Welcome to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward’s Web Page
Worshipful Brother Mike Pritchard
Telephone: 07887 – 795570
It is both an honour and a privilege to hold the office of Provincial Grand Charity Steward, in the Province Of Cornwall. For us all Freemasonry is an enjoyable and fulfilling activity and for some it’s just an enjoyable hobby. To be the Province of Cornwall’s Provincial Grand Charity Steward allows me not only to enjoy my Freemasonry but gives me the privilege to actually make a difference within the wonderful Province in which we live. Also, to witness first-hand the results of the great charitable contributions the Brethren in Cornwall make to our community.
I was Initiated, Passed and Raised during 2005 into St Piran’s Lodge No: 7620 which meets in Perranporth, I am also a member of both Cornish Master No: 3324 and Robert Eliot Lodge No: 9483 as well as an active member within The Royal Arch Chapter, Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners.
As part of the Executive it is my role to report to and update the Executives team on charitable matters to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness of our work in this area. In addition, to assist the Executive to raise the profile of Freemasonry in the community and building relationships with local charitable organisations. When in Festival mode, it is also my duty, being part of the Festival Appeal Committee, to co-ordinate the Charity Stewards effectively throughout the Festival period and to report on the performance of the Province to the Executive, also to represent the Province of Cornwall to The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) in London.
Charity, it has often been said, is the essence of Freemasonry but, unlike other fund raising organisations, most of the money raised comes from the Members own pockets. It is, however, entirely up to the individual Member what he gives to charity, but it should always be without detriment to himself, or his connections. Charity, whether it be in the provision of financial assistance to our beneficiaries, or to local non-Masonic Charities and “good causes”, it is one of the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, putting into practice, that which we have been taught.
I am married to Karen and have 2 children, Katherine and Matthew. I am a business owner and director of a couple of businesses and, away from work, coach and assist with the management of one of the Truro RFC Youth Teams. If I’m lucky enough to have any spare time then I am either doing what Karen or the children tell me to do, watching rugby or walking with Karen and our dogs.