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Hugely Successful Area 1 Masonic Light Launch

Wednesday 14th of March saw the very successful launch of the Masonic Light educational and enlightenment programme in Area 1, hosted by the Lodge of St.Peter & Harmony 600 at Hoyle Court, Baildon. The launch event was very well attended with over 70 Freemasons in attendance, mostly from Area 1 lodges.

The Masonic Light programme was introduced by W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank, Area 1 Masonic Light Leader, who also introduced his team of very able Assistants, consisting of W.Bro. Richard Emmott (Keighley, Haworth, Bingley), W.Bro. Mark Sheldon (Bradford), W.Bro. Adrian Collins (Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury, Mirfield, W.Bro. Martin Hanson (Baildon) and W.Bro. Simon Buckingham (Communications). The Assistants will take care of all event bookings throughout Area 1 as well as event publicity, attendance and proactive promotion of Masonic Light education.

Masonic Light is designed primarily to explain to newer members about the meanings of our symbolism, rituals and traditions, however this is equally enlightening to more senior time-served members who invariably will learn something new. Everyone can gain better understanding of why we really do what we do. Through understanding, Masonic Light improves retention, engagement and attendance of members as well as generating the kind of enthusiasm which leads members to want to invite their friends and colleagues to join. As a side-effect Masonic Light also instils the concept of visiting into the minds of newer members by encouraging to attend organised Masonic Light events at other lodges near to them so they broaden their network of Masonic friends.

W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank then proceeded to deliver the first of six Masonic Light presentations entitled “An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree” which despite being quite a long lecture engaged the attention of everyone present for a considerable period of time. Tim didn’t see anyone fall asleep during a presentation which lasted nearly an hour!

At the end of the presentation Bro. Dr. Robert Lomas who originally researched the material for the Masonic Light programme joined W.Bro. Brooksbank to answer questions from the audience and W.Bro.Peter Smith, Masonic Light Manager explained about supporting materials for the Masonic Light programme and also explained about Light Nuggets which are brief presentations designed for lodges to deliver themselves, either in open lodge or on practice or junior presentation nights. Tim was very pleased to be able to take a step back from speaking at this point having almost completely lost his voice by this time; he had been unable to speak at all earlier that morning due to a heavy cold and delivered the presentation in his best “heavy metal rock singer” voice rather than his usual booming speaking manner. Next step, may be an audition for AC/DC…

The meeting closed and was followed by a very enjoyable Old English Night. Afterwards the Area 1 Masonic Light team was thrilled to be asked by so many lodges if they host a Masonic Light event in their own lodge, with many attendees commenting this was the most useful, interesting and best presented lecture they’d seen in their entire Masonic career, this being said even by members with 50+ years service to Freemasonry.

Masonic Light Presentations available for Area 1 are:

  • An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree
  • An Explanation of the Secrets of the Fellowcraft Degree
  • An Explanation of the Secrets of the Master Mason Degree
  • Basic Masonic Symbolism and the Six Tracing Boards
  • All the Working Tools of a Master Mason
  • So You Think You Want to Become a Freemason?
  • – this final presentation is designed to be given to non-Masons at gavel nights, afterlodge and social events.
    Currently Area 1 has a further 11 Masonic Light events booked between now and Summer 2019 recess. The target is to deliver at least 20 presentations within that period so if you would like to host an event or just want to know more please visit our dedicated Masonic Light website www.masoniclight.co.uk or email tim.brooksbank@masoniclight.co.uk or call Tim on 07789 981463.

    Masonic Light Area 1 Launch. Pictured from left to right: W.Bro.Martin Hanson, W.Bro.Mark Sheldon, W.Bro.Adrian Collins, W.Bro.Tim Brooksbank, Bro.Dr.Robert Lomas, W.Bro.Richard Emmott, W.Bro.Simon Buckingham


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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 tim.brooksbank@yahoo.co.uk 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 http://www.thebluesbrothers.co.uk

    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: http://www.kirkleestownhalls.co.uk
    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

    on

    Saturday 5th March 

    9:30 for a 10:00am start.

    Would all Area 1 LOs please inform Alan Hurdley by email:

    alan.hurdley@wrprovince.co.uk 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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