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White Rose FIFTY FIRST EDITION - SPRING 2015

MASONIC NEWS

Deputy PGM launchesMasonic new initiative - page 5 The Northern

VarietyPedal Show Perimeter Result - page 6 centre pages

Community First Responders - page 37

A Fitting Memorial page 7

Turkish Delight page 10

The Lodge Liaison Officer page 36

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Welcome to the White Rose By Peter L Doherty, Editor I must start with an apology; in the previous edition I included, on page four, a photograph of the Grand Superintendent Stewart G Carley, which the more observant of you will have noticed showed him in the regalia of a previously held office as Second Provincial Grand Principal. Stewart, I am sorry! Having celebrated fifty editions of the magazine I am again looking towards its future. This edition will have been made available online much earlier than before and it may be you will have read the electronic version before this copy. Not being a big fan of reading magazines online, I will appreciate your thoughts on this. Please send me an email and let me know what you think. The Provincial Grand Master, in his address to the Annual Meeting, expressed concerns about the state of our Masonic buildings and of our Lodges. As the Grand Secretary has said, we must meet the challenge to find a simple manner of communicating our unique offering to new members, as well as to family, friends and acquaintances. Letting them have sight of this magazine may go some way to achieving that aim so please, when you have finished with it, pass it on.

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ANNUAL MEETING OF PR

RW Bro Sousa entering Prov Grand Lodge

RW Bro Pratt PGM with his escort

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The Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held at the Royal Hall, Harrogate on 5 May was another splendid occasion. These events do not just happen of course, so I decided to take a look behind the scenes. Much of the preparation is done well in advance by the Provincial Grand Secretary and the staff in the Provincial office, but on the day of the meeting they are assisted by the Provincial Directors of Ceremonies and Brethren of the West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No 9645 acting as Stewards. The day started for Allen Cass at 6.30 am when he left home in Brighouse to travel to Harrogate. Arriving at the Royal Hall at 8.15 am, to find the office manager Mick Dyson already in attendance, it was to be a long day; Allen, who has been Chief Steward for some eight years, did not arrive home again until some twelve hours later. He may have stayed for the splendour of the celebratory festive board at the Majestic Hotel, but needed to get home as it was his wife’s birthday! 9.15 am saw the arrival of the first of the Directors of Ceremonies and the Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary and last minute changes were made to the seating arrangements. The Provincial Grand Master arrived just after ten with one of the distinguished guests, RW Bro Octavio Pimenta Sousa, Grand Organist of the Grande Loja Legal de Portugal, who could not help but be impressed by the magnificent setting of the Royal Hall. The rehearsals, both for the Dc’s and later for the Rulers were definitely needed and as the PGM was heard to say, “The objective is – we all get on the stage.” About an hour before the doors were opened, the Stewards were given a final briefing and all was prepared to welcome the many Brethren from throughout the Province. It was pleasing to see many Master Masons, who would later receive a special welcome from the Provincial Grand Master. Provincial Grand Lodge was opened and the business dealt with before those present received an update from the Chairman of the 2017 Festival Committee (see page 17). The PGM was later to announce the total raised to date to be £1,675,249.98. The Provincial Grand Officers were appointed and invested (details on page 34) and other Brethren were appointed and promoted. Provincial Grand Lodge was called off to allow the PGM to present the 2015 Major Grants from the PGM’s Fund to representatives of five organisations (see page 12). Next came an edifying and inspiring address from RW Bro Pratt PGM in which he set out enhancements to be implemented following consultation within the Province: Communications will be improved following the introduction of Adelphi 2 – the Grand Lodge record keeping system, facilitating more rapid and direct communication with members. Future summonses for the annual meeting will be sent electronically, saving over £1,000 p.a.

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O V I N C I A L G R A N D LO D G E This magazine will be available electronically via a web site link. The formation of Area Grand Officer Groups to provide information and recommendations related to local ability and potential of Brethren within the Area. Appointment of Past Masters, having been identified as having such potential, to Provincial Grand Steward much earlier – even as early as Immediate Past Master. No Brother shall be appointed to Acting Office or promoted to PPJGW unless he has been Exalted into Royal Arch Masonry. He went on to talk about the future of Lodges within the Province, asking “Do we have too many Lodges and too many buildings?” He believes we do and whilst not planning to close down or amalgamate Lodges, asks Brethren to consider whether it is viable to continue, both as a Lodge or within their existing building. Doing nothing is not an option. He talked of standards and traditions and of charity, thanking Brethren and their families throughout the Province for the magnificent support given thus far to the 2017 Festival, before concluding to rapturous applause with the call to demonstrate to the outside Scotland’s Newest Micro-Distillery world, the beneficial effects of Freemasonry, by Scotland’s Newest Micro-Distillery talking about who we are and what we do. As Provincial Grand Lodge was closed and Brethren made their way home or to the Majestic Hotel, the work of the Stewards was not over as they cleared the Hall of items left behind and ensured that all furniture and equipment was safely stored until the next meeting on 3 May 2016. If you have not yet attended an Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, I recommend that you do so and when you do, spare a thought for those people who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that your visit is such an enjoyable occasion.

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again Classics on the Square were present at Connaught Court to support the annual open d another competition was organised by Les Davy - this time guess the mileage reading on Wilson’s MG. The prize was a nice bottle of wine. £80 was raised and presented to the s of Connaught Court. Thanks to all those who supported the day.

In Defence of Charity

Local charities have benefited from the fundraising activities of the Brethren of Defence Lodge No 1221, Castle Grove. Those to receive support are the British In March this year, the ‘Classics on Lees was appointed Vice Chairman with the Square’ group held its ninth Annual Les Davy and George Foster re-elected Red Cross, St John Ambulance and the General Meeting at Westbourne House, Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Leeds Children’s Charity. Otley. After a number of years as George, on behalf of the members, Verlie McCann, chair of the Board of chairman Robert Bowhill handed over to presented the Stuart N Foster rose Trustees of the Leeds Children’s Charity, his successor John Broadhead. David bowl, an award presented annually for said, “We are very grateful indeed for the services to the club, to Robert for his money received which will be used to commitment and dedication to the club help finance a short break respite for a since it was formed. eter Guest and wife loaded with goodies with Les Davy Jenny Fisher & Daughter brought along the Rover disadvantaged child from Leeds.” With the exception of their annual The charity will, this year, provide nearly gathering at Connaught Court in York, 500 holiday places for children who where the monies raised at that event would not otherwise have the opportunity go directly to Connaught Court, all the leave the city or to have a break from BROADHEAD and his wife, Pat, were the organisers of the mid-season rally on atobeautiful monies raised by the group go to the difficult home conditions. h clear blue skies and no wind. The starting point was Grand Embsay railway station Provincial Master’s fund and near Bolton • Pictured: John S Williams IPM presenting St John’s Lodge No 827 in Dewsbury John’s first duty as Chairman was to the cheque to Verlie McCann. hosted a joint social evening at their present a cheque to D Stuart Cummins Lodge building with the ladies from the APGM for £500. Dewsbury District Club of Soroptimist cars gathered on the station car park and. having paid for a platform ticket, everyone made International; a Professional Women’s ENJOY A BREAK IN ay to the coffee shop. that works to promote Organisation THE BREATHTAKING BEAUTY social justice and equality and the empowerment of women through OF THE LAKE DISTRICT ad organised a steam train to beand present economic independence greaterand how the smell of steam and coal brought back decision-making at the all group set off through Bolton Abbey village A luxurious ies. Havingparticipation waved offinthe passengers, onto4 bedroom 3 bathroom town house levels. with all cooking and laundry facilities. ll, then onward to Kettlewell, passing Kilnsey Crag to Arncliffe, where liquid refreshment Entertainment was provided by a quiz 5 minutes level walk to Keswick Town Centre with a difference, based on the format joyed at the Falcon Pub. Unusual, as ofthe landlord served the beer from a jug, noPubs, beer Shops, Restaurants and Amenities. the TV show ‘Family Fortunes’ and this, here! together with a Pie and Pea supper was Derwentwater Lake side 0.5mile. greatly enjoyed by all who attended. You don’t have to own a Classic car All fuel and bed linen included. Cot available. The evening raised £250 for the Forget hirsts duly Me quenched it wasyears’ onwards up into spectacular views over the and,the withhills over with 80 members, the group Not Trust. Previous donations For bookings contact anyonethe withA65, an interest in have at been madethere to the Hollybank side. Arriving Settle followedTrust, a short welcomes distance along then towards Feizor. Cumbrian Cottages on 01228 599960 Classic vehicles the Howland Centre and Jo’s cervical Quote Cottage Reference No. 111347 s a small hamlet and lunch was enjoyed at Elaine’s Teaouting Rooms. cancer trust. The next will be on Sunday, This was the seventh annual joint 24 May finishing at the Falcon Manor in social evening between the two Settle for lunch. They will once again organisations which started when John be supporting Connaught Court on 20 Davis was Master of St John’s Lodge June and taking their usual stand at the and Mrs Linda Davis was President MG Rally in Pateley Bridge on 9 August. 20% out of season discount when you of the Soroptimist International Club, It is hoped to be able to confirm two quote White Rose Masonic News. Dewsbury. further meetings later in the year.

