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
Firstly may I make a correction to my last newsletter when I stated that Lifelites is a part of MCF.
Lifelites is in fact an independent charity supported by MCF, and indeed WRMCL, and have their offices in Great Queen Street.
My thanks to W Bro. John Gledhill for spotting that.
New Area Manager
We welcome a new Area Manager to the Provincial Charity Committee.
W Bro. John Sharman took over from W Bro. Alan Griffin as Manager of Area 1 at their meeting at Baildon on the 4th December.
We congratulate John on his appointment and welcome him to the team.
I am sure John will have the support of the whole of Area 1 and of the Provincial team.
At the same time we would thank Alan for his many years of service as a Charity Steward, as a PCA and as Area 1 Manager and wish him well for the future.
The closing date for this round of applications to the PGM’s fund has now passed and I understand there have been a pleasing number submitted this time.
May I thank all of you for your applications and wish you well with them.
Further to my request in September for Charity Stewards to submit a copy of their accounts to their PCA, it has been decide that responsibility for ensuring accounts are presented to the Lodge should remain with the Lodge and so your PCA no longer requires a copy.
However rule 153 does require that Lodge accounts and Charity accounts, if separate, are presented to the Lodge no more than 3 meetings after the account end date.
Annual Stats forms
Many thanks to all of you who have completed and returned your stats forms.
We are still a few short of the 100% so if you have not yet returned your form please do so as soon as you can and if you require assistance filling it in or need a new form please contact your PCA.
Charity Stewards Briefings
Area 1 – 2nd April 2019 – Hoyle Court – John E Sharman
Area 2 – 11th March 2019 – Greenhead – Trevor Wilkinson
Area 3 – 19th January 2019 – Westbourne House – Douglas Mills
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
Brethren, if at all possible please attend your Area Briefing as we have the support of a number of interesting and relevant speakers and it is an opportunity to discuss any matters of concern with your PCA’s and fellow Charity Stewards.
Yorkshire West Riding Activities Ltd
The Remembrance Day ties were seen in abundance during November with a total of 1075 being sold throughout the Province, providing a profit of £2,200.00 that has been passed to the Royal British Legion.
Thank you to all who have purchased ties and to Jim Steele of YWRMAL for the very efficient way he distributed the orders.
If you missed out this year, I am sure there will be another opportunity next November.
The annual hospice grants have now been sent to each of the hospices in your areas and arrangements are in hand to make official presentations.
If you can, please support your Area Manager and PCAs on the day.
The essential work that the hospices do cannot be too highly praised and our visits and our support are very much appreciated.
Saturday 23rd March at the Holiday Inn Barnsley is the date and venue of the next WRMCL AGM.
The AGM offers the opportunity to hear how Our Charity distributes the donations we have made and how, in our name, they support the communities in our Province.
All are welcome and this year the speakers will include 2 previous recipients of Major Grant awards which should prove very enlightening.
Finally may I on behalf of the Provincial Charity team thank you for the hard work you have put in on behalf of Masonic Charity throughout the year and wish you and your families a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
W Bro. Michael J Holmes
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
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 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