Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Abbey Lodge Supports the Mary Ann Evans Hospice

Abbey Lodge No 432, one of the oldest Lodges in Warwickshire, meeting in Nuneaton, adopted the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton as their chosen charity for 2017. Nominated by the then Worshipful Master, W Bro Michael Buckenham, the hospice provides end of life care together with respite care throughout the communities of North Warwickshire.

During 2017 a number of successful social events took place, culminating in a Ladies Evening in October at which over £500.00 was raised.  In February 2018, W Bro Michael together with the Lodge Almoner W Bro David Pettifor visited the Hospice and were met by the Chief Executive Mrs Elizabeth Hancock and Mrs Sara Kerr, Senior Healthcare Assistant, and given a tour of the care and end of life facilities.

Presentation of the cheque

Afterwards a cheque for £1550.00 was presented by W Bro Buckenham to the Charity on behalf of Abbey Lodge. Mrs Hancock was especially grateful to Abbey Lodge who have supported the Hospice over the last twenty years.

Since this presentation, W Bro Michael Buckenham has become the Lodge Almoner, and W Bro David Pettifor is assisting him in his new role.

Master of the Lodge of Grace raises funds for Heartlands Neonatal Unit

The Lodge of Grace has raised an incredible £7,000 for Heartlands Neonatal Unit.

Master of the Lodge of Grace, W Bro Paul Palmer raised the money after his granddaughter, Hollie, was born with a rare condition requiring a stay at the Neonatal Unit after her birth. The condition, called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, meant that Hollie’s diaphragm didn’t develop properly leaving a small hole, which caused her stomach and bowels to move into the space and limit the growth of her lungs.

Presentation to the Neonatal unit

He said: “Although it was hard to see her in the Unit, it was amazing to see the care and constant monitoring that the doctors and nurses gave Hollie.”

Paul, together with the other members of the Lodge, raised the funds by holding a garden party at his home in Coleshill, and by having a Ladies Night at Nailcote Hall in Berkswell.

“Hollie is six now, and I am so happy to see that she is running around just like any other little girl.”

Sian Averill, Fundraising Manager at Heartlands Hospital said: “Thank you to Paul and the Lodge of Grace for raising such a fantastic amount for the Neonatal Unit, the Unit looks after thousands of premature and poorly babies every year, and these funds will help the Charity to continue to go over and above to ensure every child has the best care.”

To learn more about the Newborns in Need appeal go to heft.org.uk/newbornsinneed

Athelstan braves the weather to raise a brother

What a wonderful night for Brother Andy Hollis of Athelstan Lodge No 1333.

Thursday March 1st was the night Andy was to be Raised.

Snow, wind, freezing temperatures and almost impassable roads.

But, 42 Members and 8 visitors braved the conditions to see a superb Third Degree Ceremony, conducted by the Past Masters of the Lodge.

All 50 stayed to enjoy an excellent Festive Board afterwards, and turned what could have been a mini disaster into an excellent evening.

A credit to everyone who attended on such an awful night.

Shelter Boosted by a Major Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The charity Shelter has received a grant of £60,000 for their Birmingham centre from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.   Warwickshire Provincial Charity Steward John Hayward, visited the centre on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W Bro Geoff Walker, and received a warm welcome from managers and staff at the centre. Pictured below is Joel Dunster, Senior Grants & Philanthropy Executive from Shelter’s London HQ, with Belinda Hoste, Advice Service Manager for Birmingham, receiving the certificate from Provincial Grand Charity Steward, John Hayward.

The presentation of the certificate for £60,000

More than 1,600 people in Birmingham with serious housing difficulties will be getting help over the next two years, thanks to the grant from Warwickshire Freemasons, funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The £60,000 grant, specifically to Shelter Birmingham will help fund an Advice Worker who will help people in danger of homelessness or threatened with repossession. They will also help with cases where homes are unsafe or dilapidated.

Birmingham has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK outside London, with the situation expected to worsen over the coming years. There are more than 12,000homeless people in Birmingham, and more than 300,000 in the UK as a whole. While some issues can be resolved quickly and easily, others require months of intensive prolonged casework. Shelter’s advice workers give people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to avoid future crises by themselves.

John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.
John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.

Vicky Hines, from Shelter Birmingham, said: “We’re very grateful to Warwickshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to reach hundreds of people with housing problems in Birmingham.”   John Hayward added “We’re very pleased to be able to help Shelter, who do hugely important work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The visit to the Shelter Birmingham office was very illuminating and helped us to understand what problems Shelter handle on a daily basis, and discussion with the staff and advisers demonstrated what a difficult but essential role they play in helping people recover from life changing situations.

Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.
Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. Shelter website - https://england.shelter.org.uk/

The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.   https://mcf.org.uk/

Linwood Lodge and WMCA support ROSHNI in Birmingham

RoshniRoshni is a refuge, a safe house in Birmingham for women and their children escaping domestic violence. Roshni provides emergency temporary accommodation for single women and women with children who are fleeing from domestic or sexual abuse/violence. The refuge location is kept confidential and no visitors are allowed in the building. Support workers are present to provide emotional and practical support to women and children.

The name Roshni means sunlight, brightness or light, which is particularly appropriate when you consider the safe haven that Roshni offers to women in a highly vulnerable position. Although still a relatively small organization, Roshni has been in existence for over 30 years, and provides a vital emergency function.

W Bro Keith Reynolds, a well know Solihull based member, heard on a Midlands News bulletin that just before Christmas a burglary had occurred at the refuge, and many of the presents donated for the children had been stolen. Although the staff and supporters of Roshni had managed to obtain substitutes for the losses, Keith felt it right that he should try to help out this charity, which exists on very limited funds. From charity funds held by Linwood Lodge, a donation of £500 was made, which the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has been pleased to match. At the AGM of the charity, held on 15th February, W Bro Keith, accompanied by W Bro John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward, presented the cheques to the trustees, a gesture which was appreciated and welcomed by all present.   It was pleasing to note that in anticipation of the donations, the Provincial logo had already been used on the charity’s documentation.

More information on Roshni - http://roshnibirmingham.org.uk

JBH

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