Under the United Grand Lodge of England, freemasonry is the UK's largest, secular fraternal and charitable organisation. It has over 300,000 members working in nearly 8,000 lodges throughout England and Wales, and over 30,000 more members overseas.
Founded in 1786 and with over 1,200 members, the Province of Bristol is a relatively small province. However, with its strong history, unique ceremonies and charitable donations, the Province of Bristol holds a unique place in masonry.
Before Covid-19 came to the UK, Bristol’s Masons had set up a collection ‘basket’ for donated foods, toiletries and other essentials in the foyer of Freemasons Hall. It was for The Matthew Tree Project (TMTP), a locally based charity supporting individuals and families in crisis and suffering food poverty. Donations rapidly increased, a volunteer ‘Mason-with-a-van’ volunteered to deliver the donated goods to the charity, and then volunteered to work for the charity!
Read more: Food Poverty Relief
9th June 2020
Some of the thousands of people whose lives were devastated when Super CycloneAmphan hit Bangladesh and India on 20th May, will be given urgently-needed humanitarian assistance, thanks to a grant of £15,000 supported by Bristol Freemasons.
More than 100 people have died, despite a mass evacuation in advance, tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed and power has been cut off in many regions. There has been massive damage to roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure, and many villages have been flooded or cut off.
Read more: India and Bangladesh super cyclone victims receive £15,000 from Bristol Freemasons
Dear Lodge Member,
Re – RMBI Care Co during the Covid-19 Crisis
The RMBI Care Co has provided Care Homes for older Freemasons and their dependents for over 170 years. We have 18 Homes spread across the Country offering over 1,000 placements. The adverse national media coverage in the last few days regarding the impact of Covid-19 has been well reported.
Despite this we continue to remain open for new referrals be it for respite or permanent. All our Homes are fully compliant with our English and Welsh Regulators and well supported by local Freemasons through our Association of Friends.
Read more: MCF RMBI During Covid 19