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Freemasons step up for local charities

Created on 29/09/2020 @ 09:25


Welchpool Mark Lodge members have come to the aid of two vital local charities that have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Freemasons have handed over £750 cheques to the Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre and the Heulwen Trust who both carry out crucial work in the local community, but have seen funding squeezed as a result of the ongoing uncertainty.

The Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre (MFCC) has provided specialist support for almost 40 years, managing two refuges that offer a safe environment for women, men and children who have suffered domestic abuse in North Powys.

MFCC also has two outreach teams supporting adults and children and young people, the teams travel to all areas of Montgomeryshire providing 1-1 safety and support meetings, group programmes, play therapy and awareness raising.

MFCC provided services throughout lockdown, but referrals rose as restrictions eased and victims were able to call for help.

Pictured are Fleur Frantz-Morgans and Jeff Hurford (Trustee) of MFCC and Welchpool Mark Lodge members during a recent socially distanced cheque presentation at the Masonic Hall in Welshpool.

The MFCC 24-hour crisis contact number is 01686 629114 or for more information visit

The cancellation of their annual Country & Western weekend hit the Heulwen Trust, a Welshpool-based charity that provides free narrow boat trips to those less abled.

In the wake of the pandemic, it is likely that the need and benefits of such a service will become more important as communities and families rebuild their lives, particularly for the client base that Heulwen Trust serves.

They are in the process of working through the requirements to restart their valued outings in a safe way, so they are looking to recruit more volunteers to help operate their two well equipped boats.

The Lodge spokesperson said: “The members of the Lodge were very conscious of both the great work done by Heulwen Trust over many years, but also this shortfall in funding at a time when their services to vulnerable clients in the community will be even more valuable. Masonic Lodges in Welshpool and nationally see it as an important time to tap into their resources to support communities everywhere.”

More information about the Trust is available at or email

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