Larne and District Charity Committee Annual Carol Service.

Larne and District Charity Committee with Rev Fiona Forbes and their Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Guests.

Larne and District Charity Committee with Rev Fiona Forbes and their Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim Guests.

Larne and District Charity Committee, in conjunction with the Reverend Fiona Forbes, put in hand arrangements to hold their second annual Service of Carols in the spacious surroundings of Cairncastle Presbyterian Church. They were assisted by the Church Organist Ms Avril Clements and were joined by Ms Imogen Forbes, our excellent soloist on the night. The refreshments were provided free of charge to all present, thanks to the generosity of the Brethren of Garryowen Masonic Lodge No923 I.C., Ann’s Pantry from Main Street Larne, and as always, The Spar at Ballygally.

Teddies for Loving Care.

Teddies for Loving Care.

This year the Larne Committee will be donating their collection to support the ongoing works of the TLC Appeal Ireland. As most of you already know, this is a Charity supported by The Freemasons of Ireland to assist in the comfort of distressed sick children, visiting hospital emergency departments throughout the island of Ireland. They achieve this aim by providing germ free teddies sealed in air-tight bags, which are then given to the individual child patient by the medical staff on duty at the time. These staff members are then able to use these contamination free teddies to show the children their proposed treatment, by injecting or bandaging teddy, before carrying out same on the child. Feedback from A & E departments throughout Ireland bear witness to the success of this initiative in helping children be more at ease in respect of their prospective treatments.

Cairncastle Presbyterian Church at Night.

Cairncastle Presbyterian Church at Night.

Back in Cairncastle, we are pleased to report that thankfully the weather was much kinder this year with no snow, sleet, hail or freezing winds. There was a little light rain, but otherwise it was a cloudy and moderately good evening. The Reverend Forbes welcomed all present and started the evening with the Lord’s Prayer, before we all sang O Little Town of Bethlehem. This set the scene nicely for a further series of nine Carols and Biblical Readings which related the entire story of Christmas.

Our Musical Soloist Ms Imogen Forbes.

Our Musical Soloist Ms Imogen Forbes.

Amongst those participating were Wor Bro Billy Thompson, Chaplin of the Garryowen Lodge No 923 I.C. ; Wor Bro Jock McToal Chairman of the Larne and District Masonic Charity Committee ; Wor Bro Grahame Todd Larne Charity Committee; Excellent Companion Alan Tweed Glenarm RAC No 45; Ex Sir Knight Samuel Brennan of Latharna Council No 59; Sir Knight Jeff McWhirter of Chichester Preceptory; Wor Bro Russell Millar Provincial Grand Secretary of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Antrim; Wor Bro Norman Carmichael and Wor Bro Mervyn Robinson Provincial Inspector to Garryowen Lodge No 923 I.C Our soloist Ms Imogen Forbes performed in a melodic manner to the great delight of all present.

A Sense of Christmas.

A Sense of Christmas.

At the close of the Carol service, we all retired to the Church Hall, for a plentiful spread of buns, biscuits and mince pies accompanied by tea or coffee. At one end of the Hall was a display of materials for sale in support of Teddies for Loving Care. The Northern Chairman of TLC, Rt Wor Bro David Penpraze gave a brief update on the ongoing works being carried out by Teddies for Loving Care. Earlier this year they passed the 100,000 mark in respect of Teddies purchased by the Charity, which have now been given out to children attending A & E Departments in all of the 36 Paediatric Hospitals throughout the Island of Ireland.

Rt Wor Bro David Penpraze Northern Chairman TLC.

Rt Wor Bro David Penpraze Northern Chairman TLC.

And for any of you reading this, who live in Northern Ireland, but were unable to attend last night, there is an opportunity to support the work of this Charity directly by texting your gift as detailed below. Using “JustTextGiving on your mobile its simple – just text
TLCA14£2 to donate £ 2.00 Sterling.
TLCA14£5 to donate £ 5.00 Sterling
TLCA14£10 to donate £10.00 Sterling.
Teddies for Loving Care are a registered Charity whose registration number is 1087765. Their account name Teddies for Loving Care has been set up in the First Trust Bank. 31 High Street, Belfast BT1 2AL. Their account number is 1547 7144, Sort Code 93 80 92 and IBAN : GB33 FTBK 9380 9215 4771 44 On behalf of this worthwhile charity, we thank you all for your ongoing support.

The Top Table.

The Top Table.

About irishfreemason

Rt Wor Bro Bashford lives in Ireland where he joined the Masonic Order in 1977. He became a Master Mason in 1978 and served as Master of his Mother Lodge, Moyarget No. 280 Irish Constitution in 1990. He was appointed Richard Robinson Memorial Lecturer in the Irish Masonic Province of Antrim in 1992 and 2004. In 1996 he was appointed Grand Master's personal Standard Bearer by Most Wor. Bro Darwin Templeton, G.M. In 2000 he became the Millennium Master of the `irish Lodge of Research No. 200, and in 2001 went on to become Excellent King of the irish Chapter of Research No. 222.He is the current Editor of the Irish Lodge of Research, and has been since 1992, and of the Irish Chapter of Research since 1996. He was appointed Representative of the Grand Lodge of Portugal at the Grand Lodge of Ireland in 2006 ( a ten year appointment), giving him the courtesy title of Right Worshipful Brother. He is currently Provincial Grand Librarian for the Province of Antrim, and Curator of the museum at their headquarters in Belfast.
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