HELPING OLDER PEOPLE
20 Great Queen St
London wc2b 5bg
T: 020 7596 2400
Fax: 020 7404 0724
Web site: www.rmbi.org.uk
The Queen Mother at the Official Opening
of Devonshire Court in November 1966.
RMBI Chief Executive Peter Gray with
Michael Roalfe, Provincial Grand Master of
Leicestershire and Rutland, at the official
opening of the new reception area.
RMBI Home’s 40th anniversary
The RMBI has been caring for older
Freemasons and their dependants for over
160 years, providing a comprehensive range
of services including residential care in 17
RMBI Homes throughout England and
Wales. One of these high quality care Homes
recently celebrated a special anniversary.
Opened by the Queen Mother in 1966,
Devonshire Court, in Oadby, Leicestershire,
has been providing high quality care for
older Freemasons and their dependants
for 40 years, and the staff and residents
celebrated this special milestone in style.
Devonshire Court’s Home Manager,
Beverley Bethell, said: “The anniversary
created a buzz in the Home and residents
enjoyed a whole week bursting with extra
activities. With so much going on, they had
to pace themselves!” Anniversary celebrations
at the Home culminated with a fireworks
party for residents on the Sunday night.
The anniversary event was also a great
opportunity to celebrate the successful
redevelopment in the Home. This year has seen
the completion a new spacious reception area
for residents, as well as eight new bedrooms.
Beverley Bethell continued: “The new
reception area is a welcome addition. The
residents enjoy the bright, open area and it’s
become the hub of the home, where they sit
and chat with each other or listen to music.”
Devonshire Court was the first purpose-built
Home by the RMBI. It is situated in its own
four-acre grounds, close to the countryside
in a pleasant residential area of Leicester.
The beautiful grounds include a putting
and bowling green and enjoyable areas for
residents to relax in and walk around. The
care the Home provides covers a full range
of needs: residential, nursing and a facility
for people with a mental frailty.
For more information about all of our
Homes, please visit our website on
www.rmbi.org.uk or call 0207 596 2400.
SUPPORTING THOSE IN MEDICAL NEED
26 Great Queen Street
London wc2b 5bl
T: 020 7404 1550
Fax: 020 7404 1544
Web site: www.nmsf.org
Not all direct mail is junk mail!
Included within the last edition of MQ was a
new publicity leaflet detailing the support
available from the NMSF. This issue of MQ
brings with it a copy of the latest edition of the
Funds newsletter, In Need. Hopefully this will
generate as much interest as the earlier leaflet
which resulted in an unprecedented increase
in demand for help and advice from the Fund.
In the week following the circulation of
the last MQ, the NMSF experienced a 400%
increase in the number of application forms
issued compared with the comparable week in
2005. The direct mail approach to advertising
the support available clearly worked, but there
is still a need to get the message further, in
particular to Masonic widows.
If you did not receive your copy of the
earlier leaflet (see photo), or would like more
copies to pass on to others, please contact the
Fund by telephone (020 7404 1550) or email
Support to the emergency services!
After 26 years service as a fireman, Simon
Abel faced the prospect of an enforced
early retirement through injury. Despite
physiotherapy and treatment from a
chiropractor, he was facing a bleak future
due to a shoulder injury which threatened
An even more daunting prospect,
considering that he had been promoted
only a month before being placed on sickleave
and faced a further five-month wait
for treatment via the NHS.
Thanks to the early intervention of the
NMSF, he underwent much needed surgery
and is already back on light duties with every
prospect of a return to full operational duty
before the end of the year.
Web site created by Mark Griffin