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Remembrance Day - Lest we forget

Remembrance Day

https://vimeo.com/886130744?share=copy Freemasons from around the Province of Herefordshire remembered those that had paid the ultimate sacrifice by joining in acts of Remembrance in the city of Hereford and local towns throughout Herefordshire.  As well at laying wreaths, Delphis Lodge met on Saturday November 11th and so recited the poem “For the…

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Orchestra of the Swan

Herefordshire Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation have made a £33,644 grant to The Orchestra of the Swan. Founded in 1995 and based on Warwick Schools Foundation, the Orchestra provides a wide range of musical activities across the region and are passionate about audience inclusivity. Integral to the life of the…

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Delphis Supports Dementia

Delphis Dementia Matters

Delphis Lodge make a difference to dementia suffers across Herefordshire W Bro David Knowles, Delphis Lodge Charity Steward, and the Worshipful Master W Bro Ian Warren met the Chief Executive of Dementia Matters (Herefordshire) at St John’s Church Hereford to see how the Lodge’s donation was helping the charity. There are…

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Coningsby Lodge Trail of clues Advert SQ

Coningsby Clue Trail

It’s not too late to come along and join Coningsby Lodge on an evening of discovery, enjoying a one hour walk around the City of Hereford. You will be following a trail of clues in teams, finding out facts and features about the City which you may have missed during your…

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Eastnor Three peaks Challenge

Well that’s all three peaks done. A gruelling but great three days of walking, scrambling and climbing. Thank you to all those that have sponsored us and all those that are going to sponsor us. A well earned drink after a hard three days! The three charities will be so grateful…

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Tim B-T (Provincial Charity Steward) visits Herefordshire Carers Sq photo

Who Cares for the Carers?

There are estimated to be 60,000 unpaid carers in Herefordshire looking after friends, neighbours and loved ones. It is a sad fact that 80% of carers in the UK become mentally or physically ill as a direct result of their caring role. Who can they reach out to for support when…

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Little & Large Final Leg

Well they are at last on the final leg of their epic journey from Lands End to John O’Groats. The last 75 miles may be the hardest, but certainly will be the most rewarding! The 1033 mile journey has taken its toll, but the money they have raised for Charity will…

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The team arrives in Devon

Little & Large Day 2

Day 2 Team leaves Cornwall and travels through Devon. This section of the route is dedicated to Lofty’s nephew who has just had the all clear from Bowl Cancer. One of the causes they are riding for. Want to help then donate to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/littleandlargecyclechallenge2023 For further details see our dedicated page…

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Little & Large Challenge - Day 1

Little & Large Challenge

The Little and Large Challenge is underway and Day one has been completed. For further details see our dedicated page on the Public Provincial website at https://herefordshiremasons.org.uk/little-large-cycle-challenge/ . Three of our members, Tony Shaw, Andy Cartwright and Craig Shaw of Cantilupe Lodge 4083 have set off on their cycle journey from…

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3 Peak Challenge 2023 SQ

Three Peaks Challenge

During June 2023 six members of Eastnor Lodge will attempt to scale the highest Peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in 3 consecutive days. 3 Peaks Challenge QR All donations will be raising money for Ledbury Food Bank, We are Farming Minds & HMCA which allows us to support charities across…

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CN Challenge Square poster

CN Memorial Challenge

The Challenge On the 22nd of September 2022 my younger brother passed away after a long battle with poor health. He spoke often about conducting adventures in Scotland if he was of good health. CN Mem Challenge QR Code To that end Carl D and I will attempt the first Caledonian…

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Ian Pritchard Arrow Lodge 100 Burpee Challenge poster

Ian’s 100 Burpee Challenge

Ian Pritchard from Eastnor Lodge has set himself a tremendous challenge between the 1st March and the 8th June. He will be attempting to complete 100 burpees a day for 100 days. There are two things close to his heart, pushing himself physically and raising money for charity. The Teddies for…

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Geoff Wilding Talk on Masonic Scroll SQ image

Geoff Talks ON Masonic Artefact

In an effort to raise much needed funds for the HMCA, W Bro Geoff Wilding of Royal Edward Lodge, has put together a presentation about a 250-year-old Masonic scroll, based on the research notes, and with permission of, W Bro David Partner. The talk takes approx. 45 minutes and is an…

