Every year the Central Masonic Charities, which receive funds from Freemasons throughout England and Wales, donate millions of pounds to non-Masonic charities.

In addition, the lodges themselves donate directly to local charities and organisations (as well as to Masonic funds held by the Provinces, which in turn can distribute these monies to charitable organisations).

 

27/07/2018 - Tettenhall War Memorial, Wolverhampton receives grant of 500

The war memorial was erected in St. Michael’s and All Angels churchyard, Tettenhall in 1920 and bears the names of local people killed in both WW1 and WW2.

The Memorial is in urgent need of repair due partly to the weathering of the soft sandstone and from vandalism some years ago which led to structural damage.

In recognition of 2018 marking the centenary of the ending of the Great War, several local organisations have come together to arrange the restoration of the Memorial. The local committee are hoping to raise £16,000 and already have £6,000 raised since February.

The Memorial Committee hopes to add the names of other Tettenhall residents who may originally have been omitted as well as the names of any men or women who have given their lives on active service in conflicts since 1945

On Friday 27th July a cheque for £500 was presented to Audrey Boliver by W.Bro David Philips PSGD and W.Bro Barrie Rouse PAGDC on behalf of The Staffordshire Masonic Charitable Association, also present were other masons and members of the memorial committee.


 

23/07/2018 - Isolated older men in Stoke offered new services thanks to Staffordshire Freemasons

Older men in Stoke who are experiencing loneliness and isolation are going to benefit from new services just for them, following a £74,000 grant to Father Hudson’s Care from Staffordshire Freemasons.


Because of the grant, Father Hudson’s Care can expand its Young at Heart project and develop a new scheme that will reach out to isolated older men. The project will help them feel less lonely, grow their social networks, be more active, get involved in the community and find their purpose again.

Men will have a wide choice of activities, such as metalworking, pottery-making, woodwork and growing food on the project’s allotment. There will also be volunteer roles such as chef, gardener, treasurer, mentor and befriender.

Research shows that loneliness is as harmful as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day. People who are lonely are more likely to develop dementia, heart disease or suffer a stroke. They’re also more likely to suffer with depression or commit suicide. Stoke has the highest male suicide rate in the West Midlands and the fifth highest in the country. Reducing depression that comes with isolation is a key aim of the new project.

Drawing on Stoke’s industrial heritage, the new project will offer activities that have a goal in mind and that encourage men to use their skills to benefit the project and their wider community. The project will offer both workshop-based and outdoor activities. It will have its own allotment where men can grow vegetables for the lunch clubs offered by Young at Heart. And it will offer social groups, with guest speakers and the opportunity to learn new skills.

Men can take part by joining in with activities, attending a social group and volunteering with the project. Volunteer opportunities will include marketing, treasurer roles, gardening, booking guest speakers for meetings, delivering food from the allotment to lunch clubs, and driving. Men won’t just be passive beneficiaries but active contributors, making the project what they need it to be

The grant from Staffordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Matt Ford, Young at Heart project co-ordinator at Father Hudson’s Care, said:
“We’re very grateful to Staffordshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to make a big difference to older men in our community. It’s mostly women that come to social groups, so men often feel that the groups are only for women. Getting men involved can be a real challenge – they won’t admit they’re lonely and they won’t ask for help. They might be depressed but feel like they can’t show it. We want to do something about it.”

John Lockley Provincial Grand Master for Staffordshire Freemasons said:
“We’re very pleased to be able to help Father Hudson’s Care, which is doing very important work with older men, a group with many problems that are often ignored in our society. As a fraternal organisation for men, we’re especially keen to be able to help with the Young at Heart project and look forward to making a real difference in Stoke-on-Trent.”

Photo shows the Provincial Grand Master John Lockley (with the chain) shaking hands with Matt Ford the project manager on the new allotments off Wellesley Street, Shelton. Also show are volunteers and freemasons supporting the project.


 

24/06/2018 - Wednesday Club donation to Deafvibe

The Wednesday Club is a ladies club for the wives and partners of freemasons which meets at the Masonic Hall in Shelton.

On Wednesday 13th June ladies from the Wednesday Club attended Deafvibe Hart Awards Ceremony at which they were awarded a Special Recognition Award for 2017. Deafvibe was one of their chosen charities last year and as a result of this a delightful friendship developed resulting in The Wednesday Club commissioning a painting of The Masonic Hall, Shelton by Andrew Dawson from Deafvibe.

This developed into Christmas cards and from the sale of the cards and raffling of the painting they were able to make a further donation to Deafvibe. The winner of the painting kindly donated it to the hall where it hangs for all to see. The total donation was £550.

Deafvibe aims to support people with a hearing and dual sensory loss as well as their families, friends and carers in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent. It is Deafvibe’s belief that all deaf, deaf with speech, hard of hearing and deaf blind should be treated equally and with respect, that access to information and communication is provided without barriers or prejudice and to promote equal participation and opportunities in life.


