White Rose FIFTY SECOND EDITION - AUTUMN 2015
Universities Chapter Consecration
Deputy Page 22PGM launches new initiative - page 5 Perimeter Pedal Result - page 6
Thoughts from the PGM
Community First Responders - page 37 Page 5
A Trip Down Memory Lane Page 20
Chaplainâ€™s Column Page 35
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Welcome to the White Rose By Peter L Doherty, Editor There is, I hope, plenty to interest you in this edition, with contributions from the RW Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and an Assistant; as well as from Lodges and Chapters throughout the Province. It has been a busy time for the ME Grand Superintendent, not only with the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter, but with visits from the Second Grand Principal and the Third Grand Principal within a couple of days; these events are covered in the following pages. With less than 18 months remaining of the 2017 RMBI Festival, details of the Banquet to celebrate its conclusion have been announced; the RW Provincial Grand Master would very much like you to support this event and details are on the back cover. As always, I am grateful to our contributors and, as well as our advertisers and benefactors, to those Lodges who have provided their support by sponsoring a page in the form of a ‘banner’. I am grateful also, for the support of Steve Myers (www.stevemyersphotography.co.uk) for his photography. Whilst mentioning photography; how many of you recognised the Brethren in our ‘Spot The Ruler’ competition in the previous edition? Jim Delahunty of Savile Lodge No 1231 did and he was the only person to submit an entry. The prize of six bottles of fine wine, kindly provided by Colin Dent, is to be generously donated by Jim towards raising funds for Armed Forces charities.
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IN PEACE, LOVE AND HARMONY The Grand Superintendent asks Royal Arch Masons to strive to maintain those important principles. The ME Grand Superintendent Stewart G Carley opened his address to the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter in Bradford by again stressing the link between the Craft and Royal Arch Masonry saying, “The ‘indissoluble link’ between the Craft and the Royal Arch is as strong as ever and the Provincial Grand Master and I continue to work closely together to preserve and sustain that link.” He had intended to present to RW Bro David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master, the trophy depicting two hands clasped in friendship with an engraved plate reading ‘This is the indissoluble link’; presented to him by the PGM at the annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge at Harrogate in May. However, commenting that the trophy had a champagne cork between the two hands and that the cork had a special significance for the two of them, he instead presented the PGM with another champagne cork; this one was still firmly fixed in the bottle. He went on to tell the Companions that we must all support our Craft Lodges, the very basis of Freemasonry, without which none of them would be at the meeting. He congratulated those Companions who received their first appointment or were promoted at the last Annual Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter and the Companions who were receiving their first rank, or had been promoted in Provincial Grand Chapter. He said what a great privilege and pleasure it had been, earlier in the meeting, to be able to present a cheque for £73,000 on behalf of the Masonic Samaritan Fund to Yorkshire Cancer Research Trust. This is a research grant to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Samaritan Fund and nationally 13 separate projects are being supported to the total value of £1.17 million. He spoke of recent meetings with new Exaltees in four areas of the Province. Each of those four meetings proved very positive and the feedback from those attending was very encouraging. The Janitor’s card, which is to be given to the Candidate to read prior to entering the Chapter for his Exaltation Ceremony, has been well-received by new Exaltees. The introduction of Risk Assessments relative to each Chapter in the Province has been introduced. This will give the Rulers an indication of the strength of each Chapter and will enable them to give
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assistance to those Chapters who perhaps need help in difficult times and aid in the future prosperity of the Chapter. E Comp Carley spoke of his honour and privilege to act as Installing Officer at the Consecration of the Universities Chapter, Yorkshire No 4047, and wished the Chapter every success for the future. E Comp Thomas L Ward of Brunswick Chapter No 408, Haworth then made a presentation to the ME Grand Superintendent of a ‘Travelling Pedestal’ to encourage visiting, an idea originating in the Province of Cumberland and Westmoreland; it is hoped many Companions will accompany it to many Chapters throughout the Province. E Comp Carley then presented the Travelling Pedestal to the first recipient Chapter which was the newest Chapter in the Province prior to the Consecration of the Universities Chapter, Yorkshire Knaresborough Priory Chapter No 4171. The assembled Companions were unfortunately unable to see the pedestal as it was enclosed in a case which was not to be opened until the banquet following the meeting. He went on to make special mention of two Companions retiring from Office; E Comp Graham Franklin has retired after four years as an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, as has E Comp David Firmin who has served as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. A special thank you was reserved for all the Companions who have contributed towards the 2017 Festival in aid of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution through their Chapters, as the monies donated are over and above that given through their Craft Lodges.
He said, “Royal Arch Chapter is a very special Order within Freemasonry and is to be enjoyed by all. I must admit that the ritual is not that easy to understand so I would urge all newer Companions to give it time and all will become clear.” Referring to the report of the Provincial Grand Registrar that recruitment into the Royal Arch in this Province is holding up well, he noted that we are still losing too many members within a short time of joining and asked what could be done to change that? He made the following suggestion. “When in your Craft Lodge a Master Mason has determined his next step in Freemasonry is to join the Royal Arch please ensure you encourage that Brother to join the right Chapter for him i.e. one that meets at the most suitable location and on the most suitable night. If he does not join such a Chapter then the likelihood of retaining a new Exaltee as a member will be diminished. Keep the Companions interested, involve them, make them feel wanted and an important part of the Chapter.” He concluded by saying, “It is my wish the Royal Arch should be a caring Order. One in which we look after and care for one another. The words ‘in peace, love and harmony’ will be very familiar to you all and let us strive to maintain those important principles. I have asked that I am informed, via the Provincial Office, of any ill or hospitalised Companion so that I am made aware of the problems which are being endured by my Companions and to enable me to contact them.”
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THE ONLY WAY TO PREDICT OUR FUTURE IS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN OURSELVES! The Foundation Stones of Our Future The Grand Lodge Strategy Paper included the following key elements for future success: Vision: To become openly recognised within our communities as the premier UK fraternal organisation and the society of choice for individuals with high standards of integrity that are seeking fellowship, personal development, social and charitable involvement that satisfies the needs of them and their families.
Thoughts from the Provincial Grand Master My beloved Brethren, in 2017 our wonderful Order will celebrate the Tercentenary of the Erection of the first Grand Lodge in London. 300 years of existence is such a notable achievement, providing the opportunity for us to reflect on the past and to think carefully about the future. I quote from a Strategy Paper produced by Grand Lodge and published earlier this year:
Mission: To be good citizens in the world by practising the principles of Freemasonry and providing members with a lifetime association that enhances success, enjoyment, fulfilment and the development of full potential. Core Values: Traditional values for the Modern Man: Integrity: We say what we mean and when we make a promise, we keep it. Respect: We listen to others; explore our differences and work to find common ground.
Caring and concern for others: Freemasons are friends to all and think of others before themselves. Belief: We believe in improving the lives of our members and helping them to learn, explore and develop their beliefs, attitudes and leadership skills. Cooperation: When we work together we can achieve more than we can on our own. Charity: We believe in charity and willingly give time and/or money to assist those not as fortunate as ourselves It is a delight to experience these Core Values in action when I visit Lodges and I urge Brethren to use these very words when explaining Freemasonry to family and friends. A Final Thought ……… I take this opportunity to extend my very best wishes to you my Brethren and also to your loved ones for a happy Festive Season that is fast approaching. May the Great Architect of the Universe protect and preserve us all. It is indeed that special time of the year to extend the hand of friendship to those who are in need of the support of a Free and Accepted Mason.
“There is a growing recognition that we need to re-invent ourselves if we are to seek a further 300 years of success; this provides our greatest opportunity but requires sound leadership, a clear strategy, sufficient factual communication, involvement of the membership and clear focus on future needs.” I commend to all the inclusion of ‘membership involvement’ as a critical success factor. Since my Installation as Provincial Grand Master I have made particular reference to my desire for the widest possible consultation. I encourage every Brother, irrespective of rank or length of service to contribute ideas. Suggestions and comments received so far have been most helpful in shaping the future of our own Province. Please keep them coming! THIS PAGE IS SUPPORTED BY THE LEEDS LODGE No. 9867 Meeting on the 2nd Thursday of March, June, September and November at The Leeds Club, 3 Albion Place, Leeds, LS1 6JL 5
NEW ASSISTANT PGM APPOINTED Roger David Newhouse PAGDC has been appointed to succeed Donald Stuart Cummins as Assistant PGM for Area 1 in the Province. The R W Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, will Install W Bro Newhouse at a ceremony in his own Lodge, Craven Lodge No 810 at the Masonic Hall, Hoyle Court, Baildon, on 6 January next year. In announcing the appointment, R W Bro Pratt was warm in his praise and thanks to W Bro Cummins who retires on 31 December after serving the Province as APGM in a diligent and exemplary manner for five years. Roger Newhouse has enjoyed a busy and fulfilling Masonic career since his Initiation into Craven Lodge in September 1982; he was a Lewis and his father, Peter, was Junior Deacon at his Initiation. Roger served as Master in 1995, a year before his father passed away. He was Master of West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No 9645 in 2007. His first Provincial Rank was Acting Pursuivant in 2002 and he was subsequently promoted to PPSGW in 2004. Having been appointed Liaison Officer to Royal Forest Lodge No 401 and Mawsis Lodge No 4644 in that year, he has retained the position with Royal
Forest and taken a similar role with Wenning Lodge No 4496. He received Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2008. Roger has been a member of the Provincial Communications Committee since 2006 and since the launch of ‘Teddies for Loving Care’ in 2008, has been the representative to the Airedale General Hospital. He has served as a director of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd for four years and is now chairman. Roger has been a Chapter Mason since 1986 when he was Exalted into Craven Chapter No 810, serving as First Principal in 2001. In Provincial Grand Chapter he was appointed Senior Assistant Sojourner, then Scribe Nehemiah and now holds the Rank of PPGSN. Roger is well known for his skill and ability on the organ; he started learning to play the piano when just six years of age and progressed to the 3 manual pipe organ whilst at school. In Craven Lodge, he was playing the organ as soon as he had progressed through the three degrees and, since coming out of the Chair, has done so since. Born in Skipton, Roger was educated at
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MAINTAINING THE BALANCE ONE YEAR ON – AN UPDATE by John Rushworth Deputy PGM Last year I launched the initiative Maintaining the Balance. I came in for some criticism as it was considered I was doing down Charity. Brethren that was far from the case. The underlying principle behind it was the lack of any structured approach within the Province to the teaching and development of our Masonic values and heritage. As I said at the time we are very fortunate in this Province to have a well-established charity structure, what we are trying to do is maintain a balance between these two important elements of our organisation. I am delighted that Leeds & District Installed Masters Lodge took up the challenge and are leading the pilot scheme within Area 5. It is the intention that this will be cascaded throughout the Province in due course. I attended the first of two inaugural meetings for the pilot scheme in Leeds recently, attended by a number of Master Masons, from various Lodges within the Area, with a cross section of ages. Those attending both meetings felt considerable frustration at their lack of knowledge of Freemasonry and of the limited opportunities available to them to gain that knowledge, feeling that this problem was a major factor in our poor levels of retention. I am therefore convinced the demand is there from ‘Newer Masons’ - I use this term, which better reflects their status, rather than ‘Junior Brethren’ - for the structured approach to teaching and development we are seeking to introduce. This is also borne out by the UGLE Membership Focus Groups Expectations Survey. The first survey results, published earlier this year, showed that 83% (out of 5200 responses) rated as important learning about Masonic history; 86% rated learning about Masonic symbolism as important; 96% considered that the ethical and moral ethos of Freemasonry was important; whilst 91% rated the structure and formality of Lodge meetings important and one of the reasons they joined Freemasonry. It is also interesting to note from the Survey results that whilst Initiates themselves are happier, the satisfaction drops after they have been passed and raised. Perhaps this suggests that more needs to be done about the Master Masons’ needs after they have started their progress in the Craft. Again something we are addressing as part of this initiative. Returning to the pilot scheme. Work is still in progress and the team leading the scheme are working with the Master Masons in Area 5 on a final model that
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will meet the objectives of a structured approach to learning, and the development of their Masonic knowledge. After seeking the views of the Master Masons attending the inaugural meetings the Provincial Grand Master has agreed that the process will have the title “Masonic Light”. There will be an article in the next White Rose Masonic News from the pilot scheme team setting out the approach to the process. As part of this structured approach the Provincial lecture list has been revised and updated. It is available from the office and will shortly be accessible on the Provincial website. The lectures have been categorised, and, as well as the subject/ tile of the lecture, it gives a synopsis of the content, the target audience and duration. We are most grateful to W Bro Peter J Smith for his work in compiling this comprehensive list.
