West Yorkshire Freemasons Donate More Than £36,000 To 20 Regional organisations

Youth organisations, charities who support disabled people, and schools throughout the Yorkshire region are the latest good causes to benefit from the charitable efforts of Freemasons.

Grants totalling £36,850 are being given to 20 organisations – ranging in value from £500 to £5400 – from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.

The money that had been raised by members and lodges within the county will be used by beneficiaries to purchase an array of specific items, including a mobile kitchen, computer equipment, wet suits and toys and books.

Each year, the fund allocates £200,000 in major and minor grants, but, as this year marks the tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England, and the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s bicentenary, this figure has been increased to £300,000.

Those to benefit from the latest round of grant offering include:
• Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who received the largest donation of £5,400. This is to fund a ground power unit to provide power to helicopter and equipment whilst on the ground.
• The Howarth Foundation has been given £2,500 in order to buy two laptops, an iPad and safety items.
• Horticap Ltd in Harrogate received £2,500 towards buying a trailer with loading ramp.
• Arksey Primary School, Doncaster, has been awarded £2,500 towards the cost of buying an outdoor canopy to facilitate outdoor learning.
• St John the Evangelist Church in Farsley, received £4,000 to buy an electric hoist, changing bed, and shower seat within its disabled bathroom.

The full list of awards can be downloaded at the end of this article.

David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “I’m delighted that so many deserving causes are benefiting again from the generosity of Freemasons.

“These 20 recipients all make a real difference to the communities that we live and work in, and these grants will enable them to purchase a host of different items, from creating an outdoor classroom to buying a new standard, scabbard and gauntlet for a Royal British Legion branch.

“All the money has been raised at local level to be spent here, within this wonderful province of Yorkshire, West Riding.”

Download the full list of the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund award recipients here


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Second Northern Masonic Variety Show – Saturday, 14th April 2018

The first Northern Masonic Variety Show launched in 2015 was a great success and raised in excess of £15,000 for the 2017 RMBI Festival.

Three years later Bradfordians Concert Committee are proud to present the:

Second Northern Masonic Variety Show

on Saturday, 14th April 2018

The venue will again be the wonderful

Price Hall at Bradford Grammar School

We have once again secured the services of Freddie “Parrotface” Davies as producer and compere. He will be introducing :

  • From the world of Musicals and Opera – Cheryl Forbes
  • Gordon Cree – celebrated Vocalist, Musician, Arranger, and Conductor
  • Prize winning Clifton & Lightcliffe Band
  • Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir
  • And back by popular demand Terry Webster
  • Plus supporting artistes…

The Mark Benevolent Fund has now successfully completed its provision of 10 mobile Chemotherapy Units across the UK and is currently financing 52 new Ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance.

This is a wonderful cause and deserves our wholehearted support. It is fully endorsed by the Provincial Grand Master, Rt WBro. David S Pratt, who views us all as part of one Masonic Family.

Bradford Grammar School

For those of you who have not been to Bradford Grammar School before, it provides an excellent concert venue, with ample secure car parking on site. There will be a fully licensed bar to help you enjoy a most enjoyable evening out with your family and friends.

Once again the Show will be complemented with a raffle, for which some wonderful prizes have already been secured. Raffle tickets will be available towards the end of the year and at the show.

Save the date – 14th April 2018 – booking forms available shortly, watch this space!

Second Northern Masonic Variety Show


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Historic Masonic Ceremony Performed in Ripon Cathedral

An historic Masonic ceremony last performed in the “West Riding” more than a century ago was revived this Sunday (September 24) in one of Yorkshire’s oldest churches.

The laying of a commemorative flagstone within Ripon Cathedral – to mark the Tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England and financial support given by Freemasons towards the building’s ongoing restoration work – formed an integral part of the annual Service of Thanksgiving, and is excellently covered by the Harrogate Informer at the link below.

Featuring live video interviews of Revd Canon Paul Greenwell and our Provincial Grand Master, both discussing Freemasonry and the event, this article speaks more of our continued openness in society and our increased willingness to engage with our local communities.

http://www.harrogate-news.co.uk/2017/09/25/ripon-cathedral-host-masonic-ceremony-last-held-province-yorkshire-west-riding-century-ago/


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Goose & Gridiron – Harrogate – 3rd October 2017!

Another outing of the Goose & Gridiron in Harrogate at The Old Bell Tavern – Masons and non-Masons are very welcome!

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Ripon Cathedral To Host Masonic Ceremony Last Held In Province Of Yorkshire West Riding More Than A Century Ago

An historic Masonic ceremony last performed in the “West Riding” more than a century ago will be revived this Sunday (September 24) in one of Yorkshire’s oldest churches.

The laying of a commemorative flagstone within Ripon Cathedral – to mark the Tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England and financial support given by Freemasons towards the building’s ongoing restoration work – will form an integral part of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s annual Service of Thanksgiving.

More than 500 Freemasons and their partners will be joined on the day by the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, the Lord Lieutenants of North, South and West Yorkshire, together with Civic Dignitaries from throughout the Province.

The flagstone – which will be laid in the North Transept by the Provincial Grand Master, assisted by his Deputy and the Provincial Wardens, in accordance with ancient Masonic ceremony – has been engraved with the legend “The Province of Yorkshire West Riding and the Masonic Charitable Foundation supported restoration work in the Cathedral to mark 300 years of Freemasonry 1717-2017”.

The carving and engraving has been carried out by Colin Rickard and Wayne Denny, in the stonemasons’ yard adjacent to the cathedral.

The pair have spent the last year repairing and replacing worn out and damaged flagstones within the cathedral paid for by two grants totalling £12,500 – £7,500 from West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, and a second, of £5,000, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Carved in Stone! Stonemason Colin Rickard works on the ceremonial stone which is being laid in Ripon Cathedral’s North Transept.


Rt W Bro David S Pratt, The Provincial Grandmaster of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “This will be a significant event in the history of the Province, as it is the first time in 127 years that such a ceremony has taken place.

“On that occasion, the Provincial Grand Master laid the foundation stone of the North Aisle of Mexborough Church on 24 July 1890.

“What was once a common practice during the construction of many buildings is now rarely performed. It is wonderful that Ripon Cathedral is affording us the honour of conducting what will be a once-in-a-life-time ceremony.”

“We are also delighted that Sir David Wootton and dignitaries from across our Province will be joining us on the day for this multi-faith service.”


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Goose & Gridiron Curry Night – Barnoldswick, 7:30pm Thursday 19th October

An excellent social evening planned for Masons and non-Masons alike!

See the poster for booking details:
G and G Poster October17


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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 www.lifelites.org. If you’d like to get in touch you can call 0207 440 4200 or email info@lifelites.org.

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.

www.lifelites.org
Charity Number: 1165791

Our Province has been key to Lifelites:

See this article from 2015….

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.

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PrestonianLecture2017

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