On Friday the 6th May 2011, at the annual meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, the PGM R.W. Brother R. K. Wilson announced that the 2018 Festival would be in aid of the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. The official launch of the Festival will be on Sunday the 22nd April 2012, and an event to mark the occasion will be held at the Royal Festival Hall, Nottingham. Booked to appear at the event is the world renowned choir, Cantamus and Tenor Nick Sharratt, along with speakers from the RMTGB.
R.W. Brother Wilson acknowledged that the Festival would be a challenge for the Province (due to a difficult economic climate) but felt that the generosity of Nottinghamshire masons would help to overcome this. As a result, he has proposed a lower target than that achieved with the 2007 Festival and reduced the timescale to six years.
Our Provincial target will be £3,000,000 over the duration of the Festival and each Lodge will be encouraged to participate through the help of a Lodge Festival Steward.
Commenting on the Provincial Grand Master’s announcement, W. Brother Peter Gregory, the Festival Director said: “the most efficient method for a Brother to help us in our challenge is by using the gift aid system. For every pound given by a UK taxpayer the fund is able to benefit from an additional 25p collected directly from HMRC”. Peter encourages all masons in the Province to sign up at the earliest opportunity to give our fund the best possible start. Although the official launch is not until next year, we are able to start collecting immediately.
The Festival Team has been meeting monthly since September 2010 and has held discussions with the Provincial Grand Master and the Chief Executive of the RMTGB W. Brother Les Hutchinson.