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FREEMASONS FLYING THE FLAG AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW The 157th Annual Great Yorkshire Show was held at the Harrogate Show ground over three days in July this year Brethren from our Province, along with the Brethren from the Province of N&E Ridings, again joined forces to make their mark on the great British public. The Province has shared the stand with N&E Ridings for many years and our volunteer members, under the Chairmanship of Andy Brown and gratefully supported by the Rulers of both Provinces, were available over the three days to answer any questions and dispel any myths that the public may have. Record crowds attended the show and were welcomed not only by glorious sunshine but also the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, who arrived by helicopter on the first day of the show. This year’s stand saw the new ‘pull-up display boards’ created by David Clough and a new carpet flooring which was ‘purchased’ at last year’s show by Michael Jefferson, for the princely sum of two warm meat pies! A new carpet had been desperately needed and there were plenty of offcuts from the guys fitting-out the corporate stands, so Michael did the ‘deal’. The stand is not used as a recruitment exercise; the primary objective is to raise awareness, answer questions and dispel myths. A number of gentlemen did however show an interest; they have since been contacted and some progress has been made. The TLC teddy bear always attracts attention and, as our Province is nearing the 100,000 mark in teddies distributed, it is pleasing that so many people recognised the teddies and knew someone who had received one. Andy Brown would like to take this opportunity to thank the Rulers for their continued support, along with all of the committee members and stand volunteers for their hard work and who give their time freely to attend the show on their allocated days. Plans are already in place for the 2016 Great Yorkshire Show and we look forward to your continued support. • Pictured, in the hat, is David S Pratt PGM speaking with visitors to the stand.
As reported in edition 49, the Huddersfield and District Masters’ Assembly 2014 – The Centurions acquired a Roman helmet to assist in their charitable fundraising. It was a daft idea, but the helmet has made a little boy very happy and helped the Centurions raise £2,000. Alfie, pictured, is the grandson of Wayne E Williams, Grand Superintendent of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire. Alfie is eleven years old and has undergone three years of treatment for childhood leukaemia. He is a ‘history nut’ and when granddad saw the helmet he knew it was tailor made for Alfie; so at the end of the Centurion’s year it was sold to Wayne and you can see from the photograph how good Alfie looks in it. For the Centurions a ‘win-win’ situation; a happy little boy and money for charity, Half of the funds raised have gone to the PGM’s fund and the other half to Waves, a local foundation helping over 18s with physical and learning disabilities.
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CHARITABLE DONATION BY CHAPTER MASON A cheque for £750 was presented to Dr Adrian Williams, the Head of the Annette Fox Haematology Unit at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. The donation was made by the Companions of Zetland Chapter No 603, Cleckheaton following the illness of Michael Hollings. Michael was diagnosed with a form of Leukaemia in March 2014 and it is with thanks to the unit that he has now made a successful recovery.
NEW GATES OPENED AT HISTORIC CEMETERY Bradford’s historic Undercliffe Cemetery, opened in 1854, has a set of new gates thanks to a grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The grant of £6000 made a significant contribution to the total cost of around £7500 and was secured by Companions of the Chapter of Sincerity No 600, Spring Bank Place, Bradford. The seven-foot gates were unveiled by the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Joanne Dodds, in the presence of some 40 people, including D Stuart Cummins APGM, Companions of the Chapter and representatives of both the Bradford
• Photographed at the official opening is the Lord Mayor, flanked by (l to r) Ron Sugden, Allan Hillary, D Stuart Cummins and William Arthur. Royal Arch Council and Installed Masters’ Association.Councillor Dodds, in thanking the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding said, “They are fantastic gates and look like they have always been here. It is a wonderful heritage site and these gates just add that little something.” The cemetery, owned by Bradford Council, is managed by the Undercliffe Cemetery Charity and looked after by volunteers. It contains the graves and memorials of many prominent Bradford people including that of LieutenantColonel Sir Anthony Gady, Mayor of Bradford 1920 – 21 and Provincial Grand Master 1943 – 48. Allan Hillary, chairman of the Trustees, said he believed the new gates would enhance the appearance of the cemetery and provide an increased level of security.
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The Annette Fox Leukaemia Research Fund was set up by parents and friends of a local Bradford girl, Annette Fox, who died in 1980 aged 17 and the unit was opened by The Duchess of Kent in October 1993. It has been very successful in the treatment of Leukaemia and other serious blood disorders ever since. The unit offers patients privacy and dignity and offers the opportunity for them to be treated as day cases. The money will be used to support the welfare of patients and staff on the ward. Photo shows (l to r): Helen Johnson, Michael Crawshaw, Dr Adrian Williams, Michael Hollings and Paul Hornby.
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WOULD YOUR LODGE LIKE A TALK ABOUT LIFELITES? With the new Masonic year now upon us, I wondered if it might be an ideal time to remind you about the Lifelites Ambassador Programme as outlined in the spring 2015 edition of WRMN. Since January we have been building-up support with individual Freemasons from all over the British Isles, who have volunteered to be Ambassadors in their local area, to provide talks to Lodges and in some cases, take part in cheque presentations for us. You might already be signed up for it, in which case THANK YOU for your support. Ambassadors are provided with presentations, scripts, leaflets, photos and a whole host of items to help with the role. We have also been sending out posters to meeting places (mostly where we have Ambassadors) to advertise the fact we can offer talks. We rely on local knowledge, a vital ingredient - so your support is important to us! If you would like to become an Ambassador, or if your Lodge might be interested in a talk, or if you might be able to put up some posters offering talks in Masonic Halls/ Centres you visit - your help would be very much appreciated. For more information about the Ambassador Programme, please email me jhunt@lifelites. org or give me a call on 020 7440 4200. Alternatively you can contact Roger Levy, Lodge of Dawn No 6511 on email@example.com or by telephone on 0113 225 0545 or 07949 214666. Roger responded to the appeal in the spring edition and will be happy to talk to you about the role or to give a talk to your Lodge.
MAGIC CARPET A BIG HIT WITH CHILDREN AT HUDDERSFIELD HOSPICE
“It’s magic!” were the words of youngsters at Huddersfield’s Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice which has received an exciting new package of specialist technology - and a portable mini Magic Carpet. The carpet, which enables youngsters to play games despite mobility problems, is the first to be received by any of the 50 children’s hospices throughout Britain. National charity Lifelites provided the original educational and entertainment technology package when Forget Me Not opened its doors to sick children with life limiting illnesses four years ago and chief executive Simone Enefer-Doy came up from London to unveil the latest state-ofthe-art technology, thanks to funding from local Freemasons. Following on from the £20,000 donated to Lifelites by West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd at that time, Chairman Roger D Newhouse was delighted to present a cheque for a further £10,000 as a contribution towards the upgrade of the educational and entertainment computer package. Simone said: “We’re so pleased to turn our technological expertise into providing these children with new opportunities. The magical Lifelites package will be used for play, but it will also help them to communicate and join in with the world around them. What’s really important is that we’re giving the children a chance to smile and there’s nothing more powerful than that. Without the substantial support from West Riding Masonic Charities there is no way we would have been able to give the hospice such a substantial package of equipment.” Roger said “It was truly wonderful to see the reactions on the children’s faces as they interacted with the new “Eyegaze” system. The £10,000 donation was only
possible thanks to the generosity of the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding, their families and friends.” The equipment will enable young people to play, to be creative, control something for themselves and communicate. The package includes a number of items such as touchscreen PC’s, Eyegaze and music packages, assistive mice and games. The Magic Carpet helps children escape the confines of their illness by projecting interactive games and images onto the floor so that those with little or no mobility can play simply by moving on or over the picture. It brings the outside world to them by giving them the chance to splash in the sea, fly a plane or play football with their brothers and sisters, irrespective of their disabilities. And it is portable which means the hospice community team can take the Magic Carpet to the children to use in their own homes.
Roger is pictured (right) presenting the cheque to Simone Enefer-Doy, chief executive of Lifelites with Peter Branson, chief executive of the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, looking on.
TEMPLE VISIT The Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, and the Grand Superintendent, Stewart G Carley, led a visit of Brethren and their families to the New Sikh Temple, Chapeltown Road, Leeds and were hosted by the Honorary President Balraj Singh Gill and members of the temple. Following a welcome and introduction to the Sikh faith, the service was conducted by the members of the temple with the PGM presenting a reading from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. The Brethren and their wives then enjoyed a vegetarian lunch from the langar before taking part in a question and answer session. Stewart G Carley and David S Pratt are pictured with Balraj Singh Gill.
GRAND MASTER VISITS SAVILE LODGE Richard D Wisley, MW Grand Master of Michigan F & A M, USA and a member of Northwood Ancient Craft Lodge No 551 attended a recent meeting of Savile Lodge No 1231, Willow Royd, West Vale and gave the Brethren an insight into Awareness, Retention and Mentoring in the State of Michigan. There are 288 Lodges within the State with a total membership in the region of 31,000, yet, over the past fifty years, membership has declined by 75%. Richard started by explaining why he referred to awareness rather than recruiting; in Michigan a man has to ask to become a Mason, he will not be asked. He went on to detail the change of direction needed to address the decline. In the past they have used billboards and sports club sponsorship to promote the Craft, but now employ a professional Public Relations company and are targeting Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube; focussing on present Freemasons and their experiences. There are over twenty videos currently available for prospective candidates to view online. These may be viewed at www. sharethesecret.org and, similar to the procedure within our Province, enquiries generated from the site are referred to a Lodge within the area of the gentleman’s residence. The Lodges are heavily involved in the community with charities, student scholarships etc. and in October this year, during Masonic Heritage month, all 288 Lodges opened their doors to the public to look around and seek answers to any questions they might have had about the Craft. MW Bro Wisley stressed the importance of bringing the right people into the Lodge
and detailed the six steps taken prior to Initiation, including a criminal record check. Anthony W Llewellyn APGM and Jim Johnson, Prov Grand Mentor were very interested to hear about mentoring in the Michigan Lodges and the desire for each Lodge to have an Education Officer with a view to providing continual education throughout a Brother’s Masonic journey. MW Bro Wisley stressed the importance of the ritual in the retention of members; the need to ensure the performance of the ceremony will impress and teach Brethren what the Order is about. In line with what our own Pro Grand Master stated last year, he stressed that there should be no reading of the ritual. Following the meeting, the Brethren treated their visitors to some real Yorkshire hospitality. • MW Bro Wisley is pictured with (l to r) Antony Greenwood; Anthony W Llewellyn; Richard Starkey and James P Delahunty.
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DOUBLE CELEBRATION Having recently celebrated fifty years marriage to Jean, it was another memorable occasion for Colin B Woodhouse when he was presented with a jubilee certificate to mark fifty years as a Freemason. The presentation was made by Stuart D Cummins APGM at a meeting of the Lodge of Eccleshill, Faith and Fraternity No 1034, Baildon when Colin, a retired Catering Manager, educated the Brethren on his experiences in both life and Masonry.
He was brought up in the Heaton area of Bradford, son of a City of Bradford Police officer and spent the early years of World War 2 in the Trough of Bowland as an evacuee. Educated at Grange Grammar School, he left to take up an apprenticeship at the Majestic Hotel, Harrogate as a chef. His National Service was with the RAF and he was a member of the unit lining the route during the Coronation of Her Majesty the Queen in 1953. Having returned to the catering business he took up a position at the Bradford Institute of Technology and remained for 21 years. Colin was Initiated into Fraternity Lodge No 5679, Connaught Rooms, Bradford on 25 June 1965, aged 31 years. He served as Master in 1974 and was appointed to Acting Office within the Province in 1984. Promotion to PPJGW followed and he spent many years within the Lodge as Junior Preceptor, a role which Colin says, ‘was rewarding in itself and being able to play a part in the development of others gave me personal satisfaction and pride.’ Colin is pictured receiving his certificate from the APGM. 12
CELEBRATIONS FOR NONAGENARIAN The October meeting of Horsford Lodge No 5339, Otley saw 36 brethren assembled to celebrate with Matthew Malcolm Headey his fifty year jubilee in Freemasonry. Paul Clarke APGM was invited by the Master to take charge of the main business of the evening and he called upon Michael Jones, the recipient of the same award in March this year, to carry out the initial part of the presentation. Malcolm and Michael had a ‘This is your Life’ type session, revealing that Malcolm was born in 1925 in Sunderland, the son of a Methodist Minister. He moved, with his family, to Leith in Edinburgh at the age of four. From the age of nine until twelve Malcolm was educated at a boarding school, New College in Harrogate, after which he moved back to his family in Penny Lane, Liverpool. He continued his schooling at Quarry Bank and was there at the outbreak of World War 2. After finishing school he started an apprenticeship as a joiner in Wallasey but had to leave shortly afterwards when he joined the Queen Mary at the age of 17, serving as cabin boy during the war, the liner having been converted to a troop carrier. At the end of the war he completed his apprenticeship at the Kirkstall Forge in Leeds. It was during this time in Leeds that he met his late wife Madeline. He then moved to St Austell in Cornwall and gained employment as a joiner in a Clay Pit mine and he and Madeline settled in Cornwall. Sometime later they moved back to Leeds and Malcolm commenced employment in the family Boiler Feed Water Treatment firm based at Horsforth. Malcolm worked alongside his brotherin-law, Claude Allison, who proposed him into Horsford Lodge. He was Initiated on 3 June 1965, Installed as Master in April 1976 and appointed PPJGD in 1985. Paul Clarke on presenting the certificate, commented that he hoped Malcolm would have at least another 10 years of Freemasonry in front of him, so as to receive his next Jubilee certificate. Graham Wilkins, Master, presented a pair of engraved crystal glasses to Malcolm from the Brethren of the Lodge. • Malcolm is pictured receiving his certificate from Paul Clarke APGM
St John’s Lodge No 4779, Baildon were pleased to receive D Stuart Cummins APGM earlier this year when he presented a jubilee certificate, to mark fifty years in Freemasonry, to John Lockwood Kellett. John was Initiated on 4 February 1965 and became Master of the Lodge in 1978. Following appointment to Provincial Grand Lodge he was promoted to PPJGW in 1996. He has been Lodge secretary for the past thirteen years. John was prompted and encouraged by the APGM to recount his experiences throughout his life from early childhood and through his schooldays at Bradford Grammar School where, incidentally, Stuart had followed the same path, at the same school, although four years behind. Many names were conjured up of early schoolteachers and common experiences were again very similar, to the extent that John, during the latter three years of schooling, went to help with the summer harvesting at a farm in South Dalton, near Beverley, whilst Stuart helped at a farm in North Dalton. Happy Days! Pictured (l to r) D Stuart Cummins, John L Kellett and Aland J Griffin, Master.
