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To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is holding a public vote to decide how to spend £3 million of charity funding across England and Wales.

See http://mcf.org.uk/vote/

You don't have to be a Mason to vote!

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Over the past 30 years, The Freemasons' Grand Charity has developed a strong partnership with the British Red Cross, supporting their work both at home in the UK and around the world. Last year, following a grant to fund a new emergency vehicle in Sussex, The Grand Charity surpassed the £2 million mark in donations to the Red Cross. This milestone has been recognised by the Red Cross who have thanked Freemasons for their continued support.

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Mike Adamson, Chief Executive at the Red Cross said:

"The partnership between The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the British Red Cross highlights the impact two organisations with a shared focus and a drive for change can have on the lives of people in need.

The consistent support of the Freemasons has allowed us to plan and shape our services so we are able to live up to our promise ‘refusing to ignore people in crisis’ both in the UK, and abroad.

We are lucky to have such dedicated support, and I look forward to continuing our partnership."

Since 1984, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity has helped the Red Cross respond to a huge range of emergency situations across the globe, providing life-saving assistance to those affected by natural disaster. Most recently, £50,000 was donated to help the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

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The Red Cross not only provides support to those facing disaster abroad but also to those affected by crises across the UK. In 2014, when large areas of the country experienced severe flooding, The Red Cross played a critical role in assisting those affected and The Grand Charity supported these relief efforts with a donation of £20,000.

The Grand Charity has also played an important role in funding the Red Cross’s Fire and Emergency Support Service since 2000 when £300,000 was awarded to fund the establishment of 10 services across the UK. Most recently, £48,000 was donated to fund a new emergency vehicle in West Sussex. To date, over £650,000 has been donated to the service, allowing the Red Cross to deploy 20 new emergency vehicles, train hundreds of volunteers and help over 90,000 people who have been affected by fire or other emergencies in the UK.

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is proud of its partnership with the British Red Cross and to have reached this important milestone of over £2 million in funding.

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In 2014, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity approved its first batch of grants totalling £842,500. Ranging from £10,000 to £100,000 each, they supported nineteen significant causes across the UK.
“The Freemasons’ Grand Charity seeks to help people in need, and we are dedicated to helping people who are socially disadvantaged, disabled, seriously ill, homeless, or facing economic and social deprivation. It is our hope that the positive impact of these grants will be felt by thousands of people facing difficulties.”

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

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The following charities have received grants: 
 

MEDICAL RESEARCH 

 
Blond McIndoe Research Foundation £50,000 
To fund research into the development of stimuli responsive materials, which are able to detect and respond to changes in healing burns and diabetic wounds to help the repair process.
Headquarters in Sussex.
 
Cancer Research UK £100,000*
Funding Dr Thorsten Hagemann’s pancreatic cancer research at Barts Cancer Institute. *The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and the Masonic Samaritan Fund have both made grants of £50,000 towards the project. 
Headquarters in London.
 
The National Society for Epilepsy £50,000 
To fund research into the genetic causes of epilepsy through exome DNA sequencing techniques.
Headquarters in Buckinghamshire.
 
University of Leicester £33,000* 
Funding a clinical trial into the treatment of heart attack patients with the application of remote ischemic conditioning. *The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and theMasonic Samaritan Fund have both made grants of £16,500 towards the project.
Headquarters in Leicestershire. 
 


YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES


Chetham’s School of Music £75,000 
Funding community outreach services in disadvantaged areas over three years.
Headquarters in East Lancashire. 
 
Envision £25,000 
Supporting a community project in Bristol aiming to develop the confidence and skills of young people.
Headquarters in London. Project is in Bristol.
 
Red Balloon Learner Centres £25,000 
Funding bursaries for severely bullied children to attend specialist learner centres to build their resilience before returning to mainstream education.
Headquarters in Cambridgeshire.
 
SkillForce £100,000 
To fund the Onto Next Steps programme in Norfolk and Kent over two years. The programme will mentor and coach pupils who are at risk of exclusion from education, and face subsequent unemployment.
Headquarters in Nottinghamshire. Project is in Norfolk and East Kent. 
 
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal £50,000 
Engaging with disadvantaged young people by funding Raleigh International’s youth agency partnership programme in the UK.
Headquarters in London.
 
