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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 championships.

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.

Cathy 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.

Strolling 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?

The Classic 300 Car Run - South West Route 2

Ashton Gate Stadium (Bristol) to Haynes International Motor Museum (Yeovil)

On Sunday 2nd July 2017 crowds gathered on a lovely summer's morning at Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby to await the arrival of a wonderful selection of classic cars. This was the departure point of the South West Route 2 run to the world famous Haynes Motor Museum in Somerset. A giant electronic screen on the side of the stadium welcomed all the crews as they entered the car park.

After light refreshments the first cars were ready to leave. The Provincial Grand Master of Bristol, Alan Vaughan, accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Jonathan Davis presented the "travelling gavel" to John Slade, driving a beautiful 1967 E-Type Jaguar.

The Union Jack was raised and then at thirty second intervals the other 23 cars began their scenic journey. They passed through Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole and the Somerset Lowlands.Morgan’s, a Sunbeam Tiger, an Aston Martin, a Triumph Stag, a Royal Sceptre, a Bentley and a Mini Cooper to name but a few were cheered by the spectators as they left.

The Province of Bristol was extremely pleased to be involved with this event and supporting The Classic 300. We also thank Phil Cottrell, a member of the 300 committee for travelling from Berkshire to set up the flags and banners. From there he went to Haynes Motor Museum to welcome John Slade and retrieve the gavel for the next event. Thanks also to Ashton Gate for their help, assistance and use of their facilities.

We wish the remaining "Runs" well and hope they have such a good turnout of classics and brilliant weather as we had.

Most of all, we thank the classic car owners for being part of the day

Report by Chris Cook

The Avon Riding School for the Disabled

The Avon Riding School for the Disabled kindly invited Tim Brunton (Provincial Charity Steward) and Chris Cook (Past Provincial Charity Steward) to look around their operation.

They are one of the four nominated charities for the MCF voted award of £25,000 - Louise Leigh informed that their 5,000 followers on Facebook and all visitors have been encouraged to vote on the MCF Portal mcf.org.uk/vote.

If they were to win the top prize of £25,000 this would buy 5 horses or cover the running costs of 4 horses for the year.

The other three charities are: Bistol Playbus Project - who have also advertised the MCF Voting Poster on their website and facebook page. Bristol & District Tranquilliser Project, andBristol Underprivileged Children Charity

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


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.

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


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.


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

Tercentenary Grand Dinner @ Ashton Gate

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

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.


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