Two members of Dean Waterfield Lodge No. 8089 in Herefordshire visited the Maternity unit of Hereford County Hospital on 18th October 2019 to present a cheque for £1,200 to Maxine Chong, Head of Midwifery

Paul Sabel, the Immediate Past Master, and his wife Wendy, along with Tim Bridgland-Taylor, the Lodge Charity Steward, were given a guided tour of the new facilities, created under the 'Born Sleeping' Appeal. These are delightfully appointed rooms which bereaved families can use when suffering the devastating a loss of a new born child.

The 'Born Sleeping' Appeal had raised their original amount to create these rooms, so this was to help the Maternity unit to continue to maintain the private rooms for the bereaved families. The money was raised during Paul Sabel’s year as Master of Dean Waterfield Lodge and both he and his wife Wendy were keen to donate to the continuing 'Born Sleeping' Appeal, as they had had personal experience of losing family members at birth.

Katie Farmer, the Wye Valley NHS Trust Charitable Fundraiser, explained that donations are always welcome so they can continue with the upkeep of the rooms.

After accepting the cheque, Maxine Chong expressed her very grateful thanks to Paul and Wendy and to the members of Dean Waterfield Lodge.

Hereford marks Anne Frank Day

National Anne Frank Day took place at Saxon Hall, Hereford, with a multi-faith service of thanks and celebration, as well as the consecration of a memorial tree and a service of dedication led by Rabbis Danny Rich and Anna Gerrard. 

Dean Waterfield Lodge, No. 8089, which meets at Hereford, contributed financially to the Saxon Hall Community Garden, which was largely created by students and staff of The Hereford Academy. Members of the Academy’s choir sang three songs during the celebrations, which were linked with a Forces’ Memorial Gardens ceremony introduced by Peter Cocks, chairman of the Saxon Hall Committee, and a service led by Rev Phillip Brown.

Falklands meeting with The Duke

Last November, a pilgrimage was organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Falklands conflict. A group of veterans and next of kin of those who fell in the war visited the islands. HRH The Duke of Kent accompanied the group as the representative of Her Majesty the Queen, and among the 50 veterans he met at a function were five masons.

They were Michael Winn (Richard Linnecar Lodge, No. 6413, West Yorkshire), Tim Lewis (Wychwood Lodge, No. 2414, Oxfordshire), Andrew Weston (St Vincent’s Lodge, No. 5295, Hampshire), Clive Pattle (The Ancient Lodge of Forfar Kilwinning, No. 90, Scottish Constitution) and Gordon Mather (Dean Waterfield Lodge, No. 8089, Herefordshire).

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Members of Dean Waterfield Lodge give welcome support to Hereford Contact Centre.

The centre provides facilities for estranged parents and wider family to meet with their children in a neutral and safe environment. The facility, based at the Riverside Community Centre in St James, is staffed purely by volunteers, with parents contributing £25 for the service for a period of six months.

Stuart Powell, Worshipful Master of Dean Waterfield Lodge, and Brother Keith Farmer, a volunteer at the centre, decided to assist with a donation to purchase books, toys and equipment to be used by the visiting children.

The presentation was made at a recent fund-raising event at Hereford Welsh Social Club organised by centre manager Gill Terry, and chairperson Karina Baldwin. Entertainment was provided by the Helen Vereker Singers, with 'compulsory' audience participation. It is hoped that with increased funding, charity status will be achieved.

Worshipful Brother Stuart Powell emphasised that 'this is the first occasion on which we have directly supported the Hereford Contact Centre, and we intend to continue to support such worthy and increasingly necessary local services.'

A tandem parachute jump from 13,000 feet with the Red Devils Parachute Team, has been made by Teresa Bridgland-Taylor in memory of the late Bob McDuff of Hereford, and also to raise money in aid of the charity Help for Heroes.

Teresa refers to Bob McDuff as “my hero”, who on his 20th birthday with heavy radio kit strapped to his back, took part in the Normandy Landings D-Day 6th June 1944, and so it is appropriate that the sponsor money from the parachute jump was to be donated for today’s Help for Heroes.

Meeting with Andy Trickett, County Volunteer Coordinator, at her home in Hereford, Teresa presented a cheque for £1,167 for this charity in ‘Support For Our Wounded’.

Teresa made public her intension to make this parachute jump at her Ladies Festival associated with Dean Waterfield Lodge No.8089, where her husband Tim was Worshipful Master. It has been a tradition within the Lodge that on these occasions the Worshipful Master’s wife receives a monetary gift in appreciation of her support. In this instance Teresa used this gift towards the cost of the parachute jump.

Husband Tim emphasised that this “should not be a precedent for future Worshipful Masters’ wives! Teresa completed her parachute jump on 6th June at Langer Aerodrome Nottingham.

Bob McDuff was a Past Master of Dean Waterfield Lodge.

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