Charitable Contributions 2020 - Festival 2023
Brethren donated over £450 at our January and February meeting, as well as a cheque for £5000 to support the Festival. We have reached our first goal of £12,600 at the end of February and have been awarded bronze status.
We sold several books of Christmas raffle tickets in support of PGL.
As of 31 August 2020 we are £203 short of the Festival silver status award.
Charitable contributions 2019
In 2019 we continued to support the Masonic Charitable Foundation through the Berkshire 2023 Festival and donated over £11,000.
We celebrated our 500th Regular Meeting in December and held a White Table Event at which brethren, wives, partners and guests enjoyed the meal and entertainment. Generous donations of over £350 from all went to our charities, and a special collection for the entertainers' charities raised £150.
Our June BBQ was a brilliant success thanks to WB Colin Gilbey, daughter Laura, and several St. Hilda members behind the bar. £600 was raised for charity, divided between the Berkshire 2023 Festival and Blood Bikers (supported by Mark Master Masons).
We wish to thank the Cholsey Scouts for supplying their bouncy castle free of charge. which made the day fun for the kids.
Charitable Contributions 2018
Our IPM, WB Nick McGregor, nominated three charities for support this year, and the funds have been given to these worthy organizations. Our WM reports as follows:
“One of the founding principles of Freemasonry is ‘relief’ or charity. With this in mind, the Portcullis Lodge in Wallingford has made donations totalling £4500 to three local charities to support the work that they do in our community.
Didcot Train supports youth work in Didcot and has seen demand for its services grow as the town has expanded. Portcullis’ donation will contribute to the provision of youth outreach staff to help the charity identify and assist vulnerable young people in the town.
Music For Autism is the brainchild of John Lubbock who also founded the Orchestra of St Johns and was awarded an OBE in 2015 for his charitable work. The charity provides music therapy for autistic children and was started when a John observed the positive impact music had on his own autistic son’s levels of engagement. Portcullis’ donation will help fund sessions in a number of specialist schools in the Oxfordshire and Berkshire areas.
Rosie’s Rainbow Fund provides bereavement support, massage therapy and music therapy for families in the John Radcliffe Children’s Hospital and throughout Berks, Bucks and Oxon. Portcullis’ donation will help fund this essential work that touches the lives of so many local families.”
The charities have websites as follows:: Rosies Rainbow Fund www.rosiesrainbowfund.co.uk , Didcot Train Youth Project www.didcottrain.org.uk, and Music For Autism www.musicforautism.org.uk should you wish more information.
Thanks to all of our brethren and visitors to our Lodge for their generosity in making these goals come true.
We donated £200 to the 2018 British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The Lodge is supporting the MCF through donations to the Berkshire 2023 Festival. Donations in this Masonic year thus far have exceeded £11,000 and we are well on our way to the Bronze level award.
Our Lodge has supported several worthy charities in the past. Some of the more recent include Footsteps, Wallingford Museum, The Corn Exchange, The Legion, Talking Newspapers, SSNAP, Hope for Tomorrow, Scouts, and several others. We also contribute to the various Provincial and Grand Lodge charity programs.
Photo below shows VW Peter Sands, Chairman of the 2023 Berkshire Festival, making a presentation to over 40 attendees on the Masonic Charitable Foundation and our Provincial support of this charity, 13 June 2019 in Wantage.
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