Assistant Grand Master becomes patron of children’s hospice charity Lifelites

Assistant Grand Master, and former Lord Mayor of London, Sir David Wootton is to become a patron of Lifelites, the charity which donates and maintains inclusive technology for terminally ill and disabled children in hospices.

Sir David was introduced to Lifelites through his role as Assistant Grand Master, and since learning more about the charity’s work, he has decided to lend his name to help the organisation and the children it supports.

Lifelites – originally a Freemasons’ millennium project but now a registered charity in its own right, donates and maintains specialist packages of assistive and inclusive technology for the 10,000 terminally ill and disabled children at every children’s hospice across the British Isles.

The technology the charity provides helps these children to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as it is possible. It gives them the opportunity to escape the confines of their disabilities and do the things which we take for granted, but which they never thought possible: paint a picture, make music, or play a game with their brothers and sisters.

Sir David said: “I am delighted to be in two organisations that are big supporters of Lifelites and am therefore doubly keen to support them. I recently visited their office and was shown what the dedicated team do there by Simone, the terrific Chief Executive. They have a musical instrument you can play just by passing your hand through a beam of light, a screen you can paint on in different colours electronically just with a move of the eye, and the amazing Magic Carpet. All products of great imagination which transform these children’s lives and give them the chance to do what we all take for granted. Such wonderful work.”

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: “We are bowled over that Sir David has agreed to become a patron and support the work of Lifelites. We have no doubt that his status in the City Community will be perfect to assist us in raising the profile of Lifelites among this important audience.”

To find out more about the charity, please visit the website at If you’d like to get in touch you can call 0207 440 4200 or email

Information about Lifelites:

Lifelites empowers 10,000 children and young people in hospices with life-limiting, life-threatening illnesses and disabling conditions by providing them with opportunities to benefit from the power of assistive and inclusive technologies to play, to be creative, to communicate and to take control. There is a Lifelites project in every baby and children’s hospice across the British Isles. The hospices do not pay a penny towards their Lifelites project and all of Lifelites’ work is funded by donations: the equipment, ongoing technical support and training at each hospice costs around £50,000 over four years.
Charity Number: 1165791

Our Province has been key to Lifelites:

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IT’s magic! Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice is the first among the 50 children’s hospices throughout Britain to receive an exciting new package of specialist technology – and a portable mini Magic Carpet!

National charity Lifelites provided the original educational and entertainment technology package when Forget Me Not opened its doors to sick children with life limiting illnesses four years ago.

Chief executive Simone Enefer-Doy came up from London to unveil the latest state-of-the-art technology which will enable young people to play, to be creative, control something for themselves and communicate – for as long as it is possible.

The package includes a number of magical items such as: Touchscreen PCs, Eyegaze and music packages, assistive mice, and games, the Makey Makey, Cameras and Printer, Head Mouse, the Lifelites Specialist iPads and the new portable Magic Carpet.

The Carpet helps children escape the confines of their illness by projecting interactive games and images onto the floor so that those with little or no mobility can play simply by moving on or over the picture.

It brings the outside world to them by giving them the chance to splash in the sea, fly a plane or play football with their brothers and sisters, irrespective of their disabilities. The best thing about this magical piece of equipment is that it is portable which means the hospice community team can take the Magic Carpet to the children to use in their own homes.

WRMCL funded the original package at Forget Me Not with a £20,000 donation and provided £10,000 towards an equipment upgrade in 2015.

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Freemasons Join The Yorkshire Day Celebration Mayors Parade!

The Provincial Grand Master, David S. Pratt, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stuart C. Grantham, and an Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Roger D. Newhouse, along with the DPGM and an APGM from the Province of Yorkshire, North and East Ridings, were honoured to be asked to take part in the Yorkshire Day Celebrations in Sheffield yesterday.

They, wearing their Chains of Office and Tercentenary Jewels, joined the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and civic dignitaries from across England’s largest county in a parade through the city centre to Sheffield Cathedral.

The Yorkshire Day Celebrations on August 1st next year will be held in Ripon where it is hoped the Province will be invited to take part again.

Click here to see a short video of the parade.

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TLC Donation in memory of W Bro Ken Walter

On Monday 17th July the RW Provincial Grand Master accompanied by VW Bro Stuart Grantham Deputy PGM, W Bro Roger Newhouse Assistant PGM and over 40 of his Acting Officers made a visit to Victoria Lodge No 2669 at the Midland Hotel, Bradford.

During the meeting a cheque for the sum of £1,000 was presented to the PGM in favour of the Teddies for Loving Care appeal. This was a bequest from the Lodge’s senior Past Master who passed away in May this year.

The PGM was surprised to receive the cheque and spoke enthusiastically about the TLC scheme to the Brethren present, passing on his grateful thanks to the family of W Bro Walter. After the meeting the Brethren dined in the magnificent Princes Ballroom at the hotel.

(from L to R) W Bro John Watson (Charity Steward), W Bro Roger Newhouse (APGM), W Bro John Eaton (stand-in Master for the visit), VW Bro Stuart Grantham (DPGM) & RW Bro David Pratt (PGM) with the cheque for £1,000 to TLC

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Prestonian Lecture 2017, “The Grand Design”

The Prestonian Lecture is the only lecture given under the authority of the United Grand Lodge of England. William Preston (1742-1818), the foremost Masonic educator of his time, left a legacy to provide for an Annual Lectureship.

The Prestonian Lecture for 2017 is a particularly important lecture in the Tercentenary Year to be delivered by a Past Grand Secretary and his topic, The Grand Design, will be of value and interest to all Masons.

Please see the flyer below for more details:


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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

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

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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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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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Watch the Unveiling of the Memorial to Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross during WW1

On the 25th of April at UGLE a memorial to First World War Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross was unveiled. Watch a short video clip of the ceremony on the UGLE YouTube channel at this link:

Memorial to Freemasons awarded the Victoria Cross during WW1

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Goose & Gridiron, Carleton-In-Craven, 25th April!

All Brethren and any interested non-Masons are invited to:

The Swan Inn, Carleton-In-Craven, BD23 3DR on Tuesday 25th April 2017 from 8:00 onwards…

…for a drink and a chat.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet like-minded individuals in an informal setting, and as at similar events in Harrogate, Leeds and Wakefield, will be thoroughly enjoyed by all. Please do come along, and if you fancy FREE Pie & Peas, get in touch in advance using the details on the poster, otherwise just turn up on the night!

Click the poster to see it full size, or this link for a pdf version

Keighley & Craven District Goose & Gridiron Meeting in Carleton-In-Craven on Tuesday 25th April 2017

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