West Riding Masonic Charities Limited
Your Charity working in the community
Brethren of Yorkshire, West Riding our sincere thanks for your continued generosity. You are our benefactors without whom we could not offer support to our Brethren, their families and the broader community in these incredibly challenging circumstances.
May we remind you that you are also our ‘Eyes and Ears’ without whom we cannot continue to assist those in need ‘Your help is more important than ever’.
We are proud that on your behalf, we have been able to respond so quickly. For your information, we have already assisted the following organisations:
£2295.00 Star Bereavement and Support Services Ltd. - Wakefield, Supporting children and young people after a family bereavement.
£2735.00 Charlies Angel Centre Foundation. - Leeds
The foundation helps families rebuild their lives after the loss of a baby or child.
£2880.00 Zarach Leeds - are a charity helping children and families out of poverty. The grant is to provide ‘bed bundles’ which comprise a mattress, duvet, pillow and sheets.
£5000.00 Cavendish Cancer Care. - Sheffield - Is a local charity dedicated to improving the quality of life of people living with cancer, their families and carers [they work with nearly 2000 adults and children each year]. In these incredibly challenging times, the service offered is more important than ever, with the current social distancing measures only serving to worsen the anxiety and sense of isolation, which often accompanies a cancer diagnosis. Due to the present situation, a large number of fundraising events have been cancelled or postponed. This will leave an immediate budget shortfall of around £20,000 over the next 4 weeks. The grant will enable the Charity to continue its work
£2500.00 Firefly Cancer Awareness. Doncaster and District. Is a voluntary organisation providing free transport services to circa 250 cancer patients per week, taking them to and from Sheffield Hospitals.
The service is funded entirely by contributions raised by events and the local community. All of which are now cancelled.
£2500.00 Leeds - South and East Foodbank. - Their aim is to feed local people in the grip of the food crisis and to support them to build a more stable future. Over the last 12 months, the organisation has fed 13,673 people, a 10% increase on the previous year. The Charity collects food donations which are distributed to their 11 foodbank centres. The very limited reserves have been diverted to acquire additional food to meet their usual demand following the reduction in corporate and public donations as a result of COVID-19. The grant is to cover costs of a vehicle [the lease of which is due for renewal] together with fuel and insurance.
CHOICES is working hard and is committed to providing assistance and support whenever a West Riding Freemason, his Widow, family or dependants are:
CHOICES is quick, it is simple, and it is extremely effective. For the fastest response contact your Lodge Almoner. If confidentiality is a requirement ring the confidential helpline on 03449 020220
Provided on behalf of WRMCL
W Bro. Peter Worth and VW Bro. Jack Pigott
Born in Rotherham in 1927 Peter has spent his entire life living in the town and still lives there at the grand age of 93 years having celebrated his most recent birthday at the end of March this year.
At the age of 33 Peter married his wife, Doreen spending 40 years of happy life together until her sad passing in 2000. His son, a helicopter pilot who trained and flew in the Royal Navy is now Chief Training Officer for the Air Sea Rescue Service and lives north of Aberdeen with Peters’ three grandchildren.
Peter was initiated into Freemasonry in Wentworth Lodge No 1239 on January 5th 1970 and Exalted into Phoenix Royal Arch Chapter in 1983.
Peter was in the Chair of his Mother Lodge in 1980 sharing a splendid year with other couples and making friendships, some of which have lasted to the present day.
In 2001 Peter continued his long contact with Masonic friends in Nottinghamshire joining the North Notts Past Masters Lodge No 9525 meeting in Worksop, a membership which continues to this day. Finding driving at night more and more difficult Peter joined Lodge of South Yorkshire No 9633, a daylight Lodge, in 2006 taking the Chair in 2011. He continues to be an active member and would have received his Jubilee certificate from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, a personal friend, in May to avoid the winter months and the threat of bad weather. Sadly this isn’t now possible but Peter has received his certificate through the post together with a letter of congratulation from the RW Provincial Grand Master. When life returns to normality there will be a formal presentation in front of Peters’ Masonic friends and their families.
The Masonic love of Peters life however has been his membership of The Ancient and Accepted Rite, The Order of the Rose Croix where he holds the high honour of being a member of the 32nd Degree, the second highest in the Order.
Peter joined Welcome Chapter No 189 in Sheffield in 1973 becoming Most Wise Sovereign in 1984 amd served as Prelate for over 20 years. He was awarded the honour of the 30th Degree in the same year and subsequently the 31st Degree in 1996. In 2003 recognition of his service to the Order was acknowledged by his promotion to the 32nd Degree which he still holds.
Continuing his commitment to the Order he took the Chair of Stonegate Chapter No 987, of which he was a founder, in 2017, shortly after his 90th birthday.
Above all Peter is known throughout his Masonic contacts as a kind and caring man, always thinking of those around him and always eager to be involved. He still regularly performs pieces of ritual in Craft and Rose Croix and continues to thoroughly enjoy every aspect of his Masonic life.
Peter now shares his enjoyment of Freemasonry in particular and life in general with his Companion, Cath and the two are inseparable at masonic events in Sheffield and Nottinghamshire.
A lovely man and a shining example of Masonic and Christian principles Peter has attended as a member of The Methodist Church for the past 90 years we look forward to celebrating his special achievement in due course.
W. Bro John Boyington,
Deputy Provincial Grand Master
When panic buying meant two parents in Stonegate 6118 found that they couldn’t get nappies they appealed on the Lodge WhatsApp site for help. Operation ‘Nappy search’ sprung into operation with brethren reporting sightings and buying nappies for Rahib and Aurora. Before ‘lockdown’ these were delivered or collected usually with a treat or two! - and after ‘lockdown’ passed from car to car at various rendezvous locations.
Useful information for self isolators in the Wetherby area
Otley Takeaway Service
Collections on Weds and Saturdays
Delivery to Wetherby area available
Single Portion Pies and Bakes
Lamb and Haggis Hot Pot £3
Asparagus and Spinach Quiche £3
Steak and kidney Pudding £3
2 Portion Pies and Bakes
Shepherds Pie £5
Cheese Onion and Potato Pie £5
Jalfrezi Beef Curry £5
Single Portion Soups £1.50
Mushroom and Tarragon
Leek and Potato
Cream of White Onion
Broccoli Blue Cheese
2 Portion Puddings
Rum and Raisin Spotted Dick £5
Choc and Dark Cherry Pudding £5
Fruit Crumble £5
3 course Roast Dinner £12
Roast Leg of Lamb
Roast Gammon Ham
Saturday Meal Service
Soup of the Day with Baked Roll
Prawn and Melon Cocktail
Roast Dinner of your choice...lamb or Ham
With Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, fresh seasonal veg
Chocolate Orange Bread Pudding
Veg Boxes £5
Available to order: milk, bread, eggs, fruit just ask!
£1 Cans of:
J20 Orange and Passionfruit
J2O Apple and Raspberry
Delivery available for self isolators
Take Away and Delivery Service
Westbourne House, Otley, LS21 3LG
Or via Facebook messenger
The Worshipful Master, Phil Smith, was delighted to support to a sum of £1500 Skipton Junior's Football Club. This money is for some new movable goal posts. This allows the quick set of matches and safe storage for the growing club. The posts were delivered just before the Lock Down and are emblazoned with the Square and Compass. This story also was picked up by our local newspaper, which has a large circulation in the community. They published a favorable article which has shown the Worshipful Master's, and Lodge's commitment to their local community.
A cheque from the P.G.M.'s Fund for £1800.00 was presented to Highbury School on Friday 31st January 2020.
Highbury School is located at Lower Edge Road, Rastrick Brighouse. It is a Specialist school providing education for children with a wide range of complex special educational needs and disabilities from ages 3 - 11yrs.
The grant enabled them to buy a range of resources to help the children with their sensory needs. Some of the children at the school have multi-sensory impairments such as visual and auditory.
The resources will provide them with the sensory feedback they require, and help them to progress and develop their sensory needs and help build their tactile defensiveness.
Some of the resources to be bought can be seen on the projection, on the wall, in the picture below.
The bike that Freemasons funded for the organisation, aptly named ‘Mason’
Mirfield Freemasons have ridden to the aid of a charity that delivers life giving supplies to hospitals across Yorkshire.
The members of Kirklees Lodge have given £4,950 to the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikes – volunteer motorcyclists who provide an out-of-hours courier service to the NHS – to buy 12 protective “Airvest” waistcoats for volunteer riders.
