The Provincial Grand Master RWBro Stephen Martin Blank was appointed as the first ever Patron of the Cheshire Freemasons Charity (CFC) at the Charity’s AGM at Cheshire View , Christleton in December
RWBro Blank said “ I look forward to fulfilling my role as an ambassador for our Provincial Charity and promoting the good work that it has done over many years and will continue to do in the future”
Floods in Northern England
The flooding in the North of England has caused massive destruction to property and furnishings, coupled with enormous heartbreak for those severely affected. It is easy to be critical of those without insurance but in many cases the individuals concerned had been unable to find insurance cover after being flooded on previous occasions. Our hearts go out to all those who suffered and as a gesture of support, Colin Ross, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, on the first day of the floods sent £10,000 to the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland and a further 2 cheques for £2000 each to the Provinces of West Lancashire and Yorkshire
Letters of thanks have been received from those Provinces and David Pratt, the PGM of Yorkshire West Riding wrote
“I am really so very appreciative of such generosity and can assure you that the monies will be indeed be faithfully applied having been thankfully received…. The effects of the flooding have been both catastrophic to homes and also psychologically traumatic within communities. At times, this has tried the spirits of even the most resilient of our West Riding Brethren and Yorkshire Folk affected to the very limit. Our rapid and positive response to calls on our charity have been very well received in our communities and a further demonstration that Freemasonry cares”.
Support for ‘the bobbies’
At the Provincial AGM last October, the PGM announced that CFC would be showing our support for the PC Dave Phillips Memorial Fund being organised by the Merseyside Police Federation. We subsequently sent a cheque for £2000 which was warmly acknowledged. Our hearts go out to PC Phillips family, friends and colleagues and we are grateful to all those who do difficult and dangerous jobs on our behalf.
What’s it all about ?
This Newsletter is designed to provide a snapshot of just some of the work that the CFC has done recently.
It is planned to produce four Issues each year, highlighting where your hard earned money is being utilised throughout the Province of Cheshire and beyond. We will also inform you of beneficence we receive from the Central Charities, eg in the Year to 31/12/2015 133 Cheshire beneficiaries received a total of £315,549
St. Luke’s Hospice
On your behalf, the Provincial Grand Master presented a £10,000 cheque to St Luke’s Hospice, Cheshire, which was used to purchase a Fiat Doblo specially modified to incorporate a wheelchair lift , as the previous vehicle was no longer viable. The vehicle will be used for transporting patients to and from the Hospice
The Matron, Wendy Field, has ensured that the bus contains a plaque recording that it has been presented by the Freemasons of Cheshire. The hospice has chosen not to have their name or logo on the vehicle as users often do not want friends and neighbours to know they are visiting the hospice. We were happy to have your generosity marked by an internal plaque and like many of the good works done by Freemasons it is hugely worthwhile but often subtly acknowledged.
Hospice of the Good Shepherd
In January 2016, Steve Hoy, Chief Executive Officer of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd, welcomed a group of Cheshire Freemasons to their premises at Backford. WBros George Mann, APGM and Colin Ross, presented a cheque for £10,000 to assist the Hospice in its ongoing developments.
Hospices now offer so much more than was historically the case and have improved the lives of many Cheshire brethren and their families. The CFC supports every Hospice in Cheshire every year and we plan to help them to carry on their good work.
As part of the Community Grant Scheme, the Masons of Area 1 gave a cheque for £280 to Stage One 2000 Musical Youth. Supported by volunteers, the group expenses are solely covered through member subscriptions, ticket sales and fund raising efforts such as laborious bag packing days in local supermarkets. Many past members have moved onto successful careers in the performing arts.
There are lots of grants made in all five areas under the Community Grant Scheme with local charities benefiting from your suggestions. Please keep the nominations coming and contact your Lodge/Chapter Almoner with your suggestions.
Date for your diary
The next AGM of Cheshire Freemasons Charity (CFC) is scheduled for 10.00 am on the 6th December 2016 at the Cheshire View, Christleton; please come along and get involved.