Athelstan Lodge has been making charitable donations, nationally and locally, since its inception in 1870.
Of the more recent donations, the following are a few examples.
Athelstan Lodge No 1333 received a request from Warton and Austrey Scout Group for help in raising £500.00 to enable them to purchase 4-man tents, this to enable them to go camping during the Easter holidays.
As a Lodge, we are committed to try and help local charities and organisations. To this end our Worshipful Master, W Brother Gerard Somers, arranged for the whole amount to be donated to them.
The attached photograph shows our W Master presenting the cheque to two of the Scout Leaders.
To quote the recipients of the cheque, “This will enable our group to camp over the Easter weekend and whenever in the future due the money being available so quickly, we would have needed over 2 years of events to raise this money. Many thanks”.
On December 1st 2016 W Bro David Evans completed his year as Worshipful Master of Athelstan Lodge. During his year, ably abetted by his wife Karen and with the support of the Brethren and their partners, he raised the magnificent sum of £6,241.00 for Charity.
A Burns night, Sunday Lunch, Week-end away, Garden Party and culminating with his Ladies Festival, all helped to raise the money.
The lucky recipients were The Mary Ann Evans Hospice and the St Giles Hospice, the nearest Hospices to Atherstone, they received £3120.50 each.
The cheques were presented at Athelstan Lodge Rooms to a delighted Janet Kavamagh, Mary Ann Evans Hospice and Mr Richard Phillips, St Giles Hospice who thanked both W Bro David and all the Members of Athelstan Lodge for the generosity.
Atherstone Boxing Club have received £200 from Atherstone Lodge 1333 to help it bounce back from the ropes. The club has said they will be putting this donation towards new equipment. This will allow them to provide an improved training environment with all round better facilities for the people of Atherstone and surrounding areas.
Posted March 12 2012
1st Atherstone Scout Group has received a donation of £600 from Athelstan Lodge 1333 to help fund a camping holiday planned for Summer 2012. The Assistant County Commissioner Kim Marston and the Scout group’s children were delighted to receive this donation from Athelstan Lodge.
Kim said “Thank you all so much for your wonderful donation tonight for the youngsters at 1st Atherstone. This will make the trip a lot more achievable to some of those less fortunate, and mean a difference between more kids going and not.” Kim then went on to say “You are all truly wonderful, and once again thank you all from all the kids in the Group.”
Athelstan Lodge recently forged links with 1st Atherstone Scout group following a donation from the United Grand Lodge of England.
Photo: WM, Rob Evans (left), Kim Marston, members and a helper of Atherstone Scouts, and Senior Warden, Richard Smith (right).
A further donation of £600 was also made to Mancetter Scouts on the same evening.
Posted 11 March 2012
In the summer of 2010, Athelstan Lodge members were delighted to make the 1333 Trust’s first gift of £250 to the organisers of the yearly Atherstone Motor show, for onward donation to local charities.
The donation was accepted by Gerard Somers (of Athelstan Lodge) on behalf of the Motor Show and distributed later that year as part of £2,000 raised by the Motor Show organisers.
The Freemason’s Grand Charity is supporting The Scout Association with a donation of £500,000 over 5 years, ‘to encourage and expand Scouting across the country’, through a variety of ways including support to resources and Start up Grants.
The 1st Atherstone Scout group have been given money from Grand Lodge to help start a new Cub Scout pack named the Lockley Pack.
The Atherstone Scouts were asked to contact their local Lodge with a view to setting up a link between the two organisations.
Following the donation to the Scouts and a visit to the Scout HQ by members of the Lodge, members and leaders of 1st Atherstone Scouts visited the Lodge rooms.
As a member of the Royal British Legion, W Bro Phillip Benson, Master during 2010, decided to dedicate the charitable collections during his year to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
The Atherstone Branch Poppy Appeal is organised by Mrs Carol Housden, Mrs Susan Benson, and Mrs Linda Evans.
Carol is the daughter of an Athelstan Member, W Bro Frank Salt; Susan is Phil’s wife; Linda is one of Phil’s in-laws. (I wonder why he chose the Poppy Appeal?)
During his year as Master of Athelstan Lodge 1333 (2008), W Bro Kevin Garner raised money for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. The proceeds from a Garden Party, Ladies Night and raffles contributed to the total.
W Bro Malcolm Owen and W Bro Frank Salt (pictured left) presented a cheque for £1,003 to the WNAA at their base at Coventry Airport.
The helicopter can be airborne in 45 seconds and can reach anywhere in Warwickshire within 9 minutes, and Northamptonshire in 15 minutes. It is the fastest and busiest helicopter in the country and responds to around 110 emergency calls every month.
The Air Ambulance is supported entirely through voluntary donations and costs £1.5 million a year to operate.