Flowers and Fun at Festival 2022 Ball celebrating £5.4 million raised for Charity

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240 Essex Freemasons and partners celebrated with a feast of flowers and fun at a Festival 2022 Ball to celebrate raising over £5.4 million in five years in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF).

In his role as the Essex 2022 Festival President, Paul Tarrant announced that the grand total of £5,464,563 was raised. Based on an average membership in Essex of 8,385 throughout the five-year period this means an average of £652 each was achieved. 

The Essex Provincial Charity Steward for the period Colin Felton said “the Festival Ball was an opportunity to mark the contribution by all Essex Freemasons to Festival 2022 which they have supported in a most generous way.” Colin added “They are a credit to the local community particularly as over the next few years £7 million pounds has been earmarked by the MCF for charities and good causes in Essex.”

In 2020 alone the MCF contributed over £51.1 million to local and national charities and deserving causes. To raise money for the MCF each of the 68 Provinces in England and Wales organise fundraising appeals known as festivals which usually last for five years. Festival Appeals are a vital source of funding and generate the majority of donations made to the MCF.

The evening of fun was held on 18th June 2022 at Fennes Banqueting Centre in Bocking. Straight from their West End musical, The Jerseys gave an amazing performance which was followed by dancing the night away to local Essex/Suffolk border group the Sweeting Swing Band.

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Festival Stewards Jeff Palmer, Paul Bates and Gary Soars with presentation bouquets

Festival 2022 President and his Lady, Paul and Jenny Tarrant

Nicola and Mark Irving, the Secretary of Langthorne Lodge which meets at Howard Hall, Bocking

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