For those in need of assistance, support is available from both our Provincial Charity, the East Lancs Masonic Charity (ELMC), and from our National Charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)
All requests and enquiries concerning the availability of support should initially be made to:
ELMC Welfare Office at Hewlett Court. Telephone 01204 887531
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)
The MCF website can be found here.
The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution
RMBI keep safe in Covid-19 pandemic
The RMBI is a subsidiary of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and monies raised by Festivals are used to support this wonderful charity. For more information of what the RMBI do and what they have to offer for Brethren, widows, dependants and even people with no Masonic connection, please follow the link rmbi.org.uk.
David Hudson – Provincial Grand Almoner
It is a privilege to be appointed to the office of Provincial Grand Almoner. I intend, with the support of the Lodge Almoners to continue the excellent work carried by my predecessors.
I am aware that the work involved by the Lodge Almoner can be time consuming, frustrating, and sometimes upsetting. But there is a reward in the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped a Brother or Companion and his dependants in their hour of need.
Another important part of our commitment is Pastoral Care, involving telephone calls and visits, not only to Widows but also to absent Brethren.
As the Provincial Grand Almoner, working alongside the Welfare Officers, members of the Benevolence and Comforts Fund Committees, and with the excellent support of Julie Ward and Karen Hall we are all part of a dedicated team ready to help and offer advice.
As Lodge Almoner when a case arises and support is required, the first point of contact is myself, I will then liaise with the relevant persons to go forward with the enquiry.
Thank you for your continued support as Lodge Almoner and I look forward to meeting you all.
Provincial Grand Almoner
The East Lancashire Provincial Welfare Officers
From January 2016, anyone applying for support from the Central Charities will be visited by a fully trained Provincial Welfare Officer who will assist with completing and submitting the required application form and supporting paperwork. This change only affects the way in which the application form is completed. All the important support and assistance that the Lodge/Chapter Almoners provide will continue unchanged.