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Area 1 Launch of the Masonic Light Programme

Masonic Light will be launching in Area 1 on Wednesday 14th March.

This important event will be hosted by St.Peter & Harmony 600, 6.30pm start.

Masonic Light is a series of lectures and presentations which better explain the symbolism, ritual and workings of our ceremonies to promote a deeper understanding of why we do what we do and what it’s really all about. It was developed originally by Bro. Dr. Robert Lomas and has been extremely well received, particularly in Areas 3 and 5.

The lecture about the secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree will be presented by Tim Brooksbank. This is a really enlightening lecture for everyone, especially Entered Apprentices but also more experienced Masons too.

Further information will be provided to all Area 1 Lodges in the next few weeks. If you’re from an Area 1 lodge please put this in your diary and ensure wherever possible your newer members attend plus as many of your experienced members as would like to be there. Visitors from other areas are of course very welcome too!

Any immediate queries should be made to Tim Brooksbank, email or telephone 07789 981463.

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Hospice Funding in Haworth and Bradford

On TUESDAY, 5th December, 2017, W. Bro. Alan Griffin (Chairman of Area 1 Provincial Charity Committee), accompanied by his Deputy Chairman, W. Bro. John Sharman attended at the Sue Ryder (Manorlands) Hospice at Haworth and also the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford, where they presented cheques of £2,440.00 each as part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation Hospice Grants for 2017.

Presentation at Manorlands with Harriet WOOD receiving the cheque on behalf of the Hospice.

Presentation at Bradford Marie Curie Hospice with Amanda WARRANT receiving the cheque on behalf of the Hospice.

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TLC Donation in memory of W Bro Ken Walter

On Monday 17th July the RW Provincial Grand Master accompanied by VW Bro Stuart Grantham Deputy PGM, W Bro Roger Newhouse Assistant PGM and over 40 of his Acting Officers made a visit to Victoria Lodge No 2669 at the Midland Hotel, Bradford.

During the meeting a cheque for the sum of £1,000 was presented to the PGM in favour of the Teddies for Loving Care appeal. This was a bequest from the Lodge’s senior Past Master who passed away in May this year.

The PGM was surprised to receive the cheque and spoke enthusiastically about the TLC scheme to the Brethren present, passing on his grateful thanks to the family of W Bro Walter. After the meeting the Brethren dined in the magnificent Princes Ballroom at the hotel.

(from L to R) W Bro John Watson (Charity Steward), W Bro Roger Newhouse (APGM), W Bro John Eaton (stand-in Master for the visit), VW Bro Stuart Grantham (DPGM) & RW Bro David Pratt (PGM) with the cheque for £1,000 to TLC

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Mirfield Freemasons Host Charity Presentation Evening

Representatives from seven West Yorkshire charities have attended a presentation evening hosted by Mirfield Freemasons to receive financial donations of more than £13,000.

The good causes to benefit from the grants, given via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, received their amounts during a special event hosted by the members of Kirklees Lodge.

£2,000 was awarded to the Hollybush Conservation Volunteers, a Leeds-based organisation working with adults with mental health issues, for the fitting out of a “Roundhouse”. It was supported in its application by Kirklees Lodge.
Worth Valley Primary School, supported by Three Graces Lodge, was given £1,000 for the purchase of electronic tablets to improve pupils learning and computer experience.

A grant of £1,000 was awarded to the YMCA Leeds Netball to go towards the purchase of new equipment. They were supported by Lodge of Charity.

Spen Valley District Scouts, supported by Lodge of Friendship, received £1,000 towards the replacement of much needed safety equipment, whilst Thornhill Parish Church, supported by St John’s Lodge, received £2,000 towards the refurbishment of the Community Kitchen.

Additionally, grants of £3,290 were given to Manorlands Hospice, in Oxenhope, and Bradford’s Marie Curie Hospice, courtesy of United Grand Lodge of England.

Bro John Sharman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of Area 1 Charity Committee, said: “This was a superb evening where we were delighted to present more than £13,000 to local good causes to help them with the fantastic work they do.

“Each year, the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding gives out £200,000 in grants to charities and organisations across West, South, East and North Yorkshire.

“And, as Freemasons nationally celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first United Grand Lodge, and the 200th anniversary of the formation of the first lodge in our province, we will be upping this figure to £300,000.

“All this money is raised locally by members and, more importantly, given out locally too. We are proud to support the local community and equally proud to be at the heart of local communities across our region.”

Pictured are (back row from left) WBro James Watson, WBro Michael Terry representing Spen Valley District Scouts, WBro Stuart Grantham and John Preston of The Conservation Volunteers. Front row from left are The Rev Susan Clarke from Thornhill Parish Church, Caroline Oram from Worth Valley Primary School, Harriet Wood from Manorlands Hospice, Diane Hughes from Marie Curie, Jess Kandola, WBro Alan Griffin and Geraldine Plant from YMCA Leeds Netball

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Victoria Lodge Supports Bradford Disability Football Club

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master was at Victoria Lodge No. 2669 on Monday 16 January to present them with a 2017 RMBI Festival Grand Patron certificate, when he also received a cheque for a further £2,669 towards the festival total.

After the meeting, members of the Bradford Disability Football Club were admitted to the temple to receive a cheque for £365, raised by holding a raffle at the December festive board.

Victoria Lodge Supports Bradford Disability Football Club

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St John’s Lodge No. 827 Dewsbury – Charity Show

This year’s Lodge Charity show is at Dewsbury Town Hall on Friday 7th October 2016. Show starts at 7.30pm prompt

Interval = Raffle Prize draw

The Stars of the show are “The Chicago Blues Brothers” – a rip roaring all singing and dancing Party night

To View mini videos of the show go on the following web site: Chicago Blues Brothers Facebook

Book your tickets early as this show is always a sell-out wherever it is performed.

All net proceeds from the show will be split between local worthwhile Charities as below and the RMBI 2017 Festival:

1. Hollybank School Mirfield
Day & Residential for Children & Adults with learning difficulties. Promoting independence & dignity.

2. Dewsbury Women’s Health Group
Helps less fortunate Ladies suffering with health problems.

3. Dewsbury Women’s Refuge
Safe home for battered wives.

4. Phab North Kirklees Dewsbury
For disabled adults.

Tickets are now on sale @ £18.00 each. All seats are by ticket number. Book by one of the following:
Telephone Dewsbury Town Hall Booking office: 01924 324501
On Line:
Or from the show promoter W. Brother John Hudson: 07443 616618

Local Interest:
The show includes 1 x man from Morley, 1 x man from Gildersome, 1 x man from Bradford. The remaining cast are from London

Article by John Davis.

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Area Liaison Officers Meeting – Hoyle Court Saturday 5th March 2016

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master Roger Newhouse

will be holding an

Area 1 Liaison Officers Meeting

at Hoyle Court, Otley Road, Baildon


Saturday 5th March 

9:30 for a 10:00am start.

Would all Area 1 LOs please inform Alan Hurdley by email: or by telephone 07720 102069

if they are attending or not please.

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New Assistant Provincial Grand Master Appointed

Roger David Newhouse PAGDC has been appointed to succeed Donald Stuart Cummins as Assistant PGM for Area 1 in the Province.
The R W Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, will Install W Bro Newhouse at a ceremony in his own Lodge, Craven Lodge No 810 at the Masonic Hall, Hoyle Court, Baildon, on 6 January next year.

In announcing the appointment, R W Bro Pratt was warm in his praise and thanks to W Bro Cummins who retires on 31 December after serving the Province as APGM in a diligent and exemplary manner for five years.

Roger Newhouse has enjoyed a busy and fulfilling Masonic career since his Initiation into Craven Lodge in September 1982; he was a Lewis and his father, Peter, was Junior Deacon at his Initiation. Roger served as Master in 1995, a year before his father passed away. He was Master of West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No 9645 in 2007.

His first Provincial Rank was Acting Pursuivant in 2002 and he was subsequently promoted to PPSGW in 2004. Having been appointed Liaison Officer to Royal Forest Lodge No 401 and Mawsis Lodge No 4644 in that year, he has retained the position with Royal Forest and taken a similar role with Wenning Lodge No 4496.

Roger Newhouse

He received Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2008.

Roger has been a member of the Provincial Communications Committee since 2006 and since the launch of ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ in 2008, has been the representative to the Airedale General Hospital.

He has served as a director of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd for four years and is now chairman.

Roger has been a Chapter Mason since 1986 when he was Exalted into Craven Chapter No 810, serving as First Principal in 2001. In Provincial Grand Chapter he was appointed Senior Assistant Sojourner, then Scribe Nehemiah and now holds the Rank of PPGSN.

Roger is well known for his skill and ability on the organ; he started learning to play the piano when just six years of age and progressed to the 3 manual pipe organ whilst at school. In Craven Lodge, he was playing the organ as soon as he had progressed through the three degrees and, since coming out of the Chair, has done so since.

Born in Skipton, Roger was educated at Ermysted’s Grammar School. He started work in 1974 as a Management Trainee with Seed Ford, Ford Main Dealers in Colne, before taking a position as Sales Manager with E S Hartley Ltd (Volvo) in Skipton. Since 1991 he has been an Independent and passionate Volvo Specialist at the gateway to the Yorkshire Dales. He has been married to Fiona for 35 years and is a very proud father of Victoria.

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Invitation from the Provincial Grand Master to attend the quarterly meeting of Grand Lodge

Brethren All

Please read the attached very exciting invitation from the Provincial Grand Master to the Quarterly Meeting of Grand Lodge on Wednesday 9th December 2015.

This is an opportunity not to be missed!!

Meeting of Grand Lodge



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