This is the first of two installations in two weeks of two new APGMs (Assistant Provincial Grand Masters) in our Province. The first ceremony saw W Bro. Andrew Wright, from Chevin Lodge in Otley, taking on the office for the next five years. Congratulations to Dr Wright, pictured fourth from right, with the rest of the Provincial “top team”!
Jason Mallinson, Internationally acclaimed Cave Rescue Diver and recipient of the Queen's Gallantry Medal, recently gave a captivating and illustrated talk chronicling his exploits in Thailand in June 2018 to a two hundred strong audience at Greenhead Masonic Hall.
Jason spoke of his role in helping rescue twelve Wild Boars football team members from a flooded underground cave in Tham Luang Non in Chiang Rai Province.
The brave but unassuming 50-year-old hero from Oakes, provided a graphic description as he re-lived the epic rescue involving himself and colleagues dubbed by the press as “International Rescue”, a hand-picked team from across the globe flown to Thailand and charged with what was thought to be an impossible mission.
Before Mallinson’s arrival at Tham Luang, where the boys were trapped deep inside the vast cave system, the rescue seemed near impossible giving the authorities cause to consider leaving the football team and their coach there for months until water levels dropped making for a safer rescue attempt.
The youngsters were stuck with very little hope for 18 long days and nights before the dramatic rescue.
Malcolm Jenkinson, from Newsome, who organised the evening on behalf of Unity Masonic Lodge, explained that he had been a friend and caving colleague of Jason’s for over 30 years.
“Potholing and caving in the Yorkshire Dales are where we began and as the years went by Jason became known worldwide as a leading cave diver with many underground, underwater world records achieved."
“Missions to Norway, Mexico and now Thailand have begun with a call for me to provide extra gear and I am so proud of his achievements, always with minimal concern for his own safety.”
Proceeds raised on the evening amounted to £1,000 for the Freemasons’ Teddies For Loving Care initiative which provides a cuddly bear at Accident and Emergency units at hospitals, including HRI and Calderdale.
Jason, along with other members of the rescue team, were recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the 2019 New Year's Honours List.
Area5 Charity Committee Chairman David Gray presents Certificates to St Gemma's and Wheatfield's Hospice. The certificate confirms they have received grants from the MCF as part of the annual £600k MCF Hospice awards in England and Wales.
St Michael’s Hospice, Harrogate and Martin House Children’s Hospice, Boston Spa received a visit from Freemasons in The Province of Yorkshire West Riding having been chosen to receive grants coming from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). St Michael’s received £1290 for and Martin House £1798.
These grants are just two of 245 grants to hospices around the country from Freemasons. In total £600,000 will be donated to hospices all over England and Wales this year.
This includes £450,000 which will be distributed to each hospice that receives less than 65per cent funding from the NHS. A further £150,000 will be provided to individual hospices across England and Wales via Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care. MCF has a partnership with Hospice UK aimed at developing and extending bereavement support services in hospices.
Contributions from Freemasons to hospices have exceeded £12 million in England and Wales since 1984 and are continuing to increase at a rate of £600,000 a year.
Paul Clarke, Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM), Doug Mills, Area 3 Provincial Charity Committee Chairman and several brethren from local Lodges enjoyed the kind hospitality whilst at both hospices with Olivia Fuller from St Michael’s Hospice saying “We’re very grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant and continuing support for the work we do. Whilst Sarah Smith from Martin House Children’s Hospice made a similar response on receiving the MCF Certificate.
In conclusion Paul Clarke said “We are all very pleased to have been able to assist these hospices. They do an outstanding job helping people with terminal or life limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families through very difficult times.
A group of volunteers that service Harrogate as Harrogate Community First Responders (CFR), demonstrated effective CPR to members of The Spa Lodge at the Masonic Hall.
They also brought with them the three kit bags, each having a defibrillator (AED) and a wide selection of basic life support equipment including oxygen cylinder, oxygen masks, bandages, purchased with a Provincial Grand Master’s Fund (PGM) Grant and a donation from the Lodge.
