As many of you will remember our Provincial Grand Charity Steward John Mills wrote to Lodges to-wards the end of 2019, asking for nominations from Lodges for grants to charities and worthy causes from the Cornwall Mark Foundation.
Unfortunately due to the Corona Virus the planned meeting had to be cancelled, however following discussions between the Provincial Grand Master, Trustees and Members of the Committee, we are pleased to announce that donations totalling £12,000.00 have been made to twenty four local groups, with a further £8,500.00 being granted to four local charities.
Each charity will receive £500.00
- Bodmin Memory Café
- 11th Falmouth Church, Guides
- Man Down (Mental Health for Men)
- 8th/9th Falmouth Scout Group
- Walker Lines Gymnasium Trust
- Falmouth Greenbank Rowing Club
- Chy Sawel Project
- Goonown Playing Field Association
- Penhaligon’s Friends
- St Ives Town AFC Under 11s
- Curnow School Association
- Hi-5 Talk Time Café
- 1st St Stythians Rainbows
- St Austell Youth Band
- Kilkhampton Preschool
- Mount Edgcumbe Hospice
- Port Isaac Village Hall
- Macular Society
- White Gold Cornwall
- Combat Stress
- 169 Squadron ATC (St Blazey)
Requests received from Two or More Lodges
Merlin MS Centre £2000.00
iSight Cornwall £500.00
Sowenna Unit £5000.00
Motor Neurone Association Cornwall Branch £1000.00
January saw the annual exchange working at The Three Grand Principles Lodge, Penryn when Love and Honour came from Falmouth to carry out the advancement. The candidate was Herman Aquirre-Jofre and Love and Honour carried out an excellent ceremony. The Brethren afterwards celebrated “Burns Night” which was kindly laid on by W Bro Gavin Wilson and his team. The Haggis was piped in and then addressed by W Bro Gavin who gave an impressive rendition of “The Selkirk Grace.” The brethren then enjoyed their Haggis, Neeps and Tatties and plenty of whiskey to wash it down. The evening was finished off by a rendition of Auld Lang Syne and Trelawney. Everyone who attended said it was a great night and it has already been booked for next year.
A special thanks must go to W Bro. Gavin and his team who gave us a most enjoyable evening.
At their September 2019 meeting, the Freemasons of St Michaels Lodge of Mark Master Masons agreed that the sum of £100 be donated to certain local charities which help and support young people in Helston.
The charities chosen were :
Girl guiding in Helston
Helston Scout Group, and
Helston Town Band – Junior section
The WM ( John Osmond) accompanied by his Charity Steward (Barry Williams) have visited each organisation who were delighted to accept their Cheques and thanked the Lodge for their donation.
The photos below were taken at each of the presentations.
The Mark Benevolent Fund continues its partnership with Lifelites, with a visit to Cornwall.
On Monday 7th October, R.W.Bro Kevin Hicks Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Cornwall along with his Assistant Provincial Grand Master Chris Hawkey, Provincial Grand Secretary Simon Trevains, Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary Trevor Conroy and their ladies, were joined by Darren Coleman-Heald, Charities Manager from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, R.W.Bro Stephen Pearn Provincial Grand Master of the Craft Province of Cornwall, a number of his team and their ladies, to make a presentation to Children’s Hospice South West at Little Harbour, which is located in Porthpean near St Austell on the stunning south coast of Cornwall overlooking the tranquil Pentewan Valley.
Lifelites donates assistive technology to over 10,000 life-limited and disabled children in hospices across the country, and this vital funding will support a brand- new project being launched by the charity this year – the Tech Trunk. The donation of £14,144 to Little Harbour is part of a major collaboration between the Mark Benevolent Fund which has donated £141,00 and lifelites, this will enable Lifelites to carry out 15 presentations across the country to Children’s Hospices’.
The Tech Trunk is a solution for Hospice at Home services across the country that deliver palliative and respite care for children out in the community. The portable trunks enable hospice staff to take the Lifelites technology with them wherever they go, giving children the opportunity to have access to life-changing technology in their own home.
The trunks include accessible, portable technology such as a Virtual Reality Headset, specialist iPads, games consoles and an Eyegaze, which enables children to use a computer just with the movement of their eyes. All of this technology gives these children the opportunity to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as it is possible.
This funding has also enabled Lifelites to donate to Little Harbour Interactive Entertainment Hubs and a Mobile Magic Carpet (so well demonstrated by our Provincial Grand Masters of the Mark and Craft playing football ), and other technology. The project also provides vital training for children’s hospice staff on how to use it as well as ongoing technical support.
In an article in the latest edition of Freemasonry today, Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: ‘Our small team works tirelessly to raise the funds we so desperately need, and to have this unbelievably generous gift from the Mark Benevolent Fund is a complete game-changer for Lifelites. It will help us provide technology to thousands of children across the country, children who don’t have the same opportunities that we do. Every moment is precious, and thanks to this donation we can help these children and their families make the most of every second.’
We were joined at Little harbour for the presentation by Darren Coleman-Heald, Charities Manager from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, said: ‘We are delighted to have joined forces with Lifelites in this all-important project that reaches deep in to the heart of your community giving enjoyment and stimulation to life-limited and disabled children. ‘Our 36,000 members will be pleased to know that their donations are being used wisely by helping those in need across the UK.’
More information on the Mark Benevolent Fund project with Lifelites can be found in the latest edition of freemasonry today
Following the recent opening of Sowenna a mental health unit for young people 18 years and under, Right Worshipful Brother Kevin Hicks, Provincial Grand Master was delighted to accompany V.W.Bro. John Bell a trustee of the Mark Benevolent fund on a visit to the unit at Bodmin.
Sowenna is an NHS unit run by Cornwall NHS Foundation Trust. The unit provides inpatient treatment for young people aged between 13 and 18.
The unit has 14 rooms which are all en-suite, consultation rooms, a gym and classrooms – with everything from music rooms to cooking areas – alongside the café and open garden areas. The whole unit is ultra-modern, bright and airy, without the feel usually associated with a hospital, also included in this impressive development is an impressive sports barn which will also be able to host theatrical events.
Most of the young people who are admitted to Sowenna come from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, although some come from further afield.
The Donation of £8000.00 from the Mark Benevolent Fund will be used to equip a sensory treatment facility which will use the latest technology in assisting with the recovery of those using the unit.
Pictured outside of Sowenna is R.W.Bro. Kevin Hicks Provincial Grand Master for Cornwall, V.W.Bro. John Bell Trustee of the Mark Benevolent Fund, W. Bro. Chris Hawkey Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Dr Barbara Vann CEO.
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Another busy evening for the Provincial Team! after 130 years St Martins Lodge No379 have a banner.
The Provincial Grand Master along with the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters were delighted to be asked to dedicate a banner for St Martin Lodge No379 at Liskeard, as always in the Mark Province of Cornwall they were joined by a vast number of active and past Provincial Grand Officers along with many Grand Officers and our Past Provincial Grand Master.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Chaplain W Bro Graham Hindle delivered a wonderful oration and explanation of the reasons Lodges have banners along with the significance of the colouring and format of the banner.
On behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund, R W Bro Kevin Hicks The Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Cornwall, was delighted to handover the keys for the latest addition to the Cornwall Blood Bikes fleet at a presentation held at Falmouth on Friday.
The donation to Cornwall Blood Bikes, is part of the partnership with the National Association of Blood Bikes which has seen donations made by the Mark Benevolent Fund to twenty six Blood Bike Groups nationally totalling £437,934.
The funding for this partnership came from the Royal Parks walk which took place in May 2017.