GPC Meeting

Brief Report from of the General Purposes Committee

Masonic Hall Rainbow Hill, Worcester Tuesday 30th January 2018

Annual Church Assistance Scheme.

Five applications for assistance were considered and approved. Resulting in donations of £200 to the following churches:

  • All Saints Church, Wilden
  • St Georges Church, Kidderminster
  • St Mary’s Church, Tenbury Wells
  • St Peters Church, Kinver
  • Holy Trinity Church, Worsley

It was reported that PGL has also made contributions to the following Charities:

  • The British Heart Foundation
  • St Richards Hospice
  • Midlands Air Ambulance
  • Rory the Robot Worcester Acute Hospital Appeal
  • Battle Back Royal British Legion

Several Lodges have also made generous donations in support of Charities in their locality.

Whilst Acorns Children’s Charity application for assistance from Grand Charity was un-successful many will have seen the article in the local press whereby a local Mason helped the Charity.

Charity Stewards Report.

The 100 Club is to be relaunched, based on the Bonus Ball of the National Lottery on the last Saturday of each month. Making the announcement the Provincial Charity Steward stated that he hopes to roll out the new scheme by April. Current standing orders will need to be updated and every brother will be contacted in connection with the changes/or setting up of a new order.

Grand Charity.

Grand Lodge have issued notice that the Presentation of an Ambulance to be donated to the Worcestershire Branch of St Johns, part of the National Scheme in providing ambulances to St Johns, will most likely take place during February. Keep an eye open for the actual date and place, it would be nice to have a good turnout out for presentation.

Treasurers Report.

The Provincial Treasurer reported that the province remains in good health financially resulting in his being able to leave dues unchanged.

Almoners Report.

The Provincial Grand Almoner gave an update on brethren whose health was not what it might be just at present.

He also announced that each year in his capacity of Craft and Chapter Provincial Almoner he holds Almoners Training Seminars. He hopes that Mark Lodge Almoners will accept an invitation to attend this year’s seminar a little later in the year. Information will be circulated to all Lodge Almoners.

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