The “Masonic Diary Dates” section on the front page now shows the Craft and Royal Arch Area Calendars for the latest May and June 2018 updates.
At a recent meeting at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Area 2 brethren who were initiated in 2017 were presented with a Tercentenary certificate by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Stuart Grantham. Read more about this unique and enjoyable event below, and photographs are available at Tercentenary Certificate Photos – Area 2
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The presentation of Tercentenary Certificates to Initiates of 2017 in Area 2 will take place on Monday 26 February at 7.00 for 7.30 at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield. APGM Alan Elstone and PAPGM John Gledhill will be on hand to welcome everyone. Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt will make the presentations and a a buffet supper (£7.50 per head) will follow. Initiates and Lodges have the booking forms which should be returned to Malcolm Whiteley. Wives and partners are most welcome to attend this special evening. For further details please contact Malcolm.firstname.lastname@example.org.
THREE Huddersfield area hospices have received a funding boost from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Representatives from Dalton’s Kirkwood Hospice, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Elland’s Overgate Hospice, met at Kirkwood to receive grants totalling over £5,000.
Kirkwood received £2,240, Overgate £1,580 and Forget Me Not £1541, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides. The three hospices must raise a combined total approaching £15m annually to maintain services and support for families.
Wasim Hussain, speaking for the three recipients, said:
“State funding provides only a small percentage of the money we need to maintain what is a vital service in the community. In this our 30th year at Kirkwood, we need to generate £7m annually. This is why every penny counts for each of us in donations large or small.”
Lynn Berry was particularly appreciative of the cheque for Overgate and explained that she had become a volunteer helper in recognition of the care her late husband, David, a Freemason, had received at the Elland hospice.
The Freemasons’ Charitable Foundation has provided a £600,000-plus hand-out for hospices this year throughout England and Wales and achieved a £12m milestone since its support began in 1984. This is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities and earlier this year in Area Two Kirkwood received £25,000 for the purchase and installation of six profiling beds and Kirklees Mencap at Lindley took delivery of a new16-seater mini bus with the help of a £26,000 Masons’ grant.
Eighty-five-year-old David Lewellyn Steel is one of the busiest and much loved Freemasons in our Province.
Recently out of the chair (for a second time) of Shakespeare and Equity Lodge No 1018 and already planning to become First Principal of Connaught Chapter in two years’ time, his Connaught commitment will coincide with 50 years of Royal Arch membership.
Over 90 Brethren witnessed and listened to an absorbing portrayal of his 50 years in Craft Freemasonry when he was presented with a jubilee certificate.
David, whose Masonic career began at Anchor Lodge 6502 in Bristol in 1966, is also a Founder and Past Master of the Rugby Football Lodge No 9811.
Past APGM Stuart Cummins chronicled a fascinating history in Craft, Chapter and other Orders in Freemasonry, as well as cricket and umpiring exploits, when he made the presentation at a special meeting of the RFL at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield.
David was privileged to welcome three APGMs, and three past APGMs, together with Brethren from Anchor Lodge on a very special night of celebration.
A “grand” gesture by Todmorden Freemasons has helped an Army Cadet Force band to look good and sound better!
Members of Studley Lodge – which is 70 years old this year and meets in the Masonic Hall, in Eastwood – secured £1,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund for the Minden Bugles and Drums of E Company (The Rifles), Army Cadet Force, which meets in Wakefield.
The money will go towards purchasing new uniforms and instruments for the young recruits.
In the last round of grants awarded in December, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund gave just short of £30,000 to 26 groups including churches, educational establishments, hospices and those supporting both the young and elderly.
Studley Lodge secretary Stuart Gledhill said: “In December 2015, these youngsters entertained us at the Studley Lodge Christmas Party.
“Although it was two weeks before the great flood of Calderdale, some of the roads were partially flooded, but these young cadets insisted that they made their way through the atrocious conditions to entertain the Brethren and their Ladies.
“I’m delighted that we are able to support them via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, and this money will be used to buy new uniforms and instruments for the young musicians.
“Each year, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund awards grants totalling £200,000 to organisations within our Province. These range from £1,000 right up to £50,000.
