A group of Newbury freemasons have stepped in to help complete the renovation of the Fair Close Centre in Newbury.
Around 22 freemasons completed a number of jobs at the centre over the last few weekends after funds for the centre’s renovation began to run out.
The renovation started earlier this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the centre, which is run by charity Age Concern and offers a range of activities for people aged 65 and over.
Most of the work had been finished by mid-July, but there were still a number of jobs that needed completing.
So the freemasons have been helping out to finish the job, which has included fixing up the main hall’s wooden floor, repairing benches and turning one of the rooms in the centre into a hair salon.
It is estimated that the freemasons’ contribution has saved the centre between £12,000 and £15,000, with the Berkshire Masonic Charity also donating £1,000 towards the work.
In response, the trustees of the centre said: “Thanks so much for all the hard work the team has done on behalf of us here at Fair Close Centre, we’re so very pleased with the results in all areas.
“As it is our 50th anniversary this year here’s to the next 50 years and more that this centre can carry on giving the support that is so vital for our elderly population.”