Created on Wednesday, 05 December 2018 12:44
l to r: Alan Boaden– Chairman of the Northamptonshire County Priory Group, St.John Ambulance, Peter Castle - St.John Ambulance, R.W.BroBob Stokes– ProvGM,
W.Bro. Brian Elliott– DepProvGM
The Northamptonshire vehicle is one of over 50 mobile treatment centres, ambulances and support vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme from October 2018 to early 2019.
The vehicles have been secured by a capital grant by the Mark Benevolent Fund of over £3M to the Order of St.John with the specific aim of providing new vehicles to the operational arm of the Order, St.John Ambulance.
The Northamptonshire vehicle will be put to use at events in the county as volunteers deliver life saving first aid to members of the public.
At the handover ceremony, Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes said “18 years ago the MBF carried out a similar exercise donating vehicles in every county so that the charity could continue its life saving mission. We look forward to continuing our long relationship with St.John Ambulance and the Order of St.John over the coming decades and sincerely hope that this vehicle will provide many years of service for the Northamptonshire volunteers”
In reply Alan Boaden, Chair of the Northamptonshire County Priory Group said “The donation of this vehcicle is wonderful news for both counties and will significantly help enhance patient care and contribute to more lives saved locally. We are immensely grateful to the Mark Master Masons of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire and to the Mark Benevolent Fund for their generosity and we look forward to seeing the positive use made by local St.John Ambulance volunteers in the future as they continue the charity’s life saving mission”
Before presenting the keys of the support vehicle vehicle to Peter Castle, the Provincial Grand Master called upon W.Bro. Rev’d Tony Avery, the Provincial Grand Chaplain who then delivered a dedication address and blessed the vehicle.
Photos: Ian McLachlan/Darren Coleman
l to r: Peter Castle - St.John Ambulance, Darren Coleman– MBF Charities and Communications Co-Ordinator, R.W.Bro Bob Stokes– ProvGM, W.Bro. Brian Elliott– DepProvGM, W.Bro. Richard Bedells– ProvGDC and W.Bro. Rev’d Tony Avery– Provincial Grand Chaplain.
Created on Monday, 12 November 2018 12:44
Created on Thursday, 27 September 2018 13:23
On Saturday 15thSeptember the Mark Benevolent Fund celebrated its 150th year at a wonderful Thanksgiving Service at Lincoln’s Inn Chapel on Saturday in the presence of M.W. Bro. H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, Grand Master and Grand President of the Fund. The service commemorated the anniversary of our Order’s unique and amazing Charity and celebrated the first 150 years of its outstanding achievement.
W.Bro. Brian Bell with the Charities Manager, WBro. Darren Coleman
At a reception after the service the Grand Master spent time meeting all of those who have made a difference, listening with intent to their stories of support to the Mark Benevolent Fund.
The Grand Master in discussion with the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro.Brian Bell.
Representing the Northants & Hunts Mark Province, the event was attended by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro.Brian Bell and his good lady, Margaret; they were accompanied by the Provincial Assistant Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro.Jeff Chambers and his partner Jenny.
They, and many other Provincial Grand Charity Stewards were invited as a thank you for all the work they have put in to help continue the Fund’s huge success.
The Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Brian Bell and his wife Margaret accompanied by the Provincial Assistant Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro.Jeff Chambers and his partner Jenny.
Created on Friday, 22 September 2017 13:23
From: Darren Coleman
Date: 22 September 2017 at 15:27
Subject: MBF Donation to the Caribbean
Dear Sir and Brother,
The Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund held emergency discussions this week in response to the devastating hurricanes that are battering the Caribbean and surrounding areas. £35,000 has been donated to the ShelterBox charity to fund 1,000 ShelterKits for the affected residents in the region. Many have had their homes decimated over successive weather fronts and there is more bad weather on the way. The ShelterKits provide tools, ropes and heavy-duty tarpaulins to quickly repair existing structures.
Mark Masons’ Hall is proud to have many Brethren in the Caribbean representing all of the Orders administered here, many of whom are in the worst hit parts. In some cases we are still unable to get in touch due to poor communications. We send our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times and hope our friends and colleagues are safe and well. We are doing all we can and will keep you updated on any further developments.
Please would Secretaries forward this to your members.
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