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WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROSE By Peter L Doherty, Editor
President David S Pratt Provincial Grand Master
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2017 is, as you cannot have failed to notice, a memorable year for this wonderful Province of ours and Freemasonry in general. What an achievement; 200 years since the Province was formed, a century after the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England. The Sky1 documentary, ‘Inside the Freemasons’, which was first aired on 17 April, appears to have been well received, both by Freemasons and the general public alike. The RMBI Festival has now come to an end and whilst the total raised will not be announced until the Festival Banquet at the Royal Armouries, Leeds on 10 June, I will be surprised if your generosity has not exceeded £3 million.
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NEW APGM JOINS THE TEAM Some 165 Brethren filled the main temple at Tapton Hall, Sheffield in January this year at an emergency meeting of St Philip’s Lodge No 7116 for the Installation, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master, of John Boyington CBE, JGD. The R W Provincial Grand Master, David Stephen Pratt, conducted a pleasing and dignified ceremony, which began with his appointing Stuart C Grantham PAGDC and John B Gledhill PSGD to act as Provincial Senior and Junior Grand Wardens respectively R W Bro Pratt said he was pleased to appoint W Bro Boyington as Assistant Provincial Grand Master and outlined the qualities necessary to fulfil that position, assuring the Brethren that John had more than proved his ability to do so. He then expanded on John’s qualities as a senior civil servant within the national health service, and particularly the duties and positions within Province that he
had performed and was still carrying out. Having been appointed to Provincial Office as Grand Standard Bearer in 2009, he was promoted to Senior Grand Warden in 2014. He is Chairman of the RMBI 2017 Festival Committee. After W Bro Boyington was escorted into the Lodge, the Patent of Appointment was read by the Provincial Grand Secretary, Keith Tolan PAGDC. Provincial Grand Chaplain Peter Holt PJGD offered prayer before W Bro Boyington was duly Obligated and Invested with the chain and jewel of office as Assistant Provincial Grand Master by
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the RW Provincial Grand Master. W Bro Boyington succeeds J Rodney Tolson PSGD with responsibilities for Area Four in the Province. St Philip’s WM, Tim Watts, presided over an enjoyable and convivial festive board, during which John expressed his thanks to the R W Bro Provincial Grand Master for the confidence he had placed in him and also his gratitude to those who had provided so much help and support on his Masonic journey. • W Bro Boyington is pictured (right) with his new colleagues.
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CHAPTER COOKS UP SUPPORT FOR NEW KITCHEN FINAL FESTIVAL FLING The Area 3 Final Festival Fling ‘Come Dance the Night Away’ event, held in April at the Harrogate Masonic Hall, raised over £710 in aid of the 2017 RMBI Festival. Over 100 Brethren, family and friends, attended the evening and thoroughly enjoyed being shown the intricacies of Salsa & Tango dancing, as demonstrated and then instructed, by Caroline, Gita and Richard. Similar demonstrations and instruction were given by U3A tutors Don and Janine Mason, with up to 80 people on the dance floor at one time!Bob Naylor of Horsford Lodge No 5339, together with fellow guitarist Malcolm, played 60s and 70s music which for many turned the clock back too many years to remember. Amy Walker, aged 14, the granddaughter of Bryan Walker of The Spa Lodge No 7609, gave an improvised/ contemporary solo dance routine to a silent and mesmerised audience. A mid interval hot snack of stuffed mini Yorkshire Puddings went down well, as did a novel fund raising game. Towards the end of the evening Glitterball Awards were presented to three deserving couples together with suitable acknowledgement being made to those who had given freely of their time in aid of, what turned out to be, a sell-out event.
Winners of the Latin Dance Award pictured with dance instructor, Caroline Hanson. Whilst details of the total amount raised towards the 2017 RMBI Festival will not be revealed until the Banquet on 10 June,
many Lodges, Chapters and individuals have made significant donations towards the Festival, including Brethren of St James’s Lodge No 448, Halifax, who were pleased to present a cheque for £2,017 to J Paul Tottle, Provincial Grand Registrar at their Installation meeting in January and the Albert Edward Lodge No 1783, Huddersfield, who are pictured presenting a cheque for £1,783 to John B Gledhill APGM at their Installation meeting in February.
Following the report of Brian Smailes’ achievement, in the autumn 2016 edition of this magazine, another member of the Province has completed the journey from Land’s End to John o’ Groats; this time on a bicycle and in aid of the Festival. John Halliwell of Mirfield Lodge No 1102, completed the route of nearly 1,000 miles and over 50,000 feet of climbing over 14 days, raising £2,000 for his exploits; the money has been divided equally between the Festival and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. John is pictured, (2nd left) on a training ride, with members of Mirfield Lodge; Michael Lodge, Chris Oldfield and Richard Parkinson.
Members of Olicana Chapter No 1522, Ilkley secured a grant of £1,500 from the PGM’s Fund, towards new kitchen units for Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association’s Grassington headquarters. Last year, UWFR spent £250,000 upgrading and extending their ‘Hut’ which it has occupied since 1976. The money will be used to help put the finishing touches to the wellused kitchen. Roger Newhouse APGM said, “UWFR is an organisation that we have supported in the past and are delighted to support again.” Stuart Benson, UWFR member, said, “Once again I’d like to thank the Freemasons for their continued support. The money we spent last year didn’t go as far as improving our kitchen facilities, so this donation is very much appreciated.” Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association is made up of more than 60 well-trained and well-equipped volunteer cavers, climbers and mountaineers, and is on call 365 days a year. The members either live in the Dales or travel from as far away as Leeds or Bradford and are prepared to respond to a callout at any time of the day or night in the worst of weather conditions. Pictured (l to r) are Stuart Benson, Paul Collinge and Phil Atkinson of Olicana Chapter and Roger Newhouse (Picture by Sara Spillett).
