Our late Chaplain, Nigel Ludlow, regularly used a grace which included the reminder that we should be ever mindful of the needs of others. It is important that we as men, and as Freemasons, remember that whilst we have plenty, there but for the Grace of the Supreme Being, go us. (Freemasonry accepts men of all faiths and uses terms such as Supreme Being to denote the deity according to the faith of the individual.)
To this end, the members of the Hungerford Lodge donated £550 to the Loose Ends charity in Newbury. Regular readers of this blog will recall that we were previously able to give £250 in 2018. We keep in contact with the charities that we help to see how the funds that we provide are used and to understand what other help might be required or that we can provide.
Loose Ends provides an invaluable service to our local community. They operate a well established drop in centre at Morton Hall, Newbury Baptist Church which is in Cheap Street near to the Rail station. They can be reached via their email address firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook looseendsnewbury or by phone at 07444 324686
Originally opened by Richard Westall in May 1990 on a one year trial basis, they have now been in operation for nearly 30 years. They originally met only on a Sunday for a sandwich lunch. By request, this then became a cooked lunch further down the line. Within a couple of years, Loose Ends was opening on a Wednesday and then Friday. Five years ago they started serving lunch on Monday and Tuesday and they now operate five days a week.
Loose Ends are raising additional funding in the coming months to finance planned upgrades to their existing facilities at Morton Hall – in particular, some of their furniture and catering equipment is reaching the end of their useful life.
They have also been informed by Newbury Baptist Church that they hope to redevelop the current site and that Loose Ends may need to find a new location in Newbury. As a result, they need to reserve additional funds in case they need to finance moving costs, costs of new premises and development of these premises to accommodate their future needs.
Hungerford Lodge members make regular donations to the Hungerford Lodge Benevolent Association which then assists local and national charities as well as other good causes with support. This website contains lots of useful information regarding the Hungerford Lodge and Freemasonry more widely. If you think this might be for you, please contacts us.