Freemasons donate £10000 to Wells Cathedral

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‘The Freemasons have been great friends of Wells Cathedral in the past, and their generosity and friendship in the present crisis are hugely appreciated.’

From left to right, Barry Woodside, Head of Somerset’s Royal Arch Freemasons, John Davies (Dean of Wells) and David Medlock (Leader of the Somerset Freemasons)

Submitted by Barry Davies

As Wells Cathedral reopens its doors, Somerset Freemasons have supported its charitable appeal with a £10,000 donation.

During its three months of closure, some 70,000 people have been unable to visit Wells Cathedral. As a result, it now faces a real financial challenge.

To help with this, a ‘Bounce Back’ appeal has been launched, together with a sponsored pilgrimage. The proceeds of this pilgrimage will be shared between St Margaret’s Hospice and the Cathedral appeal.

Somerset’s leading freemasons, David Medlock and Barry Woodside, said: “All during lockdown, freemasons have supported their local communities, often unnoticed.

“We have donated tablet PCs to local hospitals to enable Covid-19 patients to keep in touch with their loved ones, and distributed teddies to comfort children who find themselves in A&E. Freemasonry really is part of our community and we are delighted to be able to help Wells Cathedral at this difficult time.”

The Dean of Wells, the Very Reverend Dr John Davies, said: “The Freemasons have been great friends of Wells Cathedral in the past, and their generosity and friendship in the present crisis is hugely appreciated.

“The experience of lockdown has been very painful for so many people. Now more than ever, support is needed to sustain the cathedral and all that it does in its community. The Chapter of Wells and I thank the Somerset Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their support.”

 

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