There can be only a few occasions in the life of any lodge that can be classed as exceptional

Such an occasion was the 125th anniversary of the Peace Lodge No. 2269 and the dedication of their new banner to celebrate the life of the lodge from 1888 to 2013 and still going strong.

The masonic hall at Brookfield was packed with 98 brethren. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland presided over the dedication ceremony. It was something very special not only for the lodge but for Ray as it was his own lodge and the one he was initiated into.

Ray started the ceremony in his usual way 'Brethren are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.'

Following a summary of the lodge history, the banner dedication team paraded round the lodge. The honour of carrying the banner was given to Gavin Charnock, the most junior member of the lodge.

The banner was presented to Ray who then delivered it into the hands of the WM Gary Fisher in the knowledge that it will be passed to his successor pure and unsullied as he received it.

The Provincial Grand Chaplain Graham Halsall gave an excellent oration, which was well received by the brethren. At various stages throughout the ceremony the Provincial Choir sang with gusto which itself was quite moving.

On the rising for the grand lodge officers John Robson said he was lost for words and that this banner dedication was one of the best he had witnessed.

On leaving the lodge all brethren were presented with a souvenir book depicting the history of the Peace Lodge on its 125th Anniversary 1888-2013.

The celebrations continued at the festive board where another treat was in store, this was a display of the memorabilia of 125 years of masonic history, from the founder’s jewels to present day.

Later a raffle raised £601 for charitable and other good causes. Members of the lodge also donated cheques for £185 for Movember (growing a moustache to raise funds for testicular and prostate cancer), £120 for the widows and £100 for the charity Follow your Dreams.

Just to witness this superb celebration felt like taking part in history - a wonderful experience!

The members of Quingenti Lodge No. 8516 - the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge - welcomed seven of the eight acting Provincial Grand Stewards as joining members at their installation meeting

The principal guest at the meeting was the Provincial Grand Master Peter Hosker.

Peter was accompanied by Ray Martland, Harry Cox and David Winder all of whom are Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, Mark Matthews (Provincial Senior Grand Warden) and Joe Hall (Provincial Junior Grand Warden), Keith Kemp (Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies) and Malcolm Bell (Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies), together  Terry Hudson (PProvAsstGM) and many other grand and Provincial grand officers.

There was also a large attendance of other visitors from across the Province who attended the meeting for two reasons. The first was to watch the newly appointed Stewards parade into the lodge room after their application to join the lodge had been voted on by the members.

The second was to witness the installation of the Steward (master elect) John Martin. John was installed into the chair of King Solomon by Greg Pinnington, in what Peter described as: 'distinguished and unique manner.'

After being installed in the Chair of King Solomon John invested the lodge officers which included David Grainger as JW, David is an Assistant to the Three Grand Principals in the Royal Arch. Peter Pemberton as SW who is the group publicity officer for Lancaster Group and region four publicity officer and Fred Wright as almoner. The Provincial Grand Almoner Ernie Greenhalgh explained the almoners duties to Fred who has served as lodge almoner for several years. Ernie also presented Fred with the new almoners booklet.

More than 80 brethren retired to the main dining room to enjoy the festive board after the meeting was closed. They enjoyed a fine meal and listened as Peter Hosker in the response to the toast to his health, pay tribute to the excellent work in the lodge and by the lodge members in managing the banquets after the meetings of Provincial Grand Lodge.

Peter described Quingenti Lodge as the jewel in the Provincial crown. He said: 'As ProvGM, I would wish to salute and thank the lodge for all its good work over the years in running and managing the banquets at Provincial Grand Lodge, now held at Preston Masonic Hall.'

He continued by saying: 'Many brethren come to Provincial Grand Lodge to enjoy and admire the Province at work, and in that work, the acting Provincial Stewards play a very important part. I have attended Grand Lodge and visited many other Provinces and I venture to suggest when it comes to ceremonial occasions, 'nobody does it better than West Lancashire'.

'Over five years have now passed since I became ProvGM. I thought that I would revisit my 2008 principal aims and objectives, to see whether I had lost the plot!

They are: to share more widely our principles and beliefs; to extend our charitable giving; and to give even greater service in and to our communities.

