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 £2 million (31st December 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 £645,000 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 £20,000 to 20 local charities and worthy causes. The donations were presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, at the Teignmouth Masonic Hall, Hollands Road, Teignmouth on Friday 2nd June 2017.
Our thanks go to The Benevolent Lodge No 303 for their hospitality, The Masonic Hall Committee, Phoenix Catering and all who assisted in putting the event together.
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 Spring WAKE distribution 2017. Over 100 in attendance included the PGM, RW Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP; The DPGM, VW. Bro Nicholas Ball; W.Bro Peter Keaty, APGM ; W.Bro Alan Mark, Prov SGW and W.Bro. Reuben Ayres, Provincial Grand Charity Steward 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 who retired as the Provincial Charity Steward this year for all the work he had done for the WAKE Fund in the last 10 years and then introduced his successor W.Bro. Reuben Ayres Provincial Grand Charity Steward who will be take over at the Autumn disbursement. He also thanked the WAKE team, W.Bro’s Michael Walker, Frank Hanscombe, Cliff Nightingale and John Smerdon (Photographer) as well as Benevolent Lodge No 303 for their hospitality, The Masonic Hall Committee, Phoenix Catering for the buffet and all who assisted in putting the event together.
Cheques totalling £20,000 were presented to each of the 20 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:
- Princetown Primary Community School – The Victory Lodge No. 4189
- Sense Devon Group – St Michael’s Lodge No. 8186
- Stop Abuse for Everyone – Devonian Lodge of Installed Masters No. 9249
- North Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team – Lodge of Obedience No. 1753
- FORCE – Bishop Surtees Lodge No. 8497
- Friends of Longcause – The Lodge of Integrity No. 4098
- Bovey Tracey Swimming Pool Association – The Bovey Tracey Lodge No. 8698
- Plymouth and District Deaf Children’s society – The Noontide Lodge No. 9720
- The Exeter Hindi Temple Central Community Centre – St George’s Lodge No. 112
- Special Olympics Plymouth and District – The Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789
- North & East Devon Prostrate Support – The Lopes Lodge No. 5526
- The Church of the Good Shepherd – Sir walter Raleigh Lodge No. 2958
- Special Baby Care Unit Torbay Hospital – Torbay lodge No. 1358
- Chemo-Heroes – The Unity Lodge No. 1332
- Yealmpton Cricket Club – St Maurice Lodge No. 1855
- Exeter & East Devon Motor Neurone Disease Association – Sun Lodge No. 106
- Salcombe Mini Bus – The Estuary Lodge No. 7009
- League of Friends Ottery St Mary hospital – The St Margaret’s Lodge No.6128
- Torbay Prostrate Association – Benevolent Lodge No. 303
- Exeter Children’s Orchestra – Lodge of Union No. 444