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RIPON CATHEDRAL RECEIVES FUNDING FOR RESTORATION
PLAYGROUND TO BE EQUIPPED BY PGM’S FUND £2,000 GRANT Money raised towards the construction of a children’s play area was given a boost by a grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. David Fox, Master of Aurora Lodge No 4047, Leeds was delighted to present the cheque to Mrs Ruth Middleton and Mrs Breeda Murray, Chair of the Scarcroft Parish Council, toward equipment for the play area adjacent to the village hall.
One of North Yorkshire’s best known and impressive churches has been given a financial lift to help with its ongoing maintenance programme. Ripon Cathedral has received two grants totalling £12,500 which are being used to pay for the renewal of ancient flagstones which, over the years, have become broken and worn. The Dean of Ripon, The Very Rev John Dobson, received the two payments one for £7,500 from West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, and a second, for £5,000, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. These were presented by David S Pratt
PGM; Jack Pigott, Chairman of West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd and Paul Clarke APGM, pictured with The Very Rev John Dobson. Also on hand and pictured on the front cover, was stone mason Wayne Denny, who was in the cathedral working on a section of flooring. One of the oldest cathedrals in England, Ripon’s has stood, in various different iterations, on the same site since 672, making it one of the first stone churches built in England since the end of the Western Roman Empire. It has survived medieval wars, being burned down by William the Conqueror and the chaos of the Wars of the Roses. As such, the cathedral needs constant preservation efforts and periodical restoration to keep it open to worshippers and the public. RW Bro Pratt said, “It is wonderful that money raised by Freemasons, locally and throughout the Province, is helping in the ongoing conservation work of this magnificent place of worship.” The Very Rev John Dobson said, “We are very grateful to the Freemasons for these two grants. It is fitting that this money is to be used to repair stonework, which will be done by a ‘master’ stonemason. We rely on the generosity of individuals, business and organisations to help in the running and upkeep of the cathedral, and these donations are very welcome indeed. We are looking forward to welcoming RW Bro Pratt and his colleagues back to Ripon Cathedral.”
David congratulated them on their tremendous efforts, in already raising in excess of £90,000 toward the project. It had been anticipated that the work would have been completed early this year but wet weather, over the autumn and winter months, delayed the work and it is now hoped the play area will be open by the beginning of the summer holidays.
Ruth, pictured (left) and Breeda expressed their sincere gratitude for the generosity of the Freemasons.
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LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS? Brethren in Area 4 welcomed all to the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ at the Penistone Paramount Theatre. A capacity audience, of around 350, enjoyed being entertained by Penistone area musical talent comprising Thurlstone Brass Band, Penistone Ladies Choir and Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir. Principal guests were the RW Provincial Grand Master and his wife, Rita, Cllr Brian Matthews, the Deputy Mayor of Barnsley and his wife, Mary and Cllr Paul HandDavis, the Town Mayor of Penistone with his wife, Lynda. The feast of musical entertainment included a number of items where the audience were invited to join in, and, being an event where Last night of the Proms favourites were to be included, plenty of red, white and blue was in evidence. The aim of this Grand Charity Concert was to raise funds to be shared equally between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the RMBI Festival 2017. The event had been sponsored by a number of Lodges
in Area 4 and some from Area 5 of the Province, with Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association Brethren acting as stewards. Souvenir programmes, flags for waving and raffle tickets were on sale, and there was a buzz in the Paramount theatre from the minute the doors opened. Michael Ross of Friendly Lodge No 1513 and secretary of Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association, welcomed everyone and acted as Master of Ceremonies The band and choirs all joined together to get the Concert off to a flying start with the audience joining in for ‘All people that on Earth do dwell’ to the well-known ‘Old Hundredth’ tune. Each musical group then delighted the audience with their brilliant selections of their own showpiece items, which met with great acclaim. The finale brought all the musicians together for the Last Night of the Proms selections, together with great audience participation. Everyone put in their heart and soul - as well as voices - to end what
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TERCENTENARY AND BICENTENARY CELEBRATIONS A full list of events being held throughout the year can be seen on the Provincial web site. Focal point of the Tercentenary celebrations for the Province will be a Service of Thanksgiving to be held at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday, 24 September at 3.00 pm. It will also be an opportunity for us to mark the Bicentenary of the formation of this Province. We are delighted to learn that the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, will be present to represent United Grand Lodge. His presence, together with the Lord Lieutenants of North, West and South Yorkshire, together with other Civic Dignitaries, indicates the importance of the Service in the history of this great Province. Heads of Other Orders within the Province have also been invited to attend. We are most grateful for the support and assistance the Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Dobson, has given in arranging the Service, which will reflect
the diverse membership of the Province. Brethren of various faiths are being invited to participate in the Service. The Cathedral choir will be in attendance and as well as congregational participation in well known hymns, the Choir have been asked to sing Sir Hubert Parry’s Coronation Anthem I was Glad and Ronald Perrin’s Te Deum. The Dean will also preach a sermon. The Service is open to Brethren and their families and admission will be by ticket, which are free. Details of how they can be obtained are with Lodge Secretaries. Brethren are invited, and encouraged, to wear full dress Craft regalia if they wish. During the Service a suitable commemoration will take place to mark the financial support the Province and the Masonic Charitable Foundation has given towards the restoration work at the Cathedral. The Provincial Grand Master looks forward to a capacity attendance at this important event in our Masonic calendar.
Pictured (l to r) Stuart Grantham, Paul Clarke and Steve Hill.
