Guildford Cathedral Abseil team raise over £20,000
On Saturday 6th May 2017 a group of about 40 Brethren and Festival supporters, headed by our Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro Ian Chandler, threw themselves off the top of Guildford Cathedral and abseiled safely to the bottom. All in aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival. Many thanks to all, so far the abseil has raised in excess of £20,000 and it’s still coming in.
Many thanks to Terry Owens and his team for organising this event.
THEY’VE BEEN VISITED BY PUSH BIKE – NOW THEY WILL BE WALKED TO ON FOOT
Between Friday 16th June and Friday 23rd June W.Bro Steve Guzy is walking between the 11 Masonic Centres in Surrey in support of the Surrey 2019 Festival.
A total of 168 km equivalent to 8 half marathons in 8 consecutive days.
Day 1 – Start at Cranleigh, walk to Godalming, then on to Guildford.
Day 2 – Start at Guildford and walk to Farnham
Day 3 – Start Farnham and walk to Bisley
Day 4 – Start at Bisley and walk to Camberley
Day 5 – Start at Camberley and walk to Chertsey
Day 6 – Start at Chertsey and walk to Surbiton
Day 7 – Start at Surbiton, walk to Sutton, then on to Croydon
Day 8 – Start at Croydon and walk to Nutfield.
To support Steve feel free to contact him direct by email on email@example.com or donate to his cause by clicking the everydayhero button below.
Underwater Cycling!!!! What Next?
Some might say they are a little nuts but W.Bro Richard Criddle and a number of Brethren from King’s College School Lodge No.4257 will be donning scuba equipment and each attempting to cycle a mile underwater in an effort to raise £5,000 for the RMBI. This will take place at the London School of Diving on 3 September 2017.
The Real Ale Train
Morden Park lodge are hosting a fundraising event on the 22nd July 2017 on the Real Ale Train running on the Watercress Line in Alton. For further information and details of how to book your place please click the link below.
2016 Charity Stewards Ball was a Great Sucsess
Held in the presence of the Festival President, the R.W. Provincial Grand Master Ian M Chandler. The Third Charity Stewards Ball was held on Saturday 26th November 2016 at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge.
This was yet again a sell-out event and greatly enjoyed by those attending with wonderful company, food, wine and dancing long into the night. A raffle was held and due to the incredible generosity of those attending raised in excess of £1,000 for the 2019 Festival.
Next year’s event will be held on Saturday 25th November 2017 so put the date in your diary now as I expect this to be another very special occasion.
Morden Park Lodge Charity Golf Challenge
Morden Park lodge are hosting a Charity Golf Challenge on the 7th April 2017 at Coombe Wood Golf Club in Kingston. For further information and details of how to book your place please click this link.
Provincial Skydiving team raise over £14,000
On Saturday 16th July 2016 a troop of our intrepid Brethren, headed by our Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro Ian Chandler, threw themselves out of a plane in a series of tandem sky dives all in aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival. Along with them were a group of wives and daughters who were also happy to hurl themselves out as well. Those taking part with the PGM were Lucy Bryce, Steve Butwell, Paul Crockett and his daughter Meg, Georgina Cook, Beverley Field, Carol Magee, Harriot Norman, David Olliver, Terry Owens and his daughter Zoe, Brian Cox, Linda Ribbands, Phil Warnes and Angela Parsons. Many thanks to all, so far the dive has raised in excess of £14,000 and it’s still coming in.
£51,725 raised during the Big Week
Dear Brethren and Companions.
Well that was the week that was. The BIG WEEK has been and gone and I will say this now, It has been a total success.
To date, I am aware of nearly 25 events that took place for the BIG WEEK, with participation from many people, including Masons, family and friends. The Widows Association played a big part too as well as members from the Executive and the PGM himself.
Support came from various places and I am now pleased to announce the total that we have to date –
£51,725 (including gift aid on sponsorships) In my mind I had a target of £50k, so the fact that this has been surpassed is incredible.
