Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Ladies Gift Fund – Spring Lunch 2018

Ladies' Gift Fund for Masonic Charities

Provinces of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire

Registered Charity No 519281

The Spring Lunch, organised by the Ladies Gift Fund, took place on Sunday 8th April at the Kings Heath Masonic Hall.

A near capacity attendance of over 140 enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, following which cheques were presented to the Provincial Grand Masters for the three Provinces. The cheques for £3,000 each, were acknowledged by each in turn, but following a similar pattern. Worcestershire and Warwickshire are both already in Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation, with Staffordshire following this year. Each is due to complete in consecutive years – 2022 for Worcestershire, 2023 for Warwickshire & 2024 for Staffordshire.

Details of each Festival can be found on the Masonic Charitable Foundation website – this link will guide you to each Festival in turn.   Festival appeals are a vital source of funding and generate the majority of donations made to the Foundation. During usually a five year appeal, fundraising events and activities take place that make a significant contribution to MCF income. The MCF are extremely grateful to everyone who supports them. The Festival also provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the work the Foundation undertakes and the support it provides to Freemasons and their families, as well as many non-Masonic charities.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation will also receive a cheque for £1,000 directly from the Ladies Gift Fund.  

On the day, £3,000 was raised from ticket sales and a mammoth well supported raffle.

Commenting on the event, Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chairman of the Ladies Gift Fund said, "Thanks to everyone in working together towards today’s event and giving your time and contributions for the charities we support. We should be pleased and proud that a good day has been enjoyed by all present, and that we have raised a substantial amount for Masonic Charities.  I would also like to thank the many husbands who have helped to make today such a success."

Ladies' Gift Fund presentation

Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chair of the Ladies Gift Fund, together with the three Provincial Grand Masters

L to R – John Lockley (Staffordshire), Bob Vaughan (Worcestershire) and David Macey (Warwickshire), receiving their cheques following the lunch.

The three Provincial Grand Masters all praised the efforts of the Ladies who had organised the event, for their continued enthusiasm on behalf of Masonic Charities, and for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

The Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre, which with help from all concerned in the three Provinces will take place on Saturday 1st December at Linden House, Wolverhampton – notices will be issued in good time.

JBH

Frog racing with St. Blaise?

The closing date for the annual Lodge of St. Blaise frog racing evening has been extended to 20th April - book in now to secure your place at this memorable evening.

To book contact:

  • W Bro Pete Woodfield – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07966 296320
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Frog Racing

St John's Lodge sponsors a Dog for Good

The Dogs for Good charity (formerly Dogs for the Disabled) is celebrating 30 years of providing help for disabled people by matching up specially trained dogs with particular disabilities. The assistance dogs support adults and children with a range of disabilities, giving them more independence, confidence and a best friend.

St John’s Lodge No 2811 has donated over £2000, with some added gift aid, to be able to sponsor a puppy to be trained as an assistance dog. The Lodge will receive progress reports throughout the training period.

Dogs For Good

Pictured presenting the cheque are the Worshipful Master of St John’s Lodge, Martin Hallgarth, the Lodge’s Charity Steward, Paul Skinner and Mr Dave Rounsley who will act as initial “Fosterer”, and on the far right the Dogs for Good Regional Fundraiser, Ms Tina Williams.  Seated is Mrs Beryl Rounsley who will also be initial “Fosterer” with “Yazz” the puppy who will be sponsored.

Tina Williams, Dogs for Good Regional Fundraiser in acknowledging the donation says:

“This wonderful donation will enable us to make a difference to more people who will benefit from the practical support, love and companionship of a trained assistance or community dog. This year is a special year for Dogs for Good, as we celebrate 30 years of making life changing differences to people with disabilities. Being able to continue for many years to come, ultimately comes down to our wonderful supporters like yourselves, so thank you again for all that you have done for us.”  

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has also supported Dogs for Good for several years, and has only last month handed a £2000 grant to the charity.

JBH

 

Read Easy Solihull - Masonic Charitable Foundation Grant

Read Easy UK is a volunteer organisation that recruits and trains volunteers to teach adults with low reading skills to read on a one-to-one basis. By helping people to tackle their reading difficulties, it is hoped that they will also grow in confidence and self-esteem, become more independent, move on to other forms of education and improve their employment opportunities.

