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The Master's List

W.Bro Will Kane, Worshipful Master of Tudor Lodge, has chosen two charities to support during his year in the Chair.

The first is the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND,

The second is Box4Good, a UK based charity project, under the Humanitas Charity and working with the Grenada Sports and Wellbeing Foundation, to support disadvantaged children in Grenada to access sports.

TudorFood


TudorFood was set up to support Compassion London expand it's fresh meal service into the Watford area. The initiative started in May 2020 and lasted until November 2020.

With nearly 38,000 meals delivered via local charitable groups, the full story can be read by clicking the button below:


TudorFood working with One Vision

One Vision is one of the local food hubs that TudorFood contacted in 2020 to offer fresh meals via Compassion London during the initial lockdown period. During this time an opportunity was seen to be able to support the local community further by working more closely with One Vision. Bro Harry Lomas, W.Bro Alan Shew and W.Bro Peter Young all volunteer with One Vision.

Harry provided training for their kitchen staff to help them develop their skills to provide more of their own fresh meals more effectively, particularly as the fresh meal service from Compassion London has now stopped. Harry also, on behalf of Tudor Lodge, arranged a donation of soft drinks for their food parcel service. These drinks will be added to the food parcel service which is delivered, along with fresh meals, to local families in need in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, Borehamwood and St Albans.

PGL Herts 2019 Festival raises £3,632,368

After five years of intense fundraising, the Province of Hertfordshire has completed its Festival in support of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (now part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation).

At the Festival Celebration Dinner, held at Guildhall in London on 6th July, the Chief Operating Officer of the MCF, Les Hutchinson, was delighted to announce that the grand total raised was £3,632,368. He thanked all the Lodges and individual members who worked so hard to raise such an incredible amount and assured them that the money raised would make a huge difference to the lives of young people around the country.

ESSEX and HERTFORDSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE TRUST

W.Bro Jay Patel, APGM, and W.Bro Chris Noble, ProvGCS, recently visited North Weald Airfield where the two Essex and Herts Air Ambulance aircraft are stationed. This followed a recent MCF grant made to the Essex and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) on behalf of Hertfordshire Provincial Grand Lodge. 
They were shown around the station by Jane Gurney, CEO, and Natasha Robertson, fundraising manager, who explained about the work done by the staff and volunteers. "Understandably they are very proud of the new £6.5m state-of-the-art second aircraft which predominantly serves the Herts area," said Chris Noble. "They reminded us that the 27 Air Ambulance Trusts receive no Government funding and rely solely on public donations. They told us that without the support of Freemasons the service would suffer considerably." 
The pilot showed them inside the helicopter and explained that the onboard computers could manage a perfect hover, in windy conditions, above an incident site, and advised that the four rotor blades alone cost £1.5m to replace. Unbelievably the Trust has had to recently invest in 'stab vets' at £400 each due to a rising incidence of verbal and physical abuse on the crews. Doctors and paramedics work on a three-year secondment from their hospital. 
The EHAAT team has offered any interested Herts Lodge a brief presentation at a future Lodge meeting. Lodges should contact W.Bro Chris Noble via the Provincial Office for details.

Freemasons' donation to the London Fire Brigade 

In light of recent events, London Masons made a donation of £2.5million so the London Fire Brigade could purchase two vehicles with high aerial ladders, capable of reaching the top of a building as high as Grenfell Tower, the first of which has now been built. Reaching a staggering 64m they are the tallest in Europe.

In addition, six fast response outlander vehicles and four bariatric stretchers have also been funded.

W.BRO RUSS FENNER CONTINUES HIS SUPPORT FOR PEACE HOSPICE CARE

W.Bro Russ Fenner, in the guise of Imperial Auto Services, has been thanked by Peace Hospice Care for his ongoing support as part of the Peace Business Partnership Scheme. Along with seven other local businesses, their annual membership covers 12 days of the Hospice Social Worker costs which ensures that patients go home with the right support in place for their ongoing needs and pays for eight syringe drivers to provide patients with continuous pain and symptom management relief.

TUDOR LODGE DONATES £500 TO THE NORTHUMBERLAND MASONIC DEMONSTRATION TEAM

On Saturday 3rd November 2018, Tudor Lodge hosted a special meeting with a demonstration of an early 19th Century Third Degree Ceremony by The Northumberland Demonstration Team. The meeting took place at 3.30pm at Bushey Sports Club with The Demonstration Team in full authentic costume of the period. W.Bro Brian Denton APGM first set the scene and then the demonstration of an 1805 ritual began. We were treated to a highly involved rendition of the Third Degree as it happened in those days. The ritual was recognisable but was carried out with much greater theatrics so that the ‘Candidate’ might learn and understand much more of what he was going through.
With the demonstration complete, the Team were thanked by W.Bro Stuart Adams, Master of Tudor Lodge, followed by rapturous applause from the audience. The picture below shows the Demonstration Team with W.Bros Stuart Adams, David Ellis and Andrew Ellis. Those present, together with the team members, then retired to a Trafalgar-themed Festive Board. A total of 111 Masons dined. Bro Harry Lomas acted as Master of Ceremonies and conducted the diners through two raffles and a game of Heads & Tails. During the evening the Worshipful Master presented W.Bro Brian Denton with a cheque for £500.00 in aid of the charities supported by the Northumberland Masonic Demonstration Team with a similar amount raised for the 2019 Hertfordshire Festival in support of the RMTGB.

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