Masonic Charitable Awards

2017 has been an outstanding year of charitable donations to worthy recipients within our communities in Cheshire, with a record amount donated by Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation and by the Freemasons of Cheshire via their Lodges , Chapters and personal donations. To Celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry in England and to mark the record amounts donated the Province of Cheshire held a Charitable Awards Event at the Hammond School of the Performing Arts at Chester on Monday 4th May. Over 250 Cheshire Masons, Wives and Partners in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire, The Lord Mayor of Chester, The Bishop of Chester and RWBro Stephen Martin Blank the Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire Freemasons.


Outreach Vehicle £25,000

David V Dyson , Karen Holston










Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under Lyne can now take Hospice Services to the

Community in their Outreach Vehicle

Hi Tech Mattresses £20.000

Adrian Davies , Dr Eamonn O’Neal










St Ann’s Hospice in Cheadle needs to replace Mattresses with Massage features to

reduce the damage caused by lying for prolonged periods


Hi Tech Bathroom, Toilet and Wet-Room £30,000

Gary Horstman , David Pastor










Claire House Children’s Hospice at Clatterbridge on the Wirral now have Bathing facility

which stimulates the Children by therapeutic bathing combined with a light and sound


14 Seater Bus £55,000

Robert Bramley, Mike Bullock










The Children’s Adventure Farm Trust at Millington near Lymm now have a new 14 seater bus

with facilities for disabled Children which will enable the Charity to bring Children to the

Adventure Farm for a Holiday experience.

Horticultural Buildings £25,000

George Mann, Francis Ball










Bridge Community Farm in Ellesmere Port trains long term unemployed people and puts them to work growing vegetables

Improvements at Sandiway and Grants to Scout Groups £50,000
Mike Sheils with Graham Phillips

Alan Glazier , Graham Phillips










Cheshire Scout’s County Commissioner Graham Phillips received from VWBro. Alan Glazier Deputy Provincial Grand Master a certificate confirming £50,000 awarded to enable improvements to residential facilities at Sandiway and to mke grants to Scout Groups in need of financial support


Wirral Kids £16,000
Stephen Blank on line to the 85,000 plus listeners of Wirral Radio

Paul Massie, John Storey










Wirral Radio located at Leasowe near Birkenhead runs a Charity called Wirral Kids

which supports Children who have dropped through the Education System and is

very successful in integrating them back into the main stream.

Kitchen Equipment £20,000


Plaque outside the Kitchen

specially designed Skull Caps







The Hale Community recently completed their Synagogue, a project started in 2001

The Synagogue hosted a non denominational Service of Thanksgiving as part of the

Tercentenary Celebrations on Sunday 7th May


Hammond School student Megan Basford entertained the audience

Following the Interval the audience were entertained by 15 Years old Student of the Hammond School, Megan Basford


Computer Equipment £25,00

Maggie Evans, Dr. Marilyn Blank










The Hammond School of the Performing Arts located at Hoole, Chester hosted the Province of Cheshire Charitable Awards in their 300 seater Theatre.

TLC Bears
Tender Loving Care (TLC) Appeal underwritten by £18,500


Stephen Cross, Ron Evans










Ron Evans informed the Audience that since 2004 when the TLC Appeal was started in Cheshire over 130,000 Teddies have been donated to the 10 Hospitals with Paediatric A&E Departments which service Cheshire. He presented Stephen Cross Director of Corporate and Legal Services at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust with a Certificate

Masonic Charitable FoundationPUBLIC VOTE



From 12th June until 31st July the general public voted on line for 6 Cheshire Charities and shared £58,000 John McCrohan from the Masonic Charitable Foundation attended the Awards to make the first announcement of the results of the Public Vote here in Cheshire. Over 177,000 members of the public took part in the National Vote. The First Award was the one which garnered the most votes from the public in Cheshire.

Members of the Public Voted at the Royal Cheshire County Show for 6 prizes totaling £58,000


Reuben’s Retreat £25,000

Charity with the most votes
Reuben’s Retreat










Petty Pool Trust £15,000

Second Highest No of votes Petty Pool Trust










Rossendale Trust Ltd £6,000

Rossendale Trust Ltd third highest no. of votes










Barnstondale Centre £4,000

Barnstondale Centre










David Lewis Centre £4,000

David Lewis Centre, Alderley Edge










Charles Thompson Mission £4,000

Charles Thompson Mission











Peggy Maskrey MBE

Peggy Maskrey MBE, Peter Carroll and Colin Ross










Peter Carroll the Chairman of the Trustees of Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity announced a special presentation to Peggy Maskrey who was awarded a cheque for £2,000 payable to the Charity of her choice, Peggy has worked as a volunteer at the Charles Thompson Mission since she was 8 years old now in her nineties she has been honoured as an MBE

Colin Ross then outlining the additional grants that CFC has made in 2017

£41,000 to Masonic Charities

£18,000 to Cancer care, Prostate Cancer screening and Proton Beam Therapy Research

£10,000 to Cheshire Hospices

£20,000 from the Disaster Fund to MEN Terrorist Attack and the Fire at the Christie Hospital

£12,000 to the three Masonic Care Homes

A total of £45,600 has been awarded to 40 local Charities via the Community Grant Scheme

Our Lodges and Chapters have also made donations to Charities and worthy causes of their choice

The total of Charitable Giving made by Cheshire Freemasons’ Charity , Masonic Charitable Foundation, our Lodges, Chapters and individual Freemasons exceeds HALF a MILLION POUNDS