Goose & Gridiron Comes to Skipton!

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

The Royal Shepherd, Canal Street, SKIPTON, BD23 1LB on Monday 27th Feb 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, there is no need to book, just turn up on the night.

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1st Keighley & Craven District Goose & Gridiron Meeting in Skipton on Monday 27th February


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Organ Concert Grand Lodge London 8 March 17


Please see the attachment for a great event, another celebration of the ‘Tercentenary’ of Freemasonry

Organ Concert Grand Lodge London 8 March 17

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Yorkshire Freemasons Honour Miners and Brethren Killed In Pit Disaster With Donation to Memorial Fund

Yorkshire Freemasons Honour Miners and Brethren Killed In Pit Disaster With Donation to Memorial Fund (for immediate release) A memorial commemorating a deadly 19th Century Barnsley mining disaster has received a £6,000 boost from the town’s Freemasons.

The Friendly Lodge, which meets in Eastgate, secured £5,000 from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding grants fund, whilst lodge brethren and members of Friendly Chapter, raised a further £1,250 towards the Oaks Memorial Disaster Fund.

The new bronze memorial – costing £130,000 – depicts a grieving mother and child, and is the third monument to be erected in commemoration of the disaster, which took place on December 12, 1866 at Oaks Colliery in Stairfoot.

A series of explosions due to build-up of methane gases in the mineshaft killed hundreds of miners and dozens of the rescuers attempting to help the survivors of the first explosion.

The disaster is the second most deadly mining tragedy in the UK, after the Welsh Senghenydd Colliery Disaster.

Those who joined in the rescue efforts included two members of Friendly Lodge, one of whom perished.

Parkin Jeffcock, a mining engineer and a partner with Derby-based JT Woodhouse, was responsible for safety and emergency help in the colliery due to his specialist knowledge of the mine’s crucial equipment.

When a telegram arrived about the first explosion at the Oaks Colliery, he rushed to the scene and helped with the initial rescue efforts throughout the day and into the night.

Sadly, when the pit exploded for a second time on the morning of the 13 December, Bro Jeffcock was still underground after “refusing to have a rest” and became another victim of the disaster.

Lodge past master Thomas Embleton was a mining engineer and veteran of collieries, having worked in the field for decades and regularly contributed papers for the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.

After the disaster he submitted a report of the day’s tragic events.

On the second day, having arrived to help rescue work, W Bro Thomas was present for the second explosion. He was lowered in a bucket on the third day, and, in his words, described “a large mass of burning materiel” in the destroyed mineshaft and saved the only survivor from the second explosion, Samuel Brown.

Members of Friendly Lodge were on hand to present two cheques to Fund representatives at the NUM headquarters, on Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, to help with the costs of the new memorial.

A total of £80,000 of the £130,000 needed has already been raised, and the donation by the Freemason’s has helped push this figure even further towards its goal.

W Bro Barrie Cooper, Friendly Lodge Charity Steward, said: “Friendly Lodge is proud to not only support this worthy cause, but honour the memories of our former members and all those who died in those tragic days after the first explosion at the colliery.

“The heroic actions of all those who tried to rescue the trapped miners, with many losing their own lives in the process, will be commemorated by this magnificent memorial.”


Members of Friendly Lodge present representatives of the

Oaks Memorial Disaster Fund with a cheque for £5,000


W Bro Thomas Embleton, a Past Master of Friendly Lodge,

who took part in the rescue attempts

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Donation boosts IT provision at Worth Valley Primary, Keighley

A great report in the recent edition of the Keighley News


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Important News from UGLE and Province of Yorkshire West Riding

Please see the attachments below for further information on the celebrations for the Tercentenary and Bi-centenary 2017






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Bradford Grammar School shares Kettlewell and Upper Wharfedale Remembrance Day Service.

This year the annual Remembrance Day Service at the War Memorial in Kettlewell at 3.00 pm was supported by former staff and pupils of Bradford Grammar School who also arranged a supplementary service in the village Church of St Mary’s to follow.

