Province of Hertfordshire 2019 Festival for the
Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
The culmination of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Hertfordshire's 2019 Festival was held at the Guildhall on Saturday 6th July with a gala ball where the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Paul Gower, announced the final total raised. This is an incredible £3,632,368, raised by the Lodges and members of the Province of Hertfordshire over the last five years.
The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys is a charity funded by Freemasons which aims to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people. In addition to the main grant-
making work, the RMTGB also supports young people with exceptional talents and those who need financial assistance in order to embrace life-The RMTGB has as its mission statement: ”The relief of poverty and to advance the education of children of a Masonic family, and when funds permit, support other children in need” changing opportunities. Grants are awarded to both national and local children's charities and provide support to the separate but subsidiary charity Lifelites.
The Trust helps children and young people of all ages to overcome the barriers created by poverty, and complete their education. This support is also available for those in higher or further education or those participating in apprenticeships for practical trades. The majority of the beneficiaries attend their local state school and support for children at independent schools is usually only provided to those who are already attending the school when the distress occurs, in order to maintain the stability of their education.
The Province of Hertfordshire has been “In Festival” since 2014, and Tudor Lodge has played its part by achieving 'Grand Patron' status by raising over £12,600, which represents in excess of 120% of the target set for the Lodge and its members.
So far the number of Hertfordshire masons and Lodges achieving honorifics towards the festival are as follows:
2,433 Stewards : 299 Vice Patrons : 309 Patrons : 108 Grand Patrons
Lodge Honorifics (% of Lodge target raised)
30 Vice Patron Lodges (80%) : 35 Patron Lodges (100%) : 31 Grand Patron Lodges (120%) : 5 Platinum Lodges (175%)