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Sussex Freemasons sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Friday 29th October, the value that serving military personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans and military families contribute to Sussex Freemasons and our wider communities across Sussex, was formally recognised when the Head of Sussex Freemasons, Christopher Moore, together with Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB, OBE, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence,  signed the Armed Forces Covenant at Tangmere Military Aviation Museum.

Supported by cadets from the 16 Hurstpierpoint Detachment, Army Cadet Force, Princess of Wales Royal Regiment and Freemasons from the three military focused Masonic Lodges in Sussex at Horsham, Brighton and St Leonards-on-Sea, Tangmere Museum provided the perfect backdrop for the event.

 

Addressing the gathering at the start of the ceremony, Head of Sussex Freemasons, Christopher Moore said ” Freemasonry wishes to play its part in encouraging and supporting the military, either when they are in the services or when they come out. We are a natural home for the military. We represent order, ceremony and camaraderie”

 

Vice Admiral Paul Bennett commented “The support that you are showing by signing up to the Covenant is enormously well received. Thank you for stepping forward to show your support for the Armed Forces”.

3 Millionth 'Teddies For Loving Care' bear presented

The Three Millionth ‘Teddies For Loving Care’ bear has been presented at a hospital in Cambridgeshire.

The bears, paid for by #Freemasons, provide comfort and reassurance to children in hospitals in what can be a scary and unknown environment. The bears, beyond providing comfort, are also often used to demonstrate procedures, with doctors and nurses often showing children the procedures on the bear, before performing on children.
Since the start of the scheme in 2001, over 120,300 bears have been bought and distributed to hospitals across #Sussex.

Speaking as she received the three millionth bear, Jackie James a Play Specialist at the hospital,  said:

“The Teddies for Loving Care bears are very special to us in the Emergency Department and have a wonderful, positive impact on children who are receiving care. When a child first arrives at hospital not only are they feeling unwell but they may also be feeling scared and anxious. The little TLC teddies provide some comfort and really help make them feel at ease.

Dr David Staples, CEO of the United Grand Lodge of England, said: “I’m delighted to be able to present the three millionth ‘‘Teddy for Loving Care’. As a doctor, who regularly works with children in hospitals, I know how important these bears can be; both for the children who receive them and the staff who give them”.

Sussex welcome its newest Lodge: the Classic Motoring Lodge

Saturday (20 November) saw 142 Brethren witness the Consecration, by the Head of Sussex Freemasons, Christopher Moore, of the newest Masonic Lodge in the Province of Sussex, the Classic Motoring Lodge 10004.

The Consecration saw 122 visitors from numerous Sussex Lodges and from various other motoring Lodges, including including Hampshire’s Chequered Flag Lodge, Oxfordshire’s Sir William Morris Lodge, West Kent’s Motoring Lodge and Warwickshire’s Square Wheels Lodge.

‘Classic Motoring’ might bring to mind images of beautifully preserved cars from a long bygone age, but as the Lodge’s new Master Jeremy Knight outlined, that would be  a long way from what is intended.

Jeremy explained “It’s called the Classic Motoring Lodge because we wanted to include classic commercial vehicles and motorcycles, but not in competition with the Sussex Motorcycling Lodge Lodge of course”. He went on “There are a number provinces with Lodges called Classic Car and we wanted to keep it simple and broad. Our membership is a mixture of people with a common interest in classic motoring. Ownership of one or more such cars is not necessary. Some are collectors, some have mechanical skills, others have none, some are racers, others just like to look”.

And the road ahead for the new Lodge has already been set out. Jeremy explained “Our plan is to have four meetings a year, the Installation and then three peripatetic summer meetings in May, July and September. We intend to hold our meetings during the day so that we can comfortably travel to and from places that can accommodate plenty of cars. The idea is to try where possible to meet where other motoring enthusiasts are congregating for rallies or car shows so that we can spread the Masonic word and encourage new candidates. This will also allow for wives and partners to accompany us and meet socially while we have our Masonic meetings. We also plan purely social meetings jointly with car clubs, fetes etc. We have already had and will have more such events during this summer”.

With all that and an introduction of a new member already scheduled, it’s looking to be a busy and successful first year for Sussex’s newest Lodge.

Freemasons supporting over a million people with mental health issues

To help more than 1.4 million people experiencing mental health issues, Freemasons are donating more than £550,000 to help citizens across the UK.
 
Many people are reaching crisis point with their mental health due to the pandemic. According to NHS Prevalence Data 2020, one in six young people have a probable mental disorder, while the Young Minds Survey 2020 found 83% of young people said the pandemic had made their mental health worse.
 
To help the population exit the pandemic in a better state of mental health, the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasonry in England and Wales, are supporting various institutions, schools and universities. Among the institutions receiving support, the Freemasons are donating £125,000 to Young Minds to help them to support approximately 1.4 million young people. The goal is to increase Young Minds’ reach by 10% and help many more young people find the support they need, when they need it, and be able to take practical, actionable steps to improve their mental health.
The UGLE and the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s (MCF) – the Freemasons’ charity – donations will also help 100,000 children and young people across the UK to access information, support and guidance online.
 
During almost two years of the pandemic, Freemasons have donated millions of pounds to support people in need. They have donated many tonnes of food, tablets for hospitals, ambulances and PPE, as well as supporting carers, women’s refuges, care homes, hospitals, hospices and funds for NHS workers. In 2020, the Freemasons total charitable donations topped £51 million.
 
In addition, Freemasons also worked 18 million hours as volunteers in a range of different areas where there was a need, including driving vulnerable people to hospital, preparing meals, taking care of people at risk, organising care packages, as well as producing scrubs, PPE and hand sanitiser.
 
Dr David Staples, chief executive of the UGLE, said: “The pandemic has been devastating and mental health is a very important topic to us and our members. During the pandemic, thousands of Freemasons supported people in their communities, preventing mental health problems and supporting many families. This issue must be one of our priorities and we are joining forces to keep the population safe and feeling well.

 

 

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