DOWN   MASONIC   WIDOWS’   FUND
Founded 1893
Registered with the CCNI NIC100079


The objective of the fund is to afford assistance to deserving widows and families, including mothers and sisters of freemasons who have been a member of a lodge in the Province of Down outside a six mile radius of Belfast. The inclusion of mothers and sisters is interesting and is there to cover the case of a brother who does not marry but lives with his widowed mother or unmarried sister.


With regards to the families of deceased brethren, the children  are well covered by the Boys’ and Girls’ Benefit Funds. The fund covers the districts of Banbridge, Bangor, Downpatrick, Newry and Newtownards. Within these districts there are 84 lodges with a total membership of over 3000 brethren. We currently have 150 widows on the fund.d T


Assistance is by grants as the Committee may find best suited to the necessities of the applicant.


Applications should be completed by the Lodge in the first instance and these will then be forwarded to the District Charity Committee where they will be ratified and then sent to the Fund secretary for consideration by the Trustees.


If you wish to support the work of our charity and make a personal donation please forward cheques, made payable to  “Down Masonic Widows’ Fund”  to the Secretary.  Thank you.

You can download a Gift Aid eclaration by clicking here. This will allow us to claim Gift Aid.












At the AGM of the Down Masonic Widows' Fund in the Millbrook Lodge Hotel, Rt. Wor. Bro. Douglas Thompson was presented with a gift as he retires having served as a Trustee for 34 years. Douglas has had a long and distinguished Masonic career and we wish him well in his retirement.

The presentation was made by the Chairman Rt. Wor. Bro. Ian Ritchie in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master Rt. Wor. Bro. John C Clarke. Together with Rt. Wor. Bro. Frank William PAGM and other Trustees of the Fund.