This post has been provided by Peter Gibbs, SR of Shropshire Conclave.
On taking the chair this year at the Shropshire Conclave, I thought I would like to invite my sons school for a visit.
This may sound a little strange, but he goes to Overley Hall school, which is an independent residential special school.
It was established in 1980 and works mainly with children who have severe autism. It takes 22 pupils and has a staff of about 120.
One of the main ethos of the school is to mix with the community and ready the children for adult life.
My sons class usually goes out on a Wednesday. When I asked his class teacher if they would like to visit the lodge she jumped at the idea.
The lodge room was set up for a chapter meeting, so the children loved all the colour and banners on show. Afterwards they had squash and cake which went down very well.
I personally believe like the children, Masons should take a much bigger part in the community.
All the children got a certificate at the weeks presentation for good behaviour on the visit, what could be better.
I extend my grateful thanks to David Kettle and Harold Loasby who made the visit possible.
A few pictures taken on the day, featuring Peter’s son.