Derbyshire Mason’s opened their Littleover Lodge doors and invited in The Royal British Legion to launch their fundraiser.
The Mason’s have produced a tie and a bowtie with a design which incorporates both the poppy and the square and compass. This tie will be sold to their members who have committed to wearing the tie throughout November. A percentage of the sales will be donated to the Poppy Appeal.
The ties are black in colour to represent remembrance, the poppy leaf points at 11:00 am to represent our 2 minutes silence at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month; and the square and compass points to 5 am, to represent when the armistice papers were first signed.
The money raised through the Poppy Appeal goes directly to The Royal British Legion’s work providing support through life to anyone who is currently serving in the British Armed Forces, veterans, and their families.
Lilly Clements, Community Fundraiser for the Legion said, “It is such a simple design, but there is a lot of thought behind each detail. We are honoured that the Mason’s have chosen to support the Poppy Appeal.”
The spokesperson from the Mason’s said,
“it is our privilege to help those who have given so much in the defence of our freedoms".
The service of the Armed Forces community to the nation comes in many forms from being parted from family and loved ones for long periods of time, commitment to training, to physical and mental injury and sadly in some cases making the ultimate sacrifice.
Lilly Clements goes on to say, “For many people, Remembrance is associated with the First and Second World Wars. While we will always remember them, we want to encourage the public to also acknowledge the commitment and sacrifices made by the new generation too.”
About the Derbyshire Masons:
Freemasonry is one of the world’s oldest and largest non-religious, non-political, fraternal and charitable organisations. Its roots lie in the traditions and ceremonies of the medieval stonemasons who built our cathedrals and castles. Some rituals are still celebrated today.
Freemasonry has always been about making good men better. Individuals aim to shape their lives round five core principles; integrity, kindness, honesty, fairness and tolerance.
There are over 70 Masonic Craft Lodges meeting in Derbyshire. They all have a mixed membership of men from all walks of life and differing backgrounds, all meeting as friends and Brothers. http://www.derbyshiremason.org/Intro.html