Almoners from all over Cheshire attended the Annual Gala Dinner on Wednesday 12 April at Cheshire View where many Lodge and Chapters were represented. The meeting was hosted by WBro Walter Grundy the Provincial Grand Almoner who is always looking for assistance and asked for 10 to 15 volunteers to come forward who would be willing to visit members and widows unable to get out and about and needed to renew their link with Freemasonry often lost when a Lodge closes or they move house. If you would like to help please contact your Lodge Almoner or Walter Grundy at the Provincial Office.
The evenings guest speaker was Elaine Hansen who provides Advice & Support for the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. In her address she expressed surprise that applications for free holidays had not been taken up by anyone from Cheshire. Free holidays are provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation for anyone who has not had a holiday for the past three years. Seventy places are on offer at one of four centres Llandudno, Bournemouth, Eastbourne and Southend-on-Sea, there is only one caveat in that they must be mobile and capable of using a coach unaided, plans are in place to open the scheme to disabled members, details will follow shortly. Elaine also spoke of the improvements being made in communications, administration and payment of grants through changes at the Masonic Charity Foundation Offices in Great Queen Street. The administration was becoming streamlined and was designed to give relief to members as quickly as possible.
Over 120 delegates attended the Almoners Dinner at Cheshire View
Cheshire Provincial Grand Almoner Walter Grundy in conversation with the MCF North West Almoner Support Officer Elaine Hansen