Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Impact Report

Impact Report

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has produced an Impact Report, summarising what has been achieved since the formation of the charity in April 2016. The report highlights what has been done, and also plans for the future, and may be accessed here.


Birmingham Children’s Hospital & Lodge of Service Above Self

The Birmingham Children’s Hospital has benefited to the extent of £2,500, by the generosity of the Lodge of Service above Self No 9421, and in particular by the efforts of W Bro Pinder Talafair, the Lodge’s remarkable Charity Steward.   He has been supported greatly by W Bro Martin Burton M.B.E., PProvJGW, and the other members of the Lodge.

The sum of £2,500 was raised chiefly at a community fund raising event held in a Sports Pavilion in Handsworth in September 2017. The money was raised for the Oncology Ward at the Children’s Hospital Birmingham. Organised by W Bro Pinder Talafair under the banner of “Lodge of Service Above Self “, the event was supported by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mike Leddy, with great support from Lodge members and the Indian Community.

Amongst the star prizes were Boxing gloves autographed by Sir Henry Cooper and donated by the WM, W Bro Martin Burton, M B E, and an Afternoon Tea with the Lord Mayor, donated by the Deputy Lord Mayor. There were many other Auction and Raffle prizes obtained by W Bro Talafair from the Community and his own remarkable resources.

Apart from fund raising, the evening included a lavish Indian banquet and live music provided by an Indian Violinist. A thoroughly enjoyable evening which amply demonstrated Masonic involvement and activities in the community.

W Bro Martin Burton, received his MBE in recognition of over 20 years as a chairman of the Lord Mayor’s charity, which donates funds raised in Birmingham & the West Midlands as nominated by successive Lord Mayors in office.   In that capacity, he was able to secure the attendance of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Underwood, who is pictured below with Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. On the left is W Bro Martin Burton, M B E, and on the right W Bro Pinder Talafair.

Cheque Presentation

Whilst at the hospital, the group met staff at the Oncology Ward, which will benefit from the Lodge’s efforts.

Visit to the ward

It was pleasing to see again, the “100 Heroes” balloon on the wall in the reception area, which the Province was awarded for three years running, to mark the donations to the hospital as part of the “Famous Five” initiative. A further donation to be made shortly, will (we hope) ensure the status for at least a further year,


Red balloon


Freemasonry Working Together

Following the sad loss of Mrs Heather Durling, her husband of 60 years W Bro John Durling, PProvSGW from Meridian Lodge 9003, appealed for funds to provide two Touch Screen Television Sets for the Feldon Ward Stroke Unit at the Rehabilitation Hospital at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. This was the ward where Mrs Durling received treatment.

Several Masonic units worked together to make this possible:

A wonderful example of how different Masonic units can work together for a common cause.

A total of £2735 was raised for the Feldon Ward.

This photograph shows one of the cheques from Meridian Lodge being delivered, with one of the units purchased.

Cheque Presentation

W Bro John says - I am still finding it difficult to express my thanks and appreciation for all the donations raised to fund the purchase of these much needed enhancements on the ward. My wife would have been extremely proud of the help given to the ward. 

Meridien at the presentation

Pictured above are staff from the ward with members of Meridian Lodge – W Bro John Durling in the centre, with W Bro Andrew Warwick (Right) and W Bro David Leask (Left).


Abbey Lodge Supports the Mary Ann Evans Hospice

Abbey Lodge No 432, one of the oldest Lodges in Warwickshire, meeting in Nuneaton, adopted the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton as their chosen charity for 2017. Nominated by the then Worshipful Master, W Bro Michael Buckenham, the hospice provides end of life care together with respite care throughout the communities of North Warwickshire.

During 2017 a number of successful social events took place, culminating in a Ladies Evening in October at which over £500.00 was raised.  In February 2018, W Bro Michael together with the Lodge Almoner W Bro David Pettifor visited the Hospice and were met by the Chief Executive Mrs Elizabeth Hancock and Mrs Sara Kerr, Senior Healthcare Assistant, and given a tour of the care and end of life facilities.

Presentation of the cheque

Afterwards a cheque for £1550.00 was presented by W Bro Buckenham to the Charity on behalf of Abbey Lodge. Mrs Hancock was especially grateful to Abbey Lodge who have supported the Hospice over the last twenty years.

Since this presentation, W Bro Michael Buckenham has become the Lodge Almoner, and W Bro David Pettifor is assisting him in his new role.

Master of the Lodge of Grace raises funds for Heartlands Neonatal Unit

The Lodge of Grace has raised an incredible £7,000 for Heartlands Neonatal Unit.

Master of the Lodge of Grace, W Bro Paul Palmer raised the money after his granddaughter, Hollie, was born with a rare condition requiring a stay at the Neonatal Unit after her birth. The condition, called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, meant that Hollie’s diaphragm didn’t develop properly leaving a small hole, which caused her stomach and bowels to move into the space and limit the growth of her lungs.

Presentation to the Neonatal unit

He said: “Although it was hard to see her in the Unit, it was amazing to see the care and constant monitoring that the doctors and nurses gave Hollie.”

Paul, together with the other members of the Lodge, raised the funds by holding a garden party at his home in Coleshill, and by having a Ladies Night at Nailcote Hall in Berkswell.

“Hollie is six now, and I am so happy to see that she is running around just like any other little girl.”

Sian Averill, Fundraising Manager at Heartlands Hospital said: “Thank you to Paul and the Lodge of Grace for raising such a fantastic amount for the Neonatal Unit, the Unit looks after thousands of premature and poorly babies every year, and these funds will help the Charity to continue to go over and above to ensure every child has the best care.”

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