Autumn 2016 Charity Presentations


At 10am on Saturday the 12th of November 2016, over 180 people gathered in the Conference Centre of the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge. This fine setting in the beautiful grounds of Canterbury Cathedral hosted the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity presentation morning where 22 local charities and other community good causes throughout East Kent, were presented with charity grant awards totalling £38,038.91.

The aim of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity is to invest in a brighter future, by assisting the vulnerable, and funding opportunities for the disadvantaged in our communities. We have helped many people and the details of how we have achieved this can be viewed elsewhere on this website. The ‘Recent Grants’ page will also detail the difference the charity has made to people’s lives through a series of short videos.

The awards were presented by the Head of East Kent Freemasons, Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Dearing, who said: “I always find it quite uplifting and quite humbling when we hear how much you as volunteers do in our communities and the world in general would be better for hearing more about it.”

The awards also provide an excellent platform on the day, for charitable causes to tell others about the magnificent work that they are doing in our local communities and how important the support of the Masonic Charity is to their success in continuing to provide their valuable services especially in times when money for the voluntary sector is hard to come by. The following local charities and community good causes that received grants were as follows:

  • Carers Support
  • Kinfest (pan Kent)
  • SNAPP (Special Needs Advisory & Activities)
  • St John Ambulance
  • Communigrow (Ditton nr Maidstone)
  • Ursuline Links (pan Kent) – Click to download their newsletter
  • Teddies for Loving Care (pan Kent)
  • Slideaway
  • RNLI (Dungeness)
  • Prostate Cancer Support (pan Kent)
  • Kent Search and Rescue
  • Kent KIdney Patients Association, (Canterbury but pan Kent)
  • HI Kent (Canterbury and Maidstone)
  • Demelza (Sittingbourne)
  • The Pickering Cancer Drop in Centre (Tunbridge Wells)
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society (pan Kent)
  • 31st Gravesend Scout Group
  • Swale Youth Development
  • Parents Consortium (Gravesend and Dartford)
  • Woodchurch Driving Group.
  • Lady Mayoress’s Charity

Sister Cathleen Coleman from "Ursiline Links" addresses the audience

Sister Cathleen Coleman from “Ursiline Links” addresses the audience

Geoffrey Dearing (left) greets the Lord Mayor

Geoffrey Dearing (left) greets the Lord Mayor

The common thread with the morning’s presentations were that the services were run totally by volunteers and that they provided services for many people including both children and adults that were disadvantaged in life; or were in need of well being, mental, physical and emotional support; or needed rescuing from incidents that could become life threatening. Also included were those that gave general support to youth development schemes – our young adults of tomorrow.

A special guest of the morning was The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor George Metcalfe who was delighted to be present. He said: “Wow, I have been terribly moved by what I have heard today, wonderful charities and fantastic volunteers. As Lord Mayor I welcome you to this wonderful part of Kent and I wish you all well in the wonderful work that you do.”

At the conclusion of the presentations, a buffet lunch was provided giving an opportunity for all the guests to relax, to meet and to network with one another.