Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire

Masonic Charitable Foundation – Impact Report

Impact Report

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has produced an Impact Report, summarising what has been achieved since the formation of the charity in April 2016. The report highlights what has been done, and also plans for the future, and may be accessed here.


Birmingham Children’s Hospital & Lodge of Service Above Self

The Birmingham Children’s Hospital has benefited to the extent of £2,500, by the generosity of the Lodge of Service above Self No 9421, and in particular by the efforts of W Bro Pinder Talafair, the Lodge’s remarkable Charity Steward.   He has been supported greatly by W Bro Martin Burton M.B.E., PProvJGW, and the other members of the Lodge.

The sum of £2,500 was raised chiefly at a community fund raising event held in a Sports Pavilion in Handsworth in September 2017. The money was raised for the Oncology Ward at the Children’s Hospital Birmingham. Organised by W Bro Pinder Talafair under the banner of “Lodge of Service Above Self “, the event was supported by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Mike Leddy, with great support from Lodge members and the Indian Community.

Amongst the star prizes were Boxing gloves autographed by Sir Henry Cooper and donated by the WM, W Bro Martin Burton, M B E, and an Afternoon Tea with the Lord Mayor, donated by the Deputy Lord Mayor. There were many other Auction and Raffle prizes obtained by W Bro Talafair from the Community and his own remarkable resources.

Apart from fund raising, the evening included a lavish Indian banquet and live music provided by an Indian Violinist. A thoroughly enjoyable evening which amply demonstrated Masonic involvement and activities in the community.

W Bro Martin Burton, received his MBE in recognition of over 20 years as a chairman of the Lord Mayor’s charity, which donates funds raised in Birmingham & the West Midlands as nominated by successive Lord Mayors in office.   In that capacity, he was able to secure the attendance of the Lord Mayor, Councillor Anne Underwood, who is pictured below with Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. On the left is W Bro Martin Burton, M B E, and on the right W Bro Pinder Talafair.

Cheque Presentation

Whilst at the hospital, the group met staff at the Oncology Ward, which will benefit from the Lodge’s efforts.

Visit to the ward

It was pleasing to see again, the “100 Heroes” balloon on the wall in the reception area, which the Province was awarded for three years running, to mark the donations to the hospital as part of the “Famous Five” initiative. A further donation to be made shortly, will (we hope) ensure the status for at least a further year,


Red balloon


Freemasonry Working Together

Following the sad loss of Mrs Heather Durling, her husband of 60 years W Bro John Durling, PProvSGW from Meridian Lodge 9003, appealed for funds to provide two Touch Screen Television Sets for the Feldon Ward Stroke Unit at the Rehabilitation Hospital at Leamington Spa, Warwickshire. This was the ward where Mrs Durling received treatment.

Several Masonic units worked together to make this possible:

A wonderful example of how different Masonic units can work together for a common cause.

A total of £2735 was raised for the Feldon Ward.

This photograph shows one of the cheques from Meridian Lodge being delivered, with one of the units purchased.

Cheque Presentation

W Bro John says - I am still finding it difficult to express my thanks and appreciation for all the donations raised to fund the purchase of these much needed enhancements on the ward. My wife would have been extremely proud of the help given to the ward. 

Meridien at the presentation

Pictured above are staff from the ward with members of Meridian Lodge – W Bro John Durling in the centre, with W Bro Andrew Warwick (Right) and W Bro David Leask (Left).


Shelter Boosted by a Major Grant from the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The charity Shelter has received a grant of £60,000 for their Birmingham centre from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.   Warwickshire Provincial Charity Steward John Hayward, visited the centre on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W Bro Geoff Walker, and received a warm welcome from managers and staff at the centre. Pictured below is Joel Dunster, Senior Grants & Philanthropy Executive from Shelter’s London HQ, with Belinda Hoste, Advice Service Manager for Birmingham, receiving the certificate from Provincial Grand Charity Steward, John Hayward.

The presentation of the certificate for £60,000

More than 1,600 people in Birmingham with serious housing difficulties will be getting help over the next two years, thanks to the grant from Warwickshire Freemasons, funded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The £60,000 grant, specifically to Shelter Birmingham will help fund an Advice Worker who will help people in danger of homelessness or threatened with repossession. They will also help with cases where homes are unsafe or dilapidated.

Birmingham has some of the highest levels of homelessness in the UK outside London, with the situation expected to worsen over the coming years. There are more than 12,000homeless people in Birmingham, and more than 300,000 in the UK as a whole. While some issues can be resolved quickly and easily, others require months of intensive prolonged casework. Shelter’s advice workers give people the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to avoid future crises by themselves.

John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.
John Hayward with Pippa Trace who is one of the team of Peer Workers for the Changing Futures programme.

Vicky Hines, from Shelter Birmingham, said: “We’re very grateful to Warwickshire Freemasons for their generous grant which will allow us to reach hundreds of people with housing problems in Birmingham.”   John Hayward added “We’re very pleased to be able to help Shelter, who do hugely important work helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The visit to the Shelter Birmingham office was very illuminating and helped us to understand what problems Shelter handle on a daily basis, and discussion with the staff and advisers demonstrated what a difficult but essential role they play in helping people recover from life changing situations.

Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.
Geoff Walker with Centre Manager Belinda Hoste and Emma Poursain, a Lead Worker in the Birmingham Changing Futures Together programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. Shelter website -

The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends from across England and Wales.

Linwood Lodge and WMCA support ROSHNI in Birmingham

RoshniRoshni is a refuge, a safe house in Birmingham for women and their children escaping domestic violence. Roshni provides emergency temporary accommodation for single women and women with children who are fleeing from domestic or sexual abuse/violence. The refuge location is kept confidential and no visitors are allowed in the building. Support workers are present to provide emotional and practical support to women and children.

The name Roshni means sunlight, brightness or light, which is particularly appropriate when you consider the safe haven that Roshni offers to women in a highly vulnerable position. Although still a relatively small organization, Roshni has been in existence for over 30 years, and provides a vital emergency function.

W Bro Keith Reynolds, a well know Solihull based member, heard on a Midlands News bulletin that just before Christmas a burglary had occurred at the refuge, and many of the presents donated for the children had been stolen. Although the staff and supporters of Roshni had managed to obtain substitutes for the losses, Keith felt it right that he should try to help out this charity, which exists on very limited funds. From charity funds held by Linwood Lodge, a donation of £500 was made, which the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association has been pleased to match. At the AGM of the charity, held on 15th February, W Bro Keith, accompanied by W Bro John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward, presented the cheques to the trustees, a gesture which was appreciated and welcomed by all present.   It was pleasing to note that in anticipation of the donations, the Provincial logo had already been used on the charity’s documentation.

More information on Roshni -


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