In Memory of
Did a loved member of your family, a Mason or simply a friend enjoy music or song?
At the upcoming 2012 Spring Harmony Concert you have the opportunity to dedicate either a piece of music or a song in their name.
Maybe you are attending the event with others and wish to have something special in the programme; a personal message, a poem or again a song or music in their name.
Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster Relief
Following the massive earthquake which struck Japan, triggering a tsunami that destroyed many coastal villages and towns, thousands of people have died, and many more are missing or injured. Ongoing earthquakes have repeatedly occurred since the initial earthquake, seriously hampering relief efforts. The stability of the Fukushima nuclear plant is still unclear, with fears of a possible radiation leak spreading across Japan, including into Tokyo which is home to over 30 million people.
In addition to a £50,000 emergency grant to the British Red Cross approved by the President, the Council of the Grand Charity has opened a special Relief Chest which can receive donations from members of the Craft who wish to be part of a coordinated response. If anyone wishes to help assist the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Council is happy to receive donations to this Relief Chest for onward transmission at a later date to suitable projects.
Donations can be sent by cheque payable to "The Freemasons' Grand Charity" to: Relief Chest Scheme, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ, stating that they are in support of the Japan disaster relief work.
Tags: 2012 Festival
The 26th Atlantic Rally leaves the Grand Canaries on 20th November 2011, covers 3,200 non-stop miles and involves about 225 boats. Finishing in St Lucia, it is a significant and demanding challenge. Bro Stuart Reed of Trinity Lodge 254 will be skippering his 50 foot sailing yacht Elphin II with a crew of 5 and has invited Lodges to sponsor him, with proceeds to the 2012 Festival.
All Lodge Almoners and Festival/Charity Stewards have been sent details, and Stuart’s progress can be monitored on the website www.worldcruising.com/arc/ by clicking DAILY LOGS. From 20th November there will be a separate part of this website dedicated to the yacht's progress on the voyage.
Lodge Secretaries Seminar
This was a very well received presentation from the Provincial Grand Secretary, during which he introduced Barbara and Wendy from the Office. Presentations were made by Roger Parker, APGM, and Garry Malpas, ProvG Registrar.
The new Provincial website was also previewed by the Prov Information Officer who advised about the re-introduction of Lodge Information Officers
The full presentation slides are available for download: Lodge Secretaries Seminar Final.pdf
Lunch with a Spring
Val Edwards, Chairman of the Ladies' Gift Fund for Masonic Charities, cordially invites all Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Worcestershire masons, their families and friends to the Annual Spring Lunch to be held at Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, Birmingham on Sunday 27th March 2011
The Ladies of the "Gift Fund" will provide a buffet lunch of cold meats, quiches, home made salads, a selection of home made puddings, cheese and biscuits, coffee and chocolates ….. all for £12 per head! There will also be a pay bar for wine and soft drinks.
They will be running a raffle on the day, any prizes anyone wishes to donate will be gratefully received.
At the end of the meal The Ladies Gift Fund will present substantial donations to their three Provinces, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire, these donations being made from the proceeds of fundraising efforts in 2010.