Provincial Grand Lodge of Dorset

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Festival 25 - The Masonic Province of Dorset 2025 Charity Festival

What is a Masonic Festival?

It is a tradition in England and Wales that each of the 44 Provinces is asked once in every 11 years to collect funds for the main Masonic Charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Having completed our last period of festival in 2014 the Province of Dorset will once again be in Festival mode from October 2019 culminating at the end of June 2025.

Built on the foundations of Masonic Charities operating since the early 18th Century and funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. They can also award grants to provide specific items or services.

A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.

Their professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.

They also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

Without the Festival system and the support it provides the Masonic Charitable Foundation would not be able to provide relief to those in need across our country and further afield.

News

MCF Supports MYTIME Young Carers 

On top of funding allocated for Covid response, Matched and Festival grants the MCF awards funds to Dorset charities directly, responding to their requests for financial support for specific projects that improve the lives of those in their care.

In the summer of 2020, The Masonic Charitable Foundation awarded the Dorset based MYTIME Young Carers charity £13,330 spread over the next three years. more...

DMC & MCF donates £2058.00 to the Dorset Somerset Air Ambulance in 2021 

Early in 2021 Dorset Masonic Care started the year with a Donation to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance of:

£1400.00

This was topped up by the MCF from the remaining 2020 matched funding grant allocated to the Province of Dorset for use before April 2021 with a donation of:

£658.00

Making a total of £2058.00

Donated to the Air Ambulance by Dorset Masonic Care and the Masonic Charitable Foundation in the first part of 2021. more...

DMC & MCF Support Young People of Portland 

The external donations committee of Dorset Masonic Care received a request from the Drop-in Portland, an independent Youth Service supporting the young people of Portland, Situated in the PTC Community Hub. They were in desperate need for funds to help purchase new furniture for the use of the children in the community hub.

DMC donated £750 to this worthy cause.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation has matched this with a further £750. more...

Matched Funding donations for Winchelsea School 

In 2020 the MCF matched a donation of £1842.00 made by Amphibious Lodge No. 9050 of Wimborne earlier in the year from collections made prior to the start of Festival 25 plus a further £750.00, made by Dorset Masonic Care as part of their Lodge Matched Funding scheme to:

The Friends of Winchelsea School

With an additional grant of :

£2,592.00

Making a grand total of:

£5184. more...

Matched Funding donations for Sherbourne Food Bank 

During the national lockdown of 2020 £1000.00 was donated by Sherborne Lodge, The Lodge of Benevolence No 1168 to Sherborne Food Bank. This was matched with £750.00 from Dorset Masonic Care as part of their Lodge Matched funding scheme.

These two donations were further matched by the Masonic Charitable Foundation with a Donation of:

£1750.00

Giving a total of £3,500 donated to the Foodbank in 2020 by the Freemasons of Dorset and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. more...

The Masonic Charitable Foundation - Supporting Dorset during lockdown through Matched Funding. 

Throughout the national lockdown the Masonic Charitable Foundation has been providing much needed support to charities across the county of Dorset with direct donations and through a number of ongoing the schemes.

One of these schemes is the MCF's matched funding initiative managed by Dorset Freemasonry using funds raised through Festival 25 for the benefit of Dorset charities. more...

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