THE 2011

MARK BENEVOLENT FUND FESTIVAL

HOSTED BY

THE PROVINCE OF NORTH WALES

  

  

  

ANNIVERSARY PRESIDENT & FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN  

 

R.W. Bro. T. Gareth Williams

  

  

FESTIVAL COMMITTEE 

 

W. Bro Peter Talbot, J.P., P.G.S.D., Dep.Prov.G.M.

Chairman

  

W.Bro.Graham R. Bradshaw, P.A.G.D.C., Prov.G.Sec.

Secretary

  

W.Bro. Peter G. Watkin, P.A.G.D.C., Prov.G.Treas.

Treasurer

  

V.W. Bro. Edward Taylor Urwin, P.G.J.O., P.Dep.Pr.G.M.

Charity Events Organiser

 

W.Bro. David A. Wright, P.A.G.D.C., Prov.G.D.C.

 

W.Bro. Alan W. Brookes, P.Pr.G.J.W., Prov.Dep.G.Sec.

 

 

A Big Thank You to The Festival Stewards and many volunteers from the

various Lodges who have freely given their time.

 

  

Introduction

  

The fund came into existence in 1868 when the Most Worshipful Grand Master, the Reverend George Raymond Portal believed it necessary for the Mark Degree to have its own Benevolent Fund, so that effective charity could be dispensed swiftly and without bureaucracy.

The very first grant of five pounds being made to a Mark Brother who had lost virtually everything he possessed in a shipwreck.

The object of the Fund is to afford assistance to brethren, their widows,children or sisters, by means of grants subject to the Fund rules.

  The Fund has distributed over 22 million pounds since it was first established.

 

Past Grants to Worthy Causes include:

Prostrate Cancer Causes £2,424,000

St John Ambulance £2,000,000

National Osteoporosis Society £3,000,000

RNLI £1,600,000

Hospice Movement £1,500,000

 

 

2011 Festival Results

 

Total £645,738 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Lodge Donations

 

       Mark Lodges                                                    RAM Lodges

 

 

1st    Hawarden   £22,092                                1st    Hunter          £3,500

2nd   St Mabon    £21,622                                2nd   Yr Ysgallen  £2,965

3rd    Hunter        £17,059                                3rd    St Giles        £2,675