Charity is in a Freemason's DNA, it is an integral part of his nature to be charitable and offer support to those in need. Indeed the essential tenets of Freemasonry make clear that a Freemason is guided by three principles, Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Wiltshire Freemasons Support Local Charities
Fishing for fun.......
Lee (left) a pupil at Uplands School, and Luke (right) show off their 'catch of the day (an 8lb Perch)
When Ian Lever agreed to take on the role of co-ordinator for the Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity he knew it would be a 'big job' but has got a big heart and a very supportive wife (got that one in Elaine).
Ian now runs two events a year at Walters Lake, South Cerney and with the help of Freemasons and friends hosts young people from Uplands School in nearby Swindon.
The day's fishing can be a mixture of serious competition (Luke sets up all his match fishing equipment) and pure fun - Big Graham Cooper always catches the teeniest fish, but everyone has a wonderful day.
Wiltshire Freemasons are indebted to the owners of Walters Lake who make the day such a wonderful experience for the young people who attend.
Thanks also to Assistant Provincial Grand Master Simon Leighfield who attended and presented certificates to the participants.
Wiltshire Widow's Sons get on their bikes............
Freemasons from across England and Wales are helping Lifelites Chief Executive Simone Enefer-Doy in her quest to visit a landmark in every Province in just 15 days, to raise money for life-limited and disabled children in hospices.
For each leg of the journey, which will see Simone travel nearly 3,000 miles, she will be transported by volunteer Freemasons in a variety of weird and wonderful vehicles to raise awareness of and funds for the charity. In Wiltshire, Simone was invited to 'ride a White Horse' as she was escorted to Bratton Camp, Westbury here, on a superb day she was able to see the famous chalk horse..
Simone will arrive at Bratton Camp from Berkshire to Wiltshire aiming to arrive at 11.00am on Tuesday 21st May for a photo shoot before embarking on the next leg of the tour to Bristol. Deputy Provincial Grand Master David Davies will be on hand to welcome Simone and will then entrust her to the care of Andrew and his team.
Last year, thanks to the support and generosity of Freemason’s across the country over £100,000 was raised to support the work Lifelites does to donate and maintain assistive technology for life-limited and disabled children in children’s hospices across the British Isles.
The equipment they donate gives these children opportunities they might never have thought they’d have to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as possible.
If you would like to find out more about the work of Lifelites, please visit their website: www.lifelites.org
Wiltshire Freemasons support a wide range of national and local charities.
A number of organisations are the recipients of a regular giving campaign, designed to ensure their work continues year by year without the fear that a funding stream will 'dry up' .
Usually, a Freemasons' Lodge will support a charitable organisation known to its members and where there is a special affinity; such as a group or cause which has helped a family member or friend.
Support is not based on the size or perceived importance of the charity or organisation. Every award is important, whether it's a £5,000 donation to a local hospice, a £500 donation to a medical charity or a £50 donation to the local Scout troop.
Prospect Hospice brings care, comfort and confidence to thousands of patients and their families in the communities of Swindon, Marlborough and north Wiltshire.
Propect's purpose built hospice located in the village of Wroughton is the place that people and their families and carers turn to when someone has been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness, and they have an unparalleled history of care for local people in the area we serve.
Last year we cared for and supported more than 5,500 patients and family members at the hospice in Wroughton, in patients' own homes and through our palliative care team based at Great Western Hospital in Swindon.
All patient care is provided without charge.
Prospect Hospice is the dedicated end-of-life care service for the 300,000 people living in the Swindon and district community, the hospice has been serving the area for more than thirty years.
Splitz is an independent charity and leading provider of domestic abuse support services in southwest England.
It has a key role in shaping strategy and policy through participation in local strategy groups, domestic abuse forums and by lobbying local, regional and national government.
Splitz Support services are developed with input from service users and others in the local community; and working with national training providers to ensure staff meet the appropriate national occupational standards
The charity was founded in 1989 as a project providing services in West Wiltshire and around the Chippenham and Devizes areas.
Splitz Support Service aims to provide support services in the community where there is a need and a demand. This is most evident in the specialist services provided to young people aged between 11 and 16 years of age affected by domestic abuse.
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life.
The teams at Macmillan know how a cancer diagnosis can affect everything and are here to support you whether it's help with money worries and advice about work, to someone who’ll listen if you just want to talk, they promise to be there.
Macmillan will help you make the choices you need to take back control, so you can start to feel like yourself again.
Having cancer is tough and Macmillan believe no one should face cancer alone.
Macmillan want to reach and improve the lives of every one of those people affected by cancer.
Macmillan's service is not clinical. It’s confidential, safe and best of all it's really friendly. And they do make a brilliant cup of tea.