With the approval of the Provincial Grand Master, RW. Bro. Mike Wilks, the Widows Sons assisted by the H&IOW Motorcyclists Lodge, are collecting BRAND NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS for their annual appeal (No Toy Guns please).
Toys will be donated to SCRATCH, Southampton City and Region Action to Combat Hardship. Please see the flyer attached for further information.
The North East Area will have collection boxes located at all Centres from Mid-October, and it is hoped that all Lodges will provide support. Please note that Financial donations are as welcome as toys, and queries should be directed to the NEA Charity Steward:
W.Bro. Steve Russell
Your support will make a huge difference to this years Christmas experience for so many Children.
On the 9th September W Bro Kevin Head, Provincial Grand Charity Steward and his wife Jo, along with Barry Hills, South West Area Charity Steward, visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Open Day. They spent some time at the Teddy Bear clinic where bears provided under the Masonic Teddies for Loving Care scheme were handed out to young visitors. The wonderful nurses there explained how the ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ scheme operated for them, and how giving a traumatised child a teddy to cuddle made such a difference. This scheme, which commenced in Hants & IOW Province during 2005, has proved to be one of the most popular charities that we support.
Kevin (left) and Barry are pictured with the Paediatric Lead at Bournemouth, Elaine Wilson.
The Provincial fund to supply teddies to most hospitals across Hampshire & Isle of Wight does need the occasional top up. Kevin asks our Lodges and members to bear this very worthwhile charity in mind from time to time during your meetings and Festive Boards. Further information is available through the Provincial Website.
Brethren from all the five masonic lodges in Alton; Shalden, Amery, Aultoun, Camelot and Holybourne came together to field a team, called “Alton Masons” at this year’s Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament, held on The Butts, Alton, on Sunday 25th June 2017.
Rules of the tournament required at least one lady to play in each team, with Lady Morag Steel joining the Alton Masons.
All proceeds raised by the Alton Victorian Cricket Tournament were this year donated to the Alton and Basingstoke Cardiac Rehabilitation charity.
As part of the North East Area’s Tercentenary celebrations the team presented a cheque for £1,000 to the charity.
On the day the team was well supported by fellow masons, family, friends and the FITC unit on the day.
Team Captain Bro Neil Sole along with Coach W Bro David Spurdle, both agreed that despite a superb performance by the Alton Masons, they fell a few runs short of making the final.
Headley Lodge No. 9072, based at the Bordon Masonic Centre, have recently sponsored a Local Charity Fun run with Finishers Medals. The Brethren also gave their time to present them to the participants.
On Saturday 11th February Alder Tree Lodge were able to present a donation to The North Hampshire Deaf Children’s Society. Chairperson Jo Goodhew received the donation from W.Bro. Brian Lawrence at an event held at the Farnborough Bowling Alley. A cheque for £500 from the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Masonic Grand Charity Tom Langton Fund, was coupled with a further donation of £300 from Alder Tree Lodge.
The NHDCS supports children and young person’s up to 18 years, who are profoundly deaf or have hearing difficulties. They arrange activities where they can meet others suffering similar problems, help create self-esteem and confidence, and to show them they are not alone. In addition they provide support to parents and families by bringing them together, assisting with communication skills (signing and oral) or just being there for a chat.
These donations have helped the Society arrange a variety of activities during the latter part of last year and will enable them to arrange further activities in 2017. Jo Goodhew wishes to thank the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Masonic Charity and the Brethren from Alder Tree Lodge for their generosity. Brian and his wife said, “to see all the children enjoying themselves at Farnborough Bowl’s was a really great sight”.
Alder Tree Lodge, with the help of The Tom Langton Fund, have been able to donate £1400 in the past year to the Society. For more information on this worthwhile Charity see www.nhdcs.co.uk
The Rose of Hampshire Lodge No. 8463 have recently been able to provide an amazing donation to the Woodlarks Campsite charity.
W.Bro. Keith Bullingham was honoured to present a cheque for over £500 to the Caretakers at Woodlarks Campsite for the Disabled. The money will enable Woodlarks to continue to provide a Christmas Grotto in 2017 where disabled Children can visit Santa and receive a gift appropriate to the individual child’s needs. He is assisted by the Lodges Charity Steward Bro. Paul Matthews and Bro. Len Amos, who helped to increase the donation with the sale of Charity Teddy Bears.
Woodlarks is a Charity providing holidays for disabled men, women and children in a series of one week summer camps, with the camps being run on a purely voluntary basis. Please see www.woodlarks.org.uk for more information.
Yateley Lodge No. 9107 have recently been able to provide support for the wonderful charity Hannah’s Holiday Home. The charity was created in memory of Hannah Westbrook, who sadly died aged eight from cancer. After her passing Hannah’s family created the charity to provide holiday homes for families with terminally ill children. The charity is now operating four holiday homes along the south coast.
Yateley Lodge were able to donate £500 to the charity, which will enable two families to enjoy a relaxing holiday. Referring to Hannah’s family, W. Bro. Steve Saunders, Worshipful Master of Yateley Lodge at the time of the donation, commented:
“I have known the family in question for over 25 years through my neighbour. I was approached to see if Freemasonry could provide support for the charity, and Yateley Lodge were more than happy to engage. I’m very proud of our members, and it shows the level of commitment Yateley Lodge has in supporting the community”
The attached photograph features (left) Pam Marshal (right) Carolyn Westbrook, both charity trustees, (middle) W. Bro S. Saunders (lower left) Pam’s daughter Grace.
More information can be found at: http://www.hannahsappeal.org/
Brethren, Veterans in Action Head Office duly received a presentation of £240 from the BBQ day that W. Bro Dave Leibrick hosted on behalf of the WM of Aldershot Royal Engineers Lodge 4178. Many members attended and contributed to a donation. It was very much appreciated.
To celebrate the culmination of fund raising for the RMTGB by our Brethren, the Province will be organising a Gala Festival at the Bournemouth International Centre on Saturday 22nd October 2016 (17:30 – 01:00). The event will be a chance to enjoy and celebrate the achievement, with dinner and dancing.
Booking for the event can be made via the http://squareevents.org/ service, and there is a closing date of the 30th September to reserve your places. This is a Black Tie (and Black Dinner Jacket) event and costs £75 per person, which includes a half bottle of wine. Please note that tables seat 10.
The Farnborough Masonic Centre has organised a free of charge chauffeur driven coach for those members attending. It departs at 14:45 from the centre, with the return journey leaving Bournemouth International Centre at 23:00. Places are limited and therefore will be operated on a first come first served basis. Please contact Dennis Skouras for further information in regards to booking your place.
Yateley Lodge No. 9107 have recently been able to provide a valuable donation to the Action Bladder Cancer Charity. W.Bro. Steve Saunders during his year as Worshipful Master of the Lodge was committed to providing assistance to this important charity.
‘I had met Allen Knight through my work, and as such have become close friends’, said Steve. ‘Sadly Allen was diagnosed with bladder cancer a few years ago and is happily, after receiving treatment, in remission. Allen then involved himself with Action Bladder Cancer and is now their Chairman. I informed Allen that I would do what I could to pledge support, given how hard Allen works to raise money for this worthy cause.’ The Brethren of Yateley Lodge were extremely happy to support the charity.
Steve also commented that he will continue to personally support Action Bladder Cancer, and that they are organising a trek in for next year to raise money and awareness.
More information on the charity is available here: