Freemasons support Elm Tree Farm

October 06 2017

ELM Tree Farm in Stapleton is delighted to have received a £4,475 donation from its neighbours, the Freemasons.

 

ELM Tree Farm in Stapleton is delighted to have received a £4,475 donation from its neighbours, the Freemasons.
The link between the two organisations began earlier this year when the Freemasons organised a successful family fun day at the farm as part of their tercentenary celebrations.
Afterwards, each of the lodges that meets at the Stapleton Masonic Hall dug into their charity chests and Gloucestershire Masonic Charity Action added a further £1200 to arrive at the total.
Farm manager Keily Elvin said it was the largest single donation the farm, which is run by the Brandon Trust, had ever had.
 “This outstanding contribution will help fund the first phase of our new community space, which will be used by school groups, a holiday club and for private events,” she said.
The cheque was presented to Keily by Steve Manning, who belongs to the Lodge of St Christopher, which meets at the Masonic Hall in Park Road.  
Steve said:  “Throughout the year and all over the country, in an effort to show we have a relevance in society and also that we are these days much more open about our membership, masons are engaging with local charities and the community as a whole.  At Stapleton, where we are in the Masonic Province of Gloucestershire, we were aware that this very worthy charity was on our doorstep and we grabbed at the opportunity to help out.”
Elm Tree Farm is a 47-acre working farm where a variety of livestock is bred and a wide range of produce grown.
It’s also a thriving social enterprise, providing support and training to adults with learning disabilities and autism.