The 2025 Festival Tour Begins in Dover.








The 2025 Festival Tour begins in Dover.


The first Seminar in the Province of the 2025 Festival, took place in the Group 7 area of Dover, Deal, Sandwich and St Margaret’s Bay. The visits are taking place to update Charity Stewards and members on how donations can be made towards the Festival. A further 7 seminars will take place over the next few months throughout east Kent.

The head of East Kent Freemasons, Neil Hamilton Johnstone, welcomed close to fifty members in Dover to hear how the 2025 Festival works. The Festival is a partnership between the Province and the Masonic Charitable Foundation, the aim of which is to raise funds. The Festival also provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the Foundation’s work and the support it provides to Freemasons, their families and the wider community.

In addition to the support they provide to Freemasons and their families, the Masonic Charitable Foundation awards millions of pounds each year to local and national charities that help vulnerable people, advance medical research and provide opportunities for young people.

They also help to fund vital services such as hospices and air ambulances and regularly contribute to worldwide appeals for disaster relief.  In total, their support helps to improve the lives of thousands of people every year in England, Wales and internationally.

Neil said “This was our first seminar and it was good to see so many members take the time to attend and show strong support for the Festival. I’m sure that our members will have great fun raising in the region of £3.5 million pounds over the next 6 years. This money will help to make a big difference to so many people’s lives”. 

After the presentation members were invited to put their questions forward. 

To find out more information please visit our website.

(From L to R) David Graeme, Mark Bassant and Neil Johnstone.

Mark Bassant delivers a presentation.

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