De Montfort Lodge has supported the charities below with donations of £5,675.25 over the past two years; £3,408.25 of which went to non-masonic charities and causes.

Charitable giving and benevolence are core principles of Freemasonry. Freemasons' lodges have officers titled 'Charity Steward' and 'Almoner'. The Charity Steward's role is to arrange, collect, administer and distribute money raised from events and collections. The Almoner's role is to look after the welfare of the brethren of the lodge and their families, especially those who are in need. On behalf of the lodge he will also visit and help sick, aged and infirm members of the lodge. Widows and dependants of the lodge's deceased brethren are also cared for and their wellbeing and needs reported back to the lodge so that action can be taken to support them.


Charities Supported by De Montfort Lodge in the last two years

Other charities supported in recent years

(Figures in brackets indicate donations made between April 2013 and February 2015)


Friends of De Montfort:



Funds set aside to provide help to widows and dependents of De Montfort Masons, Christmas Gifts etc.


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The Freemasons’ Grand Charity:



Funded by Freemasons and their families and is continuing a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry.

Since 1980, we have made grants totaling over £100 million to thousands of individuals and national charities.

The work of the Grand Charity continues a commitment to charitable support that began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry.

All of the money we distribute is provided mainly through an annual contribution made by individual Freemasons and fundraising 'Festivals' held each year.

Our grants fall into three main categories:

Masonic Relief grants: financial assistance for Freemasons and their families who are experiencing hardship

Grants to Charities: Support for the important work of national charities of all sizes, in medical research; support for vulnerable people; youth opportunities; hospice services; air ambulance services and disaster relief worldwide.

Other Masonic charities: When justifiable needs arise, we will support the work of the other Masonic charities. We also operate The Freemasons' Grand Charity Relief Chest Scheme, which helps Lodges and other Masonic organisations to maximise the value of the funds they collect for charitable activities.


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Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys:



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 our main grant-making work, we also support young people with exceptional talents and those who need financial assistance in order to embrace life-changing opportunities.

We award grants to both national and local children's charities and provide support to our separate but subsidiary charity Lifelites.

Today, our mission is:

"To relieve poverty and advance the education of children of a Masonic family and, when funds permit, support other children in need."

We continue to help children and young people using a variety of different funds and projects, however our main role is to assist the children of Masonic families who have experienced a distress that has led to financial hardship.

Our help is provided in the form of grants to relieve the effects of poverty and advance education. Grants most frequently take the form of maintenance allowances to assist with everyday living costs. We can also make specific grants for items such as computers, music or sports lessons and educational visits.


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Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution:



The RMBI has been caring for older Freemasons and their dependents for over 160 years. We operate 17 residential care homes across England and Wales offering high quality care. Many of our Homes are registered for both residential and nursing care and a number offer specialist dementia care. All of our Homes can offer places to people with dementia, following as assessment of their needs.

Limited sheltered accommodation is offered for those people who prefer to live more independently, but with support nearby in an emergency.

The RMBI has a team of Care Advice Visitors, who know a great deal about health and welfare rights and benefits. They can also give advice on all aspects of the services offered by the RMBI and the other Masonic charities, and by statutory and voluntary agencies.

The RMBI can also offer short-stay breaks, including respite care. These are helpful for both those living alone, and for families that need a little respite from the demands of caring for an older relative.


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Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund:



The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire administers many charitable funds, the principal ones of which are the Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association Limited. The objects of the WMBF are to provide relief to needy Freemasons of the Province, their widows or partners, their children and any spinster sisters. The Management Committee of the Charity Board of the WMBF meets on a quarterly basis to consider petitions for relief submitted by Lodge Almoners, although the Provincial Grand Almoner also has power to make emergency grants. WMBF relies heavily on regular donations from Lodges and Chapters in the Province to enable it to carry out its charitable work.


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Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association:

( £105.00)


WMCA Ltd was formed to manage the various legacies bequeathed to the Province and more recently to deal with the reclamation of Gift Aid as a result of charitable donations. It also distributes substantial sums on an annual basis to non-Masonic charities which operate within the Province. These charities must apply for assistance and provide audited accounts.

