Freemasons Hall in Leicester usually caters for many of the counties nearly three thousand Masons most days of the week and is also home to Devonshire Place, one of the city’s leading venues for weddings and event hire.
With the continued lockdown in the city, the large kitchens have remained closed, with food stocks being wound down where possible.
With uncertainty around when Freemasons Hall will reopen, rather than dispose of the food, the team decided to put the ample stocks of ingredients to good use, by baking a huge batch of biscuits, 1,572 in total. Each biscuit was carefully prepared by the Head Chef Greg Prangnell and packaged into gift bags complete with tag.
Ninety of the gift bags were donated and delivered to Leicester residents who suffer from Motor Neurone Disease, with the remaining one hundred and seventy-two gift bags being donated to residents of the Devonshire Court Care Home in Oadby.
Peter Kinder, head of the Freemasons in Leicestershire & Rutland said, “Throughout the year, Freemasons have been finding ingenious ways of helping the local community, such as manufacturing PPE, delivering meals, and donating money. I must thank Nicola Holyoake and the team for putting our kitchens to further good use and bringing a smile to people’s faces in the run-up to Christmas”.