Meeting the needs of older
Freemasons and their dependants|
The RMBI operates 17 care homes across
the country, as well as a care advice visiting
service for those who prefer to remain in
their own homes. The cost of these services
increases every year, which means that
we are ever more dependant on financial
support from the Brethren.
The Festival system provides a significant
proportion of the necessary income, and our
sincere thanks go to members of the current
RMBI Festival Provinces, who are working
so hard on our behalf.
The Province of South Wales, Western
Division will enjoy the culmination of their
Festival in 2005, while Durham have just
embarked on their 2010 Festival, with the
launch taking place in October 2004.
We also gratefully acknowledge the
efforts of the Provinces of Norfolk (2006),
Somerset (2007), Bristol (2008) and
For more information on Festivals,
or to make a donation, please contact
the Fundraising & Events Team on
020 7596 2400.
Building on the Charity's long association with
London Freemasons and their dependants,
the Board of Trustees and Executive are
delighted that the Metropolitan Grand Master,
Lord Millett, and his Deputy RW Bro Russell
Race have agreed that London will focus its
Masonic giving over the next few years on
the RMBI. This has received the enthusiastic
support of the ten Group Chairmen, and their
teams of Visiting Grand Officers, and we look
forward to forging an even closer relationship
with Metropolitan Grand Lodge.
Expansion in our Homes
At the Quarterly Communication of
Grand Lodge on 8 December, the President,
VW Bro John Moore, and the Chief
Executive, W Bro Peter Gray, gave a
presentation on the future of the RMBI.
They reinforced the message that the RMBI
realises the importance of ensuring that our
Homes are of the highest possible standard,
to ensure that we continue to provide the
best possible care to Freemasons and their
While significant improvements have
already been completed at Ecclesholme
(Manchester) and Harewood Court (Hove),
a five-year improvement programme
(costing in excess of £20m) is also underway
across the majority of our other Homes.
Further details of the investment
programme can be found in the "RMBI
Update" newsletter on the RMBI website
copies of the newsletter are available
from the Fundraising & Events Team
on 020 7596 2400.
RW Bro. Ian Lay, PGM for Sussex, presents the
previous RMBI President RW Bro. Brian Smith
with the Sussex Festival 2004 cheque, watched
by VW Bro. Don Durrant, the Festival Chairman.