Peterborough & District P.G.L.

PGP's Appeal Archive

2010 PGP's Appeal

A & E - Peterborough City Hospital

The Charity chosen by Bro. Terry Collingwood ROH, PGP for 2010, is the Accident & Emergency Deparment at the Peterborough City Hospital.

February 2011 PGL

Bro. Bruce Duncombe ROH presented Bro. Terry with a cheque for £50 on behalf of the Fenman Lodge

December PGL

Bro. Bill Forrest presented the PGP with a cheque for £350 from the Welland Lodge's last charge in November.

Bro. Bob Macnamara handed over a cheque from Examining Council for £30 to the PGP's Appeal.

Bro. Roddy Woodthorpe presented Bro. Terry with a cheque for £200, the proceeds of a Quiz Night held by the Queen Elizabeth Lodge.

Romayne Scotney once again supported the PGP's Appeal. This time £100, collected from Bro. Barry's loose change.

Bro. Dave Sencer presented Bro. Terry £55, the final monies from the Tombola Stall ran by Dave and his Good Lady at the PGP's Family Fun Day.

Bro. Terry thanked Romayne, the Brothers of the Province and their Family Members and Friends who had supported him and his Charity Appeal. News of the total collected and a cheque presentation will be announced in the New Year.

Fenman Charity Event 23rd October

Bro. John Beeby organised a Chippie Supper Evening in support of the PGP's Outside Charity Appeal. Entertainmant was provided by Nathan Brown who gave an excellent performance, including some of his own superb compositions. The event raised £300, Terry thanked Nathan, John, everyone who had assisted him & the people who had supported the evening. 

PGP's Shoot - 29th August

  Bro. Terry organised a Clay Pigeon Shoot and Family Funday at Helpston that raised in total £541.10. The PGP was dissapointed with the turn-out and urged Brothers to support forthcoming events in the Province.

Bro. Terry would like to thank everyone, Brothers and family members alike, who have supported his Charity this year. The following activities added to the fund; Cuddly Dog Naming - £80; Sponsored Swim - £104; Bannister Cup Fishing - £157.50; Quiz Night - £200; Auction - £50.

Valiant Lodge Bar-B-Q

The Valiant Lodge held a Bar-B-Q on the 25th of July at the home of Werner & Jesse Dukamp. Monies were raised in support of the PGP's Charity Appeal, Peterborough City Hospital. Brothers of the Lodge and their good Ladies prepared the food, excelently cooked and served by the younger Brothers, Sean, Robert, John & Taff. The entertainment was provided by: Dusty Miller - Horse Racing; Rick Chesmond - The Raffle & Dave Spencer - organised the "Chuffin 'Eck".

2009 PGP's Appeal

At April PGL Bro. Pete Dudley KOM, the IPPGP, presented a cheque for £4500 to Roger Stimpson of the Peterborough Branch & Geoff Drummond of the Stamford Branch of Epilepsy Action. Bro. Pete individually thanked the Brothers who, helped by in some cases their families, organised events in support of the appeal. Bro Pete also thanked the Lodges for their efforts.

Pete is joined by PGL & supporters of his appeal

The PGP for 2009 - Bro. Pete Dudley KOM

Epilepsy Action

Epilepsy Action's aim is to raise awareness of epilepsy, changing attitudes towards epilepsy, and to make available, information on epilepsy for those affected or those who are looking after someone with epsilepsy, whatever their age. It's membership has in it's ranks, people with epilepsy, families, friends and professionals, who by their experience are highly regarded by medical organisations and government alike. Epilepsy Action has a network of branches throughout the UK, with the Peterborough Branch being one. The Peterborough Branch are trying to raise enough funds to bring in a Sapphire Nurse (The Sapphire Nurse Scheme originates from Epilepsy Action's 45th Anniversary [Sapphire Anniversary]), into this area, who will be able to act as a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with epilepsy. These nurses would also manage clinics, offer counselling, advice and discussion concerning epilepsy. This would provide the Peterborough area with a specialist who could give assistance to those that need it, locally.

What is Epilepsy? Epilepsy is repeated sudden bursts of  electrical activity in the brain, causing disruption in the transfer of messages to the brain, this then mixes up the correct function of the body. There are several reasons for people to develop epilepsy, these include difficult births, head injuries, strokes, infection, etc, but suprisingly, for the majority of cases there is no known cause. There are about 40 different types of seizures, ranging from brief absent moments through to convulsions, but epilepsy is not to be feared by the general public. With the right education, provided by epilepsy action, epilepsy can be  understood and the right course of action can be taken in the event of someone having a seizure, to ensure their health and safety. It is known that 1 in 131 people have epilepsy in the UK, with treatment being by administering anti-epileptic medication, which helps in controlling the seizures.