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D Stuart Cummins APGM, attending a meeting of the Richard Linnecar Lodge No 6413, was delighted to present a Jubilee Certificate to Geoffrey Harvey Bell to mark his 50 years as a Freemason. Stuart, having invited Geoff to join him on the floor of the Lodge, proceeded to have a convivial conversation eliciting much of the richly interesting detail of his life and career experiences together with many humorous anecdotes. Geoff was Initiated into Amphibious Lodge No 258, Heckmondwike on 10 February 1965. Progressing steadily through almost every office, he was made Master in 1980. He was Exalted in Amphibious Royal Arch Chapter No 258 in August 1982. Geoff became a joining member of the Richard Linnecar Lodge in December 1987; appointed PPSGD in 1990 and promoted to PPJGW in 1997. Born on Christmas Eve 1923 at East Ardsley, Wakefield, he has lived within a half mile radius of this place all his life, except for the five years when he did National Service. On leaving school he gained employment as a Clerical Officer with the National Coal Board where he worked until retirement, only interrupted when ‘called up’ during the war years. Serving with the Royal Artillery he finished up as Bombardier and where, in Geoff’s words, he led a “charmed life”. This was because on his conscription form instead of entering ‘Clerk’ as his occupation he remembered his father’s words – “Your musical training has cost a fortune - don’t waste it.” He therefore entered ‘Semi Professional Musician’ on his form and his prowess on the piano was quickly noticed and was in great demand, providing entertainment for the troops and officers throughout all those years, whether it was on the ship on the way to North Africa or travelling around the subsequent camps. Throughout his life Geoff says he has always had two jobs, NCB during the day and professional musician during the evenings, nights and weekends. He has a list of well over sixty well-known stage people he has been associated with, not counting the numerous famous singers and musicians he has accompanied over the years whilst performing on stages in clubs and theatres around this country and abroad. The many anecdotes that emerged in conversation made for a hugely enjoyable occasion and one to be remembered with affection for many years. Geoff has provided the Lodge with harmony for the past twenty years and was doing so as the APGM entered the Lodge accompanied by Geoff’s son, Brother Stuart N Bell, who had made a particularly special effort to be present. This was a total but delightful surprise and whilst Geoff did a serious ‘doubletake’ he never missed a note!! • Photograph:- Geoffrey H Bell PPJGW; Michael J O’Regan WM; D Stuart Cummins APGM
Earlier this year Roy Malcolm Wellock PJGD, PPSGW, PPGSec celebrated sixty years in Freemasonry at a meeting of the Shakespeare & Equity Lodge No 1018 where he was presented with a Jubilee Certificate by David Stephen Pratt PGM. The PGM was joined by 88 Brethren including representatives of virtually all the Lodges in the Bradford area. Roy was born in April 1933 and the following month his father, John Wellock, was Initiated in The Shakespeare Lodge No 1018, becoming Master in 1944. Likewise, Roy’s brother Jack was Initiated in September 1945 and was Master in 1959. Initiated in June 1955, following family tradition, Roy was Secretary of the Lodge for three consecutive years from 1962. He served as Master of the Lodge in 1969 and 2005. After amusing the Brethren with anecdotes about the characters in the Lodge in those early years, Roy was joined by the PGM in a reflection on the changes he had seen.
Roy’s dedication to Freemasonry was recognised by the Province when he received the acting rank of ProvADC. He served as Provincial Grand Secretary and Provincial Grand Scribe E between 1983 and 1998 and then, receiving further recognition, was promoted to the Provincial rank of PPSGW. Shortly after he was honoured with the Grand Rank of PJGD. Such was his enjoyment of Craft that Roy joined the Royal Arch and was Exalted into the Connaught Chapter No 1018 in January 1956, achieving the rank of PAGSoj and will celebrate 60 years in the Chapter next year. Roy is also a member of the White Rose Lodge MMM No 1087 and the Preceptory of St. Paul No 324, gaining further high rank within both. A very proud moment arrived in May 1984 when he obligated his youngest son Andrew, thus ensuring three generations of the family in the same Lodge. At the age of eighty two Roy continues to be an active Mason, holding office in his Craft Lodge as well as being the Liaison Officer for the Lodge of Hope No 302. Co-incidentally Roy met his wife, Anne, at a Lodge of Hope Ladies’ Evening in 1947 and they married in July 1955, a month after his Initiation. They have two sons and four grandchildren. On leaving school Roy joined the family business of J Wellock and Sons Ltd, wool & waste merchants and textile processors in Bradford, and retired as a Director in 1983. Roy was a keen hockey player, both at school and during his National Service; a junior and senior member of West Bradford Golf Club and a member of West Bradford Bowling Club. He continues a lifetime enjoyment of caravanning and organises two meetings a year of likeminded Brethren. • Photo (l to r) David S Pratt; David Dickens, Master; Roy Wellock.
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DOUBLE CELBRATIONS FOR FORMER SCOUT ESSEX MAN AND MASON CELBRATES His JUBILEE Ian Pickard Rigg PPJGW of Nelson of the Nile Lodge No 264, Batley has received a Jubilee Certificate from D Stuart Cummins APGM, to mark fifty years as a Mason. Amongst the visitors at the well-attended meeting in September were Brethren from Woodsmoke Lodge No 9317, Mirfield of which Ian is a Founder member and Companions of Nelson of The Nile Chapter No 264. In a most interesting and relaxed presentation the APGM reflected on Ian’s long Masonic and business careers. Geoffrey W Martin was Initiated in Epping Lodge No 2077, Chingford in the Province of Essex on 7 May 1955 aged 24 years, following his father into the Craft. The Brethren of Spa Lodge No 7609, Harrogate witnessed a splendid occasion when the Deputy PGM, John Rushworth, presented Geoff with jubilee certificates from both Essex and our own Province to mark his sixty years as a Freemason. Having served Epping Lodge as Master in 1970 his job as a civil engineer brought him to ‘God’s Own County’ and he joined Spa Lodge in 1997, becoming Master some four years later. He was Exalted into Spa Chapter in 2006. Having received his first Provincial rank in 2003, he was promoted to PPGReg in 2013. A married man with three sons and now retired, Geoff has been chaplain of the Lodge for the past seven years and is a regular attender at Chapter convocations. Following the presentation, which was also attended by APGM, Paul Clarke, and Past APGM, Martin W Stray, the Brethren enjoyed an excellent festive board. • Geoff Martin is pictured with John Rushworth and others at the presentation.
HAIRDRESSER CELEBRATES JUBILEE Having started his working life as a Bell Boy in London, Barnsley-born Dennis L Greathead returned to his native Yorkshire and trained as a hairdresser before opening his own business. Dennis served with the Home Guard during his National Service and has remained in Barnsley to this day. Now, aged 95 years, he is resident in a Care Home in the town. Staff from the Home transported Dennis to the Masonic Hall, Cockerham Lane, Barnsley, where he was presented with a jubilee certificate by J Rodney Tolson APGM. Dennis was Initiated into Keresforth Lodge No 7641 on 26 May 1965 and served as Master in 1978. He was promoted to PPJGW in 1996.
Pictured standing (l to r) are Neil Horbury; Brian Upton, Master; Mike Parker and seated are Dennis Greathead and J Rodney Tolson.
He was educated at Ossett Grammar School and Bradford University and in 1955, after his National Service, Ian became manager of the family pharmacy business in Ossett. He was heavily involved in the scouting movement; starting as a Scout Master at Horbury Bridge, he was eventually promoted to Assistant Chief Commissioner of Wakefield West District and was awarded the ‘Silver Acorn’ in recognition of his service to Overseas Scouting; a member of Ossett Rotary Club, he is a parishioner, chorister and fundraiser for his local church. Initiated in Nelson of the Nile Lodge in August 1965, Ian is a regular supporter of the Lodge and even now, at 85 years of age, attends practices every week. He held the office of Lodge secretary for over 20 years and has been Master twice, in 1977 and 1994. He was also secretary of Woodsmoke Lodge for a number of years. A convivial and humorous Festive Board rounded off a most enjoyable evening. • Ian is pictured with D Stuart Cummins, receiving the jubilee certificate.
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JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AT KNARESBOROUGH PRIORY Lodge
Brethren gathered at a meeting of Knaresborough Priory Lodge No 4171 to witness David G Procter being presented with a jubilee certificate commemorating 50 years in Freemasonry. In presenting the Certificate, Paul Clarke APGM delivered an interesting and sometimes witty summary of David’s Masonic life and times. David Guy Procter was born on 5 November 1935 in Manchester, moving
at a very early age to Cheshire; a County in which he lived, apart for a period of National Service, for the next 22 years until he married Pat. He then joined a London-based company which asked him to take responsibility for the North East of England, so the couple set up home in Knaresborough. It was a business contact who suggested that David might pursue his interest in Freemasonry by contacting Arthur Roberts, a member of Knaresborough Priory Lodge No 4171, and this initial contact led to David’s Initiation into that Lodge on 23 October 1964. David climbed ‘the ladder’, acting in every office until he was Installed as Master of the Lodge in November 1975, a position he filled with enthusiasm and in which he displayed a talent for ‘After Dinner’ speaking, which he still puts to good use today. David was appointed Prov Asst Grand Chaplain in 1985 and promoted to PPJGW in1994. He became organist of the Lodge in 1987 and to this day provides the harmony in the Temple and at the Festive Board. After the presentation of the certificate 70 Brethren assembled at the Festive Board where the Lodge members presented David with a pen and pencil set. • David is pictured receiving the jubilee certificate from Paul Clarke.
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a Past Master of and Honorary Member of St Wilfrid Lodge No 6395, Leeds and a resident of Connaught Court for the past ten years, was visited at the RMBI Home by Lodge members Frank Chappell and David Readshaw who were very pleased to present him with a jubilee certificate on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, marking his sixty years as a Freemason. Joe was Initiated in Excalibur Lodge No 2959, Lincoln in April 1955 and joined St Wilfrid some eight years later, becoming Master in 1963. He was delighted to propose his son in law, Brian Haigh, into the Lodge and, later, his friend David Readshaw. Joe was later honoured in the Province with the rank of Past Deputy Grand Registrar. Now aged 96 years, and with two daughters living in the south of the country, it is likely that Joe will be moving to the RMBI Home in Hove.
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JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS FOR FRANK SEYMOUR Ladies and non-Masons joined Brethren of Armitage Lodge No 2261, Milnsbridge on the occasion of the presentation of a 60-year jubilee certificate to senior Past Master, Frank Seymour. Frank, a keen supporter of Huddersfield Town Football Club, was guided through a host of Masonic, family and social reminiscences by John Gledhill APGM who was delighted to present the coveted certificate on behalf of the RW Provincial Grand Master, to his ‘near neighbour and very good friend.’ The then Provincial Grand Master, J Trevor Broadley, handed over Frank’s 50-year certificate in 2005 in recognition of a ‘long and valued personal friendship’ and John referred to some of the accolades mentioned on that occasion. Eighty five year old Frank recalled his early introduction to Freemasonry as a five year old, attending Lodge children’s parties in both Dewsbury and Huddersfield, but quickly moved on to his Craft membership with Armitage Lodge and also his devoted service to Chapter Freemasonry, all of which had provided him with many years of happiness and enabled him to forge numerous friendships as he went on to earn senior Past Rank in both Craft and Chapter. The year of his Initiation, 1955, heralded the first publication of the Guinness Book of Records and Frank probably created one when his first three Craft ceremonies were conducted in successive months, two of them by his uncle, Robert Jackson. Frank is pictured (centre) with John B Gledhill and Master, John Madigan.
