On Tuesday 7th September, 14 Members and 3 Visiting Companions mustered at Redditch Masonic Hall to conduct the installation of our MEZ, E. Comp. David Crump, who should have been Installed in December 2019 but due to Emergency Hospitalisation, and then the impact of the pandemic, meant that this was the first opportunity to Proclaim the Second and Third Principals and Install E. Comp. David into the Chair. A task which was very well conducted by the outgoing MEZ E. Comp. Frank Walters, PPrGSoj.
It was also unique in that the Founder MEZ of the Chapter and Past Third Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. Ian Fothergill, PGStB, PPrGJ, had the honour of acting as the Presiding Officer under the watchful eye of E. Comp. Keith Evans, PGStB, Provincial Third Grand Principal, the Chapter DC, who was also the Founding Second Principal of the Chapter.
On completion of the work in the Temple the Companions retired to enjoy each others company with the usual Tot at a Festive Board Buffet.
Sunday 15th August saw some 80 Brethren, Partners and Friends gather to enjoy a Pig Roast at the excellent new facility provided by Bro. Chris Mason and his wife Sandra at their premises near Ombersley.
This was the first occasion for the Lodge to meet socially in person, since the Sunday Lunch held on 16th March 2020.
Despite this however the Lodge held three On-Line Virtual Events to celebrate Trafalgar Night, Burns Night and the Triple Celebration of St. George’s Day, Shakespeare’s Birthday and the Launch of the Asparagus season.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Ian Fothergill, in welcoming everybody, remarked on the exceptional achievement made by the Lodge in their Charity giving during the lockdown at these events, not forgetting firstly Bro. Martin Carver’s excellent efforts in raising £3,500 for the NHS, with his half marathons around the Worcestershire and Birmingham NHS Trust Hospitals; for which he received a Certificate of Appreciation from the MW The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent; the £3,250 raised in support of Military Veterans and Reservists donated to PTSD Resolution UK and of course the £2,500 raised towards our 2022 Festival target. A total sum of £10,000.
He then stated that the proceeds of today’s magnificent Raffle, organised by W. Bro. Ian and Vikki Hart, would be our final donation to PTSD Resolution. It resulted in obtaining a further £775. This meaning that the Lodge has been able to support 6+ individuals from within North Worcestershire to obtain the necessary treatment, which costs £650 per course.
It really was a splendid day and we now look forward to our next Social Event, Sunday Lunch at Alderson House Warwick on Sunday 17th October and our first Regular Lodge Meeting, Trafalgar Night, on Friday 29th October.
Brethren & Companions,
Martin’s latest video of his training run as Batman in preparation for his undertaking the WOLF RUN in support of PTSD Resolution UK on Saturday 2nd July. My WM chosen Service Charity.
To date we have now, thanks to another Units support, managed to pay for 3.5 courses of treatment for our Veteran PTSD sufferers in North Worcestershire and we are hoping to raise considerably more from both the General public and our Freemasons with Martin’s latest efforts.
Your individual help would be very much appreciated. You all have Lodge/Chapter Members accounts and all I am requesting is that you consider sponsoring Martin for £1 per Kilometre, i.e. £10 in total. If you are prepared to consider assisting/donating in that way, please contact our Lodge/Chapter Treasurer, Tom Kennedy, to give him the authority to make the transfer.
For many of us who have served in any of the various services linked to our Lodge I am sure there are those who have experienced, and been involved in, traumatic events. Most of us have been lucky that it does not appear to have effected our mental state but please think of those poor young men & women who have not been able to cope and are in desperate need of help.
Every £ plays an important part and this 11 year old charity has now dealt with over 3,000 referrals.