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A Fitting Memorial The charitable work of a Halifax Freemason has led to the Initiation of a member of HM Armed Forces into Savile Lodge No 1231, West Vale. Jim Delahunty has been involved for some years in fundraising for Military charities, including Help for Heroes, and when arranging a collection at the Retail Park in Rotherham he was introduced to David Darby of 5 Regiment Royal Artillery (The Yorkshire Gunners). The two of them worked closely in Jim’s fundraising efforts which evolved into a partnership with the Huddersfield Giants and their ‘Side by Side’ campaign. The players from the rugby league club were invited to Catterick Garrison to undergo pre-season training and enjoyed a training regime in what their coach described as ‘three days of hell’. When a war widow mentioned that the Memorial at the Garrison was in a poor state of affairs Staff Sergeant Darby asked Jim if he could help. Jim managed to get all the materials required from local companies at no cost and approached members of Savile Lodge to assist. Danny Ryan fitted the necessary lighting whilst Michael Uttley fabricated, powder-coated and fitted the necessary metalwork. In appreciation for the work done on bringing the Memorial up to a standard befitting their recent fallen the Colonel and Regimental Sergeant Major of The Yorkshire Gunners invited the Brethren to lunch at Marne Barracks. Following a splendid meal in the Mess, they retired to the bar where Mick Uttley was fascinated by a bell, formed from a gun cartridge, which was hanging therein. Upon enquiring of its significance Mick was told, “Ring the bell, and buy the round!” Having done so, Mick decided that a bell was needed in the bar at Willow Royd. Unfortunately, before he could arrange this he fell ill and passed away in May last year, aged just 50 years. Having heard of this sad loss to Savile Lodge, the officers and soldiers of 5 Regiment Royal Artillery, as a mark of respect, donated an artillery cartridge which has been converted into a bell engraved with the crest of Savile Lodge and inscribed, ‘In Memory of W Bro Michael Philip Uttley PPSGD – Friend and Brother – He lived respected and died regretted – The Savile Lodge No 1231’. The bell was presented by now Sergeant Major David Darby in the presence of Mick’s widow Mrs Steph Uttley in November and, being so impressed by what he perceived Freemasonry had to offer, Dave asked to become a member of Savile Lodge.

Pictured either side of the memorial are Mick Uttley (left) and Jim Delahunty (right) with S Sgt Dave Darby (far right).

At his Initiation in March this year, Dave was surprised by a number of NCO’s from around the UK, including Tam Watson, Lodge St John No 20, Lesmahagow who was instrumental with Dave in securing the artillery cartridge and Vernon Littley, Dormer Lodge No 7294, Birmingham, with whom he served some years ago. The Brethren of Savile Lodge were impressed with the full mess uniforms worn by the candidate and the visitors and John Gledhill APGM, an honorary member of the Lodge, was delighted to welcome them to what was an excellent ceremony and a most enjoyable festive board.

Pictured with the bell are Steph Uttley and Dave Darby.

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Holme, celebrated his own Silver Jubilee, having held office in each of the 25 years since the Consecration. An excellent evening was had by all, the ceremony being the Initiation of Richard A Broom and at a very enjoyable festive board, the years seemed to melt away. • Founding Members of the Lodge are pictured at the celebration.

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Having been in use since the Consecration of the Lodge of Benevolence No 5612, Pudsey in 1936, their original banner has been replaced, thanks to legacies from two well-loved Past Masters of the Lodge, Percy Ingham and Kenneth Knapton. The new banner was dedicated at a ceremony conducted by Anthony W Llewellyn APGM. It was carried into and paraded round the Lodge by Michael S Schofield, senior Past Master, accompanied

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Sea Scouts Under Canvas This is the motto of Harrogate based charity, Carers’ Resource and, thanks to a grant from the PGM’s Fund, they are now able to provide better support to two groups of carers with very different needs. The grant of £500 has allowed the purchase of a laptop and software which will be used in the heart of the community, linking carers who feel isolated from the outside world and enabling them to make contact with friends and family. It will also be of benefit as part of their training courses. The grant was secured by Spa Lodge No 7609, Harrogate, and Anne Wells, of Carers’ Resource, addressed the Brethren at a recent meeting to explain the work undertaken by the Charity. Anne concluded by saying, “We are very grateful to the members of Spa Lodge in general and to the charity steward, Douglas Mills in particular, as well as to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund for being so generous. We couldn’t continue our work without donations and we really appreciate the support of the Lodges of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding and all they do to support the community.” • Members of Spa Lodge are pictured with Anne Wells at the cheque presentation.

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Turkish Delight Brethren and their Ladies from the Lodge of Amity No 4148, Baildon, together with friends, recently visited the Englishspeaking Lodge of Ephesus No 42, in the city of Izmir, Turkey. The trip was led by the then Master, Mehmet Tiritoglu, and his friend Mehmet Sen, a doctor in Leeds and a member of Lodge of Ephesus. Izmir is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city of over 4 million people. Known as the ‘City of the Infidels’ with large numbers of Jews, Christians and Muslims living in peace and harmony; it is the town where East meets West; the end of the ancient caravan trail to and from China by way of India. The group stayed in the beautiful five star Boyalik Beach Hotel in the seaside resort of Cesme, some 30 minutes out of Izmir on the breath-taking turquoise coastline of the Aegean Sea. On the Sunday of their arrival they attended a Masonic Wedding Celebration. A couple in their party, Chris Binns and his wife Kay, had previously agreed to take part in the celebration. What followed was not a full Masonic Ceremony, the Lodge was not ‘open’, it wasn’t a blessing or a religious ceremony, it was more a reaffirmation of wedding vows in the presence of the Lodge members and their wives. The Master and his Wardens wore their regalia with the remaining brethren wearing suits and white gloves. The Ladies were invited into the temple by the Ladies of the Lodge and sat together on the Master’s left; the brethren entered and sat on the Master’s right. The temple was purified with incense, and wedding music was played discreetly in the background. Meanwhile, Chris and Kay waited outside with a ‘real’ bride and groom. A Fellowcraft from Ephesus Lodge and his wife, who had recently married in a civil ceremony, had their marriage blessed in their local mosque and were at the

Lodge to reaffirm their vows in front of the Brethren. The couples handed over their wedding rings to the Master, who took them into the temple and placed them on a table in front of his chair. This table was decorated with love hearts, flowers, masonic symbols and other paraphernalia used in the ceremony. The couples were then invited into the temple under a ‘dome of honour’ made up by seven Brethren forming a dome shape with their bright shiny Turkish swords. The Square and Compass, plumb rule and ruler were explained, together with their symbolic meanings by Gerson Algranati, Master who conducted the ceremony. The couples were entwined together in symbolic blue ribbon, forming a cordon of unity, replacing their respective wedding rings whilst reaffirming their vows, symbolising eternal togetherness. Then followed the holding and taking possession of a clear glass ‘magic’ rod symbolising that mutual love should be forever pure and clear and that carelessness will quickly break it; love requires constant attention. Next a goblet of wine and a glass of water were mixed and the couple were encouraged to drink from the unified drink, symbolically meaning harmony and prosperity in togetherness. The Brethren of the Lodge then formed a chain of unity with a missing link and the ‘new’ wives were asked to bring forward their husbands to join and complete his

position in the chain. Thankfully both ‘new’ wives did so happily. This symbolises that a Mason’s wife is never alone for, as the Lodge supports her husband, they will also support her. There followed much fraternal kissing, hand shaking and congratulations, with the brides and grooms being placed between the two pillars before leaving through the dome of honour with wedding music being played. A wedding breakfast followed at a nearby tennis club with good food and wine and dancing to a live band, enjoyed by excellent company. A fantastic wedding cake, adorned with the crests of both Lodges in the icing, was produced and did in fact turn out to be the ‘icing on the cake’ to a superb Masonic experience. The next day the Brethren returned to the Lodge and witnessed a superb Passing ceremony. All in all a truly wonderful Masonic experience. The Lodge of Amity intend to present a demonstration of a Masonic Wedding at Hoyle Court, Baildon on Sunday 20th September 2015. More details can be obtained from the Lodge secretary, Tony Donoghue on: a_donoghue3518@msn.com

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R emem b rance D ay As the Centenary of the start of the First World War approached, the Pudsey and Farsley Branch of the Royal British Legion decided that the war memorial was in need of refurbishment. A grant from the PGM’s Fund awarded them £3,000 towards the cost, on a joint appeal from the three Pudsey Lodges of St. Laurence No 2998, Thoresby No 4920 and Benevolence No 5612. This enabled the bulk of the work to be completed in time for the Remembrance Day ceremonies. On Remembrance Day, Peter Holdsworth of Lodge of Benevolence, joined the procession and laid a wreath on behalf of all Pudsey Freemasons.

worn Masonic Regalia, by kind permission of the Provincial Grand Master, and without fail have always been approached by a least one Brother from another Province, amazed that they don’t do it in their town or city. The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding leading the way again!

Having granted permission for the Brethren to process in public in their Masonic clothing, it was fitting that the RW Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, should do likewise and he joined Brethren at the Cenotaph in Castleford.

It was also a special day for Settle Freemasons when six of the Brethren of Castleberg Lodge No 2091 paraded, with other local organisations, in Masonic Regalia to the Cenotaph where Bernard Ogden laid a wreath. Since 2002 the members of Craven Lodge No 810, Skipton have taken part in the Remembrance Day Parade and Service. The weather was sunny and the crowds turned out in their thousands. David Clough of Craven Lodge laid a Masonic wreath in memory of all Craven Freemasons and their families who have given their lives for their country in the pursuit of peace. For the last 5 years the Brethren have

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GRAND APPOINTMENT Peter Holt, an unashamed Lancastrian, is the second Huddersfield area Freemason in modern times to become Acting Junior Grand Deacon within United Grand Lodge. The Provincial Grand Chaplain, whose deeply researched Orations have earned appreciative comments and plaudits, is a member of the Lodge of Harmony No 275, as is Raymond Howarth, Past DepPGM, who was Junior Grand Deacon in 1992. V W Bro Howarth was in the procession at a quarterly communication of Grand Lodge in 1992 held at Earls Court and attended by 12,500 Brethren and nonMasonic guests to celebrate the 275th anniversary of Grand Lodge and the 25th anniversary of HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, as Grand Master. APGM John Gledhill attended as a Master in the Chair and he was at the annual investiture in the Grand Temple, Great Queen Street in April this year, to witness Peter Holt and other Yorkshire, West Riding Brethren receive honours. Hugely respected on both sides of the Pennines, Peter attained Grand Rank as PAGSwdB from his days in East Lancs where he was a member of various committees and panels representing the PGM. He is a Methodist lay preacher and he

PGM’s Fund Major Grants The following organisations are beneficiaries of Major Grants from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund and representatives were handed cheques by David S Pratt PGM at the annual meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at Harrogate on 5 May. Special Olympics Yorkshire and Humberside; Royal Brunswick Lodge No 296 - £25000 To fund team kit for over 300 athletes of the Yorkshire and Humberside team. Horticap, Harrogate; Spa Chapter No7609 - £25000 To fund replacement of temporary polythene growing structure. Endeavour Training Limited; Hadassah Lodge No 4871 - £10000 To purchase IT equipment for use of students in specialised teaching facility. Friends of Alfie Martin; Lodge of Excelsior and Prudence No 1042 £20000 To purchase a portable Ultrasound Scanner for brain and cardiac scanning of small and vulnerable babies. Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award; Howley Lodge No 5012 - £20000 To facilitate funding for construction of wheelchair accessible ‘low rope challenge’. 12

and his wife Beryl hold important positions within the local Methodist Circuit. Past APGM Martin W Stray, Forest of Knaresborough No 7452, was appointed JGD in 2008 and The Rev Frank A Chappell, St Wilfrid 6395, served in the office in 2010. W Bro Chappell was also

Assistant Grand Chaplain in 1999 – the only member of our Province in recent memory to enjoy the privilege of two Acting Officer appointments. The full list of recipients of Grand Rank for 2015 in Craft and Supreme Grand Chapter is given below.

