On Thursday 20th November almost 500 masons and their wives/partners, making a total of over 960, attended the Banquet for the Province of Lincolnshire 29th Anniversary Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, at the Epic Centre on the Lincolnshire Showground. The Banquet was hosted by the Festival President, Rt W Bro Graham Ives, Provincial Grand Master for Lincolnshire  and honoured with the presence of the M W Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes. The banquet was also honoured by the President of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys, V W Bro Mike Woodcock, the Chief Executive, W Bro Les Hutchinson and many other distinguished guests.

    The amount raised during the Festival was a staggering £2,762,932. 

    V W Bro John Hockin writes:

    "The last 5 or 6 years have shown that the Masons of the Province of Lincolnshire have a will to do good and have shown their generosity and support for a wonderful Charity, The Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.  The ingenuity used to raise money has been enterprising and the spirit within the Province has been tremendous.  All who have contributed should feel very proud of themselves.

    At the announcement of the result it was pointed out that the average per capita giving for all the members in Lincolnshire for the Festival was almost £750.00, when the average for all Provinces for each of the Masonic Charities is about £500.00.  This shows how well everyone has done.

    I hope that everyone who attended the Banquet felt that is was celebratory and enjoyable.  It was marvellous to see so many people there and to experience such a positive “buzz”.

    Soon we will be able to offer for sale a DVD which has recorded most of the activities of the evening with many of those who attended being seen on the DVD.  It will be a pleasant reminder of a happy occasion."

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    To view an article about the Lincolnshire Festival on the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys website please click here.