Provincial Grand Lodge of North Wales

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TLC News Letter October 2012


(Registered Charity No. 1087765)



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Another busy year for the TLC Appeal North Wales with over 12 presentations to Lodges and Chapters around the Province given not only to members but to Ladies and non members alike at White Table and Open Evening Events, a very good way to promote our organisation and our work in the community. Also this year TLC has supported the Provincial stand at the Flint and Denbigh Agricultural Show, the Llanwrst Show and a very successful Angelesey Dog Show held at the Mona Showground in August.

Companion Dog Show

The companion dog show in support of The TLC Appeal was organised by Teigan and Alana Harp-Jones, funds raised were match funded by the Santander Foundation, the day proved a great success not only financially but an enjoyable day for all who attended and a credit to the two young organisers.

Throughout North Wales we have 26 Minor Injury Units treating children throughout the year. It was decided early in the year to launch TLC at units situated close to seaside resorts. In July prior to the summer school holidays TLC launched at Miu's in Dolgellau, Barmouth, Towyn, Pwllheli, Holyhead Stanley and Llandudno. A major commitment and step forward for the TLC Appeal in North Wales and a great help to the staff in these busy units bringing relief and comfort to children in trauma. With your continued support this new venture I am quite sure will be a success.

Also this year we have introduced a new range of TLC Apparel including Polo Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hooded Sweatshirts and Aprons all with the TLC Logo and available in a range of colours and sizes. All these items will be showcased and available at the Provincial Meeting in October and at the Queen Elizabeth's Court Christmas Fair in December along with the usual TLC Christmas Cards. All TLC merchandise is also available from any member of the TLC team or via the Provincial Office in Llandudno. I also encourage Lodges and Chapters to use TLC to promote our organisation at White Table Events and open days where we will only be to happy to come along and give a talk and power point presentation on the work and success of the appeal.

With the support and help of the members of this Province we have now distributed to our outlets more than 60000 Teddy Bears to children in trauma and distress, you all have brought the charity work of Freemasons in our Province to countless families and individuals and not only in North Wales but also to visitors to our area. On behalf of the many children who have benefited from your generosity and kindness I sincerely thank you and with your continued support long may TLC continue in the Masonic Province of North Wales.

W.Bro David Gibbison, TLC Chairman October 2015



The following picture features the large Bear which was transported from London for the Provincial Meeting held on the 7th October in Llandudno. The Bear was originally featured in Freemasonry Today with the Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes to celebrate 1 Million Teddies being distributed to children in Distress since the scheme started back in 2001.

The TLC bear with the RWPGM and the Chairman of TLC North Wales

Following the Provincial Meeting in Llandudno the bear saw an opportunity for a photograph with the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Ieuan Redvers Jones and W.Bro David Gibbinson, the TLC Chairman. The bear was then transported to Cumberland and Westmoreland for their Provincial Meeting.

The TLC display was again well received at the Meeting in Venue Cymru with all items of merchandise on display and for sale. The TLC appeal North Wales has now introduced a range of Christmas Cards and Get Well Cards for the use of Lodge Almoners, these can all be obtained via the PECS Web Site or from David Gibbison, David Evans or Bryan George.


TLC North Wales continues to grow and continues to be well received at all our chosen outlets throughout the Province since first being introduced at Ysbyty Gwynedd Bangor in late March 2009.

The scheme is now fully operational at Wrexham Maelor and Glan Clwyd hospitals, the Air Ambulance Service both in Newtown and Caernarfon and finally at the Children's Hospice Ty Gobaith in the Conway valley.

Since moving from HM Stanley to Abergele the plans to introduce TLC to the new North Wales Eye Hospital are now in an advanced stage and it is hoped will be up and running by the end of October 2012.

TLC Bear brings comfort

To date over 15500 Teddy Bears have been supplied to our various outlets, which is a remarkable achievement and represents many children and families who have received support from our scheme. The scheme continues to be an essential tool for staff in the A&E units when caring for children in trauma and continues to receive much acclaim from staff and parents alike.

Early in 2012 a request was made to TLC to support a project to supply Mood lighting for the children's cancer ward at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd. This proposal was put to Group 3 Conwy and Group 4 Dffryn Clwyd and in a matter of 3 months the sum of 1500 was raised, in the mean time the manufactures of the lighting agreed to supply the lighting free of charge and Bro. N.A. Steel from Caradoc Lodge No1674 an electrician by trade fitted the lights also free of charge.

The money donated by the local Freemasons was presented to the Children's unit by W.Bro H.L.R Davies Dffryn Clwyd Group Chairman and will be used to purchase new equipment for the outreach scheme, a scheme which cares for children with cancer in their own homes.

Also this year 17 talks on the foundation and work of the TLC appeal have been given to Lodges and Chapters throughout the Province, the Rotary Club have also had presentations which have proved very successful. The appeal has also had stands and displays at the Provincial Meeting, The Varity Show, Q.E. Court Christmas Fair and Garden Fete. The stand at the Flint and Denbigh show again this year proved a great success and brought The TLC Appeal to the attention of the general public.

TLC Bear brings comfort

To keep this important scheme running and to continue to supply our outlets with our teddy bears we need your support and donations. The flow of money into the scheme has eased since first being introduced in 2009; we respectfully request each lodge in the Province to donate 50.00 per year and each Chapter to donate 25.00. Many Lodges and Chapters have already made direct debit arrangements for which we are most grateful.

Please check with your Lodge or Chapter Charity Steward/Treasure to make sure your payments to TLC are up to date. Our new merchandise which came on stream last year is proving very popular particularly the Bags for the Lodge Widows Christmas gifts, Almoners take note.

Finally thank you to all connected with the TLC Appeal without whose help and dedication the scheme would not be possible; Let us now hope with your continued support scheme will continue to go from strength to strength.

David J. Gibbison
Chairman TLC North Wales.



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