Getting to the heart of life-saving skills

Herefordshire Heartstart, a scheme that teaches emergency life support (ELS) skills to local people, has received a donation of £1,000 from Palladian Lodge, No. 120.

Denis Cox, Master of Herefordshire’s oldest lodge, presented the cheque to Heartstart’s coordinator and project manager, Loraine Coleman. She described how the donation would support school staff in training schoolchildren, in the classroom environment, to deliver ELS. The donation is expected to assist at least 4,000 Herefordshire schoolchildren in learning these vital skills.

Ancient fountain restored

Freemasons, family and friends of Hereford Cathedral accompanied the Dean of Hereford, the Very Rev Michael Tavinor, in celebration of the completion of the refurbishment of the fountain in the cloister. Relatives and friends of the late Rev Philip Barrett, vicar choral at Hereford, and of the late Tony Hunter-Choat, Past Master of Palladian Lodge, No. 120, sponsored the work to mark the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Herefordshire’s oldest lodge. Palladian Lodge donated £1,000, maintaining its long-standing link with the cathedral.

Loraine Coleman, Co-ordinator and Project Manager of Herefordshire Heartstart, was recently welcomed into the masonic temple at Kyrle Street, Hereford, and presented with a cheque for £1,000 by the brethren of Palladian Lodge No. 120

Denis Cox, Worshipful Master of this oldest Herefordshire masonic lodge, in personally presenting the donation, emphasised how important it was for the brethren of Palladian to maintain the policy of Herefordshire Province in robustly supporting local charities.

Loraine Coleman, Herefordshire born and bred, described how this donation would greatly help her to continue supporting school staff in the county by training schoolchildren, in the classroom environment, to deliver Heartstart – 'how to save a life'.

It was considered that this financial support would assist at least 4,000 Herefordshire schoolchildren to continue to learn such vital life saving skills.

Herefordshire Freemasons, family and friends of Hereford Cathedral, accompanied The Dean of Hereford, The Very Reverend Michael Tavinor, in celebration of the completion of the refurbishment of the old fountain in the Cathedral Cloister

Simon Hudson, stone mason at the cathedral, undertook the work using Forest of Dean stone. The new fountain surround reflects the stylised ball flower design as seen on the cathedral tower.

Relatives and friends of the late Reverend Philip Barrett vicar choral at Hereford, and of the late Tony Hunter-Choat past Worshipful Master of Palladian Lodge in Hereford, sponsored the work.

During the service of celebration held in the Cathedral Cloister, The Dean praised the community spirit and dedication of those named: he read extracts from Reverend Barrett’s 1993 Barchester: English Cathedral Life in the 19th Century, which became and remains a standard reference work, and was supported by readings by RW Bro The Reverend David Bowen, Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, and by Reverend Canon Dr Maureen Palmer.

The present Worshipful Master of Palladian Lodge, W Bro Denis Cox, stated that the project had been initiated by W Bro Tony Hunter-Choat to commemorate the 250th Anniversary of the foundation of Herefordshire’s oldest masonic lodge: the brethren of Palladian Lodge donated £1,000 accordingly, thus maintaining the strong link with the cathedral evident through the ages. Mrs Linda Hunter-Choat, and daughters Sarah and Felicity, were in attendance at the celebration.

According to the Haven’s manager, Frankie Devereux, the 'hugely successful' Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Hereford, 'culminated in a most welcomed and substantial donation of £5,800.00 from the Freemasons'

Rev David Bowen, Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, in presenting this latest donation, spoke highly of the truly supportive work undertaken at the Haven in Hereford. He emphasised the continued support of Freemasons, being fully aware that the success of the Haven’s work depended entirely upon charitable giving. Herefordshire Province of Freemasons has been a Guardian of the Haven since 2011.

In attendance at the presentation, undertaking his first official duty, was Edward Lord, the newly appointed National Director of Fundraising and Development for the Breast Cancer Havens in Hereford, Leeds and London. As a senior mason himself, he welcomed the support given by both local Freemasons and The Freemasons’ Grand Charity. He praised Herefordshire Masons for the continued support received over recent years.

This year’s annual masonic donation to the Haven included specific giving from Royal Edward Lodge No. 892, Palladian Lodge No. 120 and Delphis Lodge No. 7769 in Herefordshire, and the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association. This local support was match funded by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

To celebrate the 250th anniversary of Palladian Lodge No. 120, its members organised a series of events to raise money for a variety of local good causes arranged by Denis Cox, Secretary of the Anniversary Committee

For one such local cause, this oldest of Herefordshire lodges donated £1,000 towards the general maintenance of Hereford Cathedral, so maintaining the strong support for the Cathedral by the Freemasons of the county down through the ages.

The presentation was made to the Dean of Hereford, The Very Rev Michael Tavinor, in the Lady Chapel of the Cathedral, following the Service of Choral Evensong which had been attended by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Herefordshire.

The Dean welcomed this continued support, and congratulated the brethren representing Palladian Lodge on their achievements over the past 250 years, and wished them well for the future.

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