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 email@example.com 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.
Welcome back; I trust you have summered well and are now refreshed and ready for the year ahead.
Welcome to my first Charity Newsletter.
During the summer the work of providing Masonic grants to worthy causes has continued.
In June the PGM’s fund made grants as follows :-
Friarmere Cricket Club (Junior Section) £1500 Candour
Radio Calderdale (Hospital Radio) £1000 Facula
Harrogate CFR (Harrogate Community First Responders) £2500 Spa
RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate £1500 Spa
Barnsley Youth Choir £1500 Rockley Abbey
C and R Duke of Edinburgh Group £3000 Hall Cross
Rotherham Branch of Parkinson's UK £1000 Rotherwood
Amy's House. Supports children with short breaks £3000 Hadassah
Barnsley Theatre Trust £1000 Friendly
RAF 51 Squadron History Society £800 Legiolium
Spinal Unit Recreational Fund £2500 Cockburn
Kinsley Wakefield Boys Junior FC £5000 Rectitude
Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care £5000 Rectitude
Leeds Society for Deaf & Blind People £3000 Allerton
Congratulations and well done to all who were successful with their applications.
The R W Provincial Grand Master, as President of WRMCL presented a cheque for £10,000.00 to Simone Enefer-Doy, CEO of Lifelites when she visited our Province on a fund raising tour.
Lifelites is a part of MCF and provides specialist technology for children in every children’s hospice across the British Isles.
MCF has made a grant of £60,000.00 to Cavendish Cancer Care in Sheffield
A cheque presentation will take place at the Tim Pryor Centre on Wednesday 17th October at 11.30am.
MCF has also made a grant of £4,000.00 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This has been matched by WRMCL with a further £4,000.00 from the Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings and will be handed over in a joint presentation.
Coming up to date, the autumn round of PGM’s Fund applications has just closed on the 8th September and we await the deliberations of the Board.
Good luck to all who have submitted an application.
There are many worthy causes out there who could benefit greatly from a grant from the PGM’s Fund and the Provincial Grand Master is very keen that we identify these causes and offer our assistance.
By now I am sure you will all have been on to the new Provincial website and delved into the various sections.
We are indebted to our new webmaster who has worked tirelessly to ensure the smooth change over on the 3rd September.
All of the Charity Stewards information is there under the CHARITY heading with the Manual, guidance information and all of the documents you will need available from the GUIDANCE NOTES box.
Should you have any problems accessing the information you need please contact your PCA who will be pleased to explain the process.
Yorkshire West Riding have been at the top of the national UGLE league table for the last 3 months and in order to remain there it is important that any newsworthy events should be reported by Charity Stewards to their Liaison Officers so that they can be passed to the Communications Committee.
Anything of media interest should also be passed to David Simister, the Communications Manager.
Yorkshire West Riding Masonic Activities Limited
Sales of the Remembrance tie have now topped 600 with all of the profits being given to the British Legion. However additional ties are on order so it is not too late to support this worthy cause. And remember our fallen.
Lodge Charity Accounts.
For many of us the end of September sees the end of the financial year.
At present it is not required that yearend financial statements are sent to Province but I would ask that all Charity Stewards send a copy of their annual statement to their PCA as it is important that records are kept up to date.
It is still required that the financial statement is presented to your Lodge no later than 3 months after the end of the financial period.
Could all PCAs ask to be put on the list to receive a copy of the summons for each of his Lodges so that he is aware of when the accounts are to be presented.
Annual Stats forms
The annual Stats forms should be with you very shortly, if not already.
This information is important in providing an understanding of what is happening with regard to charity matters at Lodge level.
Most of the information is already on the forms and the remaining info should be readily available.
Please return these forms to your PCA as soon as you can but no later than the end of November. Thank you.
Annual Charity Briefings 2019
These are already being planned and will be designed around the needs of your area and will provide adequate time for questions and answers, and general discussion.
However core subjects will be covered in all 5 areas with updates on MCF, by either VW Bro Jack Pigott or VW Bro; John Rushworth, Choices by Peter Worth and a brief outline on preparing a PGM’s Fund application by W Bro. Ian Wright the fund administer.
