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Cheque presentation evening – Southampton Masonic Centre

South Central Area of Hampshire Freemasons.


The highly successful and inaugural South Central Area cheque presentation evening, was held at Southampton Masonic Centre, Albion Place, last night in support of Area Lodges donating a fantastic sum of £21,808.75 to 22 non-Masonic Charities and good causes, locally.

We were honoured to have in attendance the Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, who assisted in the unveiling of the newly renovated Foundation Stone of Southampton Masonic Centre, which was re-dedicated by W.Bro Jon Whitaker.

W.Bro Ron Griffiths, as Chairman of the organising committee, welcomed over 90 people to our Southampton Masonic Centre and then introduced the guests during the evening’s presentations.

There was a warm welcome given by Area Chairman W.Bro Charles Aspinell, followed by our Area Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro Jon Whitaker, who addressed the invited guests on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master.

W.Bro Jon gave an informative explanation and overview of Freemasonry in general and within the Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight in particular, including an insight into our charitable giving and ethos. This was most warmly received and strongly applauded.

The evening gave the representatives of the charities present the opportunity to deliver a brief overview of their respective organisations which was, again, warmly welcomed by all present.

The Sheriff of Southampton, Councillor Les Harris, was presented with a donation of £200 towards the Mayor’s Charity which this year will be split between three recipients: “Two Saints”, “Wayne Howard Trust” and “St Mary’s Titanic Window Fund”.

Councillor Les Harris thanked the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and members of the Lodges present. He commented that “such an occasion clearly demonstrated that we are an open and caring society”. He also praised the charitable work we do within the community.

Congratulations were afforded to W.Bro Ron Griffiths and all those Brethren who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the cheque presentation evening an extremely proud (and flawless!) event for the South Central Area.

A selection of images from last nights’ event was captured by Bro. Lee Churchill and can be viewed on our Provincial Flickr page :…/hampshire…/albums/72157667367569424


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