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Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Bucks has a new Team!

Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Bucks has a new Team!
“Teddies for Loving Care” is an exclusive Masonic initiative across England and Wales, supported by the Masonic Charitable Foundation
Bucks TLC aim is to deliver teddy bears to Children's A & E Departments across Buckinghamshire whose hospitals include, Milton Keynes University Hospital, Stoke Mandeville, and Wexham Park Hospitals, we also respond to requests from children's hospices.
The aim of the teddy is to help reduce the feelings of loneliness and distress of children in an unfamiliar environment. Once discharged the children take the teddy home with them.
For every £50 that is raised by Freemasons, 23 teddies can be bought. Over 3.5 million teddies have so far been distributed.
If you would like to make a donation, please follow this link: https://my.mtr.cool/vmemcjnbqw

Buckinghamshire has a new team in place who will be championing TLC.
They are Paul Halfhide, Andrew Mais, Peter Carter, Phil Drye, John Waller, and Danny Peacock who are all eager to raise the profile of Bucks TLC.
Danny and Andrew who are both members of Cestreham Lodge, have a twin bungee jump lined up for early 2023, so please sponsor them for their brave endeavours on behalf of TLC. :)
The team are looking forward to running many other fund raising events throughout the year so please look to support them if you can.

In the new year why not make a commitment to help others in your community? By joining the Buckinghamshire Freemasons, you will meet many people that are already making a real difference. We come from all walks of life and are the most open and inclusive organisation you will find. Follow the link, fill in the short form, and one of our team will make contact. https://my.mtr.cool/izvkfugirc

Teddies

Provincial Grand Master's Christmas Message

Brethren

It’s hard to believe that 2022 is nearly over. It seems like only a few weeks ago that I set and published our new Provincial Strategy in January this year. As you know it has all been about membership, on the basis that if we are successful in increasing our membership we must therefore be doing the other things well. Your efforts in this respect have yielded outstanding results with more people than ever joining and enjoying the positive Buzz we have created in Buckinghamshire. Our membership has now increased significantly for the last 2 years.

It may surprise you to know that we now have 28 permanent members on our Provincial Executive, all taking part in the decisions we make. Many of these are officers such as the Provincial Almoner and Charity Steward who worked so hard for us during Covid.

In my 35 years in Freemasonry, I have never been prouder than watching the members of our Province rise to the challenge of looking after others during the pandemic.

With this same masonic spirit, I ask you to do what comes naturally to Freemasons and keep a watchful eye on the elder members of our Lodges. Please pick up the phone and call them to see if they need anything or just have a chat. Christmas can be a lonely time for some without family. If you know of anyone in need, then please inform your Lodge Almoner. The Provincial Almoner and his team are ready to help in any emergency over the Christmas period.

We have some very exciting plans for 2023.

My wife Sarah and I are very fortunate and will be spending Christmas at our home with our children Charlotte, Jack and David. We extend our very best wishes to you and your families and hope that you will have the opportunity to slow down and take a little time to relax.

I look forward to seeing you all in January when I can promise you, we will be back with a bang.

Yours sincerely

John Clark

Provincial Grand Master for Buckinghamshire

£20,000 donation to Willen Hospice

On the 10th of November 2022, 43 Buckinghamshire Freemasons arrived at Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes for a truly inspirational open evening.

Mats All Folks!

At the start of 2022, the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund donated over £12,500 to local organisations and individuals.

A lifelong Appreciation of Music Starts Here

At the start of 2022 the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund donated over £12,500 to local organisations and individuals.

Freemasons in Buckinghamshire raise £2,118,531 for local and national charities

On Friday 5th August, Les Hutchinson, CEO of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, announced the receipt of a charitable donation of £2,118,531 from John Clark, the head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire.

Freemasons supporting over a million people with mental health issues

To help more than 1.4 million people experiencing mental health issues, Freemasons are donating more than £550,000 to help citizens across the UK.

An image of a spa bath

A Buckinghamshire Freemasons Donation to the Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity

In 2020, Buckinghamshire Freemasons were approached to assist the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville Hospital; donating £5,000 to help patients experience a spa experience.

Freemasons support Homeless Charities

HOMELESS TO RECEIVE MORE THAN £850,000 IN DONATIONS FROM FREEMASONS TO HELP PROTECT THEM THIS WINTER 

Having donated £1m between April and July to help those impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, Freemasons are now focusing on protecting the homeless, with a new series of donations across England and Wales.

Virtual tour of the new Thames Hospice for fundraising groups

New Thames Hospice
Here is a video by Thames Hospice to show those that have donated what their money is being spent on.