The Site For Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire supporting the BMCF charity no: 1007193

Freemasons and staff with teddies.

Teddies for Loving Care returns

These bears are part of Bucks Freemasons Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) initiative.

Teddies for Loving Care has distributed over 1 million teddy bears to children's A&E departments across the UK. Not only do the teddy bears comfort and calm the children, they really do make the nursing staff's job somewhat easier in appraising and befriending the often distraught kiddies. Not every child receives a teddy, but those that do, get to keep it and take it home.

Lou Amey a member of Fenny Stratford Lodge of Freemasons, which meets in Bletchley, has been involved with the delivery of the teddies to MK Hospital for several years. On this latest delivery he was accompanied by the Assistant Head of Freemasonry in Buckinghamshire, John Clark, John's wife Sarah and TLC co-ordinator Mel Shah.

Mel Shah, who organises the distribution of the teddies throughout all of the children's departments in Buckinghamshire hospitals, said: "This delivery of teddies represents just one month's supply and brings the number of bears delivered to Milton Keynes to 650 this year alone. They have made such a difference to the sick children, comforting them during their recovery. All of the teddies are purchased by funds raised and donated by local Freemasons."

Presentation of tablets to Florence Nightingale staff.

Tablets for Hospice Patients

At the start of the lockdown in March 2020, Florence Nightingale Hospice was put in a terrible position. Patients within the hospice were unable to have visitors. A time when their family and friends longed to be with them in the final days of life to offer support and comfort and also to say those hard goodbyes.

The Lodges in the Aylesbury area have always been close supporters of the charity and Buckinghamshire Freemasons generally is a true advocate of all they do.

A call-out to some of the local lodges to see if they could assist in raising money to enable a fast procurement of tablet computers to enable each patient to be allocated one for the term of their stay to have 24/7 contact with friends and family.

As you would expect, the lodges contacted stepped-up to the plate and monies raised quickly to enable 8 tablets and cases to be obtained. These are:

> Haddenham Lodge 8944
> Haddenham Mark Lodge 1629
> Vale Lodge 6632
> Ferdinand de Rothschild Lodge 2420
> Ferdinand de Rothschild Chapter 2420
> Entente Cordiale Lodge 9490

The hospice has waited for months to be able to invite a representative along to make the presentation and was only able to do so recently when restrictions lifted and they had changed their own guidelines for non relatives / friends to attend.

They are so very thankful for this initiative we assisted with so quickly and Buckinghamshire Freemasons for the continued support given to them.

Here is the Charity Steward of Haddenham Lodge presenting the Tablets (which had been quarantined purposely for this) to two of the staff:

> Tracey Batt - Day Hospice Team Leader
> Heather Wilkinson – Healthcare Assistant
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Buckinghamshire Freemasons back with a Bang!

Slough Masonic Centre welcomed Freemasonry back with a very special meeting on Tuesday, 1st September, some 4 months after the suspension of all masonic activity. Marcellians Lodge held an emergency meeting and performed what it is hoped will be the first of many post lockdown ceremonies encompassing social distancing rules.

You Can Bank on the Freemasons

As their continued drive to assist their local communities and those in need during these unprecedented times, Buckinghamshire Freemasons contacted the foodbanks which serve the Slough, Marlow, Beaconsfield, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes areas to ascertain which food stuffs are in the greatest demand for Buckinghamshire families and individuals who are facing financial pressures.

Thank you from Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you to everyone who donated more than 12.5k Easter eggs to our hospital and community staff!

Pies and Easter Eggs for families at Aylesbury Womens Refuge

The (MCF) Masonic Charitable Foundation and the (BMBF) Bucks Masonic Benevolent Fund come to the rescue again, this time for the unfortunate Women that have had to isolate with their children in the Aylesbury Womens Refuge.

logo's for Bicester Vision, Bicester Chamber & Salute the NHS

Volunteers Needed - Salute the NHS

Calling all available hands, Bicester Vision & Bicester Chamber are in support of Salute the NHS and need all free hands. Please read the following message:

Beaconsfield Young Carers Christmas party 2019

Beaconsfield Masonic Centre was once again the venue for 40 young carers

Vintage train trip

On 8th September Beaconsfield committee for Freemasonry in the Community treasurer Andy Barr of Frederick Lawson Lodge arranged for 12 young train enthusiasts suffering with autism plus their carers/parents to take a trip on a vintage train on the London Underground between Amersham and Harrow on the Hill and return.

Armed Forces Day 2019

Buckinghamshire Freemasons were proud to support the Armed Forces day on a blisteringly hot day at Wycombe Air Park on the 29th of June.