Sir Paul Williams, Chairman of the Masonic Charitable Foundation joined the High Sheriff of Somerset on a visit to the Somerset Square Meals Project, which has received an additional £4,000 in funding.

The purpose of the visit was to meet with Ben Hayward,  resident chef at the Old Theatre Royal in Bath who – along with his team – produced 35,000 two-course meals for disadvantaged people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme, known as the ‘Square Meals Project’, came to a close last September, however it was decided that it would be extended over the Christmas period. To help fund this project, the MCF has donated £2,000 to match the money given by the Somerset Masonic Charities (SMC), making a total of £4,000.

The High Sheriff was taken on a tour of the building including the Masonic Museum which is housed in the Cellars below. He then joined Sir Paul in assisting the chef to prepare some of the meals which were distributed in Bath and North East Somerset over the festive season by ‘Sporting Family Change’, a local charity.

So many disadvantaged local families will be able to enjoy a decent meal this Christmas because of the support we have received from Somerset Freemasons – I thank you on behalf of all of them.

Jilly Evans, Sporting Family Change

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