Open House London is the world’s largest architecture festival, giving free public access to 800+ buildings, walks, talks and tours over one weekend in September each year. The event started 25 years ago with the first Open House London in 1992 and gives free access to London’s best buildings as a way of inspiring the public about the benefits of great design.
Freemasons’ Hall has taken part in the event for a number of years and has seen 3,000 visitors through its doors on the Saturdays it has opened to the public.
This year we are opening on both days (Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September) and are on the lookout for volunteers to dedicate their time to help us with the following roles:
Room stewards (answering questions from public about the rooms / general FAQs on Freemasonry/tour questions)
Freemasons in regalia - in Grand Temple and as Room Stewards
Help with Lego Make and Take activity for children
Front of house stewards / crowd control.
If you would like to help please contact UGLE’s Events Manager Katherine Nisbet on email@example.com.
Brethren, if you were at Harrogate for the Provincial AGM you would have seen the pleasure that the Provincial Grand Master had in giving away £123,000.00 to six very worthy recipients and the elation on the faces of those dedicated people was a joy to behold.
All of this and the minor grants given every quarter is only possible because of the work you do and the generosity of our Brethren.
So may I thank you all for the continued support you give to West Riding Masonic Charities as Lodge Charity Stewards.
Just in case there are those who are unaware of who the recipients were, they were as follows:-
2 Rokeby Old Earth School Sports Pitch Elland £20000
3 Knars Priory Martin House Hosp Special mini bus Boston Spa £38000
3 Chevin Green Meadows Schl outdoor play Guiseley £25000
5 Stability Bramley elderly Action mini bus Bramley £20000
4 Aire & Calder Mission Trinity food bank Goole £10000
4 W R Fairways Paces Sheffield School equip Sheffield £10000
Minor grants :-
Area Lodge Beneficiary Cause Town Grant
1 Mirfield Thornhill Rugby U14 New kit Thornhill £700
1 Felicity St Joseph CP school laptops Bingley £2750
1 Kirklees Upper Batley H school laptops Batley £1000
1 Peace 3rd Bingley Sea Scouts Powerboat Bingley £2500
1 Zetland Fairfield School Sensory room Batley £2500
2 Concord Crowlees CE school marquee Mirfield £2925
2 Concord The Bridgewood Trust IT equipment Huddersfield £1460
2 Holme Valley Thongsbridge C Club New toilet Thongsbridge £2000
2 Holme Valley Calderdale Stroke Supp. Laptop Brighouse £750
2 Mexborough Sikh Soldier Org Bronze statue Huddersfield £1000
2 Huddersfield Ravensknowle Gala H&S items Brighouse £500
3 H&C Harrogate Homeless Tablets Harrogate £1700
3 H&C Harrogate hosp radio Wi-Fi Harrogate £3000
3 Frst of Knars Girls Brigade Camp equip Harrogate £2500
3 Calcaria St Mary’s Church Tables/Chairs Tadcaster £2000
3 Mawsis Paediatric Systic Fibrosis Xbox & ipads LGI £2250
4 Hall Cross The Ridge College Camping gear Doncaster £1000
4 Holgate Barnsley Sea scouts defibrillator Barnsley £1000
4 Fitzwilliam Headway brain injury sup. Photocopier Rotherham £2000
All very worthwhile recipients I am sure you will agree.
The submission date for the next round of applications has now passed so good luck to all that have applied.
When presenting cheques locally please ensure you take photographs and submit them with details for publication either on the website or within the White Rose magazine.
Donations to Charity
Could I please ask a favour.
Instead of keeping your donations in your bank account for 12 months and handing over a cheque to the Provincial representative, would you please process the donations on a two or three monthly basis.
This will have two distinct benefits; firstly the monies can be put to immediate use looking after our sick Brethren and secondly it is much simpler for the office to process your payments on a quarterly basis rather than 12 monthly.
Could I also ask that you use the returns document sent out with the payment acknowledgement.
This will have all the names of your subscribing members, will identify whether they have signed a gift aid declaration and make it simple for you and the office to process.
Should you not have such a document please ask the office to send you one.
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.
W Bro Stuart Cadman, Chairman of WRMCL presented her with a cheque for £1000 whilst riding on the footplate of a steam engine at Elsecar Heritage Railway.
My thanks to Richard, Commercial Director of Elsecar Railway and Michael Cooper, one of their senior drivers, both YWR Freemasons, for making it happen.
During this quiet time of recess is a good time to prepare your accounts in readiness for the year end.
Getting rid of old records can ease the burden and anything older than 7 years can be discarded.
Masonic Charitable Foundation
The Following grants have been made to organisations in the Province:-
Depaul UK - £56,962 over 2 years Across South Yorkshire
Depaul UK supports young people aged 16-25 years whose wellbeing and life chances have been severely impacted by disadvantage and homelessness.
The grant will help fund the Safe@Last project, which provides a range of integrated prevention and support services across South Yorkshire to reduce the incidences of children and young people running away from home in the region, and improve the safety and wellbeing of children who have run away from home. Families are assigned a Family Support Worker who provides practical and emotional help and advice for the whole family.
Yorkshire Youth & Music Halifax - £15,000 over 3 years
Yorkshire Youth & Music works with disadvantaged children and young people including those with disabilities, in care or in the youth justice system. They provide high quality adapted learning opportunities in music making to engage beneficiaries and overcome challenging behaviours, with
SkillForce - £150,000 over 2 years
The grant will help to fund two veteran instructors for the Prince William Award to provide personal development and life skills training to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This will be delivered in partnership with schools in Derby and Bradford to disadvantaged young people aged 8-11 years.
SNAPS (Special Needs and Parent Support Yorkshire) - £3,000 per year for 2 years
SNAPS is a Leeds charity that delivers regular physiotherapy and support to children with additional needs and their families. SNAPS delivers high quality hydrotherapy, swimming and rebound therapy sessions to children with a range of needs to help them improve their muscle tone, increase their core stability, increase their stamina and help them to sit/stand or walk unaided. Alongside the vital physiotherapy, SNAPS offers hall activities where the children, siblings, parents, carers and grandparents can all enjoy time together, playing with toys, taking part in music therapy, playing Boccia or making friends and supporting one another.
A substantial amount of Grand Lodge Charity (MCF) being fed back into Yorkshire West Riding.
Two additional items to the recently issued Newsletter.
New Area Charity Committee Chairman
I am pleased to advise that W Bro Edward Morris of Loyalty Lodge No 4971 has taken up his post as Chairman of Area 5 at the PCC meeting on 4th June.
Ed is an experienced PCA and remains Charity Steward of his Lodge.
His enthusiasm is already in evidence.
Sadly, with Ed’s appointment we must bid farewell to W Bro David Gray who has served on the PCC for the past 3 years as Chairman of Area 5 and has been a hard working PCA for many years before that.
MCF Hospice grants
The formal presentation of the cheque to Wakefield Hospice has now been made by the PGM together with representatives from area 5 when we were made very welcome by all of the staff during a tour of the hospice.
Thank you once again for all your efforts.
Keep up the good work.
Michael J Holmes
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In a Lodge that is 225 years old, Royal Brunswick Lodge No. 296 meeting at Tapton Masonic Hall in Sheffield has seen its fair share of large celebrations.
The latest of these was Monday 13th May 2019 when over 130 brethren gathered to witness the RWPGM David S Pratt install W Bro. Brian Duncan Littlejohn, a PM and current WM of 296, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The RWPGM having taken the chair of Royal Brunswick Lodge, W Bro. Littlejohn was escorted into the Lodge by an escort of seven, which included the Right Worshipful Master of his Mother Lodge, Lodge Grange 1073 – Scottish constitution.
W Bro. Littlejohn was then obligated, proclaimed and saluted before the Provincial delegation (including the RWPGM of the Province of Forfarshire, Brian’s Mother Province) retired from the Lodge leaving Royal Brunswick to complete the rest of their regular business.
All business complete, the brethren then retired to the Hallam Room to enjoy a magnificent Festive Board wonderfully prepared and served by the Tapton staff, accompanied by the usual toasts, a tremendous atmosphere and outpourings of Brotherly Love.
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.