Freemasons' Hall in Leicester was the venue as Festival and Charity Stewards from all over the Province gathered for a workshop chaired by the 2022 Festival Committee and special guest W.Bro. Paul Crockett, Fundraising Officer for the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
The morning began with an introduction from the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David Hagger who welcomed all those that attended from Lodges throughout the Province, and thanked them for their dedication to the festival and looked forward to their ideas of how to achieve the £1.8m target. The Chairman of the 2022 Festival, W.Bro. Dale Page then gave an update on the performance of the Lodges, and in particular to celebrate achieving the £1 Million milestone. Grateful thanks were also given to the top ten performing Lodges, although the message is clear that much work is still to be done. Next up was the special guest, W.Bro. Paul Crockett, who gave a thought provoking and insightful presentation on how the MCF is helping brethren, families, and charities throughout Leicestershire & Rutland.
The audience then took the time to work with their peers around the table to generate ideas and plans to help their lodges achieve their targets, and the ultimate target for the Province of £1.8m.
The Chairman of the Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charitable Association, W.Bro. Phil Caswell rounded the proceedings off by explaining how the LRMCA can help Lodges to maximise their fundraising efforts by engaging with the LRMCA to see where donations can be made to benefit chosen charities as well as the 2022 Festival.
The Chairman of the 2022 Festival, W.Bro. Dale Page said "What a fantastic sight, to see so many lodges represented here today to work together to achieve our ultimate goal"
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David Hagger added "The team and enthusiasm shown here today has proven that achieving our target of £1.8m by 2022 is indeed achievable, and i would again like to thank all those present here today to make the morning such a success"