A meeting of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Grand Charity was held at Derby on 9th January 2008 under the Chairmanship of W. Bro. Brian Quartermain.
The Chairman welcomed four new members to the meeting namely, W. Bros. Richard McDonald, Bernard Eyre, Barry Oakley and John White.
The Provincial Grand Treasurer, W. Bro. Geoff Crawford, presented a statement of accounts to the date of the meeting and drew attention to certain significant issues. £100,000 had been transferred to a different bank account, thereby generating an additional £2,000 interest annually. Investments had increased in value by £41,000 since the last report in September 2007. Bank interest of over £13,500 had accrued since July 2007 with investment interest of over £17,000 received in the same period. Almost £10,000 had already been received towards the 2014 Festival.
Payments included over £10,000 to non-Masonic charities while teddy bears had been purchased for the TLC scheme at a cost of just over £2,000. The production costs of the Derbyshire Circle magazine were £800 net, after taking into account the income from advertising. These costs will continue to reduce as additional advertising is secured. W. Bro. Crawford reported that total funds now stood at £1.4M.
Albert Wilson Fund
Three brethren had received assistance from the Fund to enable their Lodge subscriptions to be paid at a total cost of £480. Please ensure that if there is a brother in your Lodge who may require such assistance you contact your Lodge Almoner who will investigate.
The Grand President, R.W. Bro. Graham Rudd, announced that he will be launching the Masonic Samaritan Fund 2014 Festival at the Annual Meeting on 12th April and that he had appointed W. Bro. Martin Bates as Festival Chairman with W. Bro. Richard McDonald as his Deputy.
The Secretary, W. Bro. Graham Sisson, advised the Committee that arrangements were in hand for a Party in the Park in the grounds of Chatsworth House to be held on Friday, 27th June 2008. Tickets and flyers were distributed for circulation around the Province. If you have not yet been able to secure tickets please contact W. Bro. John Renshaw who will satisfy your needs. The President reaffirmed that income raised for the Festival would be kept completely separate from Provincial funds and that any monies raised at this event would be channelled to the Provincial account.
W. Bro. Bernard Eyre reported that a further £500 would shortly be added to the income already collected from the Coins for Cash scheme, making a total of around £2,000 raised to date. The Chairman asked that brethren continue to support this worthwhile scheme.
The Chairman reported concerns raised by a number of brethren in connection with the unsatisfactory quality of the 2007 Provincial Carol Service. The Chairman of the Working Party, W. Bro. Joe Clark, accepted that the service had fallen short of previous occasions but added that illness had prevented the choir from performing. It was agreed to continue with the present arrangements for a further year during which alternatives would be considered. It was further agreed that a cheque for £2,000 be sent immediately to the Royal School for the Deaf at Derby, the nominated charity for the 2007 Service.
W. Bro. Neil Hartburn raised the issue of acknowledgement by charitable beneficiaries of grants made to them by the Province. He was authorised to obtain sample “plaques’ which could be displayed by recipients, following which it was agreed that the matter could be discussed more fully at the next meeting of the Committee to be held on 21st May.
Graham M. Sisson Secretary