Essex/England – Work of Orsett Freemasons and the William Glasgow Trust
Strong communities are crucial because they are often an important source of social connection and a sense of belonging. Participating in a community bonded together by attitudes, values and goals is an essential ingredient to enjoying a fulfilling life. Community and charity have always been a core principle of Freemasonry and its members are proud of their 300-year history of helping those in need. With around 30 members, for Stanford-le-Hope Lodge No. 5217, which meets at the Orsett Masonic Hall, the charitable and community donations and their direct involvement with local good causes over the past 12 months has been amazing. The Lodge has donated £31,850 in that time which was shared between 29 charities, community groups, and local good causes: Of the monies donated, a large part of that figure came by… read more:
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Texas/US – Masonic Lodge 966 Awards
Masonic Lodge 966 of Pampa recgonized the three recipents of their annual scholarship, Sydney Larkin, Brooklyn Smith and Tyler Reed. As well as recognition to Tyson Curtis for the Community Builder award… read more:
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Michigan/US – Masons present Bikes for Books at elementary schools
The Alpena Hopper Masonic Lodge No. 199 teamed up with community sponsors to present Bikes for Books to all six elementary schools in the Alpena Public Schools district. The Masons presented 36 brand-new bikes to students for reading books. They visited each school over the last two weeks to participate in assemblies to honor the students for their achievements in reading. “The kids work hard and deserve the recognition,” said Master Mason Bob Bruning of Alpena Hopper Lodge No. 199. “We only played a small part in it.” MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena provided 36 bike helmets to the students who won bikes for completing books. “We always look for… read more:
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Somerset/England – New £1,000 boost handed to Burnham-On-Sea Foodbank from town’s Freemasons
Burnham-On-Sea Freemasons have this week donated £1,000 of food supplies to the town’s Foodbank amid continuing high demand for the service. The Fremasons collected the food from Tesco, as pictured here, before delivering it to the Highbridge and Burnham Foodbank team for distribution. John Chinn from Burnham Freemasons said: “We are in regular contact with the Foodbank and are always keen to help when they are extremely busy in Burnham and Highbridge.” A spokesperson for… read more:
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Beyond Monuments: The Masonic Legacy in Lisbon and the United States Capital
Despite being a relatively young nation, the United States of America boasts a rich history, full of notable figures and events that have helped shape the country. This month, I had the opportunity of visiting Washington D.C. for the first time. Ever since I watched ‘National Treasure’ as a child, I was intrigued by the idea of a secret treasure hidden away by the Founding Fathers, who were also members of a secret society known as the Freemasons. The film centres around a treasure hunt in Washington D.C., where the protagonist, played by Nicholas Cage, seeks to uncover the treasure by deciphering secrets and symbols hidden around the city by the Freemasons. According to legend, the builders of Solomon’s Temple are believed to have been the earliest Masons. Even if it is just a legend, it is clear that the origins of Freemasonry can be traced back to ancient times. The traditions and practices of Freemasonry can be… read more:
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Greater Manchester/England – fundraising initiative from the Rochdale District Freemasons
In early 2019 Rochdale District Freemasons embarked on a very challenging and ingenious initiative to collect a mile of food for the Rochdale Foodbank. That was certainly a stretching target to say the least: to put it into perspective, there are 14,627 standard tins in a mile. The slogan ‘Miles More Food from the Freemasons’ was adopted as the catchphrase for the initiative. This novel approach to fundraising was the brainchild of the district charity steward John Taylor who wanted to capture the imagination of his colleagues, whilst providing much-needed support of those in need across the community. In the early weeks of the initiative, he realised just how challenging the target would be to achieve and he wondered on occasions if he had bitten off more than he could chew. Each week donations were collected, carefully measured and delivered to the foodbank. Progress was slow and the one-mile target seemed an awful… read more:
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Namibia – Freemasons reach out to those with multiple sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis Namibia (MSN) founder Bianca Özcan was pleasantly surprised when her organisation received a donation of N$100 000 from the Freemason’s United Grand Lodge of England. The cheque handover was recently done by Sir David Wootton recently in Windhoek. “We did not expect this at all. This is a blessing we did not expect,” Özcan said. Due to the global economic downturn, sourcing donations as a charitable organisation is becoming harder, she said. To raise funds for their operations and sensitising events, MSN members are working their fingers to the bone. Özcan said multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic non fatal disease that causes the deterioration of… read more:
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Oklahoma/US – Garvin County Freemasons carry on flag tradition
