News & Events
News & Events
Closure of Provincial Office
With immediate effect the Provincial Office will be closed until 1st June, then reviewed.
All contact should be via Email to firstname.lastname@example.org and not to our individual home email. We can monitor the Prov email remotely and direct or deal as necessary.
Emergencies or communications of a serious private nature should be directed either to me , Robin Hawes or Allan Ramsay. Our telephone numbers are in the year book .
Be patient, we are all in this together.
Thanks for your support
Please visit the link below to our Mini-Ashlar publication which provides details of some of the great things the Provincial Grand Lodge of Norfolk and its members are doing to support the current Covid-19 situation…
Norfolk Freemasons Face Shields For “Cares In The Community” Campaign
A call has gone out to Norfolk’s 3,000 masons for donations to supply much needed PP face shields to community carers and health visitors across Norfolk many of whom are having to provide their own protective equipment without access to NHS supplies. The first 2,000 visors have been ordered from Panel Graphic based at Loddon Business Park from where they are being collected for distribution to sub-post offices who have agreed to hand them out, free of charge, to staff in residential homes, community and health visitors. In the last few days boxes of visors have been left at twelve sites in mid and north Norfolk.
Head of Norfolk Freemasons, Stephen Allen said “This is one of several schemes to help support the provision of personal protective equipment to those caring for sick and vulnerable people at home and in residential care during the present crisis. We are very grateful to those helping with those deliveries and the growing number of sub post office staff and shop keepers who have come on board”.
Norfolk family-run company, Panel Graphic is producing 100,000 protective visors for key workers amid the coronavirus outbreak with no profit margin added to the price. Managing Director, Steve Earl said “Panel Graphic have been proud and delighted to work alongside the Norfolk Freemasons, the action they have taken really protects some of the most vulnerable members of our community and enables face shields to get to those who really needs them”
£10,000 Grant to Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers
Norfolk Freemasons are delighted to support Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers to help them keep up with demand making scrubs for frontline NHS staff.
We have given a grant of £10,000 which was immediately spent purchasing 3,000 metres of fabric, which will make around 750 scrubs. They currently have requests for over 2,000 sets and constantly rising, so this will go a long way to helping them fulfil this need. You can see their work at Norfolk Scrubs Volunteers Updates.
With the current Covid-19 pandemic, Norfolk Freemasons are funding antibody research at the UEA, face shields for the NHS and GP surgeries, laptops for the Citizens Advice Bureau, local foodbanks and meals for hospital staff with more to follow. This is being repeated with similar initiatives by Freemasons, their lodges and Provinces all over the country.
NFCF Grant to Norfolk Citizens Advice
The Norfolk Freemasons Charitable Fund (The NFCF) is continuing its work as best as we can at this trying time. We are receiving a steady flow of grant applications and just today we have been able to confirm a Grant of £1000 to Norfolk Citizens Advice for much needed Laptops for their volunteers who are working from home advising and helping those who find themselves in desperate situations at this very challenging time.
Update on Progress with the Prostate Cancer Tiger Test
W. Bro. Norman Watson Celebrates his 100th Birthday
One of Great Yarmouth’s Masonic lodges had a special reason to celebrate at their recent meeting. Norman Watson celebrated his hundredth birthday and has been a Freemason for 78 years. Originally from Northumberland where Norman was Initiated into Freemasonry, he has been a member of Lodge of United Friends in the town since 1977.
During the meeting, Provincial Grand Master Stephen Allen presented Norman with a letter of thanks from Dr David Staples, Grand Secretary of the United Grand Lodge of England. Part of the letter read, “Many changes have taken place in our society since you were initiated, but the principles of Freemasonry have remained constant and are as relevant today as they were then. It is the knowledge and experience gained by our longest serving brethren such as yourself, which will continue to be a source of inspiration for the younger brethren of today, who are our future.”
One of those Masons of the future was Martin Leeder, who was initiated at the meeting and was certainly inspired by Norman’s age and long service to Freemasonry.
At the end of the meeting, Norman performed the last part of the ceremony, known as Closing the Lodge. He then presented Worshipful Master Dan Crawley with a set of gavels, which will be used at all future meetings.
With such a wide age range, this certainly shows Freemasonry is for everybody. It’s about the people, not their age.
£2,000 Donation to Sunbeams Play from Lodge of Friendship
Great Yarmouth based Lodge of Friendship made a donation of £2,000 to Sunbeams Play, a local charity which provides a fun, safe and caring environment for children and young people with autism to thrive. The money was raised at a charity dinner held by the lodge, one of several fund raising events organised by Worshipful Master Graham Gibbins. Graham and Billy Robinson from the lodge presented the cheque to Monica Bates and Sue Carr from Sunbeams, where the funds will help to provide workshops, activities and support for autistic children, young adults and their parents.
Montgomerie Lodge in Diss have been supporting the charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, with members collecting used stamps to sponsor training for Kai.
He will eventually help a deaf person. As well as being their constant companion, helping them to leave loneliness behind, he will tell them about important sounds that are so vital for deaf people’s wellbeing on a daily basis. Kai will be their faithful friend, always listening out.
Further information is available at the link below:
Puppy Sponsorship – Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – Kai Pupdate Feb 2020
DONATION TO GT. YARMOUTH MINSTER ORGAN RESTORATION
Our PGM, supported by a sizable group of Great Yarmouth Masons, presented Cannon Revd Simon Ward with a £7500 donation raised by all of the Great Yarmouth lodges towards the Minster’s organ restoration appeal. The magnificent organ front was originally funded by the Freemasons of Norfolk who decided that an appropriate Thanksgiving Memorial for Victory and Peace would be an organ case for one of the most outstanding buildings in the county to be destroyed in the war. In 1961, the organ case was presented to St. Nicholas Church in front of a congregation of over 800 people and more than 500 Freemasons who, wearing their regalia, walked in procession from the nearby Priory School.
MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION (MCF) DONATES TO EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE:
The Provincial heads of Freemasonry in Norfolk, Suffolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire came together to pay an early Christmas visit to the East Anglian Air Ambulance base at Cambridge Airport, where they presented grants totalling £16,000.
Since the scheme was established in 2007 to support Air Ambulances and equivalent rescue services, a total of £2.4million has been donated across England and Wales. Many of the helicopters now display the Mason’s familiar square and compasses logo on their tail rotas.
The picture shows Stephen Allen (Norfolk), Anthony Henderson (Bedfordshire), Ian Yeldham (Suffolk) and Tony Just (Cambridgeshire).
NORFOLK AND NORWICH UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Teddies With Loving Care
· December 11 ·
“We’d like to say a big thank you to the Members of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Norfolk who delivered a full box of teddies to the team at the Children’s Emergency Department at NNUH to help ease the stress for children requiring emergency treatment.”
BACK TO SCHOOL
FIND OUT HOW FREEMASONS ARE HELPING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE TO SUCCEED IN THEIR EDUCATION
September has arrived, and millions of children and young people are heading back to school, where they will learn skills that will help them throughout their life. Sadly, not every child has access to a good education and those who are left behind often struggle in later life.
The MCF is passionate about encouraging opportunity and giving people the skills they need to live healthy, independent lives – both within the masonic community and across wider society.
MEET THE NEXT GENERATION
We decided to play a ‘get to know you’ game with a group of young people we’ve supported, to find out more about their likes, dislikes, interests and future ambitions!
EARLY YEARS OPPORTUNITIES
So far this year, we have awarded grants totalling more than £1.8 million to local and national charities that are giving children and young people from vulnerable families the best possible start in life.
SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
The School of Hard Knocks received £92,000 to support their work in South Wales and Monmouthshire – using rugby and mentoring to help young people who are risk of exclusion from school.
Clear Sky Children’s Charity – which works in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire – received £15,000 to support children who are struggling due to trauma, through play therapy.
CAN WE HELP YOU?
If you or someone you know is in need of support, contact our enquiries team on 0800 035 60 90 or email email@example.com
Many thanks must go to the Entertainments Committee of our group for newly joined Norfolk Freemasons, The “Norfolk Blues” for hosting yet another magnificent event for Norfolk Freemasons and their families to enjoy. This time, it was a fabulous Sunday afternoon Barbeque. Invigorated by the good food and great company, everyone took part in a series of games and competitions in aid of the Blues chosen charity for the year. This, coupled with the money raised at their Norfolk Blues Summer Ball in June meant they were able to present a cheque for a total of £1,000 to the very deserving locally based charity Fresh Start New Beginnings. Patsy, a representative from the Charity came along to receive the cheque and also gave a short but very moving talk about their work supporting children and young people who have been subjected to sexual abuse.
It is great to be able to support them as a result of spending a truly lovely afternoon with our newest Norfolk Freemasons and their families and friends.
Lodge Open Days 2020
Lodge Open Days are being planned from May to October 2020. It is open for any Lodge to have its own open day but much of the effort will go towards the larger Masonic centres where multiple Lodges can be involved. It is planned that a member of the Provincial executive will be present to open the proceedings and the Provincial Grand Orator will be available to give a presentation. Contact your Lodge ‘Champion’ or W.Bro. Ady Jarvis for more details. Details of the dates of each open day will be published on this website as they are received.
Introduction to Freemasonry Evenings.
These introduction evenings are for potential Freemasons and their partners to find out more about our wonderful organisation in a relaxed and informal manner. Light refreshments will be available so booking is essential for any of the venues.
The dates for 2020 will be published as soon as they are available.
To book in please e-mail Stephen Moore at:
Provincial Information Trailer Locations 2020:
These dates will be posted here as they are confirmed.
New!! Solomon – The new Masonic ‘one-stop’ information resource – A message from the Provincial Grand Master.
‘Let’s look it up on Solomon’ is set to become the default answer to so many different Masonic questions.
It is destined to give the What, Why, Where, When, Who and How of Craft and Royal Arch Freemasonry. It will provide a growing treasure trove
of information gathered together in one easily accessed, simple to use source.
Whether checking up a single query or trying to build a better overall understanding, the next time you are asked or wonder ‘What does this mean or why do we do that?’
The answer is simple — Let’s Look It Up On Solomon!
For help with promoting Solomon in your Lodge or Chapter please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Norfolk Provincial Library and Museum
Following the successful Tercentenary exhibition at the ‘Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell’
and the reorganisation of the Provincial Offices at St. Giles, it was decided to use this opportunity
to re-establish the Provincial Museum to add to the existing Provincial Library.
The PGM was generously able to approve funding for new lighting, display cabinets and refurbishment.
The Museum is located in the first room on the right as you enter 47, St. Giles.
It is early days but you are already able to see some items in our illuminated display cabinets through the newly glazed door panels.
Our collection includes Jewels, Aprons, Rare Books, Regalia, Glassware Pottery and other Masonic items mostly associated with Norfolk Freemasonry.
We plan to have some of the exhibits on permanent display, such as the Provincial Grand Masters Chair and Sword, but also other cabinets with
regularly changing themes such as the current ‘Freemasons at War’ curated by martin Hardy-Shepherd.
Our hope would be for Lodges, other degrees and individuals to have a themed display of suitable size for several months at a time.
The Library is a reference library and the books are mostly kept in storage but can easily be accessed by appointment’
Our Facebook page lists current opening times. @NorfolkMuseumOfFreemasonry