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

Harmony In the Caves

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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Main article & picture – W.Bro John Smerdon PAGDC
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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 

We're proud to support Antony’s Sahara Trek Challenge in aid of Hospiscare South West

Antony Jones trekking across the Sahara Desert Antony Jones, son of Bro. Ted Jones of Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069 has raised £2,000 by trekking across the Sahara Desert in aid of Hospiscare South West.

Antony said ''Some of the trekkers have had help and support from Hospiscare and went through some really tough times with terminally ill family that they shared with me.Having heard their experiences, and how well Hospiscare treated them, I can assure all that the money is really going to a worthwhile cause.''

The Hospiscare Sahara Trek Challenge raised more than £40,000 for the local Exeter charity.

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Lands End to John O’Groats non-stop cycle relay in aid of Cancer Research

W.Bro Andrew Robertson (pictured 2nd from the left) of Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069 will take part in a non-stop cycle relay on 11 June from Lands End to John O’Groats helping to raise £50,000 for Cancer Research. The event will comprise 14 teams totalling around 80 riders and cover 981 miles.

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W.Bro Robertson will be riding in a team of 6 from Fowey to Polruan Quay, Looe, Liskeard, Tavistock, Gunnislake, Princetown, Two Bridges, Moretonhampstead in the 58 mile second leg of the relay.

Andrew said “It’s a bit hilly with a total climbing distance of 4,000 feet. We are taking a baton - a drinks bottle - because that will be easy for each team to carry, but this will not be passed to the next team until the last rider crosses the line. As 3 riders are over 40 years of age, we are expecting support from our younger team members! We think we can do it in four and a half hours and there will be plenty of backup along the way with a van carrying supplies, spares etc.”

The Just Giving donation link that all riders will be subscribing to is https://www.justgiving.com/teams/GTLEJOG 

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**UPDATE** 30 August 2015

The amount so far raised of £45,007.36 is very close to the £50,000 target set! Huge congratulations to W.Bro Andrew Robertson and all at Galliford Try. Please click on the link below to make further donations for Cancer Research UK


This is what Cancer Research UK say that the amount already raised can do:

  1. Cover the cost of a lung cancer clinical trial for an entire year, and
  2. Provide a research bursary for one year, so one of our bright spark doctors can conduct our life saving research, and
  3. Buy a multi-channel pipette so our scientists can measure 12 things at once (imagine how much you could do at once if you had 6 pairs of hands!), and 
  4. Buy a super precise balance for our scientists to weigh out the exact amounts of expensive reagents in their crucial cancer research experiments, and
  5. Buy 10 lab timers, one lab coat, a box of gloves and a pair of goggles!

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