My thanks goes out to all those who took part and all those who sponsored those taking part. It is only through your hard work that we have been able to achieve this great result.
Keep an eye on these pages for further events coming up soon.
W.Bro Paul Crockett
Chair of the Surrey 2019 Festival Committee
W.Bro David Eager awarded the League of Mercy Medal
Mr David Eager of The Surrey Masonic Sports Association, has been awarded the Order of Mercy, a prestigious medal, for his voluntary service over many years to charities and non profit organisations in the United Kingdom and overseas. The awards ceremony took place at The Mansion House, in the City of London today, in the presence of HRH Princess Katerina of Yugoslavia, the Lord Mayor of London and many other distinguished guests. The Rt Hon the Lord Lingfield, President of the League of Mercy said Mr Eager has done extraordinary work for the welfare of others and those most in need. He is a marvellous example of someone
Stephen and Mark raise over £4000
Stephen Farrell and his brother Mark have cycled around all of the Masonic Centres in Surrey in aid of the Big Week.
Click below to read W.Bro Nick Parsons address to the Provincial AGM on the 22nd June 2016
James Speller Lodge Clay Shoot
James Speller Lodge are holding a Charity Clay Shoot in aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival on the 12th August 2016.
Click below for more information and booking forms.
We are pleased to announce that Phil Diaper successfully completed the London Marathon last Sunday. Phil was running the marathon as part of the ‘Big Week’. He’s got stiff knees but apart from that he is doing well. Phil has been able to raise over £1550 for the Surrey 2019 Festival. You can still sponsor Phil by clicking on the everydayhero logo below.
PRU 100 mile Olympic Cycle Ride
On the 31st July 2016 W.Bro Paul Palombo will be cycling the Prudential 100 mile Olympic cycle route in aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival. Last year Paul covered almost 300 miles cycling from London to Paris and raised £320 for the Festival. Paul is again looking for sponsorship for this great challenge. If you would like to sponsor Paul please click on the Everyday Hero icon below.
‘Fish & Chips’ & Horse Racing Evening
Addiscombe Lodge No.1556 are sponsoring a Charity ‘Fish & Chips’ & Horse Racing Evening in aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival to be held on Sunday the 12th June 2016 at 1700 hours at The Fish Factory, 5 East Street, Littlehampton, BN17 6AU an award winning restaurant.
The price is £14 per person.
Fish, chips and mushy peas followed by Lemon & Lime baked cheesecake.
The evening will consist of horse racing, and a raffle with proceeds going to the RMBI 2019 Festival
Please book with W Bro Alan Pryor on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07795 342880
Book now to avoid disappointment
Tickets for the 2016 Charity Stewards Ball are now on sale.
The Charity Stewards Ball will take place on Saturday the 26th November 2016 and this year will be held at Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge, Surrey. Discounted rooms will be available for those who wish to stay at the venue. Click below for more information and booking forms.
Mike on the March
At the end of Frebruary Mike Sharp is off to Africa to climb Kilimanjaro in aid of the Surrey 2019 Festival and The Grange Centre in Great Bookham.
Click here to learn more about the trip and the two charities.Click here for more…
2019 Festival Visiting Maul Update
The maul has now raised over £1000 for the Festival. If your Lodge or Chapter wants to get involved and take possession of the Maul click the button to the left.
The 2nd Provincial Charity Stewards Ball is another great success.
Over 200 Brethren with their wives, partners and friends gathered on Saturday 28th November 2015 at Brooklands Motor Museum for the 2nd Provincial Charity Stewards Ball. The guest of honour was the R.W. Provincial Grand Master Eric Stuart-Bamford and his wife Libby along with members of the RMBI executive.
This sold out event, sponsored by the Richard, Earl of Shannon Lodge, was deemed a great success by the Provincial Grand Master and all those present. You can be sure that this event will be repeated next year. We are currently looking for our next venue.
Over £1500 was raised through a raffle which together with the rest of the the proceeds from the evening are being donated to the Surrey 2019 Festival Appeal.
