Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Together for Short Lives - £17,000 donation

Together for Short Lives

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has awarded a grant of £17,000, which has been enthusiastically received by the charity "Together for Short Lives".  This is a charity that helps parents of children with life-shortening conditions to get access to medical care, benefits, housing and other essential services.

The latest figures show that there are 49,000 children and young people in the UK living with life-shortening conditions – that is one child in every 270 or one in every school. According to recent research, there are at least 4,493 children aged 0-19 with life-limiting conditions in the West Midlands region alone.

Parents who should be devoting their time to the needs of their sick children and other family members may be having to spend a great deal of time dealing with separate organisations in order to access the services they and their children need.

Together for Short Lives runs the "Voices for Families" Advocacy Support Service in conjunction with the LawWorks legal charity. The service matches families with legally trained advocates who can offer support including writing letters, presenting claims and applications to local authorities and other agencies and liaising with third parties. Last year the service supported 72 families with specialist legal advice, helping them to resolve complex issues from accessing the right housing to welfare, benefits and support.

The grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales, will establish monthly clinics in four children’s hospices around the country, including Acorns Children’s Hospices in the West Midlands. There will also be a helpline for families in distress, and in-depth legal support can be provided for the most challenging cases.

 

John Hayward presents the certificate to Lizzie Chambers
John Hayward presents the certificate to Lizzie Chambers

Although the funds were sent directly to Together for Short Lives, John Hayward the Provincial Charity Steward for Warwickshire was pleased to present a certificate to Ms Lizzie Chambers, Development Director for the charity, who was accompanied by Julianne Oliveri-Knight, the Programme Funding Manager. The presentation was made at the Acorns Hospice in Worcester, which will be one of the centres to benefit from the grant. A tour of the hospice also demonstrated the work that Acorns, Lifelites and Together for Short Lives are all doing to help children and families in this sad position, and it was good to be able to reinforce the help that the Masonic Charitable Foundation and Freemasons across the country provide to these charities.

John Hayward
Provincial Grand Charity Steward

 

Provincial Junior Grand Warden sees his son raised in Surrey

It is a very special thing for a father to experience the ceremony of his son being raised and the journey to Surrey was not going to be a barrier for our very own Provincial Junior Grand Warden. His son, Nicholas, lives and works near to Surbiton and is a member of the Upper Thames Lodge No 6138 in the Province of Surrey. He was raised to the third degree at Surbiton Masonic Rooms on Monday 6th February 2017 in the presence of his dad.

W Bro Tranter PJGW and his son Nicholas

The ceremony was conducted by the Worshipful Master, W Bro Mark Donovan and W Bro John Arnold in an exemplary manner.

Nicholas on being raised with the visitors from Warwickshire

Also in attendance from the Province of Warwickshire were W Bro Alan Ellis, who has a number of his brothers in the Lodge, and W Bro Peter Clarke.

Ladies Gift Fund - Spring Lunch

STAFFORDSHIRE, WARWICKSHIRE and WORCESTERSHIRE PROVINCES 

Registered Charity No 519281 

There are two areas of activity hosted by the Ladies’ Gift Fund each year. Firstly, The Christmas Fayre held in November and secondly the Spring Lunch held at The Masonic Hall, Kings Heath. 

These two events are very well supported by Brethren and Ladies from all three Provinces. This year the Spring Lunch will be held on Sunday 2nd April 2017. 

Plans are now being made to make this day live up to its reputation. The lunch will take the form of a three-course salad buffet. There is always an overwhelming demand for places, but due to fire regulations at the venue we are restricted in numbers so please apply for your tickets early. 

The ladies of the committee offer our thanks to all who attend or help with these events. 

The support given helps us to raise a considerable amount for charity each year.

If you are able to offer any items for the raffle we would be happy to receive them via any of our members.

Download the application form here. 

Ladies Spring Lunch

 

 

 

Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge 2017

Provincial Grand Lodge of WarwickshireThe Brethren of Warwickshire and their partners are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at The Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ on Saturday, 20th May 2017 and should be seated no later than 10.30 am.

Please note that this is a unique opportunity which is open to all Brethren within the Province, not just Master Masons. This will be a very special occasion and also a unique opportunity for you and your partners to visit and enjoy Freemasons' Hall.

On the day

On arrival at Great Queen Street please enter via The Tower Entrance and proceed to the Robing Room to change into your Masonic Regalia. Brethren should then proceed to the first floor to register. You will then be directed to the Grand Temple to be seated.

Entered Apprentices, Fellowcrafts as well as Master Masons are invited to attend.

Brethren should return the attached application form together with their cheque for dining, if applicable, by Friday, 31st March 2017. Dining numbers are restricted this year and therefore an early response is recommended.

Those Brethren appointed or promoted to Acting or Past Provincial Grand Rank have already been notified separately.

Dress Code

  • Brethren: Usual Masonic attire with Warwickshire Tie
  • Ladies: Formal daywear, no hats or fascinators
  • Gentlemen (non-masons): Lounge suits with collar and tie

 

Download the booking form here:

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£14.2 Million Provided in Support

MCF

Thanks to your generous donations, nearly 4,500 members of the Masonic community have received grants totalling £14.2 million from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)

How it breaks down

During the last 12 months, the MCF has provided over £14.2 million in support of Masonic families experiencing a financial, health or family need:

  • £2.4 million was given to households in financial distress, who were unable to afford everyday living costs.
  • £2.9 million helped people access the medical treatment, mobility aids, home adaptations, respite care and counselling they need to live healthy and independent lives.
  • £3.8 million helped parents afford IT equipment, course materials, school uniforms and extracurricular activities for their children in full-time education.
  • £5 million was provided to support the RMBI  in funding a range of nursing, residential and dementia care to meet the needs of older people.

In the Province of Warwickshire, 56 Freemasons or their family members have benefited from the wide-range of support and services with grants amounting to £213,146.

Visit the MCF website to learn more about the range of support available to Freemasons and their family members >>

 

Gladys

 
Gladys
Gladys

Every year the MCF supports hundreds of widows like Gladys. Their support for a Freemason’s family does not end once he has passed away.

Find out how they helped Gladys with her mobility needs >>

Bill

 
Bill
Bill

They've helped over a thousand people facing long waits for NHS treatment by funding private healthcare. 

Read how Bill's cataracts operation helped him stay in touch with the outside world >>

The Davies Family

 
The Davies Family
The Davies Family

They support families for as long as they need us. "I had no home, no husband and no money. I truly did not know how I was going to cope."

Find out how they helped Claire and her four children for 15 years >>

 

Looking for help or advice?

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call the confidential enquiry line on: 0800 035 60 90 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read more about the grants for Masonic families at: www.mcf.org.uk/support

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for freemasons within England and Wales and districts overseas.