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Darrel Gordon Helliwell received an early present when three Past Masters of the Vale of Nidd Lodge No 4984 visited him at home in Masham, just before Christmas, to present him with a jubilee certificate from the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding marking his 50 years in Freemasonry. Darrel had not been well enough to attend a Lodge meeting to receive his certificate, so Len Barrett, the senior Lodge member, presented the certificate on behalf of the RW Provincial Grand Master. Much of Darrel’s Freemasonry has been practised in the Province of West Lancashire where he was Initiated into New Sanctuary Lodge No 6604, ThorntonCleveleys on 3 March 1964. He retired to Nidderdale after a lifetime working in the aircraft industry, on such iconic aircraft as the Buccaneer and the ill-fated TSR-2 and joined the Vale of Nidd Lodge No 4984 in March 1996. He was appointed PPAGDC in West Lancashire in 1983 and was appointed to the same rank in Yorkshire, West Riding in 2003.

Darrel was delighted to receive his certificate, which he said would take pride of place amongst his other awards, including one from the Inland Waterways Association of which he is a past Regional Chairman.

Celebration for Philanthropic Snowmasters descend Scot Philanthropic Lodge No 304, Leeds was packed to capacity when Anthony W Llewellyn APGM presented Robert Lyon Marshall with a Certificate marking his 50 years in Freemasonry. Robert became a Mason, as a 19 year old, on 22 September 1964, being Initiated in St Columba Lodge No 729, Glasgow under the Grand Lodge of Scotland. He was advanced to the Mark Degree in January 1966. Having moved to God’s Own County, he joined Philanthropic Lodge in June 1990. Robert was overjoyed that several Brethren from St Columba Lodge travelled from Scotland to join in the celebration. He was presented with a Jubilee Certificate from Scotland by the R W Master of St Columba Lodge, John F Haining who, by coincidence, had been Initiated on the same night as Robert in Glasgow. A presentation of Robert’s Masonic and private life was given in the Temple and several ladies and family members enjoyed an insight into his early days in Glasgow to his present life in Yorkshire. • Pictured: (l to r) Anthony W Llewellyn, Robert Marshall and John F Haining.

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He has been a keen golfer and was the winner of the individual prize in the Harewood Trophy in 1999. He served as Master in 1978 and again in 1993, becoming the first member of the Lodge to take the Chair for a second time. Having been appointed PPDepGDC in 1988 Barry was promoted to PPJGW in 1996.

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Fifty Years and more for Keighley Lion A past president and active member of Keighley Lions, Keith Hardwick Trott, celebrated 50 years as a member of Keighley Lodge No 3463 in February 2013. Known to many as the quietest, most softly spoken Freemason in the Province, the report of this achievement has only just come to light. When attending the Lodge to make the presentation of the jubilee certificate D Stuart Cummins APGM took Keith through his early life from the Saltburn area of North Yorkshire to the village of Harden near Bingley and to East Morton, where he now lives.

71 brethren assembled at a recent meeting of Horsford Lodge No 5339 at Westbourne House, Otley to celebrate with Alexander Michael Jones JP his 50 years in Freemasonry. Martin W Stray PAPGM joined Michael on the floor of the Lodge to discuss his life and his time in the Craft. Michael was born in August 1935 in Morley but moved to Kirkstall at a young age where his father, also a member of Horsford Lodge, had purchased a pharmacy business. He was educated at Froebelian School in Horsforth and then at Leeds Grammar School before attending University to study Pharmacy; unfortunately Michael’s father died whilst Michael was still at University and he had to take on both the Kirkstall business and also a small one in the centre of Leeds. He was Initiated into Horsford Lodge on 4 February 1965 and both he and his father were proposed by the same person, Frank Neville Bradley, although his father had died before Michael joined. His Grandfather was also a Freemason, being a member of St Laurence Lodge No 2330, Pudsey; he was proposed as a candidate on the evening of the Consecration of the Lodge in 1889. Michael served as Master of the Lodge in 1975 and again in 1994. Having been appointed Provincial Grand Steward, he was promoted to PPJGW and later to PAGDC. Michael’s commitment to Freemasonry also extends to the Royal Arch, being a member of Philanthropic Chapter No 304. He served as secretary of the Leeds & District Royal Arch Council for 10 years. He is a member of many other orders, in all of which he has attained high rank, none more so than as Deputy Grand Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine, a position he occupied for several years. Michael married and had three children and now has seven grandchildren. He remarried some 10 years ago to Jenny. During his life time he has enjoyed a varied selection of pastimes from tennis to cricket umpire, to sailing on Ullswater for 10 years and eventually in the open waters of the Irish Sea for 35 years. He retired in 1991 but carried on working as a locum for several years and was a member of the Leeds Health Authority with specific responsibility for mental health. In addition to his pharmacy work he was a Magistrate on the Leeds Bench for 25 years and also served in the appeal court.

Following service in the RAF and after his marriage to Patricia he attended many functions at the Connaught Rooms in Bradford where Patricia’s father and uncle were prominent Masons. It was to the Lions that Keith was first attracted however and he became a member in Keighley. There he met the late W Bro Ken Brodie and as a result was Initiated into Keighley Lodge in 1963. He was Master of the Lodge in 1978 and again in 2007. In 1988 Keith was appointed PPDGDC and promotions followed, in 1996 to PPJGW and again in 2006 to PPSGW. He is still, at the age of 84, holding Office in both his Lodge and his Royal Arch Chapter, Binglea No 439, Bingley. He holds Grand rank in Supreme Grand Chapter and in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons. The celebrations culminated in an excellent festive board where there was opportunity to dispel the myth that in his case the title W Bro means Whispering Brother Trott. • Photo shows Keith receiving his jubilee certificate from D Stuart Cummins.

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Jubilee Certificate Philanthropist rewarded for Nonagenarian Having recently received a card from Her Majesty the Queen to mark sixty years of marriage, John R Atkinson was overjoyed to receive a jubilee certificate from the PGM to celebrate fifty years in Freemasonry. The presentation was made at the Cockburn Lodge No 5362, Morley by James K Batty PAPGM. Having left school at 15 years of age and starting work in 1939 at a packaging and printing company, John went on to complete over 50 years’ service for the company, retiring as Sales Office Manager. At 18 years of age he was called up for National Service and went into the Army Pay Corps, serving throughout the war before leaving in April 1947. John married Margaret on 2 October 1954; they have a daughter Jane, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren. John’s venture into Freemasonry did not start well as there was a waiting list of some four years before he could be proposed. At that time Cockburn Lodge met in Great George Street, Leeds; it was so popular that they had a commissionaire on the door and even had a paid Tyler. Eventually on the 8 January 1965 John was Initiated and has served the Lodge in practically every office. John was Master of the Lodge in 1980, appointed in 1989 to PPDepGSuptWks and in 1996 was promoted to PPJGW. A member of Alfred Chapter No 306 for over thirty years, he joined Leeds and District Lodge of Installed Masters No 7918 some 15 years ago and now aged 91 years, still enjoys his Masonry/ • In the photo (l to r) – Brian J McArthur; Michael H Barker, Master; John R Atkinson; J K Batty and David A Speight.

Ivan Shaw received a jubilee certificate from John B Gledhill APGM earlier this year marking his fifty years as a member of the Salarden Lodge No 3971, Milnsbridge. Ivan was Initiated on 28 January 1964, at a time when there were over seventy members in the Lodge, and he progressed through every office, except that of Treasurer, before attaining the Chair in 1979. He was appointed PPAGDC in 1985 before promotion to PPJGW in 1996. Having completed his National Service as an Airframe Mechanic, during which time he worked as ground crew for the iconic Avro Vulcan Bomber, he was first a plumber and then worked for a firm of Heating Engineers before setting up his own business, installing industrial, commercial and domestic warm heating systems. A keen, if mediocre, golfer – his words - Ivan gave up the game due to failing health and now enjoys travelling the world with his wife, Margaret. • Ivan is pictured, right, receiving his certificate from John B Gledhill.

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RMBI FESTIVAL 2017 UPDATE The past year has seen some magnificent achievements in support of the Festival, most notably the Provincial Perimeter Pedal and the first Northern Masonic Variety Show. The first of these built upon the excitement generated by the Tour de France and saw 30 of our Brethren ride 300 miles in three days, circumnavigating our Province and raising £30,000 in the process. The Variety Show took place in Bradford and saw a range of acts playing to an almost full house and embodying the essence of our Festival, the dual aims of raising funds and having fun! Whilst events like this are highly memorable and contribute significantly to our fund-raising it is the day-to-day giving by members across the Province that forms the backbone of our efforts. Regular giving has, over the past year, led us to a point where we now have almost 2000 members across the Province who have qualified as Festival Stewards and the number of individual Patrons has doubled! Almost half of our Lodges have achieved some level of Patronage and 10% have raised the magnificent sum of

£5000 to become Grand Patrons. Magnificently over a third of our Royal Arch Chapters have attained levels of Patronage for our Festival, a fantastic achievement considering that all members of the Royal Arch will also be members of Lodges. Over the remainder of this year we will continue to raise funds via the Smarties initiative and a Las Vegas themed event to be held at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield on Saturday, 14 November; details are on the website (http://www. wrprovince-events.co.uk) Plans are already being made for the final two years of our Festival. In 2016 we will hold a “Walk the Province” event. From June to the end of August we will ask Lodges across the Province to organise sponsored walks for their members and families. For those up to the task a sponsored walk of “The Three Peaks” will launch the event. Leading from the front our Provincial Grand Master will be undertaking a significant personal challenge – further information will follow!! To thank you all and to celebrate our achievements, on 10 June 2017 we will

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Craft outside of The Craft?

