Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

2016

69 mile ultra marathon for the Perthes Association

Chris Lightfoot, Assistant Director of Ceremonies at Shakespeare Lodge in Warwick is working hard to raise awareness and much needed money for the Perthes Association, a small charity supporting sufferers of the rare condition called Perthes Disease.

Chris and his wife Juliette became concerned last year when their son Harry complained of a poorly leg, but initially put it down to muscle pain. The pain persisted so Juliette and Chris sought medical advice and, after being referred to specialists at Royal Stoke University Hospital, the youngster was finally diagnosed with Perthes Disease, which affects one in 12,000 children.

Harry with his brother Alfie and sister Amelia
Harry with his brother Alfie and sister Amelia
Harry and Mummy in hospital
Harry and Mummy in hospital

The disorder is caused by a lack of blood flow to the ball of the femur, which leads to the bone softening and being unable to grow, causing mobility issues.

Chris, said: “Children with Perthes have good days and bad days. Some days Harry is running around and others he is in a wheelchair. On medical advice he isn’t allowed to run and jump like a four-year-old wants to. We’ve seen our son, who is so bouncy and happy, become gradually less mobile and walk with a very pronounced limp, as well as being in pain frequently.”

Chris recently undertook a 69 mile ultra marathon along Hadrian's Wall to raise much-needed funds for the Perthes Association.

Chris on the ultra marathon
Chris on the ultra marathon
A happy Chris at the finish line
A happy Chris at the finish line
Chris at the Finish of the Wall
Chris at the Finish of the Wall

So far he has raised over £7,000. With the gift aid to add on top this is nearly 10% of their annual income so it should make a big difference. Harry's condition also deteriorated significantly at the same time and so 3 weeks ago he underwent fairly major surgery. He's now in a plaster cast from ankle to toe for 6 weeks - what a summer, because of his age he stands a good chance of a full recovery.

Harry, still smiling after surgery
Harry, still smiling after surgery
Harry with his bear from the Perthes Association
Harry with his bear from the Perthes Association
Harry and Chris being visited by the Air Ambulance
Harry and Chris being visited by the Air Ambulance

Juliette said: “Harry has been truly amazing. He’s never complained and through both surgeries and hospital stays he has been so brave. He really is our little hero and always has a smile on his face.”

Now the family, who live in Alpraham, want to raise the profile of Perthes Disease so parents know what to look for and also to highlight the work being done by Perthes Association.

Chris said, “I have read of other cases that go undiagnosed for a couple of years and this can affect the long-term outcome. The reason for us wanting to raise awareness is that when you know there is something wrong with your child, pursue it and don’t give up.”

“Perthes Association has given us plenty of advice and support,” he said, “They’re a tiny charity and their total income last year was only £96,000 so I was really desperate to help them.”

If you would like to sponsor Chris’ ultramarathon effort, click here.

For more information about Perthes Disease visit the Perthes Association at https://www.perthes.org.uk/

Fletcher Lodge set to perform the extended installation

Fletcher LodgeYour chance to see the extended workings of the installation ceremony

On 14th December 2016 Fletcher Lodge No 1031 will be performing the “extended workings” at their Installation Meeting.

Fletcher Lodge No 1031 meet at the Knowle Masonic Centre, the full address is:

Knowle Masonic Centre,
1621 Warwick Road,
Knowle,
Solihull,
B93 9LF
 
Should you be interested in attending please contact the Secretary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01543 374555.

St Martins golf day raises £200 for Midlands Air Ambulance

Midlands Air AmbulanceThe annual golf day of St Martins Lodge, Birmingham was held at Shirley Golf Club. 20 members of the lodge played on the day and the Lodge Trophy was won by the current Master of the Lodge, Malcolm Francis. The competition for the Lodge Trophy has been played every year since 1948. W Bro Michael Gregory, the Lodge Treasurer won the Chapter Trophy.

The event raised £200 which has been sent to the Midlands Air Ambulance to help them to continue their vital work across the region.

