On Wednesday 28th February 2018 Tim Brunton (Provincial Charity Steward), Bob White (Provincial Communications Officer) and Chris Williams (Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master) had the great pleasure in meeting Claire Horrex of the charity ‘Bloodwise’.
The BMC presented Claire with a cheque for £1,000. This donation was requested by our well known and esteemed brother mason Bryan Fox who was unfortunately diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in the summer of 2017. Bryan has received extensive support from the Bloodwise charity.
Bloodwise is the UK's specialist blood cancer charity. They fund world-class research and offer information and support to everyone affected by blood cancer, including leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders. They can also discuss how patients might benefit from research and clinical trials.
Bryan's grandson Adam is running in the Bath Half Marathon on the 4th March to raise monies for the charity and at the Bristol Rovers vs Bradford City football match their buckets raised £530.
Our thoughts are with Bryan and his family.
Enough is Enough
A personal letter by Dr David Staples, Chief Executive of the United Grand Lodge of England. This has also been placed as a full page advert in The Times, Daily Telegraph and Guardia.
At the United Grand Lodge of England, we value honesty, integrity and
service to the community above all else. Last year we raised over £33
million for good causes.
As an organisation we welcome individuals from all walks of life, of
any faith, age, class or political persuasion.
Throughout our 300 year
history, when people have suffered discrimination Freemasonry has
embraced them into our lodges as equals.
The United Grand Lodge of England believes that the ongoing gross
misrepresentation of its 200,000 plus members is discrimination. Pure
We owe it to our membership to take this stance, they shouldn’t have
to feel undeservedly stigmatised. No other organisation would stand for
this and nor shall we.
I have written to the Equality and Human Rights Commission to make this case.
I appreciate that you may have questions about who we are and what we
do, so over the next six months our members will be running a series of
open evenings and Q&A events up and down the country. These will be
promoted in the local media and on our website.
I am also happy to answer any queries directly.
Please feel free to
write to me here at Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B
5AZ and I will come back to you.
Dr David Staples Chief Executive United Grand Lodge of England
Bristol 2019 MSF Festival Report
The following report was delivered by the Bristol 2019 MSF Festival Chairman W Bro. Steve Bennett at Bristol Installed Masters’ Lodge on Wednesday 29th November 2017.
The final phase - just 17 months remaining of Our Bristol 2019 MSF festival.
In 2013 I stood here to give a talk on how we could deliver a successful festival by all working together and by encouraging our respective lodges to support this vital fundraising effort.At the outset of the appeal it was the Provincial Grand Masters instruction that the festival should have two objectives – raise as much money as possible and raise awareness of the support available to brethren and their dependents from the masonic charities.
I am delighted to confirm that, to date, we have been successful in one and very successful in the other.
The PGM announced at PGL in May that We have already raised our initial objective of £650,000 and we should be above £690,000 at the end of December.This is a splendid achievement and the brethren in the province are to be congratulated on their fundraising efforts thus far.
In raising awareness of the support available from the masonic charities to our members we have been very successful;
In 2013: 30 grants totaling £116,000 were made to members or their families in this province 2014: 33 grants totaling £99,200 2015: 27 grants totaling £99,600 In 2016 the number reduced to 18 totaling £41,000 and this will increase as some are ongoing.
It is obvious from these figures that we need to put more than our original target back into to the system to cover that which benefits our members in this province not only during the Period of the festival but in helping future needs going forward before the next festival arrivals.
Brethren we should be immensely proud of our Masonic Charities – there is not another organization in the country which offers such a vast range of support to its members in the time of need.
The average per capita amount raised for the masonic charities across all provinces is £647. To date, our total equates to a per capita amount of £544. From this, brethren, you can see that we must all continue in our efforts to produce a truly successful outcome to our festival.
So, how are we doing?
We Have 11 lodges who have hit their original target and all are still committed to supporting the festival.15 Lodges who are above 80% of their original objective and should achieve 100% and more during the remaining 17 months. Many more Lodge Achievement Awards will be presented in the coming months.
A very small number of lodges are below this level and I urge them to make every effort to shoulder their fair share of the responsibility.
Every lodge has been tasked equally with raising the per capita amount of £495. It makes no difference whether the lodge has 70 members or 25, the demographics of age, – every lodge has been tasked the same and should make every effort to fulfil its obligation to our festival.
Even this, The Bristol Installed Masters Lodge, was asked to raise a specific amount and I am delighted to say that that has not only been achieved but in fact exceeded- so I thank you all, worshipful brethren and I urge to continue!
Now for the burning question - What should we now aim to raise?
The projected amount of grants received from the end of the last festival to the end of this one is in the region of £800,000. If we then look at the national average across all provinces being a per capita of £647 and base our figure on the membership of all lodges except for BIML and Patrons we have 1,270, giving a total of £826,000.
