West Riding Masonic Charities Limited
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West Riding Masonic Charities Limited is the designated charity of the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. It is a charity and company limited by guarantee deriving all its funds from the voluntary contributions of Freemasons (and their families) within the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
The principal aim of the charity is to support present and past Freemasons of the Province and their dependents when in need and who qualify for assistance. The Charity also assists the non Masonic community with grants for community projects through its Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.
As a registered charity and company limited by guarantee West Riding Masonic Charities Limited has a separate constitution and management structure. Whilst Freemasons form the governing body, great care is taken to ensure that the independent working of the charity is maintained and that potential conflicts of interest are managed in an open and appropriate manner.
At the annual meeting of the charity, directors are elected by the members of the charity to serve a three year term of office. The role of the Directors is to administer, control and distribute the funds donated to the charity and to manage the investments of the Charity in a prudent manner.
Sub committees with specific areas of responsibility report back to the main board on a regular basis.
- Makes emergency grants available to qualifying Freemasons and their dependants and also provides grants to beneficiaries who do not qualify for National Masonic Charity support. Birthday and Christmas gifts are also provided.
- Works closely with the Provincial Grand Almoner to help identify those in need and how any assistance may best be given.
- Provides the services of a Welfare Visitor who maintains contact with all beneficiaries who are receiving masonic support and who are connected with the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
- Endeavours to develop schemes and services to support the frail and vulnerable within the Province.
- Responds rapidly to provide emergency assistance for local or national disasters.
- Is pleased to provide Match Funding when monies distributed by Grand Charity to a National Charity are destined for local branches within the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
Articles of Association
The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund
Provides grants for non masonic communities within the Province. Local Lodges or Royal Arch Chapters can choose, by ballot, to sponsor a suitable project for a registered charity within their community. All applications are examined by a small committee, consisting of Directors and non-Directors, who assess the impact that a grant will have on the charity and the community within which it works.
- are considered in March and awarded in May annually. The aim of the grant is to make a significant difference to the organisation and project being considered. Whilst there is an opportunity to provide one grant of £100,000 each year, it is more usual to see the total sum being shared by a small number of applicants.
- can be applied for throughout the year and will be considered at meetings held quarterly. Again sponsorship by a Lodge or Chapter is required before the application is considered.
Applications should be made to the Fund Administrator
PGM’s Fund Guidance Notes & Application Form
Teddies for Loving Care (TLC) Initiative
The TLC Initiative is aimed at comforting distressed children when visiting the accident and emergency department of a hospital (the children take the Teddy home with them after treatment). The scheme supported and funded principally by WRMCL is Province wide and all hospitals with A & E facilities for children are provided with Teddies at no cost to the hospital.
TLC Information Page
Membership of West Riding Masonic Charities Limited
- To qualify for membership brethren must have obtained vice patron status, i.e. have contributed £500 to WRMCL. Donations to any of the Central Charities made through WRMCL or to the PGM’s Fund, Teddies for Loving Care or WRMCL itself will all count towards this total. (Any donations made directly to the Central Charities will not).
- Having achieved vice patronage, brethren need to apply to the Provincial office to be registered as a member of WRMCL. As the charity is a company limited by guarantee membership of the charity carries with it a liability should the company be wound up for any reason. The liability is limited to £1.00 and WRMCL cannot place this liability on vice patrons/patrons without their consent. An application form for registration will be sent with the vice-patronage certificate. All Members of WRMCL will receive notice of any General Meetings together with an agenda and appropriate minutes and for the Annual General Meeting, a set of Audited Accounts. Members are also entitled to vote at any meeting of the charity and offer themselves for election to the Charity’s Board.
- Once patronage of WRMCL has been attained it is for life. However, membership of WRMCL is dependent on a Brother being a member of a Lodge or Royal Arch Chapter.
Enquiries can be made by post, addressed to West Riding Masonic Charities Limited at the Provincial Headquarters address, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any concerns about the operation of the Charity, please write in the first instance to W Bro Alan Oldfield, Secretary to the Board, at email@example.com Should you be dissatisfied with the findings or action taken by W Bro Oldfield, you may contact W Bro Graham Shiers, Secretary to the Charity’s Compliance Committee who will independently conduct a review of your concerns and the response to it from the Charity. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org