Villiers Park Educational Trust £25,000 
Funding bursaries to enable disadvantaged young people to attend educational courses to raise academic achievement and develop employability skills, helping them gain places at leading universities.
Headquarters in Cambridgeshire.  
 
 

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE PEOPLE 


Carers UK £100,000 
To fund the Carers UK national advice and information service over two years; providing expert advice and support on financial and practical matters for the estimated 6.5 million carers in the UK.  
Headquarters in London.  
 
Designability £25,000 
To manufacture powered wheelchairs called Wizzybugs for disabled pre-school children, which help them to get around with their peers and to learn spatial awareness.
Headquarters in Somerset. 
 
Fledglings Family Services £13,000  
For printing 26,000 copies of a brochure that will help families to find the best specialist products for children with special needs.
Headquarters in Essex. 
 
Mind £40,000
Helping to train 720 peer-supporters and to fund the development of a smartphone application; aiming to increase peer support hours by 20%.
Headquarters in London. 
 
Parkinson’s UK £90,000
To fund the salary and costs of a Parkinson’s nurse specialist in Lancashire over two years.
Headquarters in London. Project in East Lancashire.
 
Phab £10,000
Providing courses on inclusive living experiences and skills for independence for disabled people.
Headquarters in Surrey. 
 
Shelter £25,000
Funding Shelter’s advice service in Norfolk. In 2012/13 the charity saw a 47% rise in people seeking help, and 2,400 households in Norfolk faced eviction or repossession. 
Headquarters in London. Project is in Norfolk. 
 
The Children’s Trust £13,000
Funding the salary of the online co-ordinator of the Brain Injury Hub; a resource providing accurate information and advice to families on childhood acquired brain injury. 
Headquarters in Surrey. 
 
The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home £60,000
Supporting the occupational therapy department; providing residential, nursing and rehabilitation services to disabled veterans and their dependents. 
Headquarters in Sussex. 
 


TOTAL: £842,500

The Major Grants programme is part of the overall £2.5million donated by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity every year.
 
For further information, please contact Alex Hutson, Marketing & Communications Manager at The Freemasons’ Grand Charity on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7395 9385.

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CANCER RESEARCH UK

Dr Hagemann’s work focuses on the ‘tumour microenvironment’; the healthy cells and tissues in the pancreas that support the growth of tumours. 

The microenvironment includes cells from our immune system, which would normally protect us from disease. However, in this case they have been co-opted by the cancer cells.

Dr Hagemann is working on ways to 
re-educate these cells so that they don’t support the cancers. 

He believes that this could not only have an immediate treatment effect, but a lasting protective effect against the cancer coming back.
 


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ENVISION

Envision is a youth social action charity that empowers young people to create positive change. Founded by four young friends in 2000, their programme now engages 1,200 16-19 year olds each year. 

The project will be facilitated by trained volunteer mentors. Participants will explore social issues from racism to homelessness, working in teams to tackle the problems that matter most to them. 
 


Student at the RED BALLOON LEARNER CENTRE
RED BALLOON LEARNER CENTRE

“Red Balloon is extremely grateful to The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for donating £25,000 to our Bursary Fund for places at one of our Centres in Cambridge, Norwich, NW London or Reading, our mini Centre in Braintree or on Red Balloon of the Air.  

“This money is for the fees to recover these severely bullied children who hide under their duvets, depressed, self-harming and with suicidal thoughts unable to attend mainstream school.  This donation will help us to provide more children with a fulltime education and therapeutic support to get their life back.”

Dr Carrie Herbert MBE, Founder and President, Red Balloon Learner Centre Group
 


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THE CHILDREN'S TRUST

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury, and they support thousands of children and families across the UK every year. 

Providing rehabilitation to children at their national specialist centre in Surrey, they help them make the best recovery possible. They also provide community services and online support for families across the UK.
 


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THE QUEEN ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL HOME

“We are delighted to have been awarded this hugely beneficial grant from The Freemason’s Grand Charity towards the vital work of our Occupational Therapy department in 2014 and 2015.  

“The grant will assist veterans living with severe physical and neurological disabilities, to increase their independence and improve their quality of life. By providing a contribution over two years, QAHH can commit to sustaining the current level of service provision into 2015.” 

