REMEMBER THAT REGULAR PAYMENT PROMISES BY INDIVIDUALS ARE THE BEST WAY TO DONATE TO THE FESTIVAL AS WE CAN CLAIM TAX BACK FROM ALL TAX PAYERS WHO DONATE IN THIS WAY. SPEAK WITH YOUR LODGE OR CHAPTER FESTIVAL REPRESENTATIVE TO FIND OUT HOW
The Festival Appeal Committee were delighted to welcome David Innes and Peter Willliams to their January meeting at Bridge street. David is the Chief Executive of the RMBI and Peter is one of the RMBI representatives. David was able to report that the number of RMBI beds was now 1090, twelve homes now had specialist dementia units and over fifty staff have completed a Diploma in Dementia Care. The homes occupancy rate is now 92% with all costs being firmly under control. A major capital investment programme is nearing completion.
The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Sir David Trippier, took time out from his busy schedule to join David, Peter and the Committee for Lunch.
David Innes, Sir David Trippier and Peter Williams
As the Deputy Provincial Grand Master let me welcome to the Province of East Lancashire's web pages that are designed to inform you about our Festival Appeal which is raising funds for the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution (RMBI). You will learn all about the RMBI here and why we as a Province are holding a Festival to support it. Please come back to these pages regularly to keep up to date with progress
The East Lancashire 2015 Festival held a magnificent launch banquet on 28 November 2009 which was superbly supported by 300 masons and their ladies from across the Province. Since then we have held numerous Provincial functions including the magnificent Jubilee Banquet in 2012 which not only supported the Festival but raised funds for the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital too.
The RMBI, of course, has its own website which can be accessed HERE and this provides a wealth of information about the Institution, its homes and the help, support, advice and care provided.
The menu to the left should help you easily navigate around our website pages on the RMBI and the Festival. Messages from the Provincial Grand Master, myself and the Festival Chairman, WBro John Scott, will be updated regularly so be sure to return to these pages at intervals.
Please visit theDownload section - here you will find forms to contribute to the Festival, leaflets with frequently asked questions and contact details for the Appeal Committee, the Festival Office and the Area Festival Managers. The Lodge and Chapter Festival Representatives' Manual and PowerPoint presentations are also accessible.
The Deputy Chairman of the Appeal Committee, WBro Brian Sigsworth, is available to tour the Province with his Roadshows.
Brethren and Companions - this is your website so please make use of it, either to find information about the Festival or else, if you have your own Festival news, please submit it via your District Communications Officer for submission to the webmaster.
Please remember that the aim of our fund raising is to support one of the oldest of our masonic charities - the RMBI - which has cared for freemasons and their dependants, such as those depicted on this page, for almost 170 years. Masonic donations nationwide ensure that when a resident can no longer fund their care in an RMBI home, then the RMBI will fund it for them. Nationally this costs the RMBI some £4.5M per annum.
If you have any enquiries about the Festival, then please contact the Secretary of the Appeal Committee, WBro David Rothwell, HERE - he will ensure your question reaches the person most likely to give the correct answer.
You can also speak with your District Festival Representative or Area Festival Manager. You will also have noted that the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters are taking a far more active role in promoting the Festival are they may also be approached if required.
Thank you for you attention and I look forward to seeing you all again in due course.
VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, PGSwdB Deputy Provincial Grand Master