Friday, 24 June 2016

Iron Bridge Ten-Pin Bowling Night

A great night of ten-pin bowling and more was organised by The Iron Bridge lodge 9897 on 19th June and attended by many members as well as friends from other lodges. Prizes were awarded for highest individual score, lowest individual score (Andy's not telling), and best lodge score (Round Table.lodge 9104). We are asked to point out that 9104 is their lodge number, not their score...

After the action, the 28 Masons present retired to the Dragon's Den Chinese restaurant for a meal. At the end of the evening, a great time had been had by all, and a significant sum raised for Masonic charities. Well done the organisers - this looks set to become an annual event!!



Tuesday, 21 June 2016

SMCA charities June reception

No fewer than 37 charities received grants totalling more than £25,000 from Shropshire’s Freemasons at a special awards day on Monday, 20th June. Representatives from most of the charities were on hand to receive grants at a special reception and buffet lunch.
The Freemasons of Shropshire make these awards annually at their Crewe Street headquarters in Shrewsbury, where cheques were handed out by Provincial Grand Master Peter Taylor. This year there were substantial grants to local hospices, the Air Ambulance and the Shrewsbury Ark. Military charities received a boost as Combat Stress and SSAFA were among the beneficiaries, and medical causes also received strong support – Marie Cancer Cancer Care, Lingen Davies Cancer Support. Shropshire MIND and the British Red Cross’s local Wheelchair Appeal.
Young people’s charities are always prominent on the list, including Shrewsbury’s Bookfest, the Chetwynd Air Cadets and Riding for the Disabled, as well as the Masonic Fishing Charity and many others.
Shropshire Freemasonry’s Twitter account @shropshiremason will be detailing the grants day by day through the coming month. Press Officer Jeremy Lund knows that the money will be put to very good use.

At the lunch following the reception, RWBro Peter Taylor and VWBro Roger Pemberton were there to present Festival Jewels to two very important ladies who have each done a great deal to support the work of the 2019 Festival!
Shropshire Freemasonry’s Twitter account @shropshiremason will be detailing the grants day by day through the coming month. Press Officer Jeremy Lund knows that the money will be put to very good use.

“Many of these charities struggle to compete for funds with the larger national charities – we are able to place grants where they really count. This is an event which brings a smile to the faces of so many people who are working hard for the benefit of local causes. All of this money has been raised by our members at a time when they are also committed to a £1 million target for the Grand Charity Festival in 2019 – as ever, Freemasons really are making a difference in the local community.”

Who said beer was a bad thing???

On December 12th 2015, WBro Clive Jones ran a “Santa's Workshop” for the children of Market Drayton and surrounding areas.  This was  held at the King’s Head Pub in Market Drayton. Many activities were held, and the kids left very happy.

Three wise Masons bearing gifts travelled from the East (St Mary’s Lodge) due West to Hope House in Oswestry, mode of transport unknown! No gold, frankincense or myrrh, but presents for the resident children and their siblings.

A cheque for £652 was presented to Hope House which was the proceeds of Santa’s workshop, this included sizeable donations from St Mary’s Lodge 8373 and Clive Chapter 1575 of Market Drayton. This was later added to by Marstons Brewery with their wonderful donation.

On Monday 20th June, WBro Mark King and his good lady wife Gill accompanied by WBro Clive Jones visited Hope House once again to present the £500 from the event, which was the wonderful donation from Marston’s  Brewery. In total the Santa’s Workshop which was held at Mark and Gill's pub, The Kings Head in Market Drayton [a wonderful pub with a great homely atmosphere, great food and can cater for all functions!!!] raised a wonderful £1,152.

Thanks go to Mark and Gill for their support not only to the 2019 Festival, but to the local charities that they support too. The Cheque  was received with thanks from the Chief Executive Andrew Goldsmith , children receiving respite at the hospice, Poppy, Harry and Louise Corfield, supporter service officer.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Bottom up approach in Round Table lodge...

At their May meeting, new WM Shaun Willocks initiated Bro David Gaskill into Freemasonry, as the newest member of the Round Table lodge.

Bro David is not exactly unknown to other members of the lodge - he is pictured here (centre) with Bros Neil Simkin and Richard Pulford, and all three are tuba players in WBro Steve Pritchard-Jones's Shrewsbury Brass Band.

Oom-pah-pah as the new lodge Song??? Need a euphonium now, Steve...


Seven Ages a Riotous Success at Stretton

Clare and Andrew Henderson's Ladies Evening for Caer Caradoc Lodge at Rushbury Village Hall turned out to be every bit as successful as had been hoped - and was indeed that little
bit different as promised..

Kepow! Theatre's "Seven Ages of Man" proved again that truth is often the best source of humour - and over 100 people present thoroughly enjoyed the show, which followed an excellent meal. Best of all, the event raised £1557 for the 2019 Festival - a wonderful result. Well done to all those (of whatever age) who made it all run smoothly (or wrinkly...)