Charity

 Weatheroak Lodge No.7214 Charity Page 

In common with most Masonic Lodges and, in addition to funds raised for National Charity Appeals, Weatheroak Lodge has assisted the following Masonic and Non-Masonic Charities and Organisations.

Acorns Children's Hospice  - The Teddy Bears Appeal - Saltways Carehome, Redditch - Birmingham Chidrens Hospital Charities - Motor Neurones Andrew Stanley Tribute Fund - Victoria School for the Disabled in Northfield - Macmillan Nurses Fisher House QE Hospital

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W.Bro. Steve Stowe  (above) is the Lodge Charity Steward and he assists the Brethren in organising social events to raise monies for deserving causes.

Barnt Green Bonfire & Firework Display 3rd November 2018 5.00pm start.

Brothers Mike Southall and Darren Cresswell are once again asking for volunteers from the Lodge after a very successful event last year.

This will be an agenda item at the Officers Committee Meeting 23/10/18 6.30 pm start.

A poster detailing this event is shown below

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Worcestershire Grand Lodge Festival 2022

Each Province is asked once in every 11 years to collect funds for the Masonic Charitable foundation. The Festival System in English Freemasonry has been developed to rotate specific fund raising evenly around the Provinces. There are 44 Provinces in the system. Formerly each Province supported all of the previous four Masonic charities. 

A Festival Appeal is designed to last for 5 years or so, and we have the advantage of knowing in advance when our Festival will end and which charity we will be supporting, which enables us to plan in advance. It is then up to the Provincial Grand Master to decide when we start and that has been decided as 2017, giving us a 5 year festival.

16th October 2018 - Cheque Presentation for Festival 2022

IMG_6750.jpg (thumbnail)Thw Worshipful Master W.Bro. Alastair Page was pleased to present on behalf of Weatheroak Lodge a cheque for £300 to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master the Very W.Bro. S.J.Wyer for the Worcestershire Provinces Festival Appleal 2022.

A pleasant night was had by all - a raffle for a bottle of gin raised £113 and the Charity Appeal raised a further £139 and were also donated to the 2022 Festival Appeal.

Therefore at last nights Regular Lodge Meeting a grand total of £552 was raised for this worthy Charity.

W.Bro. Peter O'Shaughnessy  Website Administrator.

In common with most Masonic Lodges and, in addition to funds raised for National Charity Appeals, Weatheroak Lodge has assisted the following Masonic and Non-Masonic Charities and Organisations.

Acorns Children's Hospice  - The Teddy Bears Appeal - Saltways Carehome, Redditch - Birmingham Chidrens Hospital Charities - Motor Neurones Andrew Stanley Tribute Fund - Victoria School for the Disabled in Northfield - Macmillan Nurses Fisher House QE Hospital

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We started another Masonic year in September 2017 and details of our fund raising events are listed below :-

Fisher House is this years Charity and the Brethren of the Lodge have raised £1240 from collections at Lodge Meetings and social evenings including our Ladies Night Festival.

Fisher House is a ‘home away from home’ for military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and their loved ones.

Mission Statement - Fisher House.

It is  a ‘home away from home’ for military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and their loved ones.This means that when military patients are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, their families can stay at Fisher House.

Due to the world class care carried out at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and the lessons learnt from the battlefield, servicemen and women often survive injuries today that they would have died from just a few years ago. But injuries sustained can be life-changing, and for their families, the knock at the door is something they dread.

When we speak to the families of injured service people, they tell us that when they hear their loved one is injured they just want to get to Birmingham as soon as possible, without any thought about where they will stay when they get there. Fisher House is here for them: a ‘home away from home’ within walking distance of the hospital, providing a safe space for families to adjust and recover during this difficult time.

W.Bro. Peter O’Shaughnessy Website Administrator.

Tue, 23rd January 2018

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Bros. Darren Cresswell and Michael Southall have been involved at the Scout Centre since the 1970’s as they were both Boy Scouts . There has been a bonfire at Barnt Green for over 20 years but Darren, Micheal and Bro. Bob Amos took it over from the church charity to raise funds for the new Scout Centre when the old one burnt down by vandals. 

This event has been very successful and the Boy Scouts now have a new Scout Hut and all their tents and other apparatus have been replaced. The Girl Guides and local Cricket club are now also now involved so they can raise monies for their own organisations.

Bob Amos  proposed Darren and Michael  into Freemasonry and they are now active members of Weatheroak Lodge, they asked the Lodge to help with last years bonfire night as they were struggling in getting enough volunteers to help with this event.

Members of the Lodge gave a positive response and Bros John Summers, Stephen Hall, Alan Smith, W.Bros. Steve Stowe, Glynn Egginton, Geoff Swann, Ray Golden and myself volunteered to help out in the Barnt Green Community Bonfire as we new how much it meant to the late Bro. Bob Amos. 

Ray and I spent the evening in a caravan counting money while the younger Brethren manned the turnstiles.

That night It was also good to see Bob’s widow Peggy helping out at one of the stalls.

Darren and Mick also organised with a dedicated team of helpers to set up the event and prepare a spectacular fireworks display and the crowd were not disappointed. 

Weatheroak Lodge are happy to have helped out on the night and we have also volunteered help for this years Bonfire Night.

It was great feeling to take part in this Community Event and at Lodge last Tuesday Darren and Michael generously  presented the Lodge with cheques to the value of £1450 which was gratefully received and will faithfully applied to Masonic and Non-Masonic Charities by our Charity Steward W.Bro. Steve Stowe.

Article by W.Bro. Peter O’Shaughnessy Website Administrator (Proud to be a Mason)