The former railway town of Swindon once home to the Great Western Railway and from where the great Victorian Isambard Kingdom Brunel planned some of his greatest engineering feats is also home to nine Craft Lodges. Meeting at The Masonic Hall, The Planks, Swindon; you will be assured of a warm welcome in convivial surroundings. The Lodges meeting in Swindon form part of the North Wiltshire area of the Province.
The calendar opposite, shows the bookings for meetings and rehearsals for the nine Craft Lodges and other Orders that use the Masonic Centre (as at September 2015).
Procedure for booking one of the rooms at the Centre:
It is essential that before organising a meeting or gathering of any kind, Masonic or otherwise, confirmation must first be sought by contacting Rita Burrows on (01793) 522134 at The Planks. The ‘bookings diary’ that she keeps is likely to contain more up to date information than the calendar displayed opposite and/or in the display cabinet in the Centre's entrance hall. What appears to be a 'vacant space' may therefore, already be taken.
Confirmation with Rita is required for ALL rooms at the Planks, including the Dining and Robing Rooms.
Royal Sussex Lodge of Emulation
Lodge No. 355
Lodge No. 1295
Lodge of Remembrance
Lodge No. 4037
Lodge No. 4687
Lodge No. 7525
Harry C Preater
Lodge No. 8204
Lodge No. 8435
Lodge No. 8692
George Duke of Kent
Lodge No. 8788
Prostate Cancer screening
Kevin Logan, Secretary of the Lodge of Remembrance, held the screening session at Old Town’s Masonic Centre, to help detect prostate cancer early through a simple blood test. He was supported by his partner, daughter and 13 members of the Lodge, who all gave up their time on Saturday 2nd April, clocking up some 56 hours to the Tercentenary 300 Hours appeal.
Kevin has been championing these screening sessions after he was given the devastating diagnosis of metastatic prostate cancer in June last year. Doctors have told him it will be controllable for two to five years, but it is not curable. It could have been caught sooner if he had been screened. Since his diagnosis the brave father-of-three has made it his mission to save other men from the same fate and more than 150 turned up to support him and get themselves tested.
In the drop-in session, nurses took a small blood sample to measure the Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) count. A traffic light system indicates whether a score is above average and if the person should seek medical advice. Results are confidential and those with high scores will be contacted directly by a consultant urologist who will explain what the next steps are.
Kevin said he was delighted with the response to the first screening.
“This is about screening, raising awareness and research into the condition. It makes me feel emotional and very proud that so many men have come today; some with neighbours, some with partners. If we can save one life then it is worth it. I get emotional talking about it because it is so important to me. I’m on a mission to make this screening, which takes minutes, available to everyone. There isn’t anything that can be done for me, but I want to see the NHS start to screen everyone. I’ve already raised £4,700 and there has been a phenomenal response to this drive.”
The cost of the tests were covered by monies raised and by donations on the day. For more information contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Easter Eggs for everyone
The presentation of Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies was made to Swindon Women’s Aid on Friday 18 March.
The Easter goodies were once again donated by the Members of Lodge of Remembrance No.4037 and Harry C. Preater Lodge No.8204 . The eggs and other confectionery will be given to the 39 children resident at the Refuge and children being supported through SWA’s Outreach Services.
The photo shows (from L to R):
Steve Berry (Charity Steward L4037), Peter Cowen (Master L8204), Abby Ayre (SWA), Olwen Kelly (Director SWA), Chris Scott (Master L4037), Edwin Hayward (L8204) and David Webb (Charity Steward L8204)
Christmas Lunch a huge success
The Swindon Masonic Centre held a 'Christmas Lunch' at the Planks, Swindon on the 20th December.
Members and their guests were well fed by the Coleshill Catering team and entertained by carols and popular songs by the marvellous Ellendune Entertainers. The event raised a magnificent sum of over £520 which will be donated to the new Radiotherapy Centre at the Great Western Hospital.
Christmas Lunch for 2016 will be on Sunday 18th December and further details will follow later in the year.
The Swindon and district Lodges and Chapters once again held their Christmas appeal on behalf of Swindon Women's Aid and due to the generosity of members was able to present the charity with a varied selection of Christmas 'goodies' including food and confectionery, chocolate selection boxes, toiletries and gift sets, toys, books and games.
The attached photo shows left to right- Christine Cowen, Ron Chambers, Abby Ayre (SWA), Philip Bullock PrGM, Sally Bullock and Peter Cowen (Appeal Co-ordinator)
Eight Swindon Lodge members’ Ladies volunteered to assist the Care Assistants at the Swindon Women’s Refuge to gift wrap parcels for their residents and Children for Christmas. Also, for the victims of domestic violence and abuse and their Children receiving support through Swindon Women’s Aid outreach services.
Seen in the photo left to right; Pauline Eldridge, Jane Palmer. Diane Lee, Christine Cowen, Jean Gee and Hilary Chambers. Two of the Lady helpers; Alma and Wendy Owen unfortunately had to leave before the group photo was taken.