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Berkshire Masonic Charity

This information has been provided by The Berkshire Provincial Grand Lodge - www.berkspgl.org.uk

The Trustees are Robert Faulkner Ken Benford and Guy Barlow. The Chairman of the Management Committee is Peter Sands.

A Management Committee is in place together with an Investments Committee and an Applications Committee. Regular meetings of the Management Committee are held in the months of January, April, July and October.

Lodges (Craft and Mark) and Royal Arch Chapters may make applications for support on behalf of individuals or worthy local causes. The appropriate forms are available from the provincial office.

Now in its 23rd year grants have been made in excess of £800,000 to over 1000 recipients.   

In 1987 the RW Provincial Grand Master launched an Appeal to provide capital for a fund, the income from which would be used for Masonic and Non-Masonic charitable purposes within the Province. Some £1.5 million capital is now earning an income with which to fulfil these purposes.

The Trust Deed was signed in July 1991, and states:

The objects of the Charity are exclusively charitable . . .

  1. to relieve poverty and distress among inhabitants of and visitors to the Masonic Province of Berkshire.
  2. to support and provide funds for any other wholly charitable organisation which operates to relieve poverty and distress . . .
  3. to advance religion and education . . .
  4. . . . to support any charitable trusts or organisations . . . that may . . . benefit all or some of the inhabitants of or visitors to the Province and
  5. to carry out such other legally charitable purposes as the Trustees shall from time to time . . . declare.