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Derbyshire Freemasons have made dreams come true for a six year old


Derbyshire Freemasons have made dreams come true for six year old Autumn Beaven. Autumn is from Alfreton in Derbyshire and is always happy and bright – loves school, dancing and drama but sadly suffers from ADHD, Autism, Crohn’s Disease, Orofacial Granulomatosis and multiple dangerous food allergies.

Spear headed by Royal Alfred Lodge, all five of the Alfreton based Lodges of Derbyshire Freemasons worked together to help assist in sending this very special young lady on a dream trip to perform in a dance troupe on Broadway, New York in July.

Autumn has also been presented with her very own TLC Teddy which she will be taking all the way to America with her – he’s called Mason!

The five Craft Lodges of Royal Alfred, St Thomas, Vulcan, Morcar and Pioneer each donated £300. Along with a £300 match funding donation from the Derbyshire Provincial Grand Charity the total reached the magnificent amount of £1800.00.

The target required to get each performer to New York was £2585.48.  Autumn’s guardians had already managed to raise just under £800 so the challenge to raise the difference was taken up by the members of the Alfreton Lodges.

The trip is being arranged by Clare Sales School of Dance in Alfreton who organise dance and fitness classes. They have fantastic sensory sessions and a special “Chance to Dance” class which is aimed at students with additional needs. These include learning and physical disabilities and mental health issues. The primary aim is to build confidence and self esteem so that the students believe in themselves.

A fabulous White Table evening on Wednesday 18th December attended by 95 Freemasons and their families and guests saw five Worshipful Masters each make a presentation on behalf of their own Lodges.  These were made complete by the Provincial Grand Charities’ donation.

Peter Chapman of the Royal Alfred Lodge said:

“ We are so pleased to help Autumn get to New York and realise her dream – her courage and enthusiasm has been an example to us all. Freemasons in Derbyshire regularly support many local causes – all of which are very deserving but this one has been very special to us “

To find out more about Freemasonry in Derbyshire you can visit their website at

Their contact details are listed below if you want to contact them directly

Provincial Grand Lodge of Derbyshire
Derby Masonic Hall
457 Burton Road,
Derby, DE23 6XX

Telephone: +44 (0)1332 272202

If you want to be a Freemason you must be interested in character building and morality

“Better men make a Better world.” Freemasonry stresses honour, personal responsibility and personal integrity

You should be able to commit to Monthly/bi-monthly gatherings at lodges.

Reasons to become a Freemason in Derbyshire
You want to make new friendships
You want to develop yourself
You want to make a positive contribution to society
Lodges in Derbyshire


Vulcan Lodge 4382/
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