The Order, which was founded in 1924, will soon reach its Centenary and to celebrate this occasion it is intended that the procurement of our own premises would be a fitting tribute and ensure its continuance for the years to come.
In order to do this The Pillar Fund has been established, to which it is hoped that all members of the Order will contribute. It is operated under a Trust Deed, thus ring-fencing the assets from those of Grand College.
A copy of the introductory letter from the Grand High Priest, M Ill Kt Pt Ernest Peter Donnison GC, KGC (Hon Causa) GCA together with a standing order mandate can be viewed and printed by clicking on the links below.
The current premises extend to only 675 sq ft, which is less than the footprint of a modern three bedroom semi. This leaves barely enough space for any storage. Suitable alternative accommodation must, therefore, be the medium term goal of the Order.
The Pillar fund was officially launched at Annual Assembly in June 2012. Whilst there is no “fixed” target of funds required to house the Order, in view of the current price of property in the City of York, a figure of around £500,000 is not unrealistic.
At Annual Assembly in June 2019 it was reported that :-
“The Pillar Fund has now been going for five years and as you will see from the financial statements that it had grown to over £300k at the year end and is now approaching £325k. Whilst this is a tremendous effort continued support is needed to raise sufficient funds to purchase a suitable property in the City. A property sub-committee continues to look at opportunities, of which there have been a few, but as yet none have been identified as suitable.”
Since June 2019 support has continued and by May 2020 the fund had almost reached £400,000. We continue to actively look at purchasing opportunities – and as the fund grows this will provide wider scope.
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