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22/04/2016 - Rough Ashlar Club 1st year celebration

The Rough Ashlar Club of Staffordshire will be pulling our first masonic year together with a fantastic Chinese banquet at a fabulous restaurant, used by masons for some time. This great venue offers all kinds of foods to fit all palates and you will not be disappointed.

This is a modern Chinese restaurant with banquet tables and a cocktail bar, plus all-you-can-eat option. There are plenty of parking spaces and the location is easy to find.

We want to make this a fantastic occasion and would like to see as many there as possible.

If you want to book your place, please contact Aniello Ursini at aniello.ursini@sky.com or Paul Warburton at paul@purpleeight.co.uk.

08/03/2016 - MFest 300 is coming!

A weekend of fun and celebration for all of the family on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 2017 at Weston Park to mark 300 years of Freemasonry as we know it. Fun-fairs, model railway rides, falconry displays, hot air balloons, classic cars, caravan and camping rally, children’s fishing competition, kids fun run, heavy horse display, dog agility demonstration, a re-enactment of the Battle of the Alamo, evening concert, firework extravaganza….......and much more.

Tickets £10 per person for the whole weekend if booked early, saving £5 per ticket. Details and ticketing at www.mfest300.org .

18/02/2016 - Freemasons’ Grand Charity donates £666,500 to 17 charities

Eleven charities have received grants totalling £644,000, as part of the Major Grants Scheme in support of Youth Opportunities and Vulnerable People:
Barnardo’s: £25,000 to fund a project worker to support young people in North Tyneside. Girlguiding: £28,000 to empower young women aged 14-17 to learn about leadership and skills for life.

British Red Cross: £50,000 to fund a Patient Transport Ambulance (PTA) in Somerset. Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre, Wales: £13,500 to provide specialist therapy to children with cerebral palsy. Cystic Fibrosis Trust: £250,000 to fund a pioneering patient-led care programme, for people aged 16-24 that are suffering from cystic fibrosis.

English National Ballet: £30,000 to fund Dance for Parkinson’s, which helps people living with the condition to have a better quality of life.

Blind Veterans UK: £100,000 to help fund the cost of refurbishing disused outbuildings at Llandudno Rehabilitation and Training Centre.

Missing People: £10,000 to fund the salary of a Services Supervisor for the charity’s free 24 hours services team.

NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children): £47,500 to help protect the mental health of children under the age of five, by working with either their biological or foster parents.

RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People): £40,000 to fund the salary of a sight loss advisor at The Royal Hospital in West Sussex.

Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability: £50,000 to help fund refurbishment work in the brain injury rehabilitation hub.
Six charities have received a total of £22,500 as part of the Minor Grants Scheme, to help cover their core costs:
The Country Trust: £5,000: Aims to teach children from deprived areas of towns and cities. Amy & Friends Cockayne Syndrome Support: £1,000: Supports children and their families suffering from Cockayne Syndrome.

AF Association: £2,500: Provides information, support and access to treatments for Atrial Fibrillation (AFT).

Children’s Liver Disease Foundation: £4,000: Supports the needs of young people, up to the age of 25, affected by a childhood liver disease.

Pilgrim Bandits: £5,000: Special Forces veterans use their training and experience to help and inspire wounded soldiers to live life to the full.

Child Bereavement UK: £5,000: Charity supports families who have suffered bereavement and educates professionals.

For further information about any of the grants listed above, please email info@the-grand-charity.org


10/02/2016 - Grand Charity supports prostate cancer research

The Freemasons’ Grand Charity Supports University of East Anglia’s research with prostate cancer patients
Every year, over 44,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer across the UK. Since 2006 the Grand Charity has donated over £240,000 towards research into the detection and treatment of prostate cancer. Last year, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity awarded a grant of £100,000 to the Cancer Genetics team at the University of East Anglia (UEA) to help fund research that will focus on distinguishing between aggressive and non-aggressive forms of the disease.

“A critical problem in clinical management is that at the time of diagnosis it is not possible to reliably distinguish aggressive, from non-aggressive disease. The Grand Charity award will allow us to tackle this critical question head-on through the analysis of large amounts of information that have been already obtained from prostate cancer patients.” Professor Colin Cooper, Lead Researcher.

This most recent grant will support part of an ongoing study that was previously funded by the Grand Charity in 2011 and 2013 with grants of £50,000, bringing the total donated to this project up to an impressive £200,000. This previous research generated large amounts of data which, with this recent grant, can now be analysed using sophisticated techniques to further develop and refine tests that aid diagnosis.

“Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men in the UK, resulting in 11,000 deaths each year. Therefore, we believe strongly in assisting medical research that will focus on identifying which patients are most at risk of dying. We are very happy to give this grant to ensure further insight into this awful disease is achieved.”
Laura Chapman , Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity

10/02/2016 - Grand Charity donates £75,000 to flood relief

The Grand Charity has donated a total of £75,000 to flood relief in Lancashire and Yorkshire, in the wake of devastation caused by storms over the festive season. The donations will give continued support to individuals and families suffering as a result of flooding, and follow on from a £30,000 grant last month to the Cumbria Flood Recovery Fund 2015 and the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland.

09/12/2015 - SMCA - £2000 to Cumbria

Our SMCA have donated £2,000 to Cumbria to help ease the flooding woes.
The Grand Charity has also made a donation of £25,000 to assist in helping those in need in Cumbria.
This is indeed Masonry at its best

20/11/2015 - Toby on the Square

Measuring approx. 31/2 inches (9cm) high. Made in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, traditional home of English Ceramics.
Designed and modelled by a Staffordshire Freemason. All individually hand-made and painted, each one unique! Dishwasher- proof. Spot the Masonic symbols. May be used to contain liquids or as a paperweight.
Supplied in a box.
May be personalised with script around the base (approx. 60 characters incl. spaces). This could incl. lodge/brother or occasion.
Price per individual (standard) £25.00. Customised/personalized £30.00. Plus postage/packaging (single) 1st class £3.30 / 2nd class £2.80.
For orders of over 5 pieces and for discounts for orders of over 10 pieces please contact (details below).
For Provincial orders/change in colours/rates please contact. To place an order please contact: John Skellern Prov G.Ch.Stwd
Please make cheques payable to account SFD2013.
All profits for Charity.

