West Riding Masonic Charity AGM sees record numbers

Following a joint initiative from Provincial Grand Lodge and West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd to encourage at least 2 brethren from each Lodge in the Province to attend the AGM, just under 300 brethren attended the Annual General Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Barnsley on Saturday 29th March 2014.

It was decided to change the venue to give easier access for brethren from the south of the Province, and to limit it to a morning meeting, thereby leaving Saturday afternoon free. We will be considering other venues for next year ,but after the feedback we have received so far about the Holiday Inn, we may stay there for one more year……..we’ll see.

Roger Newhouse

W Bro Roger D Newhouse, Chairman of WRMCL addresses the brethren


W Bro Alan Jackson ,Provincial Grand Almoner, addresses the brethren



W Bro Stuart Grantham, Provincial Grand Charity Steward addresses the brethren

Almost 100 brethren stayed to the informal buffet at 12.00 noon which was a great chance for people to sit and chat to old friends, and to become acquainted with many new ones.

As the business meeting finished earlier than originally planned at around 11.40 am , the Revolution Show Corps Band of the Queensbury Scouts gave a very impressive display of marching and music outside prior to, rather than during lunch.


Their Corps Director , Mr Oliver Richardson addressed the meeting earlier to tell brethren how the Major grant of £20,000 from the PGM’s Fund had made such a dramatic difference to their organisation.


It was brilliant to see the faces on the members of the Band, obviously getting a tremendous amount of pleasure and pride whilst playing their instruments, particularly the younger members playing the instruments that we provided.

Mrs Nicola Massen ,Regional Fundraiser for South and West Yorkshire for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance also gave a very informative and interesting 10 minute talk about the difference that the Masonic Grants makes to the operation of the 2 YAA Helicopters.

A dramatic 2 minute DVD showing the helicopters in flight and in action was shown, sadly the screen was not in the best position to be seen by everyone there so he DVD was constantly repeated over lunch which enabled anyone that couldn’t see it earlier had chance to view it at their leisure.

The Ballot for 2 Directors resulted in the election of VW Bro Jack Pigott and the re-election of W Bro John Sawdon to the Board for a period of 3 years.



Left to Right W Bro John Sawdon, W Bro Ian Pattinson, W Bro Stuart Cadman, W Bro Roger D Newhouse (Chairman),  W Bro Peter Worth (Vice Chairman), W Bro John Stone VW Bro Jack Pigott


Joining in the spirit of the event!!

“Britain’s Got Talent ” or is it “The X Factor”?

W Bro Roger D Newhouse ,(Chairman of WRMCL), and RW Bro David S. Pratt, Provincial Grand Master( President of WRMCL)  show off their expertise as Xylophone players, sadly they didn’t get 4 “Yes’s” ,and were advised that tambourine playing may be more in keeping with their talents !

Many Masons will be seeing the TLC Collection tins in their buildings, these were launched at the AGM and are a reminder to all brethren just how important TLC is and the good it does within our Province, to date we have given over 85000 teddies to distressed children (and some parents). Please continue to support and fill them up. They are easily identifiable as seen below:

photo  tlc tins


We should also remember that there is an abundance of merchandise for sale and business was certainly brisk on the day


We would welcome any feedback (good and bad) about the AGM so that we can plan for the next one and change things that need to be changed and retain the things that worked well.

To those who attended thank you for making it a very special event to those who did not we look forward to seeing you in 2015

Thank you all for your continued support to West Riding Masonic Charities Limited

Please e mail roger.newhouse@lineone.net with your comments.

Posted in Charity News on April 23rd, 2014 by Kevin Gould

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