Epilepsy Action helped over 680,000 people last year and has initiated and administered the Sapphire Nurse Scheme since 1995, funding 87 Epilepsy Specialist Nurses across the UK.

Bro. Pete has had to use Epilepsy Action for advice and assistance when Bro. John Dudley CP, his son, became epileptic, 'completely out of the blue', and not having a history of epilepsy in his immediate family, found that it came as a complete shock. The local GP and the A+E department put Bro. Pete onto Epilepsy Action, through their advice and what signs to look for, was able to get Bro. John to hospital,(where they had to resuscitate him) and thus saved his life. He is now on medication to stabilise his epilepsy, but has since found out that some other Brothers of the Province and Order are also with epilepsy. It was then that Bro. Pete felt it would be a good cause to support, not only for our fellow Buffs, but with the aim of the local branch of Epilepsy Action, be able to bring a much needed Sapphire Nurse to Peterborough. Epilepsy can happen to us all and at any time, for whatever reason and as Bro. Pete found out, regardless of age or fitness.

Should you need advice or guidance on Epillepsy, check out the Epilepsy Action Website or contact one of the branches local to you, also to be found on the Epillepsy Action site.

Romayne Scotney

At January 2010 PGL, Bro. Pete was presented with a bottle full of 5p coins by Bro. Barry Scotney. This collection was made by his Good Lady Romayne and contained 2275 coins making a total of £113.75. Brothers of the Province also took part in a 'Sweep' to guess the number of coins. This raised another £50 and was won by Bro. Bruce Duncombe with a guess of 2276.

The Scotney Family

At December PGL Bro. Barry Scotney ROH, who lost a Cherished Family Member to Epilepsy, presented the PGP with a cheque on behalf of the Scotney Family.

PGP Pete Dudley CP - A Close Shave

At December PGL Brother Pete had his hair cut & head shaved in support his Charity, Epilepsy Action. The 'Dastardly Deed' was performed by Angie Fenner.

 £100 was raised on the night - any further donations greatfully received.

Queen Elizabeth Lodge

A Quiz Night was held on Sunday 8th of November 2009 at the Boundary Club in Market Deeping. The event was won by the 'Sports Club' and raised £280.

At December PGL Bro. Roddy Woodthorpe ROH presented the PGP with a cheque.

Eastgate Lodge

At the PGL Dinner in October Bro. Chaz Fenner on behalf of the Eastgate presented the PGP with a Cheque for £750 collected from a sponsored walk in July 2009.

Welland Lodge

At the PGL Visit on Wednesday 14th of October 2009, Bro. Bill Smith ROH of the Welland Lodge 9782, presented Bro. Pete with a £533 cheque, raised from the Lodge's 'Appeal of the Evening' collected over the previous quarter. Bro. Pete thanked the Lodge for their magnificent generosity.

Valiant Lodge

On Sunday the 2nd of August 2009, the Lodge held a Barbeque in support of the PGP's Appeal Epilepsy Action - Peterborough Branch.

At December PGL Bro. Dave Spencer ROH presented the PGP with a cheque  The Monies were raised from a Challenge Night with the Charles Wymer & Century Lodges of the Kings Lynn Province, the Barbeque held at the home of Wern Dukamp and topped up  to £500 by the Lodge.

Locomotive Lodge

The Lodge held a Barbeque on the afternoon of Saturday August 8th 2009, in aid of the PGP's Outside Charity Appeal Epilepsy Action - Peterborough Branch. 

At September PGL Bro. B. Phillips presented the PGP with a cheque for £365

Garden Party - Sunday 19th July

The IPPGP Bro. Pete Carnell & his Good Lady Joyce, hosted a Garden Party on behalf of the PGP, Bro. Pete Dudley's Outside Charity, Epilepsy Action. As well a Raffle and a Tombola, The Grand Waiter Bro. Rick Chesmond raised extra d's by carrying out an Auction, well supported by the attending Brothers. A total of £325 was raised for the PGP's Appeal.

The PGP for 2008 - Bro. Pete Carnell ROH

Talking Newspapers for the Blind Update,

The Treasurers Report.


