Provincial Charity Newsletter No.18

I am excited to start the Spring 2017 edition of the Royal Arch Charity E Newsletter with an update on the 2019 Festival Appeal for the RMBI.

2019 Festival Appeal

I am pleased to report that the Province has now broken through the £2,000,000 barrier and remains firmly on track to achieve the target figure of £3.25m by the close of the Festival. The Holy Royal Arch continues to make significant contributions towards achieving this goal.

As of the end of February 2017, 79 Chapters have received contribution achievement awards. There are 20 Chapters who have achieved Bronze award, a further 32 Chapters have got to Silver and an amazing 27 Chapters have made it all the way 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 every 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.

There is still time for Companions who have yet to acquire a Festival Stewards breast jewel to do so by making either a single donation to the Festival of £150 or a regular promise to pay commitment of £5.50 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.

Provincial Abseil Event

On Saturday 6th May, 43 intrepid (read crazy) abseiler’s, including our Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, will climb to the top of Guilford Cathedral and then dangle over the precipice before abseiling to the ground. Proceeds from sponsorship will be donated towards the Festival.

If you or your Chapter would like to sponsor the event, donations can be made via the Provincial web site or by contacting me or your CLO for assistance.

The Provincial 500 CLUB

Membership of the 500 Club remains £15.00 per year and is open to both individuals and Chapters.

There are two draws each year. One in the Summer and the other in December. This year, the first draw will take place at the Annual Convocation Festive Board being held on Wednesday 24th May at Great Queen Street where the 1st prize will be £1,000, 2nd prize £500, 3rd prize £200, 4th prize £125 & 5th prize £50.

If you are not already a member, don’t worry because membership application forms will be available prior to the Annual Convocation and signing up takes just 2 minutes AND will entitle you to be entered into that day’s draw. Royal Arch CLO’s will be on hand on the day to assist you with filling out the application.

Charity Relief Chests

I am delighted to inform you that 50 Relief Chests are now being successfully operated by Surrey Chapters. These Chapters benefit from an additional 25% on all gift aided donations. Where else can Chapters get a 25% return on their benevolent monies?

May I take this opportunity to dispel a long held Relief Chest myth... "once money is in a Grand Charity Relief Chest it can only be donated to a Masonic Charity”... not true. Monies can be donated from a Relief Chest to any registered Charity. I strongly encourage all Chapters to open a Relief Chest as quickly as possible.

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 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.

Surrey for Surrey

S4S continues to be an important element to our Province’s Charitable giving armoury. I have taken the liberty of copy/pasting below the latest S4S newsletter from W.Bro Steve Butwell, S4S co-ordinator, which is self-explanatory. I hope you find it useful.

Surrey for Surrey

S4S continues to be an important element to our Province’s Charitable giving armoury. I have taken the liberty of copy/pasting below the latest S4S newsletter from W.Bro Steve Butwell, S4S co-ordinator, which is self-explanatory. I hope you find it useful.

Newsletter from S4S

I would like to clarify how easy it is for donations to your own charities to be sent (or) credited through the Surrey for Surrey Scheme:

Method 1

You may send your cheques (made out to the Provincial Charity Committee) to Mike Kemsley, 12 Heathfield South, Twickenham, Middlesex, TW2 7SS. If your donation is for a specific charity, please make sure you include a note indicating the charity to which it is to be sent.

All monies are distributed to each of the nominated charities as soon after receipt as possible and in any case, at least once every 3 months. Your designated charity is informed of the donation and requested to acknowledge, directly, to the Lodge/Chapter concerned.

Method 2

If you prefer, you may of course, send (or hand over) your payment, direct to the charity concerned and then inform Mike Kemsley (or me) the details of the donation made. By acknowledging the donation in this way, the Charity may be invited to attend the annual presentation event.

If the donation is being handed over by a Representative of the Lodge/Chapter I would be grateful if you could take a photograph of the event and send me a copy.

Please remember the advantages of using the S4S Scheme for your donations:

• At least once a year we hold a Presentation Evening at one of our Masonic Centres and in the presence of our PGM to recognise those charities that have been supported and acknowledge those Lodges who have given that support.

• Your Lodge/Chapter is encouraged to send members to the event to hear what the charities have to say about themselves and most importantly, to meet the representatives of the charities supported by you during the year.

These events allow us to celebrate our charitable endeavours and provide good publicity to a wider audience, not only for freemasonry but also the Charities that have been supported.

As I have said before, people out there do not know how much we raise financially for charities and this is a tool we can use to promote ourselves. Whichever route you use for your donations, you will be invited to the presentation evening in December and get the chance to meet and sit with representatives of the charities that have been invited along.

W.Bro Steve Butwell PProvSGD
Surrey 4 Surrey Coordinator

Tel: 07919-406668

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.

The Charity Steward’s Black Tie Ball

As part of the permanent Provincial calendar, the fourth annual Charity Stewards Ball will be held on Saturday 24th November 2017 at the Oatlands Park Hotel, Weybridge. Please keep this date available in your diary. Further details will be provided nearer the time.

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

19th April 2017

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