Hospice Funding in Area 5

On behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation W Bro. John Bailey presented Sophie Bramley of St Gemma’s Hospice with a Certificate confirming they had received £4,080 and W Bro. David Gray presented Michelle Darbyshire with Wheatfields Hospice’ certificate confirming they had received £2,620. These are just two of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.

W Bro. John Bailey and Sophie Bramley of St Gemma’s Hospice

W Bro. David Gray and Michelle Darbyshire of Wheatfields Hospice

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Hospice Funding in Haworth and Bradford

On TUESDAY, 5th December, 2017, W. Bro. Alan Griffin (Chairman of Area 1 Provincial Charity Committee), accompanied by his Deputy Chairman, W. Bro. John Sharman attended at the Sue Ryder (Manorlands) Hospice at Haworth and also the Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford, where they presented cheques of £2,440.00 each as part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation Hospice Grants for 2017.

Presentation at Manorlands with Harriet WOOD receiving the cheque on behalf of the Hospice.

Presentation at Bradford Marie Curie Hospice with Amanda WARRANT receiving the cheque on behalf of the Hospice.

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Funding Boost for Three Huddersfield Area Hospices

THREE Huddersfield area hospices have received a funding boost from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Representatives from Dalton’s Kirkwood Hospice, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Elland’s Overgate Hospice, met at Kirkwood to receive grants totalling over £5,000.

Gerald Dickinson and John Gledhill, representing the Province, were pleased to present cheques on behalf of our national charity.

Kirkwood received £2,240, Overgate £1,580 and Forget Me Not £1541, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides. The three hospices must raise a combined total approaching £15m annually to maintain services and support for families.

Wasim Hussain, speaking for the three recipients, said:
“State funding provides only a small percentage of the money we need to maintain what is a vital service in the community. In this our 30th year at Kirkwood, we need to generate £7m annually. This is why every penny counts for each of us in donations large or small.”

Lynn Berry was particularly appreciative of the cheque for Overgate and explained that she had become a volunteer helper in recognition of the care her late husband, David, a Freemason, had received at the Elland hospice.

The Freemasons’ Charitable Foundation has provided a £600,000-plus hand-out for hospices this year throughout England and Wales and achieved a £12m milestone since its support began in 1984. This is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities and earlier this year in Area Two Kirkwood received £25,000 for the purchase and installation of six profiling beds and Kirklees Mencap at Lindley took delivery of a new16-seater mini bus with the help of a £26,000 Masons’ grant.

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Send your Christmas cards using official Tercentenary stamps!!

In our Tercentenary year, all your Christmas post can be sent using the official Tercentenary stamps, benefiting the Masonic Charitable Foundation and your Lodge. Every envelope will be marked with a special Masonic postmark.

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MCF Community Awards – Over 3000 Votes A Day!

The Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards this year not only resulted in many good causes across the nation receiving financial contributions towards the incredible work they do, but also raised significant awareness of the efforts made by Freemasons in raising those funds, as demonstrated by the “infographic” below:

MCF Community Awards in Numbers

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Read about the Charities that received awards in The Province of Yorksire West Riding here.

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Ripon Cathedral To Host Masonic Ceremony Last Held In Province Of Yorkshire West Riding More Than A Century Ago

An historic Masonic ceremony last performed in the “West Riding” more than a century ago will be revived this Sunday (September 24) in one of Yorkshire’s oldest churches.

The laying of a commemorative flagstone within Ripon Cathedral – to mark the Tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England and financial support given by Freemasons towards the building’s ongoing restoration work – will form an integral part of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s annual Service of Thanksgiving.

More than 500 Freemasons and their partners will be joined on the day by the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, the Lord Lieutenants of North, South and West Yorkshire, together with Civic Dignitaries from throughout the Province.

The flagstone – which will be laid in the North Transept by the Provincial Grand Master, assisted by his Deputy and the Provincial Wardens, in accordance with ancient Masonic ceremony – has been engraved with the legend “The Province of Yorkshire West Riding and the Masonic Charitable Foundation supported restoration work in the Cathedral to mark 300 years of Freemasonry 1717-2017”.

The carving and engraving has been carried out by Colin Rickard and Wayne Denny, in the stonemasons’ yard adjacent to the cathedral.

The pair have spent the last year repairing and replacing worn out and damaged flagstones within the cathedral paid for by two grants totalling £12,500 – £7,500 from West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, and a second, of £5,000, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Carved in Stone! Stonemason Colin Rickard works on the ceremonial stone which is being laid in Ripon Cathedral’s North Transept.

Rt W Bro David S Pratt, The Provincial Grandmaster of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “This will be a significant event in the history of the Province, as it is the first time in 127 years that such a ceremony has taken place.

“On that occasion, the Provincial Grand Master laid the foundation stone of the North Aisle of Mexborough Church on 24 July 1890.

“What was once a common practice during the construction of many buildings is now rarely performed. It is wonderful that Ripon Cathedral is affording us the honour of conducting what will be a once-in-a-life-time ceremony.”

“We are also delighted that Sir David Wootton and dignitaries from across our Province will be joining us on the day for this multi-faith service.”

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Eight Yorkshire Charities Financial Winners Of Masonic Community Awards Public Vote

Yorkshire charities are thousands of pounds better off today (Tuesday, September 6) thanks to the Freemasons and a public vote!

As part of the fraternity’s tercentenary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation pledged £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s slice being £79,000.

Here, the public had eight charities to choose from. The one receiving the most votes would be awarded £25,000, whilst two would receive £15,000 each, two £6,000 each and three £4,000 each.

The total number of votes cast in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which incorporates West, South and parts of East and North Yorkshire – was 5,947, and the organisation that topped the provincial poll was Aurora Wellbeing Centre, in Mexborough, which will receive £25,000.

Two Harrogate charities, Vision Support Harrogate District and Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited, both receive £15,000.

Motive8 Bradford Ltd and Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne both get £6,000, whilst Leeds based Learning Partnerships, Selby District Peter Pan Nursery and Halifax based Skillshop Limited each receive £4,000.

Rt W Bro David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “I’m delighted that all of these eight charities within our area are benefitting from these community awards.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for one of these superb organisations, and the great news is there are no losers, only winners.

“In addition to this year being the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Grand Lodge in England, our Province is also celebrating its bicentenary.

“To mark this double milestone we have increased 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.”

Learning Partnerships
Learning Partnerships is a Leeds based charity with 25 years experience of working in the inner city to provide opportunities and support for children, young people and adults to access education, employment, training and volunteering. Learning Partnerships offer a range of programmes and opportunities from volunteering and work placement schemes to diverse training and educational courses.

Selby District Peter Pan Nursery
Peter Pan Nursery is a pre-school nursery for children and families in North and West Yorkshire with additional needs. Places are available for children with additional needs, disabilities, illness, learning difficulties, behavioural issues etc. We also support children whose families are experiencing difficulties or are in need of respite and support.

Vision Support Harrogate District
We seek to enable visually impaired people to live independently and provide opportunities to meet and interact with other visually impaired people. We offer Information Technology training; provide advice on the help that is available; information on what being visually impaired means; opportunities to socialise, develop, or re-awaken craft skills.

Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited
To assist people with learning and/or physical disabilities through educational and vocational training to encourage and enable them to find gainful employment.
Skillshop Limited
The aim of Skillshop is to provide specialised training for adults with learning disabilities in a caring environment. The objectives are to improve people’s self-esteem, confidence and personal development and break down social isolation. Based in Halifax.
Motive8 Bradford Ltd
Motive8 offers a tailor-made provision for young people that are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Learners are able to identify their own goals and will be helped to realise their potential through personalised learning plans.

Aurora Wellbeing Centres
Aurora Wellbeing Centres support local people and their families living with cancer. Anyone with a diagnosis receives a free package of support, wellbeing programmes and holistic & beauty treatments to help raise their self-esteem and confidence.? For centre based in Mexborough.

Autism Plus
A charity that supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions across Yorkshire and Humber. Based in Sheffield and Thorne.

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Brain tumour research, tackling social isolation and much more from the MCF


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MCF Tercentenary Community Awards – LAST CHANCE TO VOTE TODAY! (31st July)

Three Hundred Charities, Three Million Pounds, Three Hundred Years of Freemasonry.


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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Special Olympics Initiative Gets Disabled Leeds Children Active, Thanks To £60,000 Masonic Donation

Disabled children from across Leeds attended a special sporting event in the city on today, (Wednesday) thanks to funding from the Freemasons.

The grant of £60,000 has helped to expand a Special Olympics initiative, which gives people across the Yorkshire region with profound learning difficulties the chance to participate in sporting activities.

There was special emphasis on expanding the Special Olympics Motor Training Programme (MATP), funding additional resources and training so it could reach several thousand people rather than just a few hundred.

The grant from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding came through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which was funded by Freemasons and their families from across England and Wales.

The 12-week courses are directed at adults and children who were unable to participate in regular Special Olympics sessions as their disabilities are so complex.

And, today, the final MATP Leeds challenge event of the year saw the athletes demonstrating the motor skills they had learned over the last three months.

Angela Lydon, Special Olympics MATP programme co-leader at Farnley Academy Partnership, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the Freemasons for the wonderful donation, which has helped to expand our Motor Training Programme.”

David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “This has been a momentous year for Freemasons nationally as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first grand lodge of England, and, in West Yorkshire, we mark our bicentenary.

“We were delighted to be able to help the Special Olympics with this excellent programme. The Special Olympics is special in more ways than one and we are proud to be associated with the outstanding organisation.

“The event at Farnley Academy Partnership was a great opportunity to showcase the Motor Training Programme and the benefits it has brought to disabled children and adults alike.”

Special Olympian! Special Olympics Athlete Oliver Court, from Churwell, Leeds, is pictured with his mother, Rachel, and Anthony Llewellyn, The Assistant Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding.

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