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News in Brief

• The Wiltshire Lodge of Fidelity this year celebrated their Ladies Festival with a weekend in Bournemouth. It was held at the Best Western Connaught Hotel over the weekend 24th to 26th February, and was attended by brethren, friends and family from near and far of the Wiltshire Lodge of Fidelity, the daughter lodge Moonraker Lodge and other Wiltshire lodges. The weekend was a great success and as a result, £900 was raised for the Master’s charity, Cannons House, Devizes.

• The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys has re-launched its website to provide accurate and up-to-date information about its work for Freemasons, their families and members of the public.

• Lodge of Remembrance has donated thousands of pounds to good causes across Swindon. Cheques for £1,100 have been donated to Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool, Riding for the Disabled and the Old Town branch of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline. The charities were chosen by last year’s master of the Lodge, Danny Gibbon, and his wife Carol said they were keen to help local causes.

• W Bro Peter Smith has already started fund raising for the 2017 Festival by undertaking a parachute jump.

The Provincial Grand Master launched Free- masonry Cares in the Province at a capacity Provincial dinner on the 11th February. Laura Chapman, the CEO of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity (seen above) explained that Freemasonry Cares is a communications initiative of the four central Masonic Charities to raise awareness among Freemasons and their dependants of the charitable help avail- able to them and to make it easier to access the support if they need it. 5

Hospice donation by Longleat Lodge - and not a lion in sight

Longleat Lodge in Warminster recently made a donation to the Salisbury Hospice which provides care to those in need from Warminster.

The Master of Longleat Lodge, Stuart Thomson (above right) is shown pre- senting the cheque to Sue Turnbull, the Fundraising Offi cer for the Hospice along with the Charity Steward of the Lodge, Phil Hembury.

Stuart said “ I am pleased to support local charities and this one is very important to me as they took great care of my mother in her last days last year. The Hospice is reliant on donations so it is great to help with the sup- port of the members of the Lodge.”

Anyone who thinks that they, a member or a dependent who may be in need of support can contact their own Lodge Almoner and ask his help. But what if you are unable or unwilling to do this? If you are unable to contact the Lodge Almoner for any reason you can still get help and advice by calling the central Freemasonry Cares freephone numbers: 0800-0356090 or visit the Freemasonry Cares web site either via the link of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Wiltshire or

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