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SQ Cycle Challenge Team Tony Shaw Any Cartwright & Craig Shaw -V3

Little & Large Cycle Challenge

The Little and Large Cycle Challenge is a sponsored cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats between 28th April and 8th May 2023 in aid of the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association (HMCA) The riders are Tony Shaw, Andy Cartwright and Craig Shaw. The support team are Aki Atkinson, Dave Shaw…

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PGM RW Bro Michael Holland laying the wreath at the Remembrance day parade in St Peter's Square Hereford

Remembrance Day

The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Michael Holland attended the Remembrance day parade in at St Peter’s Square in Herefordshire to lay a wreath in honour of those Freemasons that gave their lives for our today. Freemasons attending Remembrance Day Parade The Senior Freemason in Hereford Michael Holland was accompanied by…

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BlackMarston Plaque

HMCA Supports BlackMarston School

BlackMarston school enjoyed a magical moment as Rose Hunt opened the school library and then accepted flowers, cards and a certificate for her long-service as Chair of Governors at the school. The School Council then enjoyed the new furnishings and mural created by local artist Sara McKee and purchased using a…

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HM Queen Elizabeth II


It was with the greatest sadness that the United Grand Lodge of England learned of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, below is a press statement released by United Grand Lodge of England.

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Palladian Lodge Supports Parkinson's

Palladian Support Parkinson’s UK

Chris Firth receives cheque on behalf of Parkinson’s UK Palladian Lodge supports Parkinson’s UK. W Bro Phil Burgess during his time as Master of Palladian Lodge No 120 chose as one of the Masters’ charities, The Hereford and District Branch of the Parkinson Society. This is now known as The Hereford…

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Jed Watkins Ironman race v crossing the Finish Line - Sq photo

Jed’s Ironman Race

Jed wanted to help his local charities and also the MCF by taking part in the Frankfurt Ironman Mainova Triathlon. The event entails Swimming 3.8 KM, Riding 180 KM and Running 42.2KM. This is his Ironman story of how he made it through the event. We knew from the weather forecast…

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Delphis Charity presentation to Yeleni Therapy

Delphis Lodge Donates to 5 Charities

                  Delphis Donate to Local Charities.  On the 30th June David Knowles (Charity Steward of Delphis) organised a Charity Morning to pass on donations to 5 Herefordshire Local Charities, to assist with their recoveries from the Covid pandemic. Delphis Charity Steward presentation to the 5 Charities Each charity took the opportunity…

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Square Photo The Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire RW Bro Michael Holland being lead out of the Cathedral service by the Grand Sword Bearer W Bro Johnny Walker.

Provincial Church Service

Herefordshire Freemasons held their annual Provincial Church service with Choral Evensong Sunday 26th June at Hereford Cathedral. The host Lodge Palladian Lodge 120, lead the procession into the Cathedral. With the sermon given by the Dean, The Very Revd Sarah Brown. The service was well attended by Herefordshire Freemasons and their…

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Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Michael Holland and Col Andy Taylor OBE DL, Rifles County Colonel for Herefordshire, on behalf of the MOD.

Freemasons Sign Armed Forces Covenant

Herefordshire Freemasons joined in with the city on Monday 20th June to celebrate Armed Forces Day by signing the Armed Forces Covenant at Hereford Town Hall, in the presence of HM Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire, Edward Harley OBE, The Chairman of the Council, Cllr Sebastian Bowen, The Right Worshipful the Mayor…

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PGM talking to members of Leominster Meeting Centre

Freemasons Support people with Dementia with a grant of £15,000

Dementia is a debilitating disease and In Herefordshire alone it is estimated there are around 3,200 suffers and this is predicted to rise to around 4,100 by 2025. In the early stages, when dementia is mild, most people are able to carry out their usual activities either independently or with low…

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Dave Gwynne in the bunker

Golf Report

The team hosted our second match at The Bell Hotel and Country Club better known as The Forest of Dean Golf Club, against Gloucestershire Golf Section, now if you haven’t had the pleasure of playing this course it is well worth a visit, the last time I played there was many…

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Eastnor Support Ukrainian Appeal

