May 2020: East Grinstead Emergency Action Group

Hinge of Friendship and Greenstede Lodges have donated funds and presented a cheque each to the Mayor, to help the “East Grinstead Emergency Action Group”. This initiative was set-up by East Grinstead Councillors and volunteers to help the elderly, vulnerable and self-isolating members of the community get through the current crisis.

They have set-up an emergency helpline where people can just talk to someone, request some urgent shopping, or have a prescription collected. These donations will help to run this vital service, helping with their expenses etc. Our remit is always to try and help local causes where we can make a difference, and this is certainly one of those.

This initiative came to Jamie Weeks' attention when he had a chance meeting with Councillor Dick Sweatman (of Greenstede) in the Sainsbury’s car park. Dick was laden with shopping and revealed that he was delivering goods for the elderly and vulnerable.

The presentation of the sizeable cheques was a most enjoyable and light-hearted occasion. This picture shows the Greenstede Master Malcolm Kealey presenting his lodge’s cheque, mindful of social distancing, with a litter picker! However, the Master of The Hinge of Friendship Kevin Fearn was taking social distancing much more seriously!

On receiving these cheques, the Mayor commented that they would make a big difference; and requested that a huge “thank you” be conveyed to the Brethren of both Lodges.

May 2020: Mid Sussex Marathon

Janice Fearn ran the Mid Sussex Marathon, over the bank holiday weekend 23rd-25th May.

She raised a further £131.00 in aid of their chosen charity Canine Partners - "Amazing Dogs, Changing Lives".

This following her first marathon in 2018, which raised £562.20.

April / May 2020: The Lockdown Socials

Bingo - May

Our fortnightly informal catch-up and socials continue.... this one saw a game of "Masonic Bingo"! Congratulations to Paul Sorrell on having the winning card.

VE Day Quiz - May Bank Holiday

After a day of stay-at-home street parties, we had a quick VE Day quiz and social. Congratulations to David Norris for his encyclopedic knowledge of the event.

General Knowledge Quiz - April

Not deterred by having to stay in during the virus lockdown; Hinge of Friendship & Three Counties took part in a virtual quiz on Saturday night. Congratulations to Mike & Sue Kimmons.

May 2020: Sussex Food Banks Receive £28,000 Support

Food banks across Sussex are to benefit from an immediate grant of £28,000 from Sussex Freemasons.

The 14 food banks from across East and West Sussex will each receive £2,000 from the Sussex Masonic Charity Foundation to support their essential work feeding and sustaining our communities in need during this difficult period.

March 2020: "Rat Pack" Ladies' Luncheon

A packed room at Yew Lodge Country House enjoyed our 2020 Ladies' Luncheon. Dean Ager entertained us with his "Rat Pack" repertoire.

The raffle raised £350.00 for Canine Partners, a Sussex-based charity whom we are supporting this year.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle and to the following amazing people and organisations who gave generously of their time and prizes:

Philip Jeffrey Mercer, Louise McKell, Campania Food & Wines, La Pagode, Helgaz Flowers, Coco’s Forest Row, EasYoga, The Tasting Rooms, Joanne Harper, John Button, Donato Latronico, Members of Hinge of Friendship, and Pteris Bookkeeping.

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