To add more context our Head of Mentoring for Gloucestershire Freemasons and member of Thornbury Lodge, Martin Tucker, explains More.
Thornbury Lodge continues to integrate itself into the local community, and as a result more of the locals understand the excellent support that Freemasonry provides to charitable organisations and particularly within the Province of Gloucestershire.
As a result, several good causes have approached the Lodge asking if they could help their cause. Thornbury Area Youth Music (TAYM), is one such organisation.
Many schools are no longer provide music lessons and the opportunity for local children to play musical instruments is becoming increasingly restricted. TAYM aims to give young children the opportunity of learning to play a musical instrument. It meets at a local primary school on Saturday mornings. Not only does it provide tuition but hires the various instruments. Along with tutoring the children through the various qualifications available, they regularly perform local concerts. As with everything, there is a cost for this support. Fortunately, most parents are able to fund these opportunities. However, TAYM are passionate that music should be available to all children regardless of financial circumstances.
Like many other Towns and cities, Thornbury welcomed displaced families from Ukraine, providing homes for the mothers and children during this difficult time. TAYM approached Thornbury Lodge, informing them that a Ukrainian mother had approached them saying that her two children would like to join the music group, but she was unable to afford the fees. The team at TAYM wondered if the Freemasons would be able to help. The proposition was put to the Lodge, and they immediately agreed that the proceeds of the next meetings raffle should go to the Charity. Subsequently a cheque for £250 was raised and presented to TAYM.
Keith Gayler (Charity Steward) and Martin Tucker (Provincial Grand Mentor) were asked if they would like to attend the Christmas concert, present the cheque and meet the two young Ukrainian children with their Mother; both readily agreed and were delighted to see the work being carried out by this Charity and the joy it brings to the Children. The Lodge will continue to maintain contact with the Charity and seek to offer further assistance.
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We thank Martin Tucker for the Article and Thornbury Gazette for the Photo