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Sutton-based Masonic Lodge 6245 -FREEMASONS have handed over £1,000 to Eastbourne’s new lifeboat appeal. PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 December 2011 07:13

FREEMASONS have handed over £1,000 to Eastbourne’s new lifeboat appeal.

Sutton-based Masonic Lodge 6245 donated the money which was raised in memory of John Stevens by his friends and colleagues after he lost his battle with cancer in 2009.

John and his wife Olive regularly travelled to Eastbourne and had always admired the work of the RNLI and made the Lifeboat Museum on the seafront one of their regular stopping points whilst enjoying the sea air.

The contribution toward the town’s new Tamar class all weather lifeboat was considered to be a fitting tribute to mark John’s passing.

The cheque presentation took place after the Sunday crew meeting at the all-weather lifeboat station on Sovereign Harbour where senior lodge members handed over the cheque to members of the volunteer crew.

Charities have received £41,733 from the York area Freemasons in the past 12 months. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 09 December 2011 11:32

The total amount donated in the past year was revealed at the third Freemasons’ annual Charity Presentation Evening, where guests included the Lord Mayor of York, Coun David Horton, and the Lady Mayoress, Jane Horton.

About 70 people attended the event at the Masonic Hall, St Saviourgate, York, with representatives of 11 lodges from York, Selby and Howden, together with their chosen charities.

Nurses Andrea Smith and Jo Bentley, from the emergency department at York Hospital, gave a talk to guests along with John Hemy, chairman of the Provincial Grand Charity, on the Teddies For Loving Care scheme.

The scheme, introduced several years ago by the Freemasons, gives teddy bears to children admitted to the hospital’s emergency department suffering from trauma.

It operates in many hospitals around the country, and almost one million teddies have been given away in total.

The evening also included a dinner and presentation, with the lodges presenting their donations to the following charities: Yorkshire Cancer Research, Macmillan Nurses, Dyslexia Action, York Care Centre, Teenage Cancer Trust, Peter Pan Nursery, Wilberfoss First Response, FIND and York Teaching Hospitals.

The lodges, along with the families and friends opf members, made donations to more than 30 non-Masonic charities over the year, with money raised through sponsored walks, raffles, barn dances and charity dinners.

A presentation of £3,840 was also made by the Mayor to Sue Miller, the fundraising manager of York’s St Leonard’s Hospice, on behalf of the Freemasons’ Grand Charity.

Coun Horton said he appreciated the excellent work the charities of York were doing to help people in the local community.

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Brussels, 30 November 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 03 December 2011 18:55

Statement by President Barroso following the meeting with representatives from philosophical and non-confessional organisations


Joint press conference with the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek and the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy

Brussels, 30 November 2011

Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very pleased about today's meeting with President Buzek and President Van Rompuy and eminent representatives of philosophical and non-confessional organisations. By now, we have achieved a well established rhythm of meetings at the top level with philosophical and non-confessional organisations each year. This shows that the European institutions are serious about implementing the legal obligation of Article 17 of the Lisbon Treaty.

The topic of today's meeting was "A partnership for democracy and shared prosperity: a common willingness to promote democratic rights and liberties". It was a very useful meeting with very important contributions. We all agreed that the promotion of democratic rights and liberties is essential in today's world, which is characterised by an extremely difficult economic situation and rapid political, economic and societal changes. And there was, I think I can say that, a clear consensus on the fact that Europe has no reason to be complacent: yes, the promotion of rights and liberties is key in countries where democracy has just started blossoming. But it is just as important in our own democracies in Europe.

Because without exaggeration, nothing today - really nothing can be taken for granted anymore. I do not need to cite examples to illustrate the real risks that cherished achievements are suddenly put into question and are now threatened by erosion and sometimes by extremist movements.

And whereas we are currently and rightly concentrating lots of energy on maintaining financial stability and restoring confidence in the euro area, it is at least as important that we engage vigorously in maintaining and promoting our values in Europe and world wide. Because without the respect of these values, including our democratic rights and libertie, the rest is not on solid ground.

We therefore have to fight against any risk of erosion - inside Europe and with our partners in our neighbourhood and in the world! We can only be successful if we team up and work hand-in-hand: among the institutions, with Member States and with civil society at large.

And we should always remember: at our borders and across the entire world many of our partners seek inspiration from our European values. We believe that those who have the choice, they choose freedom. For many we remain a source of inspiration. Let's be now in a position that we can continue to provide this guidance.

We have especially discussed the situation and transformations in the Arab world and I really want to say that many contributions were extremely important for our reflection.

Today's meeting is a clear sign of our joint commitment. I am very happy with the quality of our discussions. I would like to thank all participants and also Presidents Buzek and Van Rompuy for their contributions.

I now give the floor to the President of the European Parliament.






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