On the 21st July 2015 Freemasons from Minster Lodge presented a donation of £600 to the charity ‘SASH’ (Safe and Sound Homes) at their premises in Walmgate York.
The money will provide funding towards the purchase of a personal computer for the young people in their Supported Lodgings project, enabling them to access their own computer when they come into the offices to search for housing or jobs, and to write CVs.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Tony Clements and his wife Pat together with Charity Steward, W. Bro. Keith Bell, presented the donation to Adel Coupe on behalf of Minster Lodge and the Freemasons of Yorkshire North & East Ridings.
SASH was established in 1994 as York Nightstop, offering emergency accommodation for homeless young people in the City of York. They became a charity in 1996. Since then, their work has expanded to include the whole of North Yorkshire and East Riding.
- At their September Regular Lodge meeting the Worshipful Master of Minster Lodge, W. Bro. Chris Holland presented the Provincial Representative, W. Bro. Colin Bell with a rather heavy GIANT SMARTIES TUBE which contained 1,000 20p coins. After Gift Aid has been applied to the contributions the total donation will amount to £250.00
MASONIC SAMARITAIN FUND FESTIVAL 2018 RECEIVES A BOOST FROM MINSTER LODGE
At their September Regular Lodge meeting the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Chris Holland, was delighted to make presentations, on behalf of the brethren of the lodge, to the value of £1,425.00 to W. Bro. Colin Bell, Representative of the RW Provincial Grand Master. The money included a small donation to the Provincial Grand Charity of £150.00.
The money deposited in the Samaritan fund was raised by contributions made by the brethren, their families and friends through raffles, social events, fundraising initiatives and regular payment promises.
Minster Lodge was delighted to learn from the Representative that Minster Lodge had qualified for the Honorific Award of Vice Patron of the Masonic Samaritans Fund Festival 2018. The Charity Steward, W. Bro. Keith Bell, said it had not been an easy task but with the commitment of the lodge members they were pleased to have been able to contribute to this great Masonic Charity who provides such wonderful support to out fraternity and significant support to many non-Masonic research projects across the country.
LIVES UNLIMITED RECEIVE A DONATION FROM THE FREEMASONS TO ENABLE THEM TO MAKE A SHORT DVD TO HELP DISABLED PEOPLE
On behalf of Minster Lodge and the Provincial Grand Charity of Yorkshire North and East Ridings, the Worshipful Master, Chris Holland and Charity Steward, Keith Bell, presented a donation of £500 to Alison Cowen, Chairperson of Lives Unlimited, to enable the organisation to make a short DVD for disabled people on how to manage a personal budget so that they can be more in control of their own support. The donation included a grant of £350 from the provincial grand Charity.
The Leonard Cheshire Home at Alne Hall, York, receives £40,000 Grant from The Freemasons Grand Charity.
Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’ largest voluntary sector provider of services to disabled people and was founded in 1948 by Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC.
The Charity provides many services to disabled people including residential homes, of which Alne Hall, near York is one. They have over 200 establishments throughout the UK and employ over 7,000 staff. They also work with partner organisations in 50 countries throughout the world.
The £40,000 grant from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is to be used to renovate bathrooms and redecorate public areas within Alne Hall.
The cheque was presented on 23rd July 2013 by a team from Minster Lodge No. 4663, together with their wives – Bob Burrows, Worshipful Master, Keith Bell, Charity Steward and Denis Kelly the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.
The Services Manager of Alne Hall, Irene Smith, who received the cheque was overjoyed at receiving such a generous donation from The Freemasons’ Grand Charity. She said that the 28 residents and all the staff at the home were delighted that the Freemasons had provided them with funds to carry out urgently needed work. It will enhance the quality of life of all those who reside there.