Agricola Lodge No. 4501 is pleased to be a supporter of the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity (CEKFC). This is our own Province’s local organization for providing assistance and support to a wide range of Charities, Community Groups and individuals here in East Kent.
The Charity’s declared aim is
“…to invest in a brighter future, by assisting the vulnerable, and funding opportunities for the disadvantaged in our communities”.
It achieves this by making grants towards projects that directly assist the disadvantaged here in our East Kent Community.
Recent grants have included…
- Vulnerable People – improving the lives of the vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities.
- Helping to alleviate the impact of disability.
- Providing care for the seriously ill and older people.
- Supporting Carers.
- Relieving poverty and distress
- Youth Opportunities – helping children and young people reach their full potential.
- Supporting youth groups and organisations
- Developing life and work-related skills
- Focusing on disadvantaged young people.
- Helping the under 25s.
The Charity is named after the Cornwallis family which has played a prominent role in Kent life for many years. The family were landowners and farmers, undertaking many public offices in serving the people of Kent. It was in recognition of this service that Colonel Fiennes Stanley Wykeham Cornwallis was created Baron Cornwallis of Linton in 1927.
Their close connections with Kent have been mirrored in the family’s association with Freemasonry. The first Lord Cornwallis was Provincial Grand Master of Kent from 1906 until his death in 1935.
He was succeeded in this office by the second Baron who served as Provincial Grand Master of Kent until it was divided into the Masonic Provinces of East and West Kent in 1973. At that time, Lord Cornwallis became the Provincial Grand Master of East Kent.