Heart of England helps shoppers get around

Heart of England Lodge 6549 have purchased and donated a £1,400 mobility scooter to Shopmobility in Touchwood, Solihull.  The scooter has a Square and Compass sticker clearly visible saying  "Donated by Members of Heart of England Lodge No.6549". It was purchased via the Almoners charity account and was presented to Cathy Stoll, CEO Shopmobility on Tuesday 19th July 2016. As part of Heart of England's Care in the Community, the Lodge also gives regular support to Solihull Stroke Club and Reynalds Cross School for children with special needs.

W Bro Mike Bowes presenting the keys to Cathy Stoll, CEO of Shopmobility with W Bro Andy McDarmaid
W Bro Mike Bowes presenting the keys to Cathy Stoll, CEO of Shopmobility with W Bro Andy McDarmaid
 
The donation allows the charity to continue its work with disabled and impaired people in the town, to ensure they have full access to all of the goods and services available to them within Solihull centre.

The Heart of England Lodge provided a brand new state-of-the-art scooter to add to its fleet. The donation marks one year since Solihull Borough Council withdrew its funding for the charity, funding it relied on to pay for staffing and which led to the closure of its unit in Mell Square.

The charity has since entered into a partnership with Touchwood Shopping centre, where the day-to-day operation of the service is undertaken by Touchwood staff. Following these changes the service has gone from strength to strength, and has seen membership numbers increase to well over 950 people.

Cathy Stoll, Solihull Shopmobility Chair comments: “The last year has been a period of considerable change for the charity, and we’re incredibly grateful to Touchwood for all of its continued help and support, in ensuring the success of such a vital service which so many people have come to rely on. It is recognised that our members and service users make a significant contribution to the local economy, and it is important that we continue to provide a service where there is equality of access to these facilities and businesses.

“So far this year we have been very fortunate having received two donations of equipment from local organisations, The Birmingham Airport Community Trust, and the Heart of England Lodge to whom we are incredibly grateful. Nevertheless, whilst the charity remains responsible for the maintenance and purchase of the scooters, we still need the help of other local businesses and organisations so that we are in a position to maintain and operate our fleet of 30 scooters. Without regular funding and donations, we will be unable to continue to operate the service beyond 2017.”

There is currently no charge for the Shopmobility service. Prior to last year, there used to be a membership fee of £12 per annum and a daily charge of £2 for scooter usage. It is asked that members donate using the collection tin provided on the desk when using the service, or alternatively consider making a regular donation through direct debit.

For more information or to become a member of the Solihull Shopmobility service, visit the desk in the Welcome Hall of the orange sector of the Touchwood car park, where the Touchwood staff will be happy to help.

 

Athelstan Garden Party raises £1205 for charity

Athelstan Lodge No 133
 
Our Worshipful Master, David Evans and his wife Karen kindly hosted a Garden Party at their home on Sunday 3rd July 2016. A total of 81 Brethren, family and friends supported the event which meant, along with the Master's personal guests, there was well over a hundred present. We were very fortunate, blessed with a sunny and warm afternoon. What a bonus after the awful weather in the days preceding.

Athelstan Lodge Garden Party
Athelstan Lodge Garden Party
Athelstan Lodge Garden Party
Athelstan Lodge Garden Party

Everyone enjoyed pork batches from the roast pig, burgers and hot dogs were also available along with jacket potatoes, salad, quiche and vegetarian options. All of this was followed by a selection of sweets, strawberries and cream, delicious cupcakes, and to finish, cheese and biscuits. The bar was open all afternoon with a seemingly endless supply of beer, wine and soft drinks, ably staffed by our hosts family

In addition to the refreshments we were royally entertained with singing and music by a young local lady. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves on what was another splendid social event. 

A raffle was held which raised £625.00 and, with the profits from the event added, means a grand total of £1205.00 was raised for charity. This money will go to Karen and David’s designated local Charities, the Mary Ann Evans Hospice and the St Giles Hospice.
 
Brian Whitmore, Secretary Athelstan 1333

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