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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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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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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Philippine earthquake victims receive £15,000 from Masonic Charitable Foundation

Thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by three major earthquakes in the Philippines will be given urgently-needed humanitarian assistance, thanks to a grant of £15,000 from The Masonic Charitable Foundation to Plan International UK. Massive damage on the southern island of Mindanao has seen an estimated 188,000 people affected by damaged and destroyed infrastructure. Roads have been blocked by landslides and water and sewage systems have been destroyed, leading to a serious risk of disease. Nearly 1,500 schools

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Ariconium Lodge makes donations to Provincial causes

At their September 2019 meeting, Ariconium Lodge in Ross on Wye made two donations to Provincial causes. Pip Thomas, Charity Steward of Ariconium Lodge, presented the cheques to Chris Burrow, Provincial Director of Ceremonies, who was present as the Representative of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge, Michael Holland. One of the cheques, for £150, was a donation from Lodge members towards the appeal for funds for a permanent memorial in Hereford Cathedral to the late Provincial Grand Master,

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Royal Edward Lodge holds charity morning

Royal Edward Lodge in Leominster have held their annual charity morning, making donations to a variety of local charities. Gareth Prosser writes: Royal Edward Lodge has had another interesting and successful year with respect to Charity Donations. Royal Edward Lodge and the other orders using the Leominster Masonic Centre have been involved in giving a donation towards the “Leominster in Bloom” project. They have also given permission for a plaque to be fixed to the building to commemorate the “Battle

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Gethin Jenkins and David Sparrey at the Ledbury Community Day

Eastnor Lodge at Ledbury Community Day

Eastnor Lodge recently took part in Ledbury’s Community Day, and here’s a report from David Sparrey, Charity Steward of the Lodge: Ledbury recently hosted a Community Day in the Town, when more than 80 local organisations came together to tell the general public just what they all do. Eastnor Lodge No 751 took a stand in St Katherine’s Hall to showcase the good works done by Eastnor Lodge Charitable Trust. David Sparrey, Administrator for the Trust and Charity Steward for

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Dean Waterfield donates to MNDA

Dean Waterfield Lodge, one of the Lodges meeting in Hereford, has donated £500 to the Motor Neurone Disease Association in memory of a former member. Ron Griffiths died in 2017 of a particularly aggressive form of the disease, only four months after first diagnosis, at the age of 73. He had been a member of Dean Waterfield Lodge since 1994, and was its Master in 2006. He continued to be a very active member of the Lodge, taking the offices

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Blackmarston School unveils its new bus

Blackmarston School has unveiled its new bus, in front of an audience of donors, staff, and children at their premises in Hereford. Nearly half of the £60,000 cost of the bus was provided from Masonic sources. The school, for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, received £25,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation two years ago, when the MCF donated £50,000 to four Hereford charities in celebration of the Tercentenary of the foundation of Grand Lodge. This sum was

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