Contrary to much general opinion, freemasonry is greatly concerned with national and world-wide munificence. If after this, it failed to look after its own it would be failing in its duty. Each Lodge has an Almoner, whose duty it is to attend to the needs of sick or distressed members, their families and the widows of deceased members. Every Lodge has a Charity Representative whose work involves collection of alms, covenants from Lodge members and to prepare petitions to the Provincial Grand Master for causes important to them. Masonic Charitable funds are derived solely from within the movement. 


 Kathryn Rogan, the newly appointed Corporate Fundraiser at Overgate Hospice receiving a cheque for £1050 from W.Bro Sam Kilburn and Peter Bissell, Charity Steward.  This represents half of the money raised for charity during W. Bro Kilburn’s year as Master of the Lodge, the other half going to the Provincial Grand Master’s fund.  A further £1270 was raised at a one-off fund raising event in November 2008 for Breast Cancer Haven (Yorkshire).


Presentation of cheque for £1500 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to representatives from The Council for Help in Bereavement Services, (CHIBS), Halifax.  Picture shows (l to r) W. Sam W Kilburn OBE JP PPGSupt. Works, Past Master of The Lodge of Probity No. 61, W Bro. Peter N Bissell, Charity Steward and Anne Dalby, Juliet Chambers, Angela Lumb and Sally Young, Officers and Volunteers from CHIBS.