I hope this message finds you in good health and spirits.

As Chairman of our 2026 Festival, I would like to bring your attention to the MASONIC COVID19 APPEAL.  Details of this emergency appeal and how to make a donation are attached and I urge each and every one of you to support this appeal at this unprecedented time.

I have just made a donation online myself which took less than three minutes to complete, which is the best method of donating by far.  Please think carefully about this appeal, the proceeds of which will help local people and charities hit by the challenges resulting from this pandemic.  So far since we have been in “Lock Down”, I have missed 10 meetings, which has saved me around £300. I am sure most of you have found a similar saving !!

The good news for us in West Kent is that any donations you make to the COVID19 APPEAL will also be included in your own Festival account and Lodge account for the 2026 Festival, so the benefit is twofold.

Brethren, because of the fantastic support you have given to the 2026 Festival to date, we are ahead of the predicted run-rate for contributions.  Those of you who have set up Direct Debits are encouraged to leave them to run their course.

We are currently not planning any major fund raising events until mid 2021, when we will continue our fund raising to enable West Kent to exceed its target.

Finally, stay at home, stay safe and look forward to the healthier and happier times that will surely come.

Roland Stokes

2026 Festival Chairman