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Andy Shout handing over cheque for £750Torquay’s Lodge of St Marys 5148 was successful in applying to Devonshire’s Freemason’s WAKE fund for a grant of £750 to help St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Shiphay finance essential upgrades.

The Church has many “Outreach” activities into the community and has been struggling with unfit Disabled access and Toilets for many years.

Groups include:

  • Youth Genesis
  • Baby and Toddler
  • Exercise for over 50s and poor mobility groups
  • Ladies and Sewing groups
  • Brass band rehearsals
  • Slimming classes.

The Church Minister Douglas Rix commented:

“The money has helped so much in enhancing our disabled facilities and access as part of our general refurbishment”.

The Master of the Lodge of St Mary, Andy Shout, replied:

“Having grown up in Shiphay it was a real privilege to present a cheque that supports not only the local church but all the local organisations that the church supports.

The efforts and improvement will benefit a wide range of organisations within the community for many years to come”

Bro Alec Collyer MBE
Provincial Press Officer