So, in setting our final target at £826,000 - we can be certain of three things;
1. we will have repaid all monies received as grants into the province during that period. 2. We will have also added money to the charity. 3. We would have donated the average Per capita across all provinces.Brethren with this challenge we have 17 months to raise £136,000 to support a charitable system that provides cradle to grave support for our members and their loved ones in need.
It is also supporting local charities in our communities and last year alone, over 4,000 local charities and initiatives in England wales received grants totaling over £6 million!!!
If we focus all our fund raising on the festival, we can do it and also support our local charities via the MCGF at the same time. Use the gift aid RPP forms which can still be taken out over a six-year period. The total amount is credited to the lodge at the time it is submitted.Free prize draws, and gift aid envelopes boost all takings by 25%! Encourage every new initiate to support by taking out a regular promise payment. Brethren I appeal to and urge all members of your lodges to rise to this challenge - if we all work together we will do it.
If every lodge achieves its original target and continues to raise money and support the festival, as most have been doing, we will achieve our goal. A small increase in the per capita amount will result in a truly successful Festival!Continued support from The Royal Arch, Bristol Masonic society, Masonic Golf Society, other orders, and circles will also boost our fund raising and the net result will be an additional per capita amount.
You can be assured that the members of the festival committee will continue to help and assist in every way to ensure a successful outcome. I take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication and hard work. And to you Worshipful brethren I thank you for the support that you have given to the appeal, thus far, and I say again that working together, encouraging and promoting we can do it - and what an amazing feeling of Pride that the brethren of this Province will experience when it is announced at the Festival Gala Dinner in April 2019 that we have raised £826,000!!!
W Bro. Steve Bennett Bristol 2019 Festival Chairman
Tim Brunton and Chris Cook as MCF representatives visited the charity at their offices at Upper Maudlin Street.
They are part of a network of charities that offers support and advise to young women who are in the process of self harming. Support is provided through a phone line, texting and the internet. They also go into local schools and prisons. Their services are also to older women and men.
They made Tim and Chris feel very welcome and we were pleased that we could help such a worthwhile charity.
Masonic Charitable Foundation
The MCF has defined its Strategy and Values as :
RESPONSIVE TO NEED MAKING A DIFFERENCE
STRIVING FOR EXCELLENCE
Emergency grants in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria from the MCF: £110,000
£450,000 has been awarded to 245 hospices across England and Wales.
£41,053 of small grants awarded in July to 9 charitable organisations.
£552,045 of large grants awarded in July to 12 charitable organisations.
Province of Bristol masons and dependents in 2016/2017 received grants of £40,879 and so far this year £21,082.
In 2016/2017 across All Provinces a total of 4,024 grants at a total of £6,001,376.61 was awarded.
concerning the grant giving are soon to be produced. 177,801 votes were
cast. 87% from members of the general public.
Monies raised from Festivals completed in 2017 by provinces was £10.84 million.
By Jan 2018 the Relief Chest Scheme will have an on line donation platform.
MCF are launching an on line will making service.
MCF Hospice Grants Awarded in the Province of Bristol
On the 25th October 2017 The MCF approved £450,000
for hospices across England and Wales. In total the Masonic Community
has awarded over £12 million to the hospices since 1984 through the MCF.
This year Jessie May was awarded £1,000 and St Peter's Hospice £2,620.
In addition, significant monies will be awarded in
partnership with Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care.
This is a pilot project to give more substantial grants to hospices.
grants will help develop and extend bereavement support services in
hospices; the effect of these services will enhance the well-being of
bereaved families or individuals.
The very significant grant will be
announced in March 2018.
MCF £25,000 Award for Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled
On the 4th October, our Provincial Charity Steward W Bro. Tim Brunton visited the Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled for the
presentation of a £25,000 cheque as winners of the MCF Community Award
for the Bristol Province.
The money is going to be spent on the purchase
of two horses and their training, the resurfacing of an out door
paddock so it becomes all weather and not muddy, and extending their car
park. This will allow them to host the regional riding disability
W Bro Tim was joined by Bro. Les Bakos from Moira Lodge [a
newly joined mason] who had voted for the charity in the summer, visited
their operation and has now put himself forward as a volunteer!
Sportsmen's Lodge Walk Around Bristol Docks
The Worshipful Master of Sportsmen's Lodge and his wife Janet would like to thank all those that attended and enjoyed a splendid summers morning walk around Bristol's iconic harbour side on Sunday 20th August, all in support of the Tercentenary celebrations.
Departing from Millennium Square the tour headed for the Trumpet Bridge for a photo shoot before a coffee stop at The M Shed cafe.
Cook delighted everyone by issuing them with a raffle ticket for a Free
Prize Draw, the 2 winners receiving a bottle of wine each, donated by the lodge's first Worshipful Master.
along the riverside passing numerous points of interest it seemed that
in no time at all, the "Underfall Yard" came into view where an alfresco lunch
stop was held.
The members of Sportsmen's Lodge thank the generosity of all who came, with donations raising £100 which will be donated to MSF 2019 Festival.
Just a thought for Summer 2018............ a walk in the countryside including a pub lunch?