There are approximately 170 Lodges within the Masonic Province of Down making it
the second largest Province in the Irish Constitution. The Province is divided into
9 Districts, four within a six mile radius of the centre of Belfast and five in the
rest of the Province.
There are 43 halls in the Province of Down, each of the 9 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 these five Districts
are as follows:
Give provision for the cost of maintenance, education, advancement and benefit of
daughters of deceased Freemasons or financially distressed Freemasons. Contact:
Grand Lodge, 17 Molesworth St, Dublin 2.