The Province of South Wales held its first virtual auction with the proceeds going to the RMBI 2021 Festival.
The virtual auction, which was the brainchild of W. Bro. Dr Akram Baig, was held on Friday 9 April 2021, with W. Bro. Phil Saunders as the auctioneer. It was attended online by 60 Brethren and their families.
A “Big Week” of events, starting Monday 30 August 2021 for the RMBI 2021 Festival is going ahead subject to coronavirus restrictions. The aim is to reinvigorate social activities amongst our Brethren and Companions in the Province, whilst raising money for the 2021 Festival in the process.
What is the “Big Week”?
What is the “Big Week”?
It’s an event that will happen the week of Monday 30 August 2021. It’s hoped that every Lodge in the Province will take part and organise at least one event, or a variety of activities, for their families and friends. The emphasis is on having fun whilst raising awareness, funds and encouraging inclusion and participation, all within a COVID-safe environment resulting from the vaccine rollout. All proceeds raised by individual Lodges will be added to their total donated to the Festival cause.
What’s expected from Lodges?
Lodges can pretty much put on any event or activity that they choose, examples include:
Sporting events, whether it is golf, bowling, go-karting, cycling or any other sporting activity can become a great fundraiser.
Masonic centre-based activities, such as casino nights, quizzes, indoor sports, black tie events, open days, fetes and fayres as examples can get excellent support, especially when promoted effectively.
How do Lodges’ take part?
For further details please contact W. Bro. Phil Osborne by calling 07774203170 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s also possible to arrange an event before or after the date if it’s more convenient for individual Lodges and Masonic centres. Just please make sure that all donations are submitted by the 14 September 2021 to be included in the final Lodge totals.
The Grand National Sweepstake
Saturday 10th April 2021
Licensed and operated to comply with the Gaming Commission rules.
Missing your Lodge or Chapter, and possibly the raffle at the festive board?
Here’s your chance to bet on the winner of the greatest steeple chase race in the world.
This race will be followed on television by some 500 million people worldwide, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Tickets are £5 each and every 40 tickets will be grouped together to form a separate draw.
Every ticket will have an equal chance of winning.
Brethren, do you have candidates waiting to join? Why not buy a package as a gift to present on their big night? Or why not simply treat yourself?
- Provincial tie: £12.50
- Provincial bow tie: £12.50
- Stewards ties: £12.50
- Hankies: £5.00
- Cuff links: £15.00
- Festival pens: £1.00
Package deal: Tie, hankie and pen only £16 for the set.
To purchase, call W. Bro. Phil Saunders on 07747 628663 and pay by card over the phone.
This year sees the climax of the RMBI 2021 Festival, a drive which has, for the last six years, been raising money towards a £5 Million target for the RMBI care homes.
For a final push to reach that target many Lodges and individual Masons within the Province have been raising additional funds.
One such fundraising campaign is being mounted by W. Bro Gordan Shumack of Penarth Lodge No. 4113, who plans to raise money by way of a virtual climb of Mount Snowden, Wales’ highest mountain at 1,085 metres (3,560 feet).
Gordon explains: “Some may know that I was fortunate enough to receive major heart surgery in June last year, and I’m still rehabilitating. But I am going to climb Snowdon in aid of the 2021 Festival! Depending on the route, it takes between 5 and 7 hours to reach the summit. Descending is far quicker, especially if you take the train!
“However, because of the various lockdowns I’ve been unable to travel to train for the climb, I shall have to climb Snowdon virtually, by climbing the stairs at my home.
The height of Mount Snowdon is the equivalent of 475 flights of the stairs at my home, but for good measure and to ensure my steps will be sufficient I will aim to achieve 500. I won’t be doing it all in one go but intend to pace myself and do it through March and April.”
Gordon is hoping that Brethren throughout the Province will support him in his effort, by pledging money for his climb, which will go to the RMBI care homes, which he feels is a most worthwhile cause, especially as the last 12 months have been so immensely difficult
Gordon explained further: “We are all blessed that the wonderful caring staff at our homes have risen to the occasion to ensure that the residents are so very well looked after.
“The staff who are committed to caring can’t do much about the financial situation facing the RMBI, but between us all we can make a difference, and I would ask you to kindly consider supporting my endeavour to climb Snowdon, for the benefit of Freemasons and their dependents.
“As always, anything you give will be thankfully received and faithfully applied for the purpose intended.”
To support Gordon in his climb, and to donate to the RMBI 2021 Festival, a ‘Just Giving’ page has been set up. If you would like to donate, please click the link and remember to tick the box to confirm your happy to share your details, this will ensure your name appears on the list of donations.
Another year, another lockdown and more challenges confront us all – none more so than those faced by many less fortunate than ourselves.
Notwithstanding the absence of meetings for some 9 months due to Covid 19, the Brethren of Breaksea Lodge No.8358 have been ever more focussed on Festival fund raising.
The ruling Master WBro. Jason Agostini – Green may have been unable to conduct any ceremonies but he and his Charity Steward WBro. Colin Manning have been hard at work in making sure every member has the opportunity of and is encouraged in engaging in regular charitable giving.
Not a month seems to pass when they are not chivvying and cajoling brethren to sign up to a new RPP or to extend their current one.
WBro. Jason takes up the story “We may not be able to practice the ritual but we can bring alive our obligation to help others in need”. He went on “Regular contact through a combination of phone calls, text messaging and zoom meetings seems to have done the trick with more and more brethren joining together to commit what they can each month”.
The Lodge Charity Steward, WBro. Colin Manning, who celebrates 30 years as a mason next month added “It’s never easy asking brethren for money at the best of times but just making the contact and positioning what we are trying to achieve has tweaked the heart strings of so many. So much so that we have as a Lodge now secured a GOLD award. It just goes to show what can be done when you ask in the right way”.
Breaksea’s success is all about teamwork and focus on a wonderful cause and WBro. Colin can be seen receiving the certificate in the post – unfortunately Santa was tied up before Christmas otherwise he would have done it himself.