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SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY
NEW FOREST FREEMASONS SUPPORT FIRST OPPORTUNITIES
New Milton based Barton Court Lodge, with the help of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Province’s own Tom Langton Fund have now contributed a total of £1,200. The donation was received by supervisor Sandra Slack and administrator Janice Smith. First Opportunities, which is based at Ashley Junior School in New Milton and has been supported by local freemasons for some years, is an independent pre-school that provides therapeutic play and education. It caters for children with all kinds of special needs, such as: downs syndrome, autism, cerebal palsy, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and speech or physical difficulties. They work closely with other specialists such as physical and occupational therapists, portage workers and pediatricians. What better cause to direct our charitable giving.
Richard Daley and Bob Pettifer
BRAVING THE WEATHER FOR FURZEY GARDENS
Freemasons of Ariel Lodge in Andover went to visit the New Forest’s own Furzey Gardens to present a cheque for £650 to assist in re-developing the childrens’ play area of this splendid and magical 10 acre garden. Situated near Minstead, the gardens provide support and work opportunities for a large number of students with particu- lar and individual needs. This supportive activity is rewarded by the superbly main- tained and developed gardens which are open to the public. They even won Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show not long ago!
Furzey Gardens is a great day out for all, especially families. The giant’s table and activity play areas, along with the 40 fairy doors hidden along the many pathways, are a joy for children and adults alike. Support from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Tom Langton Fund and Ariel Lodge means that the re-developed play area will be even more enjoyable for its young visitors.
Work was under way on this when David Stagg and Stewart Wilkinson, with their wives Yvonne and Marie, braved the flooding and rain soaked paths to visit and present the cheque. Even during the bad weather, the students and staff were working on the new areas and preparing the beautifully appointed café and display areas for the coming season. So, why not take some time out yourselves and visit this haven of peace and
tranquillity?
Stuart Wilkinson
GRANDADS TO THE RESCUE
Two members and their masonic brothers in
Cosham based Portsdown Lodge have come
to the rescue of Alexandra Osgood, who is
off to Ecuador with a party from her school
to do learn about the region and do charity
work and was in need of funds to pay for the
trip. Alexandra is the grand-daughter of Alan
Osgood and Jack Wilson, by virtue of the son
of one having married the daughter of the
other. Whilst Alexandra has worked hard to
raise the require sum, the Lodge have been
able to make a donation to ease her difficulty.
In return, Alexandra by her own initiative has
undertaken to wear and be photographed in a bespoke T-shirt in Ecuador, designed and produced by Ron Martindale, also of Portsdown Lodge.
Chris Batten
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