'As to sharing our principles and beliefs, we have taken two giant steps with the initiative of Ambassadors for Freemasonry, and the base values of our Order - Integrity, Kindness, Honesty, Fairness - enabling us to speak in modern language with our families, friends and others about our Order.

'Additionally, our excellent Provincial website is our open window to the world - tirelessly managed by your retiring SW Mark Holloway, supported by webmaster, the team of group publicity officers and the assistant webmasters.

'Looking at our charitable giving, I am proud of what we have achieved together in Province and I continue to be humbled by the masonic and non-masonic donations.

'By way of example: In 2010, £5,4000,000 to our 2010 Festival for the Masonic Samaritan Fund. This year we gave £80,000 to the Royal College of Surgeons for the Royal Arch Bi-centenary Appeal. Last year the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity gave grants of £500,000 which included £143,539 non-masonic grants. Last year the giving to non-masonic causes throughout the Province - including group giving days, of over £250,000. This has achieved a balanced giving between masonic and non-masonic giving.

'I was pleased that The Freemasons' Grand Charity gave a grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross in support of immediate emergency aid efforts in the Philippines. Also, The Grand Charity has opened a dedicated Relief Chest for Freemasons to give individually to the disaster.

'Service in the community continues to grow, and I hear many stories of good service. I repeat what I have said on many occasions - for the kind of life we lead, will Freemasonry be judged.

'In conclusion, I emulate my predecessors when I say that I am fully aware of the importance of this lodge not just because of its work at PrGL, but because it brings together those who, importantly, have served the Province as acting Stewards. I am sure that in bringing acting Stewards together, it fuses like minds and develops a masonic spirit and purpose which are then spread throughout the Province for the good of freemasonry. It is all about qualities of commitment, ability and potential leadership, which is at the very heart of all that is good in the Province.'

He then wished John Martin well in the coming years, he said: 'You lead a most important body of men. Once again I have greatly enjoyed my visit to your fine lodge.'

Greg proposed the toast to the new worshipful master, during his toast Greg said John was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire in 1954, after leaving school aged 16 he spent 15 years working in the private forestry sector and qualified as a forester. He joined the Fisheries division of North West Water at 30 and became a Fisheries Officer working in Cheshire, Lancashire and Cumbria for 25 years. He is currently self employed and works for clients which include the Forestry Commission, Highways Agency and Cumbria County Council.

John was initiated into the Arthur John Brogden Lodge No. 1715 in October 1997 and served as WM in December 2005.

John gave a suitable reply, thanking Greg for the way he had installed him in the chair.

The toast to the visitors was proposed by the new Steward of the lodge David Coulson. Joe Hall replied on behalf of the visitors, saying he had greatly enjoyed the ceremony and he congratulated Greg on the work he did in the lodge. He also said he should single out the Provincial Deacons as they clearly had some talent despite their roles as last season’s acting Provincial Wardens!

The final toast of the evening was in the hands of the tyler Keith Lang who gave the tyler’s toast.

More than 130 brethren attended the annual almoner’s dinner, which was held in Wellington Park, Leyland

After the meal the Provincial Grand Almoner Ernie Greenhalgh welcomed Peter Hosker, Provincial Grand Master, and the guest speaker Col Sylvia Quayle OBE. Ernie thanked everyone for attending the dinner and said he hoped the evening would prove to be both interesting and enjoyable.

Peter Hosker then said: 'In this Province, I think we can all be proud of our long history of Care and Charity. Indeed, it is now 163 years since our first Provincial charity was created, and we have come a long way since then. Our masonic care and charity is made up of four parts.

'One: a Provincial Care Structure serving the Province. Two: a Provincial Charity Structure serving the Province. Three: the West Lancashire Freemasons' Charity (WLFC) our own Provincial One Stop Charity, a professional and well managed charity with over £11,000,000 in funds. And four: our four main national charities operating under the banner of Freemasonry Cares.

'The excellent Provincial care and charity structures were put in place by my predecessor. In turn, in 2008, I was pleased to play a major part in bringing together the then seven Provincial charities to create our WLFC, our own Provincial one-stop-charity a professional and well managed charity with over £11,000,000 in funds.'

