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PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER’S INTRODUCTION
These are exciting times for our Province!
The establishment of six areas, each under the jurisdiction of an Assistant Provincial Grand Master, has been a great success and has provided the opportunity for an increasing number of brethren to get involved in the management of the province. It has also enabled us to provide timely support at local level for lodges, their officers, and brethren as required. Each area has a thriving Light Blues Club for the younger/newer freemason, and I welcome the innovative ideas emanating from these clubs which are being shared across all areas. Our promotion of Freemasonry in the Community continues apace along with the growth of our involvement in social media which continues to have a very positive effect and an increasing number of lodges are benefitting from their own Facebook and Twitter accounts.
The Annual Service of Thanksgiving at Winchester Cathedral was well attended by the brethren and their families and we have some interesting ideas for this year’s service. Visit www.hiowmasons.org/Events for details.
We have consecrated a new lodge, the Rugby Bastion Lodge, which will cultivate links with rugby clubs and their members across the province. There is an interesting article on the new lodge on page 9 of this issue of Insight.
We have also enjoyed another Special Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge and I have very recently consecrated another new lodge – Lodge of Brevity which will be featured our next issue of Insight.
As Provincial Grand Master, I have also been privileged to represent The Freemasons’ Grand Charity in making cheque presentations to national charities within our province. My wife and I have been made most welcome by these charities who kindly explained the nature of their wonderful work; in particular:
The BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY (cover photo) in Farnborough received £50,000 which will go towards research into the treatment of adult and pediatric brain tumours. In
particular, the research will look at new approaches with agents that lack toxicity and do not require repeated invasive procedures.
The MACULAR SOCIETY (top picture) in Andover received £50,000 which will go towards the roll-out of “Daily Living Champion” volunteers across the UK, helping people who have lost their sight to stay independent. This initiative demonstrates how both high and low tech equipment can help people affected by sight loss to complete tasks most of us take for granted.
The TRELOAR COLLEGE (pictured left) in Alton received £45,000 for a specially adapted minibus, essential for transporting the students and their large powered wheelchairs to medical appointments and on excursions. The College provides education, care, therapy, medical support and independence training to young people with physical disabilities, from all over the UK and overseas. Their aim is to prepare these young people for adult life, giving them the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.
Charitable giving and support is an essential part of freemasonry and it is a privilege to be able to support these worthy causes in such a meaningful way.
Michael J Wilks
@MichaelWilks2 - follow the Provincial Grand Master on Twitter
PROVINCIAL LECTURE TEAM – FESTIVAL MILESTONE
Since the beginning of the 2016 Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, the Provincial Grand Master, Mike Wilks, assisted by Provincial Cabinet members and other senior brethren, have been touring the province working the ‘First Lecture’, which is partly based on the First Degree Tracing Board. This annual event, which is traditionally held at the lodge who wins a draw, has now raised over £150,000 for the festival. On this landmark occasion, the highest bidder, Oceanus Lodge in Southampton, very generously donated a further £3,500.
David Foot - @DFootless - @HantsMason
The Insight team : Editorial : Peter Martin and Ken Day - insight@hiowmasons.org Advertising : Dave Laurence - Advertising
Published by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, 85 Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hants SO53 2GG
For all membership enquiries, contact the Provincial Office on 023 8026 1555.
Insight • Issue 9
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