During my year as Master of Pengestone Lodge No 6933, Penistone in 2007, our North East Corner of Masters in the constituent Lodges of the Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association remained strong, with five members who regularly met socially as well as on the square. In subsequent years, some of our Ladies attended a card crafting class led by Kate

Martin, the wife of Barry Martin, currently Master of Regent Lodge No 2856, Barnsley. Over the last few years, my wife Liz has developed a series of birthday cards, based on an example of a UPS delivery man, for our four grandsons. These have themes ranging over a number of sporting activities such as football, cricket, rugby, skiing, etc., but based on the same character as depicted here, wearing appropriate sportswear for the particular activity. My own birthday card in March this year had the same character in golfing gear – I took up golf three years ago encouraged by Barry and Kate and although I will never excel, it is one of the best things I have ever done. Imagine my surprise, following my Installation as Master of Pengestone Lodge in April, when I received this card from my wife on my return home following the festive board. A number of Masonic wives and partners attend Kate’s classes, and some of their work can be seen on http://kraftsbykatemartin.blogspot. co.uk/ They also have their own lunch club which meets once a month at various hostelries. This is known as ‘Ladies wot Lunch’ and was set up initially as a support network following the death of one of our NE Corner members, Stuart Howard of Friendly Lodge No 1513. Both the crafting and the lunch activities are great networks for our ladies outside the Craft, but supporting members, widows and families of Craft members.

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Otley Masons scout out a good cause

Following a request from members of the Otley Scout Group, Megan Barker and Tom Paxton, the Master of Horsford Lodge No 5339, Otley set about mobilising the Otley Lodges. The scouts were in need of assistance in raising £3500 each towards the cost of attending the 23rd World Scout Jamboree to be held in Japan later this year. The World Scout Jamboree is an official educational event specifically designed for young people aged 14 to 17 years The reason for such a high figure was they were not only raising the money for their own attendance at the Jamboree, but also additional funding to assist and enable Scouts from other countries around the world who were not as advantaged as those in our own country. Richard Bleasdale, a former Group Scout Leader of Otley Parish and the current Chairman of the Appointments Committee of Wharfedale Scouts, wrote to the other Lodges suggesting they may like to join with Horsford Lodge in making a donation to this most worthwhile of causes and so it was that the Masters of Horsford, Chevin and Leodiensis Lodges, along with the charity stewards from Alfred and Leodiensis Lodges, made a presentation of £700 to three members of the Otley Scout Group. • The photograph shows (l to r) at the front: Megan Barker; Tom Paxton and Maya Lao and at the back Richard Hirst, Master of Leodiensis Lodge No 4029; Howard Handley, Master of Chevin Lodge No 6848; Richard Bleasdale, Master of Horsford Lodge No 5339; Andrew Gilliland, charity steward of Alfred Lodge No 306 and John Driscoll, charity steward of Leodiensis Lodge No 4029.

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On the Square and Full Circle

Kenneth Hooper of King Edward VII Lodge No 3442, Bradford relates a Masonic journey with a difference. On 5 February 1980 I was Initiated into Bradford Lodge No 5966 in the Connaught Rooms, Bradford. More importantly, my proposer was Neville T Bedford. It was Neville who guided me through my early Masonic career, made sure that my weekly attendance was as near 100% as possible and insisted that, as soon as I became a Master Mason, I attended Provincial Grand Lodge meetings to support Brethren receiving honours for their service to Lodge and Province. I accompanied him on numerous visits to other Lodges, “so that you can witness the beauty of differing rituals.” He taught me that Freemasonry is a way of life - one which makes good men better. Neville and his wife, Billie, were always kind and welcoming. When their son John and his wife, Rina, visited from their home in Rhode Island, USA, I was made to feel one of the family. John and I became firm friends. That was over 30 years ago. John had gone to the USA to study textiles and there he met Rina, whose family owned the Quill Pen Company of America; he married her and was asked to join the family firm. It was not long before the family realised his potential and he became CEO.

In 1983 an ageing Neville and Billie moved to Rhode Island to be near their family; however Neville made sure that he returned to Bradford twice each year, to attend Bradford Lodge Installation in October and the Provincial Meeting in May. He spent many a happy hour at our home during those visits. Neville’s health had been deteriorating and he died in July 1986, just three months before I was Installed into the Chair of Bradford Lodge. My friendship with John grew and we visited each other with our respective wives. By this time Joyce and I had purchased a holiday home near Tampa, Florida and this made our meetings easier to arrange during the 1990s. Early in the millennium John informed me that, having built a retirement home in Anguilla, Eastern Caribbean, he was going to join Unity Lodge No 9166. I could not attend his Initiation but travelled to Anguilla for his Passing. John could never be described as thin and I still chuckle at the picture of Rina and Joyce, armed with a sheet, needle and cotton, manufacturing a garment for John’s ceremony! While on this visit I met a number of Freemasons, including Lennie Carty. He proposed me for membership of Anguilla Masters Lodge No 9335 and I duly became

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a proud member. The membership and friendships forged then remain unbroken to this day. The years have flown by; Bradford Lodge suffered several deaths in a short period and a lack of numbers meant that we handed in our Warrant in 1988, when I was IPM. I joined Scientific Lodge No 439 and was Master in 2003 and 2004. Eventually night driving became a problem, sadly necessitating my resignation in 2009. I had joined King Edward VII Lodge No 3442 in 2000 to support them when they were re-Consecrated. This is a daylight Lodge where driving is not a problem. Early in 2014 John Bedford informed me that, as Senior Warden, it was likely that he would be Installed as Master in November. Here was my opportunity to return his father’s many kindnesses to me! I contacted Lennie Carty, who by now was not just a Grand Officer but Past District Grand Secretary and currently Deputy District Grand Master. I told him of my plan to travel to Anguilla and present John for Installation on behalf of his late father. Lennie readily agreed and also gave me permission to perform another very special piece of ritual in the Installed Board. My wife is not well enough to travel and even I was rather pensive, being in my 80s. I had not undertaken a long journey for eight years. A plan gradually evolved whereby my younger son, Graham, and his wife, Angela, would accompany me on the trip to take care of me. To while away the months before the trip I was able to research the Masonic history of John’s father and also that of his grandfather, who had been a member of Prince of Wales Lodge No 1648. The day of the trip arrived. We flew from Manchester to Paris, stayed overnight and then flew onward to St Martin, where we were met by John; then just a short ferry boat ride to Anguilla. John drove us to their beautiful home where we were thrilled to see Rina again - so full of life! We were away for 10 days and had a wonderful time. Good restaurants, swimming in the sea at 85 degrees Fahrenheit, golf on a championship course and a most enjoyable church service with lots of singing and music. But the purpose of the journey was the highlight. Unity Lodge Installation was held on 22 November and I duly presented John for Installation on behalf of his late father. The ceremony was truly beautiful; morning dress is a little warm in the tropics and we were grateful for air conditioning! My outstanding memory is of a very happy Lodge of Brethren of different faiths and walks of life, enjoying each other’s company. We bid our sad farewells and flew home the following Monday. A wonderful trip which I shall never forget. To complete the circle, I have asked Lennie Carter to propose John for membership of Anguilla Masters Lodge on my behalf. Neville T Bedford will be chuckling with pleasure in the ‘Grand Lodge Above’. • The Master, John Bedford is flanked by Ken Hooper PAGDC and Lennie Carty, Deputy District Grand Master, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

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Pulsating, exhilarating, a veritable entertainment spectacular of fun and fundraising – truly, this was the Northern Masonic Variety Show held midst the architectural splendour of the Gothic Price Hall at Bradford Grammar School. The 750 Brethren and ladies who attended helped raise a magnificent £14,000+ for the 2017 RMBI Festival. RMBI president James H Newman; chief executive David Innes; Lady Morrison,

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chair of the school governors and Assistant Grand Master Sir David H Wootton were among a host of dignitaries supporting Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt and a hard-working organising committee. Stars of the evening though, were the many and varied entertainers, superbly led by veteran comic Freddie (Parrotface) Davies, a consummate professional whose engaging humour developed from way back in 1964 when he appeared on TV programme Opportunity Knocks. A member for almost 50 years of the Chelsea Lodge No 3098 – whose members are artistes, musicians and showbiz personalities - he compered a slick, polished, fast-moving


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repertoire which began with excellent contributions from the Clifton and Lightcliffe Band and Featherstone Male Voice Choir – the latter combining popular and traditional fayre. Impressionist Terry Webster, an amazing one-man musical comedy show and another remarkable stage veteran, had the audience in raptures with his energy-sapping rock ‘n roll routines which featured a throw-back to the 60s when he was a backing artist for the Rockin’ Berries and the Shadows. Vocalist Adam Smith, fresh from recent Royal Albert Hall performances and monologues from Ken Parkinson (King Harold and the Battle of Hastings) provided contrasting styles.

John Whitworth, whose brainchild the event was and himself having over the years raised more than £100,000 for charities, stoically battled a chest infection in his engaging duets with Susan Clarke. The evening concluded with a rousing finale featuring Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. *Programme notes included a foreword by keyboardist and songwriter Rick Wakeman, Master of the Chelsea Lodge, while the show’s organisers, in addition to John Whitworth, were Rod Stoyles, Stuart Cummins and Trevor Smith, who deserve congratulations for the year-long planning and the night’s superb performance which drew cries of “Let’s have another next year!”

