Brethren, The four charities at the core of our masonic fundraising are:
- THE FREEMASONS’ GRAND CHARITY – Supports both Masonic and non-Masonic charities, hospices etc.
- THE ROYAL MASONIC BENEVOLENT INSTITUTION – Helps Freemasons and dependants with housing and care
- THE ROYAL MASONIC TRUST FOR GIRLS AND BOYS – Helps with education of Freemasons and non-Freemasons
- THE MASONIC SAMARITAN FUND – Helps freemasons and dependants with medical care.
I strongly advise you to visit their respective pages on this website for an amazing view on what services and results these charities achieve each and every year.
THE 2015 FESTIVAL – Every year one of the Masonic Provinces in England and Wales holds a Festival in support of one of the four central Masonic Charities (see above). The East Lancashire 2015 Festival is in support of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institute. The money raised makes a significant contribution to the income of that charity and is a vital component needed to support its charitable aims. For the Brethren, the Festival will be the culmination of five years of fundraising – a continuous investment of time and money for which the Freemasons’ Charities and their recipients will be very grateful.
The Festival banquet at the end will be a happy celebration attended by those who qualified as Stewards during the festival together with their ladies – a proud occasion to mark their accomplishments. To qualify as a steward of the Festival requires a donation of £75 and a further £20 for the purchase of a jewel. I know this sounds a lot of money, and, for some of us it is. However, by making a regular donation, for instance in the form of a monthly Direct Debit, this spreads the cost. Any brother wishing to take this option, please see me and I will provide the necessary paperwork. The Provincial Grand Master, who is the President of the Festival, has requested that we give what support we can, but, at the same time, not to neglect other charities, the East Lancashire Masonic Charity being a very important one. I realise that, in these difficult financial times, it is asking a lot of our Brethrens’ generosity, but, knowing the Brethren of Pendle Lodge, I am sure you will all give whatever support you can. Thank you Brethren, I am always here to relieve you of your hard-earned cash!
Sincerely and Fraternally,