2017 has been a quite remarkable year for our wonderful Province. The 300th anniversary of the formation of the first Grand Lodge, the 200th anniversary of our own Province, the culmination of our fantastic 2017 RMBI Festival with the magnificent sum of £3,300,300.00 raised, a Thanksgiving service with a flagstone-laying ceremony by the PGM and his team at Ripon Cathedral and a great many other local celebratory events too numerous to mention!
As this memorable year draws towards its inevitable close you are therefore cordially invited to join your fellow West Riding Brethren for one final Tercentenary social gathering and to reflect upon our collective achievements, of which we can all be very proud.
Casual ‘Goose & Gridiron’ format – relax and enjoy yourselves!
Quality three course traditional Kashmiri Indian meal with all sundries included
Cash bar serving thirst-slaking chilled lagers, beers, wines & soft drinks
Lodge tables of 10 or individual bookings
Partners, family, friends & prospective candidates all welcome
In our Tercentenary year, all your Christmas post can be sent using the official Tercentenary stamps, benefiting the Masonic Charitable Foundation and your Lodge. Every envelope will be marked with a special Masonic postmark.
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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:
What is the laying of a foundation stone? What is Freemasonry about? Our PGM shares his view on camera:
[Published by the Harrogate Informer]
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.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards this year not only resulted in many good causes across the nation receiving financial contributions towards the incredible work they do, but also raised significant awareness of the efforts made by Freemasons in raising those funds, as demonstrated by the “infographic” below:
Read about the Charities that received awards in The Province of Yorksire West Riding here.
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.
“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.”
Provincial Tercentenary Curry Supper, Saturday 25th November, 2017 at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, Thornbury, Bradford, meeting at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Bidding farewell to a remarkable Tercentenary Year.
It will be held in a casual and friendly “Goose & Gridiron” format, so relax and enjoy yourselves!
Could this be the last such event in 2017? who yet knows, but dare you take the risk of missing it, NO, well book now to avoid disappointment.
Please download the “Flyer” and “Booking Form” below to make sure you do not miss it.
Yorkshire charities are thousands of pounds better off today (Tuesday, September 6) thanks to the Freemasons and a public vote!
As part of the fraternity’s tercentenary celebrations, the Masonic Charitable Foundation pledged £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s slice being £79,000.
Here, the public had eight charities to choose from. The one receiving the most votes would be awarded £25,000, whilst two would receive £15,000 each, two £6,000 each and three £4,000 each.
The total number of votes cast in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which incorporates West, South and parts of East and North Yorkshire – was 5,947, and the organisation that topped the provincial poll was Aurora Wellbeing Centre, in Mexborough, which will receive £25,000.
Two Harrogate charities, Vision Support Harrogate District and Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited, both receive £15,000.
Motive8 Bradford Ltd and Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne both get £6,000, whilst Leeds based Learning Partnerships, Selby District Peter Pan Nursery and Halifax based Skillshop Limited each receive £4,000.
Rt W Bro David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “I’m delighted that all of these eight charities within our area are benefitting from these community awards.
“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for one of these superb organisations, and the great news is there are no losers, only winners.
“In addition to this year being the 300th anniversary of the founding of the first Grand Lodge in England, our Province is also celebrating its bicentenary.
“To mark this double milestone we have increased the annual amount we award to charities, via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, from £200,000 to £300,000. Again, this will benefit a huge number of organisations doing wonderful work across our Province.”
Learning Partnerships is a Leeds based charity with 25 years experience of working in the inner city to provide opportunities and support for children, young people and adults to access education, employment, training and volunteering. Learning Partnerships offer a range of programmes and opportunities from volunteering and work placement schemes to diverse training and educational courses.
Selby District Peter Pan Nursery
Peter Pan Nursery is a pre-school nursery for children and families in North and West Yorkshire with additional needs. Places are available for children with additional needs, disabilities, illness, learning difficulties, behavioural issues etc. We also support children whose families are experiencing difficulties or are in need of respite and support.
Vision Support Harrogate District
We seek to enable visually impaired people to live independently and provide opportunities to meet and interact with other visually impaired people. We offer Information Technology training; provide advice on the help that is available; information on what being visually impaired means; opportunities to socialise, develop, or re-awaken craft skills.
Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited
To assist people with learning and/or physical disabilities through educational and vocational training to encourage and enable them to find gainful employment.
The aim of Skillshop is to provide specialised training for adults with learning disabilities in a caring environment. The objectives are to improve people’s self-esteem, confidence and personal development and break down social isolation. Based in Halifax.
Motive8 Bradford Ltd
Motive8 offers a tailor-made provision for young people that are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Learners are able to identify their own goals and will be helped to realise their potential through personalised learning plans.
Aurora Wellbeing Centres
Aurora Wellbeing Centres support local people and their families living with cancer. Anyone with a diagnosis receives a free package of support, wellbeing programmes and holistic & beauty treatments to help raise their self-esteem and confidence.? For centre based in Mexborough.
A charity that supports adults and young people with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions across Yorkshire and Humber. Based in Sheffield and Thorne.
On a recent visit to the Ripon Spa Gardens floral beds, Doug Mills of The Spa Lodge No. 7609 in Harrogate and Sue Wood, the council’s horticultural officer, had great pleasure in explaining the purpose of their design to some Japanese visitors they met there. The visitors went away happy in having gained a little knowledge of the UGLE and the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
The beds are looking quite magnificent and hopefully will still be in full splendour on the day of the Cathedral Service on Sunday 24th September.
It is recommended that all those attending take the opportunity to walk the short distance to the Park Street entrance (post code HG4 2BD) where they will find a statue of Lord Ripon (First Marquis of Ripon) who was the Grand Master 1870 – 1874.
Your invitation to shoot with the Deputy Grand Master, the RWBro Jonathan Spence, to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry!
The event will be held on Saturday 16 September at Eriswell, near Brandon in Suffolk
Places are limited and this is the last chance to apply, so book soon!
Download the flyer for the booking form and more information: