Masonic Province of Herefordshire
Masonic Samaritan Fund
The PGM and Kevin have landed!!
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro The Revd David Bowen, and W Bro Kevin Lyons, of Delphis Lodge, have completed their freefall tandem parachute jumps. They did them, despite slightly doubtful weather, on the morning of 30 August at Hinton Airfield, in Northamptonshire. For a selection of photos see below -
Coningsby Leek Eating Ceremony 1 March 2016
Provincial Grand Master eats a leek for the Festival!
The annual Coningsby Lodge leek-
Donate while you shop -
Through the Easy Fundraising website you can raise money for the Festival whenever you shop on line, with no cost to you. Just go to the Easy Fundraising website and register, and every time you shop with major retailers they will add a percentage to the fund.
Lots of major retailers participate -
Festival Newsletter -
The latest issue of the Festival Newsletter is available for download here
W Bro Michael Holland, of Dean Leigh Masters’ and Manchester St David’s Lodges, has succeeded in his sponsored weight loss programme in aid of the Festival.
Michael set out to lose 12kg before the meeting of Herefordshire Provincial Grand Lodge on 6th June 2016. His weight was checked (and witnessed!) at the Appeal Committee meeting on 8th January 2016, and he weighed in at 115.2kg. He has more than achieved his target, and at the Appeal Committee on 3 June he weighed 100kg -
Many congratulations to Michael!
It’s not too late to sponsor him -
Any queries, please email us here.
The Festival was officially launched on Monday June 1 2015 by the Festival President, the Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire, RW Bro The Rev’d David Bowen, and the President of the Masonic Samaritan Fund, RW Bro Willie Shackell.
RW Bro Shackell said the Festival had three main aims: to raise money so the Fund can continue its invaluable work; to raise awareness, so that those Brethren and their families who could benefit know what’s available; and for everyone to have fun doing it.
Although there are plans to combine the four Masonic Charities, the money raised throughout the Festival will be used specifically to provide the kinds of support now being delivered by the Masonic Samaritan Fund.
To mark the launch, RW Bro Bowen presented RW Bro Shackell with a cheque for £45,000 -
To read R W Bro Shackell’s address in full click here
Summer Ball Raises £6,696.64
The Festival Summer Ball on 2 July raised the fantastic sum of £6,000. It was also a very enjoyable and successful evening, with 140 dining, and a waiting list of those who would have liked to be there. Very hearty congratulations are due to all those involved in planning and carrying out such an excellent event.
£4,215 was raised in the Draw
The winners were:
Holiday for six at Kidwelly -
Bottle of SAS whisky -
Family Pass to Birds of Prey Centre, Newent -
Magnum of red wine -
Magnum of red wine -
Meal for two at Yates’s -
Meal for two at Yates’s -
Meal for two at Black Lion, Yates’s -
The auction raised £1,480
To see the successful bidders, click here
Very many thanks to those who provided items for the auction and the draw, and to those who bought tickets and made bids in the auction.
Thanks also to Mike Roff, for conducting the auction in such an entertaining manner.
Thanks also to Terry and Clare and all their helpers for providing and serving an excellent meal.
And to Smokestack for providing the entertainment, and to all who supported the event by being there.
Teresa completes her wing-
It’s not too late to sponsor her, which you can do on the on-
Many thanks to Teresa for supporting the Festival in this brave and dramatic way. More pictures here soon.
She’s not far off her target, so it would be great to get those final sponsorships.
Festival motor bike trip to Aberaeron
In the Auction at the Festival Summer Ball in July, two keen motorcyclists on the Festival Committee offered rides on their motor bikes. Nigel Boothby and Michael Holland made the offer, and Provincial Charity Steward Nick Swan and his wife were the successful recipients of both.
On 23rd August Michael and Nigel set off for the day, with Nick and his wife Sue as their passengers. They went to Aberaeron where they had lunch. Nick started off on Michael’s bike and Sue with Nigel, and they swapped during the day. Both bikes are BMW tourers.
Many thanks to Nigel and Michael for offering these rides for the auction, with all proceeds going to the Festival, and to Nick and Sue for rising to the challenge!
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