Provincial Charity Newsletter No.16

After a number of years’ service as a Charity Liaison Officer, E Comp Marcus Padman is stepping down as CLO from the Ox Group and on behalf of the Province I would like to thank him for his invaluable contribution to the team.

I therefore thought that this is a good opportunity to update you with the current list of Royal Arch CLO’s together with their e mail addresses

E Comp Jack Kinch – Eagle group e: jackinch@blueyonder.co.uk
E Comp Martin Rainey – Lion Group e: mjr.post@virginmedia.com
E Comp Martin Turner – Man Group e: martinturner1@btinternet.com
E Comp Comp John Arnold – Ox group e: johnarnold@fastmail.co.uk

The CLO’s are appointed to assist Chapter Charity Stewards with support and advice on all matters relating to charity. They are not there to interfere in any way. Please do contact them or indeed myself if we can be of help to you.


Charity Steward Workshops


There has been lots of activity in terms of Charity since we last held Charity Steward Workshops and so I shall be working on preparing a series of workshops, in conjunction with the Craft, that will take place at the beginning of the new masonic season in September. These will coincide with an update on both the Festival Handbook and the more general Charity Stewards Handbook.

I will be contacting you soon with full details of these workshops and I hope that you will be able to attend.


2019 Festival Appeal


The Festival is now half way through its 5 year cycle and I am pleased to report that the Province is on track to reach the goal of £3.25m. The Holy Royal Arch continues to make significant contributions towards achieving the goal. As of the end of March, 68 Chapters have received contribution achievement awards.

There are now 26 Chapters who have achieved Bronze award, a further 30 Chapters have got to Silver and 12 have made it to Gold award. This really is a tremendous effort by all the Companions of our Royal Arch Province and I would sincerely like to thank each and everyone who has contributed thus far. If your Chapter has yet to reach Bronze level or you would like your Chapter to achieve a higher award please contact either myself or your CLO and we will offer any assistance or advice we can.

Companions who have yet to acquire a Festival breast jewel can do so by making either a single donation to the Festival of £150 or a regular promise to pay commitment of £5 per month which then qualifies to purchase the Stewardship jewel for £24. Your CLO can assist you if you have any questions or by visiting www.surreypillars.org.uk and clicking on the ‘Festival’ tab.


The Big Week


As you will know by now, the BIG WEEK initiative is being held between Saturday 16th July to Sunday 24th July 2016. There is now so much going on during the BIG WEEK that a separate newsletter has been produced which is attached to this document. There really is something for everyone. You can sponsor people or events, take part in sponsored events yourself, purchase prize draw tickets or put on an event of your own. Please read the BIG WEEK newsletter for full details of everything that is going on.


RMBI in Surrey - James Terry Court and Shannon Court


Whilst we are busy raising money for our 2019 Festival Appeal in aid of the RMBI, let us not forget that we have two RMBI homes in Surrey. It is important for us all to remember and see first-hand why we are supporting the RMBI and the best way to do this is to visit the homes at the events that they hold throughout the year.

The Friends of James Terry Court are holding the Summer Fete on Sunday 12th June starting at 2.30pm. Tickets are available on the door. The ever popular Hog Roast will be held on Saturday 9th July 2016 from 6:30 onwards. Tickets are priced at £20 and can be purchased from W. Bro. Frank Lee. For full details contact Frank via email at frankanddotlee@outlook.com. Both these events take place at James Terry Court in South Croydon.

The Friends of Shannon Court will hold their Charity Golf Event on Thursday 19th May at the Betchworth Park Golf Club. Full details can be obtained from W. Bro. Colin Bryson via email at thebrysons26@hotmail.com. The Shannon Court annual Garden Party will take place at the home on Sunday 26th June starting at 2pm.


The Charity Steward’s Black Tie Ball


The third annual Charity Stewards Ball will be held on Saturday 26th November 2016 at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge. I have attached a copy of the booking form with this newsletter and would encourage your Chapter to attend. The form can also be downloaded from the Provincial website. This is a wonderful night out and has proved to be gaining in popularity each year.


The Provincial 500 Club


This initiative, started by the Holy Royal Arch, and now extended Province wide, continues to be highly successful and contributes some £5,000 annually to the Surrey for Surrey scheme. The cost of membership remains at £15 per year and individuals and Chapters can join.

Each draw has a first prize of £1,000 then £500, £200, £125 & £50. The next draw will be made at the Craft Annual Meeting Festive Board on 22nd June 2016.


Charity Relief Chests


49 Surrey Chapters are now benefitting from operating a Relief Chest. This is up 3 from 46 since the last E newsletter. Whether you are a large or small Chapter, 25p in the £1.00 tax break added back into your benevolent funds, is an advantage not to be overlooked. If you would like to know more about opening a Relief Chest please contact either me or your CLO and we will be only too pleased to assist you to open one.


Forces Children’s Trust


The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent has chosen FCT as one of his preferred Charities for 2015-16 and is asking Chapters to consider supporting a Charity that is close to his heart. FCT is devoted to working to help children whose mother or father has been killed or seriously injured whilst serving as a member of the British Armed Forces.

Mr Denny Wise, Founder and CEO of the Charity will happily visit your Chapter to give a talk on the Charity in return for a donation. If you would like further information please do just let me know.

More information on FCT can be found by visiting the Charity’s web site: www.forceschildrenstrust.org


TLC


Many Chapters have signed up to the TLC Traffic Light Scheme which has proven to be a successful initiative. Can I ask that Charity Stewards review their Chapter benevolent accounts with the Treasurer or Scribe E to ensure that all pledges to the Traffic Light scheme have been made and are up to date. Thank you. There are two TLC fund raising events scheduled for later in 2016 with exact dates to be confirmed; a London to Land’s End Tractorthon in September and a Pig Race in November. Further details will be available in due course.

Merchandise:
It is hoped that Companions will purchase these items in support of TLC TLC is happy to send a representative to Chapter Convocations to give a short presentation on the work of TLC within Surrey. If you are interested in receiving a talk please contact your CLO who will happily liaise with TLC Chairman, E Comp Stewart Butcher, regarding dates.

In order to keep fully briefed with TLC activities and planned events please sign up to their Facebook page and Twitter accounts to receive regular updates.

Please feel free to use the content of this or previous E Newsletters in your next Chapter Charity Report if you so choose.

Yours sincerely & fraternally

E Comp Mark Watkins
Provincial Grand Charity Steward

e:m.watkins355@btinternet.com

22nd April 2016



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