charitable giving, so far as can be achieved within each
member's purse, and without causing problems to his family.
The Lodge has a strong and
proud tradition of charitable giving.
Every Masterís aim
has been to bolster the regular Masonic charities that we have
supported as well as many other worthy causes.
With the formal creation of the office of Charity Steward
in 1976 our charity collections were transformed from acceptably
generous contributions to offerings of incredibly magnificent
This has been due to both the motivation and enthusiasm of the
Charity Stewards and the generosity of the members.
There are four main avenues by
which members contribute:
every Master has a nominated charity,
and members are encouraged to contribute to this.
These charities are typically one of the four main Masonic
charities, and the sums raised approximate to two - or three
thousand pounds each year
there is a "table collection"
at every meeting. The sums raised are typically one -
or two hundred pounds each meeting, and these are typically
donated to non-Masonic charities (e.g. children's'
there is a collection at every Lodge of
Instruction. These typically raise a few hundred
pounds which is generally donated to non-Masonic charities
social events generate charitable
funds, either through a surplus over the costs, or through raffles
etc. These typically are donated to the Master's