Although little publicity has been given to this large donation by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, I thought members should be aware of the support that has been provided after the devastation caused by the hurricanes earlier in the year.
A series of grants totalling £110,000 have been donated to support ongoing relief efforts on islands across the Caribbean, hit hard by this summer’s hurricanes.
More than a million people in these countries are still badly affected by the hurricane and are in urgent need of help.
Despite major coverage of the recent hurricanes, the crisis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has been largely ignored by the media. Haiti in particular has tens of thousands of people still living in makeshift shelters following the devastating earthquake of 2010, the cholera outbreak which followed, and the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew last year.
The grant to Plan International UK will provide food and kitchen kits, clean water supplies, mattresses and bedding and hygiene kits specifically aimed at women and children. There will also be aid to help farmers restore their livelihoods and replacement school items to help children resume their education as soon as possible.
Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK said:
"The media may have moved on but rebuilding takes time. People are struggling to piece their lives back together after the latest in a series of disasters which have devastated these countries. We are hugely grateful to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous grant, which will make a big difference to thousands of people across Haiti and the Dominican Republic."
Three further grants totalling £60,000 have been awarded to the Masonic Districts of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Turks as well as Trinidad and Tobago, to help people in these areas following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The emergency relief grants will help those living without access to safe shelter, food, drinking water and sanitation.
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, said:
"The recent hurricanes in the Caribbean have left many thousands of people at risk of malnutrition and disease, some of whom have been largely forgotten.
"I am very pleased we are able to help with Plan International UK’s long-term, life-saving work as well as working directly with the overseas Masonic Districts to assist those in need."
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Held every two years, this year was a new date, and was greatly enjoyed by all 70 who attended. Our WM had negotiated a super deal at the Sefton Hotel in Douglas. I am sure we all are looking forward to the next visit.
Despite last minute issues, the meeting was very successful with a large team of acting and past provincial officers attending. Special thanks to Our own Bro Ian Hart and Bro David Greenwood of Rokeby Lodge for being orators for the superb demonstration ceremony. Our WM was in control with masters of other Rugby lodges taking the key offices for the ceremony. The day was very well attended followed by an enjoyable festive board. A truly memorable occasion which was the result of a great deal of work by all.
A special mention to our Bro Secretary Richard Bache for the huge amount of work he (and our WM) put into making this event so successful.
Also at the meeting, the brethren approved Bro Jason Culverwell as Master Elect for 2018.
Greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Bro Andy Hare took his RV for the weekend. A very successful and enjoyable festival.
I had the pleasure of visiting Tu Felix Masonic Motorcycle Club in Austria, extending it into a full week long touring holiday. Being the first time I have attended a lodge abroad, I did check the lodge was approved by UGLE. The weekend meeting is organised, along the lines of our weekends to the IOM, including excellent accommodation, a lodge meeting in Innsbruck on Friday night, plus guided ride-outs into the local mountains on Saturday and Sunday. The lodge meeting was held in an underground specially built room and music featured heavily in the proceedings. The lodge discipline and ceremony was very strong and impressive, even if much of the workings were in German! A unique experience. Afterwards at the festive board, everyone spoke English, so we could find out what had happened! The social side of the weekend was very good, our hosts very informal and welcoming, with well-planned ride-outs for the 30 or so riders attending if required, or just do your own thing. The weather was very good, and overall I had a very pleasant tour, made special by the masonic experience and comradeship. Next year the meeting will be held in Vienna, with ride-outs planned into Hungary and Croatia! I want to go, so please let me know if you are interested, as I can make this into a tour if required. It is anticipated this will be mid to late May 2018
The WM was escorted by Bros R Bache, A Hare and myself to a regular meeting held in the Snowshill arms in Broadway. A very different meeting as no doubt you may know …but full of humour and informality. I particularly liked the drawing from a hat the lodge officers for their installation meeting. Our own Bro Ian Hart is a member. A pleasant ride-out both ways with a nice ploughman’s FB. I diverted across rural Warwickshire on the way home, and got pleasantly lost! This is an easy lodge to visit on bikes, and is a good introduction for any brethren who wish to visit a lodge on their bike.
Following on from the successful stand Bro Andy Hare established last year, this year even more work has gone into the stand. Brethren helped out across the weekend, and reports are that there was great interest in our lodge, including masons and non-masons from all over Europe!
