The 2020 Festival

FANTASTIC FIRST 18 MONTHS OF THE FESTIVAL

As you will remember our Festival was launched in March 2015 and thanks must go to all the brethren who have so far signed up for an honorific.

Thanks also to all the Charity Stewards of the Lodges and Chapters for promoting the Festival as their Lodges and Chapters make their way toward and through the honorific levels.

So what have we achieved so far?

• Our Festival total so far stands at £1.75m, a wonderful total after only 18 months
• 80 Lodges and Chapters have so far achieved an honorific
• Our current total means that we have so far raised an average of over £350 per Middlesex Mason
• Already over 1100 Middlesex masons have signed up for an honorific

At the Provincial Craft Annual Meeting in May, six Lodges were congratulated during the meeting for achieving Grand Patron and were presented with their Grand Patron certificates by the Pro Provincial Grand Master.

To achieve Grand Patron honorific in just over a year is quite amazing, the Lodges were:

• Sir Francis Burdett Lodge • Citadel Lodge • Albert Duke of York Lodge •
• Boston Manor Lodge • Parthenon Lodge • Eastcote St Lawrence Lodge •

Everyone is looking forward to the next occasion when more Grand Patron Lodges can be congratulated.

There will also in due course be similar recognition for Chapters that achieve Grand Patron.

In October there was an event in Harrow to which the Lodges and Chapters that have achieved Steward and Vice Patron honorific were invited.

They received their Steward level award, a pair of alms bags, and those who have also achieved Vice Patron received Volume of the Sacred Law Sashes.

Similar events will be held in the future to congratulate more Lodges and Chapters in the same way.

The Festival total of £1.75m is what we will achieve so far when everyone has made all the payments that they have promised to make and the Gift Aid due is received on all the donations, it is not as yet actual cash.

The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) is of course spending money all the time on children, mainly children of masons or with a masonic link, and therefore it is excellent to note that we have actually transferred much needed cash to the value of £840,000 already.

We must continue to remind all those who have not yet contributed that this is a really worthwhile cause.

Many brothers have not contributed because they haven’t been asked.

The children that we are enabling the RMTGB to support need us to do our best for them.

Have you donated yet and are you wearing your jewel?

If not look at the “How to Donate” page on this website, or ask the Lodge Charity Steward.

What is The 2020 Festival ?

A period of 5 years, ending in 2020, when all Masons in Middlesex are asked to support one of our Masonic Charities, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. This is a charity doing amazing work.

Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys

As you discover more about the work of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (RMTGB) you will feel reassured that by supporting The 2020 Festival you will be making a lasting difference to a great many young people who most need our help.

The RMTGB’s mission statement:

‘To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, where funds permit, support other children in need.’

More information about The 2020 Festival:

If you have any questions, require more information, have fund raising suggestions, or are organising events relating to The 2020 Festival, please email:festival@pglm.org.uk

Watch this video which shows what the RMTGB does:-

Maddie’s Story

 

“A man never stands so tall as when he kneels to help a child”

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