Worshipful Brother Gerald Lee presents Worshipful Brother Pat Todd with a cheque for £500 to go towards supporting the Masonic Fishing Charity.
“The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs”.
It achieves this by running fishing events, both coarse and fly and inviting participants with special needs to come and join in. This includes anyone over 11 with mental or physical disabilities, the disadvantaged or those who have suffered trauma.
We hope to ‘Catch The Smile’ along the way.
The Charity provides:
A fisherman or helper for every participant usually on a one-to-one basis.
Lunch is provided for all participants, helpers and fishermen and usually consists of barbecued burgers, sausages and maybe some fresh trout at fly fishing events!
A ‘Certificate of Achievement’ for all participants.
Medals for Biggest Fish, Best Caster, Best Retriever etc., are also often awarded.
Participating organisations or individuals are provided with Risk Assessments and Health & Safety Instructions
Health and safety instruction is given to all helpers and fishermen.
Some game fish caught may be kept by the participants.
Worshipful Master, W Bro Ian Gilmour (R) and Lodge Charity Steward, W Bro Revd Grahame Whittlesea (C), accompanying W Bro Tony Eldridge (L) who proposed a donation of £1000 to Cardiac Risk in the Young, seconded by Bro David Ball, in memory of Tonbridge Angels U-18 Footballer, Jack Maddams who died in his sleep, aged 17, and much respected senior past master W Bro Philippe Lacamp who died of a sudden heart attack at the end of 2018.
Our donation will go towards screening programmes for young people in East Kent. Every week in the UK at least 12 young people die of undiagnosed heart conditions.
CRY supports young people diagnosed with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions and offers bereavement support to families affected. Roger Maddams, Jack’s father, who works hard to promote the work of CRY said: “of the 100 or so screened locally earlier this year, 10 were referred for further examination so that something can be done about whatever strand of heart condition is at question.”
The Lodge is proud to support this work and appreciated receiving letters of thanks from Roger Maddams, and CRY Chief Executive Dr Steven Cox.
In May the Association of Atholl Lodges helped to organise an event to celebrate the history of the six Atholl Lodges within in Kent, the Garden of England County.
It was hosted by United Industrious Lodge No.31 at the Canterbury Masonic Centre in the heart of the city. The Association were honoured by the presence of W. Bro Mark Bassant AGM in the Province of East Kent and W. Bro Mark Eyles-Thomas DPGM in the Province of West Kent.
We were also honoured by the presence of many Grand and Provincial Officers and welcomed representatives and visitors from each of the six Kent Atholl Lodges. The Association Banner Party ceremonially paraded into the Lodge dressed in traditional tricorn hats and white bibs and the Banner was presented to the Worshipful Master.
During the meeting an address was given by the Association Chairman W.Bro. Geoffrey Abraham, on the history of Atholl Lodges followed by the Worshipful Master receiving an engraved Association gavel.
Then followed the presentation of a cheque from the Association to the Kent Library & Museum of Freemasonry, this was to mark their new temporary exhibition showcasing Atholl Freemasonry in Kent.
The evening was completed with a splendid Festive Board.
WBro Kenneth Hoare and his partner Nan travelled to London on 25th September and presented a cheque for £1574.40 the monies they had raised during his year as master to Bloodwise, the blood cancer charity.
Bloodwise are a UK charity who are researching to stop people dying from blood cancer, they make patients’ lives better, and look for ways to stop blood cancer happening in the first place.
Their mission is not to stop until every single person with blood cancer survives and no one dies from blood cancer again. 100% survival, nothing less.
If there are ways to prevent blood cancer, Bloodwise will find them. they are working hard to uncover how blood cancer works, so they can stop it happening.
The Patron of the charity is our very own Grand Master HRH The Duke of Kent.
Well done brethren and friends of the lodge for raising such a tremendous figure.
During the past year we have been collecting monies for the Ashford based charity ‘Find a Voice’ who support people county wide who suffer from speech and language difficulties.
As a result of this fund raising we have been able to provide £1000 towards the purchase of essential aids used by the charity.
Find A Voice supports children and adults who have a severe speech, language or communication difficulty, and who may require some form of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) support. This can include signing, symbols or a communication aid. Support is provided in person, by telephone and via their website.
Their mission is to support people of all ages who have severe speech, language and communication needs by providing access to life enhancing advice, equipment and training.
To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, Freemasons nominated 300 local charities to receive a share of three million pounds.
Depending on the number of votes received, each charity will receive a grant of between £4,000 and £25,000.