A MILESTONE FOR BRIAN Brian Garside of Colne Valley Lodge No 1645, Slaithwaite celebrated sixty years of membership earlier this year and, despite ill health, he was delighted to be able to attend the Lodge to receive a certificate marking the occasion; presented on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master by John Rushworth, Deputy Provincial Grand Master. The secretary read the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 1955 and there was a look of surprise on the face of the Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies when it was revealed that the acting Senior Deacon on that occasion was Bro A Schofield. It was also recorded that RW Bro Henry Clifford Smith PGM was in attendance, delivered the Antient Charge and was delighted to accept honorary membership of the Lodge. Whilst talking with Brian, prior to the presentation, the Deputy PGM revealed that Brian was 28 years of age when Initiated, had served as Master of the Lodge on two occasions, first in 1969 and again in 1982, had been charity representative, treasurer for nine years and served as preceptor for 20 years. Brian was appointed as PPJGD in 1980 and promoted to PPJGW ten years later. At the time of his Initiation Brian was a sales representative for a shop selling fancy goods and ladies’ accessories but went on to have several varied occupations before his retirement. He was, in 1963, one of the youngest captains of Crossland Heath Golf Club, Huddersfield and the Brethren were amused to hear of the time when he organised a barbecue at a barn, only for the hay stored within it to catch fire. Brian was a little reticent in recalling the incident, blaming failing memory! VW Bro Rushworth read out the jubilee certificate before presenting it to Brian with rapturous applause from the many Brethren assembled to witness this special occasion. Brian is pictured receiving the certificate from John Rushworth with John B Gledhill APGM and Tim Worral, Master looking on.
FIFTY YEARS A ROYAL ARCH MASON Robert S Scorer was delighted to receive a jubilee certificate from Stewart G Carley, Grand Superintendent, to mark fifty years in the Royal Arch. The presentation was made at a Convocation of Marquess of Ripon Chapter No 837 earlier this year. Robbie was Exalted into the Chapter on 21 May 1965 and was First Principal in 1981 and 1982. He was appointed Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1988, having served the Craft in that position from 1984 to 1987. A year later he was promoted to Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and served in that capacity for six years. He was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer in Supreme Grand Chapter in 1992 and later promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner. In conversation with the Grand Superintendent Robbie spoke of his early years in and around Ripon, his period of National Service when he served with the Royal Signals and his career in potatoes. Robbie attained the rank of Sergeant in the army and was a driving instructor. He became a first class small bore rifle shot, representing England on occasions. During his career he became chairman and president of the various Potato Marketing Boards. Robbie’s other interests have been fly fishing and game shooting.
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KEITH CELBRATES 50 YEARS IN THE MARK Degree
A full house of Mark Master Masons gathered at Worth Mark Lodge No 727, Keighley in June to celebrate 50 glorious years in Mark Masonry for Keith Hardwick Trott PGJO. The Provincial Grand Master; James Steggles, visited the Lodge for the occasion and presented Keith with celebratory Certificates from both Mark Grand Lodge and the Province of West Yorkshire. The PGM gave a retrospect of Keith’s Freemasonry from his Initiation into Keighley Craft Lodge in 1963 to his appointment as Past Grand Junior Overseer in the Mark in 2010, a very distinguished Masonic career The PGM then invited Keith to join him on the floor of the Lodge for a ‘quiet chat’, although everyone knew that it would be anything but quiet. When Keith celebrated 50 years in the Craft in 2013 it was reported that in his case ‘W Bro Trott’ stood for ‘Whispering Brother Trott’, implying therefore that ‘VW Bro’ in the Mark should stand for ‘Very Whispering Brother’. Nothing of the sort however and Keith very eloquently, and often loudly, led the PGM through his early recollections in Freemasonry, his association with the Bradford and District Installed Masters’ Association, of which he was a founder member, his childhood and his working life. He also spoke about his association with Keighley Lions, where he has been a member for more than 60 years, and Sight Airedale, of which he was appointed Chairman in 2009. An excellent Festive Board followed with the speeches finally dispelling the myth about ‘Whispering Brother Trott’. Over £250 was raised by the raffle for ‘Sight Airedale’ and everyone left in extremely high spirits after yet another excellent evening of Mark Masonry. • Keith is pictured, receiving his certificate from James Steggles PGM.
A WELCOME ADDITION TO ZETLAND LODGE
Robert Bachelor, aged 27yrs, a law graduate working as a compliance officer for a NHS supply company was Initiated into Zetland Lodge No 603, Cleckheaton by his father David. The Lodge was particularly well attended with 90 Brethren present from across this province and notably a party of 11 travelling from Vale Royal Lodge No 4775, Province of Cheshire. The Masters of all the immediate local Lodges attended, together with a healthy representation of their members. Robert is the first Lewis to be Initiated
into Zetland Lodge for over 25 years and the occasion proved to be an unsurpassed ceremony and most enjoyable evening. Graham Lake, the Liaison Officer, delivered the address to a Lewis during the ceremony, a piece of ritual delivered in Zetland Lodge for the first time in its 160 year history. In addition, the evening raised in excess of £500 towards the 2017 RMBI Festival. Robert is pictured being welcomed to Zetland Lodge by his father.
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THE PROVINCIAL THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE
On Saturday, 21 May 2016 the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding will be organising a special event as part of the fund-raising initiatives contributing to the RMBI Festival 2017. We are intending to walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough which fall within the north of our Province, close to the border with North and East Riding in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This 24.5 mile walk will be in the form of a sponsored hike as part of the Walk the Province initiative. Entry is open to Freemasons, family and friends and an on-line booking system will be made available in January 2016. An entry fee will be charged that will contribute towards the final figure to be raised. Walkers are also asked to raise sponsorship money, for which a form will also be made available in January 2016. Participants are expected to be experienced hikers, physically fit for hiking and capable of sustaining up to twelve hours of rigorous exercise in potentially inclement weather. Appropriate gear must be worn by hikers on the day and they will need to have plenty of walking miles behind them as part of their preparation. The walkers on this challenge are expected to be entirely self-sufficient, with the intention and capability of completing the entire route. It will be an early morning start so participants may wish to consider overnight accommodation for the previous day. So, if you’ve read this far and you haven’t been put off, it’s time to get those walking boots out and wait for further announcements in January. The Provincial Three Peaks Challenge promises to be an exciting event that will bring Freemasons, families and friends together from all over the Province whilst raising money for a very worthy cause. Dr Craig Johnson • Picture courtesy of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
Family fun walk Over 70 Freemasons, their families, friends and 4 pet dogs have taken part in a fundraising sponsored walk which raised over £2000 for two important charities. The event which was organised by the Huddersfield and Halifax Area 2 charity committee was designed to raise funds for the RMBI 2017 Festival and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The ‘Family Fun Walk’ took place at the end of June through the picturesque Colne Valley; along the canal towpath from the village of Slaithwaite to Marsden and back again. Most of the participants completed the round trip of around 5 miles in reasonably dry weather and some of them also took advantage of the hospitality offered by some of the local public houses on the route. Area 2 charity chairman Alan Elstone explained, “The walk being something different was a bit of a shot in the dark but it proved hugely successful. We were keen that our fund-raising should be shared with the Air Ambulance because many of our colleagues, families and friends can identify with the vital work they do. It costs £12000 a day to keep the two YAA helicopters in our region operational. The RMBI provides much needed national financial support on a yearly basis with beneficiaries in our own Province benefiting from this support.” He also expressed his thanks to Raymond Lodge for organising and assisting to coordinate the event. Two cheques, each for £1023, were presented at Thornhill Lodge, Lindley, Huddersfield in the presence of some of the brethren who took part in the walk. Seen presenting the cheque to Mr Paul Gowland, fund raising director of the YAA, is John Gledhill APGM, and receiving the cheque from Alan Elstone on behalf of the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution is the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, Stuart Grantham.
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A grant of £500 was made from the PGM’s Fund to the YMCA in Ripon for the purchase of play equipment and learning aids to be used by the ‘Helter Skelter’ parent and toddler playgroup. Howard Marshall, Master of De Grey and Ripon Lodge No 837, was accompanied by charity steward, Mike Pallot, when presenting the cheque to Mel Coward, CEO of the Ripon YMCA in the presence of playgroup leader, Cathy O’Brian. Pictured (l to r): Howard Marshall, Mel Coward, Cathy O’Brian and Mike Pallott.
CASH FOR COURTYARD CAFE Brian Mason and Paul Davis of St Wilfrid Lodge No 6395, Leeds were delighted to present a cheque for £1000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to the Courtyard Café, a flourishing social enterprise in the heart of Horsforth.
The café opened in July 2012 and has quickly become a cornerstone of the local community. It provides structured work placements for individuals with a learning disability and other support needs. The grant is being used for much needed equipment at the café. John, a member of the team, is pictured taking a break.
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BURY MARKET TRIP backed BY PGM’S FUND
Jim Wilson, Charity Steward of Savile Lodge No 1231, West Vale and his wife attended a meeting of the Daylight Support Group run by Macmillan gynaecological nurses to support, help and advise ladies diagnosed with or having had treatment for cancer. These meetings are designed to promote well-being and self-help and include pamper days, alternative therapies, crafting and jewellery-making and shopping, an annual trip to Bury market. The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund made a grant of £300 to cover the cost of the market trip and, as the group rely heavily on the good will of others to cover costs, the Savile Lodge agreed to donate a further £200. After coffee and a chat, Jim (pictured) handed over the cheques which were gratefully received by the Macmillan Care Co-ordinator on behalf of all the ladies present.
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A grant of £500 to the Junior Section of Meltham and Meltham Mills Brass Band from the PGM’s Fund will be used towards funding for new instruments and music to keep the younger players going. Over the past year the Junior Band has progressed steadily both in numbers and in repertoire and fulfilled several engagements in schools as well as participating in a short segment during the Senior Band concerts. The cost of running a Brass Band is considerable, with instruments commonly costing over £1,000 each and Band Master, Stuart Fawcett, said they were very grateful for the support provided by the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding and Concord Lodge No 4126, Huddersfield in particular. Pictured presenting the cheque to Stuart Fawcett are D Michael Travis, Master (2nd left), accompanied by Lodge Charity Steward, Andrew Cribbis.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT - DOWN THE YEARS . . . Former White Rose editor John B Gledhill reports When taking a trip down memory lane for an article to celebrate the 50th edition of our much vaunted magazine in Autumn last year I came across many interesting, thought-provoking comments and snippets published over a period of time. It was suggested that these are worth repeating in a short, themed series of nostalgia, which will doubtless evoke memories for our older Brethren and perhaps stimulate interest among our newer members in some of the recent history of our Province. There may be some food for thought, too, in comments that can be seen to be equally relevant today. So, here goes with a totally random selection . . . In the third edition of the then Newsletter in May 1991 it was announced that “Bro Michael Leech, Ryburn Lodge No 1283, Sowerby Bridge, had been awarded the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire’s Certificate for Outstanding Service within the Air Training Corps. Bro Leech was already the recipient of the Cadet Forces Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with Clasp.” The same edition reported that over fifty Brethren in the Province had received 50year jubilee certificates during the past year and that V W Bro Frank Harrison had received a 60-year certificate in both Craft and Royal Arch Masonry. In the spring of 1992 the then Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro David J Welsh,
was quoted as saying: “I would remind Masters and Past Masters of the importance of involving the newer Brethren in the work of the Lodge and that some should be elected to serve on the Lodge Committee. There is no such thing as a Past Masters’ Committee,” he exclaimed. He was also pleased to note that, “some Lodges have taken my advice to reduce the number of times that they meet.” R W Bro Welsh had stated previously that he felt that Lodges meeting 11 or 12 times a year was excessive, making too heavy a demand on the time of its members. There remains some debate even today over whether it is correct for the toast to the Craft be coupled with the toast to the Sovereign at our Lodge festive boards. In the Autumn edition 1994 it was made clear that the real significance of the toast to “The Queen and the Craft” is that loyalty to the Sovereign is an essential principle of Freemasonry. Also it was recorded that in 1952 the Board of General Purposes at Grand Lodge confirmed under the heading ‘The Loyal Toast’ that, ‘in countries where the loyal toast of the Queen is honoured, the first Masonic toast should be The Queen and the Craft.’ There were comments in the same edition attributed to the Pro Grand Master, R W Bro The Lord Farnham who, when speaking at the Bi-Centenary of the Lodge of Hope No 302, Bradford said: “Masonry is important to all of us but it must not take precedence over our obligations to the communities in which
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we live, to our employers or, perhaps the most important, to our families. “We rely on the support of our families; we spend on our Masonry family money and family time and we must, for instance, guard against letting our younger Masons spend more than they can really afford of either.” This particular theme was touched on by then then Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro J Trevor Broadley when I collaborated with him for an article entitled “Facing Up to the Impact of Change” in the Spring of 1998. In an extremely lengthy and detailed dissertation, R W Broadley spoke of the importance to attract new members to Freemasonry: “We are not alone here. Churches, Round Table, Rotary, the Scout movement, are all suffering because they cannot replace with new blood the members who leave. “The problem is that Freemasonry is chasing the same person as the others – the good living men who will be good for our Order and Freemasonry will be good for him and his family. “Business and work pressures are resulting in less leisure time so we must offer an extramural activity that dovetails into this active life.” R W Broadley went on to claim that he felt the main problem was our number of meetings. “Some Lodges meet on 52 weeks a year, including Regular Lodge meetings and instruction nights. Many meet eight or more times a year for Regular meetings. Why must we meet formally on so many occasions? We will not get the commitment from new members who value their careers by insisting they attend so many meetings. As we enter the final 18 months of the 2017 RMBI Festival it is worth recalling the comments of the President of the Grand Charity, V W Bro Grahame N Elliott CBE, when he received a cheque for £5,022,849 at the conclusion of seven years fundraising for the 2007 Festival. Speaking at the end-of-festival gala banquet at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, he made special mention of the support of our ladies and thanked them for their encouragement. He went on to reveal, as reported in the 35th issue of our magazine, that the £5m-plus cheque for the 22nd Festival was the largest Provincial Festival donation received by the Grand Charity in its 25-year history.
