The brethren at Ruislip St Martin’s work closely with Brunel University by spreading the word about Freemasonry and supporting a number of their students through their graduate courses.
Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Peter Jones accompanied by Lodge Charity Steward W. Bro. Peter Binstead, presented a cheque for £1,300 to students Harry Stiles and Reece Kelly.
Both lads are working on water purification projects for their engineering degrees.
Specifically they are working in collaboration with a Social Enterprise in Mexico called Isla Urbana. The company’s focus is to help low income families to access inexpensive clean water.
Harry has devised a rainwater harvesting system which will enable families to catch, clean and store water for domestic use eg washing and cleaning.
Whilst Reece has come up with a cheap method of purifying this water for drinking which uses materials that can be sourced locally.
It was necessary for them to travel to Mexico to work alongside Isla Urbana to test their concepts and gain some primary research and results.
The £1,300 was to be used to purchase two return flights to Mexico City so that both lads could further their projects.
This money came from the Middlesex Provincial Relief fund, who generously made it available to the students following an application from the Lodge.
Support of Brunel Students
Boost for Church Security
Worshipful Master W Bro Peter Jones hands over cheques to Fr Simon Evans, Vicar of St Martin’s Church, Ruislip, to cover the cost of upgrading the surveillance cameras and control equipment installed to keep the church and its congregation secure.
With Fr Simon to receive the donation is Church Warden Judith Roberts, and W Bros Martin Cartwright and George Sowemimo, long term members both of the Church and of the Lodge.
The cheques, amounting to some £1796, include £1500 from the Middlesex Masonic Charitable Trust, with the balance coming directly from the Lodge to cover the VAT.
When the Lodge made the Trustees aware of the urgent need to address increasing concerns about church safety, following a number of serious attacks on religious communities both in the UK and in Europe, the response was “send us some figures and we’ll see what we can do”.
Founded in 1984, Ruislip St Martin’s Lodge included many parishioners, plus parents from the local BWI School. The Lodge retains its strong association with St Martins’ Church, with several current Brethren still active members of the congregation.