Last night Cyril Robinson Lodge, that normally meets at The Keep in Bedford, hosted a Zoom video call and invited Worshipful Brother Robert Curson and Worshipful Brother Martin Wilson, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the 2026 Festival, to give a short presentation to Lodge members on the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the Festival.
Worshipful Brother Bob Curson gave the background to the MCF and what it had achieved since its inception in 2016, both in terms of monies raised and donated, including grants that related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Worshipful Brother Martin Wilson then gave details of the Provincial and Lodge targets and how they could be achieved. Details as to how donations could be made was explained together with qualifications to become a Steward of the Festival.
Worshipful Brothers Bob and Martin stressed that during the 11 years since the start of the previous festival – which culminated in 2015, and the start of this Festival, Freemasons and their families in Bedfordshire had received more than £1,500,000 from the MCF. As the Provincial target for 2026 was only £1,000,000 we as a Province were getting more than our monies worth from the MCF!