2019 Festival Visiting Maul Continues it’s Journey from Lodge to Lodge
The Visiting Maul has now been running for some months after being launched by Morden Park Lodge to support the 2019 Festival. The idea is for the Maul to be passed from Lodge to Lodge as many times as possible before the Festival ends raising funds and encouraging visiting.
Having spent the summer relaxing it was time to get moving again and Southborough Lodge handed it on to Tiffinian Lodge 3530 who set a record by delivering it the very next day to Ditton Lodge 4143.
This is where it resides at the moment and we are slightly concerned about its waistband having spent so much time dining out at Surbiton’s famous good food.
The maul has now raised nearly £1000 for the Festival. If your Lodge or Chapter wants to get involved and take it way from Surbiton click below for more information.
Festival Dinner Date Set
Though it seems a long way off, the 2019 Festival Dinner has already been booked and its date set. For such an important occasion when the final total of funds raised will be announced and participation acknowledged and rewarded, it seemed only right that the location chosen should live up to expectations.
Tractorthon raises over £2000
On Sunday the 31st May 2015 Andrew Compton and Andrew Laver drove their two tractors, one Massey Ferguson and an International from London to Brighton raising money for Macmillan and the RMBI. Through sponsorship they have managed to raise over £2000 for the two charities.
Sutton Branch of the Surrey Masonic Widows Association donate £300
A huge thank you to the Sutton Branch of the Surrey Masonic Widows Association for their donation of £300 to the Surrey 2019 Festival. Mrs Jennifer Allen, Chairman of the Branch said they raised the money by holding raffles and ‘Bring and Buy’ sales during the last year. Thank you again for all your hard work for this great cause.
Text Donation Challenge
At the Provincial Annual General Meeting on Wednesday the 24th June the Brethren were given a challenge by W.Bro Nick Parsons APGM. He challenged the brethren to see how many text donations we could get from those attending the meeting.
Now the results are in.
A total of 82 text donations were received which equates to at least £410 in donations to the 2019 Festival. This will increase when gift aid is added. This was a great result for a first attempt. The challenge will be to beat it next year!!!
To learn more about donating by text Click here
Text Donation Service launched to aid the Surrey 2019 Festival in support of the RMBI
The Relief Chest Scheme has launched a text donation service to make it even easier for you to support the Surrey 2019 Festival.
This exciting new service allows donors to give £5 in seconds simply by texting
RMBI2019 to 70500
from any mobile phone. You will be charged for one standard rate text message in addition to the £5 for each £5 donation you make.
Please see the Text Donation Information Pack below for additional information and terms and conditions.
2019 Festival Visiting Maul Update
The Visiting Maul has now been running for some months after being launched by Morden Park Lodge to support the 2019 Festival. The idea is for the Maul to be passed from Lodge to Lodge as many times as possible before the Festival ends raising funds and encouraging visiting. So far the maul has raised over £700 for the Festival. If your Lodge or Chapter wants to get involved click below for more information.Click here for more…
Click here to view Morden Park’s blog
The Mark meets the Craft at Godalming
New RMBI video added to website
We have now added a video of V.W.Bro Chris Caine Deputy President of the RMBI talking about the RMBI and dementia care in particular. To view the video please click the icon to the right.
Race for Life and Surrey 2019 festival both benefit from support of family and friends of Carshalton Lodge
At the recent Installation Meeting of Carshalton Lodge No. 4429 Mrs Beverley Field, wife of W Bro Kevin Field, fulfilled the pledge she made at the launch of the 2019 Festival. On that evening Beverley announced that she would be taking part in the 2014 Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Riddlesdown Lodge No.6107 achieve their Bronze Award
At the last meeting of Riddlesdown Lodge No.6107, W.Bro Nick Gras their Official Visitor was pleased to present their Charity Steward W.Bro John Harwood with their Surrey 2019 Festival Bronze Award. Well Done Riddlesdown.
