St Johns Sports FC, who play in the Aylesbury and District League Division One were in need of new equipment to bolster their push for promotion.
The Social Club dates from the 1960’s and the goal posts on the pitch certainly looked as though they were installed at the same time. In desperate need of refurbishment, or preferably replacement, the club sought funding to buy a new set of goal posts.
The Bucks Masonic Benevolent Fund committee (BMCF) was approached by Diane Claridge, the St Johns Hon Secretary and Fund Raising Coordinator, and was delighted to donate £2,600 for the purchase of replacement moveable goal posts, complete with new nets and wheels for ease of manoeuvring and a set of new corner posts and flags.
Diane said: “The football pitch is a great asset and used by several local teams for their home matches. Sadly, the goal posts and nets have suffered over the 30 years since they were installed and were in desperate need of replacement.”
The BMCF was pleased to donate the full cost of replacing them with a pair of self-weighted aluminium moveable goals and so enable the teams to continue with their weekend games with the best equipment at their disposal.
Originally part of the old St Johns Hospital in Stone, the club is now a vital part of the local community. It has evolved into a friendly, family orientated venue for the local people to enjoy various sports and social activities.
Manager of St Johns FC, Adam Richmond, said: “We are extremely grateful to Bucks Freemasons and the BMCF for this generous donation. It gives the whole team a boost and a feeling of being that bit more professional in hosting our home games and has inspired us to a great season so far. It is also so much easier and quicker in dressing the pitch before and after a game.”
Bucks Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Graham Dearing said: “The BMCF is absolutely delighted to help St Johns Sports and Social and we wish them a successful season.”
The picture shows the St Johns team in front of one of the new goals.