W Bro Peter Jones, Worshipful Master of Ruislip St Martin’s Freemasons Lodge, presented cheques to Fr Simon Evans, Vicar of St Martin’s Church, Ruislip, to cover the cost of upgrading the surveillance cameras and control equipment installed to keep the church and its congregation secure.
With Fr Simon to receive the donation is Church Warden Judith Roberts, and W Bros Martin Cartwright and George Sowemimo, long term members both of the Church and the Lodge.
The cheques, amounting to some £1,796, include £1,500 from the Middlesex Masonic Charitable Trust, with the balance coming directly from the Lodge to cover the VAT.
When the Lodge made the Trustees aware of the urgent need to address increasing concerns about church safety, following a number of serious attacks on religious communities both in the UK and in Europe, the response was simply “send us some figures and we’ll see what we can do”.
The cheque was accompanied by the encouraging comment “the Trustees were happy to assist you”.
Founded in 1984, Ruislip St Martin’s Lodge, No. 9125 included many parishioners, plus parents from the local BWI School.
The Lodge retains its strong association with St Martins’ Church, with several current Brethren still active members of the congregation.
Nowadays, however, new members come from throughout Middlesex and further afield, including an increasing number through our relationship with Brunel University London.
W Bro Martin Cartwright PPrDepGReg
Ruislip St Martin’s Lodge, No 9125
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