West Midlands Division supports the Cirencester Opportunity Group with £2,500 from the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund


Intendant-General for the West Midlands Division, R.Ill.Kt. John Tristram, accompanied by Darren Coleman-Heald, Charities Manager from Mark Masons’ Hall, London and several local members of the Order, visited the Cirencester Opportunity Group (COG) to make a presentation of £2,500. John said, “we delighted that the Fund has been able to assist COG in their vital work with pre-school children”.

This grant will be spent on providing home-cooked meals for the children five days a week, throughout 2019. It will ensure that the children have a nutritiously balanced meal, with many opportunities provided for them to experience and learn about new food tastes and textures to support their development.

COG is a small children’s charity which has been providing a service to the community since 1973. This Specialist Early Years Centre offers inclusive care and education to children and toddlers, and much needed support to their families.

Over 50% of the children must have a special need or a disability and the children who come to the centre have a range of needs including: Autism Spectrum disorders, global developmental delay, genetic disorders and speech and language difficulties.  Some of the children growing up within challenging circumstances and experiencing deprivation. COG is the only group of its kind in the area and is widely respected in its field. The charity serves the town of Cirencester and the surrounding villages within a 15-mile radius preparing the children for school life, through Speech and Language Therapy, Music Therapy, Soft play facilities, offering practical, emotional and one-to-one support.

The West Midlands Division has been pleased to contribute to the Cirencester Opportunity Group and wish them well for the future.


Thanks to John Tristram for the article and Dave Wells & Darren Coleman-Heald for the photos

Issued from the Charities Office, Mark Masons’ Hall, London 15.11.2018

Mobile Treatment Vehicle to the St John Ambulance for Buckinghamshire

St John Ambulance bucks

On Wednesday I was privileged and pleased to present the new Mobile Treatment Vehicle to the St John Ambulance for Buckinghamshire at the Sir Nigel Mobbs Centre in Milton Keynes.

It was a great pleasure and honour to be welcomed and thanked by Elizabeth, the Countess Howe DL, Past President of the Order in Buckinghamshire.

The event was well attended by members of the Mark Province of Buckinghamshire including my Deputy PGM, W.Bro Keith Bristow and other senior officers of the Province, together with a large contingent of members, former members and cadets of the St John Ambulance.
The vehicle was dedicated by the Vicar of Wolverton the Revd Gill Barrow-Jones and I had great pleasure in handing over the keys to the senior active officer.

In thanking the Mark Benevolent Fund it was announced that the vehicle would be put into instant use the following day.
On completion of the ceremony the assembled company enjoyed refreshments provided by the centre.

Yours sincerely & fraternally

R.W.Bro David Tremaine
Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Buckinghamshire

Emergency Grant to Indonesia

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The Mark Benevolent Fund has approved a grant of £30,000 to provide relief for those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. The grant will be used to purchase 857 ShelterKits provided by ShelterBox Disaster Relief.

Amongst other items ShelterKits provide a tarpaulin, hammer, nails, a shovel and rope to help utilise existing materials that may be on hand to make quick repairs and provide immediate shelter.

To find out more about Shelterbox and Shelterkits click on this link:

Mark well Brethren, your support for the Mark Benevolent Fund continues to help those in need no matter who or where they are.


Please take some time to have a look at the information provided and if you have a query or cannot find what you are looking for please contact:

Darren Coleman-Heald
Charities Manager

Mark Masons' Hall
86 St James's Street

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