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Thu, 9th May 2013

Quiz Night

Over 100 at the Charity Quiz Night!
 
On Saturday 4th May, a joint charity quiz night was held at Croydon with funds raised being shared between the Mark 2014 Festival, and the Friends of Croydon Masonic Hall. Over one hundred attended and made up fourteen teams from many parts of the Masonic "family" - Craft and Mark lodges, the Mark executive, chapters, Royal & Select Masters, the lady Masons and the Widows' Association.
 
The teams were challenged by Quiz Master, WBro Mike Neville, to nine rounds of questions, which ended in a very close finish - the Royal & Select Masters (led by the District Grand Master, Arnold Long) came second, but were pipped at the post by a team from the Old England Craft lodge. Old England Lodge's second team also came in a stong third.
 
 
 Quiz Night
 
Photo shows the winning Old England team captain Bro. Ed Vigor being presented with the Quiz Shield by WBro David Blackburn, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Surrey Mark & WBro Jim Smith, Chairman of the Friends.
 
Over £400 was raised and a great evening was had by all.

Mon, 10th December 2012

2013 Ladies Festival

2013 Ladies Festival dates now confirmed as 10th to 12th May 2013 at Bournemouth.

See Events Page for details

Sun, 15th July 2012

SMSA Charity Golf Day at Farleigh GC

Old England Lodge entered the Surrey Masonic Sports Association Annual Charity Golf Day held at Farleigh Golf Club on 13th July 2012.

Each year Old England's Charity Steward, Damon Caraccio works hard to enter a team in this event and has again managed to field two teams, this year resulting in a win for Old England.

 

Charity Golf Day

 Damon Caraccio accepting the Trophy on behalf of the winning team.

 

Mon, 15th August 2011

New News Item

2012 Ladies Festival dates now confirmed see Events page for details

Fri, 12th August 2011

Freemasonry & Charity

Freemasonry and Charity.

 

It is often stated by those who do not know the facts that Freemason’s only look after their own when it comes to charity.

I would like to clarify a few points so that anyone reading this website can be in possession of the true facts. Firstly after the National Lottery, freemasons are the largest givers to charity in the United Kingdom. In fact over the last twenty years 49 million pounds has been given to non Masonic charities. In 2010 over two million pounds was donated to many charities. Such as £250,000 to SSAFA Forces help. £192,000 to Air Ambulances. Large donations have been made to the Red Cross for the severe earthquake in New Zealand. Very recently £20,000 has been presented to the Red Cross for the relief of those suffering the famine in East Africa.

In Surrey on the 28th June 2011 the Provincial Grand Master made his second award to Surrey charities this year. A sum of £80,826.00 was given to The Children’s Trust Tadworth. St Raphael’s Hospice, in Cheam. Prostate Cancer UK, and the Army Benevolent Fund. Other local Surrey charities were also beneficiaries.

Old England Lodge have in 2010/11 supported Help for Hero’s. Lewisham Alzheimer’s Support group. The British Heart Foundation. St Christopher’s Hospice, and other charities. In these two years alone this Lodge has given over £8000.

As you can see freemasons work very hard to support local charities, and those further afield who are enduring hardship. We raise this money by personal donations, social evenings, and Ladies weekends. BBQ’s and many other events. Every Lodge has a Charity Steward. In Old England we have W.Bro Damon (Taff) Caraccio who works tirelessly to help achieve these vast sums of money.

 

Bill Slater

Secretary

Sun, 19th June 2011

Over 60 Years in Freeasonry

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Bro. William Westall and his wife Ivy. With W.Bro Peter Butcher (Almoner) W.Bro Colin Palmer (APGM) W.Bro Bill Slater (Secretary) and W.Bro Jon Holden (Master)

 

Brother William Westall was initiated into Old England Lodge No 1790 on 5th November 1948. Bill served 25 years in the RAF as an Instrument Maker and travelled all over the world and was able to attend some Lodge Meetings in far away places. But due to his not remaining in one place for very long, he never progressed in Freemasonry. But he has remained a loyal member of the Old England Lodge throughout his time in Freemasonry and was made an Honoury Member of the Lodge in 2006

To celebrate this achievement, on 2nd June 2011 Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro Colin Palmer accompanied by the Almoner, Secretary and Master of Old England travelled to his home on the south coast where W.Bro Colin Palmer presented him with a certificate to mark his first 60 years as a Freemason.

Bill and his wife Ivy both keep themselves fit and active. They have been professional dancing champions and both like Indoor Bowls and Archery.

Thu, 2nd June 2011

Welcome Message

Click on the link to the Secretaries Desk to view a welcome message from our Secretary

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