Suffolk Freemasons are playing a significant role in the preservation of the endangered and oldest breed of work horse, The Suffolk Punch
Our ongoing support, currently standing at £19,000, has enabled the Trust to purchase start up equipment for an artificial insemination programme which will help them to supply the Suffolk Punch bloodline around the country and overseas. The Suffolk Punch Trust is a registered charity dedicated to help protect this critically endangered horse through its established breeding programme, raising public awareness and training a new generation of professionals to work with these iconic heavy horses. The Trust is based at the historic Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, home to a rich legacy of equine and agricultural history that deserves to be saved for future generations to enjoy.
On 28th October BBC Radio Suffolk were at Hollesley Bay to broadcast the opening of the new Artificial Insemination Unit live on its early morning show hosted by Mark Murphy. Ian Yeldham, Provincial Grand Master of Suffolk Freemasons was invited to open the unit in the presence of a large number of other local businesses and individuals who also support the work of the Trust. Andrew Fane, Chairmen of Trustees commented 'I would like to thank Suffolk Freemasons most warmly for their support, both financial and personal, for the current programme of works at the Trust. I felt that the Opening of the new AI Unit at Hollesley on 28th October was a great success, and Mark Murphy was an extraordinary ambassador for the Suffolk Punch'.