Western County Primary School, Harrogate
Community groups all over Yorkshire have received a portion of a £27,650 charity giveaway, courtesy of the Freemasons.
Grants varying in size from £450 to £4,000 have been distributed to 14 different worthy causes, including youth and sports clubs, schools, charities and specialist care centres via the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund.
Every year this fund – which has been supporting community organisations since 1987 – awards grants totalling £200,000. Nominees are selected by individual Masonic Lodges with grants presented four times a year.
Those to receive grants this quarter include:
Platform 1, a men’s mental health charity helping recovery by way of work, located in Huddersfield, has been granted £4,000 towards IT equipment to assist educating men with mental health problems.
Western County Primary School, Harrogate, has been awarded £4,000 towards providing playground space for children
Holme Valley Transport Scheme, Holmfirth, has been given £3,000 towards the cost of replacing their old minibus
£3,500 has been given to the Macmillan Cancer Support team in Doncaster, in conjunction with Doncaster Royal Infirmary, to provide and equip a ‘Doncaster Information Pod’ in the main entrance to the hospital
Love Toast and Coffee Community Café, Leeds, has been awarded £3,300 to help towards purchasing a new washing machine, tumble drier, commercial dishwasher, hand drier and baby changing unit
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “We are proud once again to be able to provide support to these organisations through the PGM’s Fund.
“All are worthy in their own unique way, and all are superb organisations doing important work within their local communities. Now, thanks to the help of our members and lodges who contribute to this fund, we are able to provide them with financial support.”
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North and Goole in the East to Waddington in the West.
Additional information regarding the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website www.wrprovince.org.uk
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Thousands of people whose lives have been devastated by flooding in the Indian state of Kerala will be given urgently needed humanitarian assistance, thanks to a grant from the Masonic community.
The floods, caused by the worst monsoon in a century, have affected five and a half million people, including 361 who have lost their lives. Nearly three quarters of a million people have been displaced and around 20,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Half of the £20,000 will go to Plan International UK, which will be using the money to provide food rations for displaced families, while the rest will be distributed to flood victims directly by Freemasons from the District Grand Lodge of Madras.
The grant comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales.
Tanya Barron, Chief Executive of Plan International UK, said:
“We are very grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant. Many of those who have been displaced will be returning to homes which have been devastated by the flooding – this grant will help provide vital support and help them to begin rebuilding their lives”
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“Sadly, hundreds of people have died and many thousands have been displaced by these terrible floods. I’m very pleased that Freemasonry, through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, is able to move so quickly to provide this essential funding for Plan International UK and to Freemasons in Kerala, thereby enabling both organizations to provide rapid support to those worst affected by this disaster.”
local people in Kerala receiving aid from Plan International UK.
The Masonic Charitable Foundation has donated £25,000 to Plan International UK to help support 30,000 people whose lives have been devastated by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in Guatemala.
Over 1.7 million people have been affected by the crisis, with at least 12,277 people having been evacuated from their homes. At least 100 people have lost their lives and the number is expected to rise as hundreds remain missing in the ash and rubble. The extreme conditions have left thousands of people without access to safe shelter, food, drinking water or sanitation facilities.
David Innes, Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation said:
“The Fuego volcano eruption has devastated the lives of many thousands of people, with, as usual, children bearing the brunt of the suffering. I am very pleased that the Masonic Charitable Foundation was able to move so quickly and provide funds for Plan International UK’s vital work at the heart of the disaster zone.”
Find out how this grant will help to fund Plan International UK's vital services across three evacuation centres >>
PGM David Pratt was the guest of honour at Harrogate Easy Living Project’s official ribbon cutting of its new van, which purchased with the assistance of an £11k major grant from the PGM’s fund. The application was submitted by the brethren of St Hubertus Lodge.
left to right - Charlotte Walton (Guide Dog Assoc.), WM Simon Penny-Smith, Lindsey Moore, Charlotte, "Zetland",
W Bro. Andrew Robinson (Charity Steward)
Zetland Lodge No. 1311 were delighted to present a cheque for £2500 to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association at their Headingley Training Centre (June 5th). In recognition of their donation the Lodge will be allowed to name a guide dog puppy, and they have chosen ‘Zetland’. In the future and subject to passing the training programme, ‘Zetland’ will be able to change the life of an unsighted person for many years to come.
It was particularly pleasing to meet Lindsey Moore and her guide dog Charlotte. Our WM, Simon Penny-Smith knew Lindsey in his younger days, even before she was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease that caused severe visual impairment, and he had kept in touch with her.
