The Lodge held a very successful Sunday Lunch on Sunday November 3rd at the Green Rooms which was attended by 121 Members, their families and friends. Everyone enjoyed a good meal in great company and the raffle held during the afternoon raised a magnificent sum of £525.00. During the proceedings, our Master, Paul Long presented a cheque for this amount to Michaela Staley on behalf of “Toys on the Table”. This charity provides toys at Christmas for less fortunate children who otherwise would not have such at Christmas time.
On a glorious sunny afternoon on Sunday 8th August 2015 over 70 lodge members, their families and friends from Burbach Lodge No.8699, which meets in at the Masonic Hall, Hinckley, enjoyed a garden party in the grounds of Bro. Steve Iliffe’s Burbage house.
Entertainment during the afternoon was provided by Dean Thomas, the former Hinckley United manager, who performed many favourites which were well appreciated by all. Games were provided for the children and a delicious buffet, prepared by Burbach member, Bro. Jonathan Nichols went down very well, especially as it was accompanied by liquid refreshments served by the Senior Steward Bro. Nick Sherwin.
In addition to being an afternoon enjoyed by all, the event and raffle raised over £1,200 which will go towards the Master’s charity fund which will support the Air Ambulance Service and the Rainbows Hospice for children and young people which is based in Loughborough.
The Master of the Lodge, Chris, expressed his thanks to all who had attended and given their support for these two worthwhile charities and also expressed his gratitude to Steve, who was only initiated into Freemasonry this earlier this year, for the use of his facilities.
Shave-off tonight at the Green Rooms. Scott Bailye put on a great show shaving our brethren who had grown facial hair in aid of Prostaid. Thanks to Simon Green, Simon Mepstead, Jonathan Nichols, Chris Blunt and Norman Bell. About £1000 raised.
The 2012 Festival is the Province’s Charity raising funds for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The target figure of £1.5 million is close to being met and currently £1.3 million has been collected. The Festival culminates at the Festival Dinner at the Walkers Stadium in Leicester on May 19th 2012.
As part of the Festival fund-raising effort a “Classic Cars Dash” was arranged and the then Provincial Grand Secretary V.W.Bro. David Hagger arrived at Hinckley Masonic Hall in an MG driven by W. Bro. Peter Green closely followed by a Bentley saloon. Members of the Hinckley Lodges were on hand to greet the visitors and after a few drinks they were waived off on the second leg of their journey to Ashby-de-la-Zouch whilst the Hinckley Members went out to enjoy a very sociable lunch together.
Burbach Lodge donate £125 to 1st Britannia Scouts Burbage Joseph, the son of Worshipful Brother Chris Blunt, recently presented a cheque for £125 to 1st Britannia Scouts on behalf of Burbach Lodge. Chris, the current Master of Burbach Lodge had learnt that the local Scouts in Burbage were in much need of new camping gear and sports equipment and had set about raising funds through their own activities.
Well knowing that Scouting has many parallels with the principles of Freemasonry, being those of brotherhood and service, Chris decided to help and donated the proceeds of a Lodge festive board raffle.
Cub leader Nicola who had raised significant funds herself by completing a Wolf run was delighted to be presented with the cheque saying that the money would be put to good use, and expressed her thanks to the Brethren of Burbach Lodge.
Worshipful Brother John Pinkstone, Master of the Lodge in 2008-09 is pictured presenting a cheque for £500.00 to Mr Charles Grace, Managing Director of the Peter le Marchant Trust, at their office on the Grand Union Canal in Loughborough during March 2011. The money was part of the funds raised from charity collections during Bro. John’s year as Master of Burbach Lodge.
The Trust organises canal trips for the disabled and handicapped and provides three fully equipped canal boats which cater for both carers and patients. One boat is used for day trips, one for trips of up to four days and the other can be hired for self-catering family holidays. The Trust is supported solely from donations and crewed by volunteers.
Our photograph shows the donation being presented to Mr Grace by: W. Bro. John Pinkstone together with Bro. Maurice Jones who was the Senior Steward during the year.
Worshipful Brother Chris Brown, Master of the Lodge in 2009-10, is pictured presenting a cheque for £2000 to the Rainbows Hospice for Children. The funds were collected during Chris’ year as Master at various social events. Rainbows is the only East Midlands hospice for children and young people and is a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support. The Rainbows incredible team of people helps relieve symptoms, improve quality of life, supports parents and siblings through their bereavement and care for children until the end.
Our photograph shows Chris(centre) accompanied by Richard Tomlinson, the Senior Steward during the year, presenting the cheque to Maggie Deere, one of the fund raising team at Rainbows. A block commemorating the donation will be added to the glass wall shown in the photograph.