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Dorset Freemasons have awarded £50,000 to four local charities

Dorset Freemasons have awarded £50,000 to four local charities as part of the Freemasons Community Awards.

The Community Awards are part of the Freemason’s 300th anniversary celebrations and this year £3m was awarded to charities nationally.

Dorset Freemasons were given a grant of £50,000 and the public voted on which charities should receive a portion of the grant.

The Dorset charities which received awards were Veterans in Action, who received £25,000, Mosaic (Supporting Bereaved Children), who received £15,000, Dorset Blind Association, who received £6,000 and About Face, who received £4,000.

Richard Merritt of Dorset Freemasons said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate three hundred years of Freemasonry by helping four excellent local charities. We’ve been active in charity work for all that time, but this is the first occasion we’ve asked the public to help us decide how to spend our money. We are very pleased that so many people from Dorset took part in the vote.”

There was an unprecedented number of votes with 178,801 votes across England and Wales.

Billy MacLeod, Chief Operations Officer at Veterans In Action said: “The grant of £25,000 which we have been awarded following the public vote is hugely important. We are very grateful to all our friends who took the trouble to support us. We plan to use this money to start a new project called Veterans Overland where the veterans will strip and build two vehicles to be used on an overland expedition through France and Belgium to coincide with the centenary of the end of the First World War. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this possible by voting for us, we are truly humbled by the support.”

The £3m fund was administered by the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which obtains all its funding from Freemasons, their friends and families.

It is estimated that half of Freemasonry’s total charitable expenditure of over £33m goes to charities that help people in communities across the country.

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Hundreds attend funeral of Battle of Britain pilot Ken Wilkinson

Hundreds of people attended the funeral of W Bro Ken Wilkinson, a Battle of Britain pilot and member of both Worcestershire and Warwickshire Provinces

The service was held in St Alphege Church in his home town of Solihull on 8th September 2017, with dozens lining the streets outside to pay their respects. W Bro Wilkinson’s coffin was carried into the church draped in the British flag, whilst a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire cascaded through the sky above.

W Bro Wilkinson was one of the last remaining Battle of Britain pilots and was described as “a true gentleman” by the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust.

Those present included Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Graydon, representing The Prince of Wales, as well as senior military commanders of the Royal Air Force and members of the Royal British Legion.

W Bro Wilkinson died on 31st July 2017 at the age of 99.

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Los templos masónicos se abren de par en par al Open House Madrid

Los templos de la Masonería Española abrirán sus puertas al público en el marco de Open House Madrid, el festival de arquitectura que abrirá más de 100 espacios singulares que permanecen habitualmente cerrados al público. En su última edición Open House recibió a más de 40.000 visitantes.

En 2016, más de 1.800 personas visitaron la sede en Madrid de la Gran Logia de España en el marco de Open House Madrid. El evento cuenta con el apoyo del Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte, el Ministerio de Fomento y el Ayuntamiento de Madrid, además de diversos sponsors privados. El concepto Open House nació en Londres en 1992 para propiciar una comprensión de la arquitectura más allá de los límites profesionales. Más de 30 ciudades se han sumado a este festival.