Can you help the members of Eastnor Lodge with their collection of goods to support the Ukrainian refugees? The members of Eastnor Lodge will be manning a collection drop off point next Saturday 14th May at Kyrle Street between 10am & 12 noon, to collect donations that will be transported to…

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Palladian Lodge donation to Born Sleeping Appeal

Palladian Lodge Supports – Born Sleeping

Palladian Lodge Phil Burgess and Clive Edwards made a donation of £1,085 to the The Born Sleeping Appeal to help with the running of the dedicated suite in Hereford Maternity Unit. Born Sleeping Suite The Born Sleeping fundraising appeal was launched in 2017, initially to build a dedicated bereavement suite within…

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Bill receives his 50 year certificate from DPGM VW Bro Graham King

50 year Certificate

Bill receives his 50yr Certificate from DPGM VW Bro Graham King At Palladian Lodge, the Deputy Leader of Freemasonry in Herefordshire Graham King presented a 50 year Certificate to Dennis King, aged 94 years. Dennis, more commonly known as Bill, was initiated into The Lodge of Temperance and Benevolence, No 1160,…

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Photo of W Bro David Craner visiting Dunheved Lodge in Cornwall

Herefordshire Supports Dorset 2025 Festival

W Bro David Craner (Right) visiting Dunheved Lodge in Cornwall Can you help David Craner? He is a Dorset Freemason, who has embarked on a fund-raising mission to raise funds for the Dorset 2025 Festival. This is his way of saying thank you to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for funding his…

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Have a Go at Clay Shooting

The Caeruleum Club invite you to join with them for a fun days Clay shooting. 10:00am Saturday 23rd April. No experience needed. The event will be hosted by HS Activities, who run clay shooting experiences for all abilities. They will provide shotgun, cartridges and insurance, all for £30pp. Location will be…

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Can You Knit?

Can you help the Masonic Ladies Lunch Club? The ladies of the Hereford Masonic Hall Luncheon Club are supporting this appeal and have knitted several garments already. The picture shows Gill Tudor (L) and Diane Cox (R) with some of the garments knitted by members of the Lunch Club. Patterns can…

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LifeLites VisIt Herefordshire

The LifeLites team visited Herefordshire to show members of the Freemasons the new technology being used to help life-limited and disabled children using hospice services across the British Isles. The technology gives them the chance to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, through the magic of assistive technology….

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Herefordshire Freemasons Aid Ukrainian Refugees

Herefordshire Freemasons have donated a further £5,000 via the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to the British Red Cross who are gallantly supporting the Ukrainian refugees in their time of need. Thousands of Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Russian invasion of their country will be given food, warm clothing and a place to…

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MCF support British Red Cross in providing aid to Ukrainian refugees

Freemasons Support Red Cross to aid Ukrainian refugees

Thousands of Ukrainian refugees will be given help and support from Freemasons in England and Wales, following a £50,000 grant to the British Red Cross. The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF, the Freemasons’ Charity) and the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) have been monitoring the growing refugee crisis of over 500,000…

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Light Blues Support New Master

As we start to get back to normal a new wave of Lodge Masters are being invested. Vitruvian Lodge saw W Bro Nigel Donovan hand over the reins of the Lodge to the new Worshipful Master Billy Russell. The installation of the new Master also saw the first of the new…

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Palladian New Cushion

During the pandemic, Freemason Lodge meetings as with all other social gatherings had to be curtailed. As a result many of the Lodge Worshipful Masters had to stay in position for longer than expected. A term of office would normally be for one year only. W Bro Philip Burgess’s two year…

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Christmas Message

Please see below a Christmas message from the Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, Michael Holland. Provincial Grand Lodge of Herefordshire Dear Brethren, Michael Holland, Senior Freemason in Herefordshire As Christmas is once more upon us, one could be forgiven for feeling an element of déjà vu. No doubt we share the…

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Freemason Support Cart Shed

Freemasons Support The Cart Shed The Deputy Head of Freemasonry in Herefordshire, Graham King, together with Nick Swan our Charity member visited The Cart Shed, to see first-hand how the Cart Shed are utilising the Freemasons donation towards a new minibus. The Cart Shed activities is based in their woodland surrounding…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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The front cover image is taken in the ‘golden hour’ on Garway Hill Sept 2021

