Going Underground for our 700th meeting

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Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069 celebrated its 700th meeting in the spectacular underground setting of Torquay’s prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern on 20 October 2016.

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The cavern is owned by WBro. Nick Powe, Worshipful Master of Miles Coverdale Lodge. His family have been custodians of the prehistoric cavern for five generations since 1880.

DSC07122optimisedThe brethren were summoned to a business meeting which was also attended by RWBro. Ian Kingsbury JP, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Devonshire, Deputy PGM VWBro. Nick Ball, Assistant PGM WBro. Peter Keaty and a number of Grand and Provincial Grand Officers and distinguished guests. Once the lodge was closed the 80 or so brethren were led on a guided tour of the caverns by WBro. Alan Salsbury, Secretary of Quest Lodge No. 7883 and WBro. Nick Powe.

RWBro. Ian Kingsbury said: “I really enjoyed this evening and so did my Executive.  A quite unique event we will remember for a long time.  I’m not sure we’ll see this repeated again. I suggest that on the occasion of Miles Coverdale’s 800th meeting in 13 years’ time WBro. Nick Powe is back in the chair of his lodge.”

WBro. Nick Powe, commenting on the first lodge meeting held in Kents Cavern, said: “This was a very special evening for the lodge and for me personally.  It was my last in the chair before our installation in November and the first time a lodge meeting has taken place in this historic natural underground setting. 

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The cavern was the perfect place to do something different for this landmark event and being honoured by the presence of the PGM and many of his Executive added to the success of the evening for all the members of the Lodge. My grandfather, Leslie Powe, would have really enjoyed seeing the lodge set up in his cave.   He was a member of the Lodge of St. Mary No. 5148, in Torquay, and ran the caves all his life until his 84th year, when my father John Powe took over.  I took over in 2000.”  

Before the lodge was tyled, and taking advantage of the colourful regalia in the cavern, the lodge Charity Steward WBro. Georges Adroit presented a cheque for £1,110 to Martin Brook, from the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), being the monies raised from the Ladies Night on 1st April 2016.

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Martin Brook, Director of THHN said: "I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all at the Miles Coverdale Lodge, for their incredible support of our charity. We were honoured to be the benefiting charity and we truly value and appreciate such support, enabling us to continue to providing families affected by serious illness and bereavement with free fun filled, memory making holidays.

To put into context we offer a grant scheme. Many families faced with truly heart-breaking situations also find themselves in extra financial difficulties as one or maybe both parents need to stop work and become full time carers. THHN found, in these situations, families couldn’t even afford the transport costs to get to a holiday. We are directly helping one family right now whom, due to specific circumstances, have needed a hire car. Such a sum enables a family like this to have a holiday."

WBro. Georges Adroit, charity steward for Miles Coverdale said: “The lodge is always keen to support local charities and on behalf of the members of Miles Coverdale, I was delighted to present this cheque to such a good local cause.”

Torbay Holiday Helpers Network provides free fun filled memory making holidays, to families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved - having lost a child or parent and to families who have a terminally ill parent. Holidays and services are donated by big hearted accommodation, travel & tourism business owners in the English Riviera (Torbay) area.

Pictures: WBro. John Smerdon

More memory making holidays possible for families coping with serious illness or bereavement

Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069 in the Province of Devonshire, raised £300 for Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), a charity which provides free holidays to families who have seriously ill children, families who are recently bereaved and families who have a terminally ill parent.

The lodge hosted a unique Carol Concert in the underground chambers of Kents Cavern prehistoric caves, in the run up to Christmas 2015, when the forty-strong Yours in Harmony, an all-ladies close harmony cappella chorus, entertained the 80 guests to carols and favourite showcase songs. The audience was then led on a guided tour of the famous Torquay caves and enjoyed a candlelit sing-along.

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Nick Powe, owner of Kents Cavern and WM of Miles Coverdale said: “It’s been many years since we have put on a Carol concert in the caves. The event sold out and how nice it is to see the proceeds going to THHN, a local charity we support throughout the year with free cavern visits for families the THHN are helping. The event was a great success and Yours in Harmony are booked to return on 15th December this year.”