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King Solomon’s Seals – Talismans, Charms, Flowers Over one hundred Brethren attended the Installation meeting of Ivanhoe Lodge No 1779, Sheffield earlier this year. The theme for the evening centred on ‘Polygonatum’, also known as King Solomon’s seal and the myriad of derivative tokens and talismans; the making of which became a substantial industry in ancient times. Polygonatum is a genus of flowering plants and its name comes from the ancient Greek for ‘many knees’. One explanation for the derivation of the name ‘Solomon’s seal’ is that the roots bear depressions which resemble royal seals. King Solomon was traditionally reported as the ‘King of the whole World’ and according to the statement in Ecclesiastes ‘…could render all the joys and delights of life subservient to his will’. He became revered by those who hankered after the pleasurable and desirable facets of human existence – Health, Happiness and Wealth! This adulation gave rise to an industry creating pendants, charms, amulets and talismans believed to confer on the bearer a predisposition to good health and a comfortable existence on this mortal coil. All Solomon’s seals contained various inscriptions and intricate devices alluding to a complex and meaningful narrative, although essentially related to a variety of blessings such as health, happiness, love, peace, security, fertility and prosperity. Research suggests that this field of endeavour drifted eventually into the twilight world of mysticism and witchcraft!

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Of particular interest at the Installation meeting was King Solomon’s, so called, ‘Seal of Friendship’ that made up the obverse of a commemorative coin struck in honour of the occasion. The Brethren all received a ‘Seal of Friendship’ – the Provincial Grand Master being presented with an elegant case containing both gold and silver versions. The King Solomon’s seal depicted on the 2015 Ivanhoe Lodge Commemorative coin appears to be relevant in the 21st century. It is known as the ‘1st Pentacle of Venus’ and has allusion to ‘Depicting, attracting and preserving friendship’ and was presented to the Brethren in that context as supporting one of the principal tenets of our Masonic order.

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Harrogate Charity’s Drive for New Minibus £6k Closer A Harrogate charity’s fundraising drive for a new wheelchair adaptedvehicle is 6,000 steps closer, thanks to a grant from the PGM’s Fund. Disability Action Yorkshire is seeking to replace its existing minibus with one that will be easier for its care home staff to drive residents into town and on social activities. The residential care home at Claro Road caters for younger adults with physical disabilities and provides training in the skills required to live independently.

Mike Dakin, charity steward of Harlow Lodge No 4404, Harrogate was pleased to hand over a cheque for £6,000, from the PGM’s Fund, to the charity’s Chief Executive, Jackie Snape. Mrs Snape said: “I’m incredibly grateful to Harlow Lodge for applying for this grant on our behalf. Earlier this year, the same Lodge presented us with a cheque for £650 and now to receive £6,000 towards the purchase of a new adapted vehicle is just wonderful. Thanks to them, we are very close indeed to being able to replace the existing minibus for a new one.” • Photo: (l to r) Mike Dakin, care home resident Eliza Bennett and Paul Clarke APGM.

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Master Masons’ Academy, Otley

What’s in a word? In the Royal Arch closing prayer we often hear reference to ‘Preventive Grace.’ What does this mean?

The Otley Master Masons’ Academy have joined together to visit each other’s Lodges and accept any invitation in this or any other Province that does not clash with their Practice or Regular Lodge meetings. They welcome any interested Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, or Master Mason to join with them on Masonic visits or just a round of drinks in the pub. Members had a splendid visit to Manor Lodge 4202, Wallasey during the winter months. The event was an Old English Night and the ceremony was an Initiation. It was a cold Saturday evening but the warmth of the welcome and hospitality was first class. The Photograph is of Wallasey Masons returning the visit to Harewood Lodge 5667, Otley with Andy Alderson of Chevin Lodge No 6848 representing the Master Masons’ Circle. • (l to r) Ian Eborill, Darren S Crane and his father Stephen R Crane of Manor Lodge No 4202, Andy Alderson; Philip J Harris co-ordinator, of Harewood Lodge No 5667 and John W Crane of Centenary Lodge No 5896.

There are those amongst us who believe the expression should be ‘Prevenient Grace.’ Prevenient Grace is a Christian theological concept dating back in Catholic Theology to the Council of Trent 1545-63. It was also used by Arminius 1560-1609 and later by John Wesley (sermon #85) It is Divine Grace that precedes human decision; existing prior to and without reference to anything humans may have done. In other words, the Grace of God which precedes conversion or salvation. Prevenient Grace allows us to choose or decline the offer of salvation. It May be called ‘Preventing’ grace ( from Prevenient) as in ‘saved from the sin that others fall into’, but I think Prevenient is much the better and correct expression.

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Making a Lifetime of Difference to Children in OUR Schools

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For the past 20 years the award-winning charity Place2Be has been providing school-based mental health support, working with children from four upwards. Our research shows that early intervention can transform young lives and greatly improve children’s prospects. Teachers report an 80% improvement in children with the most severe difficulties following Place2Be one-to-one counselling. Where children’s problems have had an effect of their teacher or classmates, a 70% improvement is reported, making the classroom a more peaceful and productive place to learn. Place2Be currently works in 20 Primary schools in Leeds providing one-to-one counselling, our self-referring Place2Talk where children can discuss whatever may be troubling them - very often friendship problems, as well as offering support for parents and teachers. This is delivered

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Boost for Upstage Academy, Ripon Upstage Academy in Ripon was formed in 2008 with the aim of providing young people in rural areas with the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence and ability and to realise the potential of their talents. The Academy teaches a wide range of skills in the performing arts, including acting, dancing and singing, covering a wide range of ages; currently 3 to 18 year olds.

A group of wives of the then “Masters in Office” led by Mrs Ann Wellock and Mrs Brenda Stacey met to discuss the possibility of forming a Ladies Luncheon Club. It was agreed unanimously that we should go ahead. The first Luncheon, in 1992, was an immediate success. The main question being “When will we be having another one?” Over the years we have had quarterly luncheons, all thoroughly enjoyed:- We had speakers quizzes and lots of conversation and laughter. A special event was the Millennium Dinner, to which we invited our menfolk! Donations of £10,000 were made to the masonic charity fund and various speakers also donated instead of receiving a fee. The committee (of many different characters) have become friends and have all worked well together. Sadly due to the impending closure of Spring Bank Masonic Hall we can no longer enjoy our lunches there. Our recent “Final Luncheon” was sad in many ways, but then all good things eventually have to come to an end.

A grant of £600 from the PGM’s Fund, secured by De Grey and Ripon Lodge No 837 will help in the renovation of a new studio, in particular the completion of acoustic panelling.

Pictured presenting the cheque to Amelia Urukalo, Academy Principal is Howard Marshall, Master; on the left is Mike Pallott, charity steward and on the right, Alistair Stickland, Academy acting coach.

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Loiners Lend a Hand to Lineham Lineham Farm Children’s Centre is able to offer six more residential places thanks to a donation of £4,500 from Leeds Freemasons. A grant of £2000 from the PGM’s fund was supplemented by a further £2,500 from Zetland Lodge No 1311, Castle Grove which paid for the conversion of the Warden’s flat to provide additional children’s accommodation. Lineham Farm situated in Eccup, within an area of outstanding natural beauty, has for over 20 years provided residential breaks for local disadvantaged and disabled primary school children. The charity has an indoor climbing wall with a Disabled Access Climb, an outdoor low and high ropes course, cycling tracks, an art room and a small farm with ponies, chickens, sheep, goats and pigs.

Children enjoying the Centre’s facilities.

Children who stay benefit from a break in the countryside and increase their confidence trying new experiences. The charity promotes healthy active lifestyles and welcomes over 1,000 children each year.   The Master of Zetland Lodge, Dr Simon Lindley, together with Roger Potts, Stephen Till and Andrew Robinson, charity steward, presented the cheque to fundraiser and event co-ordinator Clare Beard and had a chance to look at the renovation work. Pictured (l to r) Andrew Robinson; Dr Simon Lindley; Roger Potts; Stephen Till; Clare Beard.

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New goal posts and nets were secured by the Abbey Lane Junior Football Club, Sheffield thanks to a grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Frank Dewire of Hallamshire Lodge No 2268, Sheffield handed over a cheque for £500 to club treasurer Mr Michael Ellin before a recent game. Mr Ellin said that the previous posts and nets had acquired antique status and, in expressing his thanks, said that the club would not be able to function without the support of the community and with such generosity the life of local children would be forever enhanced. • The photograph shows Frank Dewire (right) handing the cheque to Mr Michael Ellin in the company of team members.

‘Home from Home’ benefits from PGM’s Fund Eckersley House, The Sick Children’s Trust’s ‘Home from Home’ in Leeds, was delighted to receive a visit from Lance Johnson and Trevor Dickinson of Allerton Lodge No 3047, Castle Grove. They were there to present a cheque for £1000 from the PGM’s Fund after Lance learnt, from the experience of close friends, about the work of The Trust and the support the charity gives to families whose children are undergoing specialist medical treatment. The Trust believes keeping families together significantly improves the recovery of seriously ill children and Eckersley House supports families who have children in Leeds General Infirmary. The ‘Home from Home’ can accommodate up to 23 families each night and last year supported over 500 families. Jane McHale, House Manager of Eckersley House said, “It was lovely to meet both Lance and Trevor from Allerton Lodge. We are so grateful for the kind donation which will help us to support many families who are forced to travel miles from home to the LGI for treatment.” Trevor Dickinson charity steward said, “Walter Ratcliffe of Allerton Lodge is the brother-in-law of the late Robert Eckersley after whom the house is named, so this donation has a very special connection to the Lodge.” • Photo (l to r): Lance Johnson, Jane McHale and Trevor Dickinson.

