Cheshire Festival Finale Banquet
Posted: 7th June 2016

Cheshire Festival Finale - Craft Leaders - L-R: Martin Barlow, Paul Massie, David Dyson, Stephen Blank (ProvGM), Alan Glazier (DProvGM), Adrian Davies and George Mann.

L-R: Martin Barlow, Paul Massie, David Dyson, Stephen Blank (ProvGM), Alan Glazier (DProvGM), Adrian Davies and George Mann.

It is with a huge thank you that we report that Freemasons and their families in the Province of Cheshire have raised £3,010,793 in Festival for the Masonic Samaritan Fund (MSF).

The total figure raised was announced at the Festival banquet held on Friday 20th May, at Manchester United’s Old Trafford Ground, in front of nearly 600 Freemasons and their wives or partners to mark the end of the six-year appeal.

Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes, and Provincial Grand Master of Cheshire Stephen Blank, delivered excellent addresses and a toast to the ‘success of the MSF’

Speaking about the donation, our Chief Executive David Innes, said:

“We would like to congratulate everyone involved in the Cheshire Festival for all their support and tremendous efforts to raise funds for our work.

“This incredible £3 million donation will be used by the Masonic Charitable Foundation to exclusively fund the health and care grants previously provided by the MSF.”

Cheshire Festival Finale - MSF Leadership - L-R: Willie Shackell, Stephen Blank and Richard Douglas

L-R: Willie Shackell, Stephen Blank and Richard Douglas

The Masonic Samaritan Fund was one of four central Masonic Charities that consolidated into the Masonic Charitable Foundation in April 2016.

Throughout the Festival Appeal (Jan 2011 – Jan 2016), the MSF provided over £663,000 in support of 132 Masonic families living in the Province of Cheshire.

For further information about the health and care grants previously awarded by the MSF, please visit our support page.