Ladies' Gift Fund for Masonic Charities
Provinces of Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire
Registered Charity No 519281
The Spring Lunch, organised by the Ladies Gift Fund, took place on Sunday 8th April at the Kings Heath Masonic Hall.
A near capacity attendance of over 140 enjoyed a splendid three course lunch, following which cheques were presented to the Provincial Grand Masters for the three Provinces. The cheques for £3,000 each, were acknowledged by each in turn, but following a similar pattern. Worcestershire and Warwickshire are both already in Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation, with Staffordshire following this year. Each is due to complete in consecutive years – 2022 for Worcestershire, 2023 for Warwickshire & 2024 for Staffordshire.
Details of each Festival can be found on the Masonic Charitable Foundation website – this link will guide you to each Festival in turn. Festival appeals are a vital source of funding and generate the majority of donations made to the Foundation. During usually a five year appeal, fundraising events and activities take place that make a significant contribution to MCF income. The MCF are extremely grateful to everyone who supports them. The Festival also provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the work the Foundation undertakes and the support it provides to Freemasons and their families, as well as many non-Masonic charities.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation will also receive a cheque for £1,000 directly from the Ladies Gift Fund.
On the day, £3,000 was raised from ticket sales and a mammoth well supported raffle.
Commenting on the event, Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chairman of the Ladies Gift Fund said, "Thanks to everyone in working together towards today’s event and giving your time and contributions for the charities we support. We should be pleased and proud that a good day has been enjoyed by all present, and that we have raised a substantial amount for Masonic Charities. I would also like to thank the many husbands who have helped to make today such a success."
Mrs Sandra Rouse, Chair of the Ladies Gift Fund, together with the three Provincial Grand Masters
L to R – John Lockley (Staffordshire), Bob Vaughan (Worcestershire) and David Macey (Warwickshire), receiving their cheques following the lunch.
The three Provincial Grand Masters all praised the efforts of the Ladies who had organised the event, for their continued enthusiasm on behalf of Masonic Charities, and for a thoroughly enjoyable day.
The Ladies Gift Fund Christmas Fayre, which with help from all concerned in the three Provinces will take place on Saturday 1st December at Linden House, Wolverhampton – notices will be issued in good time.