Although not able to deal with road accidents /trauma cases they are generally first on scene to assist someone with a heart problem, epileptic seizures or other medical emergencies. The additional bags enable them to ensure that multiple CFRs are on duty to respond 24/7 to emergency calls allowing greater coverage of Harrogate and surrounding villages.
Damian Bowen, team leader, in thanking the PGM Fund Committee and the Lodge brethren went on to say: “This essential additional equipment will make a real difference to people’s lives in their time of need when we attend medical emergencies in the local community on behalf of Yorkshire Ambulance Service.”
Several brethren later tried their hand in giving CPR but were advised to stop before creating a real emergency!
On the 11.11.2018, the Brethren of Royal Yorkshire Lodge 265 formed up on Parade in Keighley, this year being a special year for all, the brethren were adorned in their masonic aprons but also their beret's and proudly displaying personal medals from conflicts passed.
On early parade at the Keighley Cenotaph before the main event were [left to right] Bro. Dave Connor, Bro. James Aslam-Armitage, W Bro. Edward Sissling PGSW, W Bro. Andrew Harrison. PPSGD, Bro. Mike Moran, W Bro. Neil Armitage, Bro. Peter Karkoszka, with Lodge Liaison Officer; W Bro. Graham Lake, PAGDC, PPSGW
A family support room has been officially opened on Byland Ward at Harrogate District Hospital, thanks to generous donations from local Freemasons and the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.
from left are: David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding; Chief Executive of Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Ros Tolcher; Matron Tammy Gotts; Paul Clarke, Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding; Ian Wright, Provincial Grand Master Fund coordinator; Richard Stone and Michael Wrigglesworth, both from Knaresborough Priory Lodge.
The Masons Suite was officially opened by the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, David S Pratt, following a £25,000 major grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, and £5,000 from the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity.
The new Suite will improve patient experience on Byland Ward for patients, including those with dementia and learning disabilities. It includes reminiscence features and mood lighting and will provide a comforting non-clinical environment for patients.
Tammy Gotts, Matron, who has coordinated the efforts to open to the Masons Suite, said: “The project has been two years in the making and we are delighted that the Masons Suite is now open.
“Our huge thanks go to the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, and the Friends of Harrogate Hospital and Community Charity, for their generous donations. Without them, the project would not have been possible.
“The Suite will improve the experience of staying in the hospital for the patients on the ward.”
David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “It was my absolute honour to officially open the Masons Suite within Harrogate District Hospital’s Byland Ward.
“The grant application to financially support this initiative was made by Knaresborough Priory Lodge, and in the coming years, it will help provide comfort and to countless people from the Harrogate district and beyond.
“In Harrogate and Knaresborough there are seven lodges, and all are active within the community. And it is through to the generosity of our members that we are able to fund initiatives such as this family support room with the hospital.”
Harrogate’s The Spa Lodge has celebrated its Diamond Jubilee by planting trees at RHS Harlow Carr, at a ceremony attended by leading regional civic and masonic figures.
Stephen Brown, Worshipful Master of The Spa Lodge; Simon Mackaness, DL; and David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding
In celebration of its consecration, the Lodge also donated an oak bench sited in the Lakeside Garden area, overlooking the Queen Mother’s Memorial Lake, and the newly-planted trees.
These trees form part of a new woodland area, which acknowledges Her Majesty the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Project, which is designed to create a network of forest conservation schemes throughout the 53 nations of the Commonwealth, with Harlow Carr forming part of what was the ancient Forest of Knaresborough.
The new bench and trees funded by the Freemasons
A successful application was also been made to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, which funded an oak information lectern, together with a graphic board, part of which is in braille.
The Deputy Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire, Simon Mackaness, and David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding, ceremonially planted an Acacia tree, whilst The Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate, Councillor Bernard Bateman, and Stephen Brown, Master of The Spa Lodge, planted a Red Oak tree.
The Lodge which was founded in 1958 is so named following a likening to the springs in Harrogate and the “SPAW” mineral springs in Spa Belgium, and has a logo which features three heraldic emblems representing medicinal springs or watering places.