The Grand Chaplain has compiled a series of prayers to mark the tercentenary. The Provincial Grand Chaplain particularly commends the following prayer of personal dedication to Brethren. Merciful God, our Creator and Sustainer, I thank you for the many blessings you bestow on me and my fellow men day by day. Continue, I pray, to establish your Word within me so that I may delight in your commandments, rejoice in your truth, follow your precepts with understanding, and be enlivened by your loving-kindness. Grant me your peace and saving health in all my undertakings, and let your loving spirit lead me into your land of righteousness, truth and justice. Bless our Masonic Order now and for future years. May our Rulers and brethren always delight in your boundless providence and put their trust in your loving mercy, now and for the ages to come.
Otley Freemasons swapped squares and compasses for spades and trowels as they planted 300 oak trees to mark a key milestone in Masonic history. Members of Chevin Lodge were joined by senior representatives of the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding to plant the saplings on Otley Chevin, as part of celebrations to mark the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England. The oak tribute was spearheaded by Master of Chevin Lodge, Steve Hill and the funds to purchase the saplings were raised by members of all the Otley Lodges, which meet at Westbourne House on the edge of the market town. W Bro Paul Clarke APGM, in charge of regional tercentenary celebrations said, “This is a momentous year for Freemasons both nationally and regionally, and the tree planting is one of a plethora of activities and events being staged throughout the Province over the coming months. These 300 trees are a living tribute to our ancient and honourable fraternity and over the years, they will become a wonderful addition to the local environment”.
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HARROGATE FLOWER SHOW LIFE BUOYS TO Rated Britain’s best gardening event by Which? Gardening, the Harrogate Flower Show, in addition to featuring the work of both established and up-andcoming garden designers, welcomed Douglas G Mills of Spa Lodge No 7609, Area 3 Charity Assistant, exhibiting his own design to mark the tercentenary of UGLE and the bi-centenary of our Province; a roundel of the square and compasses picked out in white and blue artificial flowers. Throughout the four days of the Show, held at the Harrogate Show Ground from 20th to 23rd April, Doug was joined by other Brethren from Spa Lodge and Paul Clarke, APGM; all of whom were on hand to answer questions about the display, which also featured architect-drawn plans of the summer planting arrangements to be carried out in Harrogate and Ripon. In Harrogate, a flower bed on Montpellier Hill will be mark the tercentenary and one at the entrance of Valley Gardens, the bi-centenary. Beds in Ripon Spa Gardens, adjacent to the bowling green, will be planted out representing both. The beds are to be planted around the middle of June and it is hoped they will still be in bloom in September when they can be viewed by the many Masons, friends and family attending the service at Ripon Cathedral. In Stainless Engineering Ltd of Harrogate have generously agreed to provide display cases and graphic boards at each location, to give a brief history of Freemasonry in England and Yorkshire. Interest in the display, at the Show, was shown by many of the thousands of visitors, including many Freemasons; there were Brethren from Kent, Sunderland, Nottinghamshire, Wales and Milnsbridge, but the furthest traveller was Bill Gibbins from Corinthian Lodge No 66, Perth, Australia. W Bro Mills’ handiwork will be seen at many events around the Province during the coming months, including the Great Yorkshire Show. •Pictured with Douglas Mills (left) are editor Peter Doherty and his wife, Beverly.
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Although Calcaria Lodge No 2677 now meets in Wetherby, Tadcaster is its original home and the Lodge still has a great affinity to the market town and the surrounding areas. At the time of the flooding in Tadcaster in early 2016 the Province donated a considerable amount of money to the cause. More recently Calcaria Lodge made a successful application to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund for a grant to support the ongoing works of the Flood Action Group. Carl Clayton, Master of the Lodge, said, ‘We continue to work with Tadcaster Flood Action Group to try and make the riverside a safer place, especially with the new bridge and the many visitors it seems to be attracting.’ On a cold Tuesday in January, Carl and Peter Jesty, Lodge charity steward, presented a cheque for the sum of £500 to Nicola Eades and Richard Rafferty of Tadcaster Flood Action Group, towards the group’s ongoing project to install life buoys at strategic places on the banks of the River Wharfe.
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THE MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION - MAJOR STEPS
V W Bro James H Newman OBE, Deputy President As you read this article the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) will have already celebrated its first birthday on 1st April. Whilst this might have been ‘April Fool’s Day’ to many, with pranks and jokes all round, I can assure you that, to those of us involved in creating this new charity, it was no laughing matter. It had taken the four central masonic charity Presidents and Chief Executives over four years to develop the concept, persuade current Trustees, Provincial Grand Masters and the Rulers of Freemasonry that it was a good idea and would work. Then, having done all that, design and implement a new legal and organisational structure to manage the new charity for the future. I am delighted to report that, one year on, the vast majority of the initial challenges we faced have been overcome. We have appointed a new management team, led by David Innes and Les Hutchinson, formerly CEOs of the RMBI and RMTGB respectively, after having gone through a full external recruitment process and then realising we already employed some of the best management in the sector. David and Les have led the integration of four different staff teams into a single one; all fully committed and dedicated to giving the best service possible to the Craft and their families, as well as looking at new ways and for new services we can add to support both the masonic community and the wider society who need our help.
