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The Mark Benevolent Fund

The Fund came into existence in 1868 on the suggestion of the Reverend George Raymond Master of the Mark. His views on charity were far more radical and progressive than the general thinking of the time! He felt that for charity to be effective it had to be dispensed swiftly and without the formalities of other Masonic charities. To him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing those in need and his own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – he gives twice who gives promptly – still is, the principal guideline of the

How the Fund receives its income:


Every year a different Province hosts the M.B.F. Festival. Details of future Festivals are listed on the website. A Province will organise its own fund culminating in a dinner in the final year of the festival when the results of the fund raising are announced.

Festival stewardships are obtained by a Brother and/or his Lady by paying a fee to the Stewards Fund which is entirely distinct from the Mark Benevolent Fund and is applied to defray the expenses connected with the Annual Festival.

When the proceeds of each Festival are sent to the Mark Benevolent Fund, the individual donations are set out on a list and those sums are credited towards honorifics in the fund. The sums required to achieve qualification in the Fund are set out below. Qualifications cannot be achieved or acknowledged until your funds have been transferred to the Mark Benevolent Fund itself!

Individual & Lodge Donations

As we are in “Festival Mode” which will cumulate in 2021 the most effective and convenient way to donate is an individual or a Lodge is through the East Lancashire ‘2021 Festival’ fund. All donations above a minimum sum of £5 will be accredited to the individual or lodges total and the appropriate jewel or collarette will be issued when a qualification is achieved.

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