Essex Freemasons from Saffron Walden have presented St John’s Church with a donation of £1,000 to help with its new maintenance and repair program
St John’s Church in Little Walden is a self-sufficient daughter Church to St Mary’s, but over recent years it has undergone a major three-year program of repairs and maintenance that placed an strain on its finances and meant that extra funding was urgently sought. The main repair work was needed to fix the outside porch of the Church, which was showing signs of movement that meant if it was not replaced could cause it to collapse, as well as replace two sole plates which were showing signs of rotting.
Richard Peet, Charity Steward of Walden Lodge No. 1280 and Deputy Warden at St John’s Church, said: ‘Through my association within the Freemasons, I knew that lodges support small and large organisations many of which are non-masonic causes. With my initial approach to my own lodge I was not surprised that to hear that the members had readily agreed to donate out of its benevolence fund, and further approaches were made to other lodges and chapters who meet in Saffron Walden.
‘£900 was pledged which was enough to commence work on the Church porch. This amount was later rised to £1,000 and a cheque was presented on behalf of all Freemasons in Saffron Walden to the Treasurer of St John’s Church.’