Every year there are four Masonic Festivals in support of the Central Masonic Charities –
The Festival system is designed to spread the load of fund raising evenly between the Provinces, thus ensuring a regular annual income for each of the central Masonic charities. However only 44 of the 47 Provinces under United Grand Lodge take part in the Festival system. The smaller Provinces of Jersey, Guernsey & Alderney and the Isle of Man are not included in the system, but may participate in periods of fundraising for one or more of the Charities. The Metropolitan Grand Lodge sometimes also holds its own separate Appeals in support of one of the Charities.
When a Province is tasked by the Grand Master, with raising funds for a Festival the Provincial Grand Master assumes the position of Festival President for the duration of the Festival, normally five to seven years. The Provincial Grand Master will decide upon the structure of the Festival appeal committee.
Throughout the period of the Festival the Brethren within the Province will have been raising money and donating to the Festival, for the designated charity. To celebrate the end of the Festival the Province holds a Festival Banquet, which is attended by those Brethren who have qualified as Stewards during the Festival, together with their ladies.
In this Province we are fortunate to have a system of regular giving to Masonic Charities and during the period of a Festival these regular donations are channelled to the Festival unless the Brother specifies otherwise.