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TWO charities in Bovey Tracey have been handed cheques for £250 from the town's Freemason Lodge.

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Vanessa Steer and Martin Brealey from the Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool, along with Mariann Johnson from the town's Youth Cafe, were presented with the cheques by Cllr George Gribble, a founding member of the Freemasons Lodge. Cllr Gribble said the two charities has been chosen because of their huge contribution to the community, relying on volunteers and only a minimum number of paid staff and it was impor-tant to demonstrate support for their work.

Vanessa, the pool's secretary. said:

"The swimming pool closed mid Sep-tember after a good season thanks to the better weather. 'However the cost of naming a pool is high in spite of having more than 60 loyal volunteers so we are very grateful to the Bovey Tracey Freemasons for their kind donations of £250."

This season almost £2,000 was spent by the pool committee renewing electrics and replacing a chlorine injector pump.

Mariann, from the youth cafe, said:

"We are so grateful to the Freemasons for their kind donation. It was a wonderful surprise. We will use the funds to help continue the day-to-day running of the cafe where we have approximately 150 youngsters aged 11-18 on our books."

Article and Picture courtesy of the Mid Devon Advertiser