1920s-themed show, cake sales and a lodge team for the Great Midlands Fun Run.
Dan also jumped out of an aeroplane at 10,000 feet, while Jenna led the lodge ladies in a mud run, raising more than £2,000.
Drury Lane Lodge, No. 2127, witnessed a special event at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane when Immediate Past Master Peter Goetz installed Daniel Aherne
He is the third American to occupy the chair, following brothers Michael and Alex MacIver.
Some 10 years ago, the Grand Lodge of California requested a team from Drury Lane to demonstrate the Third Degree ritual; in turn, the American trio visited the London lodge, and enjoyed themselves so much that they joined and progressed through the various offices.
Despite the distance, and the difference in ritual, they still manage to attend nearly all the meetings.
Yorkshire Freemasons’ participation in the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) initiative, which provides teddies to soothe children in A&E departments, reached a milestone when a young patient at Harrogate District Hospital received the 100,000th teddy bear
Since 2008, 17 hospitals in Yorkshire have benefited from the Province’s TLC scheme – funded by West Riding Masonic Charities Limited.