Jennifer Hanraads, Interim Head of Fundraising for The Queen Alexandra Hospital Home

On Saturday 7th June, De Rohan Lodge No 9670 held a very successful social evening where €550 was raised in support of the Service Dogs Malta Foundation. The event took place outdoors in the garden of the Masonic Hall at Villa Blye, by kind permission of the RW Master of Lodge St Andrew No 966 of the Scottish Constitition.

Entertainment was by "Malachai (The Englishman)" His first set was mainly country music and later on he came back to do hits mainly from the 50's and 60's. The Grand Inspector's lady, Dr Jaqui Porter, joined Malachai on stage for a few of the numbers. He introduced her by saying that he would be joined by a suprise guest artist who was even now circling the building on her broomstick and would land imminently!

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The Masonic Hall at Villa Blye

An evening such is this is only successful due to the hard work of the organisers and their support team. The Worshipful Master, W Bro Bill Turnbull, thanked everyone who had attended for their generosity in supporting the evening and in particular those who had made a significant practical contribution:

  • The ladies who had prepared the galaxy of wonderful food, including Carmen's amazing sweets.
  • Bro Gary for acting as fund-raiser on the evening, running the raffle and the Chinese bingo. Also his able assistant, Bro Mark, a recent new member of Hospitalier's Lodge in the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta
  • The Brethren of Lodge St Andrew for their hard work in preparing the garden of Villa Blye, which made a very pleasant venue.
  • His Assistant Secretary, Bro Clive, for all his help in planning and preparing for the event.

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Malachai & Jaqui on Stage

The RW Master of Lodge St Andrew welcomed everyone to Villa Blye. He thanked his team for their hard work in preparing the garden and hoped that there would be more similar events in the future. He made particular mention of the contribution of his Director of Ceremonies.

The Grand Inspector, VW Bro Lawrence Porter, appeared to have an enjoyable and relaxing evening with his main responsibility being the shuffling of the cards for the Chinese bingo.

€550 was an impressive sum to raise from such an event and De Rohan Lodge will add further to this amount from its own charitable funds.

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Two of the Guide Dogs under training

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is giving 17 charities a total of £57,500 as part of its Minor Grants Programme. Grants range from £2,000 to £5,000 and are given to support a wide range of causes.
“Many smaller charities provide vital support to people and communities in need. The Minor Grants Programme enables us to contribute towards their core funding to help them to continue their work.

"Helping people in need is central to our grant making, and we are delighted that we are able to do this through the many charities we support.”

Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

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The following charities have received grants: 

DEMAND £2,500
A charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities that require bespoke equipment to help them with their everyday lives.
Headquarters located in Hertfordshire.
www.demand.org.uk
 
Drake Music £2,500
The only organisation in England specialising in the use of assistive music technology to break down (physical/societal) barriers to participation in music and the arts.
Headquarters located in London.
www.drakemusic.org
 
Fishing for Heroes £2,500
A nationwide charity based in Derby with the aim of helping forces personnel who are suffering from emotional issues after the horrors of active service. 
Headquarters located in Derbyshire.
www.fishingforheroes.com
 
FoodCycle £5,000
FoodCycle runs volunteer-powered community projects across the UK – working to reduce food poverty and social isolation by serving tasty, nutritious meals to vulnerable groups.
Headquarters located in London.
www.foodcycle.org.uk
 
Grandparents Plus £2,500
Grandparents Plus is the national charity that champions the vital role of grandparents and the wider family, in children’s lives.
Headquarters located in London.
www.grandparentsplus.org.uk
 
Housing the Homeless Central Fund £2,500
A small-grant making charity that supports homeless people, people under threat of becoming homeless or losing essential services due to severe personal setbacks, and carers of children in impoverished circumstances.
Headquarters located in London.
 
Jumbulance £5,000
The Jumbulance Trust makes it possible for severely disabled and unwell adults, children and dependent elderly people to travel on holidays and day outings.
Headquarters located in Hertfordshire.
www.jumbulance.org.uk
 
The Masonic Fishing Charity £5,000
The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs.
Headquarters located in Middlesex.
www.mtsfc.org.uk
 
National Migraine Centre £2,000
The National Migraine Centre is at the forefront of primary headache research, as well as treating sufferers of migraine and cluster headache for over 30 years.
Headquarters located in London.
www.migraineclinic.org.uk
 
NBFA Assisting the Elderly £5,000
By offering a select range of practical services, the NBFA actively encourage independent living in older age and help to combat loneliness.
Headquarters located in London.
nbfa.org.uk
 
