Provincial Charity Newsletter No.17

There are two new additions to the Royal Arch Provincial Charity team since the last newsletter so I thought I’d start this edition with an update on the changes. Welcome to E Comps Len Leoell and Simon Crust, both of whom are very experienced Royal Arch Masons and, I am sure, will make a valuable contribution to our collective Charity efforts.

The Charity Liaison Officers team now looks like:

E Comp Jack Kinch – Eagle group e:
E Comp Martin Rainey – Lion Group e:
E Comp Martin Turner – Man Group e:
E Comp Comp John Arnold – Ox group e:

The CLO’s are appointed to assist Chapter Charity Stewards with support and advice on all matters relating to charity. They are not there to interfere in any way. Please do contact them or indeed myself if we can be of help to you.

Royal Arch web site

All items in the drop down box under the Charity tab have been updated for 2016-17. It contains a mine of very useful & informative information for Royal Arch Charity Stewards, including links to MEGS chosen charities and Provincial 500 Club.

Charity Steward’s Handbook

A new revised combined Royal Arch & Craft Charity Steward’s handbook is currently being proof read with a view to publishing in the next few weeks. Rather than be bogged down with reams of paper the handbook will be issued to Charity Steward’s by e mail in pdf format with hard copies for only those who need them.

2019 Festival Appeal

The Festival is now just over the half way mark through its 5 year cycle and I am pleased to report that the Province is on track to reach its goal of £3.25m. The Holy Royal Arch continues to make significant contributions towards achieving the goal.

As of the end of August, 70 Chapters have received contribution achievement awards. There are now 21 Chapters who have achieved Bronze award, a further 30 Chapters have got to Silver and 19 have made it to Gold award. This really is a wonderful effort by all the Companions of our Royal Arch Province and I would sincerely like to thank each and Companion who has contributed thus far. If your Chapter has yet to reach Bronze level or you would like your Chapter to achieve a higher award please contact either myself, your CLO or your Chapters’ Official Visitor and we will offer any assistance or advice we can.

Companions who have yet to acquire a Festival Stewards breast jewel can do so by making either a single donation to the Festival of £150 or a regular promise to pay commitment of £5 per month which then qualifies you to purchase the Stewardship jewel for £24. Your CLO can assist you if you have any questions or by visiting and clicking on the Festival tab.

The Big Week

During the period Saturday 16th July to Sunday 24th July 2016 a number of highly successful events were held by Chapters, Lodges and individuals right across the Province, including a Tendem Skydive in which our Most Excellent Grand Superintendent participated and the Places of Power prize draw.

The big week initiative raised in excess of £55,000 towards the 2019 Festival. Congratulations and many thanks to all who took part.

The Charity Steward’s Black Tie Ball

The third annual Charity Stewards Ball will be held on Saturday 26th November 2016 at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge. There are a few places left and I would encourage you and members of your Chapter with your wives and partners to attend. This is a wonderful evening out which is now a permanent feature in our Provincial calendar. I have attached the booking form which contains all the details you need along with this newsletter for convenience.

The Provincial 500 Club

This initiative, started by the Holy Royal Arch, and now extended Province wide, continues to be highly successful and contributes some £5,000 annually to the Surrey for Surrey scheme. The cost of membership remains at £15 per year and individuals and Chapters can join.

Each draw has a first prize of £1,000 then £500, £200, £125 & £50. The next draw will be made at the Craft Annual Meeting Festive Board on 22nd June 2016.

Charity Relief Chests

There are 49 Relief Chests being operated by Surrey Chapters and I am gratified to see that enquiries to open more are being fielded by the CLO team. With bank interest rates now so jaw droppingly low, where else can you add 25% to your Chapters Charity funds in order to support both Masonic and non-Masonic Charities.

Setting up a Relief Chest for your Chapter could not be simpler, requiring the completion of only two documents and submitting them to The Grand Charity. They take care of everything else. The CLO team is there to assist you with answers to any questions you may have and to assist with completing the forms if you wish. Just give us a call or send an e mail if we can help.

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent’s Chosen Charities

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent has chosen three non-Masonic charities he wishes Royal Arch Chapters to support. They are; Teddies for Loving Care (TLC), Lifelites and Tadworth Children’s Trust, all of whom are familiar to Surrey Freemasons.

Many Chapters signed up to the highly successful TLC Traffic Light Scheme, in fact, so successful that the scheme is being relaunched in the coming weeks. Details will be provided by e mail through the CLO’s and OV’s as soon as they are finalized. Merchandise:
• A new unique Surrey TLC Black & White Teddy Bear lapel pin is now available at £3
• A Christmas Calendar – on sale from Octoberç It is hoped that Companions will purchase these items in support of TLC.

TLC is happy to send a representative to Chapter Convocations to give a short presentation on the work of TLC within Surrey. If you are interested in receiving a talk please contact your CLO who will happily liaise with TLC Chairman, E Comp Stewart Butcher, regarding dates.

In order to keep fully briefed with TLC activities and planned events please sign up to their Facebook page and Twitter accounts to receive regular updates.

Through the magic of technology, Lifelites gives life-limited and disabled children in hospices opportunities they wouldn't otherwise have. Lifelites provides specialist entertainment and educational technology packages for these young people to learn, play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate for as long as it is possible.

They do this for 9,000 children at every baby and children's hospice across the British Isles. So wherever you are, there will be a Lifelites project for children near us. For further information visit

The Holy Royal Arch Province of Surrey intends to support Lifelites via the Surrey of Surrey fund. We have scheduled meetings with Lifelites in the coming months to better align our support with the Charity’s needs. Further information will be sent out in due course.

Tadworth Children’s Trust
Is the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury. The Trust works with children and young people from across the country, both from their specialist centre in Tadworth, Surrey, as well as local communities. Their vision is for all children with brain injury to have the opportunity to live the best life possible.

Every year over 40,000 children in the UK are left with a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness. This is known as acquired brain injury. Many children make a good recovery, but thousands have to live with ongoing, long-term difficulties. The Tadworth Children’s Trust’s rehabilitation, community and online services are there to support all children with acquired brain injury and their families. Thousands more children are born with brain injuries or develop severe disabilities as a result of a degenerative conditions. Their medical services and special school give children with the most complex disabilities and health needs the chance to live their lives to the full. For further information visit

Preliminary meetings have already been held with the fund raising department at Tadworth Children’s Trust to discuss how best to support them through Surrey for Surrey and a plan is being formulated which will be cascaded to Chapter Charity Steward’s as soon as it is finalized.

Please feel free to use the content of this or previous E Newsletters in your next Chapter Charity Report if you so choose.

Yours sincerely & fraternally

E Comp Mark Watkins
Provincial Grand Charity Steward

13th October 2016

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