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PGM's Address to Provincial Grand Lodge ~ 13th May 2017

Brethren,

I am very pleased to see so many Bristol brethren here today. I again thank the visitors for coming and allowing us to repay the hospitality and friendship we receive from them.

I congratulate those receiving Provincial Honours and thank them for their loyal service and contribution. It is your special day today and I hope that in accepting the Honour you appreciate the responsibilities attached to it. Continue to support the Province, the Initiatives to take Masonry forward and your Lodge. I am also looking to you to instruct and to find new members.  

I would like thank those Provincial Officers who have completed their year in office. I thank them for their support and I am sure they have enjoyed their year, especially with the four Provincial Visits to lodges and the other special events.

I must say how much I have enjoyed the company of VW Bro. Chris Williams who retired today. I thank him for his support and his advice. I am sure he has enjoyed a marvellous six years. I must particularly thank the retiring Wardens W Bro. Peter Wills and W Bro. Alan Reed, who have been very conscientious in making so many visits to all the Lodges and representing the Province extremely well. They have enjoyed their time as Wardens, supported all the activities in the Province and I know that the Masters in the Corner and indeed all the Brethren  have enjoyed their company. The new Deputy Provincial Grand Master W Bro. Jo Davis will I am sure be made very welcome in all the lodges and I look forward to working with him in future. The two new Wardens I have appointed, W Bro. Dr Jonathan Hayes and W Bro. Stuart McKendrick need no introduction and I know you will also enjoy their company.

This year is a very important year in Masonry since it represents the 300th Anniversary of the formation of Grand Lodge. Locally we are supporting this event on the actual day, 24th June, by attending Evensong at our own Cathedral followed by Dinner in the Hall. There are many other events planned including an Open Day in September and a very special Dinner in Bristol with the Province of Monmouthshire in November, when the guest Speaker will be Sir Gareth Edwards. I congratulate W Bro. Arthur Grannan and his committee for their work in organising these events.

Having carried out extensive research, Bro. Gary Williams has identified five pubs being former meeting places of lodges in the Province and we have had permission from the planners, from the landlords and from the tenants to put blue plaques on those buildings, the earliest of which dates from 1735. I am hoping that these blue plaques will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor in due course. 

Nationally, there is a major celebratory meeting at the Royal Albert Hall on 31 October where Bristol will be fully represented. I am delighted that many Lodges are taking the opportunity to celebrate in their own way and I am sure this would create much interest and produce hopefully more candidates.

Grand Lodge had the foresight to commission the documentary series called 'Inside the Freemasons' which is currently being shown on Sky television. The viewing figures are very good indeed and this has resulted in double the normal web traffic and many more potential candidates responding with a view to becoming members. In addition, the unveiling of the Victoria Cross Stones outside Feemasons Hall in London has created additional interest and shows that we are truly part of the community. The television programmes show that as masons we come in a range of ages, representing many different religions and from all walks of life. There was a great feeling of friendship shown in the programmes and that is the message we need to get across to the general public.

Following a survey carried out by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, in 2016 masonic donations across the country totalling £33 million were made, the majority of which were to non-Masonic causes. It is anticipated that in 2017 the amount donated will be in the region of £40 million. In Bristol we are actively seeking our own publicity and I have appointed W Bro. Kash Dewani as the Communication Officer in charge of external relations who is doing an excellent job.

I am delighted with the support given to the Masonic Samaritan Fund 2019 Festival and I can tell you that while the total donated is over £600,000 I would ask the Brethren to bear in mind that we have two years left and we need at least another £200,000 to repay to central funds the amounts which we have received in benefits since the last Festival in 2008. I congratulate W Bro. Stephen Bennett and his committee for the hard work and dedication they have put in to this Festival.

A year ago I appointed W Bro. Stephen Carter as Provincial Membership Officer. In the last 12 months we have held three Information Evenings where 49 potential candidates attended, of which 47 were subsequently assigned to Lodges. Of the 49 only one came from the UGLE website and the others came from our own website, from friends of members, from the outside events we held in the year superbly organised by W Bro. Bob White, or from talks given by W Bro. Stephen to professional and sporting bodies. Many Lodges have benefited from these candidates and I ask all Lodges to appoint a Membership Officer in order to take advantage.

I also thank W Bro. John Allen for the tremendous work he has done as Mentor in helping reduce resignations. In our continuing quest for education, W Bro. Tony Baker the Provincial Grand Orator has produced a series of five minute talks which he calls Snippets. These Masonic 'Thoughts for the Day' may be given by the lodge Mentor after each ceremony which will provide the newer members (and possibly the older members) with information on a variety of topics mainly relating to the ceremony which has just taken place. I am sure you will find these very interesting.

Two weeks ago I consecrated a new lodge called the Scoutcraft Lodge. This was a very enjoyable day and it showed the Province of Bristol in an excellent light. I congratulate W Bro. Peter Wills the first Master who did so much work to get the lodge off the ground and all those Brethren who took part in the Ceremony. I am sure the Lodge will go forward from strength to strength.

Generally our Ceremonies create great interest in other Provinces and we have either recently demonstrated or will demonstrate in Berkshire, Middlesex, London, the Isle of Man and in the Grand Temple at UGLE.