The offices at Freemasons’ Hall have been completely redesigned to assist with the integration and create a new MCF culture. A new Grants IT system is now live, designed to make the service we provide to Almoners and beneficiaries much quicker and more efficient. The new Visiting Volunteers programme has been successfully tested in a number of pilot Provinces and will now be rolled out to all Provinces, including Yorkshire, West Riding, over the next twelve months. This programme is likely to revolutionise the way we support our masonic community with direct assistance for all current or potential beneficiaries and Lodge Almoners by these specially trained volunteers, who want to do more than just give money. Now that we are one single charity, the depth and generosity of Freemasons can be more easily demonstrated. MCF is now in the top 25 of UK charities by size, as well as being one of the largest annual donors. This is something we should all be proud of and is something on which the MCF Trustees intend to capitalise, especially in this the 300th anniversary year of Freemasonry. So, we are stepping up our efforts to increase the profile of MCF and masonic giving in general, by developing a highlevel strategy on non-masonic and community support and increasing the amounts we give to worthy causes, both at national and international level. The MCF Tercentenary Grants Programme, where we will give an additional 300 grants, totalling £3 million, to recipient charities in every Province, is an excellent start to our plan; as it also involves the general public in a vote to determine which charity gets what level of grant. We are already well engaged with a number of well-known national charities with a view to partnering them in some wonderfully imaginative and highly visible projects which will gain Freemasonry positive publicity and the deserved reputation as a caring and relevant organisation in today’s modern world. As a Yorkshireman and member of this Province, I am immensely proud to be taking a leading role in the development of your new charity which I know will grow to be a part of all our lives as Freemasons, and one which, through your generosity, we will all come to be very proud of.
RESUSCI ANNE JOINS ARMY CADETS
Members of Yeadon Detachment (C Company) of the Yorkshire, North and West Army Cadet Force are being assisted in learning resuscitation skills thanks to a donation by Brethren of Olicana Lodge No 1522, Ilkley. First Aid is part of the basic training for the cadets being a core subject within the Army Proficiency Certificate syllabus and the Lodge presented them with a training manikin which will be of great assistance in their learning of handsonly cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). W Bro Paul Smith is pictured, presenting the manikin to Sergeant Shaun Caygill, Detachment Commander.
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CANCER RESEARCH IN YORKSHIRE RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM MCF A grant of £47,500 has been awarded by the Masonic Charitable Foundation to Yorkshire Cancer Research, which will enable the University of Bradford’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) to carry out research into pioneering cancer therapies. The University’s Institute was able to purchase new cutting-edge equipment following the success of the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal, a local charitable initiative between the University, Yorkshire Cancer Research, The Sovereign Health Care Charitable Trust and the Telegraph and Argus. The grant will fund a research technician dedicated to operating the ICT’s new proteomics mass spectrometer. The technician will play a vital role in discovering new cancer treatments, using the machine to identify tiny amounts of proteins founds in cancer cells. Researchers can then determine whether these proteins can be used as biomarkers for the early detection of cancer, targets for new therapies, or indicators of a patient’s likely response to current treatment. The donation was celebrated during a visit by Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton. During his visit, he met with key figures involved in the project, including Richard Morgan, Director of the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics. Professor Morgan said, “This generous donation will boost the opportunities for the discovery and development of new cancer medicines at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics. The mass spectrometer is already helping our scientists to understand the roles that particular proteins play in the development and spread of cancer, and this additional funding will ensure our capability continues to grow. Their generosity has ensured that scientists at the University are now in an even better position to conduct world-leading research in the area of proteomics and use that new knowledge to help develop new anti-cancer medicines.”
REMEMBRANCE DAY PARADES Brethren throughout the Province took advantage of the Provincial Grand Master’s dispensation and wore their regalia at Remembrance Day services last year. The Provincial Grand Master and 11 Brethren, in their regalia, attended the Royal British Legion, Castleford for the parade and then attended Castleford Parish Church for the service. Roger D Newhouse APGM led a contingent of Brethren on the parade in Skipton. The Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association attended the service in Barnsley, with the Association President, W Bro Cliff East and his son, Bro Tony East, leading the ‘march past’. Members of the Spen Vale and District Masonic Lodges joined the procession held at Cleckheaton and laid wreaths on behalf of The Lodge of Friendship No 750, Aequitas Lodge No 9832, Zetland Lodge No 603 and Zetland Chapter No 603. This was the first time Brethren of these Lodges had worn their Masonic regalia outside the Lodge rooms and they were extremely proud to do so. Pictured are David I Carrington, David Newton, Kieran J Hall, John R Harrison and Barry F Lofthouse. All said they were proud to be there and would be doing the same next year given the opportunity.
