Brethren, this latest newsletter gives details of grants awarded during November 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 £4,400, to three community organisations, where it is hoped there will be the biggest impact in terms of community benefit:
Honley Junior Football Club - is a community club, welcoming any young player, whatever age, gender or ability, to develop and enjoy their love of football. The grant of £400 will be used towards the provision of training tops for the Under 14s; sponsored by Beaumont Lodge No 2035, Kirkburton.
Sheffield Cruse Bereavement Care - is a registered charity providing counselling and support for individuals who are struggling to come to terms with bereavement in the Sheffield area.
Traditionally, this has been provided both face to face and over the phone, by trained volunteers and supported by a core of management and staff from their office. Covid-19 has placed additional strain on the service.
The current pandemic has increased the number of calls upon their services, yet funding has suffered due to the inability to raise monies during the lockdown. The grant of £2,000 will go some way towards their operating costs; sponsored by Lodge of Industry No 6579.
CGCC Community Foodbank - was established by a Community Workforce in March this year, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. They currently distribute 95 food parcels every week to households within a 4.5-mile radius of the Calder Grove cricket club; a number which is increasing. Having had to vacate the Village Institute, Crigglestone, they have moved into temporary accommodation and are building a permanent home for the food bank at the cricket club. The grant, of £2,000, will help towards the purchase of racking and equipment, to fit-out the new food bank including fridge/freezers, furniture and office equipment; sponsored by Tateshall Lodge No 7645, Pontefract.
Finally, Brethren 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. The CHOICES Team are concerned that Brethren, in need of assistance, may not be seeking the help that is available.
The following detail and leaflet provide further information about the Scheme and you are encouraged to seek support should you require it.
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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 Provincial Grand Master’s Fund continues to support local organisations during the pandemic and below are details of the latest grants.
The Athersley Community Association and Football Club - based at Sheerien Park, on Ollerton Road, it has two full-size football pitches and five junior football pitches. The grant will assist in the purchase of a portable set of aluminium goals. (£3.020); sponsored by Friendly Lodge No 1513.
Kirklees Visual Impairment Network - providing support to anyone struggling with their eyesight, the Network have drop-in centres in Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Batley. The grant will purchase IT and office equipment, to help expand their services. (£2,000); sponsored by St John’s Lodge No 827.
Weston Park Cancer Charity - caring for cancer patients and their families, the grant will help create CDs and Information cards which provide crucial information for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment. (£1,000); sponsored by Friendly Lodge No 1513.
TSX Martial Arts - Bradford - running from venues in Thornton and Wrose, the grant is to buy equipment for use in new premises, to provide increased and better training in Taekwondo and anti-bullying courses for young persons and schools. (£1,800); sponsored by Lodge of Connaught and Truth No 521.
Halifax Sailing Club - situated on 90 acres of water above Calderdale, the Club provide dinghy racing, social sailing, windsurfing, training courses, canoeing and kayaking. The grant will be used to purchase safety and associated equipment, including buoyancy aids, waterproofs, helmets and training literature. (£1,000) sponsored by Concord Lodge No 4126.
Reach Performing Arts Academy - aiming to develop articulation and communication, whilst encouraging creativity and imagination in the young people of Huddersfield, the grant will fund the cost of uniforms / branded clothing for young members (£990); sponsored by Lodge of Connaught and Truth No 521.
Autism Angels - based just outside Harrogate, in the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, the charity works with parents and professionals to improve the lives of children. The grant will be used to provide a covered area with two secure containers for safe keeping of valuable equine equipment. (£1,600); sponsored by Harrogate & Claro Lodge No 1001.
Little Crèche - a small self-funding community crèche, the grant will purchase a uniform range of polo shirts, hoodies and coats for staff and volunteers. (£350); sponsored by Faith, Hope & Charity Lodge No 4102.
The Partially Sighted Society - based in Doncaster, the Society will use the grant to purchase lanyards which state, ‘Visually impaired – I cannot see to socially distance’ and ‘I am medically exempt from wearing a mask’; a necessity for people with visual impairment during the pandemic. (£1,920); sponsored by St Nicholas Lodge No 2259.
Wentworth & Thorpe Hesley Youth Theatre - a South Yorkshire ‘producing’ company, creating original musicals and plays for performance in community venues. The grant will be used to buy a wireless talk-back system and wireless systems for performers. (£1,068); sponsored by Britannia Lodge No 139.
In addition to these grants, possible only by the generosity of Freemasons and their families, in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, further grants of £1,000 have been made from the Covid-19 Fund of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) to The Exodus Project, Barnsley and the Doncaster-based charity, Respect My Stuff.
Leeds-based charity For Mobility Disability have received £1,000 from MCF Matched Funding.
Twenty-one community organisations across Yorkshire have shared a £30,370 Easter masonic windfall.
The Province of Yorkshire West Riding - which encompasses the geographical area of South and West Yorkshire, and parts of North and East Yorkshire - has given grants ranging from £500 to £3,520 to worthy causes including grassroots sports clubs, schools, hospitals and clubs for the young and old alike,
The grants have come from the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund, which are presented on a quarterly basis, with each recipient being nominated by individual Masonic Lodges across the region.
Each year, the PGM’s Fund presents grants totalling £200,000 to assist organisations across the country.
Those to benefit this quarter include:
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Assisting community led initiatives and projects is incredibly important to the Freemasons.
“This quarter, we have been able to give grants to 21 worthy causes, nominated by members of lodges within our Province.
“Charity is one of the three great principles that our order is founded on, and it is very much at the heart of what we do here throughout Yorkshire.”
Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/
For Further Information, please contact:
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Oakworth Community Trust
Provide third defibrillator in the village
Buy and install defibrillator for use by those in cathedral and those nearby
Global Diversity Positive Action, Huddersfield
Purchase five laptops
Friends of Greenhead Park, Huddersfield
Provide colourful play train for young children in the park
Meltham and Meltham Mills Band
Replace one of three tenor horns
Southgate School, Huddersfield
Purchase outdoor tents to improve outdoor activities
White Rose Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, Huddersfield
Towards purchasing a specialist carpet
Bradford City Community Foundation
Purchase football kit for youngsters
Ripon Museum Trust
Towards recreating a late 19th century workhouse master’s garden
Jennyruth Workshops (supports adults with learning disabilities), Ripon
Towards the cost of a new laser cutter
Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust Palliative Care Charitable Fund
Buy 300 comfort bags for relatives to make their stay more comfortable
St George’s Community Centre, Harrogate
Guiseley Brass Band
Replacing two tubas for two refurbished instruments
5th Skipton Scout Group
Fit out kitchen with dishwasher and fridge/freezer
The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, Skipton
Towards cost of replacing sensory toys
Friends of Aireville Park, Skipton
Develop park equipment for children with purchase of a seesaw
Tockwith Juniors Football Club
Buy a range of items to improve in-house educational programmes for players and coaches
Roundabout Ltd, Sheffield
Buy essential electrical equipment to equip four housing units for four homeless people
To buy a set of chairs and tables for use by patients and visitors in the outdoor area
Swallow Hill Community College, Leeds
Provide a range of personal hygiene products
Senior Citizens Support Group, Horbury
Buy four laptops and four tablets
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