Former members of Huddersfield’s Thornhill Lodge have made donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Pictured at Nostell are YAA chairman Peter Sunderland with, from left, Captain Andy Lister, Director of Aviation, W Bros Mann, Gledhill, Greenhalgh and experienced medic Dr Tim Moll.
Sadly, the Lodge handed in its Warrant last year and as part of a distribution of its funds £2500 has been given to the charity.
Acknowledging the outstanding support of Thornhill Brethren over the years, West Riding Masonic Charities directors have matched the funding, and so £5,000 was handed over when John Gledhill, David Mann and Ian Greenhalgh, representing the Lodge, met up at the YAA Nostell Airbase.
YAA chairman Peter Sunderland, accepting the cheques, said: “We are greatly indebted to a large number of individuals and organisations across the county for their tremendous support.
"The Freemasons have long been a group from whom we receive regular donations, and I cannot thank their members enough for what is another significant contribution to help keep our two aircraft operational - and this alone costs £12,000 every single day."
The air ambulance charity, which receives no Government financial support, currently has two state of the art Airbus H145 aircraft, the second is stationed at RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and both can respond to nighttime emergencies as well as those in daylight hours.
Cancer patients will get personalised support services thanks to grant from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons
(from L-R): John Boyington (Assistant Provincial Grand Master - Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons), Paula Harrison (Assessor Cavendish Cancer Care), Michael Holmes (Grand Charity Steward - Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons)
More than 800 cancer patients will receive therapy or counselling, following a grant of £60,000 to Cavendish Cancer Care from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons.
The grant will be used to fund a new Assessor, who will put together personalised care plans to help those with a cancer diagnosis deal with the physical and emotional consequences of cancer, and the treatments that are prescribed.
Every year, 30,000 people in Yorkshire are diagnosed with cancer, and 320,000 in England and Wales, where there are currently over 2.1 million people living with the condition.
Cavendish Cancer Care supports people living with cancer in Yorkshire and their loved ones, offering complementary therapies such as counselling, massage and acupuncture.
Assessors are the first point of contact at the centre and form a fundamental part of the support process. The Assessor will talk through a person’s concerns and will help them to decide on treatments. At the end of a client’s course of therapy, they will undertake a review and will re-refer clients if they feel they would benefit from more Cavendish support, or refer them onto other services. As well as supporting patients, Cavendish also offers support to their carers and loved ones, including their children who can use the centre’s specialised young people’s service.
Carly Honeycombe was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of 26, and visited Cavendish alongside her chemotherapy for sessions of reflexology and healing. “My sessions were all about me and keeping my body as healthy as possible through this process,” Carly says, “They helped me get through it. I don’t think people realise how valuable Cavendish is. I wasn’t picking between Cavendish and somewhere else to go for respite and rejuvenation. It’s invaluable because there’s nothing else like it.”
The grant from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons, comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
“Cavendish Cancer Care has had a long association with Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons”, says Director of Fundraising, Jason Briggs. “We can’t thank them enough for this generous donation. Charities often struggle to plan ahead because fundraising income is difficult to predict. Therefore, a gift of this size over three years allows us to make a focused and sustained impact through the recruitment of a salaried assessor.”
John Boyington from Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons said: “We’re very pleased to be able to help Cavendish Cancer Care. To have an Assessor available can make all the difference to people who have had their lives turned upside down by a cancer diagnosis. A personalised package of support helps patients cope with both the physical and the emotional effects of cancer and the treatments that are prescribed.”
(from L-R): John Boyington (Assistant Provincial Grand Master - Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons), Michael Holmes (Grand Charity Steward Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons), Mike Sawkins (Trusts Manager - Cavendish Cancer Care), Carly Honeycombe, Paula Harrison (Assessor), Chris Farrell (CEO Cavendish Cancer Care), Jack Pigott (Chair - West Riding Masonic Charities Limited), Roy Finch (Vice President Cavendish Cancer Care)