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Mayor of Preston invites local group to Town Hall in recognition of charitable work

Posted on - 6th September, 2023 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Proud Preston
Mayor of Preston with members of Preston Guild Lodge
The Mayor of Preston shows the group the Regalia of Office

The Mayor of Preston has recognised Preston Guild Lodge for its commitment to charity with a visit to the Town Hall.

Over many years, Preston Guild Lodge No 4408 has made supporting local charities a priority. In the last year, the lodge has donated almost £12,000 in grants or groceries to local charities.

During the pandemic, the lodge was awarded The Mayor of Preston’s Coronavirus Pandemic City Hero Award for its service to the community.

More recently, one of the lodge’s Coronation Grants of £1,102 was made to Preston Domestic Violence Services, which is one of the Mayor’s charities this year.

In recognition of this activity, The Mayor of Preston, Councillor Yakub Patel, invited a delegation of Lodge Members to visit the Town Hall to see the Mayor’s Parlour, Civic Regalia and Council Chamber.

Members of Preston Guild Lodge on their visit to the Town Hall with Mayor of Preston Cllr Yakub Patel
Members of Preston Guild Lodge on their visit to the Town Hall with Mayor of Preston Cllr Yakub Patel

Lodge member David Parker said: “The Mayor gave the delegation a very informative history of the city and linked that to the magnificent Regalia of Office and the Civic Regalia.

“Preston Guild Lodge is proud to be able to count four former mayors in its members in the past. This brought the regalia to life as the members could imagine those past Mayors wearing and using them.

“Councillor Patel also gave the team a tour of the Council Chamber and explanation of the history of the Town Hall. The current building is the third version, and Masons played a major role in the first two, which was an interesting fact for the Mayor.”

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