Number 4281 in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England
Izaak Walton Lodge of Freemasons
£4281 raised and distributed in a great year of giving One hundred years ago, a group of Stafford Freemasons decided to form a new Lodge which they named after one of Staffordshire’s most famous sons, Izaak Walton. To commemorate its founding, the Lodge, one of the largest in Staffordshire, decided to mark its centenary in a very special way. Supporting local charities has always been one of its founding aims, so this year it set an ambitious target to raise and distribute funds equivalent to its Lodge number in the register of the United Grand Lodge of England - 4281. While plans are still in place to mark the centenary with a special meeting on September 14th 2021, 100 years since the day it was founded, Covid restrictions may mean a delay, but nonetheless, the Lodge has completed its fundraising and donation programme - distributing a total of £4281. The Lodge has donated. £2000 to Katherine House Hospice. £381 to Stafford Safeguarding Team for children’s Christmas presents. £150 to provide Tea Break Treats for the volunteers at local vaccination centres. £150 contribution for extendable litter pickers for Stafford Litter Heroes £300 to A Child of Mine, supporting bereaved parents. £400 to Marshland School for a Steel Shed. £750 to The Staffordshire Freemasons 2024 Festival. Freemasonry does not rely on public support for its charitable giving. All proceeds were raised by the members of the Lodge.
A face to face meeting - at last! In July, our members are usually relaxing in the garden at home, or have escaped to foreign climes. Not so this year, when nearly nine months after our new Worshipful Master was installed, a meeting was called for July in order for him to appoint and invest his Wardens into their new roles as well as carrying out some other items of important business. With only six members allowed to attend, it meant some doubling up of roles, but the meeting proceeded smoothly and effectively, clearing the way for the Lodge to now concentrate on its celebrations in September. Needless to say, the new Wardens were pleased to finally take up their positions, ably supported by a bevy of Past Masters.
l to r: Bro Colin Horwath, Senior Warden, W.Bro Colin Rowell Asst Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro Robert Mallen, past Master, Martin Woodhead, Worshipful Master, W.Bro Richard Fisher, past Master and Bro Andrew Collier, Junior Warden.