Clear Purpose for Essex Freemasons

Saturday, 26 March 2022

The Provincial Grand Master announced that over £5.4 million had been raised for charity during an event at Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden on 24 March

Supporting local communities is at the heart of the new vision for Essex Freemasonry.

At the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex held at Freemasons’ Hall, the HQ of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE), in Great Queen Street, London, on 24th March 2022, the Provincial Grand Master, Paul Tarrant, described in a new Mission Statement how Essex Freemasonry will shape its future and support local communities. 

Paul Tarrant also welcomed the Pro Grand Master of UGLE, Peter Lowndes and a delegation from the MOD led by Major Kevin Fitchett, the Deputy Chief of Staff of Colchester Garrison, for the signing by the Province of Essex of the Armed Forces Covenant.

2022 is an important year for the second largest Province in the UGLE. It follows increased positive national publicity for the 18.5 million hours of volunteering by Freemasons each year, plus the support for front-line workers throughout the pandemic and the £51.1 million given to deserving causes in 2020 alone by the Freemasons’ charity, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

Paul Tarrant also announced that over £5.4 million has been raised or pledged by more than 8,000 Essex Freemasons for the MCF following a five-year charity appeal known as the Essex 2022 Festival. In addition, a further £700,000 has been received from legacies bringing the total amount raised in Essex for charity during the period to £6.1 million.

Over the next few years £7 million pounds has been earmarked by the MCF for charities and good causes in Essex. With over 300 lodges in 26 local Masonic centres, the Provincial Grand Master is building on the track record of the Freemasons in supporting the needs of local communities. 

In Freemasonry, all members are expected to abide by a code of conduct which is set out in its four Principles of Integrity, Friendship, Charity and Respect.  In delivering the new Mission Statement, Paul Tarrant gave clear guidance to all Essex Freemasons saying: 'Through our Masonic journey we demonstrate integrity and respect for all.  We support our local communities through our charitable endeavours. This creates lifelong friendships, leading to a strong foundation for the future of Essex Freemasonry'.

Freemasonry is attracting a wide diversity of new members from different backgrounds and all walks of life. Paul added 'They want to enjoy all that Essex Freemasonry offers and make new friends. They need to feel welcomed, kept involved and encouraged to be charitable and do good works in the community'.  

The Provincial Grand Master is leading Essex Freemasons into the future with a clear purpose.

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