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whenever a Brother, his family or dependants are in financial distress;
have an urgent need, or
other immediate and pressing necessities.
West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd is committed to provide assistance;
West Riding Masonic Charities Limited is very pleased to announce the much anticipated start of the CHOICES initiative. Full information on Choices and a brochure is being sent to every Brother in the Province via Lodge Secretaries/Scribe E’s. This will provide vital information for any Brother, widow or dependant that may require support; brief information is shown below. For assistance the first point of contact is always your Lodge/Chapter almoner or the confidential helpline 0844 902 0220.
What is CHOICES? – Community Help Offering Independent Care and Effective Support This new initiative will replace, expand and enhance the current emergency grant scheme. However, rest assured that everything that is available under the current emergency grant scheme will still be available, with the following enhancements now added under the new CHOICES initiative.
CHOICES aims to assist those elderly, disabled, lonely or vulnerable West Riding Freemasons, their family or dependants to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible by providing:•
a programme of urgent minor repairs, small adaptations and general home maintenance through an approved handyperson service.
assistance with short term respite and convalescent care.
short term help and support with health and social care needs, i.e. transport costs to appointments, assistance with specialist equipment etc.
identification and alleviation of loneliness.
West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd Care and Support Officers can provide assistance and advice to Lodge or Chapter almoners in order to identify and suggest the most effective and appropriate assistance to maximise a beneficiary’s support network.
How does it work? Each CHOICES grant application will be considered on its own individual merits. Our ability to provide immediate support and assistance is extensive and wide ranging in order to deliver help and relief to our needy and vulnerable Brethren in their time of privation, hardship and distress.
What constitutes a handyperson intervention? Handyperson interventions are typically considered to be low-level interventions delivered in or outside a dwelling up to one storey. Interventions above one storey typically require two-person teams to comply with health and safety requirements. Specialist tasks such as working with electrical systems or complex plumbing arrangements would not normally be considered a handyperson task. Gardening (apart from path clearances for safety reasons), and decorating (apart from small localised touch-ups) would also not normally be considered handyperson interventions. The following list of interventions is not exhaustive but gives an indication of the scope and nature of typical handyperson interventions: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Small carpentry jobs (e.g. fitting shelves) Basic plumbing (e.g. replacing tap washers) Home security e.g. fitting locks/ key safes, door chains Fixing carpets Fitting handrails Path clearances Painting / repairs to existing decor (localised small areas) Tiling Fitting curtain rails / curtains Changing light bulbs De-cluttering Assembly of flat-pack furniture Moving / relocating furniture in home Draught-proofing
I hope you find this information useful. CHOICES will offer financial assistance and practical support to those in need, something that we as Freemasons should feel extremely proud of. I truly believe that the initiative we are launching will provide a long-lasting legacy for West Riding Freemasons, their families and other dependants for many years to come. I take this opportunity to thank all the Brethren for their continued support of our wonderful Charity.
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NEW CHAPTER CONSECRATED
A new Royal Arch Chapter has been Consecrated as a welcome development both within Provincial Grand Chapter and the Universities Scheme. At Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Leeds on 24 October the ME Third Grand Principal David Kenneth Williamson consecrated the Universities Chapter Yorkshire No 4047, the newest RA Chapter in the Province and the first to be Consecrated as part of the Universities Scheme. The new Chapter aims to bring together RA Companions who support the Universities Scheme with Masons who have been Raised within Lodges that are members of the Scheme. As a Chapter born from the Universities Scheme Lodges in Yorkshire, this is a pioneering development, being particularly symbolic that the ME Third Grand Principal Consecrated it in his last week as President of the Universities Scheme, At a splendid ceremony attended by more than 120 RA Companions, the ME Third Grand Principal, as Consecrating Officer, was assisted by the ME Grand Superintendent Stewart G Carley, Provincial Second Grand Principal, D Stuart McDonald, Provincial Third Grand Principal, Paul G Collinge and several
other distinguished Provincial Grand Chapter Officers. Prior to the ceremony, the ME Grand Superintendent Stewart G Carley was fulsome in his support for the new Chapter, saying “Universities Chapter, Yorkshire will be the second Universities Scheme Chapter but the first to be Consecrated under the English constitution. This is a truly thrilling and exciting development and one of which I am very proud. I wish the new Chapter every success for the future and I am convinced this new development in the Royal Arch will prove beneficial and will be enjoyed for many years to come.” The Consecrating Officer constituted the new Chapter with 29 Companions as Founding Members and Installed Dr Philip Drury as First Principal, Dr Roberto Espíndola as Second Principal and Dr Craig Johnson as Third Principal. The newly Installed MEZ then proceeded to Invest John R Stone as Immediate Past First Principal and the Officers of the Chapter. Once the Officers had been invested notice was given of five applications for Exaltation and several applications from Companions wishing to join the Chapter.
At this initial stage the Chapter will meet four times a year, alternating between Castle Grove, Leeds; Hoyle Court, Bradford; Huddersfield and Sheffield. After the ceremony the newly Installed MEZ, Philip Drury said “I am delighted – eighteen months ago the idea of such a Royal Arch Chapter was a gleam in our eye and now it is reality. The aim of the Chapter is to provide the opportunity for younger and student Craft Masons in Yorkshire to join a Royal Arch Chapter that offers a forum for like-minded Companions to meet under the umbrella of the Universities Scheme. The Chapter will also give a welcome and a home to those Universities Scheme Craft Masons who have moved into the Yorkshire area from other Provinces. My Co-Principals and I are particularly grateful, not only to the ME Third Grand Principal, David Williamson, who has made today such a resounding success, but also to the Grand Superintendent and Deputy Grand Superintendent of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding who have given the initiative their full support, as has the entire Provincial Executive their guidance has been invaluable.”
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OH, WHAT A NIGHT! It may not have been ‘late December back in ’63’ but a night in late October this year was a special time for a member of the Province. Just two weeks before stepping down as Second Grand Principal George Pipon Francis made a final private visit to a Royal Arch Chapter and, as a token of respect for his former Director of Ceremonies, he made that visit to our Province. Alan Hurdley of Prudence Chapter No 2069, Leeds has served the ME Second Grand Principal since 2012 and, at his invitation, ME Comp Francis delivered a thoughtprovoking lecture to a packed Convocation of the Chapter at the Masonic Hall, Castle Grove, Headingley. To his delight Alan was allowed to perform the duties of Director of Ceremonies once again. Alan has not only acted as Director of Ceremonies in Supreme Grand Chapter but also in Grand Lodge and has travelled the length and breadth of the country in so doing. He said, “It has been a first class experience and a privilege to serve.” At the convivial festive board that followed were many references to what the Second Grand Principal had achieved during his term of office, not least of which was the introduction of red socks!
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’Masters of the Year’ Jedi, representing the 19 Masonic Lodges in the Huddersfield area, presented The Welcome Centre with a cheque for £1000. The Welcome Centre is one of the largest food banks in the region and provides local people in crisis with basic essentials such as food, toiletries, bedding, clothing and household items. Support is short term and is provided to
enable people time to get back on their feet. Emma Greenough, Marketing and Publicity Worker explained, “We are incredibly grateful for this cheque as demand for the food bank remains high. We have seen an increase in families needing our support and last year gave
Alan Hurdley is pictured (left) with the George Pipon Francis, 2nd Grand Principal
out over 8200 parcels supporting over 7700 people in the South Kirklees area. This donation will enable us to purchase items that we need as well as supporting the costs of running the centre. We are always in need of more financial support and would welcome any new interest from community groups, local businesses or individuals. ” The Jedi Masters will be making a further donation to the 2017 RMBI Festival next year. • The photo shows Jedi chairman Brian Farrand, presenting the cheque to centre manager Karen Selley, supported by (l to r): Peter Stead, Manjit Singh, David Hoyle, Desmond Rushworth, Tony Bullock and Malcolm Jenkinson.
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SESQUICENTENARY CELEBRATION AND TWO HUNDERED YEARS OF WORKING WITH GREAT PRIORY
Photo shows (l to r): Paul Darley - Provincial Prior of North and East Riding; Paul Grafton - Provincial Prior of West Yorkshire; Malcolm Slater -The Very High and Right Eminent Great Seneschal; Paul Clement - Great Marshal; William McGolpin - Past Sub-Prior of West Yorkshire; Jonathon Roberts - Assistant Great Vice-Chancellor; Andrew Rainbow - Provincial Prior of Nottinghamshire.
Salamanca Knights Templar Preceptory No 21 celebrated 150 years of proven existence and 200 years of continuous working with Great Priory at a SesquiCentenary Celebration at Southwood, Halifax in June. A very interesting account of the history of the Preceptory was given by John McRiner. The Preceptory held its first meeting under the authority of a Dispensation on 9 February 1815. Since that time the Dispensation has never been rescinded, revoked, recalled, suspended or cancelled, and therefore the connection to Great Priory since the formation in 1815 is unbroken
However, as all records for the period 1820 to 1860 are lost, they cannot claim continuous working before 1860. Their centenary was therefore celebrated in 1960, and this means that in 2010 they completed 150 years of continuous working, although this anniversary went unnoticed at the time. The celebration of 200 years of continuous working, however, must wait for 2060. The Provincial Priory of Yorkshire was formally inaugurated on 22 February 1860 and Salamanca Preceptory is on record as one of the six founding Preceptories of the Province, Richard Reed Nelson becoming the first Provincial Sub Prior, and other Knights of Salamanca Preceptory were
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Anniversary DEDICATION AT BAWTRY
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Bawtry Conclave No 354, their Banner was dedicated by the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Graeme Hutchinson in the presence of several Founding members. An oration was delivered by The Rev Brian J Inston, Provincial Grand Chaplain in the Order of the Secret Monitor. Pictured with the Banner are (l to r): Graeme Hutchinson, Henry E Wright CBE and David Loy.
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A TRIBUTE TO JAMES BRAMLEY MORLEY PAST PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER – MARK MASTER MASONS
James Bramley Morley passed away on 21 July 2015 at the age of 94, a grievous loss for Peggy, his wife of approaching 73 years, and his family and many friends; to all of them he was known, as he was throughout this Province and indeed further afield, with great affection, as ‘Bram’. He was educated at Battinson Road Elementary School and then at Halifax Junior Technical College where he was Junior Swimming Champion; the first of many ‘firsts’ that he achieved during his long life. He was apprenticed to the plumbing trade with his father’s firm in 1936 and attended evening classes at the Halifax Technical College and after five years, received a Full Technological City & Guilds Certificate for First Class Plumbing Work. Bram immediately joined the Royal Navy where he served on HMS Cleveland, a Hunt Class Destroyer, as an Engine Room Artificer and saw action in the English Channel, Atlantic & Mediterranean and took part in the Landings at Sicily, Salerno & Anzio. On demobilisation in 1946, Bram returned to his father’s firm and also taught plumbing to evening classes at Halifax Technical College. Five years later he started the Halifax Wireform Company Ltd in Hebden Bridge, which he built up to manufacture an enormous range of wire products and provide employment for over sixty by the time he retired in 1986. An enthusiastic Scout, an interest continued by his younger daughter and her two sons and also by his son in law, Martin Longbottom, who is currently District Commissioner for Halifax. An enthusiastic and successful sportsman, he particularly enjoyed swimming and cycling and in later life, golf; he was a very active member at Bradley Hall for many years. A Master Craftsman with a natural ability with his hands, who applied his skills in a great diversity of ways from DIY to being
a ‘dab hand with a needle’; very much a practical man but also a thoughtful man, an innovator and a very charitable person. Bram was Initiated into Beacon Lodge No 4066, Halifax on 7 July 1955 and attained his 60th Anniversary two weeks prior to his death. Over the following ten years he successively joined the Mark, the Royal Ark Mariner, Royal Arch Chapter and the Knights Templar within the Halifax area and, after becoming Master of Beacon Lodge in November 1970, ultimately attained Grand Rank in Craft and in all those other Orders. Along the way, he was a Provincial Grand Steward in both Craft and Chapter and President of the Halifax & District Installed Masters’ Associations in both Craft and Mark. In Mark, his first Provincial appointment was ProvGSW and after eleven years service on the Charity Executive, he was appointed Assistant PGM in 1988; a mere nine months later he was invited to accept appointment as head of the Mark Province of West Yorkshire. It was a demanding situation but Bram rose to the challenge, quickly endeared
himself to the members and led the Province very successfully for five years and at the same time layed the foundations for the following 25 years or more. As PGM he introduced many initiatives which reflected his own open, friendly and caring personality - notably an increased emphasis on the role of the Lodge Almoner. He was a great champion of the four IMA’s and of the importance of encouraging social, as well as Masonic interaction and introduced the Provincial Golf Competitions and the Annual Carol Service. The desire to perpetuate his memory was exhibited on the formation of ‘daylight’ Lodges some six years ago when the Morley Mark and RAM Lodges were Consecrated. They will shortly change their names to James Bramley Morley Lodge and The Bram Morley Lodge respectively. Throughout all his Freemasonry ‘Bram’, in his own inimitable quiet manner, exhibited tremendous vitality, dedication and commitment, was always interested in others and was a truly brilliant ritualist who led by precept and example. He will be long remembered with very great affection.