I am delighted to see the Dunckerleys, our Young Masons Club, acting as Escort Officers today as they did last year. This is a fast growing Club that meets socially and brings together newer members. Every Lodge has a Representative and if you are not a member and you qualify, you could be missing out.  

We will continue to improve and alter the building, not merely repair and maintain it. To this end, in the summer we will be starting on the air-handling and soon after that we will be looking at upgrading the foyer, the corridors and the stairways. It is a continuing task but I am sure you will agree Brethren, the results justify the means.

I am indebted to VW Bro. Chris Williams and the senior members of the Province for their commitment and support over the last year. I must thank on your behalf W Bro. Philip Harrill the Director of Ceremonies and his team, together with W Bro. Steve Rawlings the outgoing Provincial Grand Secretary and his office team, and W Bro. Paul Corder and Bro. Des Eastup for the music, all of whom made today’s meeting so enjoyable.

I express my thanks to the directors of St George's Hall for their co-operation in allowing us to use this venue. Each of you will have a gift aid envelope and I would ask you to use this for today’s collection. The charity we are supporting today is of course the 2019 Masonic Samaritan Fund Festival.

Brethren I am honoured to represent this ancient Province and I look forward to another enjoyable year ahead in your company. Thank you for your attendance today.



Robert Thorne Charity Race Night ~ 16th September 2017




Jerusalem Lodge Help Dave on His Way

On the 7th of April, Dave Kelly (Ruby & White's Master Butcher) headed out to the Sahara Desert to complete the 156 mile, Multi Stage, Self Supported, Marathon Des Sables

http://www.marathondessables.co.uk/

Dave has previously completed a number of endurance events, but this was thefirst raising money for charity - raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, and has set an ambitious target of £25K. 

We are sure you'll agree that this is a really worthy cause, and we would be grateful for any contribution to help Dave reach his goal.

Anything at all you are able to do to help will be greatly appreciated, whether that is in the form of Donations, or simply spreading the word.

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/daveinthesahara
https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
https://twitter.com/Dkelly_Butcher

Jerusalem Lodge have donated £200 to Macmillan Cancer Support. (Picture) Bro Shaun Lloyd, Charity Steward of Jerusalem Lodge presenting the cheque to Dave Kelly




Sportsmen's Lodge Walk Bristol Docks ~ 20th August 2017




St. Nicholas Lodge Walk the Severn Bridge ~ Sunday 6th August 2017




Dragon Boat Racing - 2nd September 2017




Tercentenary Grand Dinner @ Ashton Gate


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Canynges Lodge - A Night at the Musicals




Tercentenary Grand Dinner - Ashton Gate Stadium - Saturday 18th November




Classic Car Run - Ashton Gate Stadium - Sunday 2nd July




GWAAC & Freemasons Flying High


PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release

Freemasons will be flying high as their logo has been placed on their local air ambulance in recognition of their support.

The Bristol Freemasons were one of the first groups to support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity when it was formed in 2008, and continue to be a great supporter nine years on. To date they have donated an impressive £103,567.

GWAAC relies on the public to raise the £2.6million a year needed to stay operational, and this money has helped to ensure the crew can reach more people in need across the city.

To mark this support the Freemasons logo has been placed on the helicopter, and representatives from the Bristol province visited the base to hear more about the vital life-saving service.

In 2016 the crew attended 1,735 jobs, and of these 39.7% were in Bristol.

Tim Brunton from Bristol Freemasons said: “We are proud to see the Masonic Square and Compass on the side of the Great Western Air Ambulance,  which does a hugely important job saving lives every day across Bristol and beyond.”

The Bristol Freemasons were joined by representatives from the Gloucestershire and Somerset provinces, including GWAAC trustee and Freemason Jonathan Skeeles, who was involved in forming GWAAC in 2008.

In total the three provinces have raised £130,584.35.

Chief Executive John Christensen said: “We have been blown away by the generosity of the Freemasons, and wanted to do something to recognise the huge contribution they have made to our charity. It seemed fitting to have their logo placed on our helicopter, as this will be visible wherever we go across the six counties we cover. I was delighted to be able to meet representatives from the three provinces to thank them in person, and tell them more about how their support has made a big difference to us.”

GWAAC receives no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery, and so support from organisations such as the Freemasons is crucial in ensuring the charity can stay operational.

ENDS

Notes for editors


1.GWAAC has been providing an air ambulance service for 2.1 million people across the counties of Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and parts of Wiltshire for 8 years.

2. The GWAAC critical care team consists of a highly trained and experienced Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor, who bring the skill and expertise of an Accident and Emergency Department to the patient.

3. In 2016 the Critical Care Team attended 1,735 jobs: by helicopter and by one of our critical care cars. It is estimated one in five people who would otherwise die are saved by the actions of the GWAAC clinical team.

4. We need to raise £2.6million each year to stay operational, but receive no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery.  

For further information contact:

Laura Durrant, PR and Media Officer.
0117 332 8338
07890113851
Laura@gwaac.com
www.greatwesternairambulance.com
@GWAAC






Evensong & Dinner - Bristol Cathedral and Freemasons' Hall ~ 24th June 2017




Five Counties Tercentenary Golf Challange


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