The three ladies who attended the ceremony are Shirley Stanley who worked very closely with Deafvibe, Sharon Tomblin joint co-ordinator and Kath Roberts Secretary, Julie Hart Chairperson of Deafvibe and Andrew Dawson the artist are also on the photograph. 
Kath said, ‘We were very proud and surprised to receive this award on behalf of the Wednesday Club’.

27/04/2018 - Compassionate Communities for the Bereaved

Compton Care creates Compassionate Communities for the Bereaved thanks to Staffordshire Freemasons
On Friday 27th April 2018 at Perton Library, the Provincial Grand Master John Lockley, together with Barrie Rouse representing the Masonic Charitable Foundation and Dr John Skellern the Provincial Charity Steward met with Maz Kull (Community Engagement Worker), Joginder Chahal (Bereavement Volunteer), Marianne Grant (Partnership Development Manager), Corinne Taylor (Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care West Mids), Suzanne Davies (Senior Fundraiser at Compton Care) and Charlotte Lilley (PR & Marketing Officer at Compton Care).

People dealing with loss and grief will be able to access new bereavement services across Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire, thanks to a generous grant from Staffordshire Freemasons. 
The Compassionate Communities Bereavement Hubs are currently being set up by Compton Care and Cruse Bereavement Care, with the aim of launching in July. They will be led by a team of volunteers and provide friendship and signposting advice for people trying to come to terms with the loss of a loved one. 
The new hubs will be based in community centres, nursing homes and libraries and are designed to be flexible to people’s needs so they can be run in local communities where people can come together to support each other in times of crisis and loss.

The £16,665 grant from Staffordshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, and Hospice UK collaboration, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation is providing £163,000 to Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care, in a pilot partnership aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices across the country.
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.

Compton Care Partnership Development Manager, Marianne Grant, said: “Compton is very grateful to Staffordshire Masons for their generous grant, which will help us greatly improve the way bereaved people access information, advice and support from local services. We will also be creating a friendly informal space for people to meet others who are also affected by loss.”

Dr John Skellern Provincial Charity Steward from Staffordshire Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help Compton Care. They do wonderful work supporting people with life-limiting illness as well as their families. We know this grant will help them to develop the vital support they offer to bereaved people.”
The group picture shows Barrie Rouse, Maz Kull (Community Engagement Worker), Joginder Chahal (Bereavement Volunteer), Marianne Grant (Partnership Development Manager), John Skellern, Corinne Taylor (Chair of Cruse Bereavement Care West Mids), John Lockley, Suzanne Davies (Senior Fundraiser at Compton Care) and Charlotte Lilley (PR & Marketing Officer at Compton Care).

04/04/2018 - The Haven, Wolverhampton

Today (6.4.18) the Provincial Grand Master, John Lockley accompanied by W.Brothers Barrie Rouse (representing the Masonic Charitable Foundation), John Skellern, Provincial Charity Steward, Ralph Howarth, Provincial Almoner and his wife, Julie (who is one of the Visiting Volunteers for the Province) and Selwyn Burton, Provincial Communications Officer, all went to The Haven in Wolverhampton to meet with staff members Laura Blackham and Jade Secker following a grant made to The Haven from Staffordshire Freemasons via the Masonic Charitable Foundation for £5,000. 
Laura and Jade gave a very interesting overview of the work of the Haven in supporting women and dependant children in Wolverhampton who are vulnerable due to domestic abuse and homelessness.

John Lockley in thanking the ladies said ‘I am proud to associate Staffordshire Freemasons with this excellent service to help women and children in Wolverhampton. Thank you for the excellent work you do’.
The two photos show the group minus Selwyn Burton who is behind the camera, the second photo shows L to R, John Lockley, Laura Blackham and John Skellern.

25/03/2018 - Over 17,000 for hospices

On Thursday 22nd March the Provincial Grand Master John Lockley was pleased to present certificates to all 7 hospices within the Staffordshire Province in recognition of grants from Staffordshire Freemasons through the Masonic Charitable Foundation.


The grants totalling £17,297 were recognised at an informal ceremony at the Wolverhampton Masonic Hall.

Receiving the certificates for the hospices were Stella Pass for St. Giles Whittington and St. Giles Walsall, Sally Woods for Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton, Emilie Langston, Douglas Macmillan Hospice, Stoke-on-Trent, Dr. Richard Soulsby, Katharine House Hospice, Emma Whitehurst, Donna Louise Trust and Carol Pratt, Acorns Children's Hospice.

John Lockley said ‘We are very proud to once again support our local hospice’s who do such vital work. People say Angels are in Heaven, well not all, because we have a room full of Angels here today. Thank you for all you do’.