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Support Helps The Jewel To Gold

The Jewels, a Bradford based cheerleading group, is another local organisation to benefit from a £1500 grant from the PGM’s fund. The aim of the group is to help people in the Bradford area with mental health and learning difficulties, including those with Down syndrome, to take part in cheerleading exercises and competitions. Working with Bradford District Care Trust, who help to identify suitable candidates, the Jewels have been operational for over four years and many people have benefited from taking part. Practising on a weekly basis the team enters competitions in an effort to focus their minds on attaining major achievements. They have had some considerable and noticeable success in National competitions, qualifying them into International competitions and they have recently competed in both Europe and the USA, winning a haul of gold medals in Florida. The group were in desperate need of some new kit and uniforms to help them support more people and compete at the top levels they have become accustomed to, and it was after the group featured on local TV news that Jack Pigott, then DepPGM, thought that here was a project that a local Lodge could support. As a result, the Lodge of Amity No 4148, Baildon visited the Jewels at their practice base in Dudley Hill, Bradford. There they met the team and watched them as they performed their routines. Later a group of Cheerleaders attended the Lodge of Amity Christmas Lodge to entertain at the festive board, with a superb demonstration of their skills. Pictured receiving the cheque from Mehmet Tiritoglu is Natalia Sargent supported by Tony Donoghue, Chris Binns and members of The Jewels.

CHOICES

Communit y Help Offering Independent Care & Effective Support At the recent West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd AGM at Barnsley, one of the proposals on the agenda was regarding the Sheltered Housing Fund. Peter Worth, chairman of the ‘CHOICES’ Initiative, spells out the future under this new scheme. ‘At last year’s AGM the Board was given a mandate to look at alternative options with regard to the Sheltered Housing Scheme. The Directors had to finally draw a line under the past and look to the future at what could be done to benefit the Brethren of our Province on a long-term basis. This is where the new Initiative, ‘CHOICES’, came about. We believe in providing a Lifetime Legacy for the Freemasons of this Province with the purpose of providing care and help to assist our Brethren, widows and dependants to live independent lives, in their own homes, for as long as practicably possible. This will ensure that the people we care so much about are helped to continue living in their own homes for as long as possible, with the compassionate support they need and so dearly deserve. This new Initiative will work within the existing Provincial Almoner system but will help in a completely new and more practical way, ensuring care and other services are available to help manage and if needed, provide Handyman services or extra care and support in recipient’s own

homes. This will help the Brethren, widows or dependents continue to live a normal life, independently in their own home. We currently have one Welfare worker, Ann Harrison, who has been for many years doing a fantastic job, but with the expected extra workload the ‘CHOICES’ Initiative may create, it makes sense that we may very well have to consider taking on an additional Welfare Officer. This would ensure more regular visits can be made as Ann, at this time, is currently covering the entire Province on her own. So much is changing within the Charity and I believe for the better; ‘CHOICES’ will gain momentum in the coming months with a launch expected in October 2015 Your Lodge and Chapter almoners are always the first point of contact, so please ask the question and hopefully you will be surprised at what now can be done to help YOU the Brethren of Yorkshire, West Riding whilst making adequate provision for our widows and dependents. I believe it is extremely important that this money, which has been so generously given by you, is now being used to provide a Lifetime Legacy ensuring that care, help and support will be there for you! Brethren this has to be the finest way to use our charitable funds.’ If you have are questions please don’t hesitate to contact Peter at: pworth2000@aol.com

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Brethren and Companions enjoy a Multiple Mission

Yorkshire Masons headed south recently to provide instruction and companionship at a seat of learning in the Province of Oxfordshire. The Deputy Grand Superintendent Jim Gray, accompanied by Alan Hurdley, Graham Priestley and Andrew Hurdley attended the Apollo University Lodge No 357 and Apollo University Chapter No 357 in Oxford. The Province of Yorkshire, West Riding is well represented within this prestigious Lodge and Chapter as Jonathan Lippiat of Wakefield Lodge No 495, Robin Fellerman of Lodge of Dawn No 6511 and Heman Joshi of Bradfordians Lodge No 9886 are all members; only students and academic

personnel of Oxford University are entitled to join. The Chapter Exalted two candidates; E Comp Lippiat acted as the Second Principal while E Comp Fellerman is the Third Principal of the Chapter. At the conclusion of the ceremony the First Principal, Steffen Deutschenbaur, invited E Comp Gray to present two Grand Chapter Certificates which he did in an exemplary manner, explaining in detail the symbolism of the certificate. Light lunch was taken in a local hostelry before the Lodge meeting and the ceremonies of Raising and Passing were performed for seven Candidates in total. As the Lodge meets only six times a year

A Quartet of Principals

The ME Grand Superintendent, Stewart G Carley, when addressing the Annual Convocation in Bradford told those present, “With your help we can ensure the continued success of Royal Arch Masonry in this Province.” He must have been delighted to hear then that, at the Installation Convocation of Pentalpha Chapter No 974, Bradford, the three Principals; Miles O Sykes, Nolan C Talbot and Philip J Baxendale

and the IPZ, Alan Robinson had, between January 2006 and December 2007, all been proposed into the Chapter by Andrew A Henderson and seconded by Harold Hawkyard. Could this be a first for the Province? It certainly is for Pentalpha. Pictured (l to r): Noel Talbot (H); Harold Hawkyard; Alan Robinson (IPZ); Miles Sykes (Z); Andrew Henderson; Phil Baxendale (J).

it is not unusual for multiple Candidates to take part in the ceremonies. After the Raising ceremony the Lodge was called off for refreshments and then called on again for the Passing ceremony. At the close of the Lodge the Brethren were invited for drinks and then to dinner which was held in the ballroom at the 5 star Macdonald Randolph Hotel. Alan Hurdley said, “The whole experience was very interesting and most educational.” He did not say for whom! • Photo: The West Riding team with the Three Principals of the Chapter.

Second Honour for Popular Mason

Kevin Learie of Mirfield Chapter No 1102 was overwhelmed when called onto the floor of the Chapter by James S Gray, Deputy Grand Superintendent, earlier this year. Initially wondering what he had done wrong, Kevin was delighted to be appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, particularly as he has yet to attain the Principal’s chairs. The Deputy Grand Superintendent was standing in, at short notice, for the ME Grand Superintendent, Stewart G Carley who was unwell, but who, upon his recovery to health, visited Kevin at his home to present him with his certificate of appointment; further indication of the caring side of the Royal Arch. It is some twelve years since a Companion within this Province was appointed to Provincial Grand Rank and the appointment follows shortly after Kevin was appointed Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in the Craft by the RW Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt to mark his Installation as PGM. Kevin is a Past Master of the Salarden Lodge No 3971, Milnsbridge, and is a popular figure in the Huddersfield area and throughout the Province. • Stewart is pictured left, presenting Kevin with his certificate.

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Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals No 6220 Because a Past First Principals’ Chapter did not exist within the Province the Grand Superintendent, the late J Trevor Broadley, put forward the suggestion that one should be formed, with its aim being to become a Chapter of Excellence and to invite speakers of distinction to provide that daily advancement in Masonic knowledge. At his suggestion the Chapter was to be attached to Criterion Lodge No 6220, Baildon. On 21 October 1997 80 Petitioners and 56 visitors assembled in the Chapter Room at Hoyle Court to witness the Consecration of Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals No 6220 by the Grand Superintendent, assisted by the Consecration Team.

The Founding First Principal was Michael S Schofield, Third Provincial Grand Principal; the Second Principal was Roy J Armitage APGP and the Third Principal was Peter E Lawton. The Founding Scribe E of the Chapter was Gerald R Wilde, Second Provincial Grand Principal, whilst the Director of Ceremonies was Richard Bolton. With such eminent first appointments it is no wonder that the Chapter got off to a flying start, laying down the high standards that have been maintained by their successors. The Chapter meets three times per year on the 3rd Tuesday in the months of April, June, and October (Installation). Since the Consecration, the Chapter has developed its own character of friendliness and is going from strength to strength; the current membership being 99. Whilst membership is restricted to Installed First Principals, visiting Companions of any rank are made most welcome at their meetings. Past speakers have included the Pro First Grand Principal, the Marquis of Northampton; the Past First Grand Principal of Scotland, the Earl of Elgin; Grand Scribe E; Grand Secretary of Ireland; John Hamill and many others, all of whom have added to the knowledge of those present.

The speaker for the meeting on 16 June 2015 is David West, assisted by Lawrie Morrison, from the Province of Essex; the intriguing title being ‘The King and Raquel Welch’. They also mention Nebuchadnezzar and Moses as well as Z, H and J and talk about the dubious work of an author named ‘C’ (the Chronicler), who was responsible for some of the inconsistencies and has been described as a splendid liar by one eminent professor. For the meeting on 20 October 2015 they welcome back Yasha Beresiner, who will talk about the origins of English Royal Arch Masonry from the 1740s to 1817. Those who have heard talks by Yasha will know that they are in for a most interesting and informative talk delivered in his inimitable manner interspersed with humour. Royal Arch Companions who wish to attend will be made most welcome. Bookings can be made by telephoning David Steel on 01274612909 or 07876204113 or by email: steel-d@sky. com. Any Installed First Principal wishing to join the Chapter will also be most welcome and can also obtain details from David. S Keith Roberts, PAGSoj, PastAPGP

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Chapter Charity Challenge

Bram collects another certificate

Following the great success of the Inaugural event Monday 21 September 2015 sees the second ‘Cha Cha Cha’ golf day. This is a unique day as the teams are playing to win the majority of the ‘Prize Fund’ for the charity of their choice. The event will be held at the Mid Yorkshire Golf Club, Darrington, near Pontefract, and will take the form of a ‘Texas Scramble’. The entry fee of £150 per team of four includes pre-play bacon butties and a two course meal after play. The event is open to all, including Ladies, with the proviso that the team contains at least one Royal Arch Mason. The organisers would like to hear from anyone who may wish to help with sponsoring – from ball markers or balls to a ‘nearest the pin’ or longest drive. Entry forms and further information can be obtained from your Scribe Ezra or by contacting the event Secretary, Arthur Leach: E-Mail: arthoptic@hotmail.com Tel.07768 668557

When, two years ago, he was presented with a certificate from the Grand Master’s Royal Arch Council in recognition of 54 years distinguished service, James Bramley Morley said, “That completes the set,” having already received jubilee certificates in Craft, the Royal Arch and the Mark Degree. He was wrong! The picture shows, (l to r) E Kt Alan Odams; E Kt Earlier this year Bram James Bramley Morley and the Provincial Prior, R E Kt was presented with yet Paul Crossland Grafton. another jubilee certificate, this time to mark fifty years as a Knight Templar. E Kt Morley was Installed as a Knight into Salamanca Preceptory No 21, Halifax on 12 November 1964 and became Eminent Preceptor in 1975. He attained the Rank of Provincial Herald in 1977 and was promoted to Provincial 2nd Constable in 1985. Then, for his service to the Preceptory in particular, and the Province in general, he was appointed a Great Priory Officer in 1987 with the rank of Past Great Aide-de-Camp. The Provincial Prior, R E Kt Paul Grafton, presented the jubilee certificate in a most sincere, friendly and relaxed manner and commented that to achieve 50 years membership of the Order was a rare distinction. Although Bram is now 94 and has not been well in recent times, he appreciated and enjoyed the presentation; as did all those present. The Provincial Prior concluded his presentation by promoting E Kt Morley to Past Provincial Chancellor in the Province and this was met with acclamation and a standing ovation; a most fitting end to a presentation to such a worthy and distinguished Brother Knight.

