Deal Masons funding free cooked meals for those in need
We have even expanded our reach!
Just after the start of this awful Pandemic of Covid – 19, a remarkable Freemason by the name of Colin Tonks, set up a scheme initially to use the kitchen facilities within our Masonic Building here in Deal, but ended up due to restrictions, but having the food cooked and delivered by River Caterers in Dover. Terry from River Caterers is the caterer of choice, that the lodges use for their meetings (who had lost so much work) and to help local Charities support those in need within our local community.
Initially, the five local Freemasons lodges donated to get the scheme up and running, this was later followed by lodges in Sandwich and what we call “side degrees” in both locations.
The initial article can be read by clicking read more below.
So, what have we done?
And where are we now?
Linwood Under 5’s Pre School
As part of Deal Freemasons supporting our local community who are undergoing hardship, we had a discussion with Linwood under 5s pre-school where we ascertained that support was needed, in part to help raise funds to replace their existing play area. We provided with a 4 week limited delivery of meals for their young children and worked with them to help raise funds for the essential groundwork.
United Families is a new venture in Deal, offering advice, support and assistance to those enduring difficulty. Their public approach is more measured and tailored to individual scrutiny and needs. After a meeting with the groups, we are now supplying a further measured quota of meals to United Families as and when required. Our presence and activity within the locality appear well known and this journey has shown me personally how local people favourably see and perceive us as a society.
I have received private and non-associated donations towards our food supply and various gifted items that I have passed over to United Families. Items such as these can be used to enhance this time of year for those left behind.
For example, a large box of unwanted new and boxed various perfumes, individually wrapped by United Families then inviting selected Mums and children to come along, receive a Christmas gift and a surprise for the children together with all-sufficient ingredients to cook a proper family Christmas dinner.
As of Monday 21st December, I will be making weekly deliveries to Deal Hospital. As our local hospital is currently busy, our input will greatly assist night staff and the emergency care unit. I can say that all three recipients are the most worthy causes for our practical assistance, humbled by our concern and generosity sending their many thanks and best wishes to us all.
We have now ceased supplying the foodbank despite 26 weeks of uninterrupted and regulated deliveries to the site, with 40 meals per week. (1040 meals) This is sad as so many people benefitted from our support, but it was out of hands and up to the foodbank.
None of this would be possible, to have donated in excess of 1300 meals into our community, without the combined generosity of all Deal and Sandwich Freemason and Chapter Lodges.
To date, there is only sufficient funding in hand to finance this charity Initiative at £78 per week until mid-January. We must now consider either to close at that time or do we re-donate for a further 2 months or so.
Total donations to date
In excess of £2500 donated by Freemasons
We have also provided 80 Face Masks in April
We have provided 1520 Ready Meals
We hope to continue funding these precious projects and charities until at least April 2021.
On behalf of everyone involved, we would like to thank everyone who has donated, to the Masonic Lodges, to the people of Deal and to the one and only Colin Tonks.
Let’s Work Together!
Food poverty is currently at the forefront of all news networks, and is attracting a lot of attention. Freemasons from all over the country are working hard to help many, many charities, often in the background with no publicity, But that is who we are and what we do, using our own member’s donations, and promoting the brotherly love, relief and truth that is the cornerstone of every Freemason young and old.
As our current 2025 Festival says, “Together we can make a Difference”.