For well over a decade Herefordshire Freemasons have sponsored a named horse at the Riding for the Disabled Centre at Holme Lacy. One such horse was aptly called Mason.

The present horse, Gypsy, took part in the recent Paralympic procession in Hereford, and is a most suitable horse in the Holme Lacy stable for riders who suffer from cerebral palsy.

Presenting the annual donation to Janet Alderton, Manager of the RDA Centre, Mike Roff, the newly appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Herefordshire, expressed the continued support of local Freemasons for the Centre’s excellent and significant work with the disabled.

In the photograph, Mike Roff is accompanied by the Yard Manager Helen Powell, with Gypsy back at the Centre following a few weeks of freedom 'in the fields'.

A grant of £5,000 from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity has been allocated to support HRH The Prince of Wales forestry scheme for unemployed youths in Herefordshire, representing part of a grand total of £250,000 made this year to The Prince’s Trust for England and Wales.

The donation was presented to Lisa Barea, The Prince’s Trust Fundraiser for the West Midlands, by Rodney Smallwood, Provincial Grand Master for Herefordshire.

The grant will specifically support the Get into Woodlands course proposed to take place during March-April 2013 on the Duchy of Cornwall’s Herefordshire estate. The aim of the course is to give young people who are work-ready, but lacking vocational skills, a mixture of practical training and hands-on experience, that will enable them to get qualifications and employment in the woodland forestry sector.

The course, to be run by a range of local partners including Duchy of Cornwall, Forestry Commission, and Herefordshire College of Technology jointly with Holme Lacy, will support twelve young people between the ages 16 to 25, developing their confidence, motivation and skills in forestry.

Lisa Barea sincerely thanked Rodney Smallwood for the generous support given by Freemasons, and invited local masons to the 2013 presentation to be held at the completion of the Get into Woodlands course.

ugle logoSGC logo