The Oxfordshire Mark Masonic Benevolent Assocation
The Oxfordshire Mark Masonic Benevolent Assocation, perhaps better known by its acronym, OMMBA, is a charity serving the members and families of the Mark Masonic Province of Oxfordshire. It has full accreditation with the Charity Commission as registered charity number 1122908.
Its origins may be found in 1971 when the Mark Masonic Province of Berkshire and Oxfordshire founded the Berkshire and Oxfordshire Mark Benevolent Association better known as BOMBA. The dual Mark province of Berkshire and Oxfordshire separated into individual provinces in 1994 with BOMBA eventually following suit by separating into two provincial charities in 2008. This was the point at which OMMBA was founded as the "stand alone" Oxfordshire Mark Masonic charity.
The Association currently has seven Trustees approved by the Charity Commission who fill the duties of officers of the Charity. The balance of the management committee is filled by the Charity Steward and the Almoner of each Mark and RAM Lodge in the Province who serve during their period in Lodge office.
The Association's funds are raised entirely from the membership within the Mark Masonic Province of Oxfordshire and grants are made to those members of the Province, and their family members and widows, who find themselves in necessitous circumstances.
It must be remembered that OMMBA is, in effect, a "first aid" charitable organisation which is able to respond very speedily to urgent situations of distress. In instances where it is anticipated that a grant will need to exceed OMMBA's financial capacity the Association will sponsor an application to the Mark Benevolent Fund which has the capability to respond when greater financial outlay proves necessary.
Examples of assistance given by OMMBA since 2008 include payment for numerous instances of respite care, supply of mobility equipment including a number of stair lifts, and a number of immediate financial grants. OMMBA also, on behalf of all Oxfordshire Mark and RAM masons maintains contact with widows of deceased members via an annual letter and Easter greetings card enclosing a small cheque.
Applications for assistance should, in the first instance, be made to the Almoner of the Mark or RAM brother's Lodge. Confidentiality is always respected with detail of the application disclosed to the minimum circulation. If an applicant wishes maximum confidentiality he/ she may directly contact any one of the Trustees of OMMBA for the application to be carried forward.

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