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Front cover of the Craftsmen Elgar leaning on his bike looking at the cathedral bathed in red light.

The Craftsmen Dec Edition

This months edition of the Craftsmen looks at the Freemasons Annual Cathedral Service. The service was originally planned for June, but had to be postponed until November this year. How the Freemasons commemorated Remembrance Day around the county. Why the poppy is it used to remember the fallen. The story behind WW1 Tributes. Almost immediately the guns fell silent in 1918, the troops began to return to their homes. Many of their home towns felt proud of them and wanted …

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Centenary Warrant for Cantilupe Lodge

After a considerable delay Cantilupe Lodge receives its Centenary Warrant from the Senior Freemason in Herefordshire, Michael Holland. The warrant was issued following the 100th anniversary of the Lodge being formed on the 17th February 1920. The Lodge should have received the warrant last year 2020, but due to Covid restrictions it was decided to postpone the event until a more suitable date which would enable the majority of the Lodge members and its visitors to celebrate this milestone occasion …

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PGL Church Service

Herefordshire Freemasons attended their annual church service today at Hereford Cathedral Choral Evensong. Remembering, particularly all those that had passed during the previous 2 years. The service was attended by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Col Andy Taylor OBE, The High Sheriff of Herefordshire Joanna Hilditch, The senior Freemason in Herefordshire, Michael Holland together with Freemasons, their partners and the general public. A moving service for all, especially for those that had lost someone close.

The Craftsmen Issue 62

The Craftsmen Nov Edition

In our November edition of The Craftsmen newsletter, we look at the 2020 Festival Finale, following 5 years of fund raising. The Cathedral Trail and the Annual Provincial Communication. Read about it in the Craftsmen.

Front Cover UGLE Annual report multiple photos of activities

Freemasons Annual Report

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has launched its first annual report, in its 300 year history, marking another major step forward in its commitment to modernisation, transparency and normalization. The annual report includes the new mission statement, which sits alongside the UGLE’s four key values of integrity, respect, friendship and charity. In addition, a recent study found that 75% of Freemasons take part in civic or charitable activities, compared to only 31% of non-Freemasons, in a matched geodemographic …

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NHS Workers Day – 5th July

The 5th July 2021 will see Freemasons throughout England and Wales leading the worlds ‘first’ celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day.It will be a unique and special day dedicated to the NHS, Social Care and those that work on the frontline, workers who have saved so many lives during the pandemic and also to remember those workers we sadly lost too. NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers Day is the brainchild of Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, …

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Help the Air Ambulance

A call to action from W Bro Nick Swan. As I’m sure you are aware the Midlands Air Ambulance helicopters and crews have been just as busy as ever during the pandemic – therefore the amount they need to fundraise has not fallen!The Midlands Air Ambulance has been running for 30 years and to commemorate their Air30 anniversary year, they have launched the Air 30 Rapid Response Raffle, with an amazing top prize of £3,000, plus lots of additional cash …

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Freemasons Care For Carers

We have all been suffering as a result of the pandemic, but what about the hidden army of unpaid carers both young and old? It cannot be denied they are nothing, if not resilient, and they’ve had their resilience tested over the past year for sure. But the Herefordshire Carers have stayed as positive as they can, continuing to meet up in virtual ways and sometimes physically as well, keeping their sense of humour and supporting each other throughout these challenging months.  The …

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Amazon Smile – Free Fundraising

A quick note on the success of our fundraising for our last major campaign using the easyfundraising app to earn free donations for our charity every time you shop online, Chris Holt has now set up an Amazon Smile account to add additional free donations to the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association every time you purchase from Amazon. Getting set up for the free donations is really quite simple, just follow the steps below, and you will be fundraising for free in …

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His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh

We were all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. The Provincial Grand Master expressed the condolences from the Province via Twitter saying.“Herefordshire Freemasons are deeply saddened by the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family at this difficult time.” HRH Prince Philip was a member of Navy …

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