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Freemasons help two special residents settle in at Kington Langley home

CHIPPENHAM Freemasons and their partners have been hard at work building a special home for two new residents at Greathouse, the Leonard Cheshire care facility at Kington Langley.

However, the residents in this case are Donald and Daisy, two pygmy goats which will form part of the therapy offered to clients and residents.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity supporting disabled people from around the county to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose. They support disabled people to have the freedom, the opportunity and the support to live independently, contribute economically and participate fully in society.

What the charity does goes far beyond providing social care. They deliver innovative services to help disabled people find and remain in employment while building individual confidence through the provision of information, advice and guidance, breaking down barriers through access to computers and adapted IT equipment.

Chippenham Freemasons from the Vale of Avon Lodge volunteered to clear the ground for the goat enclosure but soon found themselves doing far more as it became clear that the need was to actually build a home for Donald and Daisy.

In 2017 Freemasons throughout the country will celebrate their Tercentenary, or 300 years, and Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Bridge initiated a programme asking Wiltshire Freemasons to do 300 hours of work for the local community.

It was a very proud Stephen who formally opened the Therapy Goat Enclosure at a special reception on Wednesday 11 May.

Chippenham Freemasons will return to Kington Langley on Sunday 22 May when Greathouse holds its annual dog show which was formerly held at Bowood House.  Gates open at 11.30am until 4pm and over thirty stalls will offer craft items, food and entertainment.

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