In the Picture Left to Right:-
W Bro Raffi Shahul – Hameed – IPM, W Bro Jim Larkham – Treasurer, W Bro Nick Gras – Official Visitor, W Bro John Harwood – Charity Steward, W Bo Parvinder Chada – Worshipful Master, W Bro Derek Booth – Secretary.
Springfield Lodge Present £25,000 to the Festival
At the November meeting of Springfield Lodge No.6052 the members of the Lodge present were presented with their RMBI 2019 Grand Patron Festival Jewels by W.Bro Nick Parsons helped by W.Bro Ian Chandler. The jewels were funded by a legacy left to the lodge some years ago by W.Bro Mike Thursby to the tune of £25,000.
All of the Jewels were engraved “ In Memory of W.Bro Mike Thursby, Springfield Lodge 6052”
Back Row Left to Right:-
W.Bro Barry Taylor, W.Bro Ian Chandler, Bro Mark O’Donoghue, W.Bro James Robinson, W.Bro Rod (Nobby) Hall, W.Bro Simon Wermig, Bro Spencer Santry, W.Bro Ray Norman, W.Bro Paul Haxell, & Bro Colin Antill.
Seated Left to Right:-
W.Bro Peter Crawshaw, Bro Terry Dawson, W.Bro Nick Parsons W.Bro Geoffrey Drust (Master) W.Bro Ian Turner & W.Bro Andy Haxell.
Have you got any old Mobile Phones tucked away at the back of a drawer?
A new initiative that has been launched and which may be of interest to you. Should any Brother have any old and unwanted mobile phones, (and in particular any that are under 4 years old), then they can turn them into a donation towards the Surrey 2019 Festival Appeal.
It could not be easier to do either. All they have to do is drop them off at their nearest masonic centre and they will be collected and dealt with.
This initiative is being managed by The Friends Lodge No 9789. If you would like more details about this initiative then please contact W. Bro. John Banks, email him on email@example.com
Clearly this is a simple and cost free way to support the Festival and I would encourage everyone to support it, if they can.
From Pre-War Pennies to a Bronze Award
Claremont Lodge’s highly inventive Charity Steward, W.Bro. Terry Peck, had a very novel way to raise funds and stimulate Festival participation by challenging all the Brethren to a ‘Scavenger Hunt’. Each Brother was asked to bring a 1914 penny, an old newspaper and an unusually shaped vegetable to their September Meeting. The items were then judged at the Festive Board by himself and the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Trevor Wharton, with prizes being awarded to the winners.
As well as causing a few chuckles, items also led to some very interesting stories and stimulated a few happy memories.
The entry fee was a nominal £5.00 with ‘fines & forfeits’ being handed out for non-participation, though the real reason was simply to get everyone involved. The money raised from the competition went towards Claremont Lodge’s own Festival Target enabled them to donate another substantial cheque towards the Surrey 2019 Festival and prompting their Official Visitor, W.Bro. Ted Thorne, to be able to present the Lodge with a 2019 Festival Bronze Award, now displayed proudly on the Charity Steward’s collar.
W. Bro. Peck said, “Hopefully we’re well on the way to achieving a Silver Award too, it’s great to be able to get behind such a worthy cause.”
Well done Claremont!
A Surrey 2019 Festival Ladies Jewel is now available for purchase
You can now purchase a Surrey 2019 Festival Ladies Jewel for the sum of only £10. Why not purchase one for the lady in your life. Another idea is for your Lodge to purchase one for each of its widows and present it to them this Christmas. If you would like to order a Jewel please use the form below and it will be sent to you in the post.
Download the latest Contact List of Charity Liaison Officers here
Neighbouring PGM supports the Surrey 2019 Festival
A Powerpoint presentation is now available to present the Festival to your Lodge
The Festival Committee have designed a PowerPoint presentation which you can use to give a presentation on the Surrey 2019 Festival to your Lodge. Along with the slideshow are speakers notes that you can use to assist you. If you would like to download the presentation please click below. or visit the downloads page.