“This year we are celebrating the tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England, the bicentenary of our own Province and, to mark this double milestone, we will be awarding grants totalling £300,000.
“Studley Lodge is also 70 years old this year, and, since its consecration, our lodge members have been at the heart of the Todmorden community.
“As long as we exist, I know Studley Lodge will keep on supporting Todmorden and the local groups that help make this town such a wonderful place to live, work and be a Freemason.”
Brethren, the MASONIC LIGHT program is to be introduced into Area 2 on 11th April 2017 at the Masonic Rooms, Brighouse, at 7.00pm.
WHAT IS MASONIC LIGHT?
MASONIC LIGHT is a program which provides the opportunity for all of our Brethren to gain a better understanding of the rituals and the meaning of Freemasonry. It has been developed as a trial in Area 5 and recently also launched in Area 3.
This first meeting will consist of a presentation, the first in the series, to be given by Bro Dr Robert Lomas and entitled
“The Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree, The Long and the Short of it”.
This will be followed by questions and answers and a discussion on any topic that you may wish to ask about.
The evening is open to all Masons from Entered Apprentice upwards.
Dress code is casual, jeans are acceptable as are shirt and tie. This is meant to be a relaxed atmosphere.
The bar will be open and there will be pie and peas afterwards at a nominal price of £5. There will also be a vegetarian option. THE CLOSING DATE FOR FOOD BOOKINGS IS 6th APRIL 2017
If you wish to attend please contact Ken Hill on 07752 269861 or Arthur Wainwright on 07712155927 or E-mail MLArea2@masoniclight.org.uk
The launch of MASONIC LIGHT is fully supported by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 2, W.Bro John Gledhill. It should be an excellent night and well worth participating in.
At the end of the evening, further details will be provided on how the program is going to ‘Roll-out’ throughout the Area.
Clive Hawkins PPJGW Area 2 Education programmes
Kirkwood Hospice, at Dalton, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Overgate Hospice, at Elland, met together at Forget Me Not to receive grants totalling over £7,600.
Alan Elstone and John Gledhill, of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire, West Riding, were pleased to present cheques on behalf of their national charity.
Kirkwood received £3,290, Overgate £2,218 and Forget Me Not £2,143, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides.
The three hospices must raise a combined total of over £12m annually to maintain services and support for families.
Yorkshire’s15 hospices have received over £45,000 from the Freemasons’ Charitable Foundation as part of a £600,000-plus hand-out throughout England and Wales.
Since 1984, the Freemasons’ national charity has donated over £11m to hospices nationwide. That is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd.
Earlier this year, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund gave £40,000 to Castle Hill School at Newsome to help fund a sensory pod for the benefit of the pupils who experience severe and multiple learning and physical difficulties.
Huddersfield area communities can expect further significant support from the Freemasons in 2017 as Freemasons mark the tercentenary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Provincial Grand Master David Pratt has announced that £300,000 will be made available across the region in recognition of the milestone, which coincides with the bicentenary of Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons.
SEVENTY Freemasons, family and friends including seven dogs, completed a Towpath Trek in the Colne Valley and raised £2510 to be shared between the Province’s 2017 RMBI Festival and The Haven, a charity based in Leeds which supports people affected by Breast Cancer.
The weather on Sunday, 31 July, favoured the event and the first group of walkers left Colne Valley Masonic Hall at 10am, and they were followed by a steady stream of participants which included APGM for Area 2 John B Gledhill, accompanied by members of his family.
The walk totals approximately five miles, along the canal Towpath to Marsden, and back, passing through glimpses of our industrial heritage and super views of the Upper Colne Valley. Some of the walkers favoured the local hostelries and cafes in Marsden whilst others spent the afternoon on their return seeking refreshment in the sunshine back in Slaithwaite.
All who took part agreed it had been a splendid day and agreed it was a pleasant and relaxing way to raise money for both the 2017 Festival and The Haven.
Organisers Raymond Lodge and Area Two charity chairman Alan Elstone (and their wives, Janice and Pam) thank all who supported the event, both walkers and those who made donations in sponsorship.
They orchestrated a similar event last year which raised just over £2000 and which was split between the Festival and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.