Our briefings are a good time to share experiences with other Charity Stewards and your PCAs.
I would urge all Charity Stewards to attend if they possibly can.
The following dates have been confirmed:-
Area 1- 2nd April 2019
Area 5 - 7th March 2019
The next meeting of the Provincial Charity Committee will be on Tuesday, 20th November 2018 at the Masonic Hall, Bruntcliffe Road, Morley, Leeds, LS27 0QG at 7.00 p.m.
Brethren I have thoroughly enjoyed putting together my first Charity Newsletter and I trust you have found at least some of the content of interest.
If you would like to discuss any aspect raised in the Newsletter, your PCA’s, Area Managers and I will be more than happy to speak with you.
With kind and fraternal regards
W Bro. Michael J Holmes
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
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
Wednesday, March 14, saw the very successful launch of the Masonic Light educational and enlightenment programme in Area 1, hosted by the Lodge of St.Peter & Harmony 600 at Hoyle Court, Baildon. The launch event was very well attended with over 70 Freemasons in attendance, mostly from Area 1 lodges.
The Masonic Light programme was introduced by W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank, Area 1 Masonic Light Leader, who also introduced his team of very able Assistants, consisting of W.Bro. Richard Emmott (Keighley, Haworth, Bingley), W.Bro. Mark Sheldon (Bradford), W.Bro. Adrian Collins (Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury, Mirfield) W.Bro. Martin Hanson (Baildon) and W.Bro. Simon Buckingham (Communications). The Assistants will take care of all event bookings throughout Area 1 as well as event publicity, attendance and proactive promotion of Masonic Light education.
Masonic Light is designed primarily to explain to newer members about the meanings of our symbolism, rituals and traditions, however this is equally enlightening to more senior time-served members who invariably will learn something new. Everyone can gain better understanding of why we really do what we do. Through understanding, Masonic Light improves retention, engagement and attendance of members as well as generating the kind of enthusiasm which leads members to want to invite their friends and colleagues to join. As a side-effect Masonic Light also instils the concept of visiting into the minds of newer members by encouraging to attend organised Masonic Light events at other lodges near to them so they broaden their network of Masonic friends.
W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank then proceeded to deliver the first of six Masonic Light presentations entitled “An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree” which despite being quite a long lecture engaged the attention of everyone present for a considerable period of time. Tim didn’t see anyone fall asleep during a presentation which lasted nearly an hour!
At the end of the presentation Bro. Dr. Robert Lomas who originally researched the material for the Masonic Light programme joined W.Bro. Brooksbank to answer questions from the audience and W.Bro.Peter Smith, Masonic Light Manager explained about supporting materials for the Masonic Light programme and also explained about Light Nuggets which are brief presentations designed for lodges to deliver themselves, either in open lodge or on practice or junior presentation nights. Tim was very pleased to be able to take a step back from speaking at this point having almost completely lost his voice by this time; he had been unable to speak at all earlier that morning due to a heavy cold and delivered the presentation in his best “heavy metal rock singer” voice rather than his usual booming speaking manner. Next step, may be an audition for AC/DC…
The meeting closed and was followed by a very enjoyable Old English Night. Afterwards the Area 1 Masonic Light team was thrilled to be asked by so many lodges if they host a Masonic Light event in their own lodge, with many attendees commenting this was the most useful, interesting and best presented lecture they’d seen in their entire Masonic career, this being said even by members with 50+ years service to Freemasonry.
Masonic Light Presentations available for Area 1 are:
· An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree
· An Explanation of the Secrets of the Fellowcraft Degree
· An Explanation of the Secrets of the Master Mason Degree
· Basic Masonic Symbolism and the Six Tracing Boards
· All the Working Tools of a Master Mason
· So You Think You Want to Become a Freemason?
– this final presentation is designed to be given to non-Masons at gavel nights, afterlodge and social events.
Currently Area 1 has a further 11 Masonic Light events booked between now and Summer 2019 recess. The target is to deliver at least 20 presentations within that period so if you would like to host an event or just want to know more please visit our dedicated Masonic Light website www.masoniclight.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tim on 07789 981463.