On the 25th July at the Grange in Derby, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons held their 2018 Community Awards ceremony. They were honoured by the presence of the Lord Lieutenant William Tucker, The High Sheriff Mrs Lucy Palmer and Mrs Annie Hall from Foundation Derbyshire.
All lodges in the Province were invited to put forward a local charity of their choice who they thought deserving of support. Thirteen worthy charities were selected and each one received an award of £1000 from the Provincial Grand Charity.
The awards were presented by the Provincial Grand Master for Derbyshire, Steven Varley, and the chairman of the Provincial Grand Charity Graham Sisson. The MC for the evening was Peter Hodcroft who introduced each Charity and outlined their work with dignity and compassion.
Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport.
The Peak District is an area of outstanding beauty and is appreciated by thousands each year, but what is life like for those who live there, particularly in the the out-of-the-way places where public transport is virtually non-existent? Some twenty years ago an organisation called Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport was formed, primarily to establish and maintain on a non-profit making basis, a community transport scheme for the benefit of surrounding communities. The aim is to provide a travel service, but especially for those with mobility problems and for those without transport, thus enabling them to participate in their communities and to see others.The service is not just confined to Bakewell and Eyam but stretches to Matlock, Buxton, Hope Valley and Glossop and can also arrange outings for the elderly and disabled, shopping trips and assist with travel arrangements to hospital appointments.
Nominated by the Dorothy Vernon Lodge in Bakewell, the Bakewell and Eyam Community Transport were represented by Edwina Edwards, Judith Twigg, David Monk and Chris Webster.
Bradbury Community House
In Glossop, in the far north of the County, is a non-profit making charity organisation which has been operating in its present location since the 1930's.Bradbury Community House is a registered charity who rent rooms for use by the wider community in Glossop – community groups, social groups, local businesses and even local authority and town meetings.The house is held in Trust for the elderly of the area and is controlled by a board of Trustees, all of whom give their time voluntarily.They have DDA Disabled Access Compliance with a lift and automatic front entrance doors enabling safe, sensor monitored wheelchair access and are the only building in Glossop which qualifies for this level of disabled access.
Bradbury House is an integral part of the town of Glossop. They were nominated by Glossopdale Lodge, which meets in Glossop, and are represented by John Dearn and Richard Bott
Burton and District Stroke Club
Forty-Three years ago the Burton and District Stroke Club was established to help the stroke affected and their families in the area, to help them develop a new phase of their life and to help with rehabilitation.They meet at The Waterside Community Centre in Stapenhill and offer a range of activities including trips to theatres, demonstrations, visits to historic houses and even meals for those stroke sufferers who are “in need”.The organisation is entirely self-funded and since the closure of the Stroke Support Office at Burton Hospital they offer help, support and advice for the area.
They were nominated by Tutbury Castle Lodge at Winshill, Burton on Trent, and represented by Colin Williams, Carol Williams, Beryl Beck and Michelle Wragg.
Buxton, Kinder and Edale Mountain Rescue Teams
In the Derbyshire area there are seven Mountain Rescue teams, some formed over 60 years ago, to help people such as me who are in trouble in the outdoors, especially in the wilderness of the Peak District.They work alongside the emergency services, finding those lost or injured on the moors and offering specialised pre-hospital care. They also assist in water rescues and co-operate with Police in the search for missing and vulnerable persons.The Ambulance Service will ask for their assistance in trying to reach those injured high on the moors.Their knowledge is invaluable to the emergency services and their assistance has been sought in helping to fight the recent fires in the Peak and on Saddleworth Moor.Staffed by volunteers and receiving no Government funding they rely on the goodwill of the communities they serve to continue their good works. It is worth remembering that they do not just need a pair of walking boots - but response vehicles, communication systems and lots of other equipment.
Three of the seven Mountain rescue Teams were nominated for an award.
Nominated by the Phoenix Lodge of St Ann in Buxton and represented by Neil Carruthers, Richard Carratu, Rick Mobbs and Keith Birkett were the Buxton Mountain Rescue.
Nominated by High Peak Lodge in Buxton and represented by Nigel Taylor, Janet Taylor, Peter Doyle and Nimmi Herrera - Kinder Mountain Rescue.
Nominated by King Egbert Lodge in Dore and represented by Julia Chisholme, Ian Bunting, Matt Hood and Tony Hood were Edale Mountain Rescue
Cardiac Risk in the Young
In March 2012 Patrice Muamba collapsed at White Hart Lane whilst playing football for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur. He was 23 years of age and had suffered cardiac arrest. Around the pitch were five fully trained medical assistants, members of St John's Ambulance and in the stands a consultant cardiologist who, realising what had happened, went and offered his assistance. Muamba's heart stopped for 78 minutes and he received 15 defibrillation shocks in all but he survived. He was lucky.It prompted the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY - to launch a national campaign to maintain pressure on the government and professional sporting bodies to offer cardiac screening to young people who might be at risk. Derbyshire has a County Representative for CRY – Elaine Ward - and she is raising money to screen young people locally – those between 14 and 35 – for undiagnosed heart conditions. She also provides bereavement support, a fast-track pathology service and on-going support for those diagnosed. Screening costs £35 per head, is run by volunteer doctors and 100 young people can be screened in a day.
Nominated by Dronfield Lodge, which meets at Dore, Elaine and Ian Ward represented Cardiac Risk in the Young – CRY.
Derby Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity
The death of a baby is a totally devastating experience. The effects of grief can be completely overwhelming and parents, their families and friends, can be left feeling a whole range of emotions including numbness, isolation, exhaustion, guilt, anger, extreme sadness and depression. It can be hard to take in information, to make decisions or to imagine how you are ever going to cope or live your life again. At the Derby Sands Stillbirth and Neonatal Death charity they understand what it is like because they have all experienced the heartbreaking loss of one or more of their precious babies. They offer comfort, emotional support and practical help and information when needed as well as supporting research into prevention of such losses.At Derby they have also created a Sands Memorial Garden and a Butterfly Memorial to acknowledge the existence of all babies who have died during pregnancy, during birth or shortly thereafter. That Memorial is open 365 days a year.
Derby Sands have been supported in the past by The Royal Alfred Lodge in Alfreton,who have nominated them, and were represented on the evening by Kate Ives, Lisa Rickets, Lesley Boreham and Verity Plumb.
Multiple Sclerosis Society Derby & District Branch
The Multiple Sclerosis Society Derby & District Branch are a community of people living with MS, researchers, fundraisers, campaigners and volunteers. The community is there for everyone living with MS – to provide practical help today, and hope for a cure tomorrow. They play a leading role in research and fight for better treatment and care. Their resources are precious, so they use them where they can make the most impact for everyone with MS. Thanks to the recommendation of the United Services Lodge of Derbyshire, the Derby and District Branch were selected as one of the recipients. The donation has been ear marked for an MS awareness campaign to help the public, particularly those in the services and hospitality sectors to gain a greater understanding of the symptoms of MS, which have previously led to sufferers being wrongly accused of drunkenness or being under the influence of drugs.
Sand Sun and Special Needs
In Spondon, an organisation called Sand, Sun and Special Needs is attempting to bring a little sunshine into the lives of those less fortunate than most. They provide caravan holidays for the terminally ill, special needs families, abused children and those who are just struggling to cope. They have caravans in Chapel St Leonards and the use of others in various parts of the country. Volunteers often drive the recipients to the caravans and return them home after their break. In the past three years they have donated almost 600 holidays as well as helping to re-furnish homes destroyed by fire and providing Christmas hampers to the elderly.
Nominated by the St Werburga Lodge, which meets at Littleover, Sand Sun and Special Needs were represented by Michael Ryan, Gemma Campbell, Patrick Hall and Seiglinda Davies.
Treats Children’s Charity
Some 30 years ago a group of Mothers decided that they were going to brighten the lives of the less-fortunate of Derby's children and so Treats was formed. Since then hundreds of children have received dream-come-true gifts, been taken on trips to the theatre, Chatsworth House, Derby County, Rollerworld and have even been sent on holiday with their schools. Treats have also raised and given money towards a dialysis machine, music equipment for the blind, playground equipment, a garden for poorly and disabled children and in 1999 even bought a £23,000 minibus for youngsters who attend Windy Ridge Respite Care Centre in Littleover. Recently they have helped fund the purchase of a specially trained dog for an autistic child.In thirty years the ladies of
Treats have raised over £600,000 to enhance the lives of children in Derbyshire.
Thanks to the recommendation of Royal Sussex Lodge, Treats were selected as one of the recipients.
Chicks Daleside Retreat
In Fenny Bentley, near Ashbourne, is a relatively new site called Chicks Daleside Retreat which is part of Charity offering disadvantaged children the opportunity to experience free fun respite breaks in the countryside. Some of the children may have been bullied or abused but the hope is that all of those taking part might retain positive and happy memories of their time at camp. Each child hosted is provided with constant care by specially trained professional supervisors. Chicks at Fenny Bentley was officially opened in 2017 by His Royal Highness Prince Edward and marked the 25th anniversary of the Charity, which also has a camp in Devon. In 2017, 30 children from Derbyshire attended the camp. At an informal ceremony on 25th of July at Derby Masonic Centre, thirteen Derbyshire Charities were given financial support from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire Freemasons.
St.Oswald Lodge from Ashbourne nominated Chicks Daleside Retreat which was represented by Sheryl Dago and Marcus Sample.
Wirksworth Music Centre
Some 10 miles or so from Fenny Bentley lies Wirksworth, and on a Saturday morning during term time, the Wirksworth Music Centre is held at Anthony Gell School so that children can come together to learn and to play music with their friends.
They have a wide variety of groups to choose from, all led by professional musicians and teachers, which provide a dynamic mix of musical styles so that the children gain a great range of skills and experience whether by playing an instrument or by singing in the Youth Choir.