Provincial Grand Master Chef – The big event
On the 13th October The Provincial Grand Master Ian Chandler, ably assisted by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Paul Crocket and General Dogsbody David Olliver the Provincial Grand Charity Steward attended the home of the Provincial Grand Master Chef Prize Draw winner W.Bro Mike Slack and cooked up an amazing feast. £16000 had been raised through this draw, an excellent result. Please enjoy the pictures below.
Surrey Brethren climb to Everest Base Camp
On Saturday the 6th October 2 Surrey Brethren Luke Sommer and Andrew Philpot from Fountainhead Lodge No.9707 will be setting off on a trek to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas in support of the Surrey 2019 Festival.
To lern more about their trek and to sponsor them click on the Everyday Hero logo below.
The Big Push
Through your incredible efforts we’ve so far raised £2.25million for our Festival Appeal and now is the time to ask for your ongoing help and impetuous in raising that last £1million that will see us reach our £3.25million target. It’s time for… ‘The Big Push’.
Please click on the Big Push image to the right to read more about the Big Push and what it means for you and your Lodge or chapter.
Guildford Cathedral Abseil team raise over £25,000
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 £25,000 and it’s still coming in.
Many thanks to Terry Owens and his team for organising this event.
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
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.
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.
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.