'Freemasonry Cares was launched in 2009, in partnership with the Metropolitan and Provincial Grand Lodges and promotes awareness amongst Freemasons and their dependants of the wide range of financial, healthcare and family support available from masonic charities and delivered by a central enquiry service.

'The Province of West Lancashire provides a dedicated care structure in support of brethren, widows and dependants who at times of sickness, personal distress or financial hardship are in need of masonic assistance. Our care structure is extensive and is overseen by AsstProvGM Ray Martland.

'Ernie Greenhalgh, was appointed last May, since then he has been a whirlwind of frenzied activity. His enthusiasm for the new presentation 'How do I get help' has been infectious and I am quite sure that as it rolls out the presentation across the Province, it will be well received. I have seen this excellent presentation, and I particularly like the video case studies which will appear on our Provincial website. Presently, the video running is a case study revealing the help and support received by a Preston family from the RMTGB.

'Invitations for the care presentation ‘How do I get Help’ now stand at 57 which is just over a third of Ernie's target of 160 during this masonic season. By the end of this month 14 presentations will have been given. The video has turned out to be a very powerful aid, particularly as it shows a family from our Province saying that Freemasonry has changed the lives of their whole family.

'Ernie is ably supported by his Deputy Paul Webster, Roy Pyne the administrative link with the Grand Charity, eight regional care officers, 24 local care officers, and by over 500 Craft and Royal Arch almoners. They make up the ground force - they bear the heat of the day. It is demanding work, and I thank them all for their substantial and tireless efforts.

'I wish to mention the Pastoral Care undertaken by our care structure. This can only be carried out by going to and visiting people - it cannot be done on the telephone. This enables the problem to be identified and help assessed. It breaks down into three separate areas. One: visiting people who are sick. Two: visiting people who have lost their partner and are lonely. Three: visiting those  who need some form of help either financial or otherwise.

'It is essential that the Provincial Almoner and his team continue their good work, and are ready willing and able to help and support when people need our help.'

Ernie thanked Peter for his kind words and then said: 'Since I came into office some of you will remember my two favourite words ‘communications’  and ‘training’, well now I have a phrase to go with them ‘working in harmony’.

'I am delighted to see Barry Jameson and a number of charity stewards here as we start to work even  closer  than  in the past. Together they will be supporting our team when the presentation ‘How do I get Help’ are given.

'But  it  does  not  stop  there, our  four central  masonic  charities are working ever more closely and the latest initiative is the coming together of both Welfare teams from the RMBI and the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. While we have always had a good liaison with Elaine Hanson and Claire Beaumont, I believe it will improve even more in the coming months.

'The West Lancashire project run by the RMBI for the benefit of elderly brethren and their dependants within our Province, has now been closed to new applicants. However, I am delighted to announce tonight that the trustees of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity have agreed to take over the role of assisting with third party top-up-fees, should the State not meet the full cost. On behalf of us all, I thank the WLFC for taking over what is becoming an area of concern within ‘Care’.

'While I have always had an admiration for the work carried out by SSAFA the armed forces charity which provides lifelong support for our servicemen and women, together with their families. Their volunteers who are the equivalent of our almoners have an excellent professional approach. In the care structure we continue to move forward, but still have some way to go before we achieve that high standard. So I was delighted when  a  senior speaker from SSAFA accepted my invitation to address you all tonight.'

Just before Ernie introduced Sylvia he thanked all the almoners for the dedication and hard work they have already put in during the year. He said this made him feel confident that their professionalism will shine through. He said they are well on target to reach the 160 presentations in this masonic season.

He concluded by saying to all the team, when presenting ‘How do I get Help’ the experience is something you should enjoy, our story and video have a very powerful message.

Ernie then introduced Colonel Sylvia Quayle saying she is a Freeman of the City of London, the first lady to be invited onto the board of trustees for the RMBI and earlier this year the Queen honoured her with the OBE for her charitable work.

Sylvia started by giving a short outline of SSAFA’s history which was founded in 1885. She then spoke about the work carried out by SSAFA, their training and how they go about helping individuals in need.

During her talk Sylvia said she realised that in comparison to SSAFA the masonic movement was small, but both organisations have the same ethos in helping and looking after its comrades.

