On 22nd October 2020, the head of Staffordshire Freemasons John Lockley and his deputy David Thomas visited Wilson Keys Court in Rugeley, a masonic sheltered housing complex for the elderly
The visit was to collect a box of knitted poppies, which when added to those made by members and partners of Staffordshire Freemasonry, totalled over 400. The oldest ‘poppy knitter’ residing at Wilson Keys, Ivy Meehan who is 99-years-old, handed over the poppies to a delighted John and David.
These poppies will be sent to the United Grand Lodge of England to help form the centre of the celebrations commemorating 75 years since the end of the Second World War.
John and David were honoured to be joined by the High Sheriff of Staffordshire, Commander Charles Bagot Jewitt DL, RN; who presented John with his certificate of appreciation for his highly-valued services given to the community of Staffordshire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst the certificate has John Lockley’s name on it, he accepted it on behalf of all Staffordshire Freemasons. The award was recommended by the Lord Lieutenant for Staffordshire Mr Ian Dudson CBE.
The High Sheriff was keen to learn of the continuing COVID-19 support by Freemasons and of phase two of the support releasing a further £1 million through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the Freemasons' charity.