The craftsmen October Edition

In this exciting edition of the Craftsmen, Herefordshire Masons launch a refreshed website. Read about it in the Craftsmen. Also read how Vitruvian Lodge got its number. The Craftsmen issue 61 Oct 2021

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General group shot of mourners attend the memorial service at St Martins Church

Ride of Respect – four veterans

During the month of August, a team of four veterans of the Falklands war rode around the UK by motorbike visiting the graves and memorials of men who lost their lives in the Falklands war in 1982. A total of 2600 miles in 15 days, visiting over 80 graves and memorials…

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Golf Hole Green

Golf – Success in South Wales

Match Report by Des Watkins, Society Captain.Pictures by Michael Holland, Society President. South wales provincial golf tournament Ten players from the Herefordshire Provincial Golf Society were really pleased to be invited to play in the South Wales Provincial Golf Tournament at Coed y Mwstwr golf club in Bridgend. With the sunny…

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Mason raising NHS Day Flag at Arrow Lodge

NHS, Social Carers & Frontline Workers Day

Herefordshire freemasons came together at masonic halls around the county to celebrate the hard work that the NHS, social carers and frontline workers have done for us, the general public, during this awful pandemic and also to remember all those who have sadly lost their lives. The event in Hereford was…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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PGM’s Easter Message

The Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire / Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire, RW Bro / E Comp Michael T Holland delivers his Easter message. https://vimeo.com/532717814 The Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire delivers his Easter message to the Province.

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Herefordshire Young Carers Club

We are all suffering as a result of the pandemic, unfortunately our young carers more than others. They are the youngsters caring for a family member with an illness, disability, mental health issue or problem with drugs or alcohol. It is estimated that there are up to 4000 Young Carers in…

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Help on the front line

Brethren, this week the Senior Warden of Cantilupe Lodge witnessed over 1100 people being vaccinated at Millennium Point in Birmingham. The grace, calmness and gratitude of our senior members of the population was a joy to see. The elderly who were a mix of the ‘over 80’s’ and the vulnerable, had responded…

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Parking Support For Severn Freewheelers

Due to the pandemic the Herefordshire Freemasons have been approached by the Severn Freewheelers, a volunteer group who deliver blood and other emergency equipment for the NHS both in and out of working hours to park their Skoda Yeti vehicle in their rear car park, so it is near the hospital…

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Eastnor’s Success in 2020

Eastnor Lodge No. 751 members have been very busy during the last months of 2020 and have made several donations through the Lodge’s Charitable Trust to assist Herefordshire based organisations. These were identified by the Lodge Charity Steward and the Worshipful Master (elected leader of the Lodge) in conjunction with all…

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Hereford Food Bank

Following a further donation to the Hereford Food Bank the senior Freemason in Herefordshire, Michael Holland met with Jacquie Alsop to see how they were coping during the run up to Christmas. We know that the majority of the £6,000 that the Herefordshire Freemason have donated during the year has gone…

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Lifelites Message

Our Charity Steward, Nick Swan wanted to share the following message that he received from Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites. You can see more from Lifelites on their website by clicking here Dear Nick I hope that you and your family are keeping well and safe. As the year is coming to…

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PGM / MEGS Christmas Message

The Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire / Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of Gloucestershire & Herefordshire, RW Bro / E Comp Michael T Holland delivers his Christmas message 2020. https://vimeo.com/493095445

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Remembrance Day

As we remember all those that have given the ultimate sacrifice. The senior Freemason in Herefordshire lays a wreath on behalf of Freemasonry in general. We will remember them.

