Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Masonic Charitable Foundation grant £5,000 to “The Project” to help the Homeless in Birmingham

The ProjectThe Project (also known as South Birmingham Young Homeless Project) is a quality assured advice centre specialising in homeless prevention, welfare benefits and debt. Their aim is to prevent homelessness, and improve the lives of vulnerable people. The Project provides impartial advice and offers support to enable lives to be put back on track.

Those who are struggling with debt, homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, or just really confused by the benefits system and live in Birmingham then The Project is there to help. The team understand what a struggle it can be to make ends meet and how quickly things can spiral out of control and the devastating effects this can have on individuals and families.

The mission statement sums the approach very well:

The Project prevents homelessness and improves lives through high quality advice and support that builds resilience. We specialise in supporting young people but our personalised, tailored approach is available to all.

In a very pleasant meeting with Helen Sephton, Project Manager, I discover that the practical support given in crisis situations knows no bounds. From bus tickets to emergency food parcels, from grant applications to replacement birth certificates, whatever a person’s age or situation the staff are there to help when life gets tough.

The Project has been operating for 25 years, and although much state funding has been withdrawn, the Lottery is funding the Project over a five year period, and donations from many organisations will help them survive and expand. Further information is available on the Project’s website

Certificate Presentation

The photograph above shows the certificate being held by Helen Sephton, Project Manager and Nathaniel, a young man who has been helped greatly by the team at The Project, and now helps as a volunteer, and is happy to share his story.  

JBH

 

Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity receives generous donation to revamp playground

The Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative final donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

BCHThe final donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity from the Provincial Grand Master’s Famous Five initiative has been made – a further superb amount of £12,500. Since 2014, the Hospital has received £10,000 each year, followed by a final £12,500 which sees the completion of the Famous Five initiative.

This final sum will go towards the hospital charity's Out To Play Appeal to redesign the outdoor play area at the hospital, which has been in use since the 1980’s and is now looking dated and in need of refurbishment. The photographs in this article show the existing Play Area and although the appearance is somewhat deceptive, there are parts of the area which are no longer able to be used at all. It is well known that young patients coming for treatment can be very easily upset and uncooperative if they are not in a relaxed and reasonably happy state of mind. Little patients can become agitated whilst they wait, which means they are less likely to cooperate with the doctors and nurses when they are examined. The new Play Area will be designed specifically to combat this problem, with modern equipment and techniques to ensure that children visiting the hospital can play safely without worry.

Following the conclusion of the 2012 Festival, the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five in mid-2013 to benefit specific non-Masonic Warwickshire charities, and this has been splendidly supported by our Lodges. This means that a total of £42,500 has been given to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity since the initiative began. The Hospital was one of the first on the list when the Provincial Grand Master launched the Famous Five, and not only has overwhelming support been given to this initiative, but also separate additional donations by many Lodges and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association. This is important funding as support by other organisations has dropped significantly over the last couple of years. We know that our Lodges will continue to support the Hospital, as will the WMCA.

The picture below shows the Director of Fundraising, Louise McCathie, with Provincial Charity Steward, John Hayward in the existing Play Area, which thanks to Warwickshire Freemasons and other fundraising initiatives and donations, will be replaced once the Out To Play appeal is closed.

John in the Playground

Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity believes that there is always more they can do for sick children and they will always strive to do more for their patients and families. It is their mission to raise the vital funds needed to make a real difference to all who use the hospital’s services, offering them the best experience possible.

Playground

Further parts of the Play Area which will be replaced in the near future.

Playground

Birmingham Children’s Hospital is a leading UK specialist paediatric centre, offering expert care to over 90,000 children and young people from across the country every year.

Delivering some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting edge research and development, the hospital treats one in five children from Birmingham and one in eight from the wider West Midlands.

