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 in value from which the trustees distribute the income generated, each year approximately £50,000 + is distributed amongst local charities and organisations in Devon.
The programme commenced in 2001 and since that date over £690,000 has been given by The Devon Freemasons WAKE Fund to worthy causes within the Province. Approximately 790 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 22 local charities and worthy causes. The donations were presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, at the Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall Plymouth on Friday 1st June 2018.
Our thanks go to The Western District United service Lodge No 2258 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 Spring WAKE distribution 2018. Over 120 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 Nick Ruston, 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 announced the death of RW Bro Robin Osborn Past Prov Grand Master who during his term as PGM built up the WAKE Fund to what it is today. He also introduced and thanked the WAKE team, W.Bro’s Michael Walker; Frank Hanscombe, W.Bro. Martin Elliott, Treasurer; W.Bro. Clive Eden, Press Officer and W.Bro. John Smerdon for the Photography as well The Western District United service Lodge No 2258 for their hospitality and the Caterers, Roger and Barbara for the buffet and all others who assisted in putting the event together.
Cheques totalling £25,000 were presented to each of the 22 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 - https://photos.app.goo.gl/3c0ACqIDVjc1Bwt82
Article & Pictures by W.Bro. John Smerdon PAGDC.
Details of Charity and representing Lodges:
1) St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth – The Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789
2) Plymouth Ladies Charity Club – Philammon Lodge No. 3226
3) Sidbury C of E Primary School PTFA – Perseverance Lodge No. 164
4) Plymouth Music Zone – The St. Andrew Lodge No. 4276
5) The Pelican Project – Brent Lodge No. 1284
6) Devon County Agricultural Association – St. George’s Lodge No. 112
7) Dementia Voice Veterans Group – St. John The Evangelist Lodge No. 4405
8) 31st Plymouth Scouts – Western District United Service lodge No. 2258
9) Chulmleigh & Mid Devon Cricket Club – Loyal lodge of Industry Lodge No. 421
10) Plymouth Cancer fund – Direct
11) Mill Water School – Harmony Lodge No. 372
12) Crime Stoppers Devon – Old Plymothian & Mannameadian Lodge No. 6279
13) The Open Door Exmouth – Sun Lodge No. 106
14) Lifeworks Charity – Victory Lodge No. 4189
15) Austin Farm Primary School – St George Lodge No. 2025
16) Parkinson’s Plymouth & District Branch – Smeaton Lodge No. 4352
17) Gidleigh Village Hall – North Devon Masters Lodge No. 9316
18) Living with Aphasia – Direct
19) Macs Charity – St. Michael’s Lodge No. 8186
20) Community Resources Devon – Lodge of Concord No. 1135
21) Exeter Panthers AFC – Unity Lodge No. 1135
22) The Scouts and Explores of Plympton Scout Group – The Pelican Lodge No. 7878