Cheering them On Their Way
The Severn Street Masonic Association tried something new with their combined Gentlemen’s Evening of all their Lodges, hosted by Athol Lodge 74. Ten gentlemen guests and their hosts listened to a well received Masonic presentation from Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro Nigel Bister, followed by a splendid lecture from W Bro Mike Betts, who gave a history of the Severn Street Masonic Hall.
The evening was completed with 39 Masons and their gentlemen guests sitting down to a fine two course meal in the unique Dining Room and received further treats in the way of appropriate songs to “cheer them on their way” into the cold wintery snap prevailing at the time.
Members and Guests at the Gentlemen’s Evening
Dementia Awareness Talk
RMBI Deputy Director of Care Debra Keeling will give a short presentation on dementia including the services that the RMBI can offer people with a dementia and their families.
This will take place following the meeting of the Warwickshire Installed Masters’ Lodge 4538 at the Clarendon Suites, Stirling Road, Edgbaston B16 9SB on Friday 29th November 2013.
Dementia Talk at 4538
The guest speaker following the latest meeting of Warwickshire Installed Masters’ Lodge 4538 was the Deputy Director of Care for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, Debra Keeling.
Debra, who joined the RMBI six years ago, is their Dementia Care Advisor and talked about the effect of dementia on the 800,000 affected people living in the UK, as well as the services that the RMBI can offer.
During her non-medical and easy to follow presentation she outlined the four main categories covering the collection of symptoms associated with the condition, the most common being Alzheimer’s disease, which arises from the dying off of brain cells. The others, which could occur simultaneously, were Vascular dementia, often following on from strokes or small vessel disease (which could be minimised via a healthy lifestyle), dementia with Lewy Bodies, where protein deposits inside the nerve cells in the brain lead to hallucinations, and Fronto-temporal lobe dementia whereby damage to two lobes at the front of the brain result in changes to personality and behaviour.
There have been significant advances in the development of drugs to treat the various symptoms, which when applicable and if used in good time can result in up to a 60% success rate.
Dementia affects 1 in 1400 people aged between 40 and 64 and 1 in 6 between 65 and 80, rising to 1 in 3 over age 95. As a result of increasing life expectancy there are expected to be some 1.7 million sufferers in the UK by 2050.
The RMBI provides community based support, which includes education and awareness sessions, and is currently piloting schemes to widen awareness within freemasonry.
After the Master, W Bro Chris Grove MBE had thanked Debra for her fascinating talk, members present gave her a rapturous round of applause.
Chris Grove and Debra Keeling
Donation for Cutting Edge
Following her treatment at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by a highly skilled surgeon (Mr Simon Bramhall) using conventional surgical intervention, Mrs Judy Davies and husband John, who is the Worshipful Master of Heart of England Lodge 6549, were determined to support the hospital’s Cyberknife Appeal.
This resulted in a donation of £700, raised from the Lodge’s social events, towards a £6.5 million appeal to make the cancer treatment centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital not only one of the best in the UK, but amongst the best in the world.
It will help provide access by patients to the world's most advanced radiotherapy treatment machines such as TomoTherapy and Cyberknife. These machines will save lives and offer hope to cancer patients whose tumours may be currently inoperable. With this appeal, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital will be the first hospital in the UK outside of London to have a Cyberknife machine.
Full details of the appeal and technology can be seen here: http://charitable-bonds.allia.org.uk/queen-elizabeth-hospital-birmingham-charity/
The TomoTherapy machine, which helps remove side effects and speed recovery
Faith and Hope for Disabled Cubs
The Lodge of Faith and Hope 4772 has continued its many years' support for the Wilson Stuart Disabled Cub Pack, with the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association once again providing additional funds.
Pictured is the Lodge Charity Steward, W Bro Roger Chapman, with Arkela and Baloo (the Leaders of the Pack), which is based in Erdington, Birmingham, after presenting them with £700 (£500 from the Province and a further £200 from the Lodge). W Bro John Hayward, the Provincial Charity Steward accompanied Roger on this occasion - both are members of the Lodge of Faith and Hope.
All of the Cubs are disabled, some mentally, some physically, and some sadly both. The money presented will enable them to provide uniforms, badges and equipment suitable for their disabled members.
Sue and Kath were absolutely delighted with the cheques Roger and John presented. They cannot believe how well they have been supported by Warwickshire Freemasonry, and offered their thanks to both the Lodge and the Province. A token of appreciation was presented to both for their support (pictured).
After taking part in their activities and games, Roger and John left the happy group, with great admiration for the dedication that support for these unfortunate youngsters thoroughly deserve.
(l-r) Roger Chapman, Arkela (Sue), Baloo (Kath), John Hayward
The token of appreciation, with a thank you message from Chief Scout Bear Grylls