Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master of the Devon Freemasons from 1970 until 1984, conceived the idea of a charitable fund with the aim of making annual disbursements to local charities and organisations in need of assistance. Right Worshipful Brother Robin Osborn, the Provincial Grand Master from 1999 until 2007, appealed to the brethren in 1999 to build up the fund to £1million; it now stands at about £1.8 million (30th June 2016) in value from which the trustees distribute the income generated, each year approximately £50,000 + and is distributed amongst local charities and organisations in Devon. The programme commenced in 2001 and since that date over £650,000 has been given by The Devon Freemasons WAKE Fund to worthy causes within the Province. Approximately 750 worthy causes, charities and organisations have benefited since it started. There are two disbursements one in the spring and one in the autumn — where representatives of the charities are invited to meet Freemasons and enjoy a buffet supper.

As part of an annual programme of charitable giving, The WAKE Fund has again distributed over £25,000 to 27 local charities and worthy causes. The donations were presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, at the Uffculme Masonic Hall Uffculme on Friday 28th October 2016. Our thanks go to W. Bro Eric Collings of the Western District United Service Lodge No 2258 who hosted the event. Our thanks to W.Bro. Bill Carnell, his team and the caterers, for the superb buffet after the presentation.

Whilst the individual sums may seem modest each donation is meaningful and appreciated by the charity or local organisation concerned. The Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro Barry White opened the event welcoming all those present to the Autumn WAKE distribution 2016. Over 105 in attendance included the PGM, RW Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP; The DPGM, VW. Bro Nicholas Ball; W.Bro Peter Keaty, APGM ; W.Bro Colin gale, APGM; W.Bro Chris Yard, APGM; W.Bro Walker Lapthorne, Prov JGW and W.Bro Richard Ebrey, Prov G Secretary, many with their wives/partners.

The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP extended a warm welcome to all the charity and Lodge representatives. He then introduced his Executive and explained the origins and objectives of the WAKE Fund as well as informing the guests about Freemasonry and our openness to this order. He thanked W.Bro Barry White as Provincial Charity Steward for the work he had done for the WAKE Fund along with W.Bro’s Michael Walker, Frank Hanscombe, Cliff Nightingale and John Smerdon and Bill Carnell of The Devon Farmers Lodge No 9250 for hosting the evening. Cheques were presented to each of the 27 representative in the name of the sponsoring Lodges. A photo was taken by W.Bro John Smerdon and a short speech was given by each of the Charities with an explanation of the work done or achieved by them. After the presentations of cheques and a group photo was taken, the guests left the Temple and enjoyed the superb buffet in the Refectory. A guided tour was also available to anyone wishing to look and ask any questions in respect to the Lodge Room.

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Article & Pictures by W.Bro. John Smerdon PAGDC

Details of Charity and representing Lodges:

  1. Plymouth Children’s Theatre Workshop – Sir John Hawkins Lodge No. 3704
  2. Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust – Lodge Virtue and Honor No. 494
  3. Children’s Hospice South West – The lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789
  4. 1st Seaton Scout Group – The De La Pole Lodge no. 1181
  5. CHIL – Community Health in Lipson – Bedford Lodge No. 282
  6. Queen Elizabeth Academy Trust – The unity Lodge No. 1132
  7. Daisy Play Centre – Pleiades Lodge No. 710
  8. Torbay Hospital League of Friends – St Michael’s Lodge
  9. Torbay Olympic Gymnastics Club – The St Margaret’s Lodge No. 6128
  10. Mustard Tree, Derriford Hospital – The Dundas Lodge No. 1255
  11. The New Tavistock Youth Café – Direct
  12. FORCE – The Louis Marchesi Lodge 9558
  13. The Good Samaritans – Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421
  14. Kingsbridge Community College – Duncombe Lodge No. 1486
  15. St Peter & St Paul Teigngrace – Devon Farmers Lodge No. 9250
  16. Plymouth Music Zone – The St Andrew Lodge No. 4276
  17. Cardiology Dept, Derriford – St John’s Lodge No. 70
  18. D’arts Crediton – The Old Helean Lodge No. 6797
  19. Ilfracombe RFC – Saint Nicholas Lodge No. 6377
  20. Unite Carers in Mid devon – The Brent Lodge No. 1284
  21. Dream-a-Way – The Northcote Lodge No. 2659
  22. Foodcycle Exeter – The Excester lodge No. 6228
  23. St Loves Foundation Exeter – The St Thomas lodge No. 4198
  24. Newton abbot Community Transport – Benevolent Lodge No. 303
  25. Alzheimer’s Society Plymouth – Victory Lodge no. 4189
  26. PMF – Peninsula Medical Foundation – Plym Lodge No. 3821
  27. Sidmouth Town Band – Lodge of Perseverance No. 164