GRAND LODGE OF MARK MASTER MASONS West Yorkshire Mark Master Masons spent a most enjoyable day at Grand Lodge earlier this year when the following appointments and promotions were made:
First Appointments to Acting Rank
Philip John Drury GStwd Escafeld Lodge No 1139
First Appointments to Past Rank
John Trevor Maxwell PAGDC Ian Philip Booth PAGSwdB Ian Yates PAGSwdB John Arthur Barnes PAGSwdB
Promotions to Acting Rank
Michael John Minns to GSD Sincerity Lodge No 943 John Edward Vause to DepGDC Haywra Lodge No 525
Promotions to Past Rank
John Morgan to PGJO Robert John Winterflood to PGSD Brian Douglas Reeve to PGJD Lance Milburn to PGJD
Knaresborough Castle Lodge No 768 Old York Lodge TI Gothic Lodge No 1018 Bronte Lodge No 535
Rother Lodge No 651 Copley Lodge No 111 Wharfedale Lodge No 1027 Beaumont Lodge No 1523
Congratulations to all who received recognition but also to the Province of West Yorkshire which now enjoys three Acting Grand Lodge Officers in the Mark Degree.
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ROYAL ARCH DOES THE CHA CHA CHA – Yet AGAIN The second annual ‘Chapter Charity Challenge’ golf tournament was held in September at the Mid Yorkshire Golf Club, Darrington. Nine teams of four players, playing a ‘Texas Scramble’ format, competed for an accumulated prize fund of £280; to be donated to a charity or good cause. This was an increase of two teams on the inaugural tournament of last year, giving a boost to the prize fund. In contrast to the perfect weather which prevailed last year, this time it poured with rain. However, the course remained in good condition and it didn’t dampen the enjoyment of those who took part. An excellent meal followed, which in itself was worth being there for. There were some good scores and the winning team was the ‘Major Hopefuls’ which comprised of captain Tim Crawshaw with Craig Lingard, Paul Harrison and Kevin Nicholas. They nominated the ‘Batley Sporting Trust’ to be the recipients of the £280 prize which will go to Motor Neuron Disease Research. The Grand Superintendent, Stewart G Carley, attended the prize presentation to congratulate the winners and he will present a cheque to the recipients later this month at Batley Rugby League Football Club.
Stewart G Carley presents the ‘Major Hopefuls’ with their prize
Each member of the winning team received a bottle of wine and 3 golf balls. Other winners were; Nearest the pin (Gentleman): Andrew Garnett – 21ft 7ins Nearest the pin (Lady): Vicki Wainwright – 9ft 5ins Longest Drive: Nigel Atkins – ‘a long way’ The tournament is to be held annually and the more it grows, the greater will be the prize competed for. To make sure you don’t miss out on entering next year, register your interest with arthoptic@ hotmail.com and you will be sent entry forms as soon as arrangements are made. Teams must have a Royal Arch Mason as captain but other members may be Masons and/or non-Masons. As well as providing sporting enjoyment amongst Masons and their friends, the aim is to raise money for benevolent causes. Rather than the cause being preordained by the organisers it is left to the competing teams to nominate whom they are supporting. The whole of the money raised is donated to the cause nominated by the winning team.
Vicki Wainright receives her prize for ‘Nearest the Pin’
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Criterion Chapter With the encouragement of Provincial Grand Chapter, Criterion Chapter (The Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals No 6220 to give it its full title) was founded in 1998 primarily to provide a platform for the delivery, by top quality speakers from near and far, of presentations on a wide range of topics of interest to Chapter Masons of whatever rank. The Chapter meets at Hoyle Court, Baildon on the third Tuesday in April, June and October and visitors from throughout the Province (and further afield) are encouraged to attend. No invitation is needed, just the return of the booking form which is circulated a month or so before each event. The Chapter’s programme of speakers for next year is:19 April 2016
Dr Robert Lomas (sometimes controversial, but always interesting) - The Kirkwall Scroll and its relevance to the Royal Arch.
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Dr John Wade - Past Master, QC Lodge and Editor of its published transactions, AQC - The Beginnings and Changes in Layout and Ritual over 250 years.
18 October 2016 Michael Baker SLGCR - Director of Communications, UGLE, “Pure Antient Freemasonry consists of . . . . .” Meetings of the Chapter are invariably well attended, but there’s always room for more. A warm welcome, interest and entertainment are assured!
TRIUMPHANT TOUR FOR THORNHILL TROJAN
Past met present at Thornhill Trojans Amateur Rugby League Club earlier this year when members of St John’s Chapter No 827, Dewsbury presented a cheque for £150 to 18 year old Adam Allerton to help him with his expenses on the BARLA Great Britain under 19’s tour of Canada in July. Adam was required to raise £1,000 towards the cost of travelling and accommodation and held fund-raising events at the club in Thornhill, Dewsbury. The presentation was attended by Charity Steward, Peter McVeigh, a former Batley, Hull and Leeds loose forward who, having himself been an amateur player in the 1950’s, also made his own personal contribution of £100 to help Adam. Zetland Lodge No 603, Heckmodwike also gave their support at a later date with a cheque for £100. On making the presentation Peter gave an inspirational talk outlining his playing days, firstly as an amateur with Batley Boys; captaining the under 18’s Dewsbury and Batley inter-town team (now Heavy Woollen); captaining Yorkshire against Lancashire and Cumbria and playing with a national side prior to the advent of BARLA; before signing as a professional with Batley in 1956. In 1963 Peter transferred briefly to Hull and later the same season to Leeds where he played until his retirement, due to business commitments, in 1968. In those days the league consisted of over thirty clubs who all played each other, giving the experience of competing against all the big names in Rugby League. Peter also told the assembled players and supporters that Rugby League had played a great part in his life, giving him the confidence to start up and succeed in business. He was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2013 in recognition of his work in the lighting industry. Also at the club for the presentation were Tony Ridley and First Principal Peter Broxup, who presented the cheque from the Chapter. Pictured (l to r): Tony Ridley; Peter McVeigh; Adam Allerton and Peter Broxup.
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A new Provincial initiative aimed at increasing membership and cross Lodge visiting has been launched in an upstairs room of a Harrogate pub. The Goose & Gridiron, so named after the London public house where the first Grand Lodge was held 298 years ago, is a way of introducing like-minded individuals to meet existing members in a non-masonic setting, with the only cost being the price of a pint! Goose & Gridiron nights, which Lodges will be encouraged to organise on their own or in their Masters’ circles, is also seen as an opportunity for members to network and encourage visiting. The launch, held at the Old Bell Tavern, and attended by the Provincial Grand Master, attracted more than 30 Masons and nonmasons from Pontefract, Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, Ripon and Knaresborough. RW Bro Pratt, said, “I see Goose & Gridiron nights, or afternoons, as an initiative that will add an extra dimension to existing recruitment drives, and one that can be easily organised by any Lodge. All you need is a pub, a few Freemasons and a number of potential
members. It is that simple, yet I can see it being highly successful. Setting foot in a Masonic building can be a daunting experience and can actually discourage potential members from attending Lodge information evenings. By holding it in a neutral venue, such as a pub, you immediately remove that obstacle. Except for the cost of a drink, a Goose & Gridiron night is cost neutral, and won’t leave a Lodge out of pocket for placing an advert in a local paper.” Ian Lewis, chair of the Province’s Communications Committee, said, “We are getting a rising number of enquiries via the provincial website and a Goose & Gridiron night is perfect for introducing them to members from different Lodges. For Lodges looking to host evenings we can help with literature and also advise on spreading the word via local newspapers or websites.” Following on from its Harrogate launch, mini-launches will be held in the four other areas with the respective Assistant Provincial Grand Masters being in attendance. Photo: The Provincial Grand Master is joined by Masons and non-masons at the launch of the Goose & Gridiron in a Harrogate pub.
Residents of Connaught Court, Fulford, York are able to enjoy a new water feature thanks to money raised by Elwyn G Hughes during his year as Master of The Linton Lodge No 9644, Harrogate. As reported in the spring 2014 edition of the White Rose Masonic News, Elwyn made waistcoats and matching bow ties to be worn at the Lodge’s Burns Night and a donation in excess of £1,000 was made to the RMBI Home.
Several members of The Linton Lodge attended the official opening of the water feature earlier this year; a proud occasion for Elwyn who, at the age of 92 years, is now resident there and has established a sewing room within the Home in order to continue his interest and use his talent for the benefit of others. Pictured at the presentation are (l to r) Elwyn G Hughes, Mrs Margaret Cade and Michael W Holroyde, Master.
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A new charity for Freemasons, for families, for everyone. The Pro Grand Master, Peter Lowndes, has announced that a new charity called the Masonic Charitable Foundation is to be established, bringing together the charitable activities of the four existing central Masonic Charities. At Quarterly Communication of Grand Lodge on Wednesday, 9 September, the Pro Grand Master said, “The Masonic Charitable Foundation will continue to offer the same support and services to those Freemasons and family members who need help, as well as support for the non-Masonic charitable causes that the Craft wishes to assist.” The Masonic Charitable Foundation will be one of the largest charities in the country and will rely on the generosity of Freemasonry for its funds. It is anticipated that the Masonic Charitable Foundation will be registered with the Charity Commission as soon as possible and that it will begin making grants from 1 April 2016. The proposals remain subject to the approval of some existing Charity members. A shadow board of trustees comprising individuals from the existing Charities and chaired by our own James H Newman, is overseeing the creation of the new charity and the transition into a single organisation. Further information about the Masonic Charitable Foundation will be made available over the next few months and will feature in the next edition of White Rose Masonic News.
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A PIECE OF HISTORY This plaque, on the plinth of the statue of Colonel Edward Akroyd outside All Souls’ Church in Haley Hill, Halifax, depicts the laying of the church foundation stone in 1856. Note the Freemason on the left. On 25 April 1856 the Lodge of Probity No 61, with visitors from 15 other Lodges, was opened in the 2nd Degree at the Old Cock Inn, Halifax and the Brethren then processed through the town in Masonic dress to Haley Hill, led by the Haley Hill Sax-horn Band. After a service of Consecration by the Bishop of Ripon, Colonel Akroyd, assisted by Richard Carter, Master of Probity Lodge, laid the foundation stone in the North East corner. The Master then tested it with the Square; Henry Edwards DL, SW and James Fielding JW tested it with the Level and Plumb-rule. Having pronounced the stone duly and properly laid, the Master ‘in accordance with the immemorial rites and usages of our antient Fraternity’ poured on corn, wine and oil ‘as emblems of abundance and plenty’. After returning to the Old Cock Inn and closing the Lodge 52 brethren enjoyed a banquet provided with great taste and liberality at the sole expense of Col Akroyd (those were the days!) and the evening was spent in much harmony and convivial enjoyment. Edward Akroyd paid £100,000 to build All Souls’ and also paid for St Stephen’s church in Copley, Halifax. He contributed to many other philanthropic projects in the town, including good quality housing for the workers at his mills in Boothtown and Copley. Edward’s main inheritance from his father, Jonathan, was the firm of worsted manufacturers, James Akroyd and Sons. James Akroyd, younger brother of Jonathan, was Initiated into the Lodge of Probity No 61 in 1816. Edward himself was proposed and approved of for membership of the Lodge in 1876, two years after retiring as the town’s Member of Parliament but, perhaps as a result of ill-health, his Initiation never took place. After his death in 1887 15,000 townsfolk gathered to mourn at Edward’s funeral. Although he had inherited an estate of £1.75m forty years earlier, some of his overseas investments had fared badly and he left an estate valued at only £1,234. 1s. 10d. Nevertheless, Masonic symbolism is clearly displayed in a set of three windows in All Souls’ (pictured below) which were donated by Edward’s nephew, Herbert Akroyd Stuart. LODGE OF HARMONY No 275 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS meeting on the 1st Thursday in February, April, June, October and December at Masonic Hall, Greenhead Road, Huddersfield. HD1 4EN 30
MASONS KEEP JANE MOBILE Jane Hudson, daughter of the late Ken Hudson, Past Master of The Forest of Knaresborough Lodge No 7452, was involved in a cycling accident in London some thirteen years ago while travelling to work. The accident left her tetraplegic and, after a long spell in hospital, Jane was provided with a very sophisticated wheel chair; the chair included ‘touch powered’ wheels which she could operate herself despite her disabilities. This brought about a transformation in her life and in her own words gave her back a little of the independence she lost in the accident. Recently the wheels on the chair became inoperable; replacement was difficult and expensive, in the region of £3000, and the NHS would only replace them with normal wheels, rendering her totally dependent on others to get around. Brethren of Forest of Knaresborough Lodge secured a grant from WRMC Ltd of £750 towards the purchase of the wheels and Jane was thrilled and thankful to be self-mobile again. Joe McKenzie, Master of Forest of Knaresborough Lodge is pictured presenting a cheque to Jane at her home, in the company of her mother Molly.
