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The Mary Macarthur Home, Poulton Le Fylde, Lancashire (Post Card)
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The Trust was created in 1922 and all those associated with it are proud of its long record of service. In carrying out the objects of the Trust the Management Committee is always conscious that they should act to meet the ideals of the woman whose name the Trust bears – Mary Macarthur.

Mary Macarthur was born in Ayr in 1880 the daughter of a draper. Joining the Shop Assistants’ Union in 1901 she was elected the President of its Scottish District Council within a year. In 1903 she moved to London and became General Secretary of the Women’s Trade Union League. She helped to form the National Federation of Women Workers in 1906 and was its President for the first two years. She served as its General Secretary from 1908 to 1921 when it was merged with what is now the GMB, shortly before her tragic early death.

In 1916 with the help of the National Federation and the General Unions, she successfully secured an amendment to the Munitions Act. This required that women should receive the same rate of pay as men when carrying out men’s work and led to the establishment of the first national minimum rate in the engineering industry. This was only one of her many triumphs. In 1918 she was an unsuccessful candidate in the parliamentary election for the constituency of Stourbridge. One of the reasons for her failure was that although well known as Mary Macarthur she had to use her married name of Mary Anderson. In 1911 she had married Will Anderson who was himself a Member of Parliament from 1914. When her husband died in the influenza epidemic in 1919 Mary was left to bring up their four year old daughter.

During the First World War she worked tirelessly for the employed and unemployed and, at the invitation of Queen Mary, became Honorary Secretary of the Central Committee of Women’s Unemployment. Her life was dedicated to helping the disadvantaged to help themselves. She died at Golders Green on 1 January 1921.

Before her death Mary Macarthur had often expressed concern that the “tired working women”, with whom she came into contact, had no hope of respite or of a holiday. Her hope was that a holiday home could be opened to which they could go for a period of rest.

After her death a memorial fund was started as the Mary Macarthur Holiday Homes for Working Women and within a few months the first home “The Gables” was opened at High Ongar in Essex. The Gables and subsequent ‘homes’ at Stanstead, Littlehampton and Poulton-le-Fylde flourished.

In 1991 the Committee of Management realised that the income of the Trust was insufficient to maintain a holiday centre which matched modern needs and expectations. They therefore decided they should find an alternative way of providing for women in need which they were confident respected Mary Macarthur’s original intentions and would have met with her approval. The remaining home at Poulton-le-Fylde was sold and the proceeds of sale invested. The name of the charity was changed to the Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust and since then the income and donations have been used to provide holidays for working and working age women and thus to serve a real area of need.

Since 1991, the new Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust has achieved the provision of a holiday of their choice for There can be no doubt that the unique place that the Mary Macarthur Homes held in the area of social responsibility, and the memory of Mary Macarthur herself, are perpetuated through the Trust Fund.

Her aim “to fight, to struggle, to right the wrong” so that those in need might hope for better things is continued today in the fulfilment of her dream to provide the respite needed by women.

© Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust 2012 onwards


SC unemployment figures or the jobless figures for the US state of South Carolina continue to worry the experts. Yes, it seems that the situation might be improving, but they feel that it is not enough. For instance, according to the figures released in May the unemployment rate has come down for the fourth straight month, but it has again gone up in June. While in May it was 10.5 percent, in June the SC unemployment rate has gone up again to 11 percent. This means that every tenth person you meet is without a job. This, of course, is too scary to comprehend. Do keep in mind that the national average was 9.7 percent in May, and the state now ranks seventh in the jobless rate behind Nevada, Michigan, California, Rhode Island, Florida and Mississippi. Naturally, the SC Unemployment Office is trying to help all those who are without a job in several ways.

Getting Help Through Sces.org

The website www.sces.org, which is run by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce, offers workforce services, job opportunities and unemployment benefits for all those who are without a job, and are looking for financial stability. This SC unemployment website helps people find answers to seven critical questions. These questions are the following.