Administration of the charities is in the capable hands of the Provincial Grand Almoner and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward assisted by the Provincial Grand Secretary. The current Provincial Grand Almoner is W Bro Christopher Grove MBE, PGStB and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward is W Bro Anthony Newby. Both may be contacted on 0121 454 0554 or by fax on 0121 456 2205.

A seminar is normally held on an annual basis in September to share information and best practice with Lodge Almoners and Charity Stewards.


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Masonic Samaritan Fund:



Still a young Masonic charity. It was established in 1990 for the relief of suffering and sickness in respect of Freemasons, their wives, children or dependents, or the widows, children or dependents of deceased Freemasons. The interests and needs of each applicant will be paramount in determining how and where relief will be granted. The terms of the Trust Deed under which the Fund is required to operate require that relief can only be provided to applicants who demonstrate that the cost of private healthcare would be a financial burden and who are otherwise unable to obtain treatment on the National Health Service without undue delay. The NMSF will support a petitioner who needs general surgery if the wait for NHS treatment is three months or more or will intervene if the wait for cardiac surgery is two months or more.

By 2007, the Fund had supported treatment for over 7,000 individuals ranging in age from 6 months to 104 years. This involved allocating grants totaling over £30 million. Whilst many of the conditions funded via the NMSF may be associated with advancing years - hip and knee joint replacements, cataracts and prostate problems - funding can be available for everything from scans to major heart surgery. Although painful and often distressing, such complaints are not life threatening and often involve a long wait on the NHS. The Fund will not provide support in emergency or life threatening cases where the NHS will deal with it promptly and efficiently.

Applicants do not need to be financially destitute to qualify for assistance. In establishing the financial need NMSF will take account of both income and capital but will not include the value of your home. Allowances are made for certain items of expenditure and for reasonable savings.

Some applicants may be asked to make a contribution towards the overall cost of treatment. Once an application is accepted, the interests of the patient will be paramount and the required treatment will be obtained at whichever hospital is the most appropriate and, if possible, near to where the patient lives.


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Acorns Childrens Hospice:



Established in 1988, Acorns Children's Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England.

These children and young people are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Acorns is currently supporting over 640 children and more than 910 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns is the only organisation that provides this level of care to these vulnerable youngsters whilst offering a range of support services to the whole family to help them cope at every stage of their child's life and beyond into bereavement.

We provide tailored nursing care for each child; short breaks, emergency and end of life care at each of our three hospices:

Acorns in Birmingham based at Selly Oak

• Acorns in the Black Country based at Walsall

• Acorns for the Three Counties based at Worcester

• Acorns rely on the community to fund the majority of its activities.


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Macmillan Nurses:



For many people affected by cancer, Macmillan nurses are a valued and trusted source of expert information, advice and support - free of charge. As of December 2011, there were 3,707 Macmillan nurse posts across the UK, both in hospitals and in the community.

All Macmillan nurses are registered nurses with at least five years' experience, including two or more years in cancer or palliative care. They complete specialist courses in managing pain and other symptoms, and in psychological support.

Macmillan nurses are usually employed by the NHS and their posts are funded by Macmillan for a set time, often for the first three years. After that time, the long-term funding is taken up by the NHS or other partner organisations.

The nurses work in NHS hospitals and the community, and aren't usually associated with private health care. They do not undertake routine nursing tasks, but if you need this kind of support, there are other nurses who can help.

Macmillan nurses are funded almost entirely through the generous voluntary donations of our supporters. If you’d like to help us continue to provide their vital services – and increase the number of Macmillan nurses available to people with cancer – you can. Please consider setting up a regular direct debit and continuing to support us throughout the year.  


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Solihull Age UK:



Mission Statement. The Vision of Age UK Solihull is of a world where older people flourish and our Mission is to improve the lives of all older people in the borough of Solihull.

Most of our services are provided free.

All the money we raise is placed back into Age UK Solihull to help provide services across the borough.

Our History. Our registered charity number - 1055887

The formal constitution of Age Concern Metropolitan Borough of Solihull was formally adopted at a public meeting in March 1983. This was largely due to the efforts of Councillor Miriam Harris in the Borough and Shirley Hutton who, as a resident in Castle Bromwich, had already set up a branch of Age Concern. The provision of direct services and campaigning to promote positive attitudes towards older people and ageing were the aims of the first committee and remain our aims today. Over the years, the Charity has been established as the only voluntary organisation working solely for and with older people in the Borough.

