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Festival 25 - The Masonic Province of Dorset 2025 Charity Festival

What is a Masonic Festival?

It is a tradition in England and Wales that each of the 44 Provinces is asked once in every 11 years to collect funds for the main Masonic Charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Having completed our last period of festival in 2014 the Province of Dorset will once again be in Festival mode from October 2019 culminating at the end of June 2025.

Built on the foundations of Masonic Charities operating since the early 18th Century and funded entirely through the generosity of Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country.

Most of the support provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation takes the form of financial grants to individuals and families to assist with daily living costs. They can also award grants to provide specific items or services.

A range of health and care needs, including medical and dental treatments, counselling and mobility aids or home adaptations are supported, with funding also available for respite, residential, nursing and dementia care.

Their professional Advice and Support team offers confidential and practical guidance about the support available from the Masonic Charitable Foundation and many other organisations.

In addition to the support provided to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.

They also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief. In total, our support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

Without the Festival system and the support it provides the Masonic Charitable Foundation would not be able to provide relief to those in need across our country and further afield.


The 2019 Dorset Provincial Gala Ball raises over £2,750 for Festival 25 

Just over 200 guests enjoyed a fantastic evening of entertainment at the Queens hotel in Bournemouth on Saturday 16th November raised over £2,750 for the Festival. A very enjoyable event raising money for a very good cause. more...

Thank You! - DMC donates £25,000 to Festival 25 

Our very own charity, Dorset Masonic Care has donated the magnificent sum of £25,000 towards Festival 25.
This along with the announcement of a matched funding scheme for Lodges supporting non-Masonic Charities during 2020 is very welcome indeed. Once again showing that Dorset really does care about making a difference.

Chapter donates £2000 to Festival 25 

Following our Provincial Grand Master's address at the Sherbone Provincail meeting on October 24th The Deputy Grand Superintendent of Dorset, Mike Worne presented a Cheque for £2,000. This marks the start of support from the Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset for Festival 25 and was received with grateful thanks. more...

The MCF donates £4000 to the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 

As part of his official visit to our Provincial meeting in Sherborne on Thursday 24th October, Paul Crockett the Fundraising Support Officer for the MCF, presented a certificate to Carrie Cardale of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, marking a donation from the MCF of £4,000 to the charity.


Blackmore Vale donate almost £400 to Festival 25! 

Blackmore Vale Lodge made a great start to the Festival 25 at their Installation with a donation of £394!

Their new Worshipful Master, Roger Jackson is pictured here with members of the Provincial team Very Worshipful Brother Chris Lill, Deputy ProvGM, Ted Aston, Mark Gibson and Adam Perkins, together with Blackmore Vale Senior and Junior Wardens Colin Sandall and Andy Conduit.

They had a very successful evening and a packed festive board at the St. Mary's Church Hall. more...

Raising Funds for Festival 25 

Although the 2025 Festival doesn't officially launch until October some events have already taken place raising money for Festival 25 alongside local charities with further events in the coming months. more...

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