Edenwall Lodge, which meets at the Bells Hotel in Coleford, held their White Table event on Tuesday 28th November. A Freemasons White Table event is a dinner which non-masons attend and on this evening there were as many guests as members. It was the opportunity to present donations to their chosen local charities: the Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre in Coleford and the Victoria Centre in nearby Lydney who were both given £2000. Glynis Halling and Sandra Hale represented the Victoria Centre which as a lunch club for older people offers not so much lunch but as the chance to enjoy good company. Becoming isolated is all too common in later life as family and friends may no longer be at hand all the time. That is especially true of country areas which the lodge understands so very much wanted to do something to help. Marilyn Smith of the Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre was there to accept their cheque for £2000. The Centre provides day care for all children but especially those with additional needs. Additional needs bring additional pressures to the family and the centre is there to support, encourage and provide a safe space where the children can play together. That is something which the lodge was very keen to support. When asked if the three ladies from the charities had enjoyed their evening they told us: a good dinner, great company and a cheque for £2000: what’s not to like!’
There were also several prospective members there who took the opportunity to see for themselves that freemasonry is ‘a social life with a higher purpose’. You will never be alone if you are a freemason and so it is particularly appropriate that Edenwall lodge supports those charities which make sure that the older people and the children with additional needs in their local community are not left out.
Our photograph shows lodge charity steward Terry Lloyd giving the cheque to Marilyn Smith of the Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre, Coleford; and past master Roger Morse giving the donation to Glynis Halling and Sandra Hale of the Victoria Centre, Lydney.
Our thanks to Philip Leonard, Lodge Secretary, for sending in this news.