Cheque for Reserve’s Friends

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Barry Yates from the Reserve (left), with Brian Cornish (centre) as cheque is handed over to the Friends' Cliff Peers

Brian Cornish, past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Look Forward in Bisley, Surrey (centre in photo above) was for many years a volunteer on the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve and was well known by many people in Rye.

Freemasons are a charitable organisation which raises funds for deserving causes, but during the Covid lock-down visits to present donations and cheques were put on hold. Brian was given the task of delivering a cheque on Wednesday May 4 to the Chairman of the Friends of Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, Cliff Dean.

The cheque was for £1000 for the Friends to support the work of the Sussex Wildlife Trust at the Discovery Centre and on the nature reserve. They are involved in a huge range of activities including funding machinery, wildlife projects and hosting educational events.

Cliff said after his visit, “I have known Brian for a very long time in various capacities and I very much value his work as a volunteer, firstly in Lime Kiln Cottage and then in the Portacabin. It is wonderful to meet up with him and his wife today after two years absence because of the restrictions of Covid.

“The Friends are truly grateful to receive this generous cheque today from Look Forward Lodge 9305 at Bisley, Surrey. It will certainly help us carry on all the work that we do on the Reserve.”

Brian was Master of the Lodge during the lockdown and was exceedingly happy to be around and about delivering the cheques in person to various organisations and charities.

He wore his Team GB blazer which he acquired as a shooting judge in the 2012 Olympics in London. The Look Forward Lodge is primarily a shooting lodge and this sport is dear to Brian’s heart. He covered 50 international events as a judge and was pleased that his last major one was the Olympics.

Image Credits: k.t.bruce .

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