The Masonic Province of Warwickshire is proud and pleased to be recognised as one of the Hospital’s “100 Heroes” and our support for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity will continue long into the future.   Further information - https://www.bch.org.uk/

JBH

The Happiness Five go up to Llandudno - Presentation of a 60 Year Certificate

On Sunday 29th April 2018, five brethren from the Lodge of Happiness No 7952 ventured up to Llandudno in order to present a 60 Year Certificate to W Bro Thomas F Mitchell, with the approval of the Provincial Grand Master.

W Bro Tom was initiated into the Lodge of Faith and Hope no 4772 on 25th March 1958, and subsequently became one of the 13 Founder Members of the Lodge of Happiness in June 1964.

W Bro Tom, now a Nonagenarian, is one of two surviving Founders and delighted in explaining to the visiting party some of the early history of the Lodge and its members, particularly in relation to the fun and good times of past Ladies Nights, Social events and now seeing the Lodge grow from strength to strength – unfortunately for us, from a little further afield.

The picture below shows W Bro Tom receiving his Certificate from W Bro Geoffrey Weston, IPM of the Lodge, accompanied by W Bros Chris Albion and Mike Willetts (Photographer), Bros Philip Williams and John Snape together with obligatory fizz and Lodge Cupcakes!!

Presentation to W Bro Tom

Now an Honorary Member of Happiness, W Bro Tom keeps in touch with Lodge events through digital communication and the odd phone call here and there. A keen ritualist in his day, being known for his delivery of the Charge to the Initiate and the Traditional History, Tom was delighted to see a full plan of “work” for the Lodge over the next two years – only sorry that he can no longer make the journey down to Birmingham from North Wales.

After a very “Happy” couple of hours of fraternal company, the visiting posse retired to a local restaurant on the seafront in Llandudno for a refreshment stop before the return journey to the Midlands – unfortunately, we didn’t manage to wrestle either Tom or the glorious sunshine away from North Wales – can’t quite understand why!

Wales in the sun

Author – Mike Willetts – Secretary, Lodge of Happiness No 7952

Time to get a Warwickshire Team together

SurreyNational Masonic Clay Shooting Championships 2018

hosted by the Province of Surrey

Friday 10th August 2018
Cottesloe Heath,
Bisley Camp, Brookwood,
Surrey, GU24 0NY

www.nationalmasonicshoot.org.uk

 

The Province of Surrey are delighted to be chosen as the hosts for the 14th National Masonic Championships, which will take place at the home of UK shooting, Bisley Surrey.
All raffle and auction proceeds are toward the 2019 Festival in favour of The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. We thank you in advance for your generous support.
We will be shooting at the rarely available Cottesloe Heath clay ground which nestles alongside the 1200 yard Stickledown rifle range (which fortunately will not be in use during our event!).
The Bisley team recognise this wonderful masonic charitable effort and are supporting us through their special arrangements and pricing.

The total arrangement cost of the event is £70.00 per person, which includes:

  • Tea/coffee and bacon roll on arrival
  • 100 target ESP course over 15 refereed stands
  • Lunch (please advise in advance of any dietary requirements)
  • Prizes

There are pay bars on site and if you do not wish to stay for lunch the entry fee is reduced to £60.00. For all your shooting, clothing, service & repairs there are a number of shops on-site. In particular, our thanks to Williams Evans who have kindly donated a number of prizes for the Raffle.

William Evan, Gun & Rifle Makers, The Old Armoury, Bisley Camp www.williamevans.com/bisley

Administration

Please collate the entries for your respective teams using the form attached and submit to:

Derek Speller 4 Foxwood, Kingsfold, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 3ST

before 30th June 2018. However, an early indication of likely numbers will be appreciated.

All inquiries and requests for further information should be directed by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Visit to Lodge St Bryde - book your place now

The brethren of St Peters Lodge are once again going north of the border to visit Lodge St Bryde for their installation. Book in with W Bro Martin Parrack at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodge St Bryde

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
Yenton Assembly Rooms
73, Gravelly Hill North, Erdington
Birmingham B23 6BJ

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