12/11/2015 - National Memorial Arboretum: 1100hrs Wednesday 11th November 2015


09/11/2015 - LOI donate to Blood Bikers

At their Recent Lodge of Instruction annual Festival, St Modwens Lodge of Instruction in Burton on Trent were pleased to present a cheque for £500 to the Blood Bikers.

Blood bikers carry emergency supplies of blood, plasma and even organs between donors and hospitals which need them. The bikes are owned by Blood Bikers and are ridden by volunteers who are usually called upon at short notice, and could be sent almost anywhere.

Seen receiving the cheque for £500 from the PGM on behalf of the Lodge is Phil Sutton, watched by David Toon, Preceptor and Nick Thomas, Treasurer

04/11/2015 - Musket, Pike and Drum Lodge Consecrated

Over 100 brethren gathered at Ashfield House Burton on Trent to witness the Consecration of Musket Pike and Drum Lodge No.9906, the lodge of historical re-enactors. The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Dr Alexander Ian Stewart TD, assisted by his team, conducted the Consecration of the lodge, and the Primus Worshipful Master, W.Bro Paul Barrass, was Installed by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master VW Bro John V Renaudon.

While many of the thirty Founders were present, some were absent serving their country as a number of members are active or past members of the armed forces. One of the functions of the lodge is to act as a living memorial to all those Freemasons who have given their lives in the service of their country.

Membership is not restricted only to those who have an interest in historical re-enactment, but is also open to those who share the Lodge’s love of history. The Lodge will always hold its annual Installation meeting in Staffordshire, but will meet by dispensation in other Provinces in suitable historical premises. The lodge already has members not only from this country, but from different parts of the world.

Fifteen brethren are waiting to become joining members and there are nine Candidates. The first four Candidates will be Initiated by dispensation at Leek Masonic Hall on Saturday the seventh of November.

For further information about the lodge contact Paul Barrass at e-address majorpaul1803@aol.com .


02/11/2015 - Masonic Charity Supports Scout Association

In 2008, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity pledged to donate £500,000 to the Scout Association. Seven years and half a million pounds later, this grant has been hugely successful in its aim to encourage and expand Scouting.

The money was used to encourage more young people to join the Scouting movement and to support local Scouting. This has included providing start-up and activity grants and much needed equipment, such as activity books and games. In total, over one million young people received new materials and equipment and over 23,500 have joined Scouting thanks to this grant.

09/10/2015 - Masonic Motorcyclists at the ‘Ride to the Wall’

In excess of 80 motorcycling Freemasons, including many from Staffordshire, gathered at the annual ‘Ride to the Wall’ last Saturday. The biking Freemasons, members of the "Widows Sons Masonic Bikers Association" (WSMBA) assembled at the Masonic Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, to pay their respects to fallen brethren before discussing plans to support the garden in its forthcoming refurbishment.

The WSMBA is a nationwide charitable organisation of Motorcycling Freemasons, the West Midlands Chapter in particular being formed last year and supporting both the’ Staffordshire & Shropshire Bloodbikes’ and the ‘Midlands Freewheelers Bloodbikes’, both of which are run by unpaid volunteers, amongst other charitable causes. More information can be found at: http://widowssons.org.uk/main.html


05/10/2015 - Charity Clay Shoot raises Festival funds

Forty-three Masons, family members and friends were shooting at the eighth annual Staffordshire Provincial Charity Clay Shoot, held at Doveridge Sporting Clay Ground, and an enjoyable day of shooting was had by all.

The Lady High Gun Trophy was won by Mrs. Lisa Mytion, the Gentleman High Gun Trophy was won by Mr. Roger Grimshaw, who often attends the monthly meeting of the Staffordshire Masonic Clay Shooting Association, the Under Eighteen Trophy was won this year by Henry Parrott, and The St. Giles Shield for the high Mason gun was won by Bro. Peter Williams of St. Augustine's Lodge.

The event raised a total of £617, which with Gift Aid will make a total of £771.25.   This amount will be paid into the 2024 Festival Chest.   Further donations amounting to a total of £120, will be paid to the ‘2024 Start-Up Fund’.

A more comprehensive report appears on the Staffordshire Masonic Clay Shooting Association page in the ‘Clubs and Societies’ section of this website.

01/10/2015 - M Fest 300 - A Celebration of the Tercentenary of Freemasonry

On 24th June, 2017 the United Grand Lodge of England will be 300 years old. In addition to the London celebrations, many events around the country will mark this very special anniversary.

The four Provinces which form Group 3 – Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire – are combining forces to celebrate Grand Lodge's 300th birthday with "MFest 300" - a Family Fun weekend at Weston Park on 24th-25th June, 2017. The extensive grounds of Weston Park are ours for the weekend, and entertainments and catering will be laid on for all ages to enjoy. There is plenty of room for caravans, campers and picnics with music, rides, displays and fun activities for all ages throughout the weekend.

Saturday will feature a dramatic re-enactment of the Battle of the Alamo, and the ‘Picnic in the Park’ theme will also include an evening concert and fireworks extravaganza on that day. This is sure to be an enjoyable and memorable weekend for all Masons, their families and friends. Tickets go on sale early next Spring – make sure that these dates are firmly in your diary!

 

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