Provincial Charity Newsletter No.13

2019 Festival Appeal

The Festival is well underway and the Holy Royal Arch Province of Surrey has responded extremely well. Chapter Achievement Awards have been introduced as a way of saying well done on the extra effort made via their Chapters. These are awarded on an average per member basis. Bronze £25, Silver £50 and Gold £100. Five Chapters have already reached the Bronze Achievement Award. Four have attained Silver and one has accomplished Gold.

The 2019 Festival in aid of the RMBI is all about ‘Committed to Caring’. The RMBI are providing the best possible ‘Care’ for our most vulnerable of Brethren and their families. This includes residential and nursing care, dementia support and respite care. It also provides advice for those who are in difficulty but wish to remain in their own homes. We are being asked to ‘Commit’ to the Festival. One way to support the Festival is to become a Festival Steward through your Surrey Craft Lodge. If a Companion is not a member of a Surrey Lodge then he can apply through his Surrey Chapter. Festival Stewardship costs a minimum of £150 which can be paid by a monthly regular promise to pay. Over a 4 year period this equates to only £3.13 per month. Vice Patron is £300 (£6.25 per month), Patron £600 (£12.50) and Grand Patron £1,200 (£25). Once qualified as a Steward you can purchase a Festival jewel for £24.

To date over 1,000 Stewardships have been taken out by Craft and Royal Arch Masons. Another way a Chapter can be involved in the Festival is to perhaps donate the proceeds of one raffle/collection per year or organise a fund raising event. Further detail on the Festival including how to donate and the latest news on events such as the Provincial Quiz Night on 11th October (tickets still available) is on the Festival website by clicking on the ‘Festival’ tab

Surrey for Surrey Cheque Presentations

The Surrey for Surrey cheque presentations are a huge success. They prove to be a vital tool for funding Non Masonic Surrey based charities and promoting Freemasonry in the local community. These presentations will continue throughout the period of the Festival. The next presentation is at Croydon on Tuesday 9th December starting at 6.30pm.

Charity Steward Surgeries

The next 2 joint Royal Arch and Craft Charity Steward Surgeries are to be held on Mon 3rd Nov and Mon 1st Dec. No need to book just turn up at Croydon, Surbiton, Sutton, Nutfield, Guildford or Godalming and a Provincial Grand Charity Steward or Charity Liaison Officer will meet you in the bar anytime between 7.30pm to 8.30pm to discuss any charity related matters you have in a very informal way.

The Provincial 500 Club

Following a review of the 500 club the membership stands at 575. With this number this highly popular provincial initiative generates approximately £5,000 per annum net contribution towards the Surrey for Surrey Scheme. The next draw will be held at the joint executive lunch on Sunday 11th January 2015.

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

41 Chapters now benefit from the scheme. The latest being Molesey C2473 and South Surrey First Principals C8321. If you do not have a relief chest and are interested in increasing your charity donations by 25% by using the gift aid process then please contact me or the Charity Liaison Officer for your Chapter and we will be pleased to assist.

Forces Children’s Trust

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent has asked Chapters to consider supporting this most worthy of Surrey based charities. I will be sending out a letter to you via the Royal Arch CLOs detailing more information on the charity and its aims very soon.

Old Mobile Phones

Should any of your members have any old and unwanted mobile phones (in particular any that are under 4 years old) then they can turn them into a donation towards the 2019 Festival Appeal. It could not be easier to do. Simply drop them off at the nearest Masonic Centre and they will be collected and dealt with. This new initiative is being managed by The Friends Lodge No 9789. If you would like more details please contact W Bro John Banks on 0208 641 5492 or Email

Royal Arch Charity Liaison Officers (RA CLOs)

The RA CLOs are here to help you in all Charity matters. Please find contact details below;

Jack Kinch for Eagle Group t: 020 8647 4644 m: 07732 326942 e:
Mark Watkins for Man Group t: 012568 922522 m: 07990 857556 e:
Martin Rainey for Lion Group t: 020 8651 2080 m: 07989 744279 e:
Marcus Padman for Ox Group t: 01372 815079 m: 07908 873371 e:

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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