Charles Godfrey Haggas Cutcliffe Hyne was born in early 1898 at Heaton Lodge, Bradford. He was the grandson of Rev Charles Wright Noble Hyne, the vicar of Bierley, and the son of Charles John Cutcliffe Hyne, the famous Victorian and Edwardian adventure writer of the Captain Kettle books. Like his father, Charles Godfrey was educated at Bradford Grammar School. But when the family moved permanently to Kettlewell, he finished his education as a boarder at Rugby School.

see attached photo of Charles Godfrey and his dog, Roy, in Kettlewell


On leaving Rugby School he was commissioned into the 2nd Battalion Irish Guards in February 1916. He went to France in May that year and in August he was promoted Lieutenant and posted to the Guards Brigade Trench Mortar Battery. On 15 September he was supporting the battalions advance to the north-east of Ginchy when 17 out of his 25 mortar crews were either killed or wounded. He was fetching ammunition himself, as nobody else had managed to get through, when he was shot in the thigh by a sniper. He saved his guns, although the other mortars in the Battery were lost. He was evacuated back to London, to the Park Lane home of the Hon. Mrs. F. Guest, which was in use as a Military Hospital, and it was reported in the Bradford newspapers that he was ‘severely wounded.’

Charles Godfrey died on 21st November. His body was brought to Kettlewell where he was buried in the churchyard on the 25th with military honours. His Colonel wrote of him:- ’He was regarded with sincere affection by his brother Officers, and he always did his duty splendidly.’ Another officer wrote:- ‘He was truly an excellent fellow and as brave as a lion.’ A Sergeant in his Company, who was wounded the same day, said:- ‘He was as fearless and tactful as he was popular in the Regiment.’

Charles Godfrey’s biography:


He is remembered in St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell with a magnificent stained glass east window, situated above the altar (picture attached). He is also on the Memorial Lych Gate of St John’s Church, Bierley.


Photograph of the east window of St Mary’s Church, Kettlewell.

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St. Mary’s Church, Kettlewell CGHC Hyne’s grave

In conjunction with the School, the Old Bradfordians Association are remembering all of their fellow former pupils who died in WWI. On the 100th anniversary to the day of the death of each, a service is held at the School War Memorial when an engraved memorial cross is placed with others for those who have fallen previously and a biography published of the pupil and read. In cases where they died of wounds and are buried locally, a duplicate service is held at the graveside.

On requesting permission to remember Charles Hyne in the church, the Vicar of Upper Wharfedale, Rev James Theodosius invited BGS to join with the village service of Remembrance Day. Following remembrance at the War Memorial the congregation processed to the church for the second part of the service. The School also donated specially printed service sheets.

Many former pupils and staff attended. BGS students Ben Longfield and Henry Taggart played in unison the Last Post and also the Rouse to conclude the two minute silence both at the war memorial and in the church. The cross in the church and a copy of the biography was placed beneath the window by Gordon Green (Old Bradfordian Past President) and at the grave by Mike Sharpe (former Deputy Headmaster). The biography was written and read by Nicholas Hooper (former Head of History) and Trevor Smith (Old Bradfordian and project organiser) recited In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae, which is the origin of the poppy being adopted as the symbol of remembrance.

At end of the service, the Vicar of Upper Wharfedale, Rev James Theodosius, thanked the visitors from Bradford Grammar School for making it a particularly memorable day by enriching it.


For further information contact:

Trevor Smith, BGS Remembrance Project Organiser

01274 824414

07740 949123


Rev James Theodosius

01756 760237

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“Goose & Gridiron” News

A “Goose & Gridiron” is being held on

Monday, November 28, in an upstairs room at the

Old Bell Tavern,

6 Royal Parade,


HG1 2SZ.

Named after the pub where the first United Grand Lodge met 299 years ago, the informal gathering starts at 7.30pm. All brethren are welcome, and so too are non-members keen to find out more about Freemasonry and what it entails.

It is the perfect occasion for potential Masons to speak to those already in the Craft, and to answer any questions they might have about our ancient and honourable organisation. Additionally, it is an ideal opportunity to meet members from other lodges.

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Ripon Cathedral Receives Funding for Restoration


Rt. W Bro David S Pratt (centre), W Bro Paul Clarke (left) and W Bro Jack Pigott (right)

present the cheques to the Dean of Ripon Cathedral, The Very Rev John Dobson.



Rt W Bro David S Pratt (centre) with the Dean of Ripon Cathedral, The Very Rev John Dobson (left) and stone mason Wayne Denny


One of North Yorkshire’s best known and impressive churches has been given a financial lift from the region’s Freemasons to help with its ongoing maintenance programme.