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FIFTY YEARS A MASON A FIRST FOR THORESBY LODGE
Terence Michael Hanby became the first member of Thoresby Lodge No 4920, Pudsey, to achieve 50 years in Freemasonry, and Anthony W Llewellyn APGM was pleased to attend and present a jubilee certificate on this memorable occasion. Unfortunately, Terry passed away on 11 April; a sad loss to the Lodge and the Province. Terry was initiated into Thoresby Lodge on 3 November 1966, when the Lodge met at rooms in Great George Street, Leeds. He was actively involved in finding a new home at the Masonic Hall, Pudsey and is proud to have been involved in getting the Lodge established there. Serving all the offices in the Lodge, he attained the Chair in 1981. In 1990 he was appointed Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works and later promoted to PPJGW. In January 2000, he was further promoted to PPSGW. A Director of The Pudsey Masonic Hall Co. for many years and a Liaison Officer, for two Lodges, for 14 years, Terry is considered to have been a stalwart of Masonry in the area and the Province. Terry began his working life as an apprentice draughtsman, starting his own company in 1972. Married to Joan for 60 years, with three children, four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Terry is pictured with Anthony W Llewellyn APGM. 12
Shortly before his death early this year, Allan Deaton was overjoyed to receive a jubilee certificate from John F Clough, marking fifty years in Freemasonry. Allan was initiated into Byerley Lodge No 7853, Shildon in the Province of Durham on 7 December 1966. He served as Master of the Lodge in 1976. Allen was an engineer with the CEGB and work brought him to the Harrogate area, where he continued to be a very active Mason. He joined the Harrogate and District Lodge of Installed Masters in1979, becoming Master in 1991. Earlier that year, in March 1991, he became a Founding Member of Tectonic Lodge No 9407 and was its first Director of Ceremonies. In recognition of his pivotal role in the founding of the Lodge he was made an Honorary Member in November 2009. Honorary membership was also granted to him by Harrogate and Claro Lodge 1001 in February 2014 and by Lascelles Lodge 4796 in December 2014, in appreciation of his work and commitment to Masonry both locally and throughout the Province. His first appointment to Provincial rank was in the Province of Durham in 1985 as PPAGDC. In his adopted Province of Yorkshire West Riding, his first appointment came as PPDGSuptWks in 1993. He was appointed Provincial Grand Tyler in 1996 and served in that capacity for just over 10 years. He was promoted to PPJGW in 1998 and to PPSGW in 2000. Allan was exalted into the Spa Chapter No 7609 in 1978 and became a joining member of the Harrogate and Claro Chapter No 1001 in 2001. He was MEZ of the Spa Chapter in 1986. In 1993 he was appointed PPAGDC in Provincial Grand Chapter and became Provincial Grand Janitor in 1996, an office he held until 2005. He was promoted to PPGSN in 2000. Allan was also a very keen Mark Master Mason, serving as Master of
Knaresborough Castle Mark Lodge No 768 in 1988, achieving the rank of PAGSwdB and PProvGJW. He was a Past President of the Leeds and District Installed Masters Association in the Mark Degree. In 1989 he served as Commander of the Abbey Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 768 and attained RAMGR in 2009. Allan was a Founding Member of Claro Lodge of RAM No 525 and its second Commander in 1998. He was a member of The Carl Whitehead RAM Lodge No 110 and served as Commander in 2000. During the last few years, Allan suffered greatly from ill health. His wife Marion looked after him at home for as long a she was able but his condition necessitated that he be moved into a care home, given the level of care he required. His health meant frequent trips to Harrogate hospital and it was there that John F Clough, accompanied by other members of Tectonic Lodge, presented him with his 50-Year Certificate. Allan recovered sufficiently to allow him to return to the Care Home and a few days later moved to Milton Keynes to be nearer to Marion, who had moved there for family reasons. Sadly, on 30 January, Allan passed away. A big loss to his family and to Masonry. Allan is pictured, receiving his certificate from John F Clough.
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A DELIGHTFUL EVENING OF CELEBRATION
A fantastic evening was had by all present, when William (Bill) McAllister received a jubilee certificate from Roger D Newhouse APGM. The presentation, at St John’s Lodge No 827, Dewsbury, was undertaken in a relaxed, friendly, informal and humorous manner with Bill doing most of the talking. Born on 29 June 1929 in Newcastle, Bill became an apprentice electrical engineer and when qualified in 1950, moved to Sheffield. He immediately started his National Service, in the RAF. He met Margaret at the same time and they married in 1953. They had three sons and he now has 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. After National Service, he worked as a specialist cable jointer and in 1964, went to live and work in Hong Kong. Bill was initiated into Foochow Lodge No 1912 in Hong Kong on 16 September 1966. He returned to the UK in 1970 and settled in the Dewsbury area, becoming a Joining Member of St John’s Lodge No 827 in 1974. He became Master in 1986 and has remained active in the Lodge and supported it by taking on a number of roles over the years. Appointed PPAGDC in 1997, he was promoted to PPGSuptWks in 2002. Last year, Bill was made an Honorary Member of the Lodge, in recognition of the hard work and support he has given to the Lodge and was also awarded Honorary Membership of St John’s Lodge No 1736, Halifax, for the support he has given to that Lodge over many years. A Past First Principal of St John’s Chapter No 827, he holds the rank of PPGReg. He is also an active member of Mark Lodges in Dewsbury and Lightcliffe; Hipperholme Royal Ark Mariners and Salamanca Preceptory of Knights Templar in Halifax. Bill is a man who loves his Freemasonry. •Bill is pictured (right), receiving the certificate from Roger D Newhouse.
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PRESENT FOR ESSEX MAN AND MASON At the February meeting of the Lodge of Harmony No 275, Huddersfield, David Albert Pilgrim received an early birthday present from the RW Provincial Grand Master. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John B Gledhill, was in attendance to present David with a jubilee certificate, marking his fifty years in Masonry. Noting that David would celebrate his 82nd birthday later in the month and was wearing the badge of an Essex Provincial Officer, John surprised him by appointing him to the rank of PPDepGDC on behalf of RW Bro Pratt. Following education at Aylesbury Grammar School in Buckinghamshire, David served five years as a Radar fitter in the RAF and later worked at Rolls Royce on an Anglo-French project. David was initiated into Brooke Lodge No 2005, Loughton, Essex on 14 January 1967 and became Master in 1978. He took the Chair again in 1991, even though he had been living in ‘God’s Own County’ for a good few years. That
same year he was appointed PPGStB in the Provincial Grand Lodge of Essex. Having moved to Ripponden, he later moved to Sowerby Bridge where he now lives with wife Greta, and with whom he celebrated their golden wedding anniversary three years ago. He joined the Lodge of Harmony in March 2001, not long after it became the Daylight Lodge it is today, and served in a number of offices before becoming Master in 2008. The Holy Royal Arch has been an integral part of David’s Freemasonry, along with membership of other Orders and he was exalted into the Chapter of Regularly No 448, Halifax in 1979, twice serving in the First Principal’s Chair. Lightcliffe Chapter No 3332, Chapter of Good Intent No 307 and HeathertstoneSavile No 1302 have also benefited enormously from his involvement and support and in 2007 this was recognised at Great Queen Street when he was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer in Supreme Grand Chapter.
