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Charity for local community and dependant Freemasons in East Lancashire
Charity for local community and dependant Freemasons in East Lancashire

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Hewlett Court Christmas Fair

Congratulations to Julie Ward, Charles, Karen, Alison and all the Staff for a fabulously well organised afternoon at The Hewlett Court Christmas Fair, raising funds for the residents.
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29/11/2015
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Recognition for community charity from Lancashire County Council

On Wednesday 7 October, 2015, the Chairman of Lancashire County Council, County Councillor Margaret Brindle, held a reception in County Hall Preston for charitable fraternal organisations including Freemasonry, the Rotary Club International, the Round Table and the Lions Club International.
The evening began with a drinks reception where we were welcomed by the Chairman with LCC Liberal Democrat Leader County Councillor Professor Bill Winlow,  Cabinet Member, Environment, Planning and Cultural Services, Cty Cllr Marcus Johnstone and the Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sakthi Kurunanithi.
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We then moved to the Council Chamber for a number of presentations, by the Chairman, and Dr Kurunanithi. Margaret Brindle had clearly done her homework, as she welcomed each charity in turn and summarising some of their main charitable contributions to our communities. On Freemasonry she spoke of the work of the Grand Charity, the 17 care homes ran by the RMBI and the work of the Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. Closer to home she referred to the great work Freemasons perform in the East Ribble and Blackburn areas, and across East Lancashire. She also has personal experience of this as she had been involved with ‘North West Blood Bikes’ when the East Lancashire Masonic Charity’s Community fund had donated £4000 for a new bike.
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Cllr Brindle said, “As Chairman of Lancashire County Council I would like to thank you all for the voluntary, charitable and fundraising work that you do throughout Lancashire to support a range of important and needy causes.
The activities you undertake make a real contribution to society and support many people in Lancashire and beyond, offering help and personal development for those in need, caring for the less fortunate and developing projects at a local, national and international level.
Your commitment to improving people's lives is reflected in so many ways, operating as individuals, as an organisation and also by engaging with and complementing professionals and local services.  As Chairman of the County Council I would like to thank you for your extraordinary accomplishments.”
#freemasonry   #community   #charity   
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ELMC Spring Party – Wednesday 8 April 2015


The Comforts Fund Committee organised this year’s Spring Party at Middleton Masonic Hall on Wednesday 8 April 2015.  The event was supported by the President of the ELMC, Sir David Trippier and his wife, along with a number of Officers of the ELMC and Assistant Provincial Grand Master's and their partners. 
 
WBro Charles Ward and his Committee members greeted 100 guests of the Charity.  There were also a number of residents from Hewlett Court in attendance.

The afternoon commenced with a tea and biscuits reception followed by a three-course dinner.  After dinner entertained was provided by Besses Boys Band playing a variety of Big Band Music, Military Marches and some old favourites.

The band members were all extremely talented and very entertaining.

 During the evening the committee members and officers were able to circulate and chat amongst the guests. Each guest was presented with a gift to remember the evening.

An excellent evening was enjoyed by all.
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ELMC Donation to Blackburn Youth Zone

In 2014 East Ribble Freemasons applied for support from the East Lancashire Masonic Charities Community Fund to help provide a sensory room package for Blackburn Youth Zone.
Blackburn Youth Zone has 217 members with disabilities with 86
members regularly attending the dedicated Diversity Club sessions on a Sunday morning.Diversity club is an exciting, fun and safe environment for young people with disabilities aged 8 –
21 to make new friends, try new activities and build exciting experiences as well as grow socially and independently. The session runs every Sunday morning by a dedicated and experienced team who deliver a wide range of activities such as a varied and adapted selection of sports, An indoor climbing wall, dance, yoga and relaxation, arts and crafts, baking, Music tuition and karaoke to name just a few.
On occasion some members can become distressed, aggressive and frustrated in a number of situations due to communication problems, over exposure to noise in a Club setting or tiredness. At these times it can become difficult to keep the young person safe as they have no special place they can go to calm down, this is why the Youth Zone would benefit greatly from specialist sensory room and garden. For children with autism or severe communication difficulties, who make up half of the Diversity Club members, the stimulating and soothing properties of these rooms has been shown to calm behaviour and make them more communicative and responsive.
They currently have a sensory suitcase that is used to create a sensory room and calm space.
This has worked really well and provides a lot of enjoyment for the members. However due to the increase in numbers and needs of the young people, it is becoming apparent that they now needed a dedicated room.
As well as a calming environment sensory rooms also support interaction, discovery and communication enabling faster learning and development through increased awareness of the
surroundings. These environments encourage stimulation of all the senses sight, sound, touch and smell. Time spent in a multi sensory room has been shown to increase spatial awareness,
concentration, relaxation and alertness. Simply put, a multi sensory environment can help change behaviour and enhance feelings of well being. The equipment within a sensory room is designed to first induce a state of relaxation and then provide stimulation which can be tailored to individual needs of young people. The room they converted into Sensory room is on the ground floor and easily accessible for wheelchair users. The room leads out on to a small
outside space which has become a Sensory garden, linking the benefits of both spaces.

The ELMC donated £5000 and you can read more about the completed project and other Community Fund supported initiatives here:
http://bit.ly/elmc_BYZ

Blackburn Youth Zone is a registered charity and company
limited by guarantee established in 2009, whose aim is to improve the life chances of young people aged 8 to 18. Their objective is to turn around the opportunities and options available to young people within Blackburn and Darwen, catering for young people from all backgrounds, for all abilities and across the whole community. They opened their doors to young people in June 2012 and currently have in excess of 3,000 members with approximately 1,000 visits per week. They are open seven days a week 52 weeks a year. Any
night of the week young people can try climbing, football, basketball, dance, music, arts and crafts, music production or simply hang out with friends over a game of pool, table tennis, or table football. All this at just 50p per visit and an annual membership fee of £3.

See : http://www.blackburnyz.org/ to read more about Blackburn Youth Zone

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Welcome to the Google Plus page of the East Lancashire Masonic Charity - ELMC

Find out about the work of our Charity and its Community wing the ELMC Community Fund
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