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GOLFERS GIVE GENEROUSLY The Yorkshire (West Riding) Masonic Golf Association held its annual Harewood Trophy Competition, hosted by the Leeds District at Garforth Golf Club in September. The weather was very kind and 57 golfers from throughout the Province had a most enjoyable day’s golf and Masonic camaraderie. The eventual winner of the prestigious Harewood Trophy was Mark Litchfield of Sheaf Lodge No 6990, Sheffield, with a great score of 42 points.
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The other winners on the day were: 1st Division best score: Reg Trueman Lodge of Friendship No 750 2nd Division best score: Barrie Fothergill Adel Lodge No 6350 Veterans Trophy: Richard Peel Goderich Lodge No 1211 The four-ball Team Trophy was won by the Leeds District. The Association was set up in1933 with the aim of raising money for Masonic charities, through the pleasure of playing golf. Since its formation many thousands of pounds have been raised. The golf districts within the Province currently organise golf days, either several events or a single annual event and compete for their District Tom Combes Trophy, which also acts as a qualifier for Brethren to play in the final of the Harewood Trophy. The raising of money through golf is important from an individual playing viewpoint, but also over the years the Association has received wonderful support from many Lodges in the form of donations which have been gratefully received by both the Association and West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd. At the AGM following this year’s Harewood Trophy competition a cheque for £3,000 from the Association to West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd was presented to Anthony Llewellyn APGM
The Harewood Trophy is competed for annually on the first Monday in September and is hosted in turn by the various golfing districts within the Province. The next competition will be Monday 5 September 2016 and will take place at Rotherham Golf Club. The Yorkshire (West Riding) Masonic Golf Association is open to any Brother in the Province and if you would like to join our golfing activities please contact the secretary who will pass your details to the local District secretary. Stephen Meadows, Email meadowss1@ sky.com Tel. 01709 585097 or mobile 07840 884622 Following this year’s competition, the annual presentation evening for the Huddersfield Area was held at Greenhead Masonic Hall in October. Steven Hooley of Unity Lodge No 3930 has been the Secretary and the driving force for the Huddersfield area for the last ten years and it was with some sadness, as well as some relief, that he handed over the job of Secretary to Martin Latham of the Lodge of Peace No 149. The brethren present thanked Steven for the hard work and commitment he had put in over the years to maintain a good participation level from amongst the Huddersfield Lodges. Martin’s first task was to present the trophy for the team prize. The Lodge of Peace, having won it for the last eleven years, it was finally wrestled away from them and was this year won by the Lodge of Candour No 337. Congratulations go to them and to all the other prize winners.
The boys of a Rugby League Football Club in Halifax are sporting a new kit this season thanks to a grant from the PGM’s Fund. The Brethren of Savile Lodge No 1231, West Vale were successful in their application to support the under 10s team of King Cross Park and a cheque for £350 was presented to club representative, Mrs. Clair Evans by Charity Steward, Jim Wilson. The Club run teams for boys aged eight to thirteen and recruit youngsters from the age of four to train with the older boys. Matches are arranged with similar teams from the many Rugby League teams in West and South Yorkshire. Jim is pictured, on the back row, with the team following the presentation.
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MASONIC ANGLING The annual Coarse Charity Match, hosted by the Lodge of Eccleshill, Faith and Fraternity No 1034, was first held in 2004 and proceeds were donated to the 2007 Festival for the following three years. At the end of the Festival period, such was the popularity of the match, it was decided to continue, with the proceeds now being donated to the Masonic Fishing Charity (MTSFC), a fantastic Masonic Charity with the aim of bringing an interactive fishing and countryside experience to people with special needs. These are predominantly children and to witness their delight at catching their first fish is something to behold. The good news is that all concerned have continued their efforts and the results have gone from strength to strength. As we are now in Festival to the RMBI, proceeds are being split 50/50 between the 2017 Festival and MTSFC. When the match was first held there were around 40 anglers taking part – it is now usual for the attendance to be approaching 70. It’s all good fun but the competitive edge is never far away, given that the prize money is attractive and trophies are to be had, courtesy of Phil Mitchell of Facula Lodge No 4825. Down the years thanks have continued to be given to the support team of members and wives from Eccleshill, Faith and Fraternity No 1034 and King Edward VII No 3442 for the now traditional BBQ breakfast that greets the anglers on arrival, and for the raffle. Monies raised continue to increase and the anglers seem to be getting the hang of the venue as well – the match record was set this year at a staggering 175lb by Andy Lumb, a guest of Philip Mitchell. Well done Andy, hard luck Phil! MTSFC also goes from strength to strength. Originally founded in London, they now have branches nationwide including Yorkshire West Riding. For more information, contact YWR Secretary Colin Middleton on 01302 843580 and please do have a look at the MTSFC website www.mtsfc.co.uk If any Masonic anglers and their non-Masonic angling friends would like to join with us in 2016, then please contact match organiser Brian Lawless on 01943 879373 but book early. The next match will be held at Carp Vale Fisheries, Moor Monkton, on Saturday 2 July 2016.
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It seems hard to believe that the worlds of bikers and Freemasonry have anything in common. The stereotype of bikers, leather-clad hooligans intent on mischief, and Freemasons, gentlemen dressed in a suit and tie who meet for charity and peaceful harmony, seems incongruous. This apparent gulf has been successfully bridged by the Widows Sons MBA (Masonic Bike Association) for Freemasons who have an interest in motorbikes. Established in 2004, this phenomenon has grown rapidly to over 500 members
in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Members must be Master Masons in good standing and prospective members are invited to three rides before a ballot is taken of existing members. The Widow’s Sons are divided into separate Chapters. Each Chapter is self-governing but comes under a national organisation. The Chapter for this area is called The Ridings Chapter and covers the Provinces of Yorkshire, West Riding and North and East Riding. The Ridings Chapter currently has about 30 members. Every year there is a Widow’s Sons rally.
This year it was held in East London, next year it will be held in Scotland and in 2018 in Ireland. Other activities include regular ride-outs in the Yorkshire Dales, typically meeting in Ripon. Earlier this year, eight members completed the Fosse Way. Setting off from Yorkshire they joined the Fosse Way at Leicester and followed the old Roman road that cuts north-east across England. After an overnight stop they did it all again the other way around. The photograph was taken at what is considered to be the end of the Fosse Way; Axmouth in Devon. Other activities include rallies such as the Farmyard Bash and Stormin’ The Castle with regular meet-ups on a Wednesday at Sherburn. Visits to race meetings such as BSB, WSB and MotoGP have been suggested for next year. This year, as in recent years, the Ridings Chapter will be taking part in the Ride to the Wall where thousands of bikers congregate at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Far from being involved in the nefarious activities that the stereotype provides, much of the work of the Widow’s Sons involves charity, for example Egg Runs. Last year the Widow’s Sons raised over £85,000 for charity across twelve different Chapters. The Widow’s Sons are interested in all aspects of motorcycling. If you are interested in finding out more about the Widow’s Sons please contact Craig Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07595 499549. Harley and BMW riders are even allowed to join!
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Secretary and Treasurer of the meetings being changed annually by means of a secret ballot; minutes taken of every meeting, read out at the next meeting and confirmed by the members. Hundreds of men have had their lives changed for the better, because of Donald Standfast. I know this is true because I am one of them. This is just one example of a Freemason at work in the community, making a difference. In two years time we will be celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England. I wonder what other stories could be told of the thousands of men who have met together under its banners.
A few days after I was asked to produce this article England won the first Ashes Test Match with Yorkshire’s Joe Root playing a significant role, having scored a total of 194 runs and taken two vital wickets then catching a skyer to get rid of the last Australian batsman. A true all round performance. This brought to my mind Rev Donald Standfast who, a close friend informed me, was a Freemason and the Founder of a movement called “The Regnal League.” This is a movement for young men, which has its origins in the missionary work of Rev Donald Standfast, a Methodist Minister and Chaplain to WW1 Forces in France. It gave troops withdrawn from the trenches an opportunity to explore ‘wholeness of life’ and which, by the end of the War, had grown to 74 branches of the League of Fellowship along the Western Front. Following the War, Standfast expanded his work to the UK with the first ‘Circle of Friendship and Fellowship’ established at Southend-on-Sea in 1919, and the first women’s branch set up a short while after; then finally, in the latter half of the last century, coming together as a mixed Movement. The Movement is now very small, but may be able to celebrate its centenary in 2019. The aim of the Movement is the development of Body, Mind and Spirit in harmony to produce an all-round person. Each person obviously has different
capabilities but, if what we have is developed to its fullest extent, then we will become the people God really meant us to be. Only developing one or two sides of our beings, instead of all three, Body Mind and Spirit, means we are out of balance and not what we should or could be. The famed scientist Charles Darwin wrote to a friend, JD Hooker, on June 17th 1868, “I am glad you were at ‘The Messiah’. It is one thing I should like to hear again, but I dare say I should find my soul too dried up to appreciate it as in olden days. For it is a horrid bore to feel as I constantly do; that I am a withered leaf for everything except science.” The word Regnal means the reign of a king; in the League this is Jesus Christ. The Badge of the Movement is a green circle on a white background symbolizing the all-round life and the meetings that are held are called Regnal Circles. A number of things were incorporated into the movement by Donald Standfast from his Masonic experience, such as an admission ceremony with a vow of friendship; the Steward (Chairman),
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ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL FETE AT CONNAUGHT COURT June is always a busy time for both the residents of Connaught Court and the Committee of the Association of Friends. The Annual Summer Fete was held on 20 June and, despite a somewhat soggy start, an excellent day was enjoyed by all. The Fete was opened by Jeffrey Gillyon, Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire North and East Riding who told the assembled crowd that it was a pleasure to be asked to officially open the proceedings and also commented on what a wonderful place Connaught Court is. He went on to thank the staff and the Committee of the Association of Friends for all their hard work in making the day happen, as well as the management and staff of Connaught Court for the wonderful way that they care for the residents. The fete itself was well attended by Masons and their families from the three Provinces; Yorkshire, West Riding; Yorkshire North and East Riding and Lincolnshire. This year a good mixture of stalls and games, ranging from cakes, chutneys, sweets, textiles, ice cream, plants and books to raffles and tombolas for such delights as seafood and various bottles both alcoholic and otherwise, not forgetting afternoon tea, classic cars and table golf as well as Wii golf (a new innovation for the Fete brought by the Brethren of Ashlar Lodge No 5219 in Lincolnshire). The chairman of the Association, John A Hoynes, wishes to thank everyone who worked to make the afternoon a success;
also to all of the Lodges in the Province who have kindly donated money for the Fete Fliers He would like you to add the date in your diary for next year which is 18 June 2016. The committee of the Association are very much aware of the need to keep this event fresh, it is after all the main fundraising vehicle that we have and to that end are looking for new ideas and stalls / contributors to make next year’s event even more entertaining than this year. We particularly want to make the event more attractive to children and are seeking contributors who might be able to provide face painting, balloon modelling, clown / juggling / circus skills etc. and would particularly like to have stalls such as splat the rat, human fruit machine, piggy
racing, hook a duck, kiddies rides etc. We are also seeking a reasonably priced brass band for the event. If you are able to assist with any of the foregoing please contact the Secretary, Francis Testo, Tel: 0113 2639955 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anniversary Celebrations David J Canning-Matthews of Keresforth Lodge No 7641 and his wife, Judith, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on17 April 2015. Roland C Hawcroft of Keresforth Lodge No 7641 and his wife, Pat, celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 7 June 2015.
