Provincial Grand Lodge – 2nd May 2017

For those of you who attended the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in Harrogate on Tuesday, and of course for those of you who couldn’t make it, you can read the Provincial Grand Master’s address and the Masonic Charitable Foundation report to PGL at the links below:

Provincial Grand Masters Address to Provincial Grand Lodge, 2nd May 2017

Masonic Charitable Foundation Report to PGL May 2017

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – Lifelites

One of our most important principles is that of charitable giving. Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds.

We do not undertake any external fundraising. All money donated comes from our own efforts.

Through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and its predecessor charities, Freemasons have given around £130 million to charities across England, Wales and overseas in recent years, in addition to supporting thousands of members and their families in need.

One Masonic initiative was Lifelites, a charity which provides technology packages for every baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. Even though the charity is now well-established, the MCF still helps by providing office premises and administrative services.

For more information about Lifelites, from Dame Esther Rantzen who is a patron, feel free to view the video linked from the MCF Lifelites page: MCF – Lifelites

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Hospice Certificate Presentations in Area 5

Area5 PCAs present the annual MCF Certificates confirming their annual payment to the local Hospices in our area.

PCA John Bailey presents a certificate confirming the payment of £5,580 to St Gemma’s Leeds.

PCA Denis Morrissey-Newton presents The Prince of Wales Hospice with their certificate for £2,361.

Area5 Charity Committee Chairman David Gray presents The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice with their cheque and certificate for £3,576.

Staff at all the hospices expressed their thanks and appreciation to the MCF and the Freemasons of Yorkshire.

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Masonic Charitable Foundation – For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

How the Foundation helps Masonic families

A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.


  • Daily living costs
  • Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs


  • Medical treatment
  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

Family – Children in full-time education

  • Costs for education or training
  • Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
  • Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

Practical assistance

The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.

How to apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email  You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit:

How the Foundation helps communities

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.  We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit:

Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work


Twitter:            @Masonic_Charity

Facebook:       @themcf

YouTube:        Masonic Charitable Foundation

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