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 £665,000 has been given by The Devon Freemasons WAKE Fund to worthy causes within the Province. Approximately 770 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 another £25,000 to 25 local charities and worthy causes. The donations were presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, at the Exmouth Masonic Hall, St. Andrews Road, Exmouth on Friday 2nd November 2017.
Our thanks go to The Sun Lodge No 106 for their hospitality, The Masonic Hall Committee, the Catering team 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 Reuben Ayres opened the event welcoming all those present to the Autumn WAKE distribution 2017. Over 90 in attendance included the PGM, RW Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP; The DPGM, VW. Bro Nicholas Ball; W.Bro’s Peter Keaty, Colin Gale and Charlie Yelland all APGMs along with W.Bro Alan Mark, Prov SGW and their partners/ Wives. The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP also extended a warm welcome to all the charities 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 for all the work he had done for the WAKE Fund in the last 10 years and welcomed for his first WAKE W.Bro. Reuben Ayres, Prov G Charity Steward. He also thanked the WAKE team, W.Bro’s Michael Walker, Frank Hanscombe, Cliff Nightingale and John Smerdon (Photographer) as well as Sun Lodge No.106 for their hospitality, The Masonic Hall Committee and the Caterers for the buffet and all who assisted in putting the event together.
Cheques totalling £25,000 were presented to each of the 25 representatives 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.
To see Charity details and all pictures taken on the day visit - WAKE fund disbursement
Article & Pictures by W.Bro. John Smerdon PAGDC.
Details of Charity and representing Lodges:
- St Andrews Church, Exwick, Exeter – The Northcote Lodge No. 3659
- Cancer Lifeline South West – St Michael’s Lodge No. 8186
- Goals Soccer School, Plymstock – The Lodge of Hope No. 6703
- West Ansty Village Hall – Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421
- The Disabled Sailing Society – Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069
- Balloons – Bishop Surtees Lodge No. 8497
- The Friends of Exmouth Libraries – The Rolle Lodge No. 2759
- Bolham Ward RD&E Wonford – Direct
- Holsworthy Youth Football – Conciliation Lodge No. 3483
- East Devon Parkinson Support Group – Lodge of Perseverance No. 164
- Disabled Carriage Driving Group – Bedford Lodge No. 282
- Plymouth Heartbeat – Maristow Lodge No. 2725
- Independent Football Academy – The Pelican Lodge No. 1358
- Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare – The Sun Lodge No. 106
- Saltstone Caring – Duncombe Lodge No. 1486
- Wheelfever – Manadon Lodge No. 3033
- Crediton Youth FC – The Unity Lodge No. 1332
- The Plymouth Drake Foundation – The Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789
- Axe Vale & District Conservation Society – Excester Lodge No. 6228
- Ilfracombe Recovery Group – Lodge of Concord No. 1135
- Tiverton Community Transport Association – St Peter’s Lodge No. 1125
- Kingsteignton Youth Centre – Direct
- Plymouth & District Disabled Fellowship – Victory Lodge No. 4189
- South Devon School of Gymnastics – True Love And Unity Lodge No. 248
- St Michael’s Church, Horwood – Direct