"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
Our charitable aims & achievements
Charity is at the heart of Freemasonry. The three Great Principles by which we stand are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole, both by charitable giving and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged and this work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities. Masonic charity is exercised at every level, individual Lodges make gifts and give aid to their own communities and every Province provides support to local causes. The Somerset Masonic Charities (SMC) is the body which administers funds on behalf of the Province of Somerset to voluntary organisation within Somerset. The Management Committee of SMC has agreed to place an Application Form on this website which will enable and assist any prospective organisations seeking funding. Please click here to download the form.
Contact David Maddern, Provincial Grand Charity Steward
SMC Annual Report - click here
SMC quarterly reports - April12 - July12 - Nov12 - Jan13 - April13
SMC grants since January 2009 - click here
You can now choose to support the Somerset 2020 Festival directly or your preferred Relief Chest. For details - click here
The Provincial Grand Almoner
Each Lodge within the Province has an Almoner. This important office provides the watchful eye and listening ear for those Masons and their immediate family should they be sick, frail or in distress and to find ways to support them where possible. The Provincial Almoner lends his experience and knowledge to these officers as well as guidance in maintaining good links with all Somerset Masons and their families ensuring continuity of care and support where needed.
Sensitivity, intelligence and a good knowledge of who's who are just part of being an Almoner. Knowing how to help when required is another cornerstone and the Provincial Almoner is the officer who makes applications on behalf of those in need to the appropriate Masonic charities and trusts when called upon to do so.
For more details,
contact Peter Hodder Provincial Grand Almoner
Click here to download the latest Almoner's Report
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