Luke Tillen, THHN Founder said: "I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all at the Miles Coverdale Lodge, for their incredible support of our charity, by hosting this very special and unique fundraising event! We were honoured to be the benefiting charity and we truly value and appreciate such support, that enables us to continue to provide families affected by serious illness and bereavement with free fun filled, memory making holidays."

Eva Larsen, responsible for promotions at Yours in Harmony said: “I am delighted that our choral group has yet again been able to support THHN with this underground event. We always enjoy singing in these caverns. The acoustics are exceptional and all the ladies are looking forward to returning in December.”

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George Adroit, charity steward for Miles Coverdale said: “The lodge is always keen to support local charities and on behalf of the members of Miles Coverdale, I am very pleased to present this cheque to such a good cause.”

Pictured in Kents Cavern: WBro. George Adroit (right) Charity Steward at Miles Coverdale Lodge 5069 presenting Luke Tillen from THHN with a cheque for £300, with WBro. Nick Powe (left), WM of 5069, and Eva Larsen from Yours in Harmony.  

Article written by WM WBro. Nick Powe
Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069

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Going Underground at Kents Cavern to raise money for charity

We are aiming to raise £1,000 for charity and good causes by holding an underground Christmas Carol and Showcase Songs event on 17th December 2015 in prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern in Torquay.

The event, also open to the public, will start at 6pm and will feature a sing-a-long through the candlelit caves with choir “Yours In Harmony”. Festive treats, mulled wine or hot chocolate will be served along the way. A raffle will also be held and even Santa has been invited to do the draw!

Please book early to avoid disappointment! Tickets cost £15 per person and are available online through the Kents Cavern website http://www.kents-cavern.co.uk/ or by telephone on 01803 215136

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W.Bros David Purdie & Peter Perryman 3rd place and a cheque for charity at Devon Masonic Golf Association

The Devon Masonic Golf Association's Autumn Meeting was held on Thursday 27 August 2015 at Stover Golf Club, Newton Abbot. 32 Brethren in total from North, East, South and West Devon enjoyed a day’s golf with a 2 course meal and prize presentation all in aid of Charity.

WBros David Purdie & Peter Perryman 3rd place and a cheque for charity at Devon Masonic Golf Association’s Autumn MeetingThe format for the day was a 4 ball better ball with ¾ handicap (Playing as Pairs). The changeable summer weather shone on the golfers during play making it a great day for all who took part. Twice a year on the 4th Thursday of May and August Masons from all over the Province of Devonshire are invited to play for the Vale of Haldon Bowl and Nigel Adkins Shield (Runner up) along with cheques made payable to their Lodge for Charity of their choosing.

There are also Charity cheques for 2nd / 3rd & 4th places. 3rd Place for 36 points / B9 countback went to W.Bros David Purdie & Peter Perryman from Miles Coverdale 5069. They were presented with a cheque for £50 which will be passed to our Charity Steward.

Congratulations to W.Bros David & Peter and thanks to everyone who put the day together including W.Bro Dennis Langmead , 251 & WM 9249 who recorder and checked all the returning score cards.

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Additional edits - Bro. Paul O’Connell

Bro. Clive Astman to cycle 100km in aid of Rowcroft Hospice

Bro. Clive Astman will be cycling London Nightrider on 6th and 7th June as one of 10 volunteers to raise money for Rowcroft Hospice in South Devon.

WP 20150411 14 51 34 ProOptimisedClive said “London Nightrider is a unique event. Starting at 11pm, it’s a 100km moonlit cycle ride past London's iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Royal Albert Hall, Olympic Park and London Eye with this year’s theme being film and music.  There will an estimated 3,500 cyclists taking part raising money for all different charities. 

The route I'm cycling is 100km starting at Crystal Palace in an anti-clockwise direction and finishing back at the same place. Miles Coverdale Lodge has kindly sponsored me for my participation and I'm massively thankful to them for their generous donation.”

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There is more about the event here - http://www.nightrider.org.uk/Nightrider__London.htm 
Bro. Clive’s fundraising page is here - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CliveAstman

http://www.rowcrofthospice.org.uk/  https://twitter.com/RowcroftHospice https://www.facebook.com/takingcarefurther 

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