Cheques Presentation Evening

The Provincial Cheque Presentation evenings are usually twice a year and held at Masonic Centres throughout Buckinghamshire. The objective of these events is for us as Bucks Freemasons to invite our nominated Charities along to a presentation evening where they get an opportunity to tell us and the others present what they do and why.

If you have never been able to make one of these events the stories which come out are extraordinary and sometimes very emotional and I would urge everyone to try to attend at least one. It is not often that Charities get the opportunity to tell others what they do and more importantly what effect it has on others. We then ask the Lodges who would like to present them with a donation to tell everyone why they chose this particular charity, again the stories will at times bring to you tears and also make you smile.

In the past 4 years we have held 7 Cheque nights of which we have given out over £378,000 to 44 charities and local causes. The last one in Bletchley in Feb 2015 saw over £102,000 being presented to by over 20 Lodges. These events attract over 100 attendees from both the Charities and Lodges and help create some very strong relationships between Lodges and Charities and allow us as Bucks Freemasons the opportunity to opens our doors to Charities to come and see what we do. These evenings have given us valuable publicity and also have generated candidates from those attending who saw what we do and wanted to be part of it.

Myaware

Myaware

Picture of Richard Whitaker from Buckingham Lodge No 591 presenting Ginny St John Glew from Myware a cheque for £3000
Myaware has been around for nearly 40 years. Their aim to make life easier for people living with myasthenia, a severe muscle weakening disease.
It is a little known condition. They are working hard to raise awareness. . They give practical advice and  link people together so that they can support each other.
Richard was Master Buckingham Lodge and the proceeds of his Ladies Festival went towards supporting this fantastic charity.

1st Winslow Scouts

Winslow Scouts

Picture of Jon Green from 1st Winslow Scouts and John Robinson and Andrew Hough representing the BMCF
The donation made by the BMCF to 1st Winslow Scouts came from an application from W Bro Paul French and W Bro John Robinson from Wineslai who were already supporting the Winslow Scouts. The BMCF were delighted to be able to further support with a cheque for £3000 to ensure the new Scout hut had a heating system which worked for the hundred of cubs and scouts who use the centre.

Otters swimming for the disabled

Otters swimming club

Picture is of W Bro David Ball from Taplow Lodge with Christine Munford from the LeLeighton Buzzard ‘Otters’ Swimming Club for the Disabled goes from strength to strength. Founded in 1993 by local swimming coach, Christine Munford, it fills a clear need for disabled people of any age or disability to learn to swim, the club is still the only one of its kind in the area. David Ball and the members fo Taplow Lodge have been supporters for many years. Christine was surprised by another donation on the night from the Vale Lodge W Bro Mike Southon having heard of their work wanted to also donate to this wonderful cause.

The next Cheque evening will be held in November  in 2015 and will be in the South of the province, be proud of these events and get along and support.

Graham Deering

Provicial Charity Steward

March 2015

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