Thanks a million, says High Sheriff

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The High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire, Carolyn Cumming, has thanked Milton Keynes Freemasons for helping to raise more than one million pounds for charities in the area.

The eight lodges and two chapters which meet at the Masonic Hall in Queensway, Bletchley, were among nearly 4,000 colleagues who made regular contributions to the group’s Bucks Masonic Centenary Fund.

It in turn has helped to finance many charities through the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Community Foundations, which act as a central point of contact for good causes throughout the region.

Mrs Cumming says: “I cannot thank the Milton Keynes 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 country in the 1820s.

She is due to canter a series of horses through the county, having left Olney in north Bucks on Sunday September 16, eventually arriving at Burnham Beeches in the south on Saturday, September 22. Mrs Cumming will visit many local charities on route, many of them funded to some degree by freemasons.

The High Sheriff is appointed to the ceremonial post for a year. In theory, she is the Queen’s legal enforcer in the county. In practice, Mrs Cumming works to maintain the spirituality and morale of voluntary and statutory groups, particularly those associated with the judiciary.

The head of Milton Keynes and Bucks Freemasons, Gordon Robertson, says: “Freemasonry has a great deal in common with the office of High Sheriff. It’s centuries old, secular, apolitical, and has its roots in maintaining community values.

“These are all concepts familiar to freemasons, who swear to champion the principles of friendship, decency, and charity.

“Just like the office of High Sheriff has changed over the centuries, so has freemasonry, to the point where we are now one of the biggest charity backers in modern Britain.

“We take pride in providing practical help to the community today, while our ceremonies enable us to stay in touch with our historical roots and re-affirm our moral values.”

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