A special thanks is extended to Mike Adams, WM Colin Fox, Paul Banks, Alan McMurray, Richard Fensome and Bob Fellowes for their support in lending their classic bikes for use on the stand. None of this could have happened without the hard work and long hours given freely by Andy Hare. Well done!
|A group shot of some of many MHL members helping on the stand and even a visit from the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro David Macey !|
Autumn is upon us, it is “visiting“ season, and so far the following lodge visits have been reported to me:
Bro Andy Hare bravely battled solo to ride down to this meeting, and was pleasantly surprised to see Bros Phil and Jason Culverwell also in attendance. Next visit will be 21 April 2018! Coborn continues to be a vibrant and growing motorcycle lodge, and their own style of meeting is well worth a future visit …
Our second visit to this lodge, held in the middle of Market Harborough. A superb lodge ceremony of passing and festive board. Brethren in attendance- Andy Hare, Jon Pitt, Paul Vernon and Richard Bache. Our WM was unable to join us sadly. Big thanks to Andy who drove us all there.
Attached is the lodge visiting schedule for Rugby, for any wishing to attend. Also note that many Rugby lodges hold special Christmas meetings, and of course some ladies nights in December. Contact our WM for more details as he is a regular attendee.
At the September meeting, Bro Jason Culverwell was approved as our master elect for 2018, and this will be his first installation as a master .We all look forward to the first meeting of 2018, which is also the 10th anniversary of the lodge. It would be good if we can celebrate this with a special event or meeting during the year.
If you would like us to feature an event or a social meeting in our newsletter, please contact Bro Secretary Richard Bache who will pass it on to the news team .We welcome input from all the brethren of the lodge.
Finally, an early season’s greetings as this may be the last newsletter of 2017.
Yours sincerely and fraternally
Bro Jon Pitt
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A member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope 4772, and a serving police officer proudly donned his late grandfather’s war medals when he joined the national remembrance parade last Sunday.
PC Jason Spittle represented the West Midlands in honouring former military heroes at the National Service of Remembrance in London which was attended by the Queen.
The Birmingham-based officer wore his full West Midlands Police uniform and attached the medals which were awarded to his grandfather Stanley Brittle.
Stanley was with the Royal Tank Regiment which were stationed in France, Italy, North Africa and Germany during the Second World War and was part of the famous Operation Plunder across the Rhine.
The war veteran − who died at the age of 84 more than a decade ago − was a builder by trade but also spent time as a Special Constable with WMP.
Jason was joined by another West Midlands Police officer who also had a relative in the forces. Both were invited by the Royal British Legion and are believed to be the only serving WMP officers asked to be part of the parade.
Jason said: "It is a real honour to be part of such a symbolic event and pay our respects to those who were prepared to sacrifice themselves for their country.
"The National Service of Remembrance is attended by people from across the UK and it will be a proud moment to represent the West Midlands.
"My grandfather served during the Second World War and it will be emotional to wear his medals and remember what he, and everyone else, went through during the war years.
"He managed to make it back from the war but many of those they served alongside were not so fortunate.
“Remembrance Sunday gives us chance to reflect on the sacrifices currently being made by those in our armed forces now to keep us safe."
The Lodge of Faith & Hope is proud to have W Bro Jason as one of its dedicated members, last year taking office as a Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, now promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Deacon.
Also present at the Cenotaph was Bro Matthew Fitzgerald, a further member of the Lodge of Faith & Hope and a serving Police Officer. Both Jason & Matthew are shown in the photograph above – both are in uniform, Matthew on the left and Jason on the right.
Well done to you both.
We recently reported that Bedford Lodge No 925 were hosting the world renowned lecturer Sir Keith Porterwas due to speak about the West Midlands Care Team on Friday 13th October 2017 at Severn St masonic rooms, Birmingham City Centre.
We are now delighted to report that the meeting was a great success, raising £635 for the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation and Emergency (CARE) Team charity. The £635 has been very kindly topped up by £365 to £1000 By the Provincial Grand Charity Steward W Bro John Hayward through the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association 2017 allocation.
Thank you to all who supported the event and congratulations to Bedford Lodge on raising the much needed funds for a very important local charity.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire
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