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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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.
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:
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.
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.”
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:
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!
The Provincial Masonic Meeting Places Committee Seminar on The Roles, Responsibilities and Liabilities of Directors and Trustees of Masonic Halls takes place at Castle Grove Masonic Hall on Saturday, 29th April 2017 commencing at 10.00 a.m. Further details and booking form are in the attached document:
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.
Please see the attachment for a great event, another celebration of the ‘Tercentenary’ of Freemasonry
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.”
W Bro Thomas Embleton, a Past Master of Friendly Lodge,
who took part in the rescue attempts