* Am I eligible for unemployment insurance?
* How do I register for work?
* How do I list a job?
* What services are available for veterans?
* How do I get training?
* What is WIA?
* How do I find work?

Many of those who have lost their jobs often need to be re-trained to enhance the chances of getting a job because some of their old jobs would not be available for some time. So, SC unemployment help also includes finding ways in which people can be trained. Besides, information is also offered on the various training providers. The department arranges financial aid for such training as well. This is indeed quite important because most jobless people cannot fund their training. If you decide to change your career, then career counseling, of course, becomes absolutely important. The department offers this as well when you are out of work.

SC Unemployment Office Locations

The address of the main office of South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce is:

1550 Gadsden Street
P.O. Box 995
Columbia, South Carolina 29202

Apart from this, offices are located across the state in the different counties as well.

SC Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance assumes huge importance, particularly in these troubled times. If you are covered by this, you will receive supplemental income on the event of a job loss. However, you must remember that you become eligible only if you have been laid off, and not fired from your job. Unemployment insurance coverage ensures that you will receive your unemployment checks, and you will also receive money to pay off your bills when you do not have a job. SC unemployment insurance becomes absolutely critical, if you have a home or if you have a family to run.

The website scesonline.com offers SC unemployment help for all those who are looking for a job, or any kind of unemployment assistance such as insurance, training, financial aid and more. Please visit the website for more information.

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King Hiram Lodge No. 566 Toronto – A memorial display for well loved and respected Right Worshipful Brother Ed Dyer
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A memorial display for well loved and respected Right Worshipful Brother Ed Dyer which included a portrait taken when he was Worshipful Master of King Hiram Lodge in 1952 as well as his Masonic Regalia. He recently laid down his Working Tools and passed to the Grand Lodge Above. The bright Masonic Light that he shone in so many Masonic bodies will be sorely missed.

The Beginning
In the year 1920, immediately after the first World War, there was a great influx into Masonry and a group of Masons from the Willys Overland plant (a pioneer and manufacturer of the Jeep 4 wheel drive vehicle) situated in West Toronto, feeling there was a need for a new Lodge in this area, formed themselves into a committee for that purpose.

This group was headed up by W. Bro. W.L. Abernathy of Stanley Lodge # 426, Toronto and ably assisted by W. Bro. W.L. Clark and Bro. J.G. Bruce, both of Victoria Lodge, Toronto.

Having fulfilled all the necessary requirements, the Institutional Meeting of King Hiram Lodge, U.D., G.R.C., was held in the Annette Street Temple on April 29th, 1920.

After the dispensation, the Most Worshipful, The Grand Master, M.W. Bro. F.W. Harcourt authorized W. Bro. W.L. Abernathy and Charter Members to meet as a Lodge to be known as “King Hiram”.

On the 15th day of November, 1920, the Lodge was duly instituted and consecrated. W. Bro. W.L. Abernathy was installed in the Chair of King Solomon and the Officers were invested to their several stations in King Hiram Lodge #566, on the register of Grand Lodge.

The name “King Hiram” was selected as being the most suitable to fulfill the hopes of the petitioners which was to build a strong Lodge appropriately named after King Hiram Abif the chief architect and overseer of the building of King Solomon’s Temple.

It was resolved that the Initiation Fee be set at $ 75.00, the Affiliation Fee at .00 and the Annual Dues at .00. The Tyler’s salary was set at 0.00 per year.

The Worshipful Master appointed a Visiting the Sick Committee, a Musical and an Entertainment Committee. A committee to set up the by-laws, a committee to arrange for a Ladie’s Night and a committee to arrange for and provide Christmas Entertainment.

The first candidate to be initiated was Mr. John Rutherford on June 4th, 1920.

The Work for the year consisted of 42 – E.A. Degrees, 32 – F.C. Degrees and 19 – M.M. Degrees.

