Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund
(Registered Charity No.: 1007791)
The Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund is the charity of the Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners in the Province of Northumberland.
The Benevolent Fund Committee of Mark Master Masons of the Province of Northumberland is responsible for the management of the Fund.
The Fund relies entirely on support from the brethren of the Province of Northumberland who are members of the Mark or Royal Ark Mariner Degree, by way of donations from individuals and Lodges, and the proceeds of events organised by the Fund Raising Committee.
At the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Fund the Rules and Regulations of the Fund were updated.
The objects of the Fund are as follows:
1. To assist Brethren in need who are Mark Master Masons or Royal Ark Mariners of the Province of Northumberland, their widows, partners, dependents and children.
A Brother must have been a member of the Mark Degree for a minimum of three years for a Brother, his widow or partner, dependent, or child to qualify for assistance.
A widow or partner must have been married or have been a partner of a brother for a minimum of three years.
To qualify for assistance a child must be under the age of 18 years, unless the child is in undergoing full time education.
2. To make contributions from time to time to the Mark Benevolent Fund.
Each year a donation is made to the Province which is hosting the Mark Benevolent Fund Annual Anniversary Festival.
Donations have been made in recent years as follows:
2019 The Province of Kent £2,250
2018 The Province of Sussex £2,500
In 2019 a grant of £98,197.20 was made to Talbot House for Kitchen Improvements by the Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund. The Mark Benevolent Fund is the official charity of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, the third largest branch of Freemasonry.
3. To support other Masonic Charities.
4. To support and make grants to local none-Masonic charities.
5. The Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of the Province of Northumberland has power in his absolute discretion to instruct the Fund to give relief or assistance in exceptional or urgent cases of need to individuals, charities, or worthy causes within or without the United Kingdom.
During recent years in addition to helping Brethren and families in the Province of Northumberland who in need, the Fund has supported many local charities,and made donations to disaster appeals in this country and abroad.
If a member of the Mark Degree is aware of anyone who could be helped by the Fund, they should contact their Lodge Mark Benevolent Fund Representative or W. Bro. Stephen Matthews, the Secretary of the Fund. Tel: 01670 518197 Email: email@example.com
If an application for assistance is made to the Fund, it will be expected that an application has been made, or is being made to the Craft Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Anyone who wishes to make a donation to the Fund should contact their Lodge Mark Benevolent Fund Representative or W. Bro. Jeff Ormston the Provincial Charity Steward and Treasurer of the Fund. Tel: 07508601242 Email: Nmbfund@gmail.com
Leave a Gift in your Will to the Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund
The Brethren in the Province of Northumberland are only too well aware of the importance of the Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund, providing help for Mark Masons, dependants and their families at time of need. The NMBF also supports local none Masonic Charities.
One way of supporting the NMBF is to leave a Legacy to the Charity in your Will.
A suitable wording to be used is as follows.
“I give to the Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund the sum of insert amount in words pounds (£insert amount in figures) absolutely free of all Tax. The receipt of the Treasurer or other authorised officer for the time being of the Northumberland Benevolent Fund shall be a good and sufficient receipt of the bequest.”
If you have already made a Will you could still leave a Legacy to the NMBF by making a Codicil to your Will.
A Codicil to your Will leaving a Legacy to the NMBF can be prepared for you free of charge.
If you require any further information or wish to make a Codicil to your Will please contact W. Bro. Stephen Matthews, the Secretary of the Northumberland Mark Benevolent Fund, Address: 29 Bankside, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1XD. Tel: 01670 518197 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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