Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Warwick Hospital - Birth & Babies - The New Maternity Unit Appeal

birth and babiesWarwick Hospital wants to ensure women have the choice about where they give birth. To support this, a Midwifery Led Unit is being developed on site at the hospital.  South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust has committed to investing £1.5million at Warwick Hospital to provide a new midwife led birthing unit (MLU) for the local community in South Warwickshire, offering more choice to women and their families, considering where to give birth. 

The development of this new unit commenced in August 2017 and is due to open in Spring 2018. This will be the first in the area and it will benefit families across South Warwickshire and beyond.

The Midwifery Led Birthing Centre will enable expectant parents to have their babies in a comfortable, relaxed, homely environment rather than a more clinical setting. This will complement the full Consultant Obstetric Unit which is also based at Warwick Hospital.

The MLU will have 4 birthing rooms each with ensuite facilities, a family snug, kitchenette, dining room, a therapy room and a triage assessment room.

To ensure the new Midwifery Led Unit is the best it can be there is a £200,000 fundraising appeal. The money raised from this will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide.

  • Buy special baby cribs and stands, rather than standard plastic cots
  • Provide birthing pools for every room
  • Upgrade furnishings to make the unit feel like a home-from-home
  • Develop a therapeutic room for parents to use 
  • Provision of many other additions to provide the best birthing facilities

The Province has joined with the Lodge of Unity No 567 to donate a total of £1500 to the appeal fund. Pictured below are several midwives with former and future patients, together with W Bro Seb Samperi, Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Unity, with Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Peter Manning, and Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro John Hayward.

 Presentation of cheques from the Lodge of Unity and the Province

 

 

Coventry Football Team wears the Provincial Logo

A prime example of a small donation going a long way has been demonstrated by a school in Coventry which now displays the Provincial Logo proudly on its football team shirts.

The head of Physical Education at West Coventry Academy (formerly Tile Hill Wood and Woodlands Academy) approached us for sponsorship in order to facilitate new kits for their football, rugby and basketball teams.

The school has a wonderful history of performing above and beyond expectations in both local, regional and national competitions and there are over 800 young people taking part in sport on a regular basis.  The school is very proud of its achievements and the hard work of a lot of people connected with the school has led to recognition at all levels.

There are many expenses connected with running the school teams and they rely on the support of local businesses and organisations to help them out. The major expense at the current time is paying for new kit in the new school colours and with the new school logo. In return, the school were willing to wear a relevant logo on team shirts and other literature.

School Football team

As can be seen from the photograph, this is the Year Eight football team in the new kit which recently arrived. The Warwickshire logo on the front of the shirts looks great and the students are very pleased and proud to be wearing the kit, emblazoned with our logo.

JBH

Masonic Charitable Foundation donate £110,000 to support Caribbean relief efforts

Although little publicity has been given to this large donation by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, I thought members should be aware of the support that has been provided after the devastation caused by the hurricanes earlier in the year.

JBH


Devastation in the Caribbean

A series of grants totalling £110,000 have been donated to support ongoing relief efforts on islands across the Caribbean, hit hard by this summer’s hurricanes.

The largest grant, of £50,000, will support Plan International UK’s work in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

More than a million people in these countries are still badly affected by the hurricane and are in urgent need of help.

Despite major coverage of the recent hurricanes, the crisis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been largely ignored by the media. Haiti in particular has tens of thousands of people still living in makeshift shelters following the devastating earthquake of 2010, the cholera outbreak which followed, and the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last year.

The grant to Plan International UK will provide food and kitchen kits, clean water supplies, mattresses and bedding and hygiene kits specifically aimed at women and children. There will also be aid to help farmers restore their livelihoods and replacement school items to help children resume their education as soon as possible.

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK said:

"The media may have moved on but rebuilding takes time. People are struggling to piece their lives back together after the latest in a series of disasters which have devastated these countries. We are hugely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous grant, which will make a big difference to thousands of people across Haiti and the Dominican Republic."

Caribbean Masonic Districts receive £60,000

Three further grants totalling £60,000 have been awarded to the Masonic Districts of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Turks as well as Trinidad and Tobago, to help people in these areas following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  The emergency relief grants will help those living without access to safe shelter, food, drinking water and sanitation.

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said:

"The recent hurricanes in the Caribbean have left many thousands of people at risk of malnutrition and disease, some of whom have been largely forgotten.

"I am very pleased we are able to help with Plan International UK’s long-term, life-saving work as well as working directly with the overseas Masonic Districts to assist those in need."

 

London Cenotaph Remembrance Service

A member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope 4772, and a serving police officer proudly donned his late grandfather’s war medals when he joined the national remembrance parade last Sunday.

PC Jason Spittle represented the West Midlands in honouring former military heroes at the National Service of Remembrance in London which was attended by the Queen.

The Birmingham-based officer wore his full West Midlands Police uniform and attached the medals which were awarded to his grandfather Stanley Brittle.

Jason Spittle

Stanley was with the Royal Tank Regiment which were stationed in France, Italy, North Africa and Germany during the Second World War and was part of the famous Operation Plunder across the Rhine.

The war veteran − who died at the age of 84 more than a decade ago − was a builder by trade but also spent time as a Special Constable with WMP.

Jason was joined by another West Midlands Police officer who also had a relative in the forces. Both were invited by the Royal British Legion and are believed to be the only serving WMP officers asked to be part of the parade.

Jason with his grandfather's photograph
Jason with his grandfather's photograph

Jason said: "It is a real honour to be part of such a symbolic event and pay our respects to those who were prepared to sacrifice themselves for their country.

"The National Service of Remembrance is attended by people from across the UK and it will be a proud moment to represent the West Midlands.

"My grandfather served during the Second World War and it will be emotional to wear his medals and remember what he, and everyone else, went through during the war years.

"He managed to make it back from the war but many of those they served alongside were not so fortunate.

“Remembrance Sunday gives us chance to reflect on the sacrifices currently being made by those in our armed forces now to keep us safe."

The Lodge of Faith & Hope is proud to have W Bro Jason as one of its dedicated members, last year taking office as a Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, now promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Deacon.

Jason in the parade

Also present at the Cenotaph was Bro Matthew Fitzgerald, a further member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope and a serving Police Officer. Both Jason & Matthew are shown in the photograph above – both are in uniform, Matthew on the left and Jason on the right.

Well done to you both.

JBH

 

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