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Goose & Gridiron, Settle, 21st June 2017

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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Goose & Gridiron, The Talbot Arms, Settle – 21st Just 2017


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Flower Power Helps Harrogate And Ripon Freemasons Celebrate 300th & 200th Anniversaries

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.

Spade Work! The Mayor of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones and the Provincial Grand Master of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, are watched by Harrogate Freemasons council employees as the pair perform the “honours”

Flower Power! Pictured at the unveiling of the masonic flowerbed on Harrogate’s Montpellier Hill are (from left) Harrogate Borough Council Leader Coun Richard Cooper, Mayor of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones, Provincial Grand Master of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, and The Spa Lodge Charity Steward Doug Mills

The masonic and civic parties at the unveiling of the Ripon flower bed in the city’s Spa Gardens


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Tercentenary Summer Ball, Harrogate, 24th June 2017 – Last few tickets left!

Last few tickets remaining for the:

TERCENTENARY SUMMER BALL

To be held at
THE CROWN HOTEL, HARROGATE, HG1 2RZ
on
24th JUNE 2017
7.00PM FOR 7.30PM

NON-MASONS ESPECIALLY WELCOME!

See the flyer for details and to book your tickets:
20170624HarrogateTercentenarySummerBall


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Fish & Chips & Real Ale Steam Train Charter – Last Few Seats Left!

‘THE WEST RIDING’ Private Fish & Chips & Real Ale Steam Train Charter

Saturday 29th July 2017

Only £20 per person including Supper

Last few tickets remaining – see the flyer to book yours!

Tercentenary Steam Train Final Flyer


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Ilkley Freemason Raises Money For Local Cancer Charity

An Ilkley Freemason is to embark on a “two men one boat” marathon canoe challenge as part of efforts to raise £5,000 for a local cancer charity.

Andrew Wellock, a member of Ilkley’s Olicana Lodge, will be undertaking the water-borne test in July when he and his friend, Andy Lambert, aim to paddle 160 miles across England.

The pair, who are raising money for Cancer Support Yorkshire, will begin their journey in Liverpool on Sunday, July 9 and, all being well, hope to complete it in Goole a week later.

Andrew and a group of friends have already raised £850 for the charity, by taking part in a New Year’s Day plunge into freezing moorland waters, at the White Wells Old Bath House.

W Bro Wellock – son of former Provincial Grand Secretary W Bro Roy Wellock – and a cancer survivor himself, said: “Like all charities, Cancer Support Yorkshire relies on donations, and in their case it’s to help them support cancer sufferers and their families.

“Having lived through cancer, I can speak at first-hand about the wonderful work this particular organisation does, and how grateful I am for everything they did for me and my family.”

Andrew and Andy have set up a JustGiving page for their ‘two men one boat’ challenge, as well as a launching a blog and Facebook page to document their progress.

The JustGiving page is found at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Andrew-Lambert9,

The Facebook page is found at https://www.facebook.com/2men1boat/.
For more information, please visit http://2men1boat.blogspot.co.uk

Canoe Challenge! Andrew Wellock (front) and Andy Lambert practising for their “two men one boat” charity fundraiser


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Goose & Gridiron – Harrogate 23rd May 2017

All Brethren and any interested non-Masons are invited to:

The Old Bell, Royal Parade, Harrogate on Tuesday 23rd May 2017 from 7.30pm 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…

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Goose & Gridiron – Harrogate, 23rd May 2017


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Freemasons Plant 300 Oaks On Otley Chevin To Mark Brotherhood’s 300th Anniversary

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/

mendous Effort!

Tree-mendous Effort! Stuart Grantham, the Deputy Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding (left) and W Bro Steve Hill from Chevin Lodge plant the 300th oak sapling on Otley Chevin


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Father Initiates Son at Royal Forest Lodge 401

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.

Worshipful Master Bro Raymond Middleton welcomes his son Francis into the Lodge

The Worshipful Master, Bro Francis and Senior Warden, Bro Eric Bannister, the newly made Brother’s uncle


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Goose & Gridiron, Carleton-In-Craven, 25th April!

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!

Click the poster to see it full size, or this link for a pdf version

Keighley & Craven District Goose & Gridiron Meeting in Carleton-In-Craven on Tuesday 25th April 2017


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