Orsett Masons plant their very best for a Garden of Rest

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Graham Larke, a leading Essex Freemason, has reported that on NHS Day on 5th July 2021 the Essex Freemasons who meet at Orsett Masonic Hall raised a grand total of £1,500. 

The Freemasons gave £250 to the Orsett Village Forum to help towards the provision of a defibrillator, which will be held in the sports pavilion on the local sports field. Community Forums are independent non-political voluntary groups made up of representatives from the local community including residents, schools, local businesses, voluntary, community and faith groups.

The rest of the money was used to provide a Rest Area for the Staff at Orsett Hospital. The local Freemasons fenced off the chosen area off with materials provided by courtesy of Travis Perkins with other local businesses providing the gazebo, picnic tables, barrel planters and some of the plants.

Jackie Firmin, the Orsett Masonic Centre Manager, said “All the plants are low maintenance and either evergreen or perennial. One of the ladies in the Minor Injuries was so thrilled when I was talking to her about the plants needing to be watered until they were established and said she was happy to see to that as she enjoyed gardening. There is, fortunately, an outside tap beside the gazebo. I have provided a watering can as well.  The apple tree is a patio variety that only grows to approximately 6 feet and will blossom in spring with apples from around August to September.”

Graham Larke thanked all the local villagers and Freemasons for giving so generously and especially Jackie for being the driving force in organising the NHS Day at the Masonic Centre and in making the plans for the Rest Area “We owe her a huge debt” he said.  Chris Webb, an Essex Provincial Grand Steward, described the efforts by the local community and Essex Masons as ‘fantastic’, adding “It’s lovely to see the money raised going to a worthwhile cause”.

Tony Hales

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