Provincial Charity Team

Charity, being one of the three key principles on which Freemasonry is founded, has a central role in our activities. In view of this, each Worshipful Master appoints a Lodge Charity Steward as one of his officers during his year.

Lodge Charity Steward

The office of Lodge Charity Steward is the most important part of the charity structure. The Charity Steward has regular contact with the members of his Lodge and is therefore the best placed to encourage them to live up to their charitable obligations to the fraternity in particular and the community in general.

The Charity Steward of a Lodge is a very special person indeed. He must be tactful, discrete and able to keep records, prepare and submit accounts whilst at all times maintaining confidentiality – the amount contributed by a member is not known by other members of the Lodge. (Please see “Guidance Notes for Charity Steward” in the Guidance Notes link). He is responsible for promoting West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd (WRMCL) and the Central Masonic Charities.

No pressure is applied at any stage; donations must be given freely and Charity Stewards recognise that members’ financial circumstances vary. Indeed, a member’s resources will probably change over his lifetime.

The Provincial Charity team supports and assists the Charity Steward in carrying out these duties.

Provincial Charity Assistants (PCA’s)

Provincial Charity Assistants keep in regular contact with the Charity Steward of the three or four Lodges allocated to them, offering guidance and support as necessary to assist them to fulfil their responsibilities. PCAs are members of their Area Charity Committee.

Area Charity Chairmen

The 5 Areas of the Province each have a Charity Chairman who is part of the Provincial Charity Steward’s team, serving on the Provincial Charity Committee. Their main responsibilities are to support the Provincial Charity Steward, chair the meetings of their Area Charity Committee and support their team of Provincial Charity Assistants.

The Area Chairmen are:

 Alan Griffin Area 1
Alan Griffin
joygriffin@talktalk.net
ae Area 2
Alan Elstone
alan.elstone@wrprovince.co.uk
Area 3
Michael J Holmes
mike.j.holmes@btinternet.com
mh Area 4
Michael F Holmes
michaelfholmes1@gmail.com
jw Area 5
David Gray
sapoflow@btinternet.com

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

SCG Provincial Grand Charity Steward
Jim Watson
jim.jswatson1@gmail.com

The Provincial Charity Steward has overall responsibility to Province for the collection and control of monies raised for West Riding Masonic Charities Limited (WRMCL) and the Central Masonic Charities.

His key duties are:

The Provincial Charity Committee consists of the five Area Charity Chairmen and:

jb John Boyington, CBE
Assistant Provincial Grand Master with special responsibility for Charity
john.boyington@wrprovince.co.uk
cs Colin Symes
Secretary to the Committee
colin.symes@wrprovince.co.uk

The Committee assists the Provincial Charity Steward to fulfil his obligations by offering advice and practical help.

Contact

Contact: Any Charity matter should first be referred to the Lodge Charity Steward who will if necessary call upon the Charity Team.