The charity became a company limited by guarantee in 1996 and is now known as Age UK Solihull.


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Henley in Arden British Legion:

( £120.00)


The Royal British Legion is the UK's leading Armed Forces charity and one of its largest membership organisations. Members get together through the network of branches and clubs all over the country and overseas to participate in social, fundraising and welfare activities.

Henley in Arden Branch meets at 8.00pm on the first Tuesday of every month at the Black Swan in High Street, Henley in Arden.

Membership is open to everyone. If you have an interest in the objectives of the Legion and want to help and support for those who have served and their families, come and join us. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not.

Legion membership ensures that Remembrance is kept alive and that the sacrifices our brave Service men and women have made are never forgotten.

The ex-Service community have a voice and that their concerns are brought to the public eye.

Becoming a member also provides the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities and events held locally, regionally and nationally throughout the year.

We provide financial, social and emotional care and support to all members of the British Armed Forces - past and present and their families. The Legion is also the national Custodian of Remembrance and safeguards the Military Covenant between the nation and its Armed Forces and is best known for the annual Poppy Appeal and its emblem the red poppy.

Founded in 1921, the Legion is not just about those who fought in the two World Wars of the last century, but also about those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting for the freedom we enjoy today.


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Make a Wish Foundation:



We exist for one reason – to grant magical wishes to children and young people fighting life-threatening conditions.

Our story started in 1986. Inspired by the story of Chris Greicius, a young boy fighting leukaemia in the US, Make-A-Wish UK was formed to grant magical wishes to seriously-ill children in the UK.

We worked from offices above a shop in the town of Camberley, Surrey, and relied on the generous support of local volunteers to help us grant wishes. We granted four wishes in our first year. The very first wish was granted to Anthony from Liverpool, who went on a magical trip with his family to meet the Disney characters in Disney World Florida.

As word spread about our work, more and more people began coming forward to volunteer their time. In our second year, we granted 13 wishes. We took on our first full-time member of staff in 1989. And by the end of our fourth year, with the support of a growing team of passionate volunteers, we'd granted 100 magical wishes. Our volunteers would spend nearly every weekend out and about across the country – giving presentations, accepting cheques, and spreading the word about Make-A-Wish. And as more families turned to us, we began setting up regional offices and taking on even more volunteers so we could keep granting wishes. There was never a dull moment.

We're still based in Camberley today, employing 50 members of staff. And volunteers are still at the heart of our organisation – their kind support has helped us grant over 9,000 magical wishes to date. But we need your help to keep granting more. Find out how you can become a volunteer or other ways you can support us, or read about some of the magical wishes we've granted.


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The Hub Henley in Arden:



The Hub @ Henley Community Center is based in the heart of Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire and provides a valuable facility for all members of the community. It is managed by The Henley-in-Arden War Memorial Trust and in addition to being the home of ‘The Hub Youth Club’ the center provides a wide range of activities throughout the week, catering for all ages from the newly born through to our senior citizens.

The Hub @ Henley is entirely financed from private donations and business sponsors for which the Trust is extremely grateful.

The Hub@Henley would like to give a massive thank you to all of its sponsors that comprise both local business and private individuals.   The success of the Hub@Henley is dependent on fundraising, grants and sponsorship pledges – without the wonderful support of all the sponsors The Hub@Henley would not survive.

Mission and Vision  “Serving to inspire, educate and strengthen our community.”

When Warwickshire County Council decided to close The Hub@Henley Community Centre, the Henley War Memorial Trust responded to the outcry in the town. It formulated a plan to ensure that the Hub with all its wonderful service to our community should remain open. The Hub would continue and expand the excellent service it had always delivered to Henley in Arden and the surrounding district.

Our three tenets are:

INSPIRE:  The center will create an environment that gives its users respite from their difficult lives and encourages them to believe they have the resources within themselves to resolve problems. It will challenge them to take that extra step and climb that difficult hill to a more rewarding existence. It will be the place where supportive friendships are created and sustained.

