Thriving Membership



By RW Bro James Ross, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of West Wales

Left to right - James Ross, Graham Newstead and Steve Fearn


The core aim of the Strategy for Freemasonry 2022 and beyond is:


“To cement our reputation as a force for good in our communities and society large and as a thriving organisation that people aspire to join!”


At the core of creating a thriving organisation is the Membership Pathway which provides a simple set of tools for lodges to use to attract and engage with new members; to engage with existing active members and to re-engage with inactive members.


On Thursday 12th January 2023 at a regular meeting of Teifi Lodge no 4648 in Cardigan I attended a Pathway Presentation given by the Provincial Grand Membership Officer, W Bro Steve Fearn.


In a carefully structured presentation W Bro Steve talked the brethren through the various stages involved in the Pathway. The 4 key themes are Plan, Attract, Engage and Retrieve. W Bro Steve explained that as a membership organisation, freemasonry is continually on a journey to attract and engage with people to help them to join and then really enjoy their freemasonry.


In a breakout session, W Bro Steve divided the brethren into small groups and asked them to consider what makes their lodge special. Why someone should choose their lodge instead of any other. Are there any problems within our lodge which need addressing etc.


The breakout session was followed by a very lively discussion particularly about Teifi Lodge, but relevant to all lodges in the province. W Bro Steve recorded everyone’s thoughts on a flipchart. At the end of the discussion, he explained that the flipchart could form the basis of Teifi Lodge’s plan.


After the meeting the brethren were buzzing with optimism about the future. Most of the lodges who were represented at the meeting have several candidates waiting for Initiation. I urge all lodges to invite W Bro Steve along to one of their meetings to give his presentation.

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.


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


  • 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  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:


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:


Keep up to date with the Foundation’s work


Twitter:            @Masonic_Charity

Facebook:       @themcf

YouTube:        Masonic Charitable Foundation

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