This latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during September to
charities and organisations across the Province. Its aim is to ensure that all Brethren
and their families within Yorkshire, West Riding are aware of the work that WRMCL is
doing to support those within our communities.
Since the previous update, The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund has made grants, totalling
over £10,000, to five community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest
impact in terms of community benefit:
Tandem Trekkers - a registered charity and cycling group providing facilities within the
Huddersfield area, for individuals with visual impairment to participate in tandem cycling.
The grant of £2,500 will be used not only to invest in bikes and equipment, but to go some
way towards the purchase of a mini-bus to transport the same; sponsored by St John’s Lodge
No 827, Dewsbury.
Friends of Parkinson's Park - the park sits on the hillside above Guiseley and volunteers
aim to ensure a well-maintained public ‘landscape’ park to enhance the quality of life for the
residents of Aireborough. The grant of £1,300 will allow the purchase of a bench, for use by
elderly and disabled residents; sponsored by Harewood Lodge No 5667, Otley.
Ilkley & District Good Neighbours - support the elderly and vulnerable in Ilkley and the
surrounding area, with one-to-one befriending, assisted shopping and a weekly social group.
The coronavirus pandemic has placed greater demand upon the volunteers and the grant of
£1,000 will provide funding to help their clients during the present ‘lockdown’; sponsored by
Olicana Lodge No 1522.
Sheffield Mencap & Gateway - the leading provider of training and support for adults with
learning disabilities in Sheffield; providing support to over 600 adults and children. Due to
the coronavirus pandemic, face-to-face sessions have ceased and many members are
suffering mental health issues and leading a sedentary lifestyle. They have limited internet
access and the grant of £2,250 will provide the most vulnerable members with tablets, on a
loan basis, enabling the delivery of sports sessions; sponsored by the Chapter of Loyalty No
Swinnow Community Centre - is run by community volunteers and accommodates a large
number of local community groups and initiatives, being the only community facility serving
the whole of the Pudsey area. The increased demand for hot meals and other food services by
the vulnerable in the community, due to the pandemic, has necessitated an upgrade of the
kitchen facilities and the grant of £3,000 will assist in bringing the project to an early
conclusion; sponsored by St Laurence Lodge No 2330.
A further grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund of £1,500 was enhanced by
matched- funding from the Masonic Charitable Foundation, making a total of £3,000 towards
the cost of a replacement boiler for Emmaus Sheffield, a charity providing support to
In addition, a grant has been made from the Masonic Meal Appeal Fund, in the amount of
£2,000 to St Saviours Community Project, Sheffield. The Food Bank provides food parcels
on a weekly basis to those in the local community and deliver to some 30 adults and children.
The grant will help equip a local storage area with shelving, to both store food and from
which, volunteers can make up the food parcels for distribution; it will also assist in
increased costs caused by the pandemic; sponsored by the Lodge of Industry No 6579.
Finally, during these very difficult times the CHOICES Care and Support Officers
have maintained regular contact with clients and beneficiaries by phone, to reassure them that
we are still here for them and to provide support and advice. Please remember, if you need
help, guidance or support from our Care and Support Officers or the CHOICES Team call the
confidential help line on 03449 020220 or contact your Lodge or Area Almoner. The process
is quick, simple, extremely efficient and confidential.
Disabled students in Harrogate are being aided in their lessons thanks to a local Masonic Lodge.
Harlow Lodge secured a grant of £1,500 to enable Disability Action Yorkshire to purchase six laptop computers, which are being used by learners at its Hornbeam Park headquarters and training centre.
During the coronavirus lockdown, which resulted in the closure of the charity’s classrooms, IT played an important role in the continuing education of its students via distanced learning lessons.
Disability Action Yorkshire Chief Executive Jackie Snape said: “Once again, we are extremely grateful to the Masonic community for their latest generous donation.
“Over the years we have received financial support from a number of different lodges within Harrogate, including helping us fund a wheelchair accessible vehicle, and a virtual reality headset to aid helping customers at our residential home experience new situations before trying them for real.
“These new laptops will boost our IT provisions and are a very welcome addition to our training resources.”
Harlow Lodge secure the funding from the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.
Each year this fund distributes grants totalling £200,000 to charities, community groups, youth organisations and hospices across the Province’s geographical footprint.
Based on the old West Riding, the area stretches from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North, and Goole in the East to Waddington in the West.
Last month alone it presented grants totalling £124,369.
Jason Baskind, Master of Harlow Lodge, said: “Charitable giving is at the heart of Freemasonry, and I’m delighted that we were successful in our application for a grant for Disability Action Yorkshire.
“Like every charity in the UK, Covid has had a massive impact on its fundraising activities.
“Disability Action Yorkshire is a highly-respected organisation and much valued in Harrogate and it’s a pleasure to be associated with it.
“These laptop computers are already being put to good use, within Disability Action Yorkshire’s training centre.”
Additional information regarding the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website https://www.wrprovince.org.uk/
Further information about Disability Action Yorkshire, is available from its website, www.disabilityactionyorkshire.org.uk
Having heard that callous thieves had stolen a vehicle belonging to the Prince of Wales Hospice, Pontefract, the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding donated £2,000 towards the cost of a replacement.
Jill Kirkham, Fundraising Manager at the Hospice said, “Our retail vehicles form a vital part of our fundraising income. Your donation will contribute to the purchase of a much-needed vehicle, which in turn will help us to continue to support around 1,000 local people affected by life-limiting illnesses. We are so thankful for your generosity.”
Chairman of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, Stuart Cadman accompanied Provincial Grand Master David Pratt, to present the cheque to Head of Retail, Kevin Hogarth and Sister Benson at the Hospice.
Brethren this latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during August to charities and organisations across the Province. Its aim is to ensure that all Brethren and their families within Yorkshire, West Riding are aware of the work that WRMCL is doing to support those within our communities.
Hopefully, you will have seen all the publicity given to our recent grants on the ‘West Yorkshire Freemasons’ Page on Facebook. If not, why not have a look and do as over 2,300 people have done already; like the Page.
Since the previous update, The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund has made major grants, totalling £61,700, to three community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest impact in terms of community benefit:
The Friends of Beaumont Park - a voluntary group actively working with Kirklees Metropolitan Council to regenerate the park in Huddersfield and restore it to its former glory. The grant will be used to provide specialist play equipment for children with disabilities. (£24,700); sponsored by Colne Valley Lodge No 1645.
Otley Old People's Welfare Committee - to refurbish and update the welfare centre on Crossgate, making it user-friendly, particularly for the disabled; to include a new kitchen, new toilets and office. (£20,000); sponsored by Royal Wharfedale Lodge No 1108.
Ladybower Fisheries – a charity providing therapeutic benefits of fishing and enjoyment on open water to underprivileged and disabled people. The grant will go towards buying a large wheelyboat, able to accommodate 8 disabled people in wheelchairs. (£17,000) sponsored by Hallamshire Lodge No 2268.
The Masonic Meals Appeal continues to support worthy causes during the ongoing pandemic.
Finally Brethren, please remember, if you need help, guidance or support from our Care and Support Officers or the CHOICES Team call the confidential help line on 03449 020220 or contact your Lodge or Area Almoner. The process is quick, simple, extremely efficient and confidential.
Latest News from West Riding Masonic Charities Limited