Kilmorey Lodge of Freemasons which meets at Freemasons Hall in Queens Street , Chester , have splashed out to help a local canoe club after it was left high and dry, following Council Funding cuts resulting from financial cutbacks.
Chester Riverside Canoe Club is a family orientated activity organisation which provides valuable training on the water for youngsters and very often Mums and Dads too.
Hearing of the club’s efforts to continue training and fun activities on a shoestring , Kilmorey Lodge decided to purchase a consignment of Safety Helmets to replace existing ones which are now at the end of their safe working life. The helmets were presented by the Worshipful Master of the Lodge W.Bro. Ian Johnson during a visit to the club’s head quarters on The Groves on the banks of the River Dee. Ian said “Freemasonry in general and Kilmorey Lodge in particular has a fine history of assisting local organisations, especially those associated with youth activities. The Riverside Canoe Club sets a great example by continuing to provide the highest standards without Council Funding and we were more than pleased to be able to help”.
In recent times the Chester Mark Masons provided some boats.
Club Chairman Ian McCullen said “ We are delighted that Kilmorey Lodge has stepped in to help. One of the major problems we have is the renewal of equipment which is nearing the end of its useful life and is invariably expensive to replace”.
The new helmets will be used when the club hosts a GO CANOE DAY on July 20th when the public will be able to sample canoeing for just £2 per paddle, it is hoped that the event will raise some money and in the hope that more members may be recruited.