MORE THAN 30,000 YOUNG PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE PART IN THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD, THANKS TO A GRANT OF £300,000 FROM THE FREEMASONS.
The Freemasons have become a strategic partner of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), funding a new national programme to upskill its team and volunteers. The programme will also help enrol more schools and clubs, to ensure all young people have access to DofE.
Barnstaple’s Cancer Charity, Chemohero, received a further donation this week from Devonshire Freemasons’ WAKE fund at a socially distanced presentation held at Fremington Quay on Wednesday 28th April 2021.
Co-Founders of the Charity Lisa and Rob Wallis met with our Worshipful Master John Finch and Charity Steward Peter Kyle.
Chemohero provides “Boxes of Kindness” to patients attending North Devon District Hospital’s Seamoor Unit for Chemotherapy treatment.
Over 40 different items go into a box of kindness, some have been donated, some sponsored but most have been fundraised for by the North Devon community.
Since it was founded the Charity has donated over 1500 boxes.
The Loyal Lodge of Industry’s association with the charity began when John Finch himself received just such a box while attending the the hospital in 2019. He recalled…
“ Your first Chemotherapy appointment can be stressful and frightening. Receiving a box such as this reminds you that you are not alone, and that there are people who know how you feel and who are willing to help make things easier for you”.
John Finch – Worshipful Master, Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421
Commenting on the donation Lisa said…
“We are enormously grateful to South Molton’s Freemasons for their continued support. During the pandemic our usual fund raising activities have been severely restricted, so donations such as this are vitally important to allow us to continue our work. I would like to extend our sincere thanks to both the Loyal Lodge of Industry, and Devonshire Freemasons for this wonderful gift”
Lisa Wallis – Co Founder, Chemohero.
In reply Peter Kyle said…
“We are very pleased to be able to continue with our support of the wonderful work that Chemohero do to support members of the North Devon Community at what can be a very difficult time for them. Freemasons do not raise funds from the public. Every donation we make has been contributed by individual Freemasons and their families to help those less fortunate than themselves. We are continuing to work with Chemohero to explore other funding opportunities with our national charity The Masonic Charitable Foundation.”
Peter Kyle – Charity Steward, Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421
If you would like to add your support for the fantastic job that Chemohero do for the people of North Devon, visit their website at…
With a documented history extending as far back as 1646, Masonic records are a valuable resource for people engaged in Genealogical research.
Records held by Lodges, TheUnited Grand Lodge of England, Provinces and various masonic Museums around the country; contain a treasure trove of social history and give a priceless insight into the lives of long lost ancestors.
Anyone joining a Lodge would have had his name, age, address and occupation recorded. Lodge minutes would then record his activity within the Craft for the duration of his membership.
With many of these records now available online they are easier to access than never before.
Major online players in the industry are now promoting this, as you can see from this video. It’s a few years old now and a bit “scripted”, but it is factually correct (although the age at which you can join is now being reduced to 18). The shots of the interior of the art deco masterpiece that is Freemasons Hall in London are beautiful.
It just goes to show what a pivotal role Freemasonry has played in the history and cultural development of the UK. Even the english language has adopted phrases with a masonic origin such as “Past Master”, “On the Level “, “Hoodwinked”, “Blackballed” and “The Third Degree” all of which are still in current usage.
The reason for his unannounced arrival was to congratulate our long serving Secretary WBro. Frank Handscombe BEM, PAGDC on 60years of continuous service to Freemasonry.
Expressing his regret at not being able to attend in person, RW Bro Ian offered the warm congratulations of the whole Provincial Executive; the members of which had been sworn to secrecy to ensure a complete surprise.
It is not certain whether Frank had remembered the significance of the date, but his faithful Assistant Secretary, Bro Eric Stanley had; and together with Provincial Grand Secretary WBro Richard Ebrey, ensured that a certificate was safely delivered to Frank’s home later that evening.
In presenting the certificate, the Provincial Grand Master said…
“I would like to thank Frank for his many years of Service to not only the Lodge but also to the Province of Devonshire which he has served as Secretary of the Benevolent Fund for many years. He is someone who can always be relied on to complete any task which is asked of him. His contribution to the Craft over the last 60 years has been outstanding.”
RW Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP
Once he had regained his usual equilibrium, Bro. Frank thanked everyone for their good wishes and paid tribute to the support he had received from the Loyal Lodge of Industry’s members over so many years.
“ I couldn’t do what I do without the wholehearted and enthusiastic support of our wonderful members” said Frank. “It makes me proud to be part of such a caring and committed Lodge.”
Frank Handscombe BEM
Before he left the meeting, RWBro. Kingsbury promised to attend the Lodge at the earliest opportunity to present the certificate in person.
Who knows….. Frank may even buy him a pint!
UPDATE… 8th March 2021
It’s turning out to be quite a week for our Frank!
We are delighted and proud to confirm that it was announced today that the MW The Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, HRH The Duke of Kent, has been pleased to promote Frank to the rank of Past Junior Grand Deacon.