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The Association of Friends of Connaught Court You cannot be unaware of the 2017 Festival in aid of the RMBI, or of the existence of Connaught Court, the RMBI residential home at Fulford, York, but many of you may not be aware of the Association of Friends of Connaught Court. The secretary of the Association, Francis A Testo was asked to provide information on what they do. Situated in extensive parkland close to the centre of York, Connaught Court was purpose-built by the RMBI and opened in 1971; the land having been donated by the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. The home is registered to provide residential nursing and specialist dementia care for up to 90 residents. It has two Dementia Support Houses; Fred Crosland House has its own outdoor space, including a summer house, courtyard and sensory garden, providing specialist care for up to 10 people, whilst Knavesmire has two sensory gardens and 16 bedrooms. Residents include older Freemasons and their families and they have the security of knowing they have a home for life, even if their financial circumstances change. The Association of Friends exists to provide extra comfort and a range of social, leisure and entertainment activities for the residents. The welfare and happiness of the residents is paramount in all that we do and as well as funding items such as televisions, computers, sound systems, specialist furniture, garden furniture and a range of other items with a view to enhancing their wellbeing, we also provide things that money just cannot buy. The Association donates, on a regular basis, a specialist mini-bus for use of the residents, and members give of their time to assist in driving this as well as counselling and befriending residents and providing a weekly shop. The Association raises funds by donations from Lodges, sale of tickets and donations to a Summer Fair held annually, at which money is raised from the varied stalls, other events from time to time and by selling life membership of the Association. All monies raised, with the exception of minimal admin costs, go directly to the residents. The Association is a registered charity, established in 1973, entirely independent of the RMBI and its members are Masons from the Provinces of Yorkshire, West Riding, Yorkshire, North and East Ridings and Lincolnshire, together with representatives from Castlegate Ladies. The Executive Committee consists of members put forward by each of the Provinces and certain Co-opted Members
who perform specific tasks, as well as the Manager and Entertainments Manager of the Home. In addition to the Executive Committee, the Association is made up of Life Members who are encouraged not only to attend the AGM, but to offer their time in achieving the aims of the Association. Life membership is available to all Masons on application and the payment of a one-off fee, the minimum amount being only ÂŁ10.00. This not only allows attendance at the AGM and receipt of agenda and minutes of the same, but more importantly assists in providing a better quality of life to the residents of Connaught Court. Please complete
the application form on the facing page and send it, with your cheque, to the Membership Secretary. Your help will also be appreciated in supporting the annual Summer Fair, either individually or as a Lodge; the next one being on Saturday, 18 June 2016. Support may be in the form of a donation to the Association, providing a stall at the Fair or volunteering to assist in the running of the Fair. Just a few hours of your time, once a year, can help to enhance the lives of the residents for the whole year. For further information on any aspect of the Association, contact Francis Testo on 0113 263 9955 or email email@example.com
LODGE OF PEACE No. 3988 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS meeting on the 4th Monday of each month except August (2nd Monday in July) at Hoyle Court, Baildon, BD17 6JS 37
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Standbridge Lane Community Centre in Kettlethorpe has recently opened new kitchen facilities thanks to support from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Back in 2011 there were no community facilities on the Kettlethorpe council estate in Wakefield and a group of enthusiastic local volunteers, led by Councillor Monica Graham, had taken over the old Primary School building to develop it as a Community Centre. By 2014 the Centre was a wellestablished, stable and developed organisation. The building had been refurbished and restored, with wiring/ heating renewed and plenty of paint applied. Whilst volunteers were undertaking work on refurbishing the kitchen, funds were needed to seal the kitchen floor and provide new cooking equipment. A request was made by St John’s Lodge No 827, Dewsbury to the PGM’s Fund, which provided a grant of £5000 to the organisation and they are now working with the Community Food and Health Team from the South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust to provide ‘Cook and Eat’ classes for local residents. The aim is to turn the old school kitchen into a community cafe. The picture shows the Master of St John’s Lodge, Matthew Oldroyd presenting the cheque to Monica Graham at the Community Centre, with Charles Greenwood and Maureen Mortimer looking on.
St JOHN’S LODGE No 827 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS Meeting on the 1st Monday of each month (2nd Monday if a Bank Holiday) at the Masonic Temple, Halifax Road, Dewsbury WF13 2BS 38
PGM’S FUND AIDS CHURCH RENOVATIONS
SHEFFIELD FREEMASONS IN THE COMMUNITY
Members of St Wilfrid Lodge No 6395, Leeds and their wives attended the Service at St Mary’s Church, Garforth on Whit Sunday, when the Master, Sudarshan K Hargun, presented a cheque for £3000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to the Rector, Reverend Gordon Cooper. Garforth Parish Church, rebuilt in 1844, has recently completed a restoration and renovation project costing £80,000 which has included improvements to the heating and sound systems and the introduction of a dais and ramp, greatly increasing disabled access. The grant was given towards the cost of the re-ordering of the church. The Rev. Frank A Chappell of St Wilfred Lodge was Rector at St Mary’s from 1972 until 1991. The Brethren and their wives are pictured with Rev. Cooper.
The Sheffield and District ‘Freemasonry in the Community’ Committee have continued their support for local charities this year. A cheque for £500 from the PGM’s Fund was presented to Oughtibridge Brass Band to buy new instruments. The band is, this year, celebrating 125 years of brass banding in the village and recently came second in the Yorkshire Regional Contest at Bradford. A cheque for £3,000 was presented to Sheffield Manor Lodge; £1,500 from Freemasons in the Community and £1,500 from the PGM’s Fund. The money was used to buy benches for the grounds surrounding the Lodge which were unveiled by Cllr Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield who is shown cutting the ribbon, surrounded by ladies dressed in Tudor costumes.
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SUMMER PARTY BOOSTED BY WRMCL Residents, staff and their families were joined at Harry Priestley House by various guests in August to celebrate their annual Summer Party and to officially handover a new specially-adapted vehicle for use by the residents. The home for up to 12 people with a learning disabilities is situated in Thorne, South Yorkshire and was set-up as a joint venture between the RMBI and the Province 16 years ago. Over time the needs of the residents have changed and recently the need has been increasing for a vehicle with specialist wheelchair access. West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd stepped in and purchased the vehicle with adaptations to make life easier for the residents and staff. With a rear loading, winch assisted ramp it allows simple and safe access for those who use a wheelchair, without the outward appearance of being a specialist vehicle. “The new vehicle has made an enormous difference to the lives of residents and staff, making things much easier and safer for those who need wheelchair access. It’s also very easy to drive and great for individual or small group outings,” said Anne Stobart, Home Manager at Harry Priestley House. “We are really grateful to West Riding Masonic Charities and to the Freemasons of the Province for being so generous in providing this for us.”
A FAMILY AFFAIR Home-resident Lee Balmer is seen with the Home Manager, Anne Stobart, and (from l to r) David S Pratt PGM, Peter Worth - Director of WRMCL and Roger Newhouse – Chairman of WRMCL, for the official handover. Shortly after the handover, resident Nicole Thorpe, supported by staff from the Home and watched by other guests, demonstrated how simple it is to use the adaptations - even having time for a wave to watching onlookers!
VILLAGE SECURES LIFESAVING DEFIBRILLATOR
Youngsters at Kellington Primary School, Nr Goole will be able to explore the great outdoors whatever the weather, thanks to a new canopy. When Vicki Johns, a Governor of the school and daughter of Vic Johns, mentioned that the school was struggling to raise enough funds to erect a canopy over the outside teaching area, Vic immediately thought of the PGM’s Fund The West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No 9645 successfully applied for a grant from the Fund and Vic was delighted to be accompanied by the Rev Michael Taylor and Tony Clark, Lodge Charity Steward, to present a cheque for £3,500 to the Headmistress, Mrs Kathy Thompson.
The canopy, pictured, was erected during the school holidays and is now being well utilised in the teaching of the children. The Rev Michael Taylor has more than Masonic connections with Vic’s Family, he christened both of Vic’s grandchildren, James and Lucie.
Residents of a Lancashire village will have access to a defibrillator thanks to a grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Brethren from Royal Forest Lodge No 401, Waddington secured the grant to place the life-saving equipment in a telephone box in the centre of the village Pictured is the Master of Royal Forest Lodge, Joseph Woodworth, accompanied by a delegation of Brethren, presenting a cheque for £1,544 to councillor Doug Parker the chairman of Waddington Parish Council and councillors Gillian Fisher and Roy Edmondson. From the left: Barry Whitehead; Raymond Shuttleworth; Joseph Woodworth; David Sharp; Gillian Fisher; Doug Parker; Roy Edmondson. 40
Pictured at the presentation are Rev Michael Taylor, Vic Johns and Tony Clark; the Head Teacher Kathy Thompson; members of staff; children and School Governors. Front left, holding the Provincial plaque is Lucie Wainright, Vic’s granddaughter.
LASCELLES LODGE TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC Like all other Lodges, Brethren of Lascelles Lodge No 4796, Wetherby contribute to many national and local charities. They do like, on occasions, to fund charitable causes with more of a direct link though; this can be tenuous at times, as illustrated by their support of the Lascelles Neurology Unit at Harrogate Hospital or more direct as evidenced by their sponsorship of four women rowing the Atlantic! ‘Yorkshire Rows’ are four working mums from Yorkshire who, in December, will be setting off on a herculean challenge to row 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the world’s toughest row; the Talisker Challenge. One of the team is the daughter of Lascelles member Pete Rhodes, who is providing technical support for the team. The Lodge recently joined the ‘250 Club’ when their Master, Karl McAuley, presented a cheque for £250 from the Lodge to team member Niki Doeg. This will mean that the Lodge coat of arms and name will be on the boat and cross the Atlantic with the ladies. The ladies aim to raise money for the following two Yorkshire-based charities; ones already supported by Brethren across the province and near to their heart: Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre - Maggie’s is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and building design to
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Information from Provincial Grand Lodge/ Chapter As you will be aware the Provincial Office closes on the 11 December 2015 to facilitate a move to our new offices at Castle Grove, Leeds, we will be from the above date having the mail sent to Spring Bank Place, Bradford diverted. However the mail will only be diverted for the names specified on our application, therefore any mail sent to us sholud be addressed with one of the following used for the FIRST LINE of the address. If it is for an individual, Craft or Chapter could this be marked on the rear of the envelope.
Pudsey in Bloom is a community group of civic-minded volunteers, formed in 2003, whose aim it is to make Pudsey Centre an attractive, welcoming and environmentally friendly place to visit for local residents and visitors alike. In the centre of Pudsey, at the side of the library, is a small square, already considerably improved by the provision of a number of flower troughs and the group decided to complete the scheme by adding more features to the side of the library building. Aware that Freemasonry has supported other local causes in the past, the Committee invited the Lodge of Benevolence No 5612 to sponsor the work of the group. The Brethren of the Lodge, conscious of the improvement the group have already made to the town centre, secured a grant of ÂŁ1,000 from the Provincial Grand Masterâ€™s Fund which will enable the purchase of more self-watering units to further enhance the Town centre. In September a cheque was presented by the Master of the Lodge of Benevolence, John S Wardman, to Margaret Lowham, accompanied by other members of the Group. The picture shows (l to r), Sharon Jones; Maureen Fawcett; John S Wardman presenting the cheque to Margaret Lowham, Jean Stead; Wilfred Armstrong, charity steward; Lynda Aspin.
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Thanks to an application to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund by Brian T Tilley of Lodge of Charity No 4105, Bradford, the ‘Villagers’ Community Club at Bramley were the recipients of a cheque for £1,000. Formerly known as Bramley Social Club, it is now open for everyone in the community which it serves and aims to promote participation in healthy recreation by providing better sporting facilities for the people of Bramley and the wider LS13 area. The grant is to be utilised by the boxing and fitness gym and has enabled them to purchase boxing gloves, guards and some flooring, as well as corner pads for the ring. Coach Billy Wilkinson said he was overjoyed to receive the grant and was extremely grateful to the PGM’s Fund for, not only helping him, but also the children and young adults who use the gym. Billy Wilkinson, in the red top, is pictured with members of the club.
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Neil Kaiper-Holmes of Iuventutis Lodge No 9338, Castleford is pictured (front left) at the opening of a new storage facility for Friends of Haw Hill Park in Normanton. The facility, purchased with a grant of £800 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, has greatly improved the working conditions of the volunteers who maintain the park and who closely involve the local community. In particular the group encourages pupils from local primary schools to play an active role in educational projects at the park. Previously volunteers had to transport all of their equipment to and from the park on every occasion. They wish to express their thanks to all involved in securing the grant. In addition a further donation of £169 from Saturnian Lodge No 7563, Blackpool (West Lancs), which has close ties with Iuventutis Lodge, was used to purchase tools for the storage facility.
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2017 RMBI Festival
Festival Banquet BRINGING OUR WONDERFUL FESTIVAL TO A CLOSE On Saturday 10 June 2017, to mark the end of our five-year Festival, we will hold a magnificent Banquet at the wonderful Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. This event will be a special occasion and one that we can use to thank our Ladies for all their support. The evening will start with a drinks reception in the prestigious War Tournament Galleries followed by a celebration Banquet with entertainment from the internationally renowned Syd Lawrence Orchestra.
Immediately after the meal the Provincial Grand Master will announce the total raised by our Festival and make a presentation to one of our Grand Rulers
This really is an evening not to be missed
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