Freemasons donate £145,000 to help Scouts

Essex Freemasons have reinforced their long association with the Scout Movement with a massive donation of £145,000 to fund a “Tall Ship Aerial Runway” to be installed at Skreens Park in Roxwell near Chelmsford. It is believed to be the largest single donation ever made by Freemasons in support of Scouting in any one County.

The project, which will include a “a simulated parachute jump combined with a 200 metre zip wire aerial runway in the style of the rigging of an old tall ship emphasises the growing role that Essex Freemasons play in the wider community – for as well as Scouts - once built, the project will also be available to local schools and other Youth Groups.

When completed, the project will also help mark the 300th Anniversary (or Tercentenary) of modern Freemasonry with a lasting legacy that will be used and enjoyed by young people across the County for many years to come.

Rodney Bass, Provincial Grand Master for Essex, commented: “Many Freemasons were once Scouts and there has always been a strong synergy between our two organisations so it was an obvious choice for us to provide financial support for them as part of our 300 year anniversary celebrations.”

“As Provincial Grand Master it is my intention to offer support and encouragement to our young people wherever possible so I am delighted that this project will benefit youngsters from all areas of the community. I certainly hope that this facility will be used and enjoyed for many years.”

The £145,000 was raised in just six months from donations by many of the 300 plus Lodges and other Masonic groups across Essex as part of the Tercentenary Celebrations, which will include a wide range of Masonic events across the County over the next 12 months.

These events will also include open days at many of the Masonic Centres across Essex where the public can get to know more about Freemasonry and role it plays in the wider community.

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