Following 3 months of closure, Wells Cathedral has reopened its doors for services and visitors. During the lockdown some 70,000 people have been unable to visit and now the Cathedral faces a very real financial challenge to support its unique heritage and historic buildings. To help with this a Bounce Back Appeal has been launched together with a sponsored pilgrimage. The proceeds of the Pilgrimage will be shared between St. Margaret’s Hospice and the appeal.
Somerset Freemasons, who have always had a close relationship with the Cathedral were pleased to support the appeal with a donation of £10,000. The Dean of Wells, The VR Dr John Davis said “The Freemasons have been great friends of Wells Cathedral in the past, and their generosity and friendship in the present crisis is hugely appreciated. The pandemic and experience of lockdown have been very painful for so many people. Now more than ever, support is needed to sustain the Cathedral and all that it does in its community. The Chapter of Wells and I thank the Somerset Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their support.”
Somerset’s leading Freemasons, David Medlock and Barry Woodside said “All during the lockdown Freemasons have supported their local communities, often unnoticed. They include manufacturing PPE for Doctors Surgeries, Nursing Homes and local Police, distributing food parcels to the needy and supporting Women’s Refuge Centres. We have donated Tablet PC’s to local hospitals to enable Covid-19 patients to keep in touch with their loved ones and distributed teddies to comfort children who find themselves in A &E. Freemasonry really is part of our community and we are delighted to be able to help Wells Cathedral at this difficult time.”
To see a letter of thanks from Very Reverend Dr John Davis please follow this link