Please refer to the “Masonic Diary Dates” section on the front page for the latest November and December updates.
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.
Area2 Master Masons Academy meeting, which will take place at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield.
On Wednesday 6th July 2016, 7.00 -7.30pm.
There will be a meal beforehand; this will consist of Gammon, egg chips, Tea & Coffee.
Please the attached notes
Attached are all the details of a ‘Towpath Trek’ in Area 2 and is open to anybody and everybody from across the Province to spend a pleasant day in the beautiful upper Colne Valley.
Following the event last year in which over 70 people took part, the money raised was split between The 2017 Festival and YAA, and raised in excess of £2000.
This year the proceeds will be split between The 2017 Festival and The Haven, a charity based in Leeds which support anyone who has been, or is suffering from Breast Cancer and is a charity close to home for very many people.
Please see the attached information for further details on how you can have a wonderful day out
Province has joined the fight in a big clean- up campaign in the Calder Valley following the devastation caused by recent floods and the harrowing images on television and in the media.
West Riding Masonic Charities announces that a donation of £5,000 is being given to the Community Foundation for Calderdale which is orchestrating emergency relief throughout the towns and villages most seriously affected.
These include, Sowerby Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and also Brighouse and Elland – all within Area Two of our Province.
This will be followed by additional donations to other parts of the Province affected by the floods. The directors are acutely aware of the shocking swathes of devastation created by the appalling and unprecedented weather conditions which have wreaked havoc and caused unimaginable damage in several of our communities.
WRMCL will continue to monitor the situation, not only within Area Two, but Province-wide and do everything possible to provide assistance where appropriate.
The Foundation in Calderdale provides emergency relief grants to people whose homes have been flooded – to meet immediate financial burdens associated with moving out of homes, pumping, drying and emergency repairs.
It is also providing cleaning up materials, mops, buckets and disinfectant.
APGM John Gledhill and Area Two charity committee chairman Alan Elstone will hand over the cheque to Foundation chief executive Steve Duncan.
Provincial Grand Master David Pratt’s plea to provide practical support within our communities has been typified by the actions of Brethren at Blackwall Masonic Hall, Halifax, who, with the help of their caterer, have prepared and delivered hot meals for flood victims in Copley, Mytholmroyd and Hebden Bridge.
Brethren from De Warren Lodge have been active in Hebden Bridge helping their Candidate for Initiation in February, Mr Satnam Singh, who has suffered considerable flood damage at his Post Office.