Around 120 Masons packed themselves into Temple three at Tapton Hall, Sheffield, for the Installation of our new Deputy Provincial Grand Master, WBro John Boyington.
The Provincial Grand Master was joined by all four Assistant PGMs, a full delegation of Provincial Officers, two Past Deputy PGMs and threePast APGMs, for the ceremony hosted by The Lodge of South Yorkshire No. 9633.
Being a ‘daylight’ Lodge, proceedings commenced at 11.45am under the leadership of W. Bro Roger Powell, WM of the lodge, before the RW Provincial Grand Master was admitted by command of WBro Ian Smith, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Having taken the Chair, the Provincial Grand Master advised those present of the qualities that had led him to select WBro Boyington as the new Deputy, who was then duly admitted, accompanied by an escort of seven brethren selected as representatives of his various Masonic interests.
The Provincial Grand Master duly obligated WBro John who was then ‘Proclaimed and Saluted’ as the new Deputy PGM for Yorkshire, West Riding, before the delegation retired and the Lodge was closed.
At the festive board a tribute was paid to VW Bro Stuart Grantham, currently in hospital, whose illness had forced him to stand down from the role. Those present were delighted to hear that Stuart remained very positive and passed his best wishes to all attending.
Pictured from left are: W Bro. Ian Lewis, APGM; W Bro. Andrew Wright, APGM; RW Bro. David Pratt, Provincial Grand Master; W Bro. John Boyington, new Deputy Provincial Grand Master; W Bro. Roger Newhouse, APGM; and W Bro. Alan Elstone, APGM
On February 22nd 2019 W Bro. Geoffrey Bedford PPJGW celebrated his Diamond Jubilee as a member of The Lodge of The Morning Star No 5428. W Bro. Bedford was initiated into his Lodge on 20th February 1959 having been proposed by his father W Bro. E Bedford PPGD and seconded by W Bro. Sir James Croysdale PGD.,PPGW. On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master W Bro. Martin Dodgson PPJGW presented W Bro. Bedford with his certificate. W Bro. Bedford made a wonderful acceptance speech and received a standing ovation as he returned to his seat in the Lodge.
Lodge Acacia 232, Baildon has been involved in three yearly meetings with our European Brethren of Lodges Acacia for fifteen years. Including Sweden, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, and even Russia and Romania.
The latest meeting in Malmo Sweden, on 21st September, provided a fantastic educational and social experience. Thirty-one brethren and their partners, the largest group journeyed to Sweden.
The weekend began with an introductory reception in the dungeon of a castle, where we were welcomed and entertained. Our W. Ms., wife Christine made a response on behalf of the lodge in fluent Swedish!
The next day involved the brethren being introduced to the splendid Masonic rooms off the main square of Malmo. Easily identifiable by the two Ashlars at the Entrance. Each being one cubic metre of stone!
This was followed by a live Initiation, a ritual which none of us will forget. The candidate appeared more than usually nervous and hesitant. It transpired that the questions he was asked for a period of ten minutes were live, and his responses were used to assess his suitability. No prompting. He was eventually returned to material light by three amazing magnesium flashes ignited by flames blown up narrow tubes.
An excellent luncheon followed in which toasts and songs, as well as gifts, were exchanged. This was attended by fifty-one visiting brethren.
An evening social event, at which accompany partners were present, followed. A select group of senior brethren were invited to a tour what is the equivalent of R. A. rooms. This involved stumbling down tunnels into a subterranean room two levels below ground level. And I mean stumble. The passageways were unlit, and no more than four feet high, unlit save small alcoves containing skulls and other assorted bones.
In the magnificent small Scarlet temple, an explanation was given of ‘blue’ and ‘red’ masonry practised in most of Europe. They must be doing something right, having initiated forty candidates in the previous year...
The official part of the weekend concluded with dancing, song, and much imbibing, the details of which are a little hazy. Save to say that everyone left in high spirits, looking forward to our next meeting scheduled for Rotterdam in 2021.