The Twenties

The first King Hiram Ladie’s Night was held in the form of a reception in the banquet room. An honorarium was established to pay the Secretary 0.00 per year for his services. A special emergent meeting was held on Saturday, February 8th, 1922 to conduct 15 Master Mason Degrees which beat the previous record by one Degree. The Worshipful Master and brethren attended at the laying of the foundation stone at the Weston Masonic Temple. On March 19th, 1924, W.M. B.H. Capsey had the pleasure of initiating his son, Vincent Bertram Capsey into the First Degree of Masonry. It was adopted that the Lodge present to each candidate the Volume of the Sacred Law on which his obligation was sealed. An annual picnic was held at High Park. A committee was appointed to request the Temple Board to install a pipe organ in the Lodge Room and a piano in the Banquet Hall. King Hiram visited Niagara River Lodge in Niagara Falls, New York and on a return visit the Worshipful Master of Niagara River Lodge presented our Lodge with a gavel which had been made from a piece of oak from the Old Fort Niagara.

The Thirties

A new Lodge was instituted in the Annette Street Temple, named Memorial Lodge, in which many of the members of King Hiram were involved. W. Bro. Gordon James is installed as Worshipful Master being the first Master of King Hiram who was initiated into the Lodge, all others being Charter Members. Grand Lodge institutes an “Unemployment Bureau” under the Masonic Board of Relief due to the economic circumstances. In May 1935, we celebrated our 15th Anniversary. The creation of a Members Night was established and the ruling Master and W. Bro. Gately of Memorial Lodge conducted the Ceremony. In 1936, Ladies Night was postponed due to the death of King George V and the Grand Master requested a three month mourning period be observed. In 1938, with deep regret we recorded the death of W. Bro. W.L. Abernathy one of the founders and the first Master of King Hiram Lodge.

The Fourties

It was resolved that the dues of all members enlisting in the Armed Forces be waived.

To support the war effort, Grand Lodge inaugurated a Fund for War Relief to be contributed to by members at large through the various Lodges. King Hiram purchased 3 0.00 Victory Bonds and a further purchase in the amount of 0.00. Past Master, W. Bro. Fred Adams was honoured by the King as a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his work in the supply of munitions. It was decided to send Christmas gifts to our members in the Forces. Bro. S.D. Shaw is installed in the Chair of King Solomon and initiates his son, Duncan Shaw and W.A. Bruce son of Bro. J.G. Bruce, the first Secretary of our Lodge. In 1945, we celebrated our 25th Anniversary. Our Grand Master requests us to hold a Thanksgiving Service for our victory in Germany. Bro. R.F. Wright is installed in the Chair of King Solomon. November 1st, becomes known as “Charlie Tottle” Night due to his reaching his 80th birthday and also for his long service to the Lodge. Bro. C.V. Tottle was elected Secretary in 1926 and served until his death in 1950. Bro. Wm. McBurnie returns to Lodge after serving 7 years overseas in the Armed Forces. W. Bro. Wm. Gow is appointed Grand Steward. Installation Night changes from January to December due to the continual bad weather conditions in January. It was approved that the Tyler’s pay be .50 per meeting.

The Fifties

W. Bro. E.D. Magett appoints Bro. Joe Kemp as Chaplain and Bro. Doug Wright as Ass’t. Secretary. R.W. Bro. Floyd Albertson is honoured for his 23 years of service as Treasurer and his work in the Lodge since its inception. Bro. A.E. (Ed) Dyer is installed in the Chair of King Solomon. Two minutes silence was observed in respect to his late Majesty, King George V1.V.W. Bro. S.D. Shaw was congratulated and presented the Regalia of Grand Steward. Meetings and discussions were held regarding the division of Toronto District A. At Grand Lodge it was decided to split the district into two districts, A1 and A2, to take place in 1955. A donation was presented to River Park Lodge to help in the rebuilding of their Temple due to the damage suffered by Hurricane Hazel. In July, 1955, Grand Lodge celebrated its 100th meeting. An open air service was held at Exhibition Park with over 2,500 in attendance. Mr. R.J. Elrick is initiated into King Hiram Lodge. V.W. Bro. Bill Gow presents V.W. Bro. Archie Wright with his Regalia of Grand Steward. Bro. Joe Kemp is installed in the Chair of King Solomon, his father Bro. J.T. Kemp presents a gift on behalf of the family.

