Fund Raising Committee

ELMC’s Fund-Raising Committee was established in 2015, by the then Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Ken Davies MBE.

The committee’s prime objective was to ensure the provision of enough funding to enable ELMC to fulfil its core activities in the fields of benevolence and community support.

Its methods were simple – to promote, encourage and support future giving from the Lodges, Chapters and Brethren of The Masonic Province of East Lancashire to their own Provincial Charity – ELMC.

These principle aims continue to form the committee’s directive to this day, now under the Stewardship of Stephen Thomson and his team.

Supporting those less fortunate than ourselves has always been a key feature of Freemasonry throughout its long history and here in East Lancashire, ELMC provides the structure and means with which we can fulfil our obligation to those in need.

Communication remains the key, it is so important to increase the awareness of the excellent work that our charity does amongst our own Brethren and to remind them of their continuing commitment to contribute.

The Fund-Raising Committee still includes the current Provincial Grand Charity Steward amongst its members and works with him, along with District, Lodge and Chapter Charity Stewards, valuing the vital roles they play in supporting ELMC.

ELMC Supporting the Festival

During the period from 2022 to 2026, whilst the Province of East Lancashire is “in Festival”, ELMC has fully committed to assist the Province in providing management, administration and accounting support for the 2026 Festival. We have also made the important pledge to turn all of our fund-raising efforts towards the Festival during its tenure.

Over the years ELMC has enjoyed a symbiotic relationship with the National Masonic Charities. A huge part of ELMC’s work has been administering grants to our beneficiaries and our local communities that have come from our National Charities.

Now that those Charities have consolidated into the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), ELMC must give its support to them, so that they can continue to support to us in maintaining the high standard of care and community work for which East Lancashire is renowned.

There are many ways in which you can assist us by contributing to The Festival, either as an individual or as a Lodge or Chapter. The Fund-Raising Committee welcomes, encourages and, where appropriate, will assist with and advertise any of the following means of raising funds.

Click on the below links to find out more….

Regular Giving by Standing Order

Casual Giving

Lodge / Chapter Patronage

Lodge Fund-Raiser Events

District Fund-Raiser Events

Provincial Fund-Raiser Events

Sponsored Events

Festival Merchandise

Other ways to contribute include…

Leave a Legacy in Your Will

Buy ELMC Merchandise

Amazon Smile




Committee Members

Stephen Thomson


Philip Price

Vice Chairman

Paul Sellers


Nick Druce

Nigel Johnson

Dennis Schiff

Julie Ward

ELMC Director of Operations

Tony Stephenson

Rachel Cookson

Communications Officer

Bob Findley

The Provincial Charity Steward (Ex-Officio)

Beverley Schofield

Dan Gaunt