Local Freemasons from Valley Lodge 6 will be observing Memorial Day Monday by placing American flags along the streets of downtown Pauls Valley as part of the Lodge’s new Patriotic Flag Display Program. “Our goal is to show our community’s support for our country, our loyalty to our flag and our appreciation for those who serve,” said Freemason James Bebout. “We’re just paying tribute.” Members… read more:
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Buckinghamshire/England – Freemasons Continue Memorial Day Tradition with Upcoming Food Service
A Masonic hall in Bucks County will be continuing a longstanding annual tradition in order to celebrate Memorial Day in the area. Doylestown Lodge No. 245, located at 55 East Main Street in Doylestown, will be hosting a Memorial Day Sausage and Pancake Breakfast on May 29 from 7 AM – 12 PM. Adults pay $8, while children under 10 pay $3. Children six and under eat for free. “Per tradition, the Lodge will be hosting a pancake breakfast event and marching in the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade as town celebrates our 155th Memorial Day event,” the Masonic hall said online. “We will be serving pancakes and sausage, as well as coffee, juice, etc.” Proceeds from the event, along … read more:
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Pennsylvania/US – Broad Street’s iconic 150-year-old Masonic Temple is not ‘a secret, forbidden place’
The Freemasons expected their five-year effort to construct a Pennsylvania headquarters — employing hundreds of stone, brick, tile, and wood artisans and using 16,000 blocks of New England granite — would yield an edifice to forever command a place in Philadelphia’s growing skyline. But by the time the Masonic Temple opened in 1873 at the corner of Broad and Filbert Streets, construction had begun across the street on City Hall, and that ornate building has dominated Center Square ever since. “The Masons thought they were building the biggest, grandest monument on the square,” said Paul Steinke, executive director of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. “But the Masonic Temple is still an impressive… read more:
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North Yorkshire/England – Freemasons donate to Riding for the Disabled group
The Worshipful Master Robert Riddell of Lennox Lodge Freemasons has presented a donation of £300 to the chairman, David Summers, of the Richmond & Catterick Group Riding for the Disabled (RDA). Accompanied by his two wardens David Wright and Andy Down, together with Chris Clay, the lodge secretary, Robert Riddell presented the cheque with a backdrop of some of the disabled riders who remained mounted after their… read more:
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Minnesota/US – Crookston Masonic Lodge raises $26,600 for the honor flight
The Crookston Masonic Lodge recently held a free-will breakfast fundraiser at the lodge for the Honor Flight to help send veterans to Washington D.C. to see the monuments.� This was their most successful breakfast fundraiser to date as they raised $26,600 that will help send 16-plus veterans to Washington D.C. It all got started with a stop at Christian Brothers Ford, and I talked to Christopher Christian that we were going to do a breakfast for the Honor Flight, and before I got uptown, Christopher and his dad Todd (Christian) promised to give one ticket and more,� said Crookston Mason Lester Wilkens. �So we took the bull by the horns and got going with the fundraising.� Wilkens was pleasantly shocked by the turnout and… read more:
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Devonshire/England – Okehampton Freemasons donate hundreds to Okehampton causes
Okehampton Freemasons donated a total of £400 to two Okehampton causes on Saturday (May 13) at a small presentation in the Freemason’s Hall. The Freemasons gifted Dave and Gemma Rich, who help organise the annual Okey Music Day, £100 which will go towards setting up the third-ever music day this summer. This year it is set to take place on July 16 with a line-up of performances to take place at the London Inn, the Museum of Dartmoor Life, the Fountain Inn, the King’s Arms and the… read more:
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North Wales – Freemasons donates £10,000 to Clwyd Special Riding Centre
A specialist centre providing riding opportunties for people with disabilities has been handed a £10,000 boost from North Wales Freemasons. Clwyd Special Riding Centre (CSRC), in Llanfynydd, Flintshire, provides state-of-the-art facilities that support riding for the disabled and equine based activities benefiting people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. The donation was made in conjunction with the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales. Freemasonry is one of the largest charitable givers in the country, contributing more than £51.1m to deserving causes in… read more:
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Cumbria/England – Freemasons host fishing event with Mayfield and James Rennie School
This week Cumbria Freemasons hosted the second Masonic Fishing Charity event. The event was held at Gilcrox near Aspatria and welcomed pupils from Mayfield School, Whitehaven, and James Rennie School, Carlisle. Fishing allows children with additional needs to meet new challenges, provide a stimulating fishing experience, and achieve tangible results to take away. Neil Dixon, a spokesperson for Cumbria Freemasons said: “The Masonic Fishing Charity’s aim is to bring an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people and children with… read more:
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Saskatchewan/Canada – Local Masonic group to turn 100!
The Masonic group Memorial Lodge #172 in Moose Jaw will hit a major milestone later this year. On June 21, 2023, the lodge will hit the centennial mark of being a chartered Masonic Lodge, which calls for a celebration. On June 20, the lodge will be hosting a celebration at Moose Jaw’s Masonic Temple (1755 Main Street North). “We have invited all the other Masons in the area to come out and bring their spouses,” says Memorial Lodge #172 Worshipful Master… read more:
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South Yorkshire/England – Freemasons’ grant gives Sight & Sound charity a lift
A Community group gave a charity helping the deaf and blind a big lift — literally — with a welcome donation. The town centre HQ of Rotherham Sight & Sound will be able to offer full access for visually-impaired people to all three of the building’s floors thanks to a grant of £34,500 from West Yorkshire Freemasons. A new lift is being installed that will open up two upper floors to the charity clients, with a target finishing date of this autumn. The Rotherham-based Sandbeck Lodge successfully applied to the West Riding Masonic Community Fund for the grant to fund the lift and its… read more:
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Tailand – Freemasons, Rotarians, Sports Club, donate school uniforms to underprivileged children
The Rotary Clubs of Jomtien-Pattaya and Pattaya Marina, Pattaya Sports Club and Lodge Pattaya West Winds Freemasons handed out school uniforms to children at the Anti Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Center (ATCC) on May 11. Palisorn Noja (Kru Ja), Director of ATCC was moved on receiving over 70,000 baht worth of school uniforms and shoes for his children, saying, “Ban Kru Ja, (ATCC) has unfortunately faced challenges in receiving support following the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The foundation is responsible for providing care, including food, education, consumer products, and utility expenses for more than 30 children. We … read more:
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West Yorkshire/England – Wharfedale scouts supported by Freemasons ahead of World Jamboree
Otley Freemasons are supporting five Scouts and Explorers from the Wharfedale district who are set for a trip of a lifetime after being selected to attend the 25th World Scout Jamboree in South Korea. The five, Alice Walsh, Hannah Tomlinson, Natalie Bowman, Noah Dockar and Leo Easton will represent the Wharfedale District at the massive worldwide scouting event from Tuesday, August 1 to Saturday, August 12 August, 2023. They each have to raise £3,800 to fund the Jamboree and as part of their diverse fundraising approached Otley Freemasons for… read more:
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Mississippi/US – PTA, Masonic Lodge honor Bogue Chitto Elementary’s ‘Top Cats’
The Bogue Chitto Masonic Lodge partnered with Bogue Chitto Attendance Center PTA and local business sponsors to honor the “Top Cats” in elementary. The top 14 students — seven boys and seven girls in grades K-6 — were honored. The students received votes by their grade band teachers, as well as teachers in other elementary grades based on the following characteristics: respect, responsibility, courage, gratitude, kindness, perseverance, fairness, self-discipline, citizenship and trustworthiness. Teachers then chose the “cream of the crop” for the top two Top Cats. The Lodge donated two new bicycles for these students. “They are true leaders on and off campus,” said Ronnye Hart, Bogue Chitto teacher and… read more:
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