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  From the Provincial Grand Master

ShortIy after I became a Freemason, over 40 years ago, one of the Past Masters of my Lodge died prematurely leaving a widow and two daughters who had just commenced secondary education. His widow was naturally concerned about how she would be able to meet the attendant education costs. I recall the Brethren discussing and submitting an application on her behalf for financial assistance with these costs to The Royal Masonic Institutions for Girls and for Boys (as The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys was then known) and very soon thereafter of learning that the Trust had agreed to help. Equally satisfying was the manner in which the girls subsequently communicated their gratitude by regularly providing reports of their progress to the Lodge members. Both girls completed their secondary education with credit and went on to complete higher education, none of which would have been possible without the Trust’s support.

More recently a colleague, who had been Freemason but whose interest in the Craft had sadly waned, died suddenly. Two of his sons were about to complete their secondary education and had secured places at University but his widow, unaware of her precise financial status following her husband's unexpected demise, was worried about her ability to meet their education and undergraduate fees. Notwithstanding that their late father was no longer a Freemason, enquiry of The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys (as the Charity is now known) and brief submission of their circumstances established that assistance would be available. In the event none was required as happily there were adequate funds within the husband's estate.

Both of these examples demonstrate so forcefully not only the purpose and availability of The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys but also the irrefutable help and assistance it has given locally during the recent past and generally, of course, for many, many years.
My request for your support for the forthcoming Festival has already been quantified and I hope that you can share my enthusiasm for the wonderful work of The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.

RW Bro Peter Magnay DL, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Northumberland