Otley Freemasons swapped squares and compasses for spades and trowels as they planted 300 oak trees to mark a key milestone in Masonic history.
Members of Chevin Lodge were joined by senior representatives of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding to plant the saplings on Otley Chevin, as part of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Additionally, the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – whose area covers West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire – is also celebrating its own bicentenary.
The oak tribute was spearheaded by Steve Hill of Chevin Lodge, and the funds to purchase the saplings were raised by the brethren of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding and beyond.
W Bro Paul Clarke, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master in charge of regional tercentenary celebrations, said: “This is a momentous year for Freemasons both nationally and regionally, and the tree planting is one of a plethora of activities and events being staged throughout the Province over the coming months.
“These 300 trees are a living tribute to our ancient and honourable fraternity, and, over the years, they will become a wonderful addition to the local environment.
“Freemasons are active in the heart of many communities, and charitable giving is at the very heart of freemasonry. To mark our tercentenary and bicentenary, we are increasing the annual amount we give to charities from £200,000 to £300,000.
“We are incredibly proud of the contribution Freemasons have made to society over the last few centuries, and we look forward to the contribution we will continue to make for many years to come.”
Further information about the Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/
These Updated Calendars are intended to show what ceremonies the Lodges in ALL the Areas are doing this month.
The Calendars have now been amended to comply with Data Protection requirements. There will be an updated Document placed here soon that offers an explanation of the Area Regular Lodge Meeting Calendars.
The 12th of April saw a special event at Royal Forest Lodge 401 when the Worshipful Master Bro Raymond Middleton initiated his son Francis into the Lodge.
The last time a father initiated his son into 401 was in 1988.
Fifty Brethren and visitors attended the ceremony which was performed to the highest standard by all who took part.
The meeting was followed by the usual festive board of cottage pie, mushy peas and red cabbage.
All Brethren and any interested non-Masons are invited to:
The Swan Inn, Carleton-In-Craven, BD23 3DR on Tuesday 25th April 2017 from 8:00 onwards…
…for a drink and a chat.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals in an informal setting, and as at similar events in Harrogate, Leeds and Wakefield, will be thoroughly enjoyed by all. Please do come along, and if you fancy FREE Pie & Peas, get in touch in advance using the details on the poster, otherwise just turn up on the night!
The Area 3 Final Festival Fling ‘Come Dance the Night Away’ event held on Saturday 8th April at the Harrogate Masonic Hall raised a fantastic £710.20 in aid of the 2017 RMBI Festival. Over 100 brethren, family and friends attended the evening and thoroughly enjoyed being shown the intricacies of Salsa & Tango dancing as demonstrated and then instructed by Caroline, Gita and Richard. Similar demonstrations and instruction were given by U3A tutors Don & Janine Mason with up to 80 people on the dance floor at one time!
Bob Naylor of Horsford Lodge No 5339 together with fellow guitarist Malcolm form “Foot Tapper” who played 60’s and 70’s music, which for many turned the clock back too many years to remember. Bob was also kind enough to allow the other musicians the use of his sound equipment including the music for Amy Walker aged just 14 who gave an improvised/contemporary solo dance routine to a silent and mesmerized audience. Amy is the granddaughter of W Bro Bryan Walker, Almoner of The Spa Lodge No 7609 who was rightly moved to tears.
A mid interval hot snack of stuffed mini Yorkshire Puddings went down well as did a novel fund raising game that raised £275.00 (incl in total above). Towards the end of the evening Glitterball Awards were presented to three deserving couples, together with suitable acknowledgement being made to those who had given freely of their time in aid of what turned out to be a sell-out event.
All Brethren and any interested non-Masons are invited to:
The Royal Shepherd, Canal Street, SKIPTON, BD23 1LB on Monday 27th Feb 2017 from 8:00 onwards…
…for a drink and a chat.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals in an informal setting, and as at similar events in Harrogate, Leeds and Wakefield, will be thoroughly enjoyed by all! Please do come along, there is no need to book, just turn up on the night.
2017 is an exciting year for Freemasons as United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) celebrates its Tercentenary and we in The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding celebrate our Bi-centenary.
Recent discussions with Harrogate Borough Council have led to an agreement to have floral display beds in the town and Ripon planted out to mark these landmarks.
In conjunction with Sue Wood, Horticultural Officer, Doug Mills, Area 3 Provincial Charity Assistant, has developed designs for three locations.
A bed on Montpellier Hill will be for UGLE and
one at the entrance of Valley Gardens for the Province.
Also beds in Ripon Spa Gardens adjacent to the bowling green will be planted out representing both.
Sue has put considerable time and her undoubted expertise into choosing appropriate plants and colour combinations. The nursery manager Barrie Stringer has now received a full schedule of requirements and he and his staff have been busily planting out the numerous varieties as can be seen from the photos.
The beds will be planted at the beginning of June and it is hoped will still be in bloom in September when a multi denominational service is to be held at Ripon Cathedral. In- Stainless Engineering Ltd of Harrogate have generously agreed to provide display cases and graphic boards at each location to give a brief history of Freemasonry in England and Yorkshire.
It is hoped that the floral displays will be enjoyed by all visitors to the district and that their expectations of exceedingly high standards the Council have set in previous years are achieved together with a greater understanding of Freemasonry.
Photo shows: L – R Barrie Stringer Nursery Manager, Cllr Richard Cooper Leader HBC, Penny Rowell, Director, In Stainless Engineering Ltd
Paul Clarke, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Doug Mills, Area 3 Provincial Charity Assistant, Andy Ladds Nurseryman, Peter Dodds Treasurer, The Spa Lodge
Adrian Chalmers Nurseryman, Unfortunately Sue Wood Horticultural Officer was camera shy!
