On Friday 21st April a party from John Brunner Lodge (2799), Middlewich, visited Oaklands School, Winsford, to present cheques to the value of £3,000.
These funds have been raised over past months with the first £500 coming from the Lodge Christmas Social.
In February the Lodge held a Car Wash, hosted by the Golden Lion (Middlewich), which raised an amazing £1,000. This was supplemented by a further £500 donated by the proprietors of the Golden Lion.
In addition to this, the trustees of the Cheshire Freemasons Charity provided match funding of £1,000, giving the grand total of £3,000.
The cheques were presented to Daniel Hughes (Head Boy) and Olivia Fletcher (Deputy-Head Girl), both of whom are members of the School Chamber Choir, by Worshipful Brother Andy Bailey under the watchful eye of Headmaster, Kevin Boyle OBE.
The School Choirs Director, Nicola Howbrigg, along with Kevin Boyle thanked the Brethren, both for their fundraising efforts, and the donations so gratefully received.
On recent outings to the Kettering Music Festival and Bangor (Northern Ireland) International Music Festival the school Chamber Choir has returned with silverware galore, winning two different classes in Kettering and coming second in another. They also received a special award for the Judges Favourite song.
In Bangor they won their class and to crown their achievements they have just found out that the Bangor Festival have awarded them with the Best International Choir award for this year’s competition.
The monies raised by the Lodge help towards the support costs of these visits thus enabling the children to gain experien ces they would not normally expect to receive in their normal lives.
Six members of John Brunner Lodge attended the presentation and were given a most interesting tour of the school following the presentation of the cheques. It is the intention of John Brunner Lodge to maintain their fundraising efforts for the school choirs as an ongoing project.
Left to right:- Nicola Howbrigg (Choir Director), Bro. Tim Nelson (JW), Bro. Paul Neal (IG), Daniel Hughes (Head Boy), Olivia Fletcher (Deputy-Head Girl), W.Bro. Rick Bradfield (WM), W.Bro. Andy Bailey (DC), W.Bro. Tom Browne (IPM) & Kevin Boyle OBE (Headmaster).