I am very honoured to be addressing you as the
new Chairman of the Middlesex Masonic Sports Association (MMSA)
in this our 65th year.
Since its inception in 1953, the MMSA has been an integral part
of our Masonic structure. It is the oldest association in the
Province with a proud history of achieving its objective of “Promoting
Freemasonry Through Sport.” In fact, it was at a cricket
match arranged at the old Princess Alexandra Home, that as a young
cricket player I was first introduced to Freemasonry. That was
over 30 years ago and the sports section is still attracting likeminded
individuals into our wonderful fraternity.
Over the last 65 years, the activities of the various sports
sections together with membership donations, have enabled the
MMSA to raise and donate over £350,000 to worthy causes,
particularly sports related charities.
With this in mind and in our 65th year, the MMSA thought it would
be appropriate to arrange a special event, which we are hoping
that all Lodges and Chapters will get behind and support.
On 7th June 2018, we will be arranging and sponsoring an event
at Brunel University where all children aged between 12 and 18,
that are wheelchair users and live or go to school in the Province
of Middlesex, will be invited to a junior sports camp. With the
assistance of the full team at “Wheelpower” (British
Wheelchair Sport) coaches, and several paralympians, we will introduce
the children to Wheelchair sports such as tennis, basketball,
hockey and many others. Events will be held on the track and in
the main sports hall. The National Paralympian clay pigeon shooting
squad have also expressed a desire to attend and set up their
laser training equipment for the children to try out. I hope you
agree, this will be a wonderful and inspirational opportunity
for the children.
Who knows we may discover the next great paralympian living in
We have traditionally raised funds, to support our activities
by asking for a donation for your membership cards. Over a number
of years, the costs of producing these cards and the net profits
from the donations have not made this a particularly viable option.
We have, therefore, decided to do away with the cards, particularly
as all Middlesex Masons are members. However, we still need your
support and if you are one of those Lodges or Chapters that have
always supported us, thank you. If you have not supported the
MMSA for a while, please consider making a small donation from
your Lodge or Chapter. All monies will help us run this year’s
event and, hopefully, many others into the future.
Please look at our web site, mmsasports.uk (or through the link
on the Provincial web site) for more details of all our events
and how to get involved.
I look forward to meeting many of you at our annual dinner at
Moor Park on Friday 23rd February 2018, where the guest speaker
will be Rachel Morris, a two time paralympian gold medallist.
Her story is truly inspirational.
Finally, I hope 2018 is a great year for you and your families.
If you get time to relax why not come along to one of our events
and share in that comradery that only team sports and events can