Devonshire Freemason John Prichard raised £1,000 last year when he showed his true metal and undertook a wing walk

After discussion with the members of his lodge, Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789, who meet at the Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall in Plymouth. the money was donated to HeartSWell, a charity based in Derriford Plymouth committed to support heart patients, their families and carers throughout Devon, Cornwall and the Scilly Isles.

The charities Chairman Clem Spencer was asked to use the money towards making a defibrillator available to St. Mary’s Church in Plymstock, which is one of several placed around Devon by HeartSWell. This was fitted into a community case and installed on the outside wall of the Church Hall and made available to the whole community.

On 22nd September 2018, Clem Spencer was proud to announce that it had been used to save the life of a gentleman who had been taken ill on that day and that without the defibrillator being available it was very likely he wouldn’t have survived. 

The members of Lord Roborough Lodge all agreed that the money could not have better spent and they felt equally proud to have been responsible for saving a life.

Devon show a success: The Kingsbridge Show in Devon was a focal point for the provincial recruitment display sponsored by Lord Roborough Lodge, No. 5789, and Duncombe Lodge, No. 1486

It was at this show last year that John Pritchard first met Larry Lewis, a former US marine who had moved to the area with his family. Larry was initiated into Duncombe Lodge this year and helped to man the stand. There was a warm welcome from show chairman John Woodley and show president Pat Brooks, who thanked Devon masons for all they do for local charities and for attending the event again. 

Armed forces day out

It was a special day out for Richard Penelrick and his mother, Margaret, when they attended the Armed Forces Day national event celebrations on Plymouth Hoe, Devon.

Almoner John Pritchard and Master John Speak of Lord Roborough Lodge, No. 5789, Plymouth, in the Province of Devonshire, in partnership with the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF), arranged the visit.

Richard, aged 35, is the son of Allen Penelrick, who was a member of Lord Roborough Lodge. He has ataxia telangiectasia (A-T) and was presented with a special wheelchair with a power-pack from the MSF in 2009. Margaret Penelrick is also receiving assistance via the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Advice Team.

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