RONNIE RECEIVES RECOGNITION Ronald (Ronnie) Parker was initiated into Cambodunum Lodge No 3953, Lindley, on 23 February 1967, at the age of 44 years. Exactly fifty years later, he was pleased to receive a jubilee certificate from John B Gledhill APGM. Born in Dewsbury, he attended Wheelwright Grammar School before joining the office staff at a Huddersfield textile mill; he was later to become Manager at Wm Oddy’s mill, Lockwood until his retirement. During World War II he served as a Navigator in RAF Bomber Command and took part in low-flying trials over Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs, which were also used by the ‘Dam busters’. He rose to the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Having served in many of the offices of the Lodge, he was installed as Master in 1980, when there were some 50 visitors and the principal guest was Harry Dunhill APGM; like John B Gledhill APGM, a member of Thornhill Lodge No 1514 and the Mother Lodge of Cambodunum. Ronnie was appointed PPJGD in 1989 and later promoted to PPJGW. He joined the Lodge of Harmony No
275, Huddersfield. shortly after it became a Daylight Lodge and continued to serve Cambodunum in various offices, most recently as almoner. In acknowledging receipt of the jubilee certificate, Ronnie was keen to pass on words of advice to the younger Brethren; the importance of attending both practice and regular meetings in order to obtain the greatest benefit from Freemasonry. Ronnie is pictured receiving the jubilee certificate from John B Gledhill, with Nigel Goodall, Master.
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JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS AT THORNHILL LODGE Douglas Hind was overjoyed to be presented with a jubilee certificate to mark fifty years in the Craft, by a good friend and member of his own Lodge, John B Gledhill APGM. The presentation took place at a meeting of Thornhill Lodge No 1514, Lindley, fifty years to the day when Douglas was initiated into the Lodge. Born and raised in a mining village in Durham, his father was a member of a local Lodge but Douglas was introduced to the Craft after he had studied chemistry at Manchester University and having worked for ICI in the city, had moved to their works in Huddersfield. It was over lunch with three colleagues, who were all members of Thornhill Lodge, that he was introduced to Yorkshire masonry and he is now the Senior Past Master of the Lodge. Having been initiated on 9 February 1967, when there were 67 Brethren present, he served at the Stewards’ Board for seven years; the Lodge had over sixty members at that time. In 1974 he took his first office on the floor of the Lodge, as Inner Guard, and was present at the Centenary Meeting that year, when the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Fred Crosland attended. He served the various offices of the Lodge, including secretary and attained the Chair in 1983, another occasion when the Provincial Grand Master attended; this time RW Bro Norman H Fowler.
He was pleased to occupy the Chair as Master again some two years later, not in Thornhill Lodge but as part of ‘Lodge Night 1759’. In 1974, a group of Brethren from the Huddersfield area, first performed this demonstration of an Initiation ceremony as carried out in 1759. Douglas continued in his role, with great enthusiasm for many years. Douglas was appointed Provincial Steward in 1991 and following promotion to PPDepGReg, he was honoured to be promoted, on the floor of the Lodge, to PPSGW, by John Burnham APGM, in 1997. A former Liaison Officer to the Lodge of Peace No 149, Meltham and Lodge of Halez Fax No 4135, Halifax, he is now an Honorary Member of both. There were Brethren present from these and another of the Lodges to which he was Liaison Officer; Colne Valley Lodge No 1645, Slaithwaite. In anticipation of the closure of Thornhill Lodge, he joined the Lodge of Harmony No 275 in February this year. Douglas has been a Chapter Mason for 41 years, having been exalted in Perseverance Chapter No 275 and since the amalgamation in 2005, as a member of the Chapter of Perseverance and Prosperity No 290, Huddersfield. He holds Provincial Rank of PPGSN. Following a long career as an Industrial Chemist and after taking early retirement, Douglas spent three months in Bombay (now Mumbai), India and then a further seven weeks in Northern China. His son, Alan, was initiated into the Thornhill Lodge in 1999 and it was a very proud moment for Douglas when he was able to place him in the Master’s Chair last year. At the convivial festive board, which followed the meeting, 42 visitors enjoyed the company of Douglas and his Master, Brother and son, pictured with John B Gledhill APGM.
NONAGENARIAN CELEBRATES SIXTY YEARS IN MASONRY Brethren and guests at the April meeting of the Lodge of Probity No 61, Halifax celebrated the 60th Jubilee of a much loved and respected member of the Lodge. Samuel William Kilburn OBE, JP, now 93 years of age, received his certificate from RW Bro David S Pratt, ProvGM, on a special occasion made even more memorable by the skilful way he persuaded W Bro Kilburn to give an insight into Sam, the man and Sam, the Mason. Dave Webster of Thoresby Lodge No 4920, Pudsey, read the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of his Lodge, at which Sam was Initiated on 4 April 1957. Sam joined St Michael’s Lodge No 211, (London) in 1963 and was elected an Honorary Member of that Lodge some fifty years later. He was a Founder Member of Laetemur Lodge No 8583, Peacehaven (Sussex) in 1974 and a joining member of Sussex Masters’ Lodge No 3672, Brighton, in 1991. He joined the Lodge of Probity No 61 in 2002. First appointed to London Grand Rank in 1986, he was appointed as PPJGD in Sussex in 1993 and later promoted to PPGSuptWks. In our Province, he was appointed PPSGD in 2009 and promoted to PPGSwdB in 2014. A member of the Chapter of Sincerity No 61, he holds the rank of PPGSN in the Holy Royal Arch in Sussex.
