More Support for Haiti
Following the January 2010 earthquake, in which an estimated 230,000 people were killed and over 300,000 injured, emergency grants and the proceeds from a Relief Chest opened by the Council of the Grand Charity, totalled £123,000. The Chest, which has now closed, is helping to fund the re-building of a school in Leogane.
A separate appeal was also launched by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire, raising £15,650, which has been donated to the British Red Cross to help them with their work in Haiti.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity has subsequently donated £25,000 to the British Red Cross, funding supplies to combat the cholera epidemic that is taking hold in Haiti.
Because of the devastating earthquake, over a million people in Haiti have been living in make-shift camps. These difficult living conditions have resulted in the country's first cholera outbreak in over a hundred years, due to a lack of decent sanitation facilities and access to clean drinking water. The UN announced that over 28,000 people in Haiti are now being treated for cholera symptoms and it is estimated that close to 2,000 people have already died. The death toll is expected to rise until the situation can be brought under control. Since cholera broke out in mid-October it has spread much faster than predicted and is likely to affect hundreds of thousands of people, according to the UN.
Cholera is caused by contaminated water or food and frequently occurs following a natural disaster. It is an intestinal infection that causes diarrhoea, vomiting and severe dehydration and can very quickly lead to death if left untreated.
A severe shortage of supplies is said to be hampering aid efforts and doctors and nurses are being overwhelmed with requests for help. The Grand Charity's donation will provide hygiene and sanitation packs, which the Red Cross will distribute to help stop the spread of the disease.
For further information about the work of the Freemasons' Grand Charity, visit their updated website, which delivers a fresh and modern feel whilst introducing great functionality and improved content. www.grandcharity.org
Our congratulations go to W Bros Peter Sorrill and Les Long, who will be invested as Provincial Senior and Junior Grand Wardens respectively, at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on Saturday 21st May 2011
New Year's Honour
Our congratulations go to W Bro David C Roy, Senior Past Master of Barnard Lodge 5100 and Senior Past Principal of Amity Chapter 3845, who has been made an OBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the community in the West Midlands.
David Roy when Lord Mayor
David, who was born and educated in the Isle of Wight, became a long-serving Councillor for the Vesey Ward of Sutton Coldfield, and was Chairman of Birmingham's Planning Committee when he retired in April 2008. He was Lord Mayor of the City of Birmingham in 1995 and is a past Chancellor of the University of Central England, a Freeman of the City of London, an Honorary Alderman of the City of Birmingham and a lay member of the Council of the University of Birmingham.
Once in a 200 year Life Time Opportunity
A full Provincial Team headed by RW Bro David Macey, Provincial Grand Master, will be present, together with a senior representative of the United Grand Lodge of England.
All Warwickshire freemasons are invited to attend, in particular members of Athol sponsored Lodges, including:
- 12 Daughter Lodges
- 15 Grand Daughter Lodges
- 17 Great Grand Daughter Lodges
- 15 Great Great Grand Daughter Lodges
- 6 Great Great Great Grand Daughter Lodges
- 1 Great Great Great Great Grand Daughter Lodge
some sixty six in total, together with Lodges who are members of the Association of Atholl (sic) Lodges which is for Lodges under the jurisdiction of the "Ancients" before amalgamating with the "Moderns" to form the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813, and all other Masons from Provinces far and near.
The meeting will be followed by a 4 course Luncheon.
Severn Street Masonic Hall in the city centre has been the home of Athol Lodge since 1858, but is far too small to accommodate everyone for such a milestone. The Official Celebration has thus been moved to the Provincial Headquarters, where the magnificent facilities will accommodate such a momentous occasion on a convenient date. The exact birthday is 11th July, and the historic meeting place is not going to miss out on the celebrations, however, as an unofficial celebration "Birthday Party" is being held on Saturday 9th July 2011 for all members of Athol Lodge and their own personal guests.
Athol Lodge No 74 is the 5th oldest Lodge in Province of Warwickshire and the 2nd oldest by number. A brief history of its formation can be downloaded Athol_Brief_History.pdf
VW Bro Alan Wellan, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, pointed out that W Bro Raymond Pullin, PJGD, PProvSGW, was a third generation stonemason when he presented him with a 60 years Service to Freemasonry certificate at Guy's Lodge 395.
Born and brought up in Leamington Spa, Raymond joined the family stonemason business after leaving school. He joined the RNVR at the beginning of the second World War (having to abandon ship twice during the hostilities) and became a Lieutenant by the end of the war, after which he returned to the family business and continued to work as a stonemason until he sold the company in 1978.
He married Eileen in 1947 and they have a son, two grandsons and a great granddaughter aged two. He has been actively involved with the community via his membership of, and association with, a variety of local organisations, several of which he became chairman. These have included St Mary's Church (as chorister and on the PCC), Leamington Round Table, Leamington Rotary Club, Leamington YMCA (football and cricket), Jephson Housing Association, Leamington Branch Royal Naval Association, James Hirons Home in Leamington, Rugby Mayday Trust, Warneford Hospital Needy Patients Trust and League of Friends of St Michael's Hospital in Warwick.
Raymond became a magistrate in November 1953 (at that time he was the youngest male magistrate in England), becoming Chairman of the mid-Warwickshire Court division in 1982 before retiring in 1990 at the compulsory age of 70. He was known to some people locally as 'the hanging magistrate' as a result of his strict sentencing.
The former headmaster of Raymond's old school (Leamington Central) proposed him into Guy's Lodge, of which he became Master in 1964, Almoner from January 1975 to December 1993, Director of Ceremonies for 6 years, Preceptor of the Lodge of Instruction, and where he is now the senior subscribing Past Master. Raymond also joined Compass Rose Lodge 9420 and Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge 4538, and is an honorary member of Guy's Chapter 395. He received his first Provincial appointment in 1970 and was appointed to Grand Rank in 1988.