Please refer to the “Masonic Diary Dates” section on the front page for the latest September and October updates.
Having moved their meeting place to the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Leeds, The Leeds Lodge No. 9867 is delighted to have had a plaque installed on permanent display at the Hotel premises.
There will be an “Official Unveiling” of the plaque by the PGM at a ceremony in the near future.
A North Yorkshire charity’s call to help continue the upgrade of its facilities has been answered by local Freemasons.
Harrogate Hospital Radio approached members of Harrogate and Claro Lodge asking if they could help meet the cost of new shelving units to house its extensive CD collection.
The lodge successfully applied to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, and, during a visit to the radio station – which is located within Harrogate District Hospital – presented a cheque for £500 to pay for the furniture and its installation.
“This latest donation, to replace the old shelving with new, purpose made floor to ceiling units, will take us another step closer to the total modernisation of our studios.
“Thanks to Freemasons, and the generosity of other organisations and individuals, we have a fantastic facility that can match that of any commercial radio station in the Yorkshire region.”
John Birkenshaw, Harrogate and Claro Lodge charity steward, said: “Charity, and charitable giving, has been at the heart of Freemasonry since its foundation, and we are again delighted to be able support Harrogate Hospital Radio.
“This was my first visit to the hospital radio studios, and I was incredibly impressed by what I saw. This is a superb facility and I’m delighted that our application for a grant from the PGM’s fund was successful.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about Harrogate Hospital Radio, and the work it does, should contact the station on 01423 553342.
Area5 PCAs present the annual MCF Certificates confirming their annual payment to the local Hospices in our area.
PCA John Bailey presents a certificate confirming the payment of £5,580 to St Gemma’s Leeds.
PCA Denis Morrissey-Newton presents The Prince of Wales Hospice with their certificate for £2,361.
Area5 Charity Committee Chairman David Gray presents The Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice with their cheque and certificate for £3,576.
Staff at all the hospices expressed their thanks and appreciation to the MCF and the Freemasons of Yorkshire.
Freemasons will be looking to “reel in” new members when a lodge for country pursuits lovers is launched.
The dedication of St Hubertus Lodge on November 3 will see field sports followers joining the ranks of football and rugby fans, who already have their own the dedicated lodges.
The United Grand Lodge of England – which next year celebrates its 300th anniversary – has sanctioned the formation of St Hubertus Lodge (No 9934), and its first meeting is being held in Castle Grove Masonic Hall, in Headingly, Leeds.
Named after the patron saint of hunters, the event will see Freemasons from all over the country traveling to West Yorkshire to attend the consecration ceremony.
Unlike the majority of lodges throughout the country which meet in one building – or lodge room – and usually in the morning, this lodge will move around the country and hold its ceremonies in the afternoon, giving the members chance to travel to and from the meeting.
St Hubertus Lodge is the brain child of Craig Kidd, pictured above and a paramedic from Kellington, who is a qualified deer manager and stalker. He is also a life member of the British Deer Society and its medical training manager
W.Bro Kidd, who is a Freemason of 19 years, said: “St Hubertus is a lodge for those who love all types of country pursuits, be it shooting, fishing, horse riding, rambling, deer stalking or bird watching.
“The idea for St Hubertus Lodge came whilst I was on a clay pigeon shoot organized by own lodge, De Lacy Lodge. I thought what a great way of getting like-minded people together.
“I spoke to a few other Freemasons with common interests, and, three years later, the result is St Hubertus Lodge.
“We already have 59 founders and seven joining members from all over the country, and it will be my honour and privilege to be its first Master.”
He added: “Yorkshire is home to a large number of game and country fairs, and Harrogate is home to one of the largest in the country, the Great Yorkshire Show.
“It’s our aim to have representatives at a good number, where we will already have a common connection, and talk to them about Freemasonry, its ethos, aims and its charitable work.”
Rt W Bro David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – who will be leading November’s consecration ceremony – said: “Freemasonry is as relevant today as it was when the first united grand lodge was formed 300 years ago, and the creation of St Hubertus Lodge is living proof.
“The fraternity attracts likeminded men and St Hubertus Lodge is for those who enjoy a wide range of country pursuits.
“A few years ago Rugby Football Lodge was formed here in our Province, in Huddersfield, and just recently Football Lodge was consecrated in Hampshire. All these are proving to be very popular, and I am confident St Hubertus Lodge will prove just as successful.”
Brethren – the new Masonic ‘season’ is now upon us and as you would expect we have a sparkling lecture for your attention on Thursday 22nd Sept
If you have ever wondered about the history and symbolism of the Installation Ceremony, or indeed heard about the ‘Extended Workings’ this will be the opportunity to learn more.
For obvious reasons, it will not be appropriate for Master Masons to attend – I am afraid that I do not have the information that would allow me to exlude you from this mailing.
Please encourage others in your Lodges who have been installed to attend with you, this is a rare opportunity to hear John Acaster explore his subject.
Booking details are on the Flyer, please advise any special dietary requirements
As usual, if you feel that you do not want to be kept informed of our programme, let me know and I will remove your name from the list
I look forward to seeing you on the 22nd
Dermatology and rheumatology patients in West Yorkshire will be helped in their treatment thanks to a £1,000 donation from local Freemasons.
The money, which was presented to staff at Chapel Allerton Hospital, in Leeds, by members of Liberty Lodge, is being used to purchase specialist equipment vital in speeding up the healing process.
Due to experiencing very significant skin and joint problems – such as severe eczema and psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis – some patients may be in hospital for up to three or four weeks.
A new treatment called “biologics” has been developed and is administered by intravenous infusion, which takes about eight hours. However, this process requires a “Dynamap”, which measures patient’s blood pressure, pulse, temperature, blood and oxygen.
Lodge members successfully applied to West Riding Masonic Charities for help in financing this vital piece of equipment.
Dermatology Professor Bill Cunliffe – who approached the lodge for financial assistance – said: “As a result of the generosity of the West Riding Masonic Charities, the Ward is now in the process of purchasing this equipment.”
David Birkett from Liberty Lodge, which meets at Allerton Masonic Hall, Alwoodley, said: “We are delighted that our application to West Riding Masonic Charities for a £1,000 grant has been successful.
“It will ultimately benefit many people suffering from skin and joint ailments, in and around the Leeds area, and again shows that Freemasonry is very much at the heart of the local community.”
Freemasons David Birkett (right) and Alan Gilder with Sister Vicki Asquith,
at Chapel Allerton Hospital
Please read the attached very exciting invitation from the Provincial Grand Master to the Quarterly Meeting of Grand Lodge on Wednesday 9th December 2015.
This is an opportunity not to be missed!!
This is the first of its kind within the Province and is an event not to be missed
Whilst the event is being run within Area 5 this is open to the whole of the Province – this is going to be a great night
We have the cooperation and full support of the Festival Organising Committee, we also have the support and attendance of the PGM, Grand Superintendent and the Chief executive of the RMBI. All of whom have confirmed their attendance and have already booked tickets.
Please open the attached for full details
PLEASE COME AND ENJOY AND MAKE SURE THE DATE OF SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER 2015 IS IN YOUR DIARY