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February 2018 Promotions

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital Open Day

On the 9th September W Bro Kevin Head, Provincial Grand Charity Steward and his wife Jo, along with Barry Hills, South West Area Charity Steward, visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Open Day. They spent some time at the Teddy Bear clinic where bears provided under the Masonic Teddies for Loving Care scheme were handed out to young visitors. The wonderful nurses there explained how the ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ scheme operated for them, and how giving a traumatised child a teddy to cuddle made such a difference. This scheme, which commenced in Hants & IOW Province during 2005, has proved to be one of the most popular charities that we support.

Kevin (left) and Barry are pictured with the Paediatric Lead at Bournemouth, Elaine Wilson.

The Provincial fund to supply teddies to most hospitals across Hampshire & Isle of Wight does need the occasional top up. Further information on this very worthwhile initiative is available through the Provincial Website.


URGENT NOTICE!

Please review this urgent notice from the Province in regards to the Grand Ball date change.


 

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Provincial Appointments

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Grand Rank Appointments and Promotions

March 2017

The Provincial Grand Master is pleased to congratulate the following brethren on their offer of Appointment or Promotion within Grand Lodge and looks forward to their investiture on 26th April 2017:

First Appointments:

James Joseph Kneller – AGPurs – Age 50 – Provincial Membership Officer
Adrian Nigel Cleightonhills – PAGDC – Age 58, PPSGW, Vice Chairman in Solent Area, Member of

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

James David Sampson – PAGDC – Age 53, PPJGW, Vice Chairman in SW Area, Junior Warden of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

Peter Springett – PAGSwdB – Age 61, PPGSwdB, SE Area Secretary, Member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

Paul Hillyard – PAGSupWks – Age 56, PPDepGSuptWks, Vice Chairman in NC Area, Senior Warden of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

Simon Edward Banham – PAGStB – Age 51, PPJGW, Vice Chairman in NE Area, Member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

Adrian Michael Bean – PAGStB – Age 50, PPDepGDC, Deputy Chairman in NE Area
Andrew Stuart Free – PAGStB – Age 52, PPJGW, Chairman of SE Area, Member of Hampshire & Isle of

Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

Promotions:

Peter Gordon Vosser – From PAGSuptWks (2015) to AGSuptWks – Age 59, Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works

Roy Anthony Quin – From PAGSupWks (2012) to PSGD – Age 62 – Assistant Provincial Grand Master (North Central Area)

Paul Henry Gamsa – From PGStB (2009) to PAGDC – Age 63
David Stanley Hannan – From PGStdB (2007) to PAGDC – Age 56, 2016 Festival Committee Chairman, Past

Master of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

David John Nash – From PGStB (2006) to PAGDC – Age 71, Member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge No.9263

The Provincial Grand Master is also pleased to announce his promotion to PGSwdB in the Royal Arch


PGM at the Emulation Lodge of Improvement


Tercentenary Events

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Highest ever amount raised for a Masonic Festival – over £7.7million!

The 2016 Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys came to a spectacular conclusion on Saturday 22nd October at the Bournemouth International Centre.

screen-shot-2016-11-06-at-15-40-36Over 700 brethren, wives, family and friends attended the sumptuous Gala Dinner, during which they were entertained by a variety of acts, including the Royal Marines Association Concert Band, the Southern Union Chorus and Jasmine Elcock of ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ fame who was herself helped by the charity.

Jasmine, who is only 14 years old, performed two songs and received a standing ovation, after which she unveiled the final figure raised, which was £7,746,319. A record amount for any festival ever held!

Also present on the evening were many civic dignitaries, including the Deputy Lieutenants of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, the Mayor of Bournemouth and the Chairman of New Forest District Council. The Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wooton also attended the event.

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In response to his toast the Provincial Grand Master and Festival President, RW Bro Mike Wilks thanked all the Brethren of the Province for their dedication and hard work in making the Festival Appeal such a success. He further commented:

“The amount raised is staggering and will be enormously beneficial to the charity and the children and families which it supports. In addition to this amount, throughout the 6 year period of the Appeal, our brethren have continued to support local charities in the community across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and have donated in excess of £200,000 each year to these local causes. As Freemasonry celebrates its Tercentenary in 2017, this support of local charities will continue and increase and I am immensely proud of the brethren’s achievement.”

Dozens of photos taken on the night are available to view on our Provincial Flickr account:

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/hampshiremasons/sets/72157674253316242/


A significant day for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

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Over 170 members, Trustees and staff travelled from across England and Wales to Southampton to attend the Annual General Meeting and General Court of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. Those present heard a series of informative and enjoyable presentations from the Trust’s President, Mike Woodcock, and Chief Executive, Les Hutchinson, as well as other members of Council and staff. While several important items of business were conducted, the most significant was a vote on the proposed restructuring of the Trust, first announced to members at the Special General Court held at the Royal Masonic School in April. The proposal was to consolidate the activities of the four existing central Masonic Charities and create a new overarching charity called the Masonic Charitable Foundation with one President, Chief Executive and Trustee Board and a single staff structure. The Masonic Charitable Foundation will help to reduce current duplication of effort and improve efficiency with simpler and streamlined support for beneficiaries. You can read the full script of the meeting here to find out more about the proposals.
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After a lively question and answer session, members voted unanimously in support of the proposals. Council are now able to take the next important steps in the consolidation process.
Over the past 227 years, the RMTGB has continually evolved to provide the best possible support for its beneficiaries and to improve the way it interacts with and benefits the Craft and society in general. The Masonic Charitable Foundation will ensure that Masonic charity not only survives, but thrives in the years ahead.
For more information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation, visit: www.mcf.org.uk.

To keep up to date with the launch of the Foundation and its work:
For more information or additional images, contact Rachel Jones, Communications and Marketing Executive, on rjones@rmtgb.org.