Peter Le Marchant Trust £5,000
Offering holidays and day trips on three disability-adapted boats for children, adults and families who are living with disabilities and serious illnesses.
Headquarters located in Leicestershire.
www.peterlemarchanttrust.co.uk
 
Pod Charitable Trust £2,500
A nationwide charity that organises entertainment for children in hospital, to help alleviate the trauma of a hospital stay by sowing the seeds of fun, laughter and feeling better.
Headquarters located in North Wales.
podchildrenscharity.com
 
REACT £5,000
REACT are working towards improving the quality of life for children with life-limiting illnesses living in financially disadvantaged households throughout the UK.
Headquarters located in Surrey.
reactcharity.org
 
Sebastian’s Action Trust £2,500
Sebastian’s Action Trust has created the UK's only purpose-built facility that offers respite holidays to very sick children and their families, enabling precious time to be spent together.
Headquarters located in Surrey.
sebastiansactiontrust.org
 
Sky Badger £2,500
Sky Badger is a charity that finds help and adventure for disabled children and their families in the UK. 
Headquarters located in Bedfordshire.
skybadger.co.uk
 
Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide £3,000
A self-help organisation that exists to meet the needs of people aged 18+ bereaved by suicide, and to help them overcome the isolation they may experience. 
Headquarters located in Derbyshire.
uk-sobs.org.uk
 
Tourettes Action £2,500 
Tourettes Action is the leading support and research charity for people with Tourette Syndrome and their families.
Headquarters located in Surrey.
www.tourettes-action.org.uk
 

TOTAL: £57,500


The Minor Grants programme is part of the overall £2.5million donated by The Freemasons’ Grand Charity every year.
 
For further information, please contact Alex Hutson, Marketing & Communications Manager at The Freemasons’ Grand Charity on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 020 7395 9385.
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FISHING FOR HEROES

“This generous grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity enabled Fishing for Heroes to deliver three, four-day, one-to-one residential courses for Veterans who are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

“This has already been of significant benefit, not just to those who attended the courses, but to those loved ones who care for them.”

Paul West, National Coordinator for Fishing for Heroes
 


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FOODCYCLE

“The Freemasons’ Grand Charity have provided vital funding to FoodCycle in 2014. This will enable us to reach more vulnerable people at risk of food poverty and social isolation across the UK. 

“We are particularly grateful that they are willing to fund core costs, which allows us to spend the money where it will have the greatest impact and support our national expansion.”

Mary McGrath, Chief Executive of FoodCycle
 


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NATIONAL MIGRAINE CENTRE

“Thanks to a grant of £2,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, we were able to fund 10 life-changing appointments for sufferers of migraine or cluster headache with our highly experienced headache specialists. 

“Patients who are extremely disabled by migraine were given personalised treatment plans, that have educated and empowered them, to self-manage their condition and regain control of their lives.”

Heather Sim, Chief Executive of the National Migraine Centre
 


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NBFA ASSISTING THE ELDERLY

“NBFA Assisting the Elderly works to improve the wellbeing of older people on low incomes, through our short breaks and outreach programme. Many of our beneficiaries are socially isolated and coping with life changes, such as ill health and bereavement.

"We are in touch with over 12,000 older people whom we have helped lead lives that are more independent.  We immensely value the support of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.”

David Moss, Fundraising and Development Officer, NBFA Assisting the Elderly
 


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POD CHARITABLE TRUST

“One of the hospitals we visit recently said ‘If the NHS could bottle this, it would be on prescription.’ Laughter is the best medicine! 

“This year Pod magicians, puppeteers, musicians and clowns will be providing 2,400 shows, which will cheer up thousands of children in 150 hospitals and hospices.

“Pod is very grateful for the recent grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, and it will bring magic, fun and laughter into the lives of children in Carshalton, Torquay, Telford and Sunderland hospitals.”

Margaret Munford MBE, Administrator, Pod Children’s Charity

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Every year the air ambulance services in England and Wales save thousands of lives by providing rapid medical care in emergencies. Since 2007, Freemasons have donated more than £1.5 million in support, including this year’s grant of £192,000 from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

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Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire RW Bro Ian Kingsbury
Presents a Cheque to the Devon Air Ambulance

Speaking about the donation Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, said:

“A great many lives would be lost without the swift life-saving help provided by the air ambulance doctors and paramedics

This is why Freemasons are passionate about supporting the air ambulance services in England and Wales. Air ambulance charities are reliant on voluntary donations to operate, and we hope that our contributions will help them to continue saving lives in the future.”

