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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Hampshire and Isle of Wight
After last year’s hugely successful cheque presentation evening at the Purbrook Masonic Centre the South East Area events team knew they had to pull out all the stops to surpass last year’s event.
On Tuesday 12th May over 160 ladies, gentlemen and brethren attended the evening to witness the generosity of local lodges by way of no less than 36 cheques being presented to 25 local charities totalling some £23,270.50.
The event was arranged in order to honour and meet individual charities supported by a number of local Lodges who had requested the opportunity to meet and thank their respective charity personally and discover how each maybe assisted and helped in the future by serving masons.
The evening was attended by the Mayor of Havant Mrs Marjorie Smallcorn and was hosted by the area Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Mark Mills-Goodlet and members of the Area Executive including the Area Chairman Graham Oughton.
The evening commenced at 6pm with a chance for all to meet the 21 charities for a welcome in the Dining Hall adequately large enough to accommodate everyone and allow those Charities who had requested the room to set up display stands. Although drinks and light refreshments were readily available in the bar area everyone appeared to seize the opportunity of welcoming each Charity representative to the Centre together with fellow members and family.
At 6.15 pm the Assistant Provincial Grand Master gave a speech welcoming the Mayor and charity representatives and a quick talk on Freemasonry, Masonic Charities and how relevant Freemasonry is in today’s society. The Mayor also rose to welcome everyone and thank the Masons for inviting her to the event and for all the good work they do in supporting local charities. The Director of Ceremonies for the evening, John Charlton then proceeded with the presentation ceremony.
Each charity representative was given three minutes to promote their charity prior to receiving their cheque and in some cases the stories were very heart rendering with some of the brethren clearly moved by the stories.
The evening was broken into two halves and during the intermission we were treated to a display by one of the charities ‘Top Banana,’ a circus act, based in Portsmouth who train underprivileged youngsters circus skills to build their confidence and give themselves something to belong to. After an exhilarating fifteen minute display the remainder of the cheque presentations were carried out in the lodge room.
The evening concluded at 20.30 hrs with a final few words both from the APGM and the Mayor of Havant. The Mayor clearly enjoyed the evening and continued to circulate with the brethren and charities until she left at 21.30 hrs. She also commented that the cheque presentation evening and the Provincial Church Service at Winchester Cathedral were two of the highlights of her year in office.

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