 

Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

Hesketh Lodge No. 986 celebrates 150 years

There was a large gathering of brethren at Wellington Park, Leyland, for a very special anniversary meeting, the purpose being that of celebrating 150 years of masonic service of Hesketh Lodge No. 986

In fact there were over 150 brethren in attendance to mark the lodge’s milestone. The atmosphere was one which was full of anticipation of the celebration ahead and there was a real buzz around the lodge room.

The lodge was opened by the current worshipful master, Ian Smith, who before the meeting was full of the apprehension a ceremony of this nature could stir. Once he was into his stride though he very quickly despatched the lodge business and admitted Ray Martland, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, into the lodge room. Ian, out of courtesy and as a right, offered the lodge gavel to Ray who, on this occasion retained it as it was befitting for this celebratory ceremony. Ray started by saying: 'Are we all sitting comfortably?' He then set about telling a brief and concise history of the lodge.

Hesketh Lodge was consecrated in 1863 when there were other notable and historical facts in the same year. Queen Victoria was on the throne, the Prime Minister was Viscount Palmerston and the first section of the London underground was completed. The FA was founded at the Freemasons Arms in Long Acre, London and scarlet fever caused 30,000 deaths.

At a meeting of the Lodge of Harmony held at Ormskirk, Lancashire, on 26 August 1863, the petition to form Hesketh lodge was signed. At this time there were only 85 lodges in the whole of Lancashire of which 55 were in East Lancashire and 30 in what is now West Lancashire. The Province now has 367 lodges.

It was decided that the first meeting would be held on the third Tuesday in November at the Grapes Inn, Croston, and to have the warrant read and the master installed. The annual subscription was one guinea for 33 years with an initiation fee of 5 guineas. Hesketh Lodge is the mother lodge of a number of other lodges including Carnarvon Lodge No. 2376, Coppull Lodge No. 4232, St Michael’s Lodge No. 5756, Eccleston Lodge No. 7754 and Tarleton Lodge No. 7871.

Ray asked the members of the lodge to stand and he commented that it gave him great pleasure to be able to say thank you to those brethren whose foresight and enthusiasm made it possible in the founding of this lodge. He went on to congratulate them and their successors on a happy and successful one and a half centuries of service to Freemasonry. He concluded the celebration by saying that he hoped the lodge would be refreshed and reinvigorated and may they continue to enjoy the friendship and the good fellowship of this, the world’s finest fraternal organisation.

Once Ray had completed his oration he invited Ian back into the chair before he was presented with a number of cheques. These cheques were each written out for the sum of £986, the number of the lodge, and there were six in total. Two were written out to the Wellington Park Masonic Hall loan reduction fund and one each to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, St Catherine’s Hospice, Derian House and the Rosemere Cancer Foundation. Ray thanked the lodge for their kind donations. He also said that the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Hosker, had sent his good wishes and celebratory congratulations and wished the lodge health and happiness for the future.

There were eight toasts on the toast list for the evening and following the first toast to the Queen the most important one was indeed the toast to the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Ray Martland. In his reply Ray was more than pleased to be offered the opportunity to be present at the occasion. He brought his own best wishes to the lodge and thanked every member and their predecessors for having ensured the well being of the lodge. He said that he hoped the lodge would continue to thrive for at least another 50 years but quipped, and conceded that he didn’t think that he would be present at that occasion.

Stewart Seddon the Leyland Group Chairman then proposed the next toast of the evening that to Hesketh Lodge No. 986. He started by thanking the lodge secretary David Lloyd for affording him the pleasure of being able to make the toast. He also mentioned that the lodge members are merely custodians of Freemasonry and past performance is no guarantee of future success – the immediate future of the lodge rests in their hands. He also mentioned that 50 years ago at the lodge’s centenary celebration there were three lodge members who were also at this celebration too. Jack Staziker a member for 65 years, David Johnson a member for 55 years and Alan Heald a member who will celebrate his 50 years in the coming weeks.

Ian Smith responded to this toast on behalf of the lodge and saying what an honour it had been for him to have served as WM in the lodge’s 150th year. He praised the organising committee for all their hard work preparing for the big day and thanked Ray and the Provincial team for attending and making the day additionally special.

At the end of a very enjoyable day’s celebration every lodge member and visitor went home happy and with the knowledge that they had witnessed and been a part of Hesketh lodge’s 150 year celebration. Each were gifted with cuff links which had been embossed with the lodge crest as a memento of this special evening.

