Pitching in at Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden Community Football Club and Saffron Walden PSG girls football club have taken another step towards achieving their £1 million dream to install a new all-weather pitch at the County High School thanks to a £1,000 donation from local Freemasons.

Members of Lux Solis Lodge, which meets at Saffron Walden, voted to support the club which has more than 700 boys, girls and disabled members aged from four to 18 playing for some 55 different teams. Lux Solis donated £500 and this was match funded by the Essex Freemasons Community Fund to round up the £1,000 donation. All the money will go towards paying for the new all-weather pitch together with floodlights.

Treasurer of Saffron Walden Community Football Club, Vince Taylor commented: “The new all-weather pitch will make a huge difference to the club allowing us to play in the evenings and in the most difficult of conditions. We are a thriving club and need additional facilities such as these to cater for our growing membership. We hope to have the new pitch ready during 2021 and it is thanks to donations such as these from local Freemasons that has made it all possible.”

The football club is one of the largest in Essex and continues to attract new members, following a merger between Spartak 78 YSC and Saffron Walden Town Youth FC in 2018 and now has teams competing in several local leagues.

Colin Benjamin and Tony Batchelor from Lux Solis Lodge, who came to present the money, explained: “The club is a massive part of the community and some of our members have children and grandchildren who play each week so it was a natural charity for us to support. They do a wonderful job.”

And because of this outstanding work it was an easy decision for the Trustees of the Essex Freemasons Community Fund to support the grant.

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Lee Taylor, who also attended the presentation, explained: “Because we as Freemasons are very much part of the local community then we want to support clubs such as the one in Saffron Walden which plays such an active part in helping young people enjoy sport and much more.”

In 2020 Essex Freemasons have pledged to give more than £120,000 to clubs and other charities such as Saffron Walden Community FC as part of an initiative to help good causes that have been significantly affected by Covid-19.