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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
A great report in the recent edition of the Keighley News
Yet again the Provincial Grand Master has surpassed himself with valuable information about the Province and written dare I say in his own
Please see the attached media statistics for the month of September, as you would expect The province of Yorkshire West Riding leads the way
RMBI Festival Committee chairman John Boyington CBE and Area Two apgm John Gledhill were guests at The Haven breast cancer support centre at The Gateway, Leeds.
The cancer charity and our 2017 RMBI Festival are beneficiaries from a Tow Path Trek in the Colne Valley earlier this year when 70 Freemasons, family and friends including seven dogs, raised £2510 in sponsorship.
Colne Valley Lodge member Raymond Lodge and his wife, Janice, organised the walk, totalling five miles, along the canal towpath from Slaithwaite to Marsden, and back, along with Area Two charity chairman Alan Elstone and his wife, Pam.
At The Haven this week Assistant Provincial Grand Master designate John Boyington and Raymond handed over a cheque for £1255 and John Gledhill, who took part in the walk, presented a similar cheque to the festival chairman.
The Haven provides a wide range of therapies, emotional support and counselling for those affected by breast cancer and John Boyington said it was a privilege to see such inspirational services and he hoped that Freemasons could continue their support.
John Gledhill said he was delighted to be shown and appreciate the wonderful facilities at The Haven and he was pleased that one of Province’s many fund-raising activities had helped such a worthy cause supporting the community.
*A similar canal walk last year raised just over £2000 which was split between the Festival and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Picture: John Boyington, Deborah Horsman, Haven manager, John Gledhill, Raymond and Janice Lodge.
Freemasons will be looking to “reel in” new members when a lodge for country pursuits lovers is launched.
The dedication of St Hubertus Lodge on November 3 will see field sports followers joining the ranks of football and rugby fans, who already have their own the dedicated lodges.
The United Grand Lodge of England – which next year celebrates its 300th anniversary – has sanctioned the formation of St Hubertus Lodge (No 9934), and its first meeting is being held in Castle Grove Masonic Hall, in Headingly, Leeds.
Named after the patron saint of hunters, the event will see Freemasons from all over the country traveling to West Yorkshire to attend the consecration ceremony.
Unlike the majority of lodges throughout the country which meet in one building – or lodge room – and usually in the morning, this lodge will move around the country and hold its ceremonies in the afternoon, giving the members chance to travel to and from the meeting.
St Hubertus Lodge is the brain child of Craig Kidd, pictured above and a paramedic from Kellington, who is a qualified deer manager and stalker. He is also a life member of the British Deer Society and its medical training manager
W.Bro Kidd, who is a Freemason of 19 years, said: “St Hubertus is a lodge for those who love all types of country pursuits, be it shooting, fishing, horse riding, rambling, deer stalking or bird watching.
“The idea for St Hubertus Lodge came whilst I was on a clay pigeon shoot organized by own lodge, De Lacy Lodge. I thought what a great way of getting like-minded people together.
“I spoke to a few other Freemasons with common interests, and, three years later, the result is St Hubertus Lodge.
“We already have 59 founders and seven joining members from all over the country, and it will be my honour and privilege to be its first Master.”
He added: “Yorkshire is home to a large number of game and country fairs, and Harrogate is home to one of the largest in the country, the Great Yorkshire Show.
“It’s our aim to have representatives at a good number, where we will already have a common connection, and talk to them about Freemasonry, its ethos, aims and its charitable work.”
Rt W Bro David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding – who will be leading November’s consecration ceremony – said: “Freemasonry is as relevant today as it was when the first united grand lodge was formed 300 years ago, and the creation of St Hubertus Lodge is living proof.
“The fraternity attracts likeminded men and St Hubertus Lodge is for those who enjoy a wide range of country pursuits.
“A few years ago Rugby Football Lodge was formed here in our Province, in Huddersfield, and just recently Football Lodge was consecrated in Hampshire. All these are proving to be very popular, and I am confident St Hubertus Lodge will prove just as successful.”
Sheffield’s Tapton Masonic Hall Throws Open Temple Doors For Heritage Open Day
One of South Yorkshire’s most impressive Masonic buildings will be throwing open its doors to the public next month. (September)
Tapton Masonic Hall, which is located at Shore Lane, Sheffield, is one of the buildings in and around the city participating in the latest Heritage Day, being held from 11am on Friday, September 9.
For those attending the “Tapton Experience”, there will be tours of the original house, which was built in 1855, and a talk by one of the guides covering Tapton’s illustrious history – from the Shore Family, who were related to Florence Nightingale, through to Vickers’ Steel and Wilson’s Snuff, right up to the present day.
In addition, one of the building’s Masonic Temples will be open complete with displays of Masonic regalia, and two of the “brethren” will be on hand to answer any questions visitors may have about Freemasonry.
Peter Eville, who is a member of Hallamshire Lodge which meets in the Hall, said: “Tapton Hall is a very well-known Sheffield landmark, one that is rich in history and a place where Freemasons have been meeting since 1964.
“The Hall is a very popular venue for functions and weddings, and our Temples, which we are incredibly proud of, are always a keen talking point amongst visitors.
“The Heritage Open Days are a great way for the public to find out for themselves about Freemasonry – namely what we are about, who we are, and what we do. And no doubt we will dispel a few myths too in the process.
“Along with my lodge, there are 24 lodges that meet here, and members come from all walks of life and range in age from early twenties to ninety plus.
“Next year Freemasonry celebrates its 300th anniversary, and Tapton Hall will be holding a series of events to commemorate and celebrate this significant milestone.”
In addition to tours on the day, there will be free tea and coffee on arrival, and bar lunches will be available for visitors wishing to stay and experience Tapton a little longer.
Further information about Tapton Hall is available from the its website http://www.taptonhall.com/about-us/
Further information about Freemasonry in South Yorkshire is available from the Province of Yorkshire West Riding website, found at http://wrprovince.net/
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