Featherstone Lodge and the Music Makers.

Anne Fairbank receiving a MPRF cheque for £500 from W Bro Michael Blake in front of the Featherstone Lodge banner at the Uxbridge Masonic Centre

A new generation of music makers is being nurtured with the support of Featherstone Lodge, No. 7851 through the auspices of the Peter Hinckley Trust, a charity that supports young people in their music making activities in Harrow.

The Trust provides funding to those who are in financial need this being one of the major barriers to accessing opportunities to learn a musical instrument.

A number of Featherstone Lodge members taught music to young musicians in and around the Harrow area, including the current Worshipful Master W Bro Michael Blake, who was not only an ex Featherstone school pupil, but also taught young people to play brass instruments at the school.

W Bro Michael heard of the plight of this struggling charity and decided to ask the Lodge for help.

With the support of the Charity Steward and members of the Lodge the grant amount of £500, which had been awarded to the Lodge for achieving Platinum Grand Patronage in The 2020 Festival, was presented by the Worshipful Master to Anne Fairbank, the Trust’s Chairman, on Monday 24th June this year.

The Band Played On –

The Trust was set up in 1984 in honour of Peter Hinkley who was Music Adviser in Harrow for many years.

He started the Music Service and Harrow School for Young Musicians in 1974 and was ultimately the driving force behind music education in Harrow.

His legacy continues today as over 14% of the schools’ population currently learn a musical instrument and the Trust was set up to support and encourage these younger musicians.

Over the years many students have benefitted from this charity which has given children the opportunities to grow and learn, experiencing music at its best.

Having taught music in Harrow for many years, the Worshipful Master of Featherstone Lodge knows first hand of the work of this charity and the benefits it brings to young people in assisting them to fulfill their musical potential.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the Trust please visit www.peterhinkleytrust.com where you will also find a link to make a donation to support this charity.

Share this Post