JJ REWARDED WITH JUBILEE CERTIFICATE The Brethren of Richard Linnecar Lodge No 6413, Wakefield witnessed their very own ‘JJ’ receive a jubilee certificate to mark fifty years in Masonry in December. The occasion was honoured by Past Deputy PGM Jack Pigott, who made the presentation to W Bro John J Richardson, PPJGW and those present were enthralled and entertained. John was Initiated into the Lodge on 9 January 1967, aged 34 and became Master in 1975. Having served in every office of the Lodge a number of times, he was WM again 36 years later, in 2011. He was Exalted into Wakefield Chapter No 495 in October 1970 and was First Principal in 1978. He was a Founder member of Excalibur Lodge No 9214, Morley which was
Consecrated in 1987 and currently serves as Senior Warden. •W Bro Richardson is pictured with Jack Pigott and S J Stableford, Master of Richard Linnecar Lodge.
MARKING WELL FOR OVER 60 YEARS
Provincial Grand Master of Mark Master Masons, West Yorkshire, James Steggles, attended Lightcliffe Mark Lodge No 715 to present Robert (Bob) Andrew with certificates in recognition of his sixty years as a Mark Mason. There were three certificates in total, one from the Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland, one from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and one from the Mark Province of West Yorkshire. The Mark Degree is conferred as part of the Craft north of the border. The Provincial Grand Master informed the Brethren that Bob joined the Craft in 1955, when he was initiated into Lodge Union and Crown, in Barrhead near Glasgow and was Advanced into the Mark Degree in the same Lodge on 30
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October the following year. Moving south he joined Craft Lodges at Lightcliffe Lodge No 3332 in 1980 and later, St John’s Lodge No 1736, Halifax and Lodge of Harmony No 275, Huddersfield. Bob joined Lightcliffe Mark Lodge in 1984, taking the Chair in 1991 and was appointed Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 1996. He received Grand Rank in 2012. He was Elevated into Hipperholme Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1986 and holds Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. He was the Commander of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 110 in 2002 and holds the prestigious Provincial Grand Master’s Award. Bob joined the PGM on the floor of the Lodge and spoke about some of his early recollections in Freemasonry, his love for his work and family and events which had shaped his love for our Orders over the last 60 years. At an excellent Festive Board, Bob was presented with a ‘Pathe News’ DVD of events taking place in 1956, completing a truly remarkable evening for everyone present. •Bob is pictured (centre) with James Steggles and Brian M Batty.
At the festive board, following a meeting of the Three Graces Lodge No 408, Keighley earlier this year, members and visitors received an illustrated talk by Sue Gow, of ‘Follow Your Rainbow – Supporting Children in Crisis’. Sue explained how a grant for £400 from the Lodge, in 2016, had benefited refugee children in Turkey. Since 2013, Sue’s group has been providing toys, educational activities, food, drinks and essential first aid supplies to Syrian children in refugee camps in southern Europe. Many of these children have been out of education since fleeing their homes, and the focus of the Three Graces’ grant was to help some of them start school in Fethiye, Turkey. Turkish law demands that such children must be assessed before starting school and a major stumbling block in Fethiye was the cost of the 270km round trip to the nearest assessment centre in the town of Mugla. The grant paid for the coach travel, the exam costs and food for the journey, for 14 children and their parents. It also covered the cost of new school uniforms and shoes. Happily, all the children passed the entrance exam and started school the very next day. Sue is continuing her work in both Greece and Turkey, where conditions became even worse for children in the refugee camps during the unusually harsh winter. •Photo: (l to r) Enrico Vendettuoli, Master, Ms Sue Gow and Bro Chris Herd.
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OUR MEMBERSHIP MIGRATION OFFICER David Archer, of Howley Lodge No 5012, is the Province’s newly appointed Membership Migration Officer. Yorkshire, West Riding, in line with other Provinces nationwide, are keen to assist Brethren, either moving in or out of the Province, to find a new Lodge after their relocation, should they wish to do so. When David is aware that a Brother is relocating to another part of the country, he informs the MMO of the receiving Province who will then contact the Brother concerned to offer assistance in finding a new Lodge to attend. Similarly, W Bro Archer is contacted by MMO’s throughout the country when Brethren move into this Province. He then suggests to Secretaries of Lodges near to where the incoming brother is locating, that they may wish to invite him along to one of their Lodge Meetings to help the Brother find a Lodge best suited to his circumstances. David also contacts Brethren who have resigned from their Lodges, asking them to complete a short questionnaire
David Archer detailing reasons for leaving. Often resignations are health or age related but, where appropriate, Brethren can be offered support in finding a new Lodge, either in this Province or further afield. It would assist David if he is contacted directly by Brethren who are leaving the Province, or by Lodge Secretaries who are aware of an imminent move. He can be contacted on david@archerfamily. co.uk or via the Provincial Office.
YOUNG CRICKETERS BOWLED OVER The Junior section of Honley Cricket Club are able to hone their skills, thanks to a donation from the PGM’s Fund. Philip J Dunn, charity steward of the former Thornhill Lodge No 1514, Huddersfield, is pictured presenting the cheque for £1,000 to Club Chairman, Robert Moore, with W Bro David Mann and Club members looking on.
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GENEROUS FREEMASONS CONTINUE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE YORKSHIRE AIR AMBULANCE Brethren of Calcaria Lodge No 2677, Wetherby donated £450 in recognition of the service provided to one of their members. Carl Clayton, Master of the Lodge, had a serious accident last year when he became trapped between the wheel of an agricultural vehicle and a gate post. As well as a regular ambulance attending the scene, the Air Ambulance also attended and whilst, fortunately, not required, Carl has not forgotten the relief he felt when he saw it approaching. Attending the YAA base at Nostell Priory, Carl (pictured left) was given a tour before presenting the cheque to David Hebden.
