Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

St Blaise invites you to the 2018 Ladies' Night

St Blaise

The Lodge of St Blaise No. 6113
Ladies’ Evening Festival, 13th October 2018

The Ladies’ Night for our Worshipful Master, W Bro Peter Matthews, will be held at the Ramada Hotel, Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1LH. The evening will begin at 6pm for dinner at 6.45pm.

Please use attached form to list the names of brethren, ladies and guests. Please return this early, even if it is provisional, so that approximate numbers can be established. The price of the tickets is £38.00. Some wine is included and if more is needed, the house wine is recommended.

This night will be a momentous occasion and a chance for wearing dinner suits and best dresses. Your support, and many guests will ensure an outstanding evening, including four course meal, excellent speeches as always, raffle, and dancing until 11.50pm (carriages at 12.00 midnight).

We look forward to seeing you at this enjoyable function. Let us know if you need a map.
Reply to:

W Bro Jonathan S Amies
5 Lazy Hill, Stonnall, Walsall, WS9 9DT
Telephone: 01543 372230 or 07710 811134
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W Bro Peter Matthews
103 The Boulevard, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield
Telephone: 07951 777420
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Guatemala Volcano Victims Receive £25,000

Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £25,000 to Plan International UK to help support 30,000 people whose lives have been devastated by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.

 Guatemala

Over 1.7 million people have been affected by the crisis, with at least 12,277 people having been evacuated from their homes. At least 100 people have lost their lives and the number is expected to rise as hundreds remain missing in the ash and rubble. The extreme conditions have left thousands of people without access to safe shelter, food, drinking water or sanitation facilities.

David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:

“The Fuego volcano eruption has devastated the lives of many thousands of people, with, as usual, children bearing the brunt of the suffering. I am very pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation was able to move so quickly and provide funds for Plan International UK’s vital work at the heart of the disaster zone.”

 

Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth - Prize Giving

On a very warm summer day at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, Rickmansworth, it was a pleasure to see so many parents, staff and governors watching the happy pupils receiving their well earned prizes and trophies.

The school (now known as RMS for Girls), started with fifteen pupils and a matron in Somers Place in East London and moved twice within London until it finally settled in the magnificent grounds of Rickmansworth Park, Hertfordshire, in 1934.  RMS is one of the oldest girls’ schools in the country. Founded in 1788 by Chevalier Ruspini (founder of the former Royal Masonic Trust for Girls & Boys, now part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation), the School's original purpose was to educate the daughters of Freemasons who were unable to support their families through death, illness or disability.

The School became an open fee paying school in 1978 and accepts girls from all backgrounds and faiths. The majority of families associated with the School have no links with Freemasonry, with the name now largely being a reference to the school's past. 

With 315 acres of stunning grounds, Rickmansworth Park once surrounded a stately home. The school was purpose built on its site, making the most of its generous land.  With over 3000 trees, rolling grassland and exceptional facilities, the staff and students are indeed blessed to live and work in such a beautiful place. When the School was designed, the size, scale and quality of the buildings was extremely generous to a fault. The aerial shot below gives as idea of the extent of the school and its magnificent grounds.

RMS for Girls

Despite the reduced dependence on Freemasonry, this is an amazing school which embraces its traditions while looking forward to the future.  The school motto comes from Psalm 144, “That our daughters may be as the polished cornerstones of the Temple.”   The Ashlar is a traditional and valued award given as a silver badge to girls in recognition of their hard work, demonstration of the school values, and contributions to school life.  Pupils have the opportunity to earn an Ashlar at various stages in their school life at senior school and sixth form.

 The presentation

This photograph shows the Great Hall at Rickmansworth, where the prize giving took place, and the concert by the recipient years & the RMS Orchestra performed songs and music ranging from Elton John to Sibelius.

The Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association contributes £500 annually to fund the prizes for the pupils, and has had the daughters of several Warwickshire freemasons educated at the school in past years. For further information on the School click HERE.

JBH

 

Nuneaton’s newly bereaved get extra support thanks to Warwickshire Freemasons

A drop-in service for newly bereaved people has been established at Nuneaton’s Mary Ann Evans Hospice, thanks to a £12,723 grant from Warwickshire Freemasons.

The grant from Warwickshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.

The grant has been awarded for a new strand of bereavement support called Stepping Stones, which is a regular drop-in session for people who are newly bereaved. We invite people to come along for some light refreshments and an opportunity to meet with a few other people who are experiencing grief in its early stages.

The hospice is working in partnership with Nuneaton Crematorium and three local funeral directors with this project to encourage more people to access bereavement support where needed. Many people do not know they can access the hospice's bereavement support network, especially if they have not previously been connected with it. Funeral directors offer supportive great support to their customers around the time of death but are very aware of the limitations of their role. It therefore makes perfect sense for funeral directors, the Crematorium and the hospice to form a partnership.

In the last six months of 2017 the Hospice’s bereavement service facilitated approximately 1,800 visits to its bespoke building, the Warren. Over 200 people of all ages regularly access the different kinds of bereavement support being offered.

It is vitally important that children and young people know they can come to a place where their grief is going to be acknowledged and supported in a confidential setting. A parent of children under 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK; around 23,600 a year. That means 111 children are being bereaved every day. One in every 29 schoolchildren has been bereaved of a parent or sibling – that’s a child in every class. If children and young people are not offered the right levels of bereavement support the grief will come out some years later, often in disruptive behaviour.

Pauline, who lost her son in 2014, said: “I contacted the Mary Ann Evans Hospice bereavement support service four years ago.  My son, Neil had been going through a particularly difficult time with his life-limiting illness.  I have really valued having the space to talk with someone over this period time and especially since his death.”

Geoff Walker and the Stepping Stones Team

Gill Hancock, Director of Family Support Services from Mary Ann Evans Hospice commented: “We’re very grateful to Warwickshire Freemasons for their generous grant, which will allow us to help many more newly bereaved people, so that they are not suffering in silence.”

Geoff Walker from Warwickshire Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help the Mary Ann Evans Hospice with their Stepping Stones project for newly bereaved people. The pain of losing a loved one is very difficult to bear at any time, but it’s especially difficult for young people. If they don’t get the right support when they need it, the long term effects can damage their lives for years into the future.”

 

Extending the hand of friendship overseas

Recently W Bro Paul Skinner of St Johns Lodge No 2811 had the opportunity to visit Sir Stanford Raffles Lodge No 7444 in the District Grand Lodge of the Eastern Archipelago residing in the Singapore Lodge rooms.

Singapore Visit

Paul presented a framed Summons to the Worshipful Master of their lodge W Bro Paul Youg commemorating the visit. The summons had been signed by all the Brethren of St Johns 2811 and the visitors on the night from their last regular meeting held in Coventry in March. This was well received by him and their 60 strong brethren. They suggested that it should be mounted within the Lodge rooms in the near future in a convenient place of prominence, for future visitors to their lodge to admire, and thanked W Bro Paul and the Brethren of St Johns Lodge no 2811 for their kind gesture.

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