EDUCATE:  Those who attend the centre will have the opportunity to discover new talents and learn new skills, developing greater self awareness and self confidence, thereby enabling attendees to make better and wiser choices about their futures.

STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNITY:  We believe that the “whole village is responsible for bringing up a child”; the centre shares this privilege with the town. Professionals and volunteers will counsel, support, advise, uplift and walk alongside those of any age who from time to time will need us.  By working together we will make individuals stronger, more confident and more likely to want to give of their time within our community. In this way we will strengthen our local democracy, increase local participation and assist in the creation of an even more caring and more supportive village.

‘No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather, both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. Young people must be included from birth. A society that cuts off from its youth severs its lifeline.’

Kofi Annan – Ghanaian diplomat, seventh Secretary-General of theUnited Nations, recipient of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.


If you believe this vision is remotely possible then join us!


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Charities Supported in earlier years include:


The Alzheimers Soc:



Alzheimer's Society is a membership organisation, which works to improve the quality of life of people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Many of our 20,000 members have personal experience of dementia, as carers, health professionals or people with dementia themselves, and their experiences help to inform our work.

We are the leading support and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.

In 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to 1 million by 2025. The Society's fight for a better world for people with all types of dementia takes a wide range of forms. Through our network of local services, we touch the lives of over 30,000 people every week, providing practical services and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers provide both local information and over 2,000 services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to people affected by dementia in their communities. Our local services include day care and home care for people with dementia, as well as support and befriending services to help partners and families cope with the demands of caring. From Dementia Cafés and innovative Singing for the Brain sessions to memory-book projects and group outings, our services provide both practical support and an essential point of human contact.

Our vision   A world without dementia.

Our mission   We will: change the face of dementia research

demonstrate best practice in dementia care and support

provide the best advice and support to anyone dealing with dementia

influence the state and society to enable those affected by dementia to live as they wish to live.

By pursuing these four goals together we'll mobilise thousands of people. With them we'll reduce the impact of dementia on lives today and create a world without dementia tomorrow.

Our values  Always informed by the needs and experiences of people affected

by dementia, we:

are inclusive, making sure that we reach out to and involve people from every group and community

challenge ourselves and others to question the status quo, be pioneering, and embrace change

aspire to excellence in everything we do

always act with integrity and treat everyone with respect, dignity and fairness enable others to make a meaningful contribution and realise their potential.


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Wooden Spoon:



Wooden Spoon is the UK's leading grant-making charity dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged children and young people through rugby.

Since we began in 1983, we have been dedicated to making a difference to the lives of the estimated 800,00 disabled children and 1 million NEETS in the UK today.

We are one of the country's largest funders of respite and medical treatment centres, sensory rooms, specialist playgrounds, sports activity areas and community based programmes in the UK.

Inspired by our rugby heritage, we've been able to help over a million children and young people through our life-changing projects since we were founded in 1983.

But this still isn't enough.  With numbers of UK disadvantaged children anticipated to reach an all time high in 2015, we need your help to raise over £4 million over the next few months.

With no Government funding, we rely on the commitment and enthusiasm of people like you.

Our volunteers based all over the country work tirelessly to support and fundraise for us and we ensure that every single penny they raise stays in their own community and funds projects and causes local to them.


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Help For Heroes:



Our mission is to deliver an enduring national network of support for our wounded and their families. We will inspire and enable those who have made sacrifices on our behalf to achieve their full potential.

The war in Afghanistan may be over, but for those who have suffered life-changing injuries, their battles are just beginning.

We've estimated that, of the 220,560 individuals deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq between 2001 and 2014, up to 75,000 servicemen and women (and their families) may need our support in the future. We will not let them fight these battles alone.

At Help for Heroes, we are passionate about getting the very best for the men and women of Great Britain’s Armed Forces, both serving and veteran. We are proud to work with other Service charities to make sure this happens.


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International Red Cross, Japanese Tsunami Appeal 2011:



Since the disaster, the Japanese Red Cross has been providing people with first aid and emergency healthcare, as well as distributing relief items.

This appeal is now closed. The Red Cross would like to thank everyone who donated.


De Montfort Lodge

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De Montfort Lodge

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The Province of Warwickshire