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Freemasons rise to Covid-19 challenge with donations totalling £1m and 18 million hours of volunteering

Faced with the greatest global pandemic in living memory, Freemasons came together in 2020 and donated a total of £1m as well as their time to help those in need. The donations were used to help communities in various critical areas, including foodbanks, support for unpaid carers, personal protective equipment (PPE), supplies for hospitals and hospices, support for women’s refuges, and funds...

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Devon Freemasons inject volunteers to support the NHS

As a result of the call for volunteers to support the NHS Vaccination Scheme which was made back in December, Freemasons and their families from all corners of Devon picked up their Hi-Viz jackets and reported for duty as soon as they knew where they were needed.

At Torbay RICC Leisure Centre where 10 local GP practices have gathered together to centralise the administering of the...

Freemasons invited to volunteer for vaccination drive

The Freemasons are encouraging its 200,000 members to roll up their sleeves and volunteer to help vaccinate the population. To help protect all UK citizens during this difficult time, the Freemasons have also offered their lodges to administer the vital jabs and many buildings are being used as Covid-19 vaccination centres. In Hertfordshire, for example, Halsey Hall is being used as a...

Freemasons give the homeless a roof over their heads

Through the Freemasons’ COVID-19 Community Fund, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), the Freemasons’ charity, in partnership with the United Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge representatives, has awarded its first round of grants to charities that are supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged communities through the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

This first round focuses...

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Budleigh Freemasons support the visually impaired

Just before Christmas Colin Bytheway and Tom Pearman visited “WESC Foundation” the specialist charity for the visually impaired based in Exeter on behalf of the Masonic Lodge of Harmony who meet in Budleigh Salterton.

They visited WESC Foundation to present a cheque for £300 on behalf of their Lodge to support their work with young people with vision impairment.

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Freemasons’ Hall brings some early Christmas cheer with its first virtual organ concert

Freemasons are organising their first virtual Organ Concert, to take place on 9 December at 7pm. The event aims to showcase the magnificent Willis Pipe Organ, and will be streamed from the majestic Grand Temple in Freemasons’ Hall, London, an Art Deco masterpiece built in 1933.

The virtual audience will be able to watch Christopher Stokes, the present Senior Organist at the...

Women’s refuges becomes priority issue for Freemasons

In November 2013, 19-year-old Amelia Arnold, the mother of an 11-month-old baby, was murdered by her partner. Her father Laurence Arnold, who is a Sussex Freemason, said: "I lost my daughter seven years ago. She was 19 years old, had a small child and was in a troubled relationship. I wish she’d had the support that a women's refuge can provide. If she had, she might be alive today."...

Freemasons light the way with £10,560

The Devonshire Freemasons have recently made a grant of £10,560 to the Eddystone Trust in recognition of the extra costs and increased difficulties they have encountered during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Eddystone Trust is an independent charity that has been operating across the southwest for nearly 30 years. They deliver a range of services to people that loosely comes under the...

Freemasons help The Samaritans

At a recent meeting held at a socially acceptable distance in the shadow of Smeaton’s Tower on Plymouth Hoe, Peter Keaty the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Devonshire Freemasons presented Norman Holmes, Director of the Plymouth Samaritans with a cheque and certificate for £5000 to help them through this difficult time, with more pressure on their services being required than would...

Devon Freemasons give £25,000 support to local charities and organisations

Every Spring and Autumn Freemasons from all around Devon meet to support local organisations and charities who are require financial assistance, amongst those included are Schools, Youth Centres and locally based charities including Hospices, Hospital Services and Cancer Charities. This year sadly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic we are unable to meet in the usual manner to distribute the...

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