PGM Promoted in Provincial Priory Among the Officers promoted at the annual Assembly of the Order of the Temple, held at Batley, was David S Pratt, promoted to Past Provincial Registrar. David was supported by Brother Knights of Fidelity Preceptory No 114 and they are pictured with their Banner. The Assembly, at Batley Business and Enterprise Park, was attended by 180 Knights including visitors from as far afield as Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, who later enjoyed lunch at nearby Blenheim House. In March, the fifth annual meeting of the Priory of Malta was held at Castle Grove, Leeds; the Provincial Prior again presiding. William G B McGolpin, Past Provincial SubPrior opened a Priory of Malta and proceeded to Install a Knight of Malta. It is now customary for the Province to invite applications from individual Preceptories for the honour of having their candidate installed at the Annual Meeting and, on this occasion, Alan

Rhees-Cooper was selected and Installed. The Provincial Prior appointed Officers, previously appointed at the annual Assembly, to their equivalent rank in the Priory of Malta and delivered his address to the Knights before VE Kt McGolpin closed the Priory. A very enjoyable dinner followed.

Alan Rhees-Cooper receiving the congratulations of Paul C Grafton, Provincial Prior.

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‘Life’ after retirement - Raising Funds for the RMBI

Back in 2012 Ronnie Hunter of Holme Valley Lodge No 652, Holmfirth made a pledge to raise funds for the 2017 RMBI Festival. He undertook the challenge, with the assistance of his wife Jacqueline, to construct the world’s largest single picture jigsaw puzzle called ‘LIFE’. This consisted of 24,000 pieces, measuring when completed 14’ x 5’2” (4.28m x 1.57m). Their mission started in February 2012 and was completed 18 months later, taking a total time of 798 hrs. As reported in the autumn 2013 edition of White Rose Masonic News, Ronnie travelled around to various events and Lodges raising funds for the Festival. Unfortunately due to retiring in 2014 and living in Flamborough, his

circumstances have not allowed him to visit any more Lodges to display the jigsaw. To carry on raising funds he has mounted the jigsaw in his garage and displays it, along with a certificate from the Guinness Book Of Records confirming it as the largest picture jigsaw, to locals and tourists in the spring and summer seasons. Any Brethren wishing to view it in real ‘Life’ are very welcome and Ronnie is also open to any donations or sponsors for promotions; all proceeds for the RMBI Festival. Contact Ronnie on tel: 07882865235 or email: ronaldhunter652@googlemail.com

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What is a Masonic Lecture?

This is a question asked recently of the Provincial Facebook Group following comments that the talk given to Lodges by Craig Kidd, entitled ‘8 minutes’, is not. Craig has delivered his talk on more than 50 occasions and whilst it may not have Masonic content, it has been well received by the majority of those that have listened to it. They may not have made a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge, but they will certainly have learned something of value and enjoyed a talk delivered in an enjoyable, dignified and entertaining manner. Another talk, delivered at Albert Edward Lodge No 1783, Huddersfield, was the ‘The significance of the turban’, presented by Manjit Singh, Master of the Salarden Lodge No 3971. Again, this talk contained no Masonic content but was thoroughly enjoyed by all present; especially when Manjit demonstrated the fitting of the dastaar (as the Sikh turban is known) to the head of the JW, Christopher R Ibbotson; pictured above. In the autumn 2014 edition of this magazine, the Deputy

Provincial Grand Master wrote that we must avoid the comment made by some of our members that we are becoming nothing more than Rotarians or Round Tablers who believe in God. Does the acceptance of talks such as the above give support to this comment? What do you think? Should we allow only the Masonic Lectures of the Three Degrees, the orations approved of by Grand Lodge or those lectures included on the list provided by the Province; of which a number appear to have little or no Masonic content, or is it acceptable to have a talk on any subject, barring politics and religion, at our meetings?

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Brass Band Benefits From Masonic Funding Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band has benefited from a grant of £1900 to buy instruments to help with their growing numbers. The grant came from the PGM’s Fund and the cheque was presented by John Fox, IPM of Castleberg Lodge No 2091, Settle. The Lodge applied on behalf of the band after hearing that they were short of some instruments due to an increase in the membership of the junior section of the band. Picture shows John Fox (r) with band leader Peter Face, charity steward Chris Maudsley and members of the junior section of the band.

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PROVINCIAL ACTING OFFICERS 2015

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Grand Chaplain Grand Treasurer Grand Registrar Grand Secretary Grand Director of Ceremonies Grand Sword Bearer Grand Superintendent of Works Deputy Grand Chaplain Deputy Grand Registrar Deputy Grand Secretary Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies

Peter Holt JGD Brian John Priestley PAGDC James Simon Watson Keith Tolan PAGDC Robert William Bowhill PJGD David Neil Archer Thomas Malcolm Brodie Keith Malcolm Marriott Robert Ian Anderson Malcolm Keith Whiteley PPJGW Andrew Schofield PPDGReg Mark Croft Gary William Clark PPDGReg Grand Almoner Alan Jackson PAGDC Grand Charity Steward Stuart Charles Grantham PAGDC Grand Orator Peter Sutherland Grand Mentor James Johnson Senior Grand Deacon Robert Clive Walker Andrew Martin Carroll John Ronald Davis Michael Ernest Swift Junior Grand Deacon David Michael Travis Malcolm Aston Henry Aulderman Taylor Michael John Townend Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Brian Littlejohn Brian Colwill Fraser McPherson Steven Michael Sheard David Mann Arthur James Reece Robert Ian Jenkins Richard John Payne Assistant Grand Sword Bearer Stephen Dennis Longfellow Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works John Edward Bray Grand Organist Dr Simon Geoffrey Lindley PGOrg Grand Standard Bearer Eric Turner John Clive Greenwood Grand Pursuivant Jeffrey Edwin Fisher Grand Steward Martin Millward Haig Arthur Parry Ian Fred Bleasby Michael Harry Frost Anthony Lonsdale White Thomas Anthony White Roy Malcolm Barber James Edward Nicol Grand Tyler David Pickover MBE PPJGW

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The Brethren of Loyalty Lodge No 4971, Leeds were delighted to present a cheque for £1500 to assist the ongoing running costs of the Wesley Playhouse at Howden Clough, Batley. Howden Clough Methodist Church dates from 1866 and, like many other churches, as well as Masonic Lodges, was faced with a dwindling and ageing membership. The congregation got as low as eight and Caroline Holt realised something drastic had to be done. In order to encourage young people into the building, the Wesley Playhouse was created as the first church-run outreach mission for families, providing a safe, friendly place for children to play. Since its launch in 2007 over 95,000 people have come through the door to enjoy a 3000 square foot play area and the ‘Ark’ cafe that operates alongside it. The local community are very supportive, having taken the place to their hearts, and use the venue for parties and celebrations. There have been several christenings as a result of people feeling part of what has very much become their own fresh expression of the church. All religions are welcome. Loyalty Lodge is considered by some to be a Jewish Lodge but Lodge Mentor David Taylor is keen to point out it is not, being a Lodge which is predominantly Jewish but which embraces all religions. As such the contributions from individual members towards the project, with its origins in the Methodist faith, are a magnificent gesture, fully appreciated by Caroline, who now manages the Playhouse. • Photo. (l to r): Ed Morris, David Taylor, Caroline Holt, Jason Baskind

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WHAT DO THE OFFICERS OF THE PROVINCE DO FOR YOU? In the third of a series of interviews the editor asked Peter Sutherland, Provincial Grand Orator, of Forest of Knaresborough Lodge No 7452 about his role as an Acting Officer within the Province. Q. How long have you been in the role?

Q. How did the Scheme start?

A. I was appointed Provincial Orator in May 2010, taking over from Dr Roderick Taylor, who was the first holder of the office.

A. Following trials in 2006-07, the scheme was launched in 2008. The orations do not have to be learnt - my instructions were that they were to be read … exactly… (ish)! They are not to be altered but I find that there are suitable opportunities to ‘adjust’ and put a personal input into the presentation. A typical evening might include a brief description of the Orator scheme, followed by a reading of two Orations – a total of about 20 minutes – followed by a discussion, at the Lodge’s discretion

Q. What does the role entail? A. My job is to visit Lodges and deliver one or more of the UGLE Approved Orations. Q. What are the Orations? A. The Orations are short talks, lasting about 7-10 minutes. There are currently 59 Orations approved by a small committee set up by Grand Lodge. Although the scheme is no longer operated by Grand Lodge, it continues at the discretion of individual Provincial Grand Masters. The Orations cover a wide range of masonic topics and are intended to be instructive and to stimulate further interest. They are categorised according to the relevant degree and by level of ‘difficulty’ ‘Beginner’, ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’. This classification could imply that we are intended to progress through these stages but this is not the case. I find that many of the last two categories are more suitable for serious masonic philosophical thinkers rather than a nice relaxing evening meeting, so I tend to stick with the Beginner level. Q. How do you choose which Orations are to be given? A. This is something which must be discussed with the Master of the Lodge. I know the subjects of the Orations (the titles are, at best, only a rough guide) but only the Lodge will know of other constraints; for example, if they expect Entered Apprentices or Fellow Crafts to be present, this will limit the choice to First or Second Degree subjects.

