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Hamlet of Van Lodge
The Masonic Province of South Wales
Warranted :10 June 1970
Consecrated : 25 November 1970
Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Caerphilly
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Hamlet of Van summer news
Yes we are back all be it in a different format, however it does look like we will be back to normal by September our Election Night. We have very much been stuck in this awful lock down but we have not been idle.
As the Lodge Charity Steward I have been supported by many of the members who have continued to donate to the Lodge Charity. I show below an article which hopefully will appear in the September issue of Y Dalaith.
Hamlet of Van Lodge No.8334 Charity News
“The 50:50 Challenge”
In November 2019, at the Installation of WBro Clive William Walton Hughes, a challenge was set for the Lodge to mark its 50th year anniversary by donating £50 to 50 local charities and deserving causes over the following 2 years. This would total £2,500, but looking at it in a different way, it amounted to £100 from every member of the Lodge. It was quite a challenge just to find 50 worthy causes. As Charity is a large part of our Masonic life, we set about the task, and we are pleased to report that we have succeeded in our quest.
The worthy causes have included local care homes; Primary School PTAs; local Churches and organisations providing meals at the start of this awful pandemic; local organisations such as the Salvation Army, The British Legion, SSAFA, the local Fire and Rescue Service and the local YMCA; the local children’s hospital; organisations involved with the blind and the deaf; a local Parkinson’s Support Centre and two local hospices, where our members’ loved ones have been cared for. Yes Brethren, we have covered an enormous Charity spectrum.
We have tried to spread the word about our Masonic giving to all parts of the Caerphilly, Bedwas and Machen areas, this being the catchment area for our Lodge.
Finally, Brethren, to mark a special person who was for many years our Grand Lodge Officer, namely the late WBro Donald Lewis Lewis, OBE, PJGD and making our 50th donation even more special, the Worshipful Master has agreed to donate £50 to the Alzheimer’s Society, which had been Don’s wish.
Now Brethren, as we move on with our charitable work, it can only be with your continued support that we, Members of Hamlet of Van Lodge can continue to be recognised as pulling more than our weight when it comes to charitable giving. As your Charity Steward, I can only thank you all and ask you to continue to recognise that phrase we hear so often in the Charity charge:
“Anything therefore you may feel disposed to give you may deposit with our Junior Deacon (or the Charity Steward -
I trust Brethren that you feel proud of what we have achieved over the last 18 months or so.
The Lodge has been fortunate in not suffering any deaths from the Covid 19 pandemic however that does not mean we have not had problems with health. The NHS has supported everyone and for that we are sincerely grateful.
We have missed celebrating our 50 year as a Lodge but that does not mean we have let It pass without some recognition as can be seen from our 50:50 challenge.
We have all missed the socializing and comradeship and many have been Isolating but that does not mean we have not kept In touch with updates over the telephone. For some the new facility of Zoom meetings has been an eye opener as we embrace the modern technologies, let us hope that It doesn't become a think of the future, who wants an Officer's meeting over the Internet I wonder?
W.Bro. John Lancaster has been made an Honorary member of our Lodge to mark his service over many years and we wish him well in his struggle with Parkinson's.