The PGLEL 2026 Festival Appeal

Province of East Lancashire Festival Appeal 2026 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) is Freemasonry’s central Masonic Grant Giving Charity. It is one of the largest grant-making charities in the country and it helps thousands of people every year by awarding millions of pounds for local and national charities and other vital services that are making a significant difference to those in the wider community. It builds better lives by enabling opportunity, advancing healthcare and education, and promoting independence for Freemasons, their families and the wider community. The MCF provides life-changing support through a combination of advice, practical assistance and financial grants. Watch this short video to learn a little more. 

The MCF is funded predominantly through the generosity of freemasons and their families. The bulk of that income (circa 41%) comes from Provinces in Festival, hence why it is important that we all play a part in giving something back. The Fund-Raising Appeal for the East Lancashire 2026 Festival (launched at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in November 2021) runs for 5 years, and culminates in 2026, when we will hold a Festival to formally hand the proceeds of our Appeal to the Masonic Charitable Foundation and celebrate our achievements. 

The Festival Launch Brochure, explains why we should consider supporting our Provincial Appeal, the work of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (particularly in East Lancashire), how we can get involved and how to donate. 

The launch will be celebrated with a Launch Event on February 26th 2022, by which time all Lodges and Chapters will have appointed Lodge and Chapter Festival Representatives and the Area/District teams, led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and District Festival Managers, will have arranged local events to communicate everything you need to know about the Masonic Charitable Foundation and our Festival. 

Whilst we all hope to enjoy our fund-raising activities, we must never forget that at the end of every grant there is a child, an adult or a family, who need our help. We have all been ‘well trained’ on the importance of Charity, and now it is our turn to do our bit, and give something back. 

The Festival Appeal Committee

The work of the MCF wouldn’t be possible without the people behind it who make it all happen.

People at The MCF

Within the Province, the Festival Appeal Committee welcomes you to our Festival Appeal. 

The Festival Appeal Committee


PresidentProvincial Grand Master
Deputy PresidentDepPGM
ChairmanChad Northcott, PAPGM
Festival APGMRobert Frankl, APGM
Deputy ChairmanTerry Kakoulis, Past District Chairman
Provincial Festival StewardRobert Findlay, Provincial Charity Steward
ELMC LiaisonJuli Ward, ELMC Director of Operations
TreasurerDavid Cowen, ELMC Treasurer
Fundraising ManagerSteve Thomson, ELMC FR Committee
Communications ManagerSteve Crowther, Prov. Comms. Committee
Events Planning & CoordinationSusan O’Neill, Secretariat
Merchandising & Admin ManagerKaren Hall, ELMC Administration
Advisory OfficerDerek Calrow OBE
MCF LiaisonDavid Hudson, Provincial Almoner

The Provincial website and social media platforms will be very active on Festival News, so if you aren’t already subscribed, please do so: 

We will be updating this page with important messages from time to time so please check in regularly. 

Useful Links

Masonic Charitable Foundation

To set up a regular payment promise or make a donation

To download any of the Donation or other Festival Appeal forms

To set up a fund-raising page with Just Giving

Useful Documents

Festival Launch Brochure

Frequently asked Questions