Provincial Grand Lodge Of Gloucestershire

A White Table at Civitas Throws the Spotlight on Charity

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A White Table at Civitas Throws the Spotlight on Charity

On Friday 23rd February Master Phillip Cowley of Civitas Lodge 5457 hosted a white table (information) evening with over 50 Freemasons, guests, and their partners in attendance.

Whilst the formal business of the lodge was conducted upstairs, the guests received a short talk on the history of the Mercers Hall, followed by a tour of the recently refurbished rooms of the building explaining some of the significance and symbolism of the items displayed.

Guests were then invited into the lodge room where they received short but informative talks on what being a Freemason involves, these talks covered explanations of what Freemasonry is, how lodges are organised and what happens during meetings. The role of the Charity Steward and Almoner was also explained, as well as the social aspects including the various clubs and societies that exist.

At the conclusion of the presentations, the invited charities explained the work they did and how the lodges donations would benefit.

Cheques were then presented to the representatives of Tommys Charity, Gloucester City Mission, and a cheque will be sent to Gloucestershire Air Ambulance who sadly could not attend on the night.

  • Tommys’ is a charity that began in a spare cupboard in St Thomas’ Hospital and is now the largest UK Charity researching the causes and prevention of pregnancy complications, miscarriage, still birth and premature birth.
  • Gloucester City Mission (GCM) was set up in 2003 and is a registered charity (1115780) that supports the homeless, those living in temporary accommodation, sofa surfers and those in need of support with clothing, toiletries, food, or advice. We rely purely on donations in order that we can offer food, drinks, clothes, toiletries, and advice to people when they are at their lowest point.
  • The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity are one of the busiest air ambulances in the UK, delivering critical care and pre-hospital emergency medicine to the regions of Bristol, Bath and Northeast Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, and parts of Wiltshire.

The dining hall was beautifully laid out  and the delicious meal was well received. Amongst the distinguished visitors attending was Nandakumar PPSGW of the Dimbula Lodge No 298 in Sri Lanka accompanied by his wife.

The raffle raised £300 which will be donated to the ‘Provincial Grand Master’s Discretionary Fund’ a fund distributed on behalf of Gloucestershire Freemasons at the discretion of its leadership.

There was very positive feedback from all those attending, remarking on our openness of questions and answers. Since the evening we have has several questions about joining. Thank you to W Bro Yule for putting the format together.

We thank Mark Medland of Civitas for the article and photograph.

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A White Table at Civitas Throws the Spotlight on Charity