Ripon Cathedral has received two grants totalling £12,500 which are being used to pay for the renewal of ancient flagstones which, over the years, have become broken and worn.

The Dean of Ripon, The Very Rev John Dobson, received the two payments – one for £7,500 from West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, and a second, for £5,000, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

These were presented by David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons’ Province of Yorkshire, West Riding; Jack Pigott, Chairman of West Riding Masonic Charities; and Paul Clarke, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

Also on hand was Julia Baker, Director of Operations for Ripon Cathedral, and stone mason Wayne Denny, who was in the cathedral working on a section of flooring.

One of the oldest cathedrals in England, Ripon’s has stood, in various different iterations, on the same site since 672, making it one of the first stone churches built in England since the end of the Western Roman Empire.

It has survived medieval wars, being burned down by William the Conqueror and the chaos of the Wars of the Roses.

As such the cathedral needs constant preservation efforts and periodical restoration to keep it open to worshippers and the public.

Rt W Bro Pratt said: “It is wonderful that money raised by Freemasons, locally and throughout the Province, is helping in the ongoing conservation work of this magnificent place of worship.

“Next year, we will be holding a service at Ripon Cathedral to celebrate the Province’s 200th anniversary and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England, and it will be wonderful to see how the restoration of the flagstones is proceeding.”

The Very Rev John Dobson said: “We are very grateful to the Freemasons for these two grants. It is fitting that this money is to be used to repair stonework, which will be done by a ‘master’ stonemason.

“We rely on the generosity of individuals, business and organisations to help in the running and upkeep of the cathedral, and these donations are very welcome indeed.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Rt W Bro Pratt and his colleagues back to Ripon Cathedral later next year.”


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The Provincial Grand Master’s October Message


Yet again the Provincial Grand Master has surpassed himself with valuable information about the Province and written dare I say in his own

Inimitable style


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Last Night of the Proms?

Saturday 24th  September 2016, and brethren in Area 4 welcomed all to the “Last night of the Proms” at Penistone Paramount Theatre . A capacity audience of around 350 enjoyed being entertained by Penistone area  musical talent comprising Thurlstone Brass Band, Penistone Ladies Choir and Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir. Principal guests were the RW Provincial Grand Master, the Deputy Mayor of Barnsley and the Town Mayor of Penistone accompanied by their ladies. The feast of musical entertainment included a number of items where the audience were invited to join in, and being an event where Last night of the Proms favourites were to be included, plenty of red, white and blue was in evidence.

The aim of this Grand Charity  Concert was to raise funds to be shared equally between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the RMBI Festival 2017. The event had been sponsored by a number of Lodges in Area 4  and some from Area 5 of the Province, with Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association brethren acting as stewards. Souvenir programmes, waving flags and raffle tickets were on sale, and  there was a buzz in the Paramount theatre from the minute the doors were opened.  W Bro Michael Ross of Friendly Lodge 1513, and secretary of BPMA, welcomed everyone and acted as Master of Ceremonies The  band and choirs all joined together to get the Concert off to a flying start with the audience joining in for “All people that on Earth do dwell” to the well-known “Old Hundredth” tune. Each musical group then delighted the audience with their brilliant selections of their own showpiece items, which met with great acclaim.

The finale brought all the musicians together for the Last Night of the Proms selections together with great audience participation. Everyone put in their heart and soul – as well as voices – to end what had been a memorable and enjoyable event for all. The proceedings closed with presentations of bouquets for the lady conductors and accompanist, whilst the band conductor and male voice choir accompanist were presented with  suitable bottled gifts. W Bro Michael Holmes, Chairman of Area 4 Charity Committee, thanked the performers, the organising team led by W Bro Alan Hey and the audience before everyone left the theatre having enjoyed the whole experience. The organisers had been able to donate advertising sponsors’ unrequired tickets to widows of BPMA brethren, so that they could join with us in this special event.

The final accounts are not fully completed, but the total  raised amounted to around £6000, enabling the two charitable causes to be in line for a presentation of £3000 each.

A number of people have asked whether this would  be the last “Last night of the Proms” at the Penistone Paramount……………………………………..? We’ll see!

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