300 Hours Initiative

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The public’s awareness of the contribution which Freemasonry makes to the community is hugely important to the future well-being of our organisation and therefore we need to develop a position whereby the wider community appreciates the value of Freemasonry and comes to support the organisation.

The 300 Hours In The Community initiative is designed to impact directly within local communities. The approach is one based on the gift of time rather than cash and will reinforce the concept of Freemasons providing practical support in addition to the more traditional financial support role that we so often play.

The aim is to deliver 300 hours of local community engagement in a year by helping local charities and other not-for-profit organisationw with a range of projects

between September 2016 and the end of 2017. It is anticipated that many lodges will already have significant existing arrangements with local charities and institutions on which they can build, either on their own or in partnership with other lodges.

Contact the lead co-ordinator, David Biggs, for more information
Centre co-ordinators:

  • Phillip Mott – Abingdon
  • Mike Davall – Aldermaston
  • Silverio Ostrowski – Faringdon
  • Neil Wilkinson – Newbury & Hungerford
  • Les Matthews – Pangbourne
  • Clive Hitchen – Sindlesham *
  • Michael Hogg – Sindlesham *
  • Colin Payne – Sindlesham *
  • Lionel Voke – Sindlesham *
  • Colin Gilbey – Wallingford
  • Phil Lawrence – Wantage
  • Colin Benford – Windsor
  • Richard Grayson – Wokingham
  • David Biggs – Berries and Dene Lodges (Cookham)

The 300 Hours Initiative is the perfect opportunity to showcase Freemasonry in the local media.

Freemasons and their Lodges will be doing amazing things and fantastic work in the Community for the 300 hours initiative and we want people to know about it. Please use the following guidelines and form to tell us about your 300 House work:

300 Hours Publicity – Showcasing Freemasonry

300 Hours Story Creation Form v1


  1. I am the Chairman of the Armed Forces Bikers, a military charity set up to provide assistance to Veterans of the Armed Forces and their families who are struggling to adjust to civilian life. We are a Grant giving Charity and are proud to say that 100% of all donated funds goes to helping veterans in need.

    Outside of work, this is my other job, for which I receive no remuneration.

    1. I am also actively engaged in supporting a few local charities on completely voluntary basis, (not even expenses are claimed) and regularly commit to some 10-20 hours of work per week, helping to run its events and community related projects that help deliver benefits the to local community and other organisations, charities, communities and individuals – to those distressed and in need. I also hold/held executive position/s (currently President of one and Trustee Director of another) from time to time, over the last 24 years.
      The Sikh tenets that happen to align well with Freemasonry principles are exercised in selfless service to others.
      More recently, have led several development projects for one of these local charity in Reading.
      Indeed, there are several other Brethren who share these values and service provision to the Reading and surrounding communities.

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