University Scheme 2021 Challenge in 2021

The Universities Scheme Travelling Loving Cup, the DKW Cup, was presented to the Scheme by RW Bro. David Kenneth Williamson PAGM, Founder President of the Universities Scheme, on his retirement as President at the Scheme Conference on Saturday 7 November 2015.


The DKW Cup encourages inter-visiting between Universities Scheme Lodges and furthers the goals of fraternity and togetherness.


The aim of the University Scheme 2021 Challenge in 2021 is for the cup (don't tell anyone, but it's actually a replica) to visit each of the University Scheme Lodges in England and Wales, covering a total of 2021 miles in the process. In addition to reconnecting, reenergising, and reinvigorating our Freemasonry, the challenge is also raising money for The Duke of Edinburgh Award Fund in memory of the recently departed Duke of Edinburgh, a lifelong freemason.


The cup set off from Freemasons Hall in Great Queen Street on Wednesday 9th June 2021 and reached the Province of West Wales on Thursday 1st July 2021. The West Wales leg of the challenge was organised by Saint Padarn Lodge Mentor and newly appointed Provincial Grand Membership Officer, W Bro Stephen Fearn.


The brethren of Saint Padarn Lodge were accompanied by guest walkers from across the Province and Lady Masons from Builth Wells. Also in attendance were the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro James Ross and Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W Bro Dirk den-Hartog. The happy band of walkers were blessed with glorious sunshine and set off from the bandstand on Aberystwyth Promenade at 10am on Friday 2nd July 2021. As tradition dictates the walkers headed towards Constitution Hill to "kick the bar". Having kicked the bar, they headed back past the bandstand towards the harbour, where there was a short break for some well-earned refreshments. Relaxed and refreshed the walkers headed back along the prom to the bandstand to finish the walk. The DKW Cup was then transported to North Wales to continue its long journey.


The cup is scheduled to return to UGLE in Great Queen Street on Wednesday 8th September 2021 in time for the first Quarterly Communication of the new season.

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


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