Forward Lodge is celebrating 150 years of its existence and I as Master together with my wife Pauline have chosen Birmingham St Mary's Hospice and the British Heart Foundation as our charities for the current year. As part of our fundraising activities, our Charity Steward, W Bro Mike Howard rang West Bromwich Building Society and they were more than happy to assist us in supporting the hospice. This resulted in the presentation of a cheque for a thousand pounds.
Other events are being organised this year for the British Heart Foundation. Barclays Bank have already held a charity event in Sutton which has raised about £300. The lates event was on Friday 7th July at Barclays in Castle Bromwich, and Barclays Bank are going to match any funds raised on the day. Early indications show that a further £200 will have been raised on he day.
There are other Masonic events celebrating our special anniversary on 16th October at St Paul's and a formal ladies evening at Moor Hall Hotel, Sutton on the 18th of November. There are still some place left for the Ladies Night if brethren and their Ladies wish to join us, anyone wishing to do so should contact me, Allan Nelmes at Forward Lodge without delay.