Bank Holiday Bonanza

Bank Holiday Monday 25th May, may be remembered by some as the day they were able to visit the Garden Centre and buy much needed plants.

This is a right of passage for those with horticultural interests to get the marigolds and busy lizzies in the flower beds so that the summer garden will look good.

Others will remember it for other reasons.

Even though it was a Bank Holiday, the elderly and vulnerable and those disadvantaged by the Corona Virus still needed a nourishing meal to get them through the day.

The Uxbridge Masonic Centre was once again at the forefront and a superb team effort of cooking and filling plastic food boxes produced a bonanza 400 portions, which were then sent to SUFRA* in Neasden for distribution.

This showed an amazing generosity of time given by the volunteers.

Of course, there is an equally dedicated team of chefs and kitchen staff producing the food so the Centre is also providing much needed work for people laid off or furloughed during the lockdown period.

The volunteers were all wearing the required protective gear and a three-team structure was in place so that the protocols of social distancing were able to be observed.

The teamwork was coordinated by W Bro Gary Collins (Committee member of Uxbridge Masonic Centre) and was ably supported by members of Uxbridge, Hyllendune, Jersey and Middlesex Century Lodges, together with family and non-masonic friends.

No doubt this sterling work is appreciated by the recipients and is an example of all that is good about Middlesex Masons and shows that Bank Holiday Mondays are not just about visiting garden centres.

*SUFRA is a community foodbank and kitchen in Neasden and the meaning of the word loosely derives from the Arabic for “Come to the table”.

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