Provincial Grand Lodge Yorkshire North & East Ridings 2018 Masonic Festival Website

What is a Masonic Festival

PGM  from 1st Nov
Traditionally each Province is asked once in every 11 years to collect funds for one of the main Masonic charities. The Charity Festival System in English Freemasonry has been developed to rotate specific fund raising evenly around the Provinces. There are 44 Provinces in the system. The intention is for each Province to have supported all of the four charities over a period of 44 years.
A Charity Festival is designed to last for 5 years, although we do know in advance of the launch year when our Festival will end and which charity we will be supporting.

When Festival 2018 was launched the United Grand Lodge of England had four separately designated charities. They were The Grand Charity, The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution, The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and the final charity, which you will become very familiar with is The Masonic Samaritan Fund or the MSF. The Festival charities derive no income from outside funding such as the National Lottery. The majority of money spent comes from Masonic donations and in the case of the MSF is available primarily to Freemasons and their dependants.

It followed that, traditionally, when our Festival commenced, each Province hosted a Festival once every 11 years with each Province supporting each of the four Charities once over a 44 year period.
The last festival held in this Province finished in 2006 and the efforts made by all our Masonic brethren produced 2.2 million pounds for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.

Many of the masons in our lodges will remember previous Charity Festivals held in this Province.
The money raised during a Festival Appeal makes a significant contribution to the income of the designated Charity. Without the income from Festivals, the work of the Charities would be seriously compromised.

Each of the four charities has a Festival appeal finishing each year to fund it’s charitable giving.
Our success in this Province will be fundamental to the funds available for the MSF in 2018.

Our Lodges’ charitable actions will need to be directed towards the Festival to ensure a successful outcome and we should all remember that a Province enjoys significant rest periods between Festivals during which they can concentrate on local charitable priorities if they choose to do so.

The Provincial Grand Charity will continue to support local charitable needs throughout our Festival period.