from left to right, Terry Ward, Chas Black, Richard Howarth, Marc Mallard, Steve Haberton, Maureen Haley-McDonald, Adrian Crampton, John McDonald, Brian Chambers
On January 24th 2019 Newark Masons of the Alexander Chapter held their 500th meeting and to mark the occasion donated £500 to the Newark Patriotic Fund.
Chas Black of Alexander Chapter who Joined the British Army in 1979 and served with Royal Signals as Special Telegraphist (Spec Op) until 1986, nominated the fund for the donation. During his service he served in Germany, Northern Ireland, The Falkands, Denmark and UK.
He transferred to the Royal Air Force in 1986 as Communications Systems Analyst and served in UK and Cyprus. He left the RAF in 1996 and joined the TA (Army Reservist) in 1997 serving with the Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters (WFR), East of England Regiment, West Midlands Regt and is currently serving as Sgt in Mercian Regt attached to East Midlands Officer Training Corp as Signals Instructor / CQMS. He has served in the Balkans, USA and Cyprus.
Newark Patriotic Fund was launched in Feb 2008 by co founders of the fund Patrick Mercer M.P and Newark Councillor Keith Girling. Both Patrick and Keith were professional soldiers before entering politics.The aim of the fund is to provide financial help to injured local service personnel's and their families, after the service person has been injured in conflict. Help such as covering travelling expenses for the family when visiting their injured family member, or any other financial assistance that the family may require. Most injured service personnel are treated in Selly Oak near Birmingham and Hedley Court in Surrey. The financial burden of travelling these long distances from Newark and hotel fees can be an added burden to families in a very stressful situation. The Fund relies entirely on donations from local people, businesses, and fundraising activities.
Alexander Chapter received it’s Charter on 3rd August 1881 making it one of the oldest Chapters in the Province of Nottinghamshire, older in fact that Provincial Grand Chapter itself which was inaugurated on 13th July 1882. The group meet four times a year on the fourth Thursday in January, March and October plus the fourth Tuesday in May.