East Kent Provincial News 2014

Help for Young People

Children's Charities First and Foremost for Fleur de Lis Lodge No 8969

Brethren of Fleur de Lis Lodge accompanied by their wives, family members and friends enjoying the festivities

The Fleur de Lis Lodge No 8969 was founded in 1981 by a group of Brethren that shared an interest in Scouting and other youth organisations and today, over 30 years later, it still maintains that interest.

On his installation as Worshipful Master of the lodge for the second time in February 2014, Worshipful Brother Paul Townsend declared that all charitable funds raised during his year would be donated to children’s charities in and around the Maidstone Area.

Immediately after his penultimate lodge meeting in December, wives, family members and friends were invited to join the Brethren for a festive social gathering. Together they enjoyed a fun-filled evening of traditional festive fayre, crackers and carol singing, including a raffle which raised an impressive £620 for local children's charities.

When combined with the sums raised throughout Paul's year, the lodge raised a total of £2,785 for eight local charities and other good causes. Included among the beneficiaries were:-

Dandelion Time – A Maidstone charity which works with children traumatised by abuse, neglect, or having early life attachment difficulties.The charity provides practical farm based development activities and therapeutic services to help children overcome past sufferings to develop confidence and self-esteem.

Slide Away Workshop – This supports children and young people following the death of someone very important to them. The charity also gives support to parents and assists them in understanding their child’s grief.

Lollipop Fund – Provides care and assistance for sick children who may be distressed whilst spending time away from their parents or guardians. The charity also gives aid and comfort to children from whatever causes their distress.

The other non-Masonic beneficiaries during the year were:- The Rainbow Trust, Demelza House, Dr Barnados, the NSPCC and West Malling Scout Group.

Paul was joined by his wife Sue in thanking all those that had supported him during his second spell as Master of the Fleur de Lis Lodge and wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Paul will hand over the Mastership of the Lodge to Brother Tony Larson at the Installation Meeting in February 2015.