East Kent Provincial 2012 News

Sheerness Fete Charity Awards

Friday 5th October 2012

The function room at the United Masonic Club, St George’s Avenue, Sheerness was crowded for the charity awards from the funds raised at the Sheerness Freemasons’ Fete held at the beginning of July [See: http://www.eastkentfreemasons.org/news/news-2012/293-the-sheerness-freemasons-fete-2012.html]  and reported in the 12th July edition of the Sheerness Times Guardian. On the day of the fete the organisations taking part had realised a total of some £2,000 for their funds. On this awards evening, a further £3,500 was distributed between 18 (mainly local) charities.

The chairman of the organising committee, Tim Pierpoint, welcomed all to the Club, thanked them for attending and wished them a pleasant evening. He then introduced the Provincial Grand Master for East Kent, Geoffrey Dearing, and presented him with a cheque for £1,000 to help fund work being carried out by research fellows in the Royal College of Surgeons.

Cheques, varying between £500 and £50, were then distributed. Recipients were the Hopscotch Dance Group, Sheerness Sea Cadets, Knights of St Columba, Sheerness RNLI, Isle of Sheppey St John’s Ambulance Band (who provided music for the evening),

300Range Rovers Football Club, Teddies for Loving Care, Demelza Hospice for Children, Kids for Kenya, Sheppey Branch of the Cats’ Protection League, S.E.A.L. (the Sheerness group tasked with enhancing the Town Centre), Big Fish Arts Group, Reverberate (a youth group), Sheppey Classic Car Enthusiasts, Crawford Centre, the Sheppey Pirates and the Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance, who were unable to have a presence on the evening and were to receive their cheque on a future date.

Presentation of the UMC Tug of War Contest shield (which was pulled for at the Fete) was made to Queenborough Lodge amid catcalls suggesting that underhand (or more likely underfoot!) methods had played a part in the team’s success. The recipient of the trophy intimated that the other contestants’ concerns were unfounded and that the team would defend the trophy next year, probably wearing flip flops!

To conclude the evening everyone present was invited to partake in a generous buffet.

The only concern of the organising committee was that next year, 2013, they would have to repeat and hopefully surpass their efforts of this year. Fortunately, none of the members profess to be of a superstitious nature.