Hertford Help for Troop Aid
The Master of Hertford Lodge 3208 W Bro Capt Patrick V Wood and Charity Steward W Bro J Stuart Wilton, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David Macey, were proud to present a cheque for over £4,000 to Troop Aid, at the Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield, Masonic Hall. The cheque was presented to Captain Al Sutton, Chairman and a founder of Troop Aid.
The sum raised was the result of a number of very enjoyable social and Masonic events taking place during Patrick’s year as Master, including their annual bowls match, an afternoon at the Master’s house for a 1940’s VE Day theme event, a sponsored walk, a visit to the Morgan Car Factory and other events culminating with their Ladies Festival at Drayton Manor at which over £1400 was raised through a collection and the very special Hertford Tombola where all prizes are donated by Lodge members.
Patrick served in the Army, then spent many years assisting in the training of cadets, and consequently this charity is particularly close to his heart.
Troop Aid was formed in 2006 by three ex-servicemen, as a result of a visit to the Alexandra Wing of Selly Oak Hospital, the then base of the Defence Medical Welfare Services. DMWS is responsible for the welfare of all armed services personnel injured during conflicts, and has a number of operating units throughout the UK. When injured troops return from overseas war zones, they frequently arrive with no personal effects or civilian clothing. Troop Aid therefore provides the basic essentials required when service casualties return from serving their country overseas. In the last two years, the charity has distributed in excess of £380,000 to service personnel. Its website can be seen here
(l-r) David Macey, Patrick Wood, Stuart Wilton, Al Sutton
Hope for St Alphege's Millennium?
As part of the members’ Education and Development initiative in Warwickshire a series of entertaining quizzes are being created, for lodges to participate in at their meetings.
The first of these contains mainly Masonic questions, but includes some sport and general knowledge ones too.
It will be getting its first outing at author W Bro Peter Sorrill’s mother Lodge of Hope and St Alphege 4436 on Thursday 17th October 2013, which will be held at Stirling Road opening at 6.00pm. All masons are invited to attend and, if they wish, stay for the festive board afterwards, which will cost £26
Hunter delivers Haggis
Following the Regular Lodge meeting of Orion Lodge 4993 in January 2013 the Festive Board took on a distinct Scottish flavour when the Brethren joined their Ladies and non-Masonic Friends for their ‘Burns’ Supper.
A raffle raised the sum of £155 for Cancer UK, and the evening ended with everyone joining hands and signing Auld Lang Syne. A full report from the Supper can be seen on Orion Lodge's website here
The Lodge's next social evening with Ladies and Guests is on Thursday 25th April 2013 when the Master, W Bro Brett Newell, is arranging a very English evening with a Cabaret star to entertain everyone attending.
Ipsley Rocks 4 Heroes
Having great fun out in the community raising money again, Ipsley Lodge 6491 held another Rock 4 Heroes night at the Rocklands Social Club in Redditch.
Despite the snow-bound conditions the night was an amazing success, raising a staggering £1,300 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, (see www.scottyslittlesoldiers.co.uk/index.html ) with a significant corporate donation set to follow. W Bro Garry Hogan organised the event, with his son Oli arranging the three young bands, which included "The Press".
Full details and a thank you from the Master, W Bro Mark Banner, can be seen on Ipsley Lodge’s website here
(l-r) Oli Hogan, Mark Banner, Garry Hogan
Ipsley Skittles raise £400
The Ipsley Lodge 6491 annual Family Skittles Night held at the HDA Social Club in Redditch was once again a great success, with a variety of cups and prizes being won by those who took part. The event raised over £400.