Gnosall Freemasons News
The Trophy was presented by
Bro. Kevin Shail (on left) to
Bro. Alan Gallimore (on right).
Gnosall Carnival 21st June 2014
The Lodge once again ran the burger and hot-dog stand at the Gnosall Carnival. This year the weather was much better which was very good for the sales but a hot and sticky afternoon for those doing the cooking! The afternoon was again a great success with us selling out before the end and the money raised going to help maintain Gnosall Church.
On Friday 7th November 2014 Police Officers representing Staffordshire Police and West Mercia Police came together to play in the inaugural Mercian Cup Golf Match. The match was hosted by West Mercia and played at the Telford Golf & Country Club.
It is planned that this will be an annual event with each force taking turns in hosting the event which was played as a Ryder Cup style four ball format.
The Captains of both teams Bro. Kevin Shail who captained West Mercia and. Alan Gallimore the captain of Staffordshire are members of Gnosall St. Lawrence Lodge and as was to be expected the rivalry between the 2 teams was fierce but friendly.
As the last group tee'd off the rain started, It was torrential and un-relenting (similar to Celtic Manor in 2010). Despite the great condition of the course there was agreat deal of standing water and was becoming impossible to continue . The captains agreed to end the matches on the 9th and the scores up to that point stood. Staffordshire were the desereved winners 1.5-2.5.
Once players had dried out they enjoyed an excellent and convivial lunch together before the charity event commenced.
As no one had won the 2s competition the pot for this was given to the charity fund.
The charity event cosisted of a raffle and auction of four ball vouchers from some excellent golf clubs.
In total a staggering £652 was raised for the selected charity which was Parkinsons UK. This was specifically chosen as Bro. Kevin Shail has been diagnosed with Parkinsons.
Kevin made a short speech after the event and said he was totally astonished by the generosity of his friends and colleagues and could not put into words how bowled over he was, but was looking forward to the return match when West Mercia will win the cup back
Gnosall Carnival 2013
Members manning the Burger/Hot Dog Stall at the Gnosall Carnival last year.
Those giving a hand were David & Karen Davies, John Groves, Kevin Shail and Chris Boston.
The Lodge has for many years assisted at the Gnosall Carnival by manning the burger stall. 2013 was no exception and despite the not very good weather forecast the fires were lit and the stalls were erected. after a few minor glitches and the occaisional shower of rain the burgers and sausages were cooked and sold to what seemed a never ending queue of hungry customers.
In all 400 burgers and 100 hot dogs were sold, the proceeds going to St. Lawrence Church Gnosall a good day was had by all despite the work and a few scorched hands.
The W.M. & Mrs Barbara Boston Presenting a cheque to CASS
After a very succesesful Strawberry and Tea Party at their home with members of Lodge and families the Worshipful Master and his wife Barbara were pleased to present CASS (Carers Association of South Staffordshire) with a cheque for £300.
Past Master John Groves presenting the Cheque for
£300 to the MASE group
Mase is a support group for people with dementia, their carers and family members to meet in a friendly environment to discuss with each other and social care proffesionals any problems, support or assistance they may need now or in the future.
This year the Lodge was asked to participate in the bi-annual Gnosall festival. This is a week long series of events in Gnosall and surounding areas for all age groups with actvities such as walks, a beer festival, amateur dramatics and many more.
The festivities culminated on Sunday with a raffle and auction which the Lodge agreed to organise.
The Weeks prior to the auction were spent encouraging local businesses to donate prizes for the raffle and pledges for the auction. The auction took place in the afternoon after a bake-off competition which was judged by the Worshipful Master John Groves.
A good number of members and wives helped to organise the auction and fortunately the beer festival was still on going in the same building which made sure there were no dry throats during the auction a good afternoon and evening was had by all.
The raffle and auction raised large amount of money which went to the overall Festival funds accumulated during the week and was distributed to local good causes.
A presentation was made recently by the Lodge to the Miscarrige association. The Cheque for £200 was presented by Past Mast Stuart McAllister and received by Mrs Elaine Strong the West Midland Volunteer Representative on behalf of the association. The cheque will form part of a fundraising drive to provide support,help and information for anyone affected by pregnancy loss.