Welcome to the Provincial Grand Charity Steward’s Web Page
Worshipful Brother Mike Pritchard PAGDC
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 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. I am also extremely fortunate to have received Grand Rank in the Craft in 2021 to the rank of PAGDC and in 2019 in the Mark degree as a Grand Steward.
Being part of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Cornwall’s Craft Executive, it is my role to report on charitable matters and 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. As we are now in Festival, it is also my duty as a member of the Festival Appeal Committee, to assist the Festival Director 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”, is one of the fundamental principles of Freemasonry, putting into practice, that which we have been taught.
During the past 30 years I, together with my business partner, have owned and run several well-known Cornish businesses. Having sold our shares in these businesses we now have investments in property, building contractors and occasionally provide consultancy service for local businesses to keep us busy!
In my spare time, away from our investment business and my Masonic activities, I enjoy as much time as possible with my wife Karen and our children, Katherine and Matthew as well as walking our dogs and watching Rugby.