Freemasonry in Lincolnshire will take a higher profile next summer thanks to the decision to sponsor an Imp on the latest trail which will be launched in Lincoln – the same year as they embark on their 2025 Festival
The cost of the project will be shared with the Masonic Charitable Foundation. By a formal commitment to sponsorship, wheels will be soon in motion to decide how the Imp will be painted and where it will be sited. Moreover, it will be soon decided what information regarding Freemasonry will be included in a promotional leaflet and an app about the Imp trail.
Provincial Grand Master Dave Wheeler said: 'Sponsorship of an Imp was appropriate since the trail, being organised by the Lincoln Business Improvement Group (Lincoln BIG) was in support of St Barnabas Hospice. Freemasonry was a long-term supporter of the hospice movement both nationally and locally.'
Additionally, the sponsorship arrangement coincides with the first year of the 5-years Lincoln Festival.
Dave added: 'We were one of the earliest to commit to Imp sponsorship, and we have done so because we believe that people aren't generally aware of the financial support provided by Freemasonry to the broader community. It's time for us to share that story more widely, and as the statistics from earlier trails demonstrate, this is a high-profile way to do it.
'It's important to understand that Freemasons' charities gave almost £400,000 to good causes in Lincolnshire in 2018/19, a contribution to the millions donated by Freemasons nationally – more than £48m in 2018 alone – all from personal donations.
'The public will be able to see, through our donations and our work with the Masonic Charitable Foundation, that every year Freemasonry gives substantial sums of money to worthwhile causes in Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire, and North-East Lincolnshire.'
The Imp trail gets its formal launch in the city on 4th July 2020 and will be 'open' until mid-September. After that, the Imps will be auctioned, with the funds being given to the Hospice.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Sarah Loftus said: 'We have discovered these types of trails have a substantial public appeal. They attract whole families, create fantastic photographic opportunities and do their bit in encouraging people to get out and about.'