The Provincial Grand Master’s Message – September 2017

An excellent service at Ripon Cathedral featuring the laying of a foundation stone ceremony, and an extremely bright future for Freemasonry!

Keep celebrating Tercentenary and Bicentenary style… we don’t need an excuse to enjoy ourselves!

Read our PGM’s September message at the link below:

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What is the laying of a foundation stone? What is Freemasonry about? Our PGM shares his view on camera:
[Published by the Harrogate Informer]


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The Provincial Grand Master’s Message – August 2017

New Provincial Grand Secretary announced and a busy month planning for the future…

Read our PGM’s August message at the link below:

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The Provincial Grand Master’s Message – July 2017

July a quiet Masonic month? Absolutely not!!

Read our PGM’s July message at the link below:

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The Provincial Grand Master’s Message – June 2017

RMBI Festival, Tercentenary, and more…

Read our PGM’s June message at the link below:

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An additional note from the PGM – Applications for grants awarded from the PGM’s Tercentenary Fund need to be in by 9th September 2017

Click here to read the note


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PGM’s Tercentenary Fund – Get Your Applications In Soon

To celebrate the tercentenary of UGLE we made available £300,000 for grants to be awarded from the PGM’s Fund. I am delighted to report that so far this year we have awarded 79 grants totalling £199,370. These grants have made a big difference. This special arrangement for the year comes to an end with the grants being awarded in September. Please submit any applications for worthy causes in good time to take advantage of the enhanced amount.
No absolute guarantees regarding support can be given, however we will always do our very best to respond positively to a qualifying request.

The deadline for submissions to be considered for awards in September is 9th Sepetember 2017.

Fraternal Greetings to All,

Right Worshipful Brother David S. Pratt – Provincial Grand Master

Guidance for applications to the fund:

The PGM’s fund is administered by West Riding Masonic Charities Limited (WRMCL) under the personal supervision of its President, the Provincial Grand Master. The Fund was established in 1987 to enable Craft Lodges and Royal Arch Chapters to nominate Non Masonic Charitable Organisations in the Province to receive grants for the benefit of the wider community.

The notes are intended to give general advice on how to submit such an application to the Fund.
PGM’S FUND – NOTES FOR GUIDANCE AND APPLICATION FORM 2017
PGM’S FUND – NOTES FOR GUIDANCE AND APPLICATION FORM 2017 in PDF Format


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The Provincial Grand Master’s Message – May 2017

Povincial Grand Lodge early in May and The PGM’s Fund…

Read our PGM’s May message at the link below:

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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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Freemasons Grant More Than £100,000 To Six Yorkshire Charities

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.

Grand Effort! The Provincial Grandmaster for the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, with representatives of the charities to benefit from major grants.

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.”

To receive the award on behalf of DEMAND are Ben Armitage and Daniel Tyas

To receive the award on behalf of Kirkwood Hospice are Sarah Shaw and Wassim Hussain

To receive the award are on behalf of Mencap in Kirklees are Samantha Jones and Helen Clay

To receive the award on behalf of Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre are Emma and Robert Young

To receive the award on behalf of Byland Ward are Tammy Gotts, Adele Dungey and Tracy Campbell

To receive the award on behalf of The Welcome Centre are Andrew Tomlinson and Ellie Pearson

Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting Procession


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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.

David
Provincial Grand Master & 2017 RMBI Festival President


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The Provincial Grand Master’s Message – April 2017

So What has the Provincial Grand Master Been Doing in April?

He’s been very busy by the looks of it!

Read our PGM’s April message at the link below:

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