The Sixties

Bro. Doug Wright is installed in the Chair of King Solomon by his father ,V.W. Bro. Archie Wright. This is the first time in the history of the Lodge that a father has installed his own son. The Metro Police Team confers the E.A. Degree on Mr. Robert N. Wilson. V.W. Bro. Archie Wright presents Grand Steward Regalia to V.W. Bro. Reg Wright. King Hiram members and ladies initiate visitations to William S. Farmer Lodge #1109 in Syracuse, New York. Mr. Lewis Crocker passes a Board of Trial and is accepted as a candidate for Initiation. W. Bro. Sam Wright is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon. Dues increase to .00. Father and Son night featured Johnny Bower of the Toronto Maple Leafs. W. Bro. A.E. (Ed) Dyer is elected D.D.G.M. of Toronto District #1. The following year Father and Son night featured Leo Cahill, coach of the Toronto Argonauts. Bro. Robert Elrick presents a D of C wand to the Lodge in memory of his father, Bro. Robert Elrick Sr.

The Seventies

In 1970 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Father, Son and Daughter night featured entertainment and movies. V.W. Bro. Archie Wright passed to the Grand Lodge Above. V.W. Bro. Bill Gow, 41 years a Past Master of King Hiram is the first member to receive a 50 year service pin. Bro. Sam Hough of Danville, California visits and later affiliates with King Hiram after moving to Toronto. Bro.’s Lloyd Lemoine and Ernest Roy Imrie receive 50 year pins. Bro. Arnold Sinclair continues to deliver profound lectures when presenting the Candidates Bible. Father and Son night features Darryl Sittler of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Lodge members enjoy memorable cruises with Bro. Bill Rhyme aboard the “Lomar”. Visitations with King Hiram Lodge #37, Ingersoll are initiated. Visitations continue which result in the creation of the King Hiram Friendship Gavel. The Rt. Hon. Chief Justice James C. McRuer of King Hiram Lodge receives a 50 year pin. Dues increase to .00. Bro. James Rushford Sr, is presented a plaque for his service to King Hiram as Chaplain and his 57 years in Masonry. V.W. Bro. Joe Kemp is appointed Grand Steward. Bro. Ron Padgett entertains regularly on the organ with great talent, artistry and his well known humour.
The Eighties

Our 60th Anniversary. V.W. Bro. Doug Wright is appointed Grand Tyler and is presented with his fathers regalia, V.W. Bro. Archie Wright. Bro. Aubrey McGill is presented a plaque for his devotion as Chairman of the Benevolent and Sick Committee. V.W. Bro. Joe Kemp and V.W. Bro. Doug Wright are honoured for their many years of service as Secretary and Treasurer of the Lodge. Members Night tradition continues with Bro. Henry Strackholder being Initiated. King Hiram makes a donation to the Barbara Turnbull Fund. W. Bro. Ernie Morrison is appointed as Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Annual dues increase to .00. W. Bro. Robert N. Wilson is honoured and presented his Grand Steward Regalia by W. Bro. George Owttrim. A year later V.W. Bro. Robert N. Wilson is presented a plaque in recognition of his service to Masonry and King Hiram Lodge. The first District Walkathon takes place and proves to be very successful. W. Bro. Alistair Clement initiates his son, Mr. Graham Clement into King Hiram. Bro. Aubrey McGill is awarded the prestigious William Mercer Wilson Award. M.W. Bro. William R. Pellow, Grand Master attends the Installation Ceremony of Bro. Edward Grinko being placed in the Chair of King Solomon. King Hiram hosts the District Education which features St. John’s Lodge #209 from London, Ontario. King Hiram hosts a special Appreciation Night for all Past D.D.G.M.’s of Toronto District #1.
The Nineties

