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Wells Cathedral ‘Bounce Back’ Appeal – £10,000 Donation

Somerset Freemasons Support Wells Cathedral ‘Bounce Back’ Appeal With £10,000 Donation.

Following 3 months of closure, Wells Cathedral has reopened its doors for services and visitors.  During the lockdown some 70,000 people have been unable to visit and now the Cathedral faces a very real financial challenge to support its continuing work and historic buildings. To help with this, a Bounce Back Appeal has been launched together with a Sponsored Pilgrimage.  The proceeds of the Pilgrimage will be shared between St. Margaret’s Hospice and the Cathedral appeal.  

Somerset Freemasons, who have always had a close relationship with the Cathedral, were pleased to support the appeal with a donation of £10,000 which included £5,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Dean of Wells, The Very Reverend Dr John Davies said “The Freemasons have been great friends of Wells Cathedral in the past, and their generosity and friendship in the present crisis is hugely appreciated. The pandemic and experience of lockdown have been very painful for so many people. Now more than ever, support is needed to sustain the Cathedral and all that it does in its community. The Chapter of Wells and I thank the Somerset Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their support.”

Somerset’s leading Freemasons, David Medlock and Barry Woodside said “All during the lockdown Freemasons have supported their local communities, often unnoticed. They include manufacturing PPE for Doctors Surgeries, Nursing Homes and local Police, distributing food parcels to the needy and supporting Women’s Refuge Centres.  We have donated Tablet PC’s to local hospitals to enable  Covid-19 patients to keep in touch with their loved ones, and  distributed teddies to comfort children who find themselves in A &E. Freemasonry really is part of our community  and we are delighted to be able to help Wells Cathedral at this difficult time.

From Left: Barry Woodside (Grand Superintendent – Holy Royal Arch), John Davies (Dean of Wells) and David Medlock (Provincial Grand Master) with a plaque to mark the £10,000 donation.

Further information for Wells Cathedral:
Contact: Nicholas Selman, tel. 01749 832214 /

Further information on the Masonic Charitable Foundation

Article from Barry Davies – Provincial Communication Officer

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