A range of events is being organised to mark the 300th Anniversary of the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England. As part of these celebrations, The RW Provincial Grand Master is to launch a ‘300 Hours’ Initiative at Provincial Grand Lodge in September.
The public’s awareness of the contribution which Freemasonry makes to the community is hugely important to the future well-being of our organisation and therefore we need to develop a position whereby the wider community appreciates the value of Freemasonry and comes to support the organisation. This new initiative is designed to impact directly within local communities. The approach is one based on the gift of time rather than cash and will reinforce the concept of Freemasons providing practical support in addition to the more traditional financial support role that we so often play.
Each lodge will be invited to deliver 300 hours of local community engagement between September 2016 and the end of 2017. It is anticipated that many lodges will already have significant existing arrangements with local charities and institutions on which they can build, either on their own or in partnership with other lodges.
In order to move forward swiftly after the formal announcement, Charity Stewards and Secretaries are being asked to undertake some preparatory work now by reflecting upon any existing arrangements and give consideration to seeking wider opportunities as they arise. It is anticipated that making a positive contribution in areas where we live and work will not only strengthen our relationships with the local community, but also build individual bonds of friendship and mutual respect amongst our brethren.
Anthony Howlett-Bolton will be heading this project on behalf of the Executive, and will be supported by David Biggs acting as the overall lead assisted by a specially appointed committee of co-ordinators for each centre. The co-ordinators will be in contact with Lodges in each Centre shortly to set up a launch meeting ready for September.
“Brethren, I am sure that I can rely on you and your members to give this project your full support and I look forward to hearing of the activities and progress that we are making, so that we can make a real difference in the Berkshire communities that we support”.
Anthony Howlett-Bolton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
Contact the lead co-ordinator, David Biggs, for more information
- Phillip Mott – Abingdon
- Mike Davall – Aldermaston
- Silverio Ostrowski – Faringdon
- Neil Wilkinson – Newbury & Hungerford
- Les Matthews – Pangbourne
- Clive Hitchen – Sindlesham *
- Michael Hogg – Sindlesham *
- Colin Payne – Sindlesham *
- Lionel Voke – Sindlesham *
- Colin Gilbey – Wallingford
- Phil Lawrence – Wantage
- Colin Benford – Windsor
- Richard Grayson – Wokingham
- David Biggs – Berries and Dene Lodges (Cookham)
The 300 Hours Initiative is the perfect opportunity to showcase Freemasonry in the local media.
Freemasons and their Lodges will be doing amazing things and fantastic work in the Community for the 300 hours initiative and we want people to know about it. Please use the following guidelines and form to tell us about your 300 House work: