On Thursday the 27th June 2013, the Chandlers Ford Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1258 celebrated their 50th Jubilee meeting in the company of the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. John Prizeman RAMGR and the P.Ass.PGM. W.Bro. Roger Jenkins RAMGR along with 95 other Brethren.
I take this opportunity of thanking you all for your most generous support for the Hope for Tomorrow appeal. When eight months ago this appeal was launched although we never set a target we did have an expectation; that expectation has been exceeded.
During their year in office, the Provincial Wardens, WBro Bob Brown ProvGSW and WBro Jim Donaghy ProvJGW, raised the magnificent sum of ??4,723. This was added to the provincal appeal in aid of 'Hope for Tomorrow' which provides mobile chemotherapy units.
At the Provincial Meeting of Saturday 20th April, the Provincial Grand Master stunned the Mark Master Masons present by unveiling a cheque for ??83,648.52. It was a mere eight months ago that the Provincial Executive launched the appeal in aid of 'Hope for Tomorrow' and the generosity of the Mark Master Masons of the Province and the other Orders of Freemasonry in Hampshire & Isle of Wight has been overwhelming.
On the 27th of February 2013 the PGM and the APGM paid a morning visit to Rygor Commercials, Tewkesbury, Glos to meet Clare Cosgrove, the Trust and Corporate Fund Raiser for the 'Hope for Tomorrow' Charity where they were able to view the Hampshire Chemotherapy Unit which was being modified.