Dear Sir and Brother
This year one of the main beneficiaries will be CLIC Sargent (Caring for Children with Cancer) who give terrific support in the areas I am cycling around.
It is my intention this year to cycle from Inverness to Shetland (Muckle Flugga) and home again.
Provincial Grand Master of Caithness presenting a cheque for £100
Bob's total to date is an amazing £3000, with more donations still to be added.
The route is an arduous task especially as we will be carring all we require, Tent, Sleeping Bags and food and cooking utensils. We have set a timescale of 8 days to complete the route.
My brothers and colleagues are convinced this year I have gone over the edge and I am pushing my limits, but as aforementioned I strongly believe in charity, and if pushing myself to the limit raises a few pounds for local causes the journey will have been well worth the effort.
My reason for writing to you is in the hope that you could help me along the way by giving your support in some way. It would be extremely beneficial if I could find some form of sponsorship to aid me in this challenge.
May I thank you for taking the time to read this correspondence, and I wait in anticipation that you may find a way of helping out in some small way.
A member of Lodge John O'Groat was visiting a relative in the Bignold wing of Caithness General Hospital, he was asked to wait in the day room until the doctor had finished his rounds. While he was waiting he had a look around the room and was saddened by the the state of it's disrepair, it lacked decor and any comforting furnishings which made him feel uncomfortable.
Some of the furniture had come from the old Bignold Hospital and looked like it had seen better days. He decided to have a word with a member of staff about the state of the room, he was told that there was no money available for any refurbishment in the foreseeable future and all they could do was to try and keep the room as clean and tidy as possible.
The response was amazing, the generosity shown by all concerned managed to raise the magnificent sum of £2650.
RWPGM of Caithness Bro. D.J. Chambers
Presenting The Cheque To
Staff Nurse Stephanie Ballantine
Photo by Bro.John Burke.
|The MacKenzie Trophy was born from an|
idea by the late William D Mackenzie, Past Master of Lodge John O' Groat.[1982-1983]. He was also Provincial Grand Master of Caithness.[1989-1994]
Here we see Mrs Bertha MacKenzie proudly holding the Trophy.
William Mackenzie donated the Trophy during his time as Provincial Grand Master.
The intention was to have some sort of inter-competition between the four Lodges in the Province, over 40's football was decided, the games unfortunately were not very well supported. Only Lodge John O'Groat and St Peter's ever competed, the other two Lodges never took part, for reasons known only to themselves. Recollection is that maybe only three games were ever played, St Peters winning once, the last time they played.
A very unfortunate tragedy happened during another over 40s game, Ackie Manson who was not a freemason died of a heart attack, it was then decided that over 40s football was maybe not a great idea.
An indoor sports competition or something of that nature was discussed on several occasions in the past but nobody ever took the bull by the horns to get something organised. William's widow, Bertha, requested that the Trophy get dusted down and get used for something. Hence this year's competition, which was held in St.Peter's, this was only because they were the holders of the Trophy, and sadly once again only St.Peter's and Lodge John O'Groat took part. With Lodge John O'Groat being the outright winners.
In the matches that did take place, there were Brethren who were well over 40 eg Donnie Inrig, Ron Boden, Hugh Manson, Alistair Hossack, Murray Coghill and William MacKenzie himself, to name but a few. There was, of course, Donald Chambers who was not over 40 at the time but was allowed to participate because he was one of the organisers.
L-R..Bro.Jimmy Chambers..Wilma Webster..Bro.Jim Beattie and Mrs Bertha MacKenzie..
(Photo provided by Bro.Doug Treasurer)
But none the less those that did take part had a good time playing various games, winning raffles, having a few dram's and enjoying the crak. But most importantly they also raised money for local charities, which was always the main objective of the competition.
If anyone has information or pictures regarding the above please contact me by email@example.com
The proceeds of the evening being presented to the representative of
Bayview Day Care Centre.
Mrs Michelle Sutherland.
Back- Bro. Jim Beattie
Front- Michelle Sutherland, Bro. Jimmy Chambers, Bro. Alex Budge