Read Easy Solihull is an affiliated member of Read Easy UK, and is supported by literacy specialists both regionally and nationally. Established as a group in November 2016, Read Easy Solihull have just completed their first year, which has been very successful. They have a committee of 6 volunteers who work with a Co-ordinator who is responsible for recruiting coaches and arranging their training. The Co-ordinator also deals with reader referrals and with the support of a Literacy Specialist, pairs the readers with the trained coaches and regularly monitors their progress.

In their first year, the funding received enabled the group to train 10 coaches, and provide 9 readers with resources to start their reading journeys. At present, 7 coaches are actively paired with 8 readers all at various stages of progress. The grant of £2500 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation will enable the group to train further volunteers – it costs £50 to train a volunteer coach and approximately £140 to help one adult to learn to read.   The aim is to have 18-20 coaches and readers paired in the first half of this year, and in the second half of the year, they anticipate taking on 10 more coaches and a second Co-ordinator to manage them with another 10 readers.   A challenging aim but for this group, led by an enthusiastic Chair, committed Co-ordinator and Coaches and a supportive management committee, it is highly achievable with sufficient funding.

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has added to the donation by the MCF, and it is understood that the Province of Worcestershire are also supporting the group.

The MCF certificate of funding was presented to Mrs Deborah Chard (Co-Ordinator) and Mrs Lynn Wilson (Chair) in the centre, receiving the certificate outside the Solihull Central Library from John Hayward, Charity Steward for the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire. The Library is where much of the tuition takes place.

Grant Presentation

A reading group is shown below receiving training in the Solihull Library in the centre of the town.

 Reading Group

 

The Solihull group and the charity as a whole is finding there is a huge level of interest in the program offered throughout the West Midlands area.   Interest has also been shown in Worcestershire and Staffordshire for a similar group development.   Read Easy UK is a recently established charity which is finding a great deal of demand for its services in many areas of the UK. The group’s website is here which will also link to the Read Easy UK website.

JBH

Stoneleigh Lodge support the Birth and Babies appeal

Borth and BabiesThe Brethren of Stoneleigh Lodge 725 have kindly donated £400 to Warwick hospitals Birth & Babies Appeal as a result of the exceptional service they provided to one of their members.

Last year W Bro Ross Lewis' wife spent seven weeks at Warwick hospital owing to complications in the pregnancy with their son, who was then born five week premature and required special care in Intensive Care, High Dependancy and the Special Care Baby Unit. During this time they witnessed the tremendous strain that postnatal and neonatal services are under throughout our region, largely owing to the closure or downgrading of midwifery units in Oxford, Redditch and Solihull. The staff did a sterling job looking after Ross' wife and son, ensuring they received care to the highest standard achievable. The conditions they had to work in were awful at times, one example of this was that the temperature in at the nurses station regularly exceeded thirty degrees celsius. Despite this being at the upper limit, which is the point at which the TUC are currently campaigning to be made illegal for indoor workers, not once did the family hear any of them complain, they simply got on with their duties.

A week before Christmas he was readmitted to the paediatric unit at Warwick suffering from what we now know was viral meningitis. After several doses of multiple antibiotics over several day, he was discharged on Christmas Eve. The family were lucky to be together for Christmas, even more touching was that his three year old big sister had asked Santa if she could have him home for Christmas.

Thanks to the support given by the staff at Warwick hospital they now have a bonnie six month old son Morgan as an addition to their family. Who, of course, has no idea of the trouble he's been through and no one would guess how ill he was at the start of his life.

Birth and Babies

The Birth & Babies appeal has been supported by local lodges and the Province of Warwickshire recently with a donation of £1,500 (full story here: http://warwickshirepgl.org.uk/news/provincial-news/2017/985-warwick-hospital-birth-babies-the-new-maternity-unit-appeal) but the appeal still needs more help.

The appeal will create a new Midwifery Led Unit at Warwick to ensure that women have the choice about where they give birth. To ensure the new Midwifery Led Unit is the best it can be there is a £200,000 fundraising appeal. The money raised from this will go towards enhancements that NHS funds can’t provide.

  • Buy special baby cribs and stands, rather than standard plastic cots
  • Provide birthing pools for every room
  • Upgrade furnishings to make the unit feel like a home-from-home
  • Develop a therapeutic room for parents to use 
  • Provision of many other additions to provide the best birthing facilities

You can support the appeal now, either through your own fundraising activities, or directly online at http://www.justgiving.com/birthandbabies

To find out more visit: https://www.swft.nhs.uk/fundraise-us/appeals

Contact Us

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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