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TV & Toys for Children’s Ward

The Hereford County hospital’s Children’s Ward recently put out an appeal for Toys on Your Herefordshire. The protocols in dealing with covid have meant that they have run out of toys for the children as they can no longer be shared and must be cleaned between each patient. The Club asked…

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Dedication Booth Chapel

Dedication of furnishings for the Booth Chapel, Hereford Cathedral A special service was held at Hereford Cathedral on Friday 2nd October to dedicate some new furnishings for the Booth Chapel above the north porch, following its recent refurbishment. Herefordshire Freemasons with donations from other Provinces and Orders supported the Cathedral in…

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The Winner Gets His Malt

Herefordshire’s Senior Mason, Michael Holland met up with Peder Nielsen at Fromes Hill to carry out a social distanced presentation of the first prize for the Provincial Gardening Competition. At the Hop Pocket were (L) John Pudge the secretary of St Peter’s Lodge, (C) Michael Holland and our prize winner (R)…

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Herefordshire Freemasons 6 Months of Lockdown

During the past six months, Herefordshire Freemasons have been busy working hard to support various organisations throughout the county with donations totalling in excess of £24,000. This brings the total donated to local charitable causes in 2020 to over £114,000. Michael Holland, the senior Freemason in Herefordshire said, “Like everyone we…

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Provincial Gardening Competition – Winners

Many thanks to all those brethren who submitted entries to the Provincial Gardening Competition 2020.  When we suggested this competition, we were uncertain as to whether people would respond in any number.  However, we have been encouraged by the number of participants and by their efforts.  We feel and hope that,…

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Provincial Garden Competition – See the Entries

The submissions for the gardening competition are all in and the judges, RW Bro Rodney Smallwood PPGM and Mrs Christine Holland the wife of RW Bro Michael Holland our Provincial Grand Master have a very hard job to do sorting out from the diverse selection below 1st, 2nd and 3rd place….

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Provincial Garden Competition

Recent events mean that we have not been able to meet face to face at Lodge meetings, but the flipside being there has been more time to spend in our gardens. By now, I am sure many of you will have gardens to rival the National Trust! As a reward for…

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Play Safe at Burghill Community Academy

Herefordshire Freemasons have been called into action to help the children of Burghill Community Academy play safe. With a donation of £1,500 which was match funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons’ charity, thus providing £3,000 for the school. The funds will help head teacher Mr Alex Davies set in…

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Vennture on the Streets of Hereford

Herefordshire Freemasons received a plea to provide financial support for Vennture Street Pastors in their work with distressed individuals on the night-time streets of Hereford. Vennture are funded totally by grants and donations and as with many voluntary organisations a significant number of their funding streams have dried up, particularly in…

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Herefordshire Masons Help Ross Community Development Trust

The Herefordshire Masons have donated £1,000 to the Ross Community Development Trust to help with the bulk buying of face masks and their distribution to the Ross community and to assist the production of a newsletter that will be delivered to all households in Ross. The aim of the newsletter is…

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Refuges for vulnerable women

Two new refuges for vulnerable and abused women and children have been furnished and fitted out with essential electrical equipment, thanks to a £1,000 grant from Herefordshire Freemasons. The coronavirus lockdown has led to vulnerable women and children being forced to stay inside with abusive partners, and a consequent sharp rise…

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Going for Bald

Chris Holt is a member of Coningsby Lodge and is also a key worker with Western Power Distribution, ensuring that the lights stay on! Has found three great causes and reasons to go for a sponsored head shave!! Chris said “I have never been brave enough to have my head shaved…

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Herefordshire Freemasons support – For The Love Of Scrubs

Herefordshire Free Masons support “For the love for scrubs” by donating £2700. Which will buy enough raw materials to this industrious group of volunteers to make 180 sets of scrubs, scrub caps, headbands and laundry bags for the Wye Valley Trust healthcare workers, together with Nurses from GP practices. The Herefordshire…

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Pembleton 3 wheeler kit car

Summer Jobs Despite Covid-19

I built a 3 wheeled kit car called a Pembleton with my son, which we finished in 2008. We have taken it on many road trips and rallies both nationally and abroad. This is us at Prescott hill climb a few months after it was finished. On the hill climb At…

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Pete White standing next to his 4x4 with doctors sign on door

Pete White – Delivers Doctors

Pete delivers Doctor Pete White, is a mason and a member of Herefordshire 4×4 Response  https://www.herefordshire4x4response.org/ . They are a self-funded group of just over 50 individual 4×4 owners. They provide backup in adverse weather conditions to the local community. During the heavy snow conditions in March 2018 the group provided transport…

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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. From left: W Bros…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Bill Hurst completes tractor journey for Festival

