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Barnstaple Charity wins Freemasons’ support

On Saturday 22nd February almost 70 South Molton Freemasons, their wives, partners and friends, braved the winter storms to attend the Loyal Lodge of Industry’s 2020 Ladies Night.

Held in the bright, clean, modern surroundings of Bishops Nympton Parish Hall, the event featured a sumptuous three course dinner, toasts and speeches, and music provided by
South Molton’s very own Jason Toft.

Ladies Festival 2020

South Molton’s Freemasons are well known for their support of local Charities. The recipient of the proceeds from this year’s event will be Barnstaple based… ChemoHero.

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ChemoHero works to support patients at North Devon Hospital’s Seamoor Unit by providing them with “Boxes of Kindness” as they begin courses of treatment for a wide range of Cancers. The boxes contain various items especially chosen to help them cope with the rigours of Chemotherapy

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A box of Kindness

Over 40 different items go into a “Box of Kindness”, some are donated and others sponsored; but most have been fundraised for by people of the North Devon.

Since ChemoHero was founded, more than 1000 boxes have been provided to Cancer Patients in North Devon.

In 2019, Founder Lisa Wallis BEM was
awarded the Pride of Britain West Country
fundraiser of the year award.

Explaining why he and his wife had chosen this
particular Charity, the Lodge’s Worshipful Master,
John Finch said…

“We are delighted to be able to support the amazing work of ChemoHero. Their boxes of kindness make a real difference to people, at what can be a difficult time in their lives. Together with the hard working and dedicated staff at The North Devon Hospital they are supporting families right across our Community.”

John Finch, Worshipful Master. Loyal Lodge of Industry No 421

Commenting on how donations like this help their work, Rob Wallis, Co-Founder of the Charity said…

“At ChemoHero we cannot thank groups like the Freemasons enough for their kind contributions towards the work we do. These donations go back into creating our bespoke boxes of kindness that contain many useful and luxury items for North Devon Chemotherapy patients.”

Rob Wallis. ChemoHero Co-Founder
If you would like to donate or fundraise in support of the wonderful work that ChemoHero do…

Image Credits: ChemoHero, @xeramax

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Guiding Principles

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The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is the governing body for Freemasonry
in England and Wales.

We are delighted to be able to bring you the new Brochure produced by UGLE which explains in greater detail, the four guiding principles by which Freemasons try to
define their path through life.

If having read it, you’re thinking that our principles may be similar to your own, then you might want to consider
becoming a member.

If you want to know more about Freemasonry in general or the
Loyal Lodge of Industry No 421
in particular, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

We’d love to hear from you!

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A brief history of masonic Jewels

At our regular February meeting, we were delighted to welcome a very special Guest.

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W.Bro. Dr Richard Ebrey – Provincial Grand Secretary.

W.Bro. Dr. Richard Ebrey, the Provincial Grand Secretary for the Masonic Province of Devonshire was our guest speaker, and his subject was..

A brief history of
Masonic Jewels

Masonic “Jewels” are not, as you might expect, Precious Stones like Diamonds and Rubies. They are in fact the small “Medals” or insignia worn by Freemasons as part of their Regalia to…

  • Denote a particular office or rank
  • Show support for a particular Charity of Appeal
  • Demonstrate membership of Royal Arch Masonry
  • Mark a special Event or Anniversary such as the recent Tercentenary of the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England.
  • Show that they are either a Founder or a Past Master of a Particular Lodge.
  • Mark achievements such as a Lodge Centenary
A Past Master’s Collar Jewel

Worn either on the breast of a jacket or appended to a collar. Masonic Jewels add a colourful and intriguing aspect to Masonic history as they have been around since at least 1727 when Masters and Wardens of Lodges were instructed by the United Grand Lodge of England to…

“Wear the Jewels of Masonry hanging on a white ribbon”

A selection of Masonic Breast Jewels

Designs have varied widely over the years with some spectacular examples featuring precious metals and real jewels. The standard of Craftsmanship displayed by silversmiths and jewellers was often exemplary which is reflected in modern resale values.

One particularly poignant part of Dr. Ebrey’s talk concerned Masonic Jewels produced by prisoners of War from Napoleonic times until the Second World War when allied POW’s in Changi risked the wrath of their captors by producing jewels and insignia to be used at undercover meetings held in the camp.

Royal Arch Collar Jewel
Ancient & Accepted Rite Collar Jewel
UGLE Collar Jewel

At the conclusion of the talk our Worshipful Master W.Bro. John Finch thanked W.Bro. Ebrey for an interesting and enjoyable insight into this fascinating aspect of Masonic History.

All our members will be keeping their eyes peeled on their next visit to one of South Molton Pannier Market’s Antiques Events.

Following the formal part of the evening everyone repaired to the dining room for an excellent and convivial dinner.

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Aimee’s Story

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Better Lives brings you real life stories of people who have been helped by The Masonic Charitable Foundation.

For more information visit www.mcf.org.uk

This is Aimee’s Story

Better Lives | Beneficiary Aimee with her grandfather Frederick. Aimee who’s grandfather through his masonic connections has helped fund her University education. 25th June 2017 Photography by Gareth Iwan Jones (www.garethiwanjones.com)
After Aimee’s father died at the age of 45, her Freemason grandfather, Frederick, stepped in to support the family through the financial strain that followed. Eventually his savings started to run low and he turned to the MCF to help his granddaughter through her education.

“The MCF made sure I had all the resources and equipment I needed to study. I graduated from Cardiff University with first class honours in Psychology and have since completed my PHD. I’m now studying for a doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Oxford! That was the goal I had in mind when I was first studying – I’ve finally got there after nine years!”

Better Lives | Beneficiary Aimee with her grandfather Frederick, Grandmother Barbara and mother Jenny. Aimee who’s grandfather through his masonic connections has helped fund her University education. 25th June 2017 Photography by Gareth Iwan Jones (www.garethiwanjones.com)

“I’m extremely grateful for all the support from the MCF. They have been fantastic and have enabled me to pursue a career I really love.” 

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