Freemasons in Skegness have given the town’s Royal Air Force Air Cadet Squadron a shield to be awarded annually for the Cadet making the greatest contribution to the community. Called the Community Merit Award, it has been created to encourage the young people of Skegness to take an interest in, and try to improve, the environment around them.
The presentation has been made by the Lumley Lodge, whose Secretary Peter Mason said: “Freemasonry strives to instil in its members a moral and ethical approach to life: seeking to reinforce thoughtfulness for others, kindness in the community, honesty in business, courtesy in society and fairness in all things. This ‘dovetails’ almost exactly with the Air Cadets ethos; they’re encouraged to ‘RISE’, which stands for Respect, Integrity,Service and Excellence. We have no doubt this award will reinforce these principles in the Cadets.”
Flt Lt Simon Withnall is the Officer Commanding the Royal Air Force Air Cadets 1073 Squadron in Skegness. He said: ““It’s perfect that recognition of the Cadets’ efforts to make Skegness a better place to live by developing qualities of leadership and good citizenship should come from the town’s Freemasons, who share our high standards of commitment to helping others.”