WHAT IS A MASONIC FESTIVAL?
Festivals have been in existence in one form or another for over 200 years.
A Festival consists of two elements: the Festival Appeal and the Festival Event or Finale.
The Festival Appeal is the process of raising funds. It includes the planning, launch, execution and administration of an Appeal but not the Festival Event. It is usual for an Appeal to last between five and six years.
The Festival Event is the celebration held at the end of the Festival Appeal to mark its conclusion and to announce, for the first time, the total amount raised for the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Festival Event can take many forms, although traditionally it comprises a dinner attended by Festival Stewards and their wives or partners.
The Festival is a partnership between the Province and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the aim of which is to raise funds. The Festival also provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the Foundation’s work and the support it provides to Freemasons, their families and the wider community.
WHO ARE THE MCF?
For Freemasons, for families, for everyone
WHAT IS THE PERIOD OF THE FESTIVAL?
The Festival Appeal will be launched by the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master in April 2019 and will end in Spring 2025 when the Festival Event/Finale will take place.
WILL THERE BE A TARGET FOR THE FESTIVAL?
No, at the Festival Launch on the 12th April 2019, the Provincial Grand Master will set a an amount as an objective that we shall be aiming to collectively achieve and build upon to sustain the MCF going forward.
WHAT IS REQUIRED FROM EACH MEMBER?
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master is asking all Brethren and Companions from within the Province of East Kent to support the Festival by making a financial commitment to the MCF, whether via a Regular Promise to Pay directly to the Festival appeal or through their Lodge or Chapter. Also to support any events arranged by the Province in aid of the Festival and to demonstrate their support by wearing a 2025 Festival Jewel.
WILL MY LODGE HAVE A FUNDRAISING TARGET?
“There will be five levels of achievement: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. It is hoped that every Lodge and Chapter will achieve one of these.”
WILL MEMBERS HAVE A FUNDRAISING TARTGET?
Yes. There are three levels of personal achievement: Vice-Patron, Patron and Grand Patron. Please see the Festival Brochure for details on how to qualify.
WILL THERE BE A FESTIVAL JEWEL?
Yes. A special jewel for the 2025 Festival has been designed and can be worn from the launch of the Festival. Jewels can only be worn by those members who have qualified as a Festival Vice-Patron, Patron or Grand Patron. Once qualified the jewel can then be worn for the duration of the Festival Appeal.
HOW DO I QUALIFY TO BECOME A FESTIVAL STEWARD?
Members can become Festival Patrons by making a minimum donation. This can be made through a Regular Promise to Pay or as a one off donation.
CAN I WEAR MY FESTIVAL JEWEL TO MEETINGS OUTSIDE THE PROVINCE OF EAST KENT??
No, the jewel can only be worn in East Kent.
HOW CAN MEMBERS DONATE TO THE FESTIVAL?
The best method of making a donation is by completing a Regular Promise to Pay for the term of the Festival which when combined with a ‘Gift Aid Declaration’ will enhance your donation by some £0.25p for every £1.00 donated, (UK taxpayers only qualify). Regular promises to pay forms have been produced specifically for the 2025 Festival. Some members prefer to make personal cash donations rather than by standing order, this method is equally welcome and can also be Gift Aided. Regular Promise to Pay forms have been produced specifically for the 2025 Festival..
WHAT IF MEMBERS ALREADY HAVE A REGULAR PROMISE TO PAY (RPP) INTO THEIR LODGE/CHAPTER RELIEF CHEST OR CHARITY ACCOUNT?
Members do not need to stop or change any existing arrangements that they may have. They may take out a second RPP to the Festival.
Members who are already operating a RPP to their Lodge/Chapter Relief Chest can make donations to the Festival from that Relief Chest. These donations will be included in their Lodge/Chapter totals for the Festival.
HOW WILL LODGES AND CHAPTERS KNOW HOW MUCH THEY HAVE DONATED AND WHEN?
Each Lodge Representative will receive a regular update on their Lodge amount.
HOW WILL DONATIONS BE RECOGNISED FOR THOSE WHO ARE MEMEBRS OF MORE THAN ONE LODGE OR CHAPTER?
Members who take out a Regular Promise to Pay will have to decide which Lodge or Chapter is to be credited with the donations. When one-off donations are made the member will again select which of their Lodges or Chapters is to be credited. Donations cannot be split between different Lodges or Chapters.
CAN A LODGE/CHAPTER MAKE A DONATION TO THE FESTIVAL?
Yes. Lodges and Chapters can make donations either by Cheque or from their Relief Chest. If a donation is being made on behalf of the members then a full breakdown of how the donation is made up will be required. Obviously this will not be the case if it is being made as a result of a raffle or collection etc.
HOW WILL MEMBERS RECEIVE UPDATES REGARDING THE FESTIVAL?
The Provincial Grand Charity Stewards in both Craft and Chapter will be making regular updates to Charity Stewards across the Province. There will be Charity Steward Surgeries held at the Masonic Centres throughout the Festival appeal, as well as articles on this Festival Website.
WILL THERE BE A FESTIVAL TIE?
No. Members will be encouraged to demonstrate their support of the Festival by purchasing a Festival Jewel. There will be a tie/lapel pin available but no other merchandise will be on sale at the launch.
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