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Laura Chapman - Chief Executive of the Freemasons' Grand Charity

The following air ambulance charities are amongst those to receive funds:

  • Cornwall Air Ambulance
  • Devon Air Ambulance
  • Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance
  • Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
  • East Anglian Air Ambulance
  • Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance
  • Great North Air Ambulance
  • Great Western Air Ambulance Service
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance
  • Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance Trust
  • Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust
  • London’s Air Ambulance
  • Midlands Air Ambulance
  • North West Air Ambulance
  • Thames Valley and Chiltern Air AmbulanceWales Air Ambulance
  • Wales Air Ambulance
  • Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
  • Wiltshire Air Ambulance
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance

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Presents a Cheque to the London Air Ambulance

As flooding continues to affect many areas of England and Wales causing widespread damage and disruption to many communities, the President of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity, Richard Hone QC has approved a £20,000 emergency grant for the British Red Cross in support of their UK flood relief efforts.

This emergency grant from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity is in addition to £30,000 already donated to support relief and recovery efforts in the badly hit area of Somerset. The Somerset Community Foundation received £28,500 and the Burnham-on-Sea Area Rescue Boat received £1,500.

Speaking about the donation, Richard Hone QC, President of the Grand Charity said: “As gale force winds, torrential rain, tidal surges and flooding continue to affect large areas of Britain, it is clear that people in the affected areas need urgent support. Freemasons care deeply about their local communities and we hope that this donation will assist many of the people whose lives have been devastated by this ongoing disaster.”

The British Red Cross have been providing a great deal of support in the affected areas by providing emergency shelters, food, first aid, advice and emotional support.

Simon Lewis, head of UK emergency planning and response at the British Red Cross, said: “Our teams of emergency response volunteers have been on a heightened state of alert to support any requests for help. The severe weather is set to continue so we will monitor the situation and are always ready to help when called upon.”

The Grand Charity is also working closely with Freemasons in the affected areas of England and Wales to establish the best way to offer further support. In parallel with support for wider relief efforts, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity will be assisting individual eligible Masons affected by events, and their dependants, through Masonic Relief Grants which are given to relieve hardship.

For further information contact Alex Hutson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 020 7395 9385.

On Saturday December 14th  we held our annual Christmas Dinner at the Masonic Hall which was somewhat noisier than usual!

We met up from 5:30pm onwards to enjoy a chat and a welcome drink with canapes. This was followed by the Christmas meal in which our Caterer and his staff had excelled themselves. There was pate on toast, followed by soup, then a magnificent Christmas buffet. Afterwards we had traditional Christmas pudding with custard, coffee and full-sized mince pies. It was all rounded off by a glass of port or Baileys. All this for only €22.50 represented excellent value.

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Festive Dining Room

Entertainment was provided by the "Grand Inspector's Christmas Band". This is a group of traditional musicians who play together informally in a weekly session at the Grand Inspector's house. This year they formed themselve temporarily into a Christmas band with a folky flavour.  In the 8-piece band were

  • Fllute
  • Guitars (3) 
  • Accordion
  • Fiddle
  • Harp
  • English concertina

Everybody else was supplied with percussion instruments (tambourines, maraccas, bells, triangles etc.) and song sheets. The Christmas carols and songs were sung with great enthusiasm, including the medieval Latin choruses which were picked up quickly. Everyone entered into the spirit of the occasion.

The programme consisted of:

  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Gaudete
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • Jingle Bells
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Silent Night
  • Parvelus Nobis Nascitur
  • While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
  • The Wren Boys
  • The Twelve Days of Christmas (re-match)
  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas

 The "Twelve Days of Christmas" is not just a song for Christmas. It is a highly competitive team sport! A fierce battle was fought between the two teams and the "odds", although outnumbered, finally triumphed over the "evens". Their victory was much assisted by the Partridge in the Pear Tree (Master of the Lodge of St John and St Paul) and the Three French Hens (Senior Warden of De Rohan Lodge and First Principal of the Chapter.) However special credit must be given to the "evens"' excellent Two Turtle Doves (appropriately, manned by a very special recently-married couple).

