Village school will get garden to delight – thanks to Freemasons

St Michael's on Wyre Lodge Master John Holmes presents the cheque to Tawny Owl Susan Phillips with Ruby Benyon, Rebecca Aigle and Imani Gisa
St Michael's on Wyre Lodge Master John Holmes presents the cheque to Tawny Owl Susan Phillips with Ruby Benyon, Rebecca Aigle and Imani Gisa

When John Holmes became master of the lodge of a local Freemasons group, he decided to make a local school’s wish for a sensory garden his fundraising priority.

John , who is a member of the St Michael’s-on-Wyre Lodge of Freemasons, which meets in Garstang, was able to present Cathy Brough, the headmistress of St Michael’s-on-Wyre school, with a cheque for almost £4,000 to help make the school’s ambition come to fruition.

Cathy said: “We had a dream to create an area within the school grounds where our children could experience sounds, sights and smells to enhance the sensory perception of their surroundings.

“We are greatly indebted to St Michael’s-on-Wyre Freemasons for their generosity and for making our dream a reality.”

The school has already allocated an area for the garden and will now start to make firm plans for its creation. The school hopes to gain the support of local volunteers and organisations to help advise and assist with design and planting.

John also took along to the school Dolly the Dolphin, a large litter bin in the form of a friendly dolphin which will be placed in the garden. As part of the lodge’s annual distribution of funds to local charities and good causes John also wished to support the local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.

Some of the school’s pupils who are also Brownies attended morning assembly in their uniform, along with Tawny Owl leader Susan Phillips, to receive a cheque for £600.