Longton Lodge No 6237 is a member of the Leyland and District Group of Freemasons and the members have taken the group’s ethos of working in the community. To this end, they made a donation to Walmer Bridge Football Club to help them get a junior team, under-10s side, off the ground. The club members had been looking to start a junior football team for a while and it was following a chance conversation that Longton Lodge stepped in to help them along.
Each year Longton Lodge puts on an all-day summer event which includes a barbeque, music from a local band and fun for everyone in and around Longton and Walmer Bridge communities. The event continues to be popular with local families joining in with the festivities and as a result the lodge continues to be at the forefront of the local community, raising funds for charity as they go. The now annual summer barbecue wouldn’t be the success that it has become without the help of many volunteers, both in and out of the lodge.
In particular Neal Shacklady, Karen Coxhead and Tony and Sue Brocklebank, who are always on hand to help out behind the scenes. Along with Ian Duncan, they also help with the running of the bar and facilities and of course cooking at the barbecue. Following a brief conversation at their latest event between Ian Duncan, Martin Swarbrick and Neal Shacklady the team manager, Longton Lodge came up with a plan to help the new team.
The juniors themselves are thus far unbeaten and will be joining the league for the first time at the start of the 2015-2016 season. All their games have been friendlies and they currently play their football at the local ‘wreck’ at Walmer Bridge. Once they join the league they will be eligible to play at Walmer Bridge FC’s own football field at Marsh Lane, Longton.
Martin, secretary of Longton Lodge, was quoted as saying: “It is good that we were able to help those who help us and we have simply built on our already good relationship within the community.” He also wished the juniors every success for the future and hopes that the under 10’s team continues to grow within the community.
David Topping, Longton Lodge WM, was on hand to present the new football kit and said that he was proud to be doing something worthwhile for the community by supporting the local junior’s football team.
Neal and the juniors thanked the Freemasons for their generous donation which seemed a dream, only weeks ago. To follow the team’s progress you can visit the club website, http://www.walmerbridgefc.co.uk
Leyland and District Group Chairman Stewart Seddon thanked the lodge for their fantastic efforts in taking on board the group’s ethos of working in the community. He hoped that Walmer Bridge juniors would continue to enjoy their football and that the new strip brings the luck they need to become established in the league.