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Peebles parade marks 300th birthday of one of the town's oldest organisations

Hundreds have marched through Peebles as part of celebrations marking the 300th birthday of Peebles Masonic Lodge

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The Masonic lodge in Peebles is celebrating it's 300th birthday.

Opened in 1716, the local Borders chapter will celebrating with a series of events, including the parade down the high street on Saturday. Members from lodges from across Scotland are attending.

Very proud indeed. It's quite an achievement for any organisation in any town to survive for 300 years.

– Kenny Howitt, Past Master Peebles Lodge


Funding for the North West Air Ambulance

The North West Air Ambulance Credit: NWAA

Air ambulances across the country, including the North West, are due to benefit from £192,000 from the Freemasons' Grand Charity. Twenty two air ambulance in nine regions will receive funding from the grant-making charity this year so they can continue carrying out their life-saving work.

Funding will help keep the ambulance in operation Credit: NWAA

Among those to benefit from the latest funds are North West Air Ambulance, which will receive £12,000. The latest figure brings the total amount of donations made to air ambulance charities by Freemasons since 2007 to £1 million.

The donations will be presented to the regional rescue services by Freemasons from across the country.

The service is vital in our region Credit: NWAA

Laura Chapman, chief executive of the charity, said:

"Support for air ambulance charities is very popular within Freemasonry because these vital services are at the heart of every community they operate in.

"Relying on donations, these organisations save thousands of lives each year and we are absolutely delighted to report that the total amount given is now over £1 million."

The Freemasons' Grand Charity is dedicated to supporting people in need in the areas of medical research; support for vulnerable people; youth opportunities; hospice services; air ambulances; and disaster relief.