On the 26th of November the 2014 Pride of essex Awards were held and from a wealth of stiff competition the Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex was awarded the 2014 Pride of Essex Award (category Top Team Community). This award was made in recognition of the extensive charitable work carried out by Essex Freemasons with regular donations in excess of £1,000,000 made each and every year to a large number of local charities. Continue reading
The Masonic Fishing Charity was set up to bring interactive fishing and countryside experiences to people with special needs. Our past Assistant Deputy Grand Master is associated with the charity and Forester Lodge has been a firm supporter of the charity. This year Forester Lodge sponsored the annual fishing day which was very well attended and a great time was had by all.
The day was attended by WM WBro Keith Jebbitt, IPM WBro Rob Hall and ADC WBro Dominic Hall. WBro Rob presents an account of the day’s activities:
The RW Provincial Grand Master has today asked that a new Relief Chest be set up as a matter of urgency to raise funds for flood victims in the UK.
As you may be aware Somerset has a particular problem and they are trying to raise £200,000 to assist those that have suffered. Our PGM is anticipating similar calls for assistance from Surrey, Berkshire and other Provinces – and we have heard today that the weather has also caused flooding in Saffron Walden. A separate Relief Chest will therefore allow us to channel funds to those in greatest need.
This year was our 50th Ladies Festival for Forester Lodge, and as we have often done in the past we sneaked over the border into Hertfordshire. The evening was held in honour of our President, WBro Mick, and his lady Babs.
With 65 guests in attendance we raised £680 for the nominated charity: Cancer UK. Thanks to all who attended and gave generously.
As usual with our Ladies Festivals we had some traditional dancing and singing at the end of the evening, wearing patriotic hats and waving flags.
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The Essex based Masonic Charity TLC Appeal passed a huge landmark recently when it donated the 1,000,000th teddy to a child in a hospital A&E ward.
The Teddies for Loving Care was conceived some 11 years ago when the wife of an Essex Mason was saved from death by A&E staff. The couple were obviously very distressed by their experiences, but perceived that a child suffering circumstances would be terrified. With this in mind they set up the TLC charity with the help of the local lodge and other local masons.
The concept is quite simple: to donate a teddy bear to distressed children in hospital. For more information visit the Teddies for Loving Care website.
Over the years this scheme has expanded to be almost country wide, and has also been adopted in other countries such as Gibraltar and Cyprus, and also in the Grand Lodge of New York in the USA.