We all owe a special thanks to our wonderful social secretary Maggie Roberts (six geese a-laying) for organising the Christmas Dinner. A massive amount of work goes into running this kind of event: planning, advertising, invitations to widows, table plans, place names, table decorations, collecting and paying monies, raffle prizes, the raffle itself etc. etc. All this was done by Maggie, ably assisted by her husband Terry, the Secretary of the Masonic Hall Committee.

Seasons greetings to all!

 

On Friday, 8th November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan known locally as Typhoon Yolanda struck the east coastal provinces of Samar and Leyte. It then headed west, sweeping through six central Philippine islands. It was the strongest storm ever to make landfall, and one of the most powerful ever recorded, with reports of winds over 190mph which caused widespread damage.

Millions of people have been affected; amongst these are those already left homeless by the earthquake that struck in mid-October. It is estimated that 10,000 people have been killed. Many towns have been affected by the typhoon; Tacloban, Leyte Province, largely flattened by a massive storm surge; Guiuan, Samar Province with a population of 40,000 has been destroyed; assessments in the far north of Cebu Province, had shown that some towns had suffered 80-90% damage and Baco, a city of 35,000 people in Oriental Mindoro Province was 80% under water.

On 11th November 2013, the President of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity approved an emergency grant of £50,000 to the British Red Cross to provide immediate disaster relief across the region for much needed Hygiene Kits for 8,500 families.

An online fundraising page has also been setup by The Grand Charity for the benefit of the Philippines Disaster Relief Chest. Brethren can make private donations online using a Debit or Credit card from: http://everydayhero.co.uk/event/E0129C

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The Assistant Grand Master

At the Meeting of the Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349 on 7th October 2013, the Brethren elected the Assistant Grand Master, RW Bro David Kenneth Williamson, an Honorary Member. Bro David has responsibility for Overseas Lodges not in a District and in this capactity has visited the Lodge on several occasions. His last visit was in February 2013 when he invested the new Grand Inspector with his chain of office.

It is a great honour to have such a distinguished Brother as an Honorary Member of one of our Lodges. In his response to the news of his election, the Assistant Grand Master wrote: 

Thank you very much for your letter of 8th October giving me the very good news of my election to Honorary Membership of St John and St Paul. It is indeed an honour to be associated with such an old and distinguished Lodge in such an historic place.

Please would you convey my thanks and appreciation to the Worshipful Master and Brethren of the Lodge and say that I look forward to continuing my long association with Malta in general and “J&P” in particular!

With best wishes to you and all at "J&P"

 

Brethren had a very enjoyable evening at Ars Discendi Lodge No 6 of the Sovereign Grand Lodge of Malta at their first meeting of the new Masonic season on September 11th 2013.

There was a good representation from De Rohan Lodge among the visitors with their Master-Elect accompanied by three other Brethren. Visiting is a great tradition in Freemasonry and it's good to see it in operation here in Malta. 

On Saturday 7th September, the Lodge of St John and St Paul organised a party to join the boat trip to the Blue Lagoon, Comino on the Captain Morgan pleasure boat "Europa II".

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The €35 ticket included lunch and unlimited drinks from the bar all day. It also included a small donation to charity of €5.

We met at the Ferries and embarked at 9:30am, returning to dock tired but relaxed at 6:00pm.

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Caves at Rdum tal-Madonna

It was slightly disappointing to have fewer participants than at the same event last year but we made a friendly and intimate group and all got on like the proverbial house on fire. The weather was glorious and the swimming in the Blue Lagoon was excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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The Blue Lagoon from Comino

Our Social Secretary will be making enquiries into the possibility of organising either a Sunset Cruise or a BBQ cruise for next Summer, so "Watch this Space"!

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Brother Secretary & Madam Social Secretary Enjoying the Sunshine

This was the first time the Lodge of St John and St Paul No 349 had held a summer barbecue on the rocky shore of Marsamxett Harbour, just beneath the Valletta Masonic Hall.

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The event was set up and run, including all the cooking, by our Caterer with help from the ever-smiling Martha.

It was a warm evening, but a bit overcast so, even though a few had brought their swimming gear, no-one ventured into the water! However the evening went with a swing with all our Lodges and Chapter being represented as well as some additional guests. Convivial conversation continued long into the evening.

It is hoped that this will become an annual event and that next year some of us will take the plunge!