There are approximately 150 Lodges within the Masonic Province of Down making it
the second largest Province in the Irish Constitution. The Province is divided into
6 Districts, 1 within a six mile radius of the centre of Belfast called United and
five in the rest of the Province.
There are 40 halls in the Province of Down, each of the 6 districts have a Provincial
Grand Steward of Charities, and a Provincial Grand Almoner, who report from Provincial
Grand Lodge to the relevant Charity District Committee and then the Lodge representatives
report back to their own Lodges. It is a basic method of communication that works
very well in this instance.
The Down Masonic Widows Fund is the main Fund which is available to the Brethren
and their families within the five Districts comprising Bangor, Banbridge, Downpatrick,
Newry and Newtownards.
Other Masonic Charities which are available to Brethren within the Six Districts
are as follows:
The Freemasons of Ireland Girls & Boys Fund
Incorporating: The Masonic Girls Benefit Fund, The Masonic Boys Benefit Fund, TLC
(Teddies for Loving Care) and The Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year
Registered with the Charities Regulator in the Republic of Ireland No. 20001315
The Freemasons of Ireland Victoria Jubilee & Welfare Fund
Incorporating: The Victoria Jubilee Masonic Benevolent Fund, The Masonic Welfare
Fund, The Elena Donoughmore Memorial Masonic Charity Fund and The Freemasons of Ireland
Medical Research Fund.
Registered with the Charities Regulator in the Republic of Ireland No. 20032098