The latest edition of the eLink Magazine is now available online.
The latest edition of the Link Magazine is now available online.
The latest edition of the Link Magazine is now available online.
Ever wanted to know who this new kid on the block, ENLIGHTENMENT LIVE, is all about and not sure that you want to watch the full episodes? Then wonder no more, here is a short video in which W Bro. Ian Clark introduces both The Berkshire Lodge of Enlightenment and Enlightenment Live. It is taken from the first edition; the team are looking to provide similar videos for each of the features.
Ian explains the Aims and Objectives of both, on Masonic History, Education and linking this to current topical situations, as seen from edition 2, Lord Desborough and his influence on the development of today’s modern Olympics.
We hope that this grabs your appetite so that you want to watch each of the first two episodes and to join us for the third edition in September.
As we are all looking forward to getting back to our physical meetings, the Team at Enlightenment Live is committed to continuing with producing other editions. Our next is in September, themed as “…new beginnings…”, specifically looking at what opportunities may be available to further our Masonic Knowledge as we gradually return to normal following COVID 19
THE WAIT IS OVER!
You can now access Edition 2 of Enlightenment Live
The video includes:
- In “Enlightenment Live’s Hot Seat”, The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Ian Hopgood talks about his life in Freemasonry, why he joined, who influenced him and,/ his ideas for the future
- A very engaging talk on a famous historical Berkshire Freemason was delivered in “Berkshire Freemasonry in 42 Objects”, this will be Lord Desborough and his connection with sports and particularly the Olympics.
- We were captivated by the first edition of John Avery’s talks between an Older and Younger Brother on “Speculation”;
- and not forgetting the live demonstration of topical information from Solomon on what was discussed in the edition on “Speculation” and “Famous Freemasons”
To view or review the first edition of Enlightenment Live, it’s right here!
To register to receive information about Berkshire Lodge of Enlightenment or Enlightenment Live, please email the Lodge Secretary at email@example.com
Saturday, 21st August 2021 – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Flavell Suite – Sindlesham
This is the first meeting of the LMOs, it will be a good opportunity to meet
the Membership Team and fellow LMOs.
Join us for a chat and let’s all pull together for our Lodges and
Coffee and butties will be available
Book in with Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hundreds of families on the brink of famine in South Sudan will be receiving emergency support thanks to a grant of £35,000 from the Freemasons to Plan International UK.
Freemasonry, through the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) and Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), is responding with Plan International to support communities at this critical time. £35,000 is enough to provide cooking kits to 525 families. Plan International is on the ground in Pibor, one of the worst affected regions, delivering vital programmes for nutrition, education, livelihoods, and child protection.
The UN has described South Sudan’s food crisis as its “worst on record”, with children and communities facing multiple threats at once. Late last year, heavy flooding affected over a million people in the country, destroying homes, devastating livelihoods and displacing thousands of children and their families. On top of this communities are still reeling from the pandemic, as well as political upheavals, escalating conflict, and a stagnating economy.
With the country in the middle of its ‘lean season’ – the time between harvests when households run out of stored food – there is now a critical window to prevent the onset of famine. Lasting from March until August, the lean season will see 7.2 million, or 60 per cent of the population, pushed into extreme hunger. 1.4 million children under the age of five and almost 500,000 pregnant and lactating women are expected to be left severely malnourished. It is crucial that aid reaches these communities before the floods come again, further hindering access to support for some of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Berkshire Freemasons contributed to the grant, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Around 60% of the population in South Sudan is predicted to face acute food shortages this year, including 1.4 million children under the age of five. Hunger is particularly acute in Pibor county, part of Jonglei state, following devastating floods last year, which destroyed people’s homes, crops and livelihoods. Plan International is urgently scaling up operations in Pibor and surrounding areas, where we have been working with the UN World Food Programme to deliver food and treatment for malnutrition, alongside child protection services and education programmes, focussing on internally displaced people, returnees and host communities.
