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 -
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-
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!
Use of White Gift Aid envelopes
Please make sure white alms envelopes are properly filled in, otherwise Gift Aid can’t be claimed. Full information here, and also in your Lodge. Thank you for using the white envelopes so we can make the most of your donation.
Chris Holt Weight Loss Challenge
W Bro Chris Holt, WM of Coningsby Lodge, has undertaken to LOSE WEIGHT!!! during his year in the Chair. This will be a rare achievement as most WMs end the year considerably fatter than when they started!
Festival Newsletter -
The fifth issue of the Festival Newsletter, dated February 2017, is now available and has been sent by post to all Brethren in the Province. It has details and photos of past events, and of forthcoming events, as well as information about items available for sale in support of the Festival.
W Bro Chris Holt, WM of Coningsby Lodge, generously donated two tickets for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday 16 July 2017.
The Provincial Grand Master and Deputy Provincial Grand Master drew the winning ticket on 29 June, and the winner was
W Bro Nigel Boothby
Congratulations to him and we hope he had a great day out, and thanks again to Chris Holt for his generosity. Why not support Chris in his weight loss programme here
The second prize, kindly donated by W Bro Terence Payen, was dinner, bed and breakfast for two at the Corners Inn, Kingsland. The winner was Lindsey Madely.
Chris Holt donated two bottles of wine as additional prizes -
Very many thanks to Chris, and to Terence, for their generosity. The draw raised a very valuable contribution to the Festival of £600. Thanks also to all those who entered the draw.
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
St Peter’s Clay Shoot in aid of Festival
St Peter’s Lodge held a very successful clay shoot in aid of the Festival on 27 May, which raised a total of £569. You can see more details on the Provincial website by clicking here
W Bro Michael and Christine Holland hosted a very successful hog roast and garden party at their home in Allensmore on 22 July 2017, which raised a splendid total of £2,165 for the Festival.
115 Brethren, wives, partners, families and friends attended and had a very enjoyable time. The weather wasn’t perfect but wasn’t as bad as had been forecast, and in no way did it put a dampener on the event.
A big thank you to Michael and Christine for the huge amount of work they put in, and for making their lovely garden available. Thanks also to all those who helped set up and organise the party, and to those who attended and made it such a successful day.