Please refer to the “Masonic Diary Dates” section on the front page for the latest September and October updates.
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.
MASONIC LIGHT presents the internationally renowned writer and Masonic historian, Bro. Dr Robert Lomas, for a talk entitled:
This talk is especially for newer MM Brethren – but no matter how long it has been since your Raising you will find it fascinating, enjoyable and thought provoking – all Brethren above the rank of FC are welcome!
The talk will be followed by a short question & answer session and will be held at:
Vale of Nidd Lodge, Pateley Bridge
Thursday 14th September
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To Celebrate the Tercentenary & Bicentenary, Old Giggleswickian Lodge No.8263 will be hosting a “Lunchtime Organ Recital” at 12 Noon on Saturday 28th October 2017.
By kind permission of the Headmaster, Mr Mark Turnbull, MA, the event will be held in the magnificent Giggleswick School Chapel, Nr Settle, BD24 0DE on a fully restored original ‘Father Willis’ organ.
Three very talented and accomplished Masonic Organists:
– W.Bro. Paul Bowen, PGOrg
– W.Bro. Dr. Simon Lindley, PGOrg
– Bro. Jason Lowe
Will play a varied 90 minute programme of music with something for everyone by:
Bach, Bairstow, Costa, Jackson, Malcolm, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Mozart, Rawsthorne, Sullivan, Wesley & Widor.
Admission is Free! See the flyer and booking form for details.
Up to 50 hungry Harrogate people have enjoyed a two-course Sunday lunch at Wesley Chapel, thanks to one of the town’s five Masonic lodges.
The meal of roast chicken and vegetables, followed by chocolate brownies, profiteroles and cream, was one of the benefits of a dinner dance organised by Harlow Lodge to mark the 300th anniversary of the first meeting of a Grand Lodge.
Held in the town’s Crown Hotel, the event, which featured Brazilian dancers and live music, was attended by more than 150 Freemasons, partners and friends, including the Provincial Grand Master, David Pratt.
Harlow Lodge Master Andrew Simister said: “Whilst the evening was primarily a celebration of our Tercentenary, there was also an important charitable element associated with it.
“The proceeds of the evening are going to Saint Michael’s Hospice and I’m delighted to say that in addition a spin off was these meals for Harrogate’s hungry.
“One of the key principles of Freemasonry is our support for charity, and, thanks to all who attended the dinner dance, we have been able to support two organisations, each helping the residents of Harrogate.”
Wesley Sunday Lunch Bunch co-ordinator Hannah Beck said: “We are very grateful to Andrew and Harlow Lodge for this fantastic gesture, which has provided a wonderful Sunday lunch for 50 people unable to afford a lunch.
“It is our aim to provide Sunday lunch for anyone on a low income or lonely every Sunday, and the generosity of the worshippers of St Peter’s Church usually allows us to do achieve this.
“However, we also need to publicise what we are doing here, both at Wesley Chapel and at St Peter’s, in order to ensure our efforts are able to continue, month in, month out, and the Freemasons are now helping us spread that word.”
‘THE WEST RIDING’ Private Fish & Chips & Real Ale Steam Train Charter
Saturday 29th July 2017
Only £20 per person including Supper
The railway have fitted some extra tables in the seating bays on one of the coaches, increasing dining availability from 152 to 164 places. Therefore the following places have now become available:
1 x Single Seat in Coach A
1 x Single Seat in Coach B
1 x 2 Seat Group in Coach C
1 x 3 Seat Group in Coach C
1 x 4 seat Group in Coach C
First come, first served!
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All Brethren and any interested non-Masons are invited to:
The Talbot Arms, Settle, BD24 9EX on Wednesday 21st June 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, no need to book, just turn up on the night!
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Harrogate and Ripon Freemasons have turned to “flower power” to help celebrate key milestones in the fraternity’s history.
The three floral displays – located on Harrogate’s Montpellier Hill, within the Valley Gardens and in Ripon’s Spa Gardens – have been created by Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks & Environmental Services Department to mark the 300th anniversary of the first Freemasons Grand Lodge of England and the bicentenary of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding.
The official unveiling of the beds – which feature the masonic symbols of the square and compasses and the white rose of Yorkshire – was performed by the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Anne Jones, Ripon Mayor Coun Pauline McHardy and the Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt.
The flower beds, containing some 7,500 plants, were the brainchild of Doug Mills, Charity Steward of The Spa Lodge, who came up with the idea that the Tercentenary of The United Grand Lodge of England and the Bi-centenary of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, could be celebrated by a floral display in Harrogate.
He approached Harrogate Borough Council to see if they would support planting out beds to mark the two landmarks, which it readily agreed to and added Ripon to the mix.
Doug said: “These three flower beds are simply stunning and they look absolutely fantastic. Six months ago it was merely an idea, and now it is reality. They are ‘bloomin’ brilliant’.
“I want to pay tribute to council leader Coun Richard Cooper, the council’s parks & environmental services department, and in particular Horticultural Officer Sue Wood, Harlow Hill Nursery Operations Manager Barrie Stringer and his team of nurserymen and gardeners. They have done a superb job and the results speak for themselves.
“I would also like to thank Couns Jones and McHardy and Rt W Bro Pratt for performing the honours at the final bedding out ceremony.”
He added: “It was just a pity that no suitable beds were available in Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge.”
Rt W Bro David S Pratt, who presented commemorative hand trowels to the mayors, said: “2017 is a very special year for Freemasonry in England and Wales, and in particular for our Province as we are also celebrating our 200th birthday.
“We very much welcome the support of Harrogate Borough Council, as without them Doug’s floral tercentenary and bicentenary tributes would never have seen the light of day.
“Thanks to the skills of the parks team, thousands of people walking in the three locations will be able to enjoy these stunning flower beds throughout the summer months.”
The Treasurer of The Spa Lodge, W Bro Peter Dodds, facilitated the manufacture and supply free of charge, of four powder coated stainless steel display cases from In Stainless Engineering Ltd together with graphic boards provided by Signs Express that detail the history of the United Grand Lodge of England and The Province. These cases will be left for the Council’s future use.
For further information, please visit the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s website.