The “Masonic Diary Dates” section on the front page now shows the Craft and Royal Arch Area Calendars for the latest March and April 2018 updates.
WBro. Stephen Brown and WBro. Douglas Mills attended the Harrogate and District Sea Cadets Annual Awards at the Cedar Court Hotel where the Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Anne Jones, presented awards including several for band members.
The PGM’s Fund had approved an application from The Spa Lodge for a grant of £1000 to replace ageing band equipment. The purchase of this new equipment including cymbals, bell lyre and bugle mouthpieces, enhances the cadet’s experience by way of having modern up to date equipment. The old equipment will be used by new members whilst they are learning.
Sub Lieutenant (SCC) Dan Wilding RNR said that “he foresaw a secondary benefit in that they would now be able to market the band in a more professional manner and thus increase their participation in the local community and even offered to play at a Lodge event.”
Harrogate District Hospital’s Nidderdale Ward has been given £7,148 to purchase new reclining bedside chairs, thanks to local Freemasons and Zumba enthusiasts.
Harlow Lodge nominated the ward as the beneficiary of its fundraising activities in memory of the late Irene Simister, the mother of two of its members, who spent the last month of her life being cared for by staff before her death.
An observation the pair made during the hours they spent at her bedside was the comfort of the chairs, so they set about raising funds to replace worn out and broken pieces of furniture.
Additionally, another lodge member, Fernando Sarmento De Alencar, organised a sponsored Zumbathon at Harrogate High School in aid of the appeal, which raised £4,100.
Harlow Lodge, one of five craft lodges that meet in Harrogate’s Masonic Hall, raised £1,148 which was further enhanced by a £1,900 donation courtesy of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.
Andrew Simister, Master of Harlow Lodge and Irene Simister’s eldest son, said: “I would like to pay tribute to everyone who has contributed towards this fund-raising initiative for Nidderdale Ward. I can’t thank them enough.
“Whilst the care of patients is quite rightly the hospital’s number one priority, the comfort of visitors is also an important concern, in particular those spending lengthy hours with loved ones nearing the end of their lives.
“The £7,148 raised will certainly be able to fund the replacement of a good number of chairs for the ward’s side rooms.”
David Fisher, Community and Events Fundraiser at Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, said: “On behalf of Harrogate District Hospital and in particular Nidderdale Ward, I would like to say a huge thank you for the incredible support of the Simister family and their friends who have worked so hard to raise funds to make improvements to the comfort on the ward.
“Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity raises money to help make a difference to the care end experiences of local patients and their families, going above and beyond that which the NHS can provide.
“The staff are extremely grateful for the generous financial support, and in recognition of this, a plaque in memory of Mrs Simister will be placed within the ward.”
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Another outing of the Goose & Gridiron in Harrogate at The Old Bell Tavern – Masons and non-Masons are very welcome!
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G and G Poster October17
On a recent visit to the Ripon Spa Gardens floral beds, Doug Mills of The Spa Lodge No. 7609 in Harrogate and Sue Wood, the council’s horticultural officer, had great pleasure in explaining the purpose of their design to some Japanese visitors they met there. The visitors went away happy in having gained a little knowledge of the UGLE and the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
The beds are looking quite magnificent and hopefully will still be in full splendour on the day of the Cathedral Service on Sunday 24th September.
It is recommended that all those attending take the opportunity to walk the short distance to the Park Street entrance (post code HG4 2BD) where they will find a statue of Lord Ripon (First Marquis of Ripon) who was the Grand Master 1870 – 1874.