On a glorious Sunday afternoon, members of the West Lancashire Freemasons met at All Saints Church Hall in Childwall, Liverpool to present the keys of a 15-seater minibus to the 35th Liverpool Boys’ Brigade.
The Boys’ Brigade has been in Childwall for 75 years and has over 120 young people with ages ranging from five to 18. The young people will get an opportunity to learn, grow and discover in a safe, fun and caring environment.
Four of the leaders, who willingly give their time, were present for the presentation. One of the leaders, Mick Southern, himself a Freemason of Dominion Lodge No 4289, recently had the honour of representing the Boys’ Brigade in Manchester where he met the Queen and had the opportunity to tell her of the work they do and how effective they have been during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Members of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (WLFC) were present and were represented by Chairman of the Board of Directors of the WLFC Derek Parkinson, together with Colin Rowling a Director of the Charity and Andrew Whittle, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the region. The minibus was gratefully received and will be put to very good use over the coming years.
The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity is the Freemasons charity in the Masonic Province of West Lancashire. It was formed in April 2008 by the amalgamation of the seven Masonic charities operating in the Province, an area which includes parts of Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Cumbria. Its funds are raised entirely from donations by Freemasons. The organisation does not receive money from the general public; it does, however, provide assistance to non-Masons, as well as Masons.
The very first West Lancashire charity was set up in 1850 and was called the West Lancashire Masonic Educational Institution. At a time when formal schooling was not compulsory, work-houses were still in operation and decent education was only available to the children of very wealthy families, this was a very commendable initiative to ensure that the children of all West Lancashire Freemasons were able to receive assistance towards securing some sort of education.
The West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity is proud to play its part in the wider sphere of Masonic giving where £1,000,000s are provided each year for national and international causes, all from the pockets of Freemasons and often unnoticed by the general public.
Gifts to the community – Freemasons also believe that Masonry has a valuable role to play in the community and have been pleased to provide funding over many years to help a wide variety of projects, such as the purchase of land for Sea Scouts, equipment for a judo club, a new building for the use of Scouts, Guides and the community at large, gifts to an Alzheimer society, a children’s hospice and many, many more; and today a minibus to the 35th Liverpool Boys’ Brigade.
Contact to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity can either be through local Masons or direct to the charity via their website, click here.
Story and pictures by Colin Roberts.