The Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire administers many charitable funds, the principal ones of which are the Warwickshire Masonic Benevolent Fund and the Warwickshire Masonic Charitable Association Limited. The objects of the WMBF are to provide relief to needy Freemasons of the Province, their widows or partners, their children and any spinster sisters. The Management Committee of the Charity Board of the WMBF meets on a quarterly basis to consider petitions for relief submitted by Lodge Almoners, although the Provincial Grand Almoner also has power to make emergency grants. WMBF relies heavily on regular donations from Lodges and Chapters in the Province to enable it to carry out its charitable work.
WMCA Ltd was formed to manage the various legacies bequeathed to the Province and more recently to deal with the reclamation of Gift Aid as a result of charitable donations. It also distributes substantial sums on an annual basis to non-Masonic charities (a summary can be seen here) which operate within the Province. These charities must apply for assistance and provide audited accounts.
Full details of the "Famous Five" Charity Scheme announced by the Provincial Grand Master at the Annual Meeting on 18th May 2013 can be seen here
Administration of the charities is in the capable hands of the Provincial Grand Almoner and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward assisted by the Provincial Grand Secretary.
The Provincial Grand Almoner is W Bro John Harris
The Provincial Grand Charity Steward is W Bro John Hayward
Both may be contacted on 0121 454 0554
A seminar is normally held on an annual basis in September to share information and best practice with Lodge Almoners and Charity Stewards.