Knaresborough Freemasons have shown they are “in tune” with the needs of the community by presenting King James’ School with £1,000 to buy new musical instruments.
Members of Forest of Knaresborough Masonic Lodge learned of the need for new instruments when the school choir led a Christmas carol concert after the lodge’s December meeting.
So impressed were the lodge members with the young singers, that they asked music teacher Rachel Derbyshire if there was anything they could do to help support the school’s music department.
In response to a plea for help buying new musical instruments, the lodge applied for a grant of £1,000 from Masonic charities. The donation was granted by the West Riding Masonic Charities and its Provincial Grand Master’s Charitable Fund, a fund that is always keen to help local communities.
W Bro Steve Arthington, Master of Forest of Knaresborough Lodge, said: “Freemasonry is at the heart of many local communities and Knaresborough is a classic example of this.
“We are delighted to be able to support King James’s School in the purchase of new musical instruments which will benefit many pupils over the coming years.
“Rachel and the students gave up their own time late one December evening and professionally entertained us with traditional and contemporary musical pieces, demonstrating skill and a lot of hard work.
“They performed with confidence and ability and the good news is that have agreed to come back again.”
Steve added: “Like all lodges, we are always open to receiving approaches from local community groups for funds. Whilst we cannot support everyone, there are many things that the Masonic movement can do.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about Forest of Knaresborough Masonic Lodge, and the work it does in the local community, should call Steve on 07949 761904.
Musical Youths! Pictured from left are Steve Arthington, Worshipful Master of Forest of Knaresborough Lodge; Marie Quemerais, student; Philip Angel, Forest of Knaresborough Lodge; Rachel Derbyshire, music teacher; and Carl Sugden, King James’s Head Teacher
The Master of The Spa Lodge, Tony Morrell, was delighted to welcome the Mayor & Mayoress of Harrogate, Cllr Nigel & Mrs Lynn Simms to the Bake a Cake Competition on Sunday 8th May at the Masonic Hall, Harrogate where they joined the audience of 75 friends family and guests.
The charity event was in aid of The Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution which runs 17 care homes throughout the country.
Judging was undertaken by Stephanie Moon, Iona Wilson and Sharon Morrell. There were some 20 entries over the 3 categories for both adults and teenagers. The winners were announced after a talk by Stephanie and a cake icing demonstration by Iona.
Stephanie is a well-known Yorkshire lass and a regular on the food show circuit having appeared on TV, on radio and in the local press and Doug Mills the Lodge Charity Steward was delighted that she should have accepted the invitation to join the event.
The wealth of her experience has been gained in a career spanning from the Park Hyatt Hotel in Sydney to the Kulm Hotel in St Moritz. Closer to home she has worked in the Dorchester Hotel in London and for eight years as Executive Chef at Rudding Park Hotel.
Stephanie is now a Chef Consultant to All Things Food and is Chef Tutor at Leeds City College.
Iona grew up in Yorkshire and studied at Art College in Leeds before moving to Cambridgeshire with her family. The children are now young adults and following on from being a full-time homemaker she searched for a new adventure which led her to becoming part of Free Cakes for Kids, a community service to families who find it difficult to provide a birthday cake for their child. Following on from this interest Nonies was formed which has allowed Iona to develop her skills in cake decorating and enter international competitions.
Following on from the presentations and light refreshments the Mayor & Mayoress, Stephanie and Iona announced the winners and presented them with their prizes.
The Star Baker was Joan MacClean- Burley who won a voucher for Afternoon Tea for four at the Clocktower Resturant kindly donated by Rudding Park Hotel.
A special prize for the best decorated cake was awarded to Sonia Saxton
In conclusion Doug Mills said what a pleasure it was to see everyone especially those who had entered into the spirit of the event by submitting an entry
Doug also acknowledged the support given by:
The Cedar Court Hotel, Sainsbury’s, Howden Joinery Company, Rudding Park Hotel, KTV, Fishers(Harrogate) Ltd, Limelight Celebrity Management Ltd
and finally he asked the Master, Tony Morrell to present a small token of appreciation to the Mayoress, Stephanie and Iona
Pictured are: Spa Lodge’s Doug Mills, celebrity chef Stephanie Moon, Iona Wilson
and the Mayor & Mayoress of Harrogate, Coun Nigel Simms and Mrs Lynn Simms
The event raised £735
The Craven Lodge of Freemasons has presented £1,000 to the Friends of Airedale Hospital group, to assist with the extension of their Dementia Garden project.
The group will use the money, which came from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, to plant trees and flowers that patients can touch and feel, and also to create a seating area providing other beneficial sensory features.
Eileen Proud, president of the Friends of Airedale group said: “This is a great benefit to patients, and I would like to thank the Freemasons. Here’s hoping for lots of sunshine and display colours in 2016.”
At the presentation, Roger Newhouse, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said how Freemasonry continues to support local community projects across the Province, particularly following the recent floods.
£5,000 has already been presented to Calderdale Community Support, another £5,000 is already on its way to Leeds Community Support, and by next weekend a further £5,000 will be donated to Bradford Community Support. These amounts are also being matched by The Mark Order of Master Masons.
Several Masonic Halls have been opened and used to provide warmth,shelter and food those affected by the floods.
W.Bro Newhouse said: “Freemasons do look after one another but we also look after those that are in distress and in need, and it’s not always with money.”
Airedale Hospital has benefitted from many donations from Freemasons over the years, and, since 2008 they have provided thousands of teddy bears for distressed children admitted to the Accident and Emergency Dept.
The TLC (Teddies for Loving Care) operates across the country, some parts of Europe and parts of the USA, and is totally funded by Freemasons their families and friends.
David Clough of Craven Lodge, Eileen Proud from the Friends of Airedale President, and Roger Newhouse, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, at the cheque presentation.