Provincial Charity Newsletter No.10

Royal Arch Masons 2013 Bicentenary Appeal

I am pleased to advise that over 60% of Chapters in Surrey have now contributed to the RA2013 Appeal together with some Craft Lodges. Should any Chapter that has not yet had the opportunity to donate but wish to it is not too late to give to this most worthy cause. By donating to The Royal Arch Masons 2013 Bicentenary Appeal will help save lives and improve the quality of life for us, our children and our grandchildren.

Donations can be made by using the ‘white’ gift aid envelopes for cash/cheque and endorsing with ReliefChest No RA2013. Alternatively, a dedicated 4 fold 2013 Flyer is available for credit card or regular donations via direct debit. Details can be obtained from Grand Charity Tel 02073959349. If you require further information, gift aid envelopes and dedicated flyers you can also contact me or your Charity Liaison Officer.

The Appeal has been extended to the end of the year to allow Royal Arch Masons reach the revised national target of £2 Million. The total raised nationally so far is £1.7 Million and Surrey’s contribution is currently a fantastic £47,000. The Deputy Grand Superintendent has expressed a wish for Surrey to raise £50,000. Companions we are nearly there. Just £3,000 to go!

Please take this back to your Chapters and consider this last opportunity to really make a difference and give an opportunity to enhance the quality of person’s life. To mark the RA2013 Appeal in Surrey a dinner was hosted by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent and his wife Libby in The Duchess Stand at Epsom Downs Racecourse on 6th September 2013. 250 people enjoyed a most pleasant evening. Further details can be found on the Provincial Scribe E Newsletter No 12.

Surrey for Surrey Cheque Presentations

Companions Charity in all its aspects is the practical application of Freemasonry, our cheque presentations provide a unique opportunity in building relationships with local charitable organisations, raising our profile and increasing acceptance in the wider community. If your Chapter have not yet used the Surrey for Surrey Scheme then please ask the companions of your Chapter to consider it.

Some interesting facts:

Over 50% of Lodges/Chapters now use the S4S scheme to donate to Surrey charities
Over 100 different local charities have been supported to date
Over £500,000 has been donated

Imagine what could be achieved if all Chapters and Lodges donate via Surrey for Surrey. The next cheque presentation wwill be our 9th and will take place on 16th December 2013 at Nutfield starting at 7pm.

Charity Steward Surgeries

This is a new initiative to allow Charity Stewards a chance to discuss any Charity related matters in a very informal way. I or a Charity Liaison Officer will be available to help and advise on any issues that you may have. For example, how to open a relief chest, how to donate to a festival or guidance in your role as Charity Steward. You do not need to book in, simply turn up at one of the various Masonic Halls and we will meet you in the bar on a specific evening. Do drop in if you have the chance. We look forward to meeting you. A detailed timetable is currently being put together. As soon as it is finalised a copy will be sent to all Charity Stewards.

Teddies For Loving Care

In order to raise vital funds for this most endearing of charities a raffle has been organised by the Surrey TLC Team. There are a limited number of raffle tickets available so be sure to apply quickly. It costs just £10 for a great chance to win the car. For further detail on how to apply for a ticket please email the team on

The Provincial 500 Club

A total of 584 memberships have now been purchased. This generates over £5,000 per annum net contribution towards the Surrey for Surrey Scheme.

The next draw will be held at the Joint Executive Lunch on 15th December 2013. There is still time for your Chapter, the members of your Chapter and their immediate families to join, only £15 per number per year, with 2 draws each year, 2 chances to win the first prize of £1000, or one of 4 other prizes, £500, £200, £125 & £50. To download the 500 Club application form from the Royal Arch Provincial web site, please click here.

Charity Relief Chests

The number of Chapters who have relief chests has risen from 21 to 34 since May 2012. This represents a 60% increase which is very encouraging indeed. If you do not have a relief chest and are interested in increasing your charity donations by 25% then please contact me or your Charity Liaison Officer and we will be pleased to assist.

2019 Festival Appeal

The Province of Surrey has been given the honour of hosting a 5 year festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The launch of the 2019 Festival Appeal will take place at 7pm on 25th, 26th and 27th February at Croydon, Surbiton and Guildford respectively. Further news and information on the forthcoming 2019 Festival Appeal will become available over the coming months.

Please feel free to use the content of this or previous E Newsletters in your Chapter Charity report, or forward on to your members.

Yours sincerely & fraternally

E Comp Rob Shephard
Provincial Grand Charity Steward

t: 020 8393 6928
7th October 2014

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