Bob Ashley, Julian Nassau-Kennedy, Frank Ffitch, Eric Mardell, David Loveday and Phil & Vera Easen  from Chapter 851 of the Freemasons of Worthing were shown around by Sam Kirk, Head of Commercial.  They were given a brief history and a lively, informative commentary as they walked around the facilities. The group were impressed with everything, including; the new Ranger’s Café, the inclusive play equipment in the play area and the farm. They showed a particular interest in the new Woodwork Workshop, as one of the group had been a carpenter by trade.

Later, an encouraging and thoughtful speech was given by Julian, Principle number one, as the group handed over a cheque for £250, to Helen Bridger, Riding School Manager. The money was raised by the Royal Arch Masons attending the meeting in Worthing. Being a horse rider himself, Julian said he was particularly interested in supporting the riding therapy unit which is where they have decided they would like their donation is to go. He said, ‘I’m sure the good work you undertake here does much to enhance the self-esteem, self-confidence and self-assurance of all those who come here for your support.’ He went on to wish Ferring Country Centre every success with all their future endeavours.

Bob Ashley, Director of Ceremonies, commented, ‘Many thanks for showing us around. It was much appreciated and a privilege to see the work you are all doing in creating a safe learning environment for all. I will be coming back for a breakfast, I am sure!’

As a small independent charity, Ferring Country Centre are so grateful for donations such as this, as we rely on the generosity and kindness of people from the community to maintain the high standards of the facilities on offer to local adults with learning disabilities.