FREEMASONRY IN THE COMMUNITY
Looking back at the contribution Berkshire Freemasons have made across the local community in the past year
The Berkshire Masonic Charity (BMC) made a donation of £1,500 to Whitley Wood Amateur Boxing Club to provide four Geezer Elite Progel Punchbags.
Whitley Amateur Boxing Club is right at the at the heart of Whitley, both in location and spirit. In just three years, a great deal of hard work from locals has seen this small hall in Callington Road transformed into a hub of community boxing and exercise activity that is well equipped and staffed. The place is packed to the rafters with talented fighters, hopefuls and enthusiasts, 6 days of the week.
The Boxing Club is a registered charity with England Boxing. The club currently have 5 England Boxing affiliated coaches, one of which is an ex-professional boxer. He is one of the founding members of the gym that was established in the Whitley area and brings over 25 years’ experience in the sport to the club. The club building is situated in a central part of Whitley which has been described as a deprived area of Reading. The inside is occupied by a full-size boxing ring and an adjoining exercise area. It is fully equipped to give training to 20+ boys in this area.
During the BMC Case Almoner’s visit to the club, he watched a full class of boys working through sparing exercises under the direction of the senior coach with disciplined enthusiasm and commitment. He was very impressed with the energy and enjoyment the boys were displaying. The team of volunteers give their time and dedication to this venture. He was informed that during the day, individuals are sent to the club from pupil referral units in Reading, and that the club also provides training to girls as well as boys.
He was very impressed with the achievements of the club in National competitions: In 2018, one boy was runner in the final of the national schoolboys’ championship and 3 weeks later went on to win the national competition receiving the golden gloves. In the national development championships three boys reached the finals two becoming runners up and one winning it, thus becoming the national champion. Tamuka Mucha and a former pupil of the John Madejski Academy, is a challenger for the British Boxing Board of Control’s welterweight title.