The Chairman of the Leyland and District Group of Freemasons, Stewart Seddon, welcomed the newly installed Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy Gardner and her consort Cllr Melvyn Gardner together with representatives from 19 local charities to the group’s fourth annual Giving Day

After welcoming the guests to Leyland Masonic Hall, Stewart said he was amazed, although not altogether surprised, that the Giving Day has snowballed. He said at the first event in May 2010, presentations were made to just seven charities, with a further four having been assisted during the course of that year. The sum donated at that time amounted to £30,052 which included grants from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and funding was matched by the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.

Stewart continued by saying: 'Even though we are in the midst of a recession, we are announcing donations amounting to over £154,000 to 31 non-masonic charities'.

Stewart then introduced some of his colleagues who were taking part in the event: 'Ray Martland (Assistant Provincial Grand Master), Paul Renton (Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals), Chris Blackwell (Leyland Group Vice Chairman), Mike Pinckard (group secretary), John Lucas (group treasurer), Eric Hart (Leyland Group Local Care Officer), Andy Sumner (group publicity officer) and Glynn Wrennall (Group Charity Steward) who, along with his wife Eunice and brother John, organised the day’s event and produced the brochures.'

He then introduced Derek Rooney (Publicity Officer - West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity) who explained the structure and the workings of the WLFC.

Ray next announced the names of the charities and the details of the donations they were to receive - and in some cases already had received.

Manchester Royal Eye Hospital £125, Alder Hey Family House Trust £450, Babybeat £200, St Catherine’s Hospice £4,146, Gurkha Welfare Trust £225, Galloway’s Society for the Blind £250 Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust Charitable Fund £250, Bowel Cancer UK at Rosemere £257, Bowland-Pennine Mountain Rescue Team £400, McMillan Nurses £650, Derian House Children’s Hospice £4,776, Rosemere Cancer Foundation, £2,294, Southport Offshore Rescue Trust £787.10, Leonard Cheshire Disability £1,000 plus Gift Aid, Lancashire and South Cumbria Kidney Patients Association £1093.50, The Legacy – Rainbow House £2,430, Diabetes UK £1,200, Teddies for Loving Care £2,060, North West Air Ambulance £15,187.10, Masonic Hall Appeal £300, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £12,864.84.

Each recipient gave a brief summary of the work they do in the community - some of which were quite heartbreaking to hear.

The Leonard Cheshire Disability homes in Garstang and Windermere cheques for £500 each plus Gift Aid was money raised from a sponsored walk along the 46 miles of the Preston to Kendal Canal by John Wrennall.

Other charities who have received donations prior to the Giving Day this year are: The Masonic Samaritan Fund £15, Medicine and Chernobyl £50, Eccleston Scouts £125, Eccleston Brownies £125, East Lancashire Hospice £200, St Saviours Church £250, Donna’s Dream House £250, Urology Dept RPH £250, East Lancashire Masonic Benevolent Fund £450, Space Centre £500, Hutton Grammar School £750, Royal College of Surgeons 2013 Bicentenary Appeal £2,790, Cancer Research UK £50,100.

Ray Martland then gave a cheque for £250 from the Leyland and District Group to the Mayor, Cllr Dorothy Gardner for her nominated charities which are Babybeat, St Catherine’s Hospice and Hope-4-Justice.

Dorothy then addressed the Leyland Freemasons present and thanking them for their generosity she made a specific mention of the many recipients of donations, how grateful they were for them and how contributions such as those made would have life changing results for many people. She then spoke about her chosen charities, giving the particular example of Hope-4-Justice which is a charity that helps to provide rescue, rehabilitation, education and public awareness with regard to child prostitution in Penwortham.

The Giving Day event was formerly closed with Chris Blackwell, vice chairman of the group thanking the representatives of the charities for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend. Many of the guests were given a tour of the Masonic hall.

The total donations to non-masonic charities during the past 12 months from the Leyland and District Group including The Grand Charity was £154,043.50

The total donations to masonic charities were £16,319.84 making a grand total of £170,363.34

The Provincial Grand Master, Peter Hosker and the Deputy President of the RMBI Chris Cain were welcomed to Tithebarn by Laurie Scott (Chairman of the Friends of Tithebarn) and the Home Manager Linda Johnson.