Peterborough and District

Talking Newspaper Association

(Charity No. 280999)


The Peterborough & District Talking Newspaper was founded in 1980, with the aim of producing a summary of the Evening Telegraph on cassette tape, which was then distributed to visually impaired listeners in Peterborough and the surrounding area, enabling them to keep up with local events, and so feel part of the community. After nearly thirty years, it was becoming apparent that the use of cassette tape was becoming outmoded and it was necessary to switch to some form of digital recording and distribution. Following a lengthy assessment of the systems available it was decided to move to one based on thumbdrives (also known as memory sticks).

This effectively involved a completely new way of recording the newspaper, duplicating it and providing listeners with a specific machine on which to play the product. The overall cost of this was just under £11,000. Initial support came from The Peterborough Province of the RAOB with a donation of £5,000, and this enabled the Association to obtain matched funding from the Cambridgeshire Community Fund. A further grant of £250 was received from the Lions Club.

The changeover took longer than expected with delays in delivery of equipment and some initial teething problems, but the whole system went into operation in late September and has bedded down well. The most successful results have been that a format is in place which should stand the test of time for the foreseeable future, and that the quality of the sound recording and reproduction has been much improved.

The rollout of the players meant that each listener had to be visited to be shown how the new system worked, and this enabled a full review of our database to be completed, together with establishing a strong link between listener and volunteer, which the Association had not had before.

Overall the venture has been a success. Initially, it was considered that the raising of the £11,000 would be a major stumbling block, but with the donation from The Peterborough Province of the RAOB, which made the obtaining of other funds from the government source so much easier, this was achieved relatively quickly.

The Association is extremely grateful for The Peterborough Province of the RAOB for their support which really allowed the whole scheme to get underway.

22nd October 2009


Training day for the Association

Duplicating machine hard at work

The Player in use at one of the Members home


The PGP for 2008 - Bro. Pete Carnell ROH

Talking Newspapers for the Blind

At February 2009 PGL, Bro. Pete presented a cheque for £5000 to Jill Hucklesby, the Chairperson of Peterborough & District Talking Newspaper Association.

At January 2009 PGL, Romayne Scotney, Buffess of Bro. Barry, presented the PGP, Bro. Pete, with a cheque to the value of £330 raised on a sponsored swim.

Bro. Simon Dowse presented a cheque for £200 pounds, the proceeds from the Queen Elizabeth Quiz Night held in November.

Bro. Bob Benjamin ROH of the Valiant Lodge also presented a cheque for £210.

At December 2008 PGL, Bro. Pete Dudley CP the President Of Examining Council presented the PGP with a £25 donation from Examining Council and Bro. Barry Burrell raffled  a bottle of whiskey which raised £50 for the Appeal. The winner was Bro. Simon Dowse ROH who donated his prize to Bro. Pete Dudley for his PGP 2009 Appeal.

Bro. Chaz Fenner KOM & his Good Lady Angie, presented the PGP with a cheque for £1100, at the PGL Dinner, donations from the Eastgate Lodge Sponsored Walk.

 At November 2008 PGL, Bro. Dave Spencer ROH presented the PGP with a cheque for £100, the proceeds from raffling a £50 note at the PGL Dinner. Bro. Bill Smith ROH also presented a £500 cheque to the PGP on behalf of the Welland Lodge.

The PGP for 2007 - Bro. Peter Robertson ROH

Peterborough Hospital at Home

At the April PGL, 2008, Brother Peter presented a queque for £3,736:40 to the Hosptal at Home representative, Dee George. A presentation was also made by Richard Sistrom, who gave a cheque to Dee for £500:00 on behalf of the Retained Firemen of Yaxley.

The PGP for 2006 - Bro. Barry Scotney ROH

George Simpson Appeal

At March 2006 PGL, Bro. Barry Scotney ROH announced his outside charity for the year, to support Bro. Scott Simpson's disabled son George, Bro. Scott is a member of the Eastgate Lodge. On the 7th of May 2007 Bro. Barry presented Mrs Simpson with a cheque for £4844:50.

The PGP for 2005 - Bro. Roddy Woodthorpe ROH

Macmillan Cancer Relief

Following the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting on Monday 6th of March 2006, Bro. Roddy Woodthorpe ROH, the PPGP of 2005, made a presentation of a cheque for £2,230 to Jemma Dixon, the South Lincolnshire Fund Raiser for Macmillan Cancer Relief. Jemma then gave an informative presentation to the assembled Brothers, including an insight of the services and support offered by the Macmillan Cancer Relief Charity.