Q. What is the Orator’s jewel? A. The Orator’s jewel is a partly-opened scroll with 17 words of legible text engraved in the very small space – it’s part of Genesis 1, between v1 ‘In the beginning’… and … v3 ‘and there was light’, which seems quite appropriate. Q. How do you decide which Lodges to visit? A. I can only visit a Lodge to deliver Orations if I’ve been invited. In the five years since my appointment, I’ve only twice had to decline an invitation. Q. It sounds as though you hold not only an important office but a very interesting and worthwhile one. Is there a downside? A. Well, Yorkshire West Riding is a large Province and there can be a significant amount of travel. The plus side to this is that I get to visit some very interesting Lodges which I’d otherwise not see and greet brethren I’d otherwise not meet and, of course, I’ve learnt a lot!

L aptops for Learning Partnerships

New laptop computers to assist in learning opportunities for disadvantaged young people have been secured thanks to a grant of £1500 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Trevor Dickinson, charity steward of Allerton Lodge No 3047, Leeds heard of the need to replace worn out computers from his daughter Katie, the longest serving volunteer with Learning Partnerships. Learning Partnerships is a Leeds-based charity with over 20 years’ experience of working in the inner city to provide opportunities and support for children and young adults to access education, employment, training and volunteering. Within the Charity is the School Volunteer Literacy Programme, through which over 100 volunteers, from local businesses and the community, help to raise literacy standards in inner city Primary schools. The volunteers make weekly visits to the schools, working on an individual basis with targeted children, to help improve their reading levels, increase their self esteem and confidence and encourage a love of reading. • Pictured (l to r) are Lance Johnson, Master and Trevor Dickinson; Programme learners, Christopher Nutton and Jordan Todd; Senior Executives, Cath O’Grady and Lisa Metcalf.

Anniversary Celebrations W Bro Gordon T Sunderland of Zetland Lodge No 603 and his wife, Betty, celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 29 September 2014. W Bro John Ellis of Lodge of Peace No 3988 and his wife, Lynne, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 20 February 2015. W Bro Malcolm Aston of Spen Vale Lodge No 4515 and his wife, Christine, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 27 March 2015. W Bro Gordon Smith of De Grey & Ripon Lodge No 837 and Linton Lodge No 9444 and his wife, Margaret, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 27 March 2015.

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Lodge Liaison Officers Who – What - Why? A recently posed question asked a number of points regarding Lodge Liaison Officers. Who and what they are? The primary role of a Lodge Liaison Officer is to enhance the communication between private Lodges and the Province. They are not there to interfere in the affairs of the Lodge, but provide support and guidance when required. However, whilst Lodges are independent units in their own right and responsible for their own affairs, there are some limits.

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The members, in respect of their own conduct and the Master in relation to the Lodge have undertaken obligations to uphold the Constitutions and Laws of the Fraternity; which also include the Laws and Regulations of Grand Lodge, the by-laws of the Province and their own Lodge. Therefore one of the roles of the Lodge Liaison Officer is to ensure that they are upheld by the Lodge and its members. Lodge Liaison Officers are selected by the APGM’s on recommendation. They usually hold Senior Provincial Rank and should thus be able to proffer sound guidance to Lodges. ROLE The role of the Liaison Officer is: a) To enhance communication between Lodges and the Province b) Provide support and guidance when required. c) Identify Brethren with potential. d) Report annually to the Area APGM on the wellbeing and activities of the Lodge. e) Participate in the Honours process. f) Appraise the APGM of any potential problems or issues. DUTIES To fulfil this role the Liaison Officer is expected to attend as many Regular Lodge meetings as he is able. In respect of the above specific points: a&b)

He will receive all Provincial Communications and documents circulated to Lodge Secretaries and the Monthly Mailing to assist him. Occasional Provincial briefing sessions are held to provide guidance. He should then be in a position to advise the Lodge on any queries or refer to Provincial Office; this may involve pointing out the need for Lodges to comply with edicts of Grand Lodge or Provincial Grand Lodge.

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Any Brethren identified with potential are referred, via the APGM, to the DPGM for consideration. It is hoped that the Liaison Officer will have appraised the individual concerned that his name is being put forward, together with the reason.

d)

His annual report goes only to the APGM and comprises of a list of the dates of his visits, the type of meeting he visited, general remarks commenting on, if applicable, the discipline within the Lodge, standard of ritual, social activities, instruction provided for brethren, the Lodge premises and the future wellbeing of the Lodge. This is general assessment and should not include comments about individual members. These give the APGM’s a valuable insight into the Lodges in their Area. As most APGM’s have responsibility for a goodly number of Lodges in their Area they are unable to visit each during the year and gain proper insight into the state of the Lodge. Any general issues raised in the reports can be picked up by the APGM for further action if considered necessary. Any specific problems should already have been reported under item (f).

e)

Most APGM’s hold an annual meeting with their Area Liaison Officers to discuss any issues or problems that may have occurred during the year. As part of the Honours system the Liaison Officers report on Brethren in the Lodges who are being considered for appointment and promotion within the Province. In addition they also attend a meeting of the Area Liaison Officers where they are able to offer valuable comment on the full list of Honours prior to the APGM’s consideration of the individual Brethren.

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He has direct access to the APGM should any difficulties or problems occur within the Lodge.

The Lodge Liaison Officer is not there to: Interfere in Lodge business. Tell Lodges what to do. Tell tales on what is going on. Attend Committee meetings. The Liaison Officers throughout the Province are doing a sterling job and almost all enjoy the full support of their Lodges. They are considered to be the friends of the Lodges and usually build up strong fraternal links. They are a valuable resource available to the Lodges within the Masonic structure and vital link in our Masonic chain. Tony Llewellyn, APGM Area 5.

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Mrs Jessie Bainbridge celebrated her 100th birthday on 15 November 2014. Widow of Reginald Bainbridge, who joined Rastrick Lodge No 4885 in 1943, they were married on 31 October 1942 at Brighouse Parish Church. Reginald died on 12 April 1961. He was Master of Brighouse Lodge of MMM No 753 in the year he died. Mrs Bainbridge who lives in Hove Edge, Brighouse trained as a schoolteacher at Goldsmith’s College, London before taking up a career in the Ripponden and Southowram districts of Halifax. Having married Reginald, they ran a number of newsagents and tobacconists shops together, RS & J Bainbridge’s, in the Brighouse area.

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John Duncan of Tateshall Lodge No 7645, Pontefract attended a reception at Buckingham Palace earlier this year. Her Majesty the Queen, as patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, hosted the event to mark its 50th anniversary as Sir Winston’s living legacy. Since 1965, over 5000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation. For many people a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things - effecting positive change within society. John went on his Fellowship in 2007, to Australia and Hong Kong, to investigate ‘The impact of the Olympic Games on Regional Tourism’. Since then he was able to share his findings with key organisations in the run-up to the 2012 London Olympics. John later became the Chairman of the regional association for Winston Churchill Fellows, is the current Treasurer and has acted as an ambassador for the Association and Trust. “To be presented to the Queen was such an incredible honour and experience, one I shall treasure for the rest of my life,” said John. To mark its semi centennial The Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships – investing at least £1.3m in British citizens. This year’s Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. • John is pictured with Her Majesty the Queen.

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Brethren Honoured by Her Majesty The Queen The Province is pleased to congratulate two Brethren awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours. Sheffield stalwart, Muhammad Zahur of Strafford Lodge No 4174 said he was staggered to have received the award for his services to the city’s Pakistani community. He was honoured for his tireless community work, including the establishment of the Pakistani Muslim Centre. The self-employed chartered accountant has been a magistrate since 1973 and is a member of the Rotary Club of Hallam as well as treasurer of Sheffield Red Cross. During the miners’ strike and closure of the steelworks in the early 1980’s he decided he wanted to help members of the Pakistani community who had been made redundant so he joined forces with one or two other people to give them advice, to stop them from losing heart and to assure them there were other things to do. With the assistance of Sheffield Council they established the Pakistani Muslim Centre, which remains a focal point for the community to this day.

Also honoured, for services to Business and the Economy in Yorkshire, was David Malcolm Horsman, Past Master of Lightcliffe Lodge No 3332, Halifax. David is Chairman of Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry Ltd and a director of a number of other local companies as well as a local charity, Project Challenge, in Halifax, which delivers an intensive training programme to disaffected young people with the aim of unlocking their potential.

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Grants to Local Hospices Hospices within the Province have again been pleased to receive grants from the Grand Charity. Saint Michael’s Hospice primarily exists to serve and improve the lives of people in the Harrogate district affected by terminal illness, both those living with it and their families and carers. Presenting a cheque for £2440 on behalf of the Grand Charity, Doug Mills Provincial Charity Assistant (PCA) for Area 3, said, “Freemasons are passionate about supporting hospices because of the care they provide people at emotionally difficult times, easing the pain and trauma through kindness, comfort and understanding to everyone in the family circle.”

Photo shows Doug Mills presenting the cheque to fund-raising manager Felicity watched by manager Karen and members of local Lodges.

The Provincial Communications Committee The members of the Communications Committee are able to assist with communication both within and outside of the organisation and should you require assistance you should contact your local area representative from the list below:

Area 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5

Representative Stuart Cadman Peter Hill Roger Newhouse Jim Johnson Peter Doherty Gordon Pearson Roger Newhouse Michael Bunce Peter Eville Paul Nash Kevin Gould

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Michael Hemsley, Area 5 PCA, is pictured presenting a cheque for £5608 to fund-raising manager Gail Chapman at St Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds.

Alec Gilston, Area 5 PCA, is pictured presenting a cheque for £2804 to director of fund-raising Helen Knowles of Wakefield Hospice.

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White Rose Masonic News | 51st Edition  
White Rose Masonic News | 51st Edition  

The Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Ridings own magazine.

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