Charities and good causes received almost £30,000 from Freemasons at a celebration evening in Bournemouth
The town’s mayor, Cllr Susan Phillips, and her escort Mrs Rae Stollard, attended the event at Freemasons’ Hall in Knole Road.
Leon Whitfield, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight – which includes Bournemouth and Christchurch – was also in attendance.
Representatives of dozens of charities and good causes were presented with cheques and were able to tell the audience what they do in the community.
Leon said: ‘It is always humbling to hear from the charities and learn about what they do. As Freemasons we are committed to supporting charities through our subscriptions, and individual lodges raise funds for local groups, and this was the money presented.
‘It was lovely to have the town’s new mayor attending our Freemasonry in the Community evening which has been running for several years.'
After the cheques were presented, visitors enjoyed a buffet and a tour of the grand Victorian property.
The mayor received donations to her two charities, Street Scene and CALM, and other recipients included Bournemouth Blind Society, Bournemouth Heart Club, Oakhaven Hospice, Wessex Cancer Trust, NHS groups, Lifelites and the British Heart Foundation.
The final total raised was £29,688.