As part of the Masonic Charitable Foundation annual grants to hospices nationwide, Huddersfield’s Kirkwood (£1584), Forget Me Not (£1173) and Overgate at Elland (£988) were presented with cheques by APGM Alan Elstone and Area charity chairman Gerry Dickinson.
The three hospices also received £880 each from the trustees of the former Thornhill Lodge No 1514 which handed in its Warrant last year.
Hospice representatives Debs Davies (Forget Me Not), Laura Whitham (Overgate) and Kathryn Box are pictured with, from left, John Gledhill (PCC and Thornhill), David Mann, Thornhill, Gerry Dickinson, Trevor Wilkinson (Area Two charity committee) and Alan Elstone.
Debs spoke for all three hospices when she said that donations from the Freemasons were especially welcome and always much appreciated.
“State funding provides only a small percentage of the money we need to maintain what are vital services in the community. This is why every penny counts for each of us in donations large or small.”
Following Bro. Adam Douglas's wheelchair 10k event earlier in the year he waited until after the Pilgrim Lodge 7728 Installation to present a cheque to Assistant Provincial Grand Master W Bro. Roger D Newhouse. Adam raised £2,302.50
The next in the series of Organ Concerts will be given by the distinguished organist Darius Battiwalla, Leeds City Organist, at 18:15 for an hour on Wednesday 14th November (the same day as the next Supreme Grand Chapter Convocation).
The concert will, as usual, be projected on the walls of the Grand Temple. Tickets are free but should be booked at: http://bit.ly/FMH-Concert-Nov-2018
Ripon MH as currently decorated with Poppies on the roadside railings.
Photos by W.Bro Les Davy.
Pathfinder Lodge no 8236 was host to the Kindred Lodges Association’s (KLA) Autumn Festival on Saturday the 22nd September at Tapton.
The KLA was formed in 1952 to facilitate and foster relationships among Freemasons who are or were involved in Youth Work. The prime activity, other than encouraging inter Lodge visiting, is to hold two Festival meetings each year.
Some 100 Brethren welcomed the ever energetic and appreciative Provincial Grand Master RW Bro. David, Pratt, attended by his DC, Standard Bearer, Sword Bearer. (See Photo above of PGM and WM of Pathfinder W.Bro. Steve Hides.) Senior and Junior Warden as they entered the lodge room accompanied by a number of Grand Lodge officers. The distinguished masons in attendance included PPDep.GM. Jack Piggott, VW Bro Frankland (London), W.Bro. Alan Hurdley PAGDC and the Secretary from the KLA. W.Bro. Hughes.
In the Lodge room W.Bro. Christopher Powell a PM of Royal Brunswick Lodge 296 gave a very interesting and informative lecture on Masonic artefacts and what they tell us. –Tracing Boards, Aprons, Jewels, Lodge Lists, Books of Constitutions, Old Charges, and other Masonic artefacts were viewed to see what story they had to tell us about Freemasonry in general and its history in particular.
W.Bro. Powell’s lecture was very professionally presented and informative with many examples to touch and hold, and was well received by all.
Just prior to the closing of the lodge the W.M. handed over the ceremonial tile to W. Bro. Tony Harvey as representative of Walesby Lodge, the next hosts in 2019. (Attached photo shows the WM, the PGM, W.Bro. Tony Harvey the UK Secretary of the KLA, with the tile and mascot Dobbie.)
After the Lodge meeting brethren sat down to an excellent 3 course meal followed by coffee. (See Photo) The PGM was presented with a KLA neckerchief by the WM. Steve Hides and during wine taking they PGM took wine with Brethren who had gained their Queen’s Scout Award a first at these festival meetings confirming the closeness of Scouting and Freemasonry.
Yes our PGM is a Queen’s Scout!
The Queen's Scout Award is the top achievement for scouts.
Following the singing of Happy Have we met brethren departed home many travelling far and wide, even to Norway.
The Pathfinder Lodge celebrates its 50th anniversary this year on 5th October.
Michael F. Holmes
Brethren, please find attached for download the latest Provincial Charity Newsletter from W Bro. Michael J Holmes, Provincial Grand Charity Steward which includes details of PGMs Fund Grants made in June.
This year's prize winners at the annual Harewood Trophy competition recently held at Cleckheaton and District Golf Club.
Harewood Trophy winner - W Watson (Doric 2695)
Runner Up - M Lee (Zetland 603)
Third - N Barker-Smith (Integrity 380)
1st Division Best Gross - A Fairbairn (The Lodge of Probity 61)
2nd Division Best Gross - S Rika (Friendship 750)
Veteran Winner - R Trueman (Friendship 750)
Next year's event will be hosted at either Ilkley GC or Keighley GC on Monday 2nd September. Anyone wants to get involved in our activities they should contact Andy Fairburn
On 1st October Lascelles Lodge 4796 will be hosting the Area 3 presentation of the fascinating insight into joining Royal Arch known as Talking Heads. This will be held at Wetherby Masonic Hall starting at 6.45pm with delivery of the presentation by the Royal Arch Provincial Presentation Team.
All Masons, whether or not members of Royal Arch, are encouraged to attend. This evening is especially aimed at those Brethren who have not yet fully completed their Masonic degrees by taking this final step into Royal Arch, but it is also important for a Royal Arch Masons to attend too to support and encourage these potential new Royal Arch members.
Bookings are being handled by Lascelles’ Secretary who can be contacted via W Bro. Karl McAuley by email firstname.lastname@example.org Meal cost is £15 for which pre-booking is required.
Please attend to show your support for this important event in the Masonic calendar in general and for Lascelles Lodge in particular.
Calderdale SmartMove, who received the Halifax Courier Charity of the year award in 2015, was established in 1998 and their mission statement is to inspire local people on their journey to independence by providing housing, support and education tailored to their specific needs.
In more recent years many new services, all of which are free to clients, have emerged. They recognise that many clients are socially excluded and in an effort to help build networks, a range of practical activities are offered.
SmartMove’s learning centre provides a range of practical workshops aimed at improving lifestyles and therefore introducing more positive opportunities. Courses include arts and crafts, maths and English, positive parenting, eating healthily on a limited budget, growing your own food and many more. Their workshops are well attended and help clients build social networks, restore confidence and develop life skills.
In recognition of the excellent work being carried out by SmartMove in Yorkshire West Riding, the Masonic Charitable Foundation, Charity Grants Committee approved a small grant of £4,320 towards their general charitable purposes.
The cheque was presented to Craig George, Smartmove’s fund raising manager, by Area 2 Charity Chairman W.Bro Gerald Dickinson and Area 2 Charity Secretary W. Bro Granville Robinson.
Brethren and Companions,
Acknowledging the sacrifice of those who fought and died in the 1914-18 War
The so-called ”Great War” ended on November 11th 1918 and we will this year celebrate the centenary of the end of that terrible conflict in which over 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians lost their lives across the world.
We feel it would be fitting for us as a Province to come together this special year, and every year into the future, to acknowledge the supreme sacrifice made by people from across the world, many of whom had Masonic connections.
Our colleagues in the Province of Derbyshire have on an annual basis shown their support by the wearing of a special tie (pictured above) that is permitted to be worn throughout the month of November in both Craft and Royal Arch meetings within their Province. All profits from sales go directly to The Royal British Legion.
As Provincial Grand Master and Most Excellent Grand Superintendent we want to introduce this initiative into our Province during this special year which creates an excellent opportunity for Masons across Yorkshire, West Riding to openly demonstrate their act of remembrance and to raise money for a sometimes forgotten services charity.
The tie can be worn from 1st to 30th November this and every subsequent year at Craft and Royal Arch meetings in this Province.
You can purchase a tie now at the WEB SHOP pages here on the Provincial website.
The ties cost £10.00 each plus £1.75 for postage and packing.
We would emphasise that participation is entirely voluntary but we hope that our members will embrace this opportunity and join us in marking our support for this worthy charity and our respect for those who made the supreme sacrifice.
R.W. Bro David S Pratt Ex Comp Stewart G Carley
Provincial Grand Master, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent