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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.

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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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It’s all over bar the shouting!

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

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Final Festival Fling ‘Come Dance the Night Away’ – A Great Success!

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.

Country dance winners with U3A instructor/demonstrator Don Mason on right

60’s/70’s dance winners with Malcolm on left & Bob on right who form Foot Tapper – Bob Naylor from Horsford Lodge No 5339

Latin dance winners with Instructor /demonstrator Caroline Hanson in centre

Mike Holmes Area 3 Charity Committee Chairman addressing the audience with Foot Tapper awaiting intro

Left – eventual winners of Latin dance, centre – W Bro John Shore The Spa Lodge No 7609 with wife Pat in serious concentration, right – Richard & Caroline giving instruction, W Bro Barry Smith Doric Lodge N0 2695 with wife Linda in background

Don Mason U3A instructor announcing winner of Latin dance, Doug Mills behind, Bob Caroline, Richard & Malcolm

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Provincial Charity / RMBI Festival Newsletter – March 2017

Provincial Charity Committee
Festival Organising Committee
Newsletter March 2017

See the latest Charity Newsletter at the link below:

Charity Festival Newsletter March 17v2web

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Victoria Lodge Supports Bradford Disability Football Club

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master was at Victoria Lodge No. 2669 on Monday 16 January to present them with a 2017 RMBI Festival Grand Patron certificate, when he also received a cheque for a further £2,669 towards the festival total.

After the meeting, members of the Bradford Disability Football Club were admitted to the temple to receive a cheque for £365, raised by holding a raffle at the December festive board.

Victoria Lodge Supports Bradford Disability Football Club

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Supporting Notes

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RMBI Festival  Committee chairman John Boyington CBE and Area Two apgm John Gledhill were guests at The Haven breast cancer support centre at The Gateway, Leeds.

The cancer charity and our 2017 RMBI Festival are beneficiaries from a Tow Path Trek in the Colne Valley earlier this year when 70 Freemasons, family and friends including seven dogs, raised £2510 in sponsorship.

Colne Valley Lodge member Raymond Lodge and his wife, Janice, organised the  walk, totalling five miles, along the canal towpath from Slaithwaite to Marsden, and back, along with Area Two charity chairman Alan Elstone and his wife, Pam.

At The Haven this week Assistant Provincial Grand Master designate John Boyington and Raymond handed over a cheque for £1255 and John Gledhill, who took part in the walk, presented a similar cheque to the festival chairman.

The Haven provides a wide range of therapies, emotional support and counselling for those affected by breast cancer and John Boyington said it was a privilege to see such inspirational services and he hoped that Freemasons could continue their support.

John Gledhill said he was delighted to be shown and appreciate the wonderful facilities at The Haven and he was pleased that one of Province’s many fund-raising activities had helped such a worthy cause supporting the community.

*A similar canal walk last year raised just over £2000 which was split between the Festival and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Picture: John Boyington, Deborah Horsman, Haven manager, John Gledhill, Raymond and Janice Lodge.



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Three Graces walk 24½ miles for charity

Members of Haworth’s Three Graces No.408 are patrons of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s charity Festival and keen followers of its progress. And they went out to the limit on Saturday, July 16 to prove their support for the cause.

They, together with their families, staged a sponsored walk round the twenty-four-and-half mile edge of West Yorkshire’s Worth Valley.

The intrepid band pitted themselves against the rugged South Pennine moorland terrain that surrounds Keighley, Haworth, Oakworth, Stanbury and Oxenhope all of which had been well soaked by a plentiful rainfall the previous week.

To enable as many brethren as possible to take part, the walk was broken up into eight separate three to five-mile sections and operated on a relay basis with several walker undertaking a section each before handing over to a fresh set of legs at a pre-designated point.

Members of all ages with their wives, partners and friends (and one dog) undertook the challenge which was organised by Three Graces’ Worshipful Master Worshipful Brother Geoff Smith and Grand Lodge Officer Worshipful Brother Neil Davies.

Geoff put in a mighty effort. Not only did he complete most of the course but together with Neil Davies he acted as an official ‘guide’ and circumnavigated the route the previous week on a reconnaissance mission.

W Bro Smith said: “It was a wonderful effort by all the brethren with their families and friends.

“But we have to note the special contributions of Bro Gareth Harrison and Neil Davies’s 10-year-old grandson Jacob Davies. Together they ran rather than walked one leg of just more than six miles and then did a second leg of three miles just because they wanted to!”

The walk was centred upon Three Graces’ Mill Hey Lodge building where the walkers were offered tea, coffee and biscuits by the ‘base camp’ team of Worshipful Brother John Sharman and his wife Kath.

Added Geoff: “John ferried the walkers to and from the start and finish points while Kath was on hand with all the refreshments. They put in a 15-hour day as the support team and we really appreciated their generosity of time and good will.”

And to round off a very special day for the Lodge of the Three Graces off the walkers and their families enjoyed a superb pie and pea supper evening in the lodge where Immediate Past Master John Huxley’s partner Averil scooped Neil Davies’s ‘Play your cards right’ prize of £20 at the first attempt!
Geoff said: “To make it all worthwhile we raised £400 on the day and I’d like to thank all the walkers who took part; the people that provided the valuable support and our family and friends for joining in the fun. It was Masonry at its best!”







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