These important messages and being circulated to every member of the Province and this communication contains Four  items.

Three announcements  from the PGM/GSupt regarding new teams within the Province.

One from the Provincial Charity Steward

Provincial Communications Team

In order to reinforce our internal and external Communications activities, I am pleased to announce the following appointments:-

W.Bro Jim O’Donnell will continue in the role of Head of Communications / Provincial Communications Officer – and, as before, will report to me direct.

In turn, he will have the following direct reports:

– Graham Raven – Internal Communications Administrator

– Warren Muckell – Provincial Webmaster & overseer of all Social Media channels including Facebook, Twitter and any new channels

-Stewart Markworth – Video / Photography / Creative

-John James – Graphic Design

– Adrian Grant – Editor of the “Provincial Communications Update”

– Amrit Fox-Bharry – Communications Officer for all 2026 Festival & Provincial Charity Committee matters.

A vacancy still exists for the post of Provincial Head of News, and any interested parties should contact Jim O’Donnell at:    communications@freemasons-westkent.org.uk

Provincial Ambassador

I am pleased to announce that Fred Halligan has accepted my invitation to become Provincial Ambassador, a new role which will report directly to me.

The purpose of this new role is to underpin and strengthen our external engagement with the Community and his role will exclusively include:-

– liaison with Local Authorities

– liaison with the Mayors in our Province

– coordination of bespoke external events

– arrangements for Remembrance Day parades

– arrangements for Civic parades

– coordination of other high profile activities to raise the profile of the Province of West Kent

As part of this appointment, the activities of the External Events Team, led by James McNulty, will be overseen by Fred Halligan.

Education, Learning and Development.

Following my recent review of the Education, Learning and Development resources in the Province, I recent announced that W.Bro Tony Harvey, PAGDC, has accepted my invitation to become Provincial Head of Learning and Development.

Following our request for expressions of interest, I am now pleased to announce the following appointments to Tony’s team, as follows:-

– Tony Harvey              – Head of Learning & Development

– Alan Wondzinski       – Provincial Education Officer

– Steve Archbold         – Provincial Training Officer

– Richard Savage         – Provincial Learning & Development Administrator

The Provincial Education Officer will be responsible for promoting “a daily advancement” in Masonic knowledge and understanding.  He will form and manage a team of quality assured speakers that will work with others to promote the use of UGLE’s Solomon system and locally produced learning resources.

The Provincial Training Officer will develop and offer skills training for Lodge Officers.  He will work with Provincial Officers to identify and meet learning needs and priorities and will also form and manage a team of trainers who will deliver skills workshops.

The Provincial Learning & Development Administrator will work with both of the above to organise events and to create and manage a learning administration system.

All three of the above will report directly to W Bro. Tony Harvey, who is responsible for ensuring that learning and development supports the strategic goals of the Province.

I trust that you will join me in wishing the new teams  every success in their respective roles.

Mark Estaugh – PGM / GSupt

West Kent 2026 Festival – regular giving and Festival Jewel – the PGM seeks your support!

The official launch of the 2026 Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation is approaching, which will run from 1 January 2020 until May 2026. The PGM is very keen to make a significant donation on the launch date and to support that aim, we would like to encourage members to establish – during 2019 – regular donations by Direct Debit with Gift Aid, to continue throughout the period of the Festival.

As an incentive, the 2026 Festival jewel will be awarded to each member who has undertaken a regular commitment over the period of the Festival – an indicative figure being £2 per week, with gift aid.

Regular modest donations by means of a gift aided Direct Debit have proven to be the most effective method to raise funds. Once in place, members can be assured that should their personal circumstances should change over the years, it is very easy to cancel or modify the regular contribution.

Regular donations can be made to your Lodge or Chapter Relief Chest, however, the preferred method is directly to 2026 West Kent Festival Relief Chest “FEST 2026”. Either way, your contribution will be recognised and added to your Lodge / Chapter total. Direct Debit donation forms are available from your Charity Steward, your Festival Liaison Officer (FLO), at any Masonic Centre or to download at http://westkent2026.festivalappeal.org/

I encourage each of you to assist in making our 2026 Festival a resounding success and to support the MCF, which provides substantial assistance and financial support to many Freemasons and their dependants in our Province.

Roland Stokes

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

With Kind Regards,

Province of West Kent Communications Team