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Herefordshire Freemasons donate £1,000 to Hay Dial-a-Ride

Herefordshire Freemasons, through the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association, have donated £1,000 to Hay & District Dial-a-Ride. At a presentation ceremony by the clock tower in Hay on Wye the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Michael Holland, presented a cheque to the Chair of the charity, Mary Fellowes. Hay Dial-a-Ride is a transport charity which helps local elderly and disabled people and others who have no means of suitable transport to lead independent lives by providing affordable and accessible transport. It …

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Herefordshire Masons’ £10,000 for flood relief

Herefordshire Freemasons, together with the Masonic Charitable Foundation, have donated £10,000 for the relief of people in Herefordshire who have suffered loss and damage as a result of the floods caused by Storm Dennis. The money has been donated to the Herefordshire Community Foundation, a charity set up to support local groups and societies and to provide assistance when urgent support is needed, as at present. They launched a campaign in conjunction with the Hereford Times to raise money to …

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Palladian Lodge Curry & Quiz Night

The quiz night was well supported again this year, during which a presentation of a cheque for £2000 was made to West Mercia Women’s Aid who do such valuable work here in Herefordshire. This was the charity chosen by W Bro Paul Chambers during his year as Master. Amber Coates, who received the cheque on behalf of the charity, gave us an overview of the work that they do and how the money would be spent. The quiz night was …

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Launch of Club for New Masons

At a memorable event at the Masonic Hall in Hereford, on 30th January 2020, the new club for Herefordshire Light Blues was launched, in front of around 60 members and guests. The club is called ‘The Caeruleum Club’ (Latin for light blue) and is especially for those members of Herefordshire Lodges who have yet to achieve Provincial rank, with the aim to ‘socialise, learn, and represent the views of the future generations of Freemasons’.  The evening began with the inaugural …

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The full Initiation team

An unusual Initiation at Coningsby Lodge

Coningsby Lodge in Herefordshire has carried out what must surely be a unique Initiation Ceremony, to welcome a new member. The Worshipful Master, Junior Deacon and Candidate were all blind, and all played their parts to a very high standard in a most impressive ceremony. To make it an even more remarkable and joyful occasion, the Master, W Bro Andy Bailey, and his wife Suzanne, who is also blind, had their first child just four days before the ceremony! The …

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Freemasons give $150,000 for victims of Australian bush fires

People who have lost everything in the catastrophic Australian bushfires will be among those to benefit from a grant of AUS$150,000 (£79,000) from The Masonic Grand Charity to the Disaster Relief Funds set up by Freemasons in Australia. The grant from the English and Welsh Freemasons’ charity will see AUS$50,000 given to the Australian Freemasons’ Disaster Relief Funds in each of the three states most affected by the blaze: New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. The unprecedented fires have …

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Southern African food crisis victims receive £50,000 from MCF

Thousands of people at risk of starvation in Southern Africa will be receiving emergency food packs and urgent humanitarian assistance, thanks to a grant of £50,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Plan International UK. An estimated 45 million people across Southern Africa are likely to be affected by record high temperatures and low rainfall, which has led to the worst drought for 35 years. The world-famous Victoria Falls has become a trickle and Lake Kariba, a critical water source …

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Freemasons through the MCF bring Christmas cheer to older people

Far too many older people spend Christmas entirely on their own, never receiving a single card or present. This past year, however, saw around 2,000 isolated and lonely older people who have contacted The Silver Line Helpline receive a gift and a card, thanks to a grant of £7,500 from Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ charity. The Silver Line offers emotional support and friendship to vulnerable and isolated older people. As well as its flagship 24/7 …

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Province supports Cathedral memorial for Past PGM

The Province has completed its support for Hereford Cathedral’s refurbishment of the Booth Chapel with a final donation towards an altar and benches as a permanent memorial to our Past Provincial Grand Master, the late RW Bro The Rev’d David Bowen. The refurbishment is to mark the 700th anniversary of the canonisation of St Thomas Cantilupe, Bishop of Hereford from 1275 to 1282. This brings the total donation from the members of the Province to a total of £7,000. The …

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£4,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance

The Masonic Charitable Foundation, through the Province of Herefordshire, has donated a further £4,000 to the Midlands Air Ambulance. The Provincial Grand Master, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Provincial Grand Charity Steward and Provincial Communication Officer went to visit the Strensham Air Base in Worcestershire on a wet and blustery day in December, where we met our opposite numbers from Worcestershire who were also donating £4,000. There we presented certificates showing the donations made by each Province to the Herefordshire …

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