Charitable giving in Freemasonry

Freemasonry supports many charities and in brief our charitable work can be split into 4 areas:

Collecting for the benefit of Freemasons and the families when they are in distress Collecting for the main masonic charities, non-masonic charities and Collecting for the benefit of charities in our local communities.  

You will not see freemasons shaking collecting tins or asking for public donations, our charitable fund raising takes place within the Masonic community and if there is a criticism that can be levied at us, is that most of the time we do not shout loud enough about the good work we do.


2019 D Porter Cheque Presentation

Photo shows left to right:
Barry Watts - The Green Shed Workshop
Dennis Porter - Lodge of Benevolence Worshipful Master 2018/19
Bob Eccleshall - Rendezvous Team
Mike Rampling - Lodge of Benevolence Charity Steward

Benevolence Freemasons make Donations totalling £2400 to the Rendezvous Team & Green Shed Workshop.

Cheques for £1200 each were presented to the two local charities by Dennis Porter, the outgoing Worshipful Master of the Lodge of Benevolence. All monies for charity come entirely from members contributions, raised at their monthly meetings throughout the year.

Rendezvous Team

The Team have been helping young people (13-25) improve their lives for over 20 years.  They provide emotional wellbeing and mental health support through therapeutic counselling and informal support. At the Methodist Church, Sherborne, they also have their own coffee bar and a music studio offering a relaxed atmosphere for young people to hang out as well as get advice, information and support on any issue that is troubling them.

The Green Shed

The Green Shed is an award-winning workshop, assisting adults with learning disabilities. They also offer opportunities for those with memory problems, including dementia, and provide a range of work based activities and are situated at Castle Gardens, Sherborne.


Aug 2019 Lodge of Benevolence - Another good show supporting a local charity.

W Bro Peter Cairns and our Worshipful Master   W Bro Dennis Porter present a cheque for £200 to Leonie Parrott, a member of the Yeovil Snowdrop Group which is affiliated to SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).


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Lodge of Benevolence is Proud to announce our 2019 Donations to Local Charities.

WBro Glen Graham delivered two cheques totalling £1053 to the St Margaret’s Hospice and a further cheque for £200 to the Weldmar Hospicecare.

WBro Peter Cairns gave £400 to St Johns’ Alms House and £200 to Friends of the Yeatman.  Another £200 was also donated to the Sands Charity.

Thanks to all our members for their generosity and support.



On Monday 12th December our Worshipful Master, Charity Steward and Director of Ceremonies visited St John's House in Sherborne. Here W Bro Peter Cairns and W Bro Colin Vine are seen presenting a cheque for £280 to the Master of Brethren of St John's Mr Mike Davies.

Originally built as St Johns’ Almshouse, the modern day St Johns’ House benefits from the unique surroundings of the original Almshouse buildings and residents now enjoy comfortable accommodation in a relaxed and friendly environment. 



Our Worshipful Master Peter Cairns presents a cheque in conjunction with Sherborne boys school to the Matron of Yeatman hospital, below is the coverage from the SomersetLive news



'The Friends of The Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne, have been given a welcome financial boost thanks to two community groups in the town.

Students from Sherborne International, which is affiliated to Sherborne School, presented the Friends with a cheque for £347.77, and the Lodge of the Benevolent presented £300.

Peter Cairns, the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, said his group raised the money through their festive boards

He said it was particularly apt that they had given the cheque to the Friends in what was the 150th year of both the Lodge and the hospital'


Some of the Non-Masonic local charities we support and have previously supported