Thursday, 28 July 2016

Saturday, 23 July 2016

MBE for W Bro David Tudor

The Provincial Grand Master (in company with a great many Shropshire Masons) has been delighted to congratulate W Bro David Tudor on his recent award of an MBE for services to Charity. He received the award on 11th June from Her Majesty the Queen (our Grand Patron).

David is a Grand Officer who is well known in London (notably at the Grand Steward's lodge), but whose main Shropshire connection is as a senior member and Mentor of Sabrina Lodge 4158 in Shrewsbury.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Group Six Burns Night

Book early for an unmissable Burns Night organised by Group 6 lodges in aid of the 2019 Festival and the Royal British Legion. This Black Tie Burns Night Charity Supper at the Park Inn (next to the Radisson) in Telford will include a three- course meal (three menu choices, all Scottish!), pipes and drums, poetry, raffle, entertainment and a disco to take you through to 3am.

28th January, 2017 1900h-0300h, £35/head. Contact marcellus.archer444@mod.uk to book or for more information.

 

MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY ANNUAL BALL AND AWARDS CEREMONY

500 supporters of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity dined and partied the night away at Edgbaston on Friday 8th July to celebrate 25 years of HELIMED service to the counties of Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Staffordshire. The AIR25 Ball and Awards Ceremony celebrated the special achievements of individuals and organisations who had made continuous and significant contributions to the Charity over the quarter century of its existence.

In the category of Community Partner there was only one nomination, the Freemasons of the four counties who between them have contributed over £1,100,000 over twenty five years. This amount excludes personal legacies from Freemasons which in themselves have been significant. The donations from Freemasonry have come from individual lodges, from Craft, Royal Arch and Mark Provinces as well as from other Orders and from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

It was appropriate therefore that on the evening the award was presented to WBro Dennis Hill, PAGDC who is the Treasurer of the Staffordshire & Shropshire Mark Benevolent Fund; Treasurer of the Shropshire Masonic Charitable Association; Treasurer of the 2019 Shropshire Festival Appeal in aid of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity and a Trustee of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Dennis was presented with the award by television celebrity, Rusty Lee. The stainless steel representation of a helicopter with the distinctive heart beat logo displayed on all three Midlands Air Ambulance helicopters is a scale model of a very large sculpture which is soon to be prominently sited somewhere in the West Midlands.

The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has helicopters based at Tatenhill in Staffordshire, at Cosford in Shropshire and at Strensham in Worcestershire and has carried out over 46,000 life-saving missions over the past twenty five years. Recent high profile incidents include the Alton Towers ‘Smiler’ accident and the Sutton Coldfield stabbing of a pregnant lady. It is a fact that if a patient who has suffered a major trauma can reach hospital within sixty minutes they are several times more likely to survive. The Midlands Air Ambulances take the hospital to the patient - there are many alive today who, without the service would have perished. It is all the more incredible that this important life-saving service is funded entirely by public, community and corporate donations. It receives no central or local government contribution other than a recent Libor grant of £240,000. Each mission costs a minimum of £2,500.

At the MAAC Ball and Awards Ceremony Freemasonry was celebrated by the Charity as its premier Community Partner over the past twenty five years. It is hoped that the Award will, over the next twelve months, travel to each of the Craft Masonic Provinces and to the Mark Province of Staffordshire and Shropshire and that the Brethren of these Provinces will have an opportunity to see it.

VW Bro Roger Pemberton, DepPrGM (Shropshire)
Trustee, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Auction total

Thanks to the more than 100 people who supported our Auction on 1st July in aid of the 2019 Festival. The total raised can now be revealed - £8728.50 towards our £1m target. Let's hope this inspires us to even more enjoyable and successful fund raising over the next two years - and thanks to the organisers as well as those who placed bids!!

 

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Auction of Promises something to sing about!

The long-awaited Auction of Promises was held at Oswestry's Wynnstay Hotel on 1st July in the presence of Provincial Grand Master Peter Taylor and his lady Pat. There were nearly 70 lots provided, from a beautiful ring through paintings, bottles and promises of flights, holidays, tuition in an array of skills, and much more besides. Auctioneer Michael Tomley was called on for all of his professional wiles as he attempted to part over 100 people from their cash.

Melvin Gough had ensured a well organised event in fine surroundings, and a pleasant meal set things on their way after a welcome from Roger Pemberton and a game of Heads and Tails led by Jeremy Lund raised the first money of the evening.

Bidding was canny rather than rash, but Peter Robinson had assembled a catalogue of lots that raised anticipation, and which demonstrated the enormous generosity of the Shropshire Brethren. Thanks to this (and other gestures such as Michael Tomley's printing of the catalogue), the evening was cost-free to the SMCA. Some lively singing from one table developed as Wales negotiated the quarter-finals of the European Championships in their match against Belgium.

Results are yet to be confirmed, but rudimentary maths suggest a profit that will approach and even exceed £7000... What a great result for the 2019 Festival! To all who were involved in the organisation of the event, and to those who took part, many thanks. Anne Jones won the raffled hamper of goodies as the formal proceedings closed and a successful night saw some happy bidders enjoy a last drink before home.

 

Warwick RT weekend

Seven Brethren from Shropshire enjoyed a superb weekend in Warwick at the end of June as Round Table lodge members from around the country gathered for a celebration. The fun began even before they left Salop, as certain well- known Brethren vied for the 'bad boys' seat on the bus.

The Friday evening comprised a lodge meeting with a demonstration of a 19th century Initiation - while the ladies also met to enjoy a meal and some West End entertainment.

A tour of Warwick Castle was a feature of Saturday, with a Gala Dinner for all in the evening. As can be seen from the pictures (thanks, Steve Pritchard-Jones), it was a memorable and thoroughly enjoyable outing,

The Round Table lodges meet every other year - and in 2018 Shrewsbury will be the venue. We can't wait!!