21st July 2018
Dear Brother Charity Steward.

Further to the PGM’s e-mail regarding the 2026 Festival, I am pleased to announce a special event for Charity Stewards at Oakley House on the evening of Monday 30th September 2019 (yes, 2019). The event will include a talk and presentation on the excellent work of the MCF and more details of the up and coming West Kent 2026 Festival. It is important that you all mark your diaries accordingly as the information given will be invaluable in your role as Charity Steward.

Meanwhile, I would like to remind you of the aims outlined by our PGM:-
‘to replenish our Lodge and Chapter Relief Chests, so that each can be in the very best position possible to make a significant donation to the fund on Day 1 of our Festival’
‘to work towards the eminently achievable ambition that every single member of West Kent has a regular monthly donation to a Relief Chest in place – which will enable us to claim back 25% tax in Gift Aid – and guarantee steady progress towards the target we are set’

The PGM also announced ‘There will be a Provincial Award for the first Lodge and Chapter to achieve a 100% subscription to a regular donation to their Relief Chest, for a minimum of 3 years.’
He emphasised ‘It is easy to think that 2026 is a long way away – but the key to our success will be to get the strategic planning in place and start our work as early as possible.’
Part of your role as Charity Steward is to encourage members to set up these regular donations.

Back in January you all received a copy of ‘The Charity Stewards Guide’, a booklet full of really useful information about aspects of your important role within freemasonry. Pages 12-18 explain the Gift Aid Scheme in detail and includes a Direct Debit form for making regular donations. This form can also be downloaded from the MCF website (www.mcf.org.uk)

More information on the September event will be available soon and please make use of the Guide. I very much look forward to working with you over the coming months on this historic journey!

Yours Sincerely & Fraternally
Roland Stokes
Provincial Grand Charity Steward