Gala dinner for the launch of the 2023 Festival
Have you ever seen a group of Masons rattling tins outside Tescos on a Saturday morning?
Well, you never will! However, we as an association need to raise money for Charity, especially the Masonic Charities.
Up until a few years ago, there were 4 masonic charities with different aims and rules for being able to access:
- The Grand Charity - Able to help Freemasons in difficulty with small grants and also make donations via the Red Cross to national or international disasters.
- The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution - Looks after a number of care homes which are open to both Masons and non-masons on a fee or grant basis. Recognised as one of the leading homes for Dementia care.
- The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys - Formed after the sale of the Masonic schools, it offers assistance to Children or Grandchildren of Masons who need assistance with education.
- The Masonic Samaritan Fund - Assist with medical issues where the NHS is unable or unwilling to react quickly enough.
These four charities were brought together under one roof and then formed into one Charity - The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).
The aims are the same and the original legacies still exist, but all under one umbrella allowing one request for help from one committee, which can call on funds from all the original sources.
In order to raise funds for the charity, Provinces in the UK are asked to run a festival every 7 - 9 years.
The last festival in Warwickshire culminated in September 2012 and was for the Masonic Samaritan Fund. It ran for 7 years (Launched in 2005) and raise £3.1 million
In 2018 we launch a new festival for the MCF which will finish in September 2023 (Hence 2023 festival)
- The President of the festival is the current PGM RW Bro. David Macey.
- Festival Director W. Bro. David Greenwood.
The plan is to get each Brother, Lodge and Centre to raise money for the festival by holding raffles, collections, making regular donations, doing sponsored events etc.
Each Lodge will have a target that we hope they will work towards and hopefully exceed and there will be various incentives along the way for the member, lodges and centres.
- Dress - Smart business casual
- Free Entry
- Arrival at 6:30pm for 7:30pm start
- Holte Suite, Aston Villa Football Club - Birmingham
For further information, please contact David Greenwood at firstname.lastname@example.org