Horses, Donkeys, Goats and Pigs !

W. Bro. Chris Nixon, Worshipful Master of Draytonian Lodge, No. 3980 presenting cheque for £400 to Taylor, an Animal Supervisor

Sounds as though it could be a retake on the title of Steve Martin’s very funny 1987 film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”.

Nothing of the kind, however, and the title is an introduction to a special kind of experience with animals.

There is no doubt that one of the great joys of Freemasonry is the chance to meet with the dedicated enthusiasts who direct their time and efforts to improving the lives of others.

W. Bro. Chris Nixon, Worshipful Master of Draytonian Lodge, No. 3980 (which had achieved Grand Patron status during The 2020 Festival), did not hesitate in deciding where the £400 received from the Middlesex Province Relief Fund would go.

On a very hot July morning, Chris and Lodge Secretary W. Bro. Keith Dear went to the Heathrow Special Needs Centre at Longford ( to present the cheque to the team there.

They were greeted by Ann who in turn introduced Taylor, an Animal Supervisor at the site.

Just before Chris presented the cheque to Taylor, we were introduced to Dorian, one of the Trustees, who thanked Chris for the donation on behalf of the Charity.

They then provided a tour the site, telling us that it is under the proposed third runway path at Heathrow.

Being a very hot day, there were no clients around, and the animals were relaxing in the shade.

Ann and Taylor talked of the support that they provide for people with special needs.

There are a number of animals resident at the Centre including large horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkeys, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits and ducks.

They also have a gardening and horticulture area.

With a Tea Room and Pop Up Café, the team of volunteers offer a diverse range of activities for their clients.

Associated with the Riding for the Disabled Association, and with four horses, they can offer riding instruction and experience to disabled and others with special needs.

For others, there is the opportunity to engage with the more than 70 animals on site and get involve with looking after them, and for those with a bias towards gardening, purpose built raised gardens are there to help them learn about planting, growing and harvesting plants and vegetables.

It is not the first time that Draytonian Lodge has supported the team at Longford, and with this welcome it will not be the last.

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