Festival Chairman’s Introduction

David Allan - Chairman
David Allan

Brethren – I am going to write about exercising that virtue which may justly be denominated the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemason’s heart – I mean Charity.

On this occasion I will dilate on its excellence. We have all heard those words said to us before, most of us have said them to an initiate and we have all heard them many times. This is when we really live up to that distinguishing characteristic.

As the Pro Provincial Grand Master has just announced, The 2020 Festival will be starting officially on Thursday March 19th – we are however accepting donations already and have commenced selling merchandise at the Festival briefing evenings.

Our Provincial Grand Master and the whole of the Executive, both Craft and Royal Arch are fully behind this Festival and ask that you too get fully behind it for it’s full five year duration and do something extra-ordinary for what must be the most important of our four main charities, the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, as it looks after children and makes a real difference to the whole of those lives.

The RMTGB exists to: “relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need.”

We have adopted a line that the RMTGB use as we feel it sums up the whole essence of what The 2020 Festival is about:

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