Herefordshire PGM meets Royal visitor

HRH The Countess of Wessex has paid a return visit to The Haven’s Hereford centre. The Countess is an active supporter of the charity, which provides emotional and physical support to women diagnosed with breast cancer.

Calling The Haven a ‘fantastic organisation’, she thanked all the fundraisers gathered for giving their time and backing to the charity. During the visit, the Countess also met Herefordshire PGM, the Rev David Bowen, and thanked him and his fellow Freemasons for their substantial and continued support. The Province is an official Guardian of the Hereford Haven. 

Sophie Countess of Wessex pays return visit to the Hereford Haven

Haven is a charity which provides emotional and physical support to women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Countess of Wessex called the Hereford Haven a 'fantastic organisation', and thanked all the fundraisers gathered for giving their time and backing to the charity for which she is an active supporter.

While visiting the Haven Centre in St Owen Street, she met and greeted the Rev David Bowen, Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire. She thanked him and his fellow Freemasons for their substantial and continued support of Hereford Haven. The Herefordshire Province is an official Guardian of the Hereford Haven. Earlier in the year The Freemasons' Grand Charity donated £30,000 to Breast Haven Cancer UK.

The Rev David Bowen, in conversation with Frankie Devereux, Manager of the Hereford Haven, said how pleased Freemasons were to be able to contribute to the work of the Haven, through the Grand Charity, the Province of Herefordshire and its individual lodges. He hoped that such support would be maintained well into the foreseeable future.

£30,000 has been donated to the Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre UK by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

The donation has been awarded so as to maintain and expand the Welfare Benefits and Money Advice service available at Haven centres in London, Leeds and Hereford.

Such central financial assistance is in keeping with the local support given to the Hereford Haven over the past years by Herefordshire masons.

RW Bro the Rev David Bowen, Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, accompanied by VW Bro Mike Roff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, represented Freemasons county wide at Hereford Haven, where they met the Centre Manager Frankie Devereux.

Rev David Bowen spoke highly of the truly supportive work undertaken by the Haven Centre, which is free at source, and entirely dependent on charitable giving.

David Bowen was pleased by the news that a new Haven centre will open on the Worcestershire Royal site in October, and was delighted to hear about the Haven’s Healing Garden to be seen at Chelsea Flower Show in May of this year. 

Masons praised by Countess of Wessex

Herefordshire mason Allan Lloyd and his wife Angela represented the Provincial Grand Master and the Province at a celebration of giving for the Haven Breast Cancer Support charity. The ceremony was held at Frogmore House, Windsor, in the company of the Countess of Wessex (right), an active supporter of the three Haven centres in London, Leeds and Hereford. 

Herefordshire PGM The Rev David Bowen initiated the present level of support, which has qualified the Province to become a Guardian of The Haven. In her presentation, the Countess commented on the long-standing support of Freemasons, with an acknowledgement of the patronage of the Province of Herefordshire.

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 Reverend David Bowen, Provincial Grand Master designate for Herefordshire, has kept his promise in ensuring that the Province remains a Guardian of the local Haven Breast Cancer Support Centre, with the presentation of a yearly donation on behalf of local masons.

In the presence of the national Haven Chief Executive, Pamela Healy OBE, David Bowen presented the Haven Manager Frankie Devereux with the customary £1,000 donation, as part of the annual financial support for this local charity.

David Bowen, who speaheaded the Province becoming a Guardian of the charity, is mindful of the fact that this vital service, freely available to breast cancer sufferers, is entirely dependent on charitable giving.

Pamela Healy celebrated the continued and significant support of the Freemasons with a timely reference to the quotation to be found on the illustrated Tree of Life displayed at the Hereford Haven Centre – 'Fear will take you a prisoner: hope will set you free' – by stating how such local support is crucial to the fulfilment of such hope and freedom.

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. 

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