Freemasons are giving to local charities – it’s what we do!

On Tuesday 4th June 2019 the Farnborough Masonic Centre hosted a Charity Cheque Presentation event for 47 different Charities.  The event was attended by over 140 people and during the evening the Masonic Lodges meeting in Aldershot, Farnborough and Farnham presented cheques amounting £28,921. The cheques varied from £85 to £2,000 and each Charity briefly explained the work that they do, and the way in which these generous donations will help their various organisations.  The event was supported by local dignitaries, including the Deputy Mayor and the Deputy Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council. Other dignitaries included the President of the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community, the Community Engagement Manager from Hampshire & IOW Air Ambulance and several local Councillors.

Dignitaries that attended to provide support for the event:

  • Frank Rust (Deputy Mayor Rushmoor Borough Council)
  • Ken Muschamp (Deputy Leader Rushmoor Borough Council)
  • Callum Stewart (Councillor Rushmoor Borough Council)
  • Charles Choudhary(Chairman Hampshire County Council)
  • Jib Belbase (President of the Greater Rushmoor Nepali Community)
  • Ian Browning (Hampshire Air Ambulance)
  • Bill Withers (Hampshire County Councillor)
  • Father John Harvey (an Ordained Minister in the Diocese of Guildford)

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Hampshire & IOW Peter Vosser was in attendance and during the evening he was pleased to present two cheques to the Concert Band of the Royal British Legion totalling £2,150, which was primarily used to help towards the bands costs when they represented the Royal British Legion at a Ceremony of Remembrance at the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium on 24th May 2019.

This was one of two events held in the North East Area, and a similar event at the Bordon Masonic Centre in May 2019 saw cheques presented to 41 Charities for an additional £24,502.  Across Hampshire and Isle of Wight Freemasons regularly take part in a number of events, supporting charities and organisations too numerous to mention here but of many differing types to enable all of our members to support such organisations, either by direct giving or helping and supporting in a more practical way.

The money, collected by individual lodges over the past year, is in addition to the money already donated to our own masonic charities.

Representatives of the charities and other agencies spoke about their own work and how donations are put to good use. Listening to charity representatives explain the work they do was both interesting and inspirational, whilst at the same time being quite humbling.

All of the donations distributed to the charities had been raised from individual members of the area’s lodges. Of the many and varied methods of raising funds are raffles, special events and personal donations, all with the specific aim of distributing to local charities.

After the formal presentations had concluded, the attendees were invited to a buffet reception in the centre’s dining hall, where the charities were able to network and everyone socialised happily together, discussing many of the evening’s topics and recipients of the donations

Photo 1: Cheque presented to the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion by the APGM for £1,900 from the North East Area to assist in enabling them to play in the Menin Gate Ypres, representing the Royal British Legion.

Charities in attendance:

 

Photo 2: Alder Tree Lodge presenting a cheque to The Brain Tumour Trust.

 Photo 3: Lodge of Hospitality presenting a cheque to Great Ormond Street Hospital.

 

Photo 4: Group picture after cheque presentation.

 

 Summary: 

There are around 9,000 Freemasons in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and over 250 Lodges.  Freemasons have been an open and transparent organisation throughout the ages, essentially being a society of men concerned with moral and spiritual values based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. We are acknowledged to be one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations.

You will find our display trailer and our support unit at many shows and events as well as in towns and villages across the county from shopping centres to high streets. These displays enable those interested in Freemasonry to come and speak to us, face to face –  and, yes, we welcome your questions on the many aspects of Freemasonry in a frank and open manner.

Visit our Provincial Website for further information: www.hampshirefreemasonry.com

Provincial and Masonic information:

Rod Armitage, Provincial Communications Office – email: rod.armitage@btinternet.com