MCF Tercentenary Community Awards – Vote Before 31st July!

MCF TERCENTENARY COMMUNITY AWARDS 2017
Three Hundred Charities, Three Million Pounds, Three Hundred Years of Freemasonry.

CAST YOUR VOTE

To celebrate the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has pledged to give £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which incorporates West, South, and parts of North and East, Yorkshire – being earmarked to receive £79,000.

Eight charities nominated by the Province will receive grants, the size of grant being decided by a public vote. To ensure the charity of your choice has the best possible chance of receiving a large grant it is up to you to rally round your Brethren, Family, Friends, Work Colleagues, and in fact anyone you can get to cast a vote.

To cast your vote, and to find out more about the MCF, please visit the voting website at www.mcf.org.uk/region/yorkshire-west-riding/ and register.

Those from the region that have been selected for a grant are:

• Leeds based Learning Partnerships
• Selby District Peter Pan Nursery
• Vision Support Harrogate District
• Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited
• Halifax based Skillshop Limited
• Motive8 Bradford Ltd
• Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Mexborough
• Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne.

The regional charity that receives the most votes will be awarded £25k, whilst two will receive £15k each, two £6k each and three £4k each.

More information about the nominated charities can be found at the voting website.


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RMBI Festival Banquet Photos Available for Purchase

Did you attend the RMBI Festival Banquet at the Royal Amouries in Leeds?

If so, you may have had a photo taken by the Official Photographer.

Have a look through the photos, and if you wish to purchase a copy, follow the instructions on the site.

To see them go to Steve Myers Photography and when prompted, enter the password “3.33RMBI”
(password is the characters between the quote marks)

Read the Full Celebration Article


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Eight Yorkshire Charities In Line For Share Of £3M, 300 Grants, Giveaway!

Eight Yorkshire charities are to be the financial winners when Freemasons nationally celebrate the fraternity’s 300th anniversary.

To celebrate the Tercentenary of the first Grand Lodge, the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has pledged to give £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which incorporates West, South, and parts of North and East, Yorkshire – being earmarked to receive £79,000.

And, for the first time in the MCF’s history, the size of the grant given to the shortlisted eight will be determined by a public vote, with the winners being announced in the summer.

Those from the region that have been selected for a grant are:

• Leeds based Learning Partnerships
• Selby District Peter Pan Nursery
• Vision Support Harrogate District
• Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited
• Halifax based Skillshop Limited
• Motive8 Bradford Ltd
• Aurora Wellbeing Centre in Mexborough
• Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne.

The regional charity that receives the most votes will be awarded £25k, whilst two will receive £15k each, two £6k each and three £4k each.

Rt W Bro David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Charitable giving has been at the very heart of Freemasonry since the formation of the first Grand Lodge of England 300 years ago.

“As one of the many ways in which we are marking this significant milestone, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is making £3m available to 300 charities.

“I’m delighted to say that eight charities from within our Province will benefit financially from this fantastic community awards initiative.

“Through these grants we hope we will achieve our core charitable aims of relieving sickness and poverty, advancing education and supporting the most disadvantaged within our communities.”

He added: “This year, our own Province is also marking its bicentenary, and we are increasing the annual amount we award to charities via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund from £200,000 to £300,000.

“Again, this will benefit a huge number of organisations doing wonderful work across our Province.”

To vote for a charity, and to find out more about the MCF, members of the public are asked to visit https://mcf.org.uk/region/yorkshire-west-riding/ and register.

The voting process opens today (Monday, June 12) and closes on Monday, July 31.


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YORKSHIRE, WEST RIDING 2017 RMBI FESTIVAL REALISES A MAGNIFICENT £3,300,300!


An explosion of sound and a cascade of glitter to the background of Purcell’s music and a montage featuring activities during the Festival culminated in the amazing total being dramatically revealed at an impressive banquet at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Some 600 brethren, their wives and partners, shared in the celebrations and delight as the outstanding result, kept under wraps until the night, was greeted with acclaim and great satisfaction by all present.

RW Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt was, for once, lost for words. The £3,300,300 raised was fitting recognition to mark the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England.

RW Bro. Pratt paid tribute to all the members of the Province and their families for their contributions and support throughout the Festival. He also reflected on the work of RW Bro. John Clayton, his predecessor, who had launched the Festival as its President in 2012, with a clear vision of how it should be managed through to a successful outcome.

VW Bro. Sir Paul Williams, Chairman of the RMBI Care Company, thanked the Province for the manner in which it had supported the Festival. He commented that Yorkshire, West Riding had not only done themselves proud but also done it in style, with passion, commitment and a lot of fun along the way.

