Freemasons refurbish shipping container for charity

The team work on insulating the container.

The Lennox Lodge Freemasons of Richmond have refurbished a storage container used by the Richmond & Catterick Group Riding for the Disabled (RDA).

Eight members of the Lodge, as well as local window cleaner Don Walls, worked together to refurbish the group’s shipping container on Saturday.

With materials donated by builders’ merchant JT Atkinson and project-managed by builders and fabricators Jason Hammond, Gary Lisle and Jack Baldwin, volunteers from the lodge were able to make the container and notice board waterproof and address the problem of condensation and the lack of ventilation in the container.

Don Wallis with his window cleaning water spray was able to prepare the roof for sealing with painted bitumen.

Charity steward of Lennox Lodge, Des McKenzie said: “We tend to donate money to smaller charities as we understand that this makes a big difference to these worthy causes. But our volunteers also provide practical help.

“With the cost-of-living today, members can donate their time, rather than money.


The team from Lennox Lodge.


“There are always jobs to suit everyone, whatever their ability. For example, we would not expect all members to be able to go up ladders.

“We are delighted to refurbish this dedicated container that will benefit the Richmond & Catterick Group RDA.”

Chairman of the RDA Group, David Summers said: “As a registered charity, the group depends entirely on the support of the local community.

“Refurbishment of the dedicated container that houses all our kit was urgent and we are grateful that the members of Lennox Lodge stepped up to give their time and skills to make the container fit for purpose.”