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:
Please make cheques payable to “L2L Charity” and send to Mr N.J.Ziff, 34 West Court, West Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds LS8 2JP
Ref: [your name]
A/C name: L2L Charity
Account number: 33889325
Sort code: 56-00-54
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.
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
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:
Six charities from across Yorkshire have received grants totalling £109,200 from Yorkshire Freemasons, at their annual Provincial Grand Lodge meeting held this week in Harrogate.
The event, which took place in the spa town’s Royal Hall and was followed by a dinner in the Majestic Hotel, was attended by more than 1,200 members from lodges across North, South, East and West Yorkshire.
To mark The United Grand Lodge of England’s (UGLE) tercentenary, and the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s bicentenary, the total being given to charities with the Province has been raised from £200,000 to £300,000.
Demand Design and Manufacture for Disability, a Holmfirth-based company has been given £10,000 to buy a CNC Mill and a 3D printer, which will aid the production of equipment for disabled schools, charities and individuals.
Mencap in Kirklees, which provides support and services to enable people with learning difficulties to lead a full life, received £26,000 to buy a 14-seater Peugeot Box Bus with a tail lift to replace an unreliable bus.
Harrogate District Hospital’s Byland Ward has been granted £25,000 to convert and fit out an existing room into a family support room, to provide comfort and enable relatives to be near loved ones as they approach the end of life.
Leeds-based Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre will now be purchasing a new sailing dinghy, two second hand dinghies, a road trailer and two electric showers with their grant of £12,000.
The Welcome Centre, Huddersfield, a charity offering front-line support to families and individuals in crisis in Kirklees, has received a grant of £11,000 to upgrade IT and telephone equipment and buy a commercial dishwasher.
Huddersfield-based Kirkwood Hospice is the recipient of a £25,200 grant to purchase six electric profiling beds to help nursing staff turn patients that have severely reduced mobility.
Provincial Grandmaster for the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, said: “It is with tremendous pleasure that we have been able to present these six wonderful charities and organisations with significant grants at our annual meeting.
“All recipients have been nominated by lodges wanting to aid their local communities, with all funds being raised by members themselves.
“We hope that these grants allow the continuation and the enhancement of the wonderful work being done these organisations.”
Rt W Bro Pratt added: “This is a significant year for Freemasons, nationally and regionally. Over the coming months celebrations will be held all over the Province to mark The United Grand Lodge of England’s tercentenary, and our own bicentenary.
“I’m delighted to say that Freemasonry is still very strong in this region, with more than 6,000 members and 200 lodges located in cities, towns and villages throughout the region.
“For the last two centuries we have been very proud of the part that we, as Freemasons, have played in the communities where we live and work, and we will continue do this for many years to come.”
A Message of thanks from a most appreciative Provincial Grand Master!
I am so very grateful to my predecessor the well-loved Right Worshipful Brother John K. Clayton for launching the 2017 RMBI Festival and for setting in place the necessary structures for success. I have no doubt that it will be a success, culminating in a magnificent celebration banquet next month at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. I am very confident that the final figure, whatever it may be as I asked not to be told until the night, will once again reflect credit on this generous Province. I am so very appreciative of the hard work and generosity of all my Brethren and also their families for such positive support. I will apply to the Most Worshipful, The Grand Master for permission to continue to wear the Festival jewel.
Provincial Grand Master & 2017 RMBI Festival President
Hospitals, community sports groups, schools and hospices throughout North, South and West Yorkshire are the latest good causes to benefit from the charitable efforts of Freemasons.
In total, 27 organisations will receive between them grants totalling £33,690 from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.
See the full article and list of recipients at the link below:
PGM Fund Minor Grants April 2017
The Area 3 Final Festival Fling ‘Come Dance the Night Away’ event held on Saturday 8th April at the Harrogate Masonic Hall raised a fantastic £710.20 in aid of the 2017 RMBI Festival. Over 100 brethren, family and friends attended the evening and thoroughly enjoyed being shown the intricacies of Salsa & Tango dancing as demonstrated and then instructed by Caroline, Gita and Richard. Similar demonstrations and instruction were given by U3A tutors Don & Janine Mason with up to 80 people on the dance floor at one time!
Bob Naylor of Horsford Lodge No 5339 together with fellow guitarist Malcolm form “Foot Tapper” who played 60’s and 70’s music, which for many turned the clock back too many years to remember. Bob was also kind enough to allow the other musicians the use of his sound equipment including the music for Amy Walker aged just 14 who gave an improvised/contemporary solo dance routine to a silent and mesmerized audience. Amy is the granddaughter of W Bro Bryan Walker, Almoner of The Spa Lodge No 7609 who was rightly moved to tears.
A mid interval hot snack of stuffed mini Yorkshire Puddings went down well as did a novel fund raising game that raised £275.00 (incl in total above). Towards the end of the evening Glitterball Awards were presented to three deserving couples, together with suitable acknowledgement being made to those who had given freely of their time in aid of what turned out to be a sell-out event.
Representatives from seven West Yorkshire charities have attended a presentation evening hosted by Mirfield Freemasons to receive financial donations of more than £13,000.
The good causes to benefit from the grants, given via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, received their amounts during a special event hosted by the members of Kirklees Lodge.
£2,000 was awarded to the Hollybush Conservation Volunteers, a Leeds-based organisation working with adults with mental health issues, for the fitting out of a “Roundhouse”. It was supported in its application by Kirklees Lodge.
Worth Valley Primary School, supported by Three Graces Lodge, was given £1,000 for the purchase of electronic tablets to improve pupils learning and computer experience.
A grant of £1,000 was awarded to the YMCA Leeds Netball to go towards the purchase of new equipment. They were supported by Lodge of Charity.
Spen Valley District Scouts, supported by Lodge of Friendship, received £1,000 towards the replacement of much needed safety equipment, whilst Thornhill Parish Church, supported by St John’s Lodge, received £2,000 towards the refurbishment of the Community Kitchen.
Additionally, grants of £3,290 were given to Manorlands Hospice, in Oxenhope, and Bradford’s Marie Curie Hospice, courtesy of United Grand Lodge of England.
Bro John Sharman, Deputy Chairman and Secretary of Area 1 Charity Committee, said: “This was a superb evening where we were delighted to present more than £13,000 to local good causes to help them with the fantastic work they do.
“Each year, the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding gives out £200,000 in grants to charities and organisations across West, South, East and North Yorkshire.
“And, as Freemasons nationally celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first United Grand Lodge, and the 200th anniversary of the formation of the first lodge in our province, we will be upping this figure to £300,000.
“All this money is raised locally by members and, more importantly, given out locally too. We are proud to support the local community and equally proud to be at the heart of local communities across our region.”
One of our most important principles is that of charitable giving. Freemasons make a major contribution to society through their own charities, as well as through donations to UK charities and worldwide disaster relief funds.
We do not undertake any external fundraising. All money donated comes from our own efforts.
Through the Masonic Charitable Foundation and its predecessor charities, Freemasons have given around £130 million to charities across England, Wales and overseas in recent years, in addition to supporting thousands of members and their families in need.
One Masonic initiative was Lifelites, a charity which provides technology packages for every baby and children’s hospice in the British Isles. Even though the charity is now well-established, the MCF still helps by providing office premises and administrative services.
For more information about Lifelites, from Dame Esther Rantzen who is a patron, feel free to view the video linked from the MCF Lifelites page: MCF – Lifelites
Leeds Freemasons have made a “smart” move in paying for new state-of-the-art televisions for a charity that provides hospice care for children and young people across West, North and East Yorkshire.
Members of Allerton Lodge, which meets in Castle Grove, Headingley, successfully applied to the Provincial Grandmaster’s Fund for a grant of £2,000 to help purchase nine smart TVs for all nine of the children’s bedrooms at Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Allerton Lodge charity steward Trevor Dickinson was accompanied on his visit to the hospice, which is located at Boston Spa, by lodge colleague Fraser Burchill, whose grandson was one of the first to be admitted to the “teenage unit” when it opened some years ago.
W Bro Dickinson said: “Martin House Hospice is a much loved organisation that supports seriously ill children, and their families.
“We were delighted our application to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund was successful, and we were equally delighted to go to the hospice and hand over the cheque.
“Each year, the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding gives out £200,000 in grants to charities and organisations across our province.
“This year, Freemasons nationally celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first United Grand Lodge, and, locally, the 200th anniversary of the formation of the first lodge in our province.
“In recognition of this double celebration, the Fund will be increased to £300,000, which means even more good causes will benefit from the fund-raising activities of our lodges.”
Sarah Smith, who is part of the fundraising team at Martin House, said “We were delighted to receive this generous donation and we have in fact already purchased the televisions for our children’s bedrooms. We are very grateful for the ongoing and generous Masonic support.
“The televisions were in great need of updating. With technology moving so quickly, we wanted to ensure that our children have access to all that the recent models have to offer, especially considering that the families often spend a lot of time in these rooms.”
This year Martin House is celebrating 30 years of care, during which it has offered a lifeline to more than 2,000 families, providing much-needed respite stays, care in their own homes, end of life care and support in bereavement.
With continued support, it can continue to work towards ensuring they are here for families over the next 30 years and beyond. It costs in excess of £6 million a year to run the hospice and it is completely free for the families who receive the care and support.
Lessons at a Kirklees school have just got more exciting, thanks to local Freemasons.
The Beaumont Lodge, which meets in Kirkburton, successfully applied to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund for a grant of £1,300 to help with the purchase of hi-tech teaching equipment for Kirkburton First School.
The school, which is more than 300 years old and has 139 pupils aged between four and ten, has recently been extended thanks to a successful £30,000 fund-raising drive, and the Freemasons’ money will be used to buy an electronic white board.
The latest round of grants from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund saw just short of £30,000 being given to 26 groups including churches, educational establishments, hospices and those supporting both the young and elderly.
Malcolm Hellawell, Worshipful Master of The Beaumont Lodge said: “This is a much-loved school at the very heart of the community, and we are delighted that our application for funding was successful.
“This year, we celebrate two significant milestones, the tercentenary of the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England, and here, in West Yorkshire, the 200th anniversary of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding.
“And, because of this joint double celebration, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund will be awarding grants totalling £300,000 instead of £200,000, so even more charities and good causes like Kirkburton First School will benefit.”
Kirkburton First School head teacher Trisha Brooke said: “I would like to say a big thank you to the members of The Beaumont Lodge for nominating us for this grant.
“We are very lucky to have this wonderful new extension, and the money from the Freemasons will be used to help us buy computer equipment, which will greatly assist our teachers, and pupils, in their lessons.”
Further information about the Freemasons’ Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, found at http://wrprovince.net/