The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire
The Provincial Grand Lodge of East Lancashire

The Provincial Grand Secretary, WBro Martin Roche, wrote in the summer of 2016 concerning the Masonic Charitable Foundation having allocated £3 million for Community Awards and seeking from our members, nominations of worthy charities.

We are now approaching the next stage of the process with an online public vote to decide which of the chosen local charities within East Lancashire will receive up to £25,000, as part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. No matter what the outcome, all six charities will receive an award.

In his address to Provincial Grand Lodge in November, the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master advised that the charities going forward for consideration from East Lancashire were:

  • Moodswings
  • Talbot House Support Centre
  • Manchester Jewish Community Centre
  • TEAMRISE Project
  • Bolton Young Persons Housing Scheme
  • Rochdale Heartbeat.

We are pleased to now advise you that the public vote opens on Monday 12th June and will close six weeks later on Monday 31st July. You cannot vote outside of this period.

Anyone who wishes to vote for one of the nominated charities should visit www.mcf.org.uk/vote, select the East Lancashire page and vote for the charity of their choice. All the nominated charities are guaranteed to receive a grant, but the public vote will determine the amount from £4,000 up to £25,000.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master sincerely hopes that our members, their families and friends will take part in this exciting opportunity to influence how our money is spent and moreover, use the opportunity to illustrate to non-Masons who we are and our values.

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country. Funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the MCF awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people. The MCF also helps to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contributes to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, MCF support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

This is YOUR charity. Please take the time to find out more, vote and tell others about it. A poster concerning this can be viewed by clicking HERE.