The Airvests are worn by the riders and attached to the motorcycle via a lanyard. In the event of a crash, and the rider parting company with the motorcycle, the Airvest is activated and is inflated within 0.1 seconds.
It locks the head to prevent whiplash and broken collar bones and locks the upper torso, creating a cushion all around, thus protecting the most vital areas of the body, the internal organs, from internal injuries.
The donation came via West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd., which each year distributes grants in excess of £200,000 each year to charities and community organisations across the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, whose boundary is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North.
This grant comes on the back of Freemasons purchasing two new bikes for the charity in 2019, one via Ivanhoe Lodge in Sheffield, and the second via the West Riding Provincial Grand Chapter.
The Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikers provide an out of hours courier service to the NHS throughout midweek nights (12 hours per night) and at 24 hours per day at weekends.
They deliver blood products, baby milk, medical/surgical tools and supplies between hospitals and other agencies as required. They also deliver human bio samples between hospitals and laboratories.
The Yorkshire volunteers also link up with other County Blood Bike Groups to “relay” products nationally.
These services are carried out totally free to the NHS allowing NHS funding to be aimed at delivering their resources at more targeted areas. The funding of the Whiteknights Yorkshire Blood Bikers is entirely by charitable donations from the general public and organisations like ours and private sector businesses.
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Toy Appeal Success! Pictured are Castle Grove Masonic Hall chairman Richard Bentley, left, and toy appeal co-ordinator Graham Shires
A toy appeal by Leeds Freemasons is bringing festive cheer to a number of local charities.
So popular has the initiative been that more than 300 gifts will be shared between four groups – Leeds Children’s Hospital, Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People, Leeds Children’s Charity, and Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.
The Castle Grove Masonic Lodges Festive Toy appeal was launched in November 2018, with the intention of bringing the various Lodges together to provide something tangible to young people in the local community.
Initially, the toys and gifts were to be donated to Leeds Children’s Hospital, however, the response proved so overwhelming that a large number of gifts were also donated to Barnardo’s.
This year, the number of charity recipients has been increased to four, including Leeds Jewish Welfare Board which will receive Chanukah gifts for 28 children under its care.
Leeds Freemason and toy appeal co-ordinator Graham Shiers said: “Once again, I’ve been absolutely staggered by the response of lodge members to the toy appeal.
“Since launching this year’s appeal in October, we have been inundated with both toys and financial donations. The money has been used to buy more gifts, including pyjamas and clothes for children living in poverty.
“I would like to thank the Masonic community who meet at Headingley’s Castle Grove for their generosity. Thanks to them, a number of children who may not have had a present to open on Christmas Day will receive at least one.”
Graham added: “One of the three great pillars that Freemasonry is founded on is charity, and charity is very close to our hearts.
“Each year the Province of Yorkshire West Riding presents grants totalling £200,000 to a wide range of organisations including schools, youth organisations, hospices and community clubs.
“We are very proud of our support of the communities we live and work in and these toys, gifts and clothes will go to four great charities that do so much for local children and their families.”
Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not Children's Hospice has received a £21,000 computerised entertainments package from national charity Lifelites and Yorkshire Freemasons.
Children with life limiting illnesses from Huddersfield, Calderdale, Bradford and Wakefield are cared for at the Bracken Hall-based Russell House.
Some of them were on hand to experience the state-of-the-art Eyegaze, mobile magic carpet, sensory unit and other technological treats as Lifelites London-based chief executive Simone Enefer-Doy, made the official presentation.
Mark Provincial Grand Master James Steggles handed over a £4,035 cheque as part of a Mark Benevolent Fund nationwide sixfigure financial support to Lifelites which provides specialist entertainment and educational back-up to over 50 children’s hospices throughout the country.
At Forget Me Not’s opening, Lifelites were given £20,000 from West Riding Masonic Charities to launch their support and a further £10,000 in 2015 when the technology was up-graded.
When Simone embarked on a 2,500 mile journey across Britain and the Channel Islands last year to help raise the London-based charity’s profile, WRMCL again stepped in with a £10,000 donation at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Forget Me Not chief executive Luen Thompson expressed her gratitude for the wonderful backing and explained that it cost around £4m a year to provide palliative care both in children’s homes and at the hospice with only 4% available from government sources.
WRMCL has agreed to give another £5K
Danecastre 4843's Bro. John Dowse being thanked by the P M for his help in the clearing up at Fishlake