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
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.
In a very unusual ceremony, last night most of the Bradfordians visited our mother lodge, the Lodge of Peace no 3988, at Hoyle Court for their scroll night. Once they had opened and transacted their business, they called off and allowed us to open Bradfordians Lodge. We then initiated our new candidate, closed the lodge and Peace called on to close. Brethren from both Bradfordians and Peace took part in the ceremony, which all agreed had been a great success, and the festive board afterwards was abuzz with lively conversation. In the picture, W. Bro. Ian Riley (left), the Master of Lodge of Peace, and our own Master W. Bro. Mark Sheldon, congratulate our candidate, Bro Kamaal Amini, an old boy of Bradford Grammar School.
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