Lindsey said “Since getting my guide dog Charlotte I am able to do so many things that I couldn’t even contemplate before, like snowboarding and horse riding. Losing your sight can be devastating but it doesn’t have to be. I was determined that my sight loss would not stop me from doing all the things I ever wanted to do, and now with Charlotte at my side I am able to live independently and normally just as I did when I was sighted”.
Looking Good! The Spa Lodge Charity Steward Doug Mills watches Disability Action Yorkshire customer Kayleigh Atkinson experiencing the new virtual reality headset, funded by the Freemasons
Disabled people supported by a Harrogate charity will be able to step into a whole new world, thanks to the Freemasons.
In a bid to equip customers for independent living, Disability Action Yorkshire is turning to virtual reality to help train and prepare them for a host of everyday life experiences, including supermarket shopping and travelling by public transport.
Members of the town’s The Spa Lodge secured a grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, which has been used for the charity’s Virtual Independence Project to purchase a Garmin spherical camera, Oculus Go virtual reality headset and a new laptop computer to edit the recorded footage.
Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape said: “Thanks to The Spa Lodge nominating us for this generous grant, our training sessions for customers will be totally revolutionised.
“Whilst many are keen to live as independently as possible, the reality is that some people have had little or no experience of everyday life. Our Virtual Independence Project will change all that.
“Our customers will be able to experience what it is like to travel on a bus independently, travel around a busy shopping centre or supermarket, or prepare and cook a simple meal.
“The aim is that once people have gained confidence in a virtual setting they will then go to try new experiences in daily life.”
Doug Mills, The Spa Lodge Charity Steward, said: “Charity is one of the three grand principles of Freemasonry, and I’m delighted that we have been able to support Disability Action Yorkshire in kick-starting their Virtual Independence Project.
“With the camera, the charity will now be able to develop a series of 360-degree videos, which will help train and prepare customers keen to explore new experiences.
“I tried the headset on myself, and whilst it was great fun I could see a real benefit for those who lack confidence in undertaking simple tasks which, to them, can seem like major obstacles.
“The visit to Disability Action Yorkshire’s Claro Road residential care home proved to be a very satisfying experience, particularly in the knowledge that Freemasons in The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, have provided financial support to the wider community.”
Further information about Disability Action Yorkshire is available from its website, www.disabilityactionyorkshire.org.uk
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available for its website,http://wrprovince.net/
From Amsterdam to Leeds! Pictured is Norman Eagan, Master of Craven Lodge in Skipton, where the letter was rediscovered during an audit of Masonic records and artefacts
A letter written more than 250 years ago in Amsterdam, congratulating the new master of a Leeds Masonic Lodge, has been discovered amongst the pages of a book in Skipton.
In the two-page letter penned in 1762, Lewis Bastide, a member of Golden Lion Lodge, also speaks of his experience with foreign lodges in the Dutch capital, and his intention to form an English lodge in Amsterdam.
The correspondence was unearthed by Chris Hill, secretary of Craven Lodge, during an audit of historical books and documents, where it was found in an envelope tucked into an old copy of a Book of Constitutions.
From records held at The Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London, The Golden Lion Lodge was warranted by the premier Grand Lodge of England on January 8, 1761, and numbered 258 on the Roll of Lodges, and initially called “A Masters Lodge”.
The Warrant for Lodge No 258 was issued by Lord Aberdour, Grand Master, and appointed Sir Henry Ibbetson to be Master, Lewis Bastide to be Senior Warden and George Lawman to be Junior Warden.
During the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, Sir Henry raised a corps of 100 men at his own expense and, in recompense for his loyalty, was created a Baronet.
Lewis Bastide was a prominent merchant in Leeds whilst George Lawman was a master Surgeon in the Army.
The lodge met at various taverns in Leeds including, from 1766, the Golden Lion, Briggate, from which the Lodge took its name in 1772.
However, it ceased to meet regularly from December 1780, and was erased on February 1, 1786.
The only information available about the Lodge’s members is a list of names which appears in a volume entitled List of Members 1770.
Chris Hill, Secretary of Craven Lodge, which meets at The Masonic Hall, Sackville Street in Skipton, said: “This wonderful letter was found totally by accident when I was conducting an audit of lodge possessions.
“It was in a plain envelope and fell out of the pages of an old Book of Constitutions. Despite it being there for goodness knows how long, the letter is in remarkably good condition, and is now carefully preserved.
