‘Freemasons are the DNA of charities’: High Sheriff on horseback thanks organisation for raising £1 million for good causes

The head of Aylesbury and Bucks Freemasons, Gordon Robertson, officially started High Sherriff Carolyn Cumming's rural ride through the region. He donated �1 000 provided by the order towards her �50 000  target. She is due to arrive in Burnham Beeches on Saturday September 22.
The head of Aylesbury and Bucks Freemasons, Gordon Robertson, officially started High Sherriff Carolyn Cumming's rural ride through the region. He donated �1 000 provided by the order towards her �50 000 target. She is due to arrive in Burnham Beeches on Saturday September 22.

The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Carolyn Cumming, has thanked Aylesbury’s freemasons for helping to raise more than £1 million for charities in the area.

The 12 lodges and six chapters which meet at the Masonic Hall in Ripon Street were among nearly 4,000 colleagues who made contributions to the Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund.

This money has gone to the Bucks and Milton Keynes Community Foundations, which act as a central point of contact for good causes throughout the region.

Mrs Cumming said: “I cannot thank the Aylesbury freemasons enough for their generous donations which make a real difference to the lives of tens of thousands of people in our area.

“Their quiet determination and regular contributions are the bedrock of so many good causes. Freemasonry has become part of the DNA of Bucks charities over the last two decades.”

The High Sheriff’s comments came as she prepared to set off on a recreation of activist William Cobbett’s ‘rural rides’ through the county.