Letter from the Grand Master

 

Brethren,

 

It is just over four months since I took the regrettable but inevitable step of suspending Freemasonry in response to the Coronavirus. Since then I have been enormously impressedby, and immensely proud of,the way in which our members, both at home and throughout our Districts, have manifested and even amplified the spirit and values of our ancient institution. In particular, you have demonstrated that our charitable instincts and actions are indeed the defining characteristic of a Freemason’s heart. The ways that you have kept in touch with each other, caring especially for Brethren who were alone and vulnerable and, more widely, the ways in which you have selflessly helped and served your local communities,have greatly impressed many beyond the Craft itself.

 

I am sure that we all regret that we are not yet back to where we were before this virus struck. Not least, we so miss the camaraderie of dining together. It is a sad reality, however,that things will probably need to remain different to what we have been used to for some considerable time yet. You will know that UGLE has recently promulgated guidance for Lodges that wish to meet again and even to conduct ceremonies.I fully understand that some members will feel that the time is not yet right for them to return to Masonic labour, or that the necessary restrictions in ceremonial would detract too much from their impact. I am equally sure though,that they will join me in wishing all Brethren well as we chart our different journeys through this period, keeping the light of Freemasonry alive until we are all able to meet again.

 

We must have faith that this period will pass,as most surely it will. Freemasonry has weathered many storms and has evolved and adapted over the centuries.We will be the stronger for coming though this time of trial and it is that hope and confidence that now sustains us. The principles which have guided the many generations of Masons that have gone before us are just as true, just as relevant, and just as needed in today’s world as ever they have been.

 

Brethren, I wish you a happy, healthy and enjoyable summer, and look forward to seeing you as soon as circumstances permit in the new season.

 

Sincerely and fraternally yours,

H.R.H. The Duke of Kent, K.G.,

Grand Master

For Freemasons, for families, for everyone

The Masonic Charitable Foundation builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

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.

 

How the Foundation helps Masonic families

 A wide range of help and support is available for Freemasons, their wives, partners, widows, children and grandchildren. Most of the support provided takes the form of financial grants to assist with financial, health or family related needs.

Financial

  • Daily living costs
  • Grants following an accident, redundancy or personal crisis
  • Funeral bills
  • Minor home repairs

Health

  • Medical treatment
  • Dental treatment
  • Mobility aids and home adaptations
  • Counselling

Family – Children in full-time education

  • Costs for education or training
  • Scholarships, travel grants and student accommodation
  • Supporting exceptional talent in sport, music or the performing arts

Family – Care

  • Masonic care homes – including nursing, residential and dementia care
  • Respite care
  • UK holidays

Practical assistance

The Foundation’s Advice & Support Team offer confidential, impartial and practical guidance about the help we can provide. The Team can also help with applications for state and local authority benefits and can put you in touch with other organisations who can give advice on care, employment and education.
 

How to apply

For further information about the help and support available from the Foundation, please call their dedicated freephone enquiry line: 0800 035 60 90 or email help@mcf.org.uk.  You can also write to Masonic Charitable Foundation, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

For more information about the Foundation’s grants and the application process, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk

 

How the Foundation helps communities

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation looks beyond Freemasonry, making significant financial grants to charities that help people to live happy, fulfilled lives and to participate actively in society.

The charities supported make a significant and lasting difference to people in need.  We aim to benefit as many people as possible and further those causes about which Freemasons and their families have told us they are most passionate.

To find out more about the Foundation’s Community Support and Research grants, please visit: www.mcf.org.uk/community

 

Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work

Website:          www.mcf.org.uk

Twitter:            @Masonic_Charity

Facebook:       @themcf

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