Firstly may I thank each and every one of you who has contributed to any of the Provincial Charities, either individually or as a Lodge, for providing an encouraging upturn during the first quarter of the 2018/19 year.
We still have a long way to go to return to Festival, or pre Festival levels but with your assistance we will get there.
Brethren if you have not yet set up a standing order to make a charitable donation could I please ask if you would consider doing so.
Your Lodge Charity Steward has the bank mandate form or you can download it from the Provincial Website.
Just £1.00 per week would make such a difference.
Charity Stewards Briefings
The first of our Area Charity Briefings has taken place in Area 3 with an interesting range of speakers and a chance to discuss relevant topics with the other Area 3 Charity Stewards, the PCAs and the speakers.
Future dates can be found below and if you are not yet booked in please do so soon.
If you cannot get to your own Area briefing please feel free to attend elsewhere.
Also, if you are not yet a Charity Steward but are interested in becoming one, please come along and find out what the role entails. You would be most welcome.
Area 1 – 2nd April 2019 – Hoyle Court – John E Sharman
Area 2 – 11th March 2019 – Greenhead – Trevor Wilkinson
Area 4 – 16th March 2019 – Tapton Hall – Alan Hey
Area 4 – 30th March 2019 – Priory Place, Doncaster – Alan Hey
Area 5 – 7th March 2019 – Morley – David Gray
The Charity section of the website is now working as it should with the current Charity Manual in place and all the links working as they should.
Whilst on the subject of the website, there is a place on the website called ‘submit content’ where you can leave items that you would like to have published such as photos of cheque presentations or charity outings etc.
Leave your publicity items and they will be included on the website.
Alternatively email them to David Simister for circulation - email@example.com
Last year Simone Enefer-Doy, CEO of Lifelites, a children’s charity very close to Masonic hearts, visited Yorkshire West Riding on her tour of the Provinces, raising money for the charity as she passed through.
This year Simone will again be visiting us and it is hoped that we can give her a special Yorkshire welcome.
To cheer Simone on her way it is felt that we should sing a rousing rendition of ‘on Ilkley Moor Bah’t ‘at’ and I would ask if there are any choir members out there who could assist on the 13th May at Elsecar Heritage Railway please get in touch.
I would be very grateful for any assistance but a full choir would be fantastic.
A brass band would also not go amiss.
We are also tasked with transporting Simone on her journey to Malton, her next stop on her tour.
Last year we were able to take Simone to Derbyshire in a Bentley, care of Tim Brooksbank and again I would ask if anyone can provide an exotic mode of transport from Elsecar to Malton, or part way, I would be very grateful.
If you can help please contact W Bro Colin Symes on firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for this round of both major and minor applications to the PGM’s fund has now passed and I hear from around the Province that there are some very interesting and worthwhile applications.
May I thank all of you for your applications and wish you well with them.
As Charity Stewards we should always be vigilant for good causes locally who could benefit from a grant from the PGM’s Fund and we have until the end of June now to identify our next worthy recipients.
W Bro Ian Wright who is the PGM’s Fund Administrator, is one of our speakers at the Charity Stewards Briefings, advising on how best to impress the Board when completing the forms and is a mine of information regarding applications.
Brethren if your account year end is December 31st then you should be preparing a financial statement for presentation to your Lodge at the next meeting.
You should also have your account examiners approve the statement before it is presented.
If you are in any doubt please ask your PCA.
It is also recommended that cheques should have 3 signatories with any 2 from 3 to sign.
As was the case last year, there is no requirement to submit a set of ‘accounts’ to Province.
Saturday 23rd March at the Holiday Inn Barnsley is the date and venue of the next WRMCL AGM.
As Charity Stewards the WRMCL AGM is invaluable as a means to gain an insight into the work of WRMCL but also to get involved with the duties allocated to different Areas and to be very much a part of the occasion.
The duties have now been allotted and your PCA will have details of your Area function on the day.
It will be interesting and informative. Please attend if you can.
Masonic Charitable Foundation
MCF has published their 2017/18 impact report which makes very interesting reading.
A specific report of their activity in our Province is attached.
Highlights Nationally are:-
Income £28.1M Expenditure £34.8M
£12.3M awarded through 6762 grants
822 children received educational grants
1510 people cared for in RMBI homes
Yorkshire W R:-
£210,517.00 for daily expenses
£90,822.00 for health needs
£175,183 to 17 local charities
The full report can be found at: - impact.mcf.org.uk
Michael J Holmes
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
Zetland Lodge No. 603 (Meeting in Heckmondwike Area 1) have raised the magnificent sum of £3500 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Many will benefit from this Lodge effort, and not just Freemasons. Prostate Cancer kills one Man every hour. Efforts like this will go a long way ...
Harrogate & Claro Freemasons Lodge No 1001, Station Avenue, Harrogate raised £300 to provide funding for Harrogate & North Yorkshire Stroke Friendship Group, to support a social outing for their members.
The group is run by and for people with Aphasia, to support people with language loss following a stroke, head injury or a neurological condition. They provide support to each other, share experiences, make new friends, rebuild self-confidence and develop new skills by practising total communication using words, drawing, pictures and gesture.
The group has more than 25 members from Harrogate, North Yorkshire and North Leeds (from as far afield as Masham). They meet nine months of the year at St Marks Church Community Centre, Leeds Road Harrogate and listen to a variety of speakers.
The money will pay for transport to take the group out for an afternoon tea, as many of our members have mobility problems.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Fabian Ware Memorial Lecture, 6.30, Friday 1st February at Bradford Grammar School.
Major General Sir Fabian Arthur Goulstone Ware KCVO KBE CB CMG
Fabian Ware is considered the Founding Father of the Commonwealth (originally Imperial) War Graves Commission.
During the last decade of the 19th century he was a modern languages teacher at Bradford Grammar School before becoming an early schools inspector and playing a key role in the integration of the Dutch provinces of South Africa after the Boer War.
At the outbreak of the War he was the Director of the British Red Cross Ambulance Service in France when he proposed the creation of the Commission.
On the formation of the Commission organising committee based in St Omer, France, he was the Founding Master of The Builders of the Silent Cities Lodge No.12 in the French Constitution along with Rudyard Kipling and other leading officers.
The name of the lodge was proposed by Rudyard Kipling
When the Commission opened its principal office in London the brethren formed The Builders of the Silent Cities Lodge No 4948 in the British Constitution. It still meets today at Freemasons Hall.
The story of the Commission is fascinating for anyone interested in the past.
Brethren will not fail to recognise how the principals of Freemasonry underpins everything the Commission has achieved.
Max Dutton, Commission Historian, will deliver a lecture on the establishment of CWGC and the creation of the various War Graves Cemeteries and Memorials following WWI.
It will take place in the main Price Hall of Bradford Grammar School.
Light refreshments will follow.
There will also be a display of memorabilia relating to Fabian Ware.
Tickets are free, with a retiring collection in aid of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Educational Foundation.
The Masonic Hall, Westbourne House, Westbourne Close, Otley, LS21 3LG
Refreshments from 09.30
1. House announcements: signing in, fire, mobile phones, evaluation form
2. Welcome, introduction and Chairman’s Address - W Bro. Doug Mills
3. Five Year Plan to include Charity Accounts and Regular Giving Presentation by W Bro. Mike Holmes
4. Charity Stewards’ Manual & downloading forms. Presentation by W Bro. TBA
5. Communications & Website. Presentation by W Bro. David Simister
6. PGM’s Fund Grant Applications. Presentation by W Bro. Ian Wright
7. MCF Presentation by W Bro. John Rushworth
8. Charity Steward’s role from an Almoner’s Perspective and CHOICES Presentation by W Bro. TBA
9. Open Forum 10. Close 12:00 noon