Ray Martland, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Roy Pyne, Provincial Grand Almoner (West Lancashire), David Littlewood, Provincial Grand Almoner (Cheshire), along with many of the Friends of Tithebarn and their wives and partners were also in attendance, along with the chairmen of several groups from the Province: Frank Umbers (Ormskirk), Peter Levick (Bootle), Brian Henshaw (Southport), David Hawkes (Liverpool) and Harry Cox (North Fylde).

In his opening speech Peter said: “I am delighted to have been invited to open what I thought was to be called the ‘Garden Room’ but is now to be called the ‘Jubilee Room 2012’, which is this ‘Jubilee’ year.

"I still remember with pleasure my visit to Tithebarn in March 2009, when I was delighted to officially hand over to the RMBI Chief Executive David Innes the new ceiling lifting system in the Maude Sullivan Wing. After the handover, my wife Julie and I were pleased to take an escorted tour around Tithebarn, and we were most impressed with everything we saw."

He continued: “Linda, I congratulate you and your team on the continuing excellence of your work and I hear nothing but praise about the quality of care you unfailingly provide. This is a wonderful example of what we Freemasons believe in, kindness and caring for those in need.

"The Friends of Tithebarn are special people, and not only the Friends, because I am told that increasingly the wives have become involved. Laurie Scott's appointment to Grand Rank last week by the Duke of Kent was most appropriate, recognizing the work of Laurie and the Friends over so many years.

"I understand that during the past four years, the Friends have done so much to improve the lives and wellbeing of the residents. I make no excuse for making mention of their good works, because it is important that we celebrate what has been done and achieved: Refitting the main Ambulance and providing a smaller ambulance, supplying the Home with new curtains and throw-overs for 41 bedrooms, purchasing three new large televisions for the main lounge, the Maud Sullivan lounge, and the library, supplying a new bookcase for the library, and two new computers, two printers, laptop and corner desk for the quiet lounge, providing new garden furniture, including five benches and three gazebos, supplying a computer controlled VDU in the entrance hall to display  the daily programme to residents and visitors, helping the Home Events Organiser with residents' outings, and also supplying and distributing Christmas presents, and lastly, and I think there is a list of volunteers waiting to help - cleaning the pond!

"And now, there is more, much more - a new garden room extension to the main lounge, which is of course why we are here today. I understand that the extension has been on the cards for a very long time, and I think that the work has been ongoing for the past 18 months. The Friends are contributing the magnificent sum of £50,000 in respect of the project and this will go a long way to meeting the overall cost. And the RMBI are paying the balance. Also, the Friends are providing the furnishings and fittings for the room. All this means more benefits for the residents providing more useable space and creating options, it means more space generally, more space for the holding of activities, and more space for the holding of specialised activities.

"I know that the home is very much indebted to the Friends and they are to be congratulated and thanked for everything that they do, particularly with regard to this new garden room extension. They in turn receive wonderful support from the West Lancashire Freemasons’ who continue to give so freely and so generously. All of this makes me very proud to be a Freemason. And it is good to see the chairmen of the groups involved here today.”

Chris Cain then gave a short address on behalf of the RMBI, in which he said: “As I visit the homes around the country, I am impressed by the hard work and support the ‘Friends’ give their homes, I really do thank the Friends of Tithebarn for their magnificent support of the home and for their part in the creation of this new facility for the residents”.

Peter then declared the new Jubilee Room 2012 open. He then joined the residents of the home in the new room where he cut the celebration cake.

The Friends of Tithebarn then presented flowers to the principal guests.

The RMBI carried out a major program of work on Tithebarn, which started in August 2010 and was completed  in December 2011. The work included the installation of two new fire escapes to comply with fire and safety regulations, seven bedrooms were extended to include en-suite facilities, a new nurse call system was fitted, a new fire alarm system was installed, plumbing was replaced and the wing was rewired, a new bathroom with lifting facilities was created, a new staff room with changing facilities was installed and a refurbishment of the kitchens was carried out and a new general storage area was built along with a new office for the home maintenance manager.   

To find out more about Tithebarn or the RMBI visit www.rmbi.org.uk

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