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Right Worshipful Brother William Alexander Kneel, the Provincial Grand Master of the Devon Freemasons from 1970 until 1984, conceived the idea of a charitable fund with the aim of making annual disbursements to local charities and organisations in need of assistance. Right Worshipful Brother Robin Osborn, the Provincial Grand Master from 1999 until 2007, appealed to the brethren in 1999 to build up the fund to £1million; with continued support from RW.Bro. Michael Penny Provincial Grand Master 2007 - 2013 it now stands at about £2 million in value from which the trustees distribute the income generated, each year approximately by £50,000 + and is distributed amongst local charities and organisations in Devon. The programme commenced in 2001 and since that date over £820,000 has been given by The Devon Freemasons WAKE Fund to over 911 worthy causes, charities and organisations, all having benefited since it started.

There are two disbursements one in the spring and one in the autumn — where representatives of the charities are invited to meet Freemasons and enjoy a buffet supper.

As part of an annual programme of charitable giving, The WAKE Fund has again distributed another £23,000 to 20 local charities and worthy causes. The donations were presented by the Provincial Grand Master of Devonshire, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP, at the Exmouth Masonic Hall Plymouth on Friday 1st November 2019.

2019 WAKE fund disbersement November

Our thanks go to The Sun Lodge No 106 for their hospitality, Bro. David Bassett, The Masonic Hall Committee, the Catering team and all who assisted in putting the event together.

Whilst the individual sums may seem modest each donation is meaningful and appreciated by the charity or local organisation concerned. The Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro Reuben Ayres opened the event welcoming all those present to the Autumn WAKE distribution 2018. Over 90 in attendance included the PGM, RW Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP; The DPGM, VW. Bro Nicholas Ball and W.Bro. Craig Cox APGM along with W.Bro Anthony Eldred, Prov JGW. The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Kingsbury JP also extended a warm welcome to all the charities and Lodge representatives. He then introduced his executive and explained the origins and objectives of the WAKE Fund as well as informing the guests about Freemasonry and our openness to this order. He also introduced and thanked the WAKE team, W.Bro’s Michael Walker; Frank Hanscombe, W.Bro. Martin Elliott, Treasurer; W.Bro. Clive Eden, Press Officer and W.Bro. John Smerdon for the Photography as well The Sun Lodge No 106 for their hospitality and the Caterers, for the buffet and all others who assisted in putting the event together.

Cheques totalling £23,000 were presented to each of the 20 representatives in the name of the sponsoring Lodges. A photo was taken by W.Bro John Smerdon and a short speech was given by each of the Charities with an explanation of the work done or achieved by them. After the presentations of cheques and a group photo was taken, the guests left the lodge room and enjoyed the superb buffet in the Refectory. A guided tour was also available by members of Sun Lodge to anyone wishing to look and ask any questions in respect to the Lodge Room.

To see Charity details and all pictures taken on the day visit

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Article & Pictures by W.Bro. John Smerdon PAGDC.

Details of Charity and representing Lodges:

1) - Street Vet - Concilliation Lodge No. 3483
2) - Sid Vale Memory Café - Lodge of Perseverance No. 64
3) - Exeter Saracens Junior Rugby Club Under 11’s Team - Lodge of Harmony No. 372
4) - Veterans with dogs - All Souls Lodge No. 6677
5) - Shekinah Mission - The Lodge of Friendship No. 202
6) - The Calvert Trust - West Buckland School Lodge No. 9037
7) - Exmouth Gateway Club - The Sun Lodge No. 106
8) - Axmouth Playground Association - The De La Pole Lodge No. 1181
9) - SENSE Devon - St Michael's Lodge no. 8186
10) - Exeter Gateway Centre - The Northcote Lodge No. 2659
11) - Holsworthy Scouts - Concilation Lodge No. 3483
12) - Ivybridge & District Community Transport Association - The Erme Lodge No. 1091
13) - Torbay & District Guide Dogs - Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069
14) - Crediton & District Play scheme for Children with Special Needs - The Unity Loge No. 1332
15) - Slightly Different Singing Group - The Lodge of Benevolence No. 489
16) - Plymouth Raiders Wheelchair Basketball Club - Sir John Hawkins Lodge No. 3704
17) - No17 Exeter Foyer - The Lodge of St Peters in Exeter No. 5800
18) - St Mary Magdalen Church, South Molton - Loyal Lodge of Industry No. 421
19) - Exmoor Explorers - The Lodge of Concord No. 1135
20) - Barnstable Rugby Club Juniors - The Lodge of Good Intention No. 6927