Arthur Rank Hospice Visit - January 2020
Adrian and Graham from The Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club visited the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity this morning see how donations from our province and the Masonic Charitable Foundation are benefitting the community from Cambridge, across Fenland and up to Wisbech with the Hospice@Home scheme.
2019 Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting
Having convened at the Guildhall, Cambridge for 70 continuous years, Provincial Grand Lodge was held for the first time at the West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on 20th June 2019. The more spacious, cleaner and air-conditioned environment proved a big hit with members and visitors alike.
At the Royal Arch meeting, 260 companions saw E. Comp David Blair continue in office as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, whilst E. Comp Paul Gillingwater was invested as the new 3rd Provincial Grand Principal. E. Comp David Coupland took over as ProvGDC from E. Comp David Sowman after his 5 years in the role.
For the Craft meeting, 350 Brethren were present where Cambridgeshire Brethren were joined by representatives of 19 other Provinces and numerous side degrees. This total included an incredible 16 serving Provincial Grand Masters who were in attendance.
W. Bro Pat Kilby was re-appointed as Deputy Provincial Grand Master with W. Bro Kevin Mader
re-appointed as Provincial Grand Secretary. W. Bro Stuart Lingard was invested as Provincial Chaplain and the Wardens for 2019 are W. Bro Danny Ellis as Senior Warden and W. Bro John McCormick as Junior Warden.
Also, in attendance, was W. Bro Neil McKittrick, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.
Cambridge Light Blue's visit Lodge of Three Grand Principles No. 441
At the invitation of Bro Tony Orfeo we attended an excellent Initiation at the Lodge of Three Grand Principles (No 441) at Freemason's Hall in Bateman Street (Cambridge). We were treated to an excellent ceremony and watched / participated in the Initiation of our newly made brother Malcolm Duffield on the 4th March 2019.
Photo 1: Members of CLB Tony Orfeo, Adrian Dent, Andy Murfitt, Razvan-Ioan Dinita
The Worshipful Master Ed Williams steered and guided word perfectly an absolutely superb ceremony with some very nice touches which were new to this Mason but made it all the more enjoyable. The candidate/ newly made Bro Malcolm Duffield had an excellent ceremony with an outstanding charge given by Bro Tony Orfeo, in one of the most dramatic and eloquent versions I have ever seen. I and the other Brethren of the Cambridge Light Blues would like to thank the Worshipful Master and all his Officers for an absolutely superb night and ceremony, followed by a brilliant Festive Board.
Photo 2 Bro Tony Orfeo, WBro Brian Elliott, WM Ed Williams, Bro Malcolm Duffield, Bro Razvan-Ioan Dinita, Bro Andy Murfitt
Our thanks go out to WBro Pat Kilby, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and WBro Brian Elliott (pictured) who again supported us on the night and have been staunch supporters of CLB since it’s onset.
Adrian Dent 5/3/2019
2018 Provincial Meeting
Provincial Grand Lodge was held at the Guildhall, Cambridge on 20th June.At the Royal Arch meeting, the 3rd Grand Principal, E. Comp Gareth Jones was in attendance and gave a fascinating and engaging address to the Companions. E. Comp David Blair was invested as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal.
Nearly 350 Brethren were present for the Craft meeting where Cambridgeshire Brethren were joined by representatives of 17 other Provinces and numerous side degrees.The meeting included the investiture of W.Bro Pat Kilby as the new Deputy Provincial Grand Master and W.Bro Kevin Mader as Provincial Grand Secretary. The Wardens for 2018 are W.Bro Gordon Easton as Senior Warden and W.Bro Bob Wordsworth as Junior Warden.
Bright Future for Bullied Children thanks to Freemasons' Grant
John Sherriff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire Freemasons, Dr. Carrie Herbert, Founder of Red Balloon and Peter Sutton, Provincial Information Officer for Cambridgeshire Freemasons
Monday 1 May 2018
Bullied children too scared for school will now be able to reengage with education, thanks to a grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons.
The generous grant of £20,000, which will contribute to a bursary fund, will allow children in Cambridgeshire and beyond to receive academic and therapeutic support as part of the Red Balloon programme. At any one time, there are more than 16,000 students bullied out of school around the country, and thousands more too traumatised to attend. Red Balloon offers a lifeline to a brighter future, but the programme is expensive, and relies on generous donations. The Freemasons’ grant will allow 6-8 students who are currently not on roll with Red Balloon to access the recovery programme.
The grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales
Red Balloon founder Dr. Carrie Herbert said:
'We are very grateful for the grant from the Cambridgeshire Freemasons, which will help us to support children as they reengage with school and get their lives back on track. The Freemasons have been generous supporters of Red Balloon for many years.'
John Sherriff, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire Freemasons, said:
'We are very pleased to be helping Red Balloon support vulnerable children. Our contribution to the bursary fund will assist students who will benefit from the support they receive at Red Balloon enabling them to return in due course to normal schooling.'
Cambridgeshire Festival 2023 Launched
On Wednesday 14th March 2018 the Provincial Grand Master, W Bro William CM Dastur launched the Cambridgeshire Festival 2023. This will be managed by the Cambridgeshire Masonic Benevolent Association (CMBA) and will support the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). This aims to raise £900,000 within Cambridgeshire between now and the end of 2023.
Further details can be found on the Festival 2023 website and a video taken at the launch is shown below.