Provincial Tercentenary Curry Supper – booking deadline extended!

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

Download the flyer and booking form for more details:
Tercentenary Curry Supper Flyer 2
Tercentenary Curry Supper Booking Form 2

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MCF Community Awards – Over 3000 Votes A Day!

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:

MCF Community Awards in Numbers

Download Infographic Here

Read about the Charities that received awards in The Province of Yorksire West Riding here.

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Provincial Tercentenary Curry Supper on Saturday, 25th November 2017, at the Aagrah Midpoint Suite, Bradford

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.

Tercentenary Curry Supper Flyer

Tercentenary Curry Supper Booking Form

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Eight Yorkshire Charities Financial Winners Of Masonic Community Awards Public Vote

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
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.
Skillshop Limited
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.

Autism Plus
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.

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International Interest Shown in Floral Beds

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.

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Tercentenary Events v26 confirmed, latest update listed in the Masonic Diary Dates section.

Tercentenary Events confirmed list has been updated, and there are plenty of activities to get involved with, and enjoy, in August and September. Come rain or sunshine, inside or outdoors, there plenty of things for you to do.

Your support to all these events is very important

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Flower Power Helps Harrogate And Ripon Freemasons Celebrate 300th & 200th Anniversaries

Harrogate and Ripon Freemasons have turned to “flower power” to help celebrate key milestones in the fraternity’s history.

The three floral displays – located on Harrogate’s Montpellier Hill, within the Valley Gardens and in Ripon’s Spa Gardens – have been created by Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks & Environmental Services Department to mark the 300th anniversary of the first Freemasons Grand Lodge of England and the bicentenary of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding.

The official unveiling of the beds – which feature the masonic symbols of the square and compasses and the white rose of Yorkshire – was performed by the Mayor of Harrogate, Coun Anne Jones, Ripon Mayor Coun Pauline McHardy and the Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt.

The flower beds, containing some 7,500 plants, were the brainchild of Doug Mills, Charity Steward of The Spa Lodge, who came up with the idea that the Tercentenary of The United Grand Lodge of England and the Bi-centenary of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, could be celebrated by a floral display in Harrogate.

He approached Harrogate Borough Council to see if they would support planting out beds to mark the two landmarks, which it readily agreed to and added Ripon to the mix.

Doug said: “These three flower beds are simply stunning and they look absolutely fantastic. Six months ago it was merely an idea, and now it is reality. They are ‘bloomin’ brilliant’.

“I want to pay tribute to council leader Coun Richard Cooper, the council’s parks & environmental services department, and in particular Horticultural Officer Sue Wood, Harlow Hill Nursery Operations Manager Barrie Stringer and his team of nurserymen and gardeners. They have done a superb job and the results speak for themselves.

“I would also like to thank Couns Jones and McHardy and Rt W Bro Pratt for performing the honours at the final bedding out ceremony.”

He added: “It was just a pity that no suitable beds were available in Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge.”

Rt W Bro David S Pratt, who presented commemorative hand trowels to the mayors, said: “2017 is a very special year for Freemasonry in England and Wales, and in particular for our Province as we are also celebrating our 200th birthday.

“We very much welcome the support of Harrogate Borough Council, as without them Doug’s floral tercentenary and bicentenary tributes would never have seen the light of day.

“Thanks to the skills of the parks team, thousands of people walking in the three locations will be able to enjoy these stunning flower beds throughout the summer months.”

The Treasurer of The Spa Lodge, W Bro Peter Dodds, facilitated the manufacture and supply free of charge, of four powder coated stainless steel display cases from In Stainless Engineering Ltd together with graphic boards provided by Signs Express that detail the history of the United Grand Lodge of England and The Province. These cases will be left for the Council’s future use.

For further information, please visit the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s website.

Spade Work! The Mayor of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones and the Provincial Grand Master of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, are watched by Harrogate Freemasons council employees as the pair perform the “honours”

Flower Power! Pictured at the unveiling of the masonic flowerbed on Harrogate’s Montpellier Hill are (from left) Harrogate Borough Council Leader Coun Richard Cooper, Mayor of Harrogate Coun Anne Jones, Provincial Grand Master of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, and The Spa Lodge Charity Steward Doug Mills

The masonic and civic parties at the unveiling of the Ripon flower bed in the city’s Spa Gardens

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Freemasons Plant 300 Oaks On Otley Chevin To Mark Brotherhood’s 300th Anniversary

Otley Freemasons swapped squares and compasses for spades and trowels as they planted 300 oak trees to mark a key milestone in Masonic history.

Members of Chevin Lodge were joined by senior representatives of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding to plant the saplings on Otley Chevin, as part of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Additionally, the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – whose area covers West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire – is also celebrating its own bicentenary.

The oak tribute was spearheaded by Steve Hill of Chevin Lodge, and the funds to purchase the saplings were raised by the brethren of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding and beyond.

W Bro Paul Clarke, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master in charge of regional tercentenary celebrations, said: “This is a momentous year for Freemasons both nationally and regionally, and the tree planting is one of a plethora of activities and events being staged throughout the Province over the coming months.

“These 300 trees are a living tribute to our ancient and honourable fraternity, and, over the years, they will become a wonderful addition to the local environment.

“Freemasons are active in the heart of many communities, and charitable giving is at the very heart of freemasonry. To mark our tercentenary and bicentenary, we are increasing the annual amount we give to charities from £200,000 to £300,000.

“We are incredibly proud of the contribution Freemasons have made to society over the last few centuries, and we look forward to the contribution we will continue to make for many years to come.”

Further information about the Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website,

mendous Effort!

Tree-mendous Effort! Stuart Grantham, the Deputy Provincial Grandmaster of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding (left) and W Bro Steve Hill from Chevin Lodge plant the 300th oak sapling on Otley Chevin

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