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The cheque thats only telling half the story

10 February 2022 ~ Published in News. Read 162 times.

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Cheques don’t come a lot bigger, but this one is telling less than half the story. The figures say £50,000, making it the latest donation by the team at Essex Mason to the Festival 2022 Appeal, but the true amount should really say a whopping £110,000.

That’s how much the team have donated so far and it is enough to make them a double Platinum, the first unit in the Province to achieve that accolade – helping to swell the Festival total beyond the original £5 million target.

To mark the occasion, the PGM, Rt W Bro Paul Tarrant presented a special certificate and met the nine-man Essex Mason team at their offices in Colchester to thank them for their massive contribution.

“It is a magnificent amount of money and represents a considerable amount of hard work by everyone who gives up their time to supply and send out regalia to our members across the Province,” said the PGM. “Essex Mason has an incredible record for supporting local and Provincial charities which is why it has been good to meet the people who have made it all possible.”

The cheque for £50,000 was presented to the PGM by Essex Mason Company Secretary Graeme Lockwood, who explained: “The money represents the profits made on regalia sales so in reality every Essex Mason who has ever purchased anything from us has helped to raise this total.”

“All profits are given to charity and this has always been the policy of Essex Mason.”

As well as the Essex Mason team, DepPGM Nick Franklin and APGM’s Peter Hollingsworth and Tony White were also present and together with the rest of the visitors enjoyed a home-made Victoria Sponge, baked by the official Provincial Cake maker Jeff Cripps.

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