Bill Hurst, of Dean Waterfield Lodge and Royal Edward Chapter, has moved to Pencader, Carmarthenshire, and drove his vintage tractor to his new home from Howle Hill, near Ross. He came up with a way of doing it which would give support to the 2020 Festival, by asking people to guess…

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Installation of Provincial Grand Master and Deputy

In a most impressive ceremony the new Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, Right Worshipful Brother Michael T Holland, was Installed on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, by the Pro Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Peter Lowndes, aided by his team from Grand Lodge. The Pro Grand…

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Dean Waterfield Lodge supports “Born Sleeping” Appeal

Two members of the Dean Waterfield Lodge 8089 in Hereford visited the Maternity unit of Hereford County Hospital on Friday 18th October, to present a cheque to Maxine Chong, Head of Midwifery. Paul Sabel, the Immediate Past Master, and his wife Wendy, along with Tim Bridgland-Taylor, the Lodge Charity Steward, were…

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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. Chris…

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Prestonian Lecture at Dean Leigh Masters’ Lodge

Dean Leigh Masters’ Lodge in Hereford has received the great honour of being one of the four Lodges throughout UGLE to be invited to host the 2019 Prestonian Lecture. Each year Grand Lodge nominates a Brother to prepare and deliver that year’s Prestonian Lecture, and it is the only lecture given…

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Arrow Lodge opera evening – another great success

Arrow Lodge has again held a very successful opera evening, featuring W Bro Terence Payen’s niece Felicity and friends, this time in the newly refurbished Hereford Suite at Hereford Football Club. Terence himself, owner and chef of The Corners Inn in Kingsland, cooked another excellent meal, carved and served at the…

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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. Alfgar Royal Edward Lodge and the other orders using the Leominster Masonic Centre have…

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Eastnor Lodge members cycle coast to coast for charity

Four members of Eastnor Lodge have completed the Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge in aid of three local charities. This is a demanding route of 135 miles, to be covered in three days, starting in Whitehaven, Cumbria and ending in Sunderland, taking in the Lake District, Eden Valley, the Pennines and…

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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…

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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…

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St Peter’s Clay Shoot in aid of Festival

On 25th May St Peter’s Lodge held its annual clay pigeon shoot at The Hill Farm, Castle Frome. On a glorious summer day 40 individuals of varying standards took part under the supervision of Bob Latimer, and the Fir Tree Clay Pigeon Club, who are based in the wood on the…

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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…

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Province supports Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford

The Province is delighted to be able to continue its support for Breast Cancer Haven in Hereford, with a further grant of £1,000 from the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association. Rachael Manacchini-Godfrey, of Breast Cancer Haven, Hereford, showed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge, Michael Holland, and the Provincial Charity Steward,…

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Herefordshire Masonic support for Horizon Training

Horizon Training in Hereford is part of the Plynlimon Trust group of local charities, which provides a range of services for disadvantaged, elderly or disabled people, including Hereford and Malvern Dial-a-Ride. Horizon Training focuses on the needs of young people, aged 16-23, who have often had a difficult start in life….

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Herefordshire Freemasons sponsor horse for RDA

Local Freemasons have continued their long-standing support for Hereford Riding for the Disabled with a donation of £1,100. £1,000 of this comes from the members of the Herefordshire Province as a whole, through the Herefordshire Masonic Charity Association, and £100 from the members of Coningsby Lodge in Hereford. Hereford RDA has…

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Provincial Golf Competition

The George Long – Tunnard-Moore Golf Competition is played for annually by two members from the same Lodge playing a four ball game against a pair from another Lodge.   It is open to pairs from every Lodge within our Province.   The competition was inaugurated in 1925 and a silver trophy presented…

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Freemasons give £45,000 to victims of southern African cyclone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has issued the following press release: Thousands of people across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Idai will be given access to clean water, as well as tarpaulins, plastic sheets and other emergency supplies, thanks to a grant from the Masonic Charitable…

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Palladian Lodge supports MacMillan Nurses

At their April 2019 meeting, Palladian Lodge presented a cheque for £600 to MacMillan Nurses. The photo shows the Worshipful Master, W Bro Paul Chambers, shaking hands with Paddy Nugent, fundraising manager for MacMillan Nurses. On the left is W Bro Phil Burgess and W Bro Robert Hughes-Cound is on the…

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