Grantham Freemasons want to turn Masonic Hall into charity hub
Freemasons want to turn their Masonic Hall into a charity hub to help local causes and organisations.
Freemason Tim Arnold, a member of the Granta Chapter, said that a review of the Freemasons’ charity activities had shown that the hall, in Chambers Street, was underused during the day and that the building could be put to better use.
Mr Arnold said: “We got to thinking by working in partnership with charities we could get more bang for our buck and double our influence in the nicest possible way.
“Instead of simply sending out cheques to a good cause, we can run an event for a charity or local group such as a black tie dinner and whatever they get from ticket sales goes straight to their charity.
“We have set ourselves an ambitious goal of touching the lives of every person in Grantham over the next 10 years in some way or another.
“That’s half of the business plan and the other half is to make ourselves into a charity hub.”
The hub would mean hiring out the hall to local groups such as toddler groups, and lunch clubs and maybe as a meeting place for local businesses.
“The feedback we have had was that the hospitality side of the Masonic centre was second to none.
“Everybody remarks on what good value it is.
“We don’t make a profit. We are a charitable organisationso any surplus we would make from lettings will also go to ‘spreading the love’ in Grantham.”
The Freemasons in Grantham are well set up for hosting social occasions.
“We have been particularly successful in reaching local families with weddings at the weekend, thanks to the sterling work of our executive chef, Mark Toomey,” said
Mr Arnold, who lives in Ingoldsby.
Any organisation wishing to hire a room at the hall should call the bookings line on 01476 564046.
The hall is used extensively in the evenings for Freemason meetings.
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