Members of the Wigan and District Masonic Golfing Society enjoy their golf, and don’t mind raising a bit of money at the same time. This fits in with the aim of the society, which is to raise money for local and Provincial charities, whilst having fun and exercise in the fresh air.
From the events held last season, it was time to distribute the monies raised to local charities. This year, they took guidance from the very familiar words from the grace at our festive boards, “to keep us ever mindful of the needs of others, less fortunate than ourselves.” Getting enough to It is a sad fact that unfortunately in our borough, whether through homelessness or otherwise, that some people need help in getting enough to eat.
So it was that the committee agreed on the recipients of this year’s donations, Fur Clemt and the Brick Project. Treasurer Derek Todd, and chairman George Seddon, visited the ‘Central Park’ former school buildings on Montrose Avenue, Pemberton where ‘Fur Clemt’ is based. [For non-natives, this translates to, ‘I’m rather hungry.’]. They were shown round the impressive facility and met some of the people who work there, including manager, Shirley Southworth and chef Joe Mossad.
Shirley explained that they had increased their range of support from cooking and giving food donated by supermarkets, adding others, including community support for mums and toddlers, Memory Lane meetings, youth work and other worthy activities. They have regular support from volunteers, who, in turn gain confidence and skills to improve their own wellbeing. Fur Clemt provides meals for anyone, who are asked to pay what they feel is right for them and the meal they have had. Helping out is an alternative to paying cash.
Both then visited the Brick Project, based in the centre of Wigan, where they met Julie Nicholson who gave an outline of the work they do to support homeless people. They provide food, clothing, sleeping bags, advice and support with a remarkable programme of courses designed to get people back on their feet. They were delighted to receive help for their worthy cause.
The society is open to all brethren, regardless of ability, and everyone is welcome to enjoy a good day out, including friends and non-masons. The golf is often accompanied by an optional presentation dinner later in the evening, where wives and partners are invited. See the programme of events, and contact Kim Lyons, secretary, you will be made most welcome.