“The contents of the letter are fascinating and give an insight into Freemasonry in Leeds and Amsterdam more than 250 years ago. It’s just a shame the name of the Master Lewis Bastide was writing to congratulate is not known.”
Pictured are W Bro David Whitteron, right, W Bro Roy Meredith, centre, and Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team Chairman, David Warden
Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team will be able to replace aging analogue radios with new, digital replacements, thanks to a £1,000 donation from the Freemasons.
De Warren Lodge, which meets in Halifax and has close ties to the organisation, - Past Master, David Whitteron, is the rescue team’s new President - secured the money via numerous raffles and the individual generosity of members.
With GPS capability, the new radios will enhance the safety of rescuers in remote areas, and greatly improve the management of searches for missing and vulnerable persons, relaying the position of search parties to the control vehicle and base.
The team, which is part of Mountain Rescue England and Wales, is a Registered Charity, and is funded entirely through donations from the community, societies and local business.
The team members are all volunteers, on call 24/7 throughout every day of the year.
Details of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team Team can be found at http://www.cvsrt.org.uk/.
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding. Which encompasses South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and parts of North and East Yorkshire, is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/
Bags of Support! Pictured from left are Michael Baxter, Harrogate & Claro Freemasons; Laura Milburn, Lead Cancer Manager; Charlotte Rock; Palliative Care Team Leader; Satokh Sidu, Master of Harrogate & Claro Masonic Lodge; Sarah David, Clinical Nurse Specialist; John Birkenshaw, Charity Steward, Harrogate & Claro Lodge; and Beverley Harrison, Harrogate Hospital & Community Charity Administrator
Funding from the Freemasons has helped Harrogate District Hospital launch a “comforting” initiative for relatives of patients at the end of their lives.
Harrogate & Claro Freemasons Lodge secured £1,700 from the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Charity Fund, to kick start the “Comfort Bags” scheme.
Set up by Harrogate District Hospital & Community Charity and Harrogate District Palliative Care Team, the bags are helping enhance both dignity and practical support throughout end of life for patients and their relatives, in the acute hospital setting.
Each year, more than 600 patients spend their last days and hours in the Harrogate District Hospital and Ripon Hospital.
The bags – which contains a blanket, travel pillow, toothbrush and toothpaste, tissues, notebook and pen, hand lotions and essential toiletries, a free meal voucher and a free parking permit - provide very practical items to help improve the comfort of relatives staying for long periods, or overnight with patients who are in the last days of life.
These are items they may well forget to bring with them when they’re in a hurry or didn’t expect to stay long.
Feedback from relatives has been very positive and grateful for the additional support this scheme has provided.
One relative said: “At the moment my mum is receiving end of life care and last night I received one of your bags. It is a really thoughtful touch. Thank you!”
John Birkenshaw, Charity Steward of Harrogate & Claro Lodge of Freemasons, said: “We are really proud to support this innovative scheme which will bring much needed comfort and support to both patients and relatives at a time when it is needed the most.”
Initial funding was used to launch the bags, however ongoing funding is vital to continue to provide this service. Current projections suggest this will require approximately £5,000 per year to fund 300 comfort bags.
The donation of £1,700 from Harrogate Freemasons will make a set the scheme on a firm road ahead and the donation will be used to continue to fund the contents of the comfort bags.
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Noreen Hawkshead, Macmillan Lead Nurse for Cancer and End of Life Care, 1st Floor Phoenix Unit, Briary Wing, Harrogate District Hospital Harrogate. HG2 7SX. Direct Line :01423 555797. Email: Noreen.Hawkshaw2@hdft.nhs.uk Or
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Five Yorkshire charities have shared a £90,000 “major grants” windfall from the region’s Freemasons.
The financial donations - which ranged in value from £9,000 to £30,500 - were presented at the Freemasons’ Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s annual meeting held at Harrogate’s Royal Hall.
Representatives from the five organisations were presented with their cheques by the fraternity’s Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, at the event attended by Freemasons from Yorkshire’s four counties and beyond.
Those who received grants were:
Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt, said: “It was my absolute honour to be able to present these five different, yet equally deserving, organisations with their grants, at our Provincial Grand Lodge annual meeting in Harrogate.
“This money was all raised thanks to Freemasons from throughout our Province, and I am extremely grateful to them for their generosity and continued support of charity.
“This year alone we will give £200,000 to a wide range of charities, clubs, societies, hospitals and hospices.
“Charity has, as always has been, at the heart of Freemasonry, and it will continue to be so for as long as our ancient and honourable institution exists.
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