The Chairman of the Trustees’ Report. 12th March 2021.
Brother President, Ladies, Brethren. This is my Report covering the period from the 8th March 2020 to the 12thMarch 2021.
Since our last A.G.M. in March 2020 we have had to endure an almost continuous lockdown for the rest of 2020 and the whole of 2021 to date. In all that time, the Trustees and their dedicated Support Officers, whilst not being able to visit our members in need of pastoral care, have continued to support them via phone and video conferencing.
During the Accounting Period 1st September 2019, to 31st of August 2020 Grants in the sum of £29,159 were awarded to dependents seeking the Trust’s assistance. Whilst in the same period, £24,313 was distributed to charities and worthy causes within the Province, mainly related to work involved in fighting Covid 19.
The Mark Benevolent Fund [ M.B.F.] received £69,702 plus Mark funds of £7,500, totalling £77.202 from the Trust. In comparison the Province received in the past six months alone, a total of nearly of £91,000 from the M.B.F. in support of local community projects equating to almost 10% of the M.B.F.’s total expenditure for England and Wales for 2020.
The Trust is also committed to the support of our Province’s Festival scheduled for 2023, and the Trustees are grateful for the wise management of our investments W. Bro. Geoff Kendall to ensure that this will be achieved. But as you can see from the Trust’s Report for the year ending the 31st of August 2020, now posted on the Provincial Website, our deficit for that period is around £90,000.
What is now needed in answer to that deficit is a stimulus in donations. To this end the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust and the Festival Committee have joined together to encourage an improved level of donations.
Our Charity Representatives and the Lodge Charity Stewards are working together to ask all members to consider regular donations to the Trust and the Festival. A well tried method for raising funds is that of using Standing Orders as a means of providing a regular income. It doesn’t matter how much the donation is for, every little helps, and provides us with that steady flow of much needed cash.
Another initiative the Trust has adopted is one offered Amazon.
Amazon Smile is an Amazon website whereif you purchase any goods through Amazon they will donate 0.5% of the total purchase price to a Charity of your choice. If you don’t have an account with Amazon you will be asked to open one, at no cost to yourself or any commitment. You will then be invited to choose a charity, which, hopefully will be The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust . [The 2023 Festival is not a Charity]. All you need to do then is click on smile.amazon.com and you will be thanked for your donation. All donations received the Trust in this way will be forwarded to the Festival, so it is worthwhile asking family and friends who use this method of buying to sign up as well.
Please give this your serious consideration. The scheme doesn’t cost you anything extra and could well prove to be a good source of income for the Festival and, after 2023, for the Trust. The link to this can be found in the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust homepage on this website or clicking here
Still looking to the future, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is hoping to hold it’s annual holiday at Lytham St Anne’s from the 19th of September for six days, dependent , of course, on whether the lockdown and the vaccination programme have had a positive effect on the pandemic. We are also arranging to hold one of our Almoners’ Lunches in November and we have plans for three further lunches in 2022.
In conclusion I would like to thank all the Trustees and Officers associated with the Trust for the hard work all of them have put in during this difficult past 12 months.
I now stand down as Chairman of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust , handing over the reins to W. Bro. Geoff Kendall for the next three years, and I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed my three years as it’s Chairman. It has been a privilege. I am proud to have been part of a dedicated team who have worked tirelessly to ensure that the high standards set our predecessors have been maintained and indeed improved upon.
Finally, my sincere thanks to all of you, Brethren, for the valued support you give to the Trust year in year out, and to all of you who have read this Report to the very end.
Well done and thank you.
That Brother President concludes my Annual Report for The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.
Sincerely and fraternally
Jim Stanley JP P.G.S.D. Prov.G.Ch.Stwd.
Chairman of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust