Today’s guest is Jim Dance, Provincial Grand Charity Steward in the Province of Berkshire. Jim was appointed to this role in 2011 and discusses what he has been doing for Charity within the Province over the last four years.

This interview is in conjunction with the last episode where I spoke to Robert Faulkner, a trustee of the Berkshire Masonic Charities (you can listened to that one at www.masonicpodcast.com/8).

One of the major things Jim wants to raise awareness of is the Gift Aid scheme which can increase the charity donations by 25% as tax is able to claimed back from the government. Though a little paperwork is required the effects are considerable.

We also discuss how Freemasons raise money, and explains how the money that Masonry raises is raised from within the organisation.

I also ask Jim the “quick questions”:

Why did I become a Mason?
Why did I stay a Mason?
Do I have a single memory of Freemasonry?
Any advice for people interested in joining Freemasonry?

Links from the show

Berkshire Provincial Website
Berkshire Masonic Charities
Charitable Donations in Berkhire
Kennet Lodge, 4414 (My Lodge)
United Grand Lodge of England Website
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