Sir David Wootton, Assistant Grand Master, in proposing a toast to the Festival President thanked everyone in the Province for their tremendous support, which had resulted in such an outstanding achievement. He is proud to be a member of the Province.

RMBI Festival Total Announcement

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PGM and Mrs Rita Pratt-Gray together with the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Timothy Hare and Mrs Hare and Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Jane Dobson

Total Announced

Cheque presented by PGM to Sir Paul Williams, Chairman of RMBI Care Company


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Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Huddersfield’s Peter Sunderland, Chairman of Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), reiterates his grateful thanks to Yorkshire Freemasons for their “amazing and continuing support” for the charity.

It costs YAA £12,000 a day to keep their two helicopters operational. Peter commented on how valuable and appreciated the support of the Masonic Grand Charity (MCF), West Riding Masonic Charities Limited (WRMCL), and individual Lodge contributions over a sustained period of time is.

WRMCL director, Colin Dent, and APGM, John Gledhill, enjoyed a conducted tour of the support unit base at Nostell Priory. They gained an insight into the controls of the new £6m Airbus 145, and state-of-the-art medical kit from on-duty pilots, doctor and paramedics.

Director of fund-raising, Paul Gowland, confirms that a YAA representative will gladly attend Lodge meetings or social functions to explain the work of this rapid-response and life-saving charity. White Rose of York Lodge are to host such an event for members, family and friends at Tapton Masonic Hall on 7 July 2017.

Colin and John with YAA personnel and the helicopter at Nostell


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Provincial Charity Newsletter – June 2017

Provincial Charity Committee
Newsletter June 2017

See the latest Charity Newsletter at the link below:

Charity Newsletter June 17


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Support for Victims of the Manchester Bombing

On the morning of the 23rd May the nation woke to hear the tragic news of the terrorist attack on Manchester. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the people of Manchester after this senseless attack.

West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd has donated £10,000 to the Emergency Fund set up by the Province of East Lancashire, which in due course will be directed to the most appropriate cause for those affected.

The fund continues to grow via contributions from Freemasons across the land, and you can keep updated with developments on the Province of East Lancashire website.


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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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The London To Leeds Masonic Cycle

On July 2nd 2017, seven Masonic cyclists, from several lodges within West Yorkshire, are raising funds for West Riding Masonic Charities Limited and Breast Cancer Haven. The group are planning to cycle from Grand Lodge in London to Castle Grove Masonic Hall in Leeds, within 24 hours.

Nigel Ziff, the organiser and one of the cyclists said: “We have secured sponsorship from several local businesses, whose generous contributions have ensured all costs have been covered.

“We will be supported with a van, two support drivers and plenty of drinks, energy gels and chamois cream. We are planning to complete the 210 mile journey in around 14 hours, and hoping some additional cyclists will join us on the last 40 mile section from Doncaster. Details of the route will be posted on the L2L facebook page a few weeks before the ride.

“All funds raised will be divided between West Riding Masonic Charities Limited and Breast Cancer Haven. West Riding Masonic Charities Limited assists the wider community with grants for community projects, and supports Freemasons and their dependents when in need. Breast Cancer Haven offers free emotional support, help and practical advice to anyone affected by breast cancer from its network of centres.

“All donations will be gratefully received.”

Direct donations can be made as follows:
CHEQUES
Please make cheques payable to “L2L Charity” and send to Mr N.J.Ziff, 34 West Court, West Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2JP
BACS
Ref: [your name]
A/C name: L2L Charity
Account number: 33889325
Sort code: 56-00-54
PAYPAL
www.paypal.me/LondontoLeedsCharity

You can also use the sponsorship form, downloadable below, to help raise further donations. Completed sponsorship forms should be sent to the same address as listed above for cheque donations.

L2L Sponsorship Form

For further information and regular updates please visit the L2L Facebook page at www.facebook.com/London2LeedsCycle.

If you would like to join in the ride for the final leg from Doncaster to Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Leeds, please contact Nigel Ziff at L2LCharity@gmail.com

You can find out more about the two charities at the two following links:
West Riding Masonic Charities Limited
Breast Cancer Haven


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Provincial Grand Lodge – 2nd May 2017

For those of you who attended the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting in Harrogate on Tuesday, and of course for those of you who couldn’t make it, you can read the Provincial Grand Master’s address and the Masonic Charitable Foundation report to PGL at the links below:

Provincial Grand Masters Address to Provincial Grand Lodge, 2nd May 2017

Masonic Charitable Foundation Report to PGL May 2017


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