Rose Caldwell, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said:
“We’re very grateful for this generous grant which will allow Plan International to reach families and young children in those parts of South Sudan most badly hit by the food crisis. It’s critical that we act now to distribute food and other vital support to those most at risk”
Anthony Howlett-Bolton, Leader of the Berkshire Freemasons said:
“From my work in Africa over many years, I have seen firsthand the plight of food poverty for ordinary rural people in South Sudan. It has to be seen to be believed and so I am heartened that we’ve been able to help Plan International, who are distributing much needed food to the most vulnerable families and children in South Sudan. This is a truly desperate situation. Plan International and the other organisations that deliver on the ground need all the help and support we can possibly offer.”
The inaugural celebration of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day is set to take place on 5 July 2021, with Freemasons in Berkshire and across England leading the event.
The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), the governing body for Freemasons, is inviting its 200,000 members to fly specially designed flags at 10 am on 5 July, to celebrate this unique day dedicated to the NHS, social care and all those that work on the front line, who have saved so many lives during the pandemic. The celebration will also remember those workers we sadly lost.
As part of the event, the Teddies for Loving Care (TLC)
scheme, managed by the Freemasons, produced a limited edition of TLC teddy nurse badges to be given to medical staff that use the bears in their day-to-day work. Some 48 provinces across England and Wales took part in the campaign and distributed them to NHS staff.
The BerkshireFreemasons have been donating teddy bears to NHS accident and emergency units for 20 years. Almost 3.5 million teddies have been donated to hospitals, minor injuries clinics and other NHS services to comfort young children during times of distress. Many Freemasons also volunteer hundreds of hours each year to manage the scheme, deliver bears to hospitals, campaign to raise funds and increase awareness through events and talks.
The UGLE is one of the core supporters of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day, alongside the Cadet Forces, English Heritage and the Women’s Institute. A £5 donation from every flag and length of bunting made will be equally divided between NHS Charities Together and the National Care Association.
Freemasonry for Women and the Order of Women Freemasons have also joined the UGLE in this initiative, as Freemasons aim to set a record for the number of flags raised simultaneously across the nation.
Subsequently, at 11:00 am, the UGLE headquarters in Great Queen Street will be raising the flag and a trumpeter will play the last post. At the same time, Freemasons are planning a moment’s silence to remember NHS workers and all those who died from Covid-19. The day continues with a toast to the NHS at 1:00 pm. After this, they will be raising a cuppa to the NHS during afternoon tea at 4:00 pm.
At 8.00 pm, the Freemasons will join the nation in an evening clap for NHS workers, while church bells are set to ring 73 times to celebrate 73 years of the NHS. Closing the celebrations at 9.00 pm, there will be a #timetotoast for all NHS workers. So far, nearly 130 Lodges and Provinces have made a commitment to the raising of the flag and other elements of the day.
Bruno Peek, pageant master to the Queen and creator of NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day, said: “We are delighted that Freemasons, whose members come from all walks of life, are playing such a high-profile and active role to start this special day of celebration and commemoration of those within the NHS, social care and on the front line, who undertake so much for us all, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 52 weeks a year, without any thought of their own safety.”
In addition, Dr David Staples, chief executive of the UGLE and a consultant in acute internal medicine at Peterborough Hospital, said: “We are facing the greatest global pandemic in living memory and the NHS has never been so tested in its history. Its staff have been stretched beyond comprehension during the last year and they deserve our gratitude, our applause and all the support we can give.
“We are encouraging not only our 200,000 members but, the entire population to celebrate the day honouring and remembering NHS workers with a complete programme of events on 5 July.”
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Freemasons have been supporting the NHS in many different ways. They have donated more than £2.5m so far to the Covid-19 effort and completed 18.5 million hours of volunteering to help those in need each year. The donation is being used to help with food, personal protective equipment, supplements for hospitals and hospices, funds for NHS workers and ambulances.
Freemasons have also offered their Lodges as bases to administer the vital vaccinations. In Hertfordshire, for example, Halsey Hall is being used as a vaccination centre, supporting three local GP surgeries. The centre has been operational since 15 January and once fully scaled up, there will be up to 1,000 vaccinations given there each day.
To find out more about NHS, Social Care and Frontline Workers’ Day and to register your participation in the event, please visit: http://www.nhsfrontlineday.org