Bro. Tom Thompson visits from Scotland to share the Installation Ceremony with his brother, W. Bro. Hugh Thompson. W. Bro. Sam Wright is honoured and presented with the Regalia of Assistant Grand Secretary. Bro. Rick Morell is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon. King Hiram donates 00.00 to the Runnymede Chronic Care Hospital Fund. W. Bro. Sam Hough passes to the Grand Lodge above. R.W. Bro. A.E. (Ed) Dyer is presented a 50 year service pin. Bro. John Kikiantonis is awarded the Canada 125 Year Award Medal. W. Bro. Edward Grinko launches the district newsletter, “The Blue Print”. W. Bro. Robert Langzik and Bro. Aubrey McGill pass to the Grand Lodge above. V.W. Bro. Robert Wilson is appointed Grand Lodge Representative to the Grand Lodge of Utah. Memorial Lodge #652 affiliates with King Hiram Lodge. W. Bro. Lew Crocker is appointed Grand Steward. W. Bro. Rick Morell serves a second term as Worshipful Master. Bro. Earl Walsh is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon. In 1995 we celebrate our 75th Anniversary. A full year of celebrations and activities is planned including a Gala Anniversary Dance. Bro. John Kikiantonis is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon by V.W. Bro. Sam Wright who substituted for W. Bro. Edward Grinko due to the death of his wife. 50 year pins are presented to V.W. Bro. Doug J.B. Wright, V.W. Bro. Ed Wilkings, Bro. George Cowie and Bro. John Cholmomdeley. 25 year Past Master pins are presented to W. Bro. Proctor, R.W. Bro. Ed Dyer, V.W. Bro. Joe Kemp, V.W. Bro. Doug Wright, V.W. Bro. Ken McLean, W. Bro. Fred Twitchin, Sr., V.W. Bro. Sam Wright, V.W. Bro. Bill Hunter and W. Bro. Doug Kelman. W. Bro. Earl Walsh is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon for a second time by W. Bro. Lew Crocker. The following year Bro. Bill Wingrove is Installed in the Master’s Chair by W. Bro. Earl Walsh. V.W. Bro. Sam Wright is also Installed as Worshipful Master for his second time, 32 years later and initiated Bro.’s Scott Hoy, Ben MacDonald and Dusty Markle. We were saddened with the passing of V.W. Bro. Doug J.B. Wright to the Grand Lodge Above. W. Bro. Rick Morell is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon by W. Bro. Hugh Thompson.
A New Millennium

2000 – 2005

Bro. Aaron Williams is Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. A special night and reception is held for R.W. Bro. Earl Walsh who was elected D.D.G.M. of Toronto District #1. Bro. Ken Mullings is Installed in the Chair of King Solomon by his friend and mentor, W. Bro. Hugh Thompson. V.W. Bro. Hugh McKnight is made an honourary member of the Lodge. A reception is held to present W. Bro. Robert Elrick with his Grand Lodge Regalia. Mr. Stephen Brode is Initiated into King Hiram Lodge. A special meeting is held at Central Park Lodge to congratulate Bro. Imrie on his 102nd Birthday and his 80 years a Mason. W. Bro. John Kikiantonis is Installed as Master for a second time and also re-accepts the Office the following year. W. Bro. Kikiantonis enjoys the honour and pleasure of Initiating his son, Emmanuel into Masonry. Mr. Andrew Adamyk is Initiated into King Hiram Lodge. A memorial was conducted for V.W. Bro. Robert Elrick and R.W. Bro. Robert Wilson who passed to the Grand Lodge Above. V.W. Bro. Bill Hunter receives his 50 year pin. W. Bro. Hugh Thompson passes to the Grand Lodge Above. W. Bro. Edward Grinko is Installed as master for a second time and enjoys the distinct pleasure of Initiating his son, Christopher. Mr. James Berry is also Initiated into Masonry. The Secretary’s honorarium is raised to 0.00. V.W. Bro. Ed Wilkings is made a life member of King Hiram Lodge. W. Bro. Rick Morell is Installed for the fourth time as Worshipful master. King Hiram Lodge is now in its 85th year. Mr. Daniel Berube and Michael Bonner are Initiated and Bro. Antonio Texeira is Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. A special evening was conducted for W. Bro. Ken Mullings to celebrate his retirement and his return to Jamaica.
The intervening years between 1920 and 2005 have been momentous years of change in the History of the World.

