On April 23rd 2020, Stephen Collings, Charity Steward of Lodge of Agriculture No. 1199, presented Romajos chef Jonny Burnett with a cheque for £1,000 at the Butchers Arms Yatton where the meals are prepared.
Since the coronavirus lockdown, Romajos have produced meals for 150 people a day – over 1,000 meals a week – which are then distributed to the most needy in the area, including the elderly.
The Romajos team consists of 90 volunteers who organise everything from food preparation and labelling to admin and delivery. The meals are free and food costs are met by community donations. The Butchers Arms, run by Caroline Radnedge and Nick Williams, also provide around 140 fruit and veg boxes per week into the community and taking pride of place above the bar is a ‘Supported by Somerset Freemasons Plaque’.
Stephen said: 'Freemasons all over Somerset are doing their bit to help out with the Covid-19 outbreak and we are delighted to be able to assist this very deserving charity.'
£700 was donated by the Lodge of Agriculture, which was made up to £1,000 by the Province.