Consider the Twenties, an era of building following World War I. The Depression of the Thirties. The conflict and hardship encountered due to World War II. The united efforts of rebuilding throughout the Forties and Fifties. The social changes and struggles throughout the Sixties and Seventies. The boom of the Eighties, the recession of the Nineties and the dreams and expectations of a new Millennium.

The years have also seen many changes in King Hiram Lodge. We have witnessed and shared in the lives of many of the Men who have been instrumental in the creation of and continuation of our Lodge.

Throughout the years the spirit of Masonry has always been kept alive and we have at all times remembered the wishes of our Founders, to uphold the basic principles on which the Lodge was established, “to keep this a friendly Lodge and to show true Brotherhood to All”. Our strength in the past has been in the dedication, loyalty and respect, for our Lodge by the many men who have affixed their signatures to our By-Laws.

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
footprints on the sands of time.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

* Reprinted from the King Hiram Lodge #566 “Consecration Night” Booklet, November 15, 1920

During these times of economic turbulence and insecurity we all have a immense need for sickness, accident, unemployment & redundancy protection. Most of us have a mortgage, loans, credit cards, utility bills and everyday living expenses that would need to be paid if we were to lose our jobs through a redundancy, become ill or suffered an injury and be unable to work for a while.

With household budgets already stretched you should think seriously about protecting yourself and your family. If you or your partner lost your job through a redundancy and you ended up unemployed for a long period of time. How would you pay your mortgage and other bills? It is at times like this that debts start to rise as you struggle to meet your commitments. Then you start borrowing on your credit cards or taking out high cost loans and slowly your debts become bigger and you start to lose control and your debts spiral out of control.

It is impossible to predict whether you will find yourself unemployed or off work due to a long term illness or an accident. There are different types of protection insurance policies available today. You should consider taking out a protection policy to safeguard yourself from a financial disaster should anything happen to you or any of your loved ones. The Yorkshire Building Society recently estimated that the average Briton’s savings would only last 52 days if they were unable to work and that 36% of Britons would only last 11 days. Scary isn’t it.

The old adage of having a ‘rainy day fund’ looks like it is a thing of the past, with one in six people or 16% of us having to rely on credit to fund basic household breakdowns. 45% of Britons say that they could not afford more than £500 if an emergency arose and 20% of Britons said they could afford no more than £100, according to research carried out by the Alliance & Leicester. Based on these statistics it is important that you protect yourself.

There are two main types of Protection Insurance policies available:-

Accident, Sickness, Unemployment & Redundancy cover Generally known as Mortgage payment protection insurance (MPPI). It was designed to provide you with a monthly payment to cover your monthly mortgage payment and associated mortgage costs if you were to lose your earned income, through illness, accident, unemployment or redundancy. The payment period is often limited to a maximum of 24 months for Accident and Illness and 12 months for Unemployment and Redundancy.

Income Protection Insurance (also known as Permanent Health Insurance) This type of Insurance will pay you an income if you are unable to work due to an illness or injury and it usually pays out either until you return to work or you reach retirement age. Income Protection policies will usually pay up to 70% of you annual income. You can add redundancy cover to an Income protection policy. This type of policy may seem costly but it will pay you out for the term of the policy or until you reach retirement age in the event a long term illness, accident or redundancy that may lead to long term unemployment

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