Also, pictured presenting a cheque, is Malcolm S Knowles of Clifton Lodge No 7112, Brighouse, who served as WM for the third time, last year; a year that saw him celebrate fifty years in Freemasonry. He was presented with a jubilee certificate, to mark the occasion, by Maurice Bendig, PAPGM. Initiated in Clifton Lodge in December 1965, he first served as Master in 1976 and again in 1983. He was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 1986 and promoted to PPJGW in 1995. He was a Founder Member of Excalibur Lodge No 9214, Morley in 1987 and took the Chair of that Lodge in 1996. He is a member of Brighouse Chapter No 1301.
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HARROGATE PARISH CENTRE Brethren from Lodges in Harrogate visited Christ Church Parish Centre to see an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), recently installed thanks to a grant of £1,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The Parish Centre is attached to the church building in High Harrogate and is used for a wide range of activities for people of all ages. The defibrillator will be an essential life-saving step in the case of a cardiac arrest. Pictured with church user group, the ‘Monday Monkeys’, are the Rev Matthew Evans, PCC members, Paul Clarke APGM and local Freemasons.
SUPPORT FOR DAY CENTRE PATIENTS Stephen Hall, Master of De Grey and Ripon Lodge No 837, accompanied by David Elsy, charity steward, is pictured (left) presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Jill Quinn, CEO of Dementia Forward, a local charity supporting people with dementia and those who care for them. The donation, from the PGM’s Fund, will be used in support of a new day
centre, George Armitage House, Burton Leonard, Ripon, providing four special high backed arm chairs with footstools for the day patients. Jill said, “These will make the centre a lot more comfortable for the patients. We are extremely grateful to the Freemasons for their generosity and for this kind donation.”
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CASTLE HILL SCHOOL KIDS CAN ‘FEEL SOUNDS’
IN £58K SENSORY POD As reported in the spring 2016 edition, pupils at Castle Hill School in Huddersfield will be able to ‘feel’ sound in a £58,000 sensory pod thanks to a major donation from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The hi-tech, mobile, purpose-built pod, which provides an interactive learning environment, was bought with the assistance of a £40,000 grant from the PGM’s Fund. The remainder was raised by parents, staff, friends and other supporters, including headteacher’s son, Sam Taylor, who ran the arduous Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert. Castle Hill caters for the needs of 120 children and young adults, aged 3 to 19, with severe or profound learning difficulties. The pod is a bespoke piece of equipment that will allow them to
experience mood lighting, smells, temperature-controlled storytelling and to feel sound via vibrations. IT manager Greg Firth said the school was grateful for the money and for the pod it has bought. “We are lucky to have got the money, and to buy the pod,” he said. “There are not many of them around.” John B Gledhill APGM said, “Having seen at first hand the tremendous dedication of teachers and staff in support of pupils within this special and specialist school, this exciting new facility will further enhance the creative and learning environment at Castle Hill.” •W Bros John B Gledhill, David Firth and George G Foster are pictured at the Opening Ceremony and pupils of Castle Hill School are pictured enjoying the pod.
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An Army Cadet Force Band is looking good and sounding better, thanks to a grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Graham Batley, Master of Studley Lodge No 6364, Eastwood made a presentation of £1,000 from the Fund to the Minden Bugles and Drums of E Company (The Rifles), which meets in Wakefield. These youngsters entertained the Brethren and their Ladies at the Studley Lodge Christmas Party, around the time of the great flood of Calderdale. Some of the roads were partially flooded but the young cadets insisted that they made their way through the atrocious conditions. The grant was towards the purchase of much needed uniforms and instruments for the young musicians. •Pictured, at the cheque presentation, is W Bro Batley with Cadet Serjeant Bruce, Bugle Major and some of the young cadets.
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ONCE A STEWARD – ALWAYS A STEWARD It’s not very often that a father follows in his son’s footsteps, as it is usually the other way around. But VW Bro James Newman OBE has followed his son, W Bro Peter Newman, on two occasions in the last four years. Four years ago, Peter became Master of his Mother Lodge, the Old Malvernian Lodge No 4363 a month before his father become Master of his old School Lodge, the Old Wellingburian Lodge No 5570. In a further coincidence, the Old Malvernian Lodge just happens to be the Mother Lodge of the Old Wellingburian Lodge. Last year, father continued to follow son, for in March 2016, Peter was made a Metropolitan Grand Steward, the first step on the Metropolitan Grand Lodge ladder for many young Masons in London. A month later, VW Bro James became a Grand Steward, as Master of Castle Lodge of Harmony No 26,
one of 19 Lodges with the privilege of nominating a Grand Steward each year. Both have had very busy years supporting their Rulers and have been very proud to wear the distinctive red aprons at a number of meetings together. However, both are hoping this family tradition will not happen for a third time, as W Bro Peter, also a member of Castle Lodge of Harmony, is looking forward to the time in a few years, when he can follow in his father’s footsteps, as a Grand Steward. James was appointed an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours, for services to Business, economy and charity in Yorkshire. He said, “Naturally, I am absolutely delighted to be honoured in this way and particularly pleased with the ‘charity’ part as it reflects my work at the RMBI and will assist in my work for the MCF going forward.
•Pictured are father and son in their regalia, in the Grand Temple, in front of the Junior Grand Warden’s Chair, with son giving instructions to father as to how to be a good Steward!
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PROVINCIAL ANNUAL MEETIN A packed Royal Hall, Harrogate, witnessed yet another spectacular occasion at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on 2 May this year. RW Bro David S Pratt, Provincial Grand Master, opened the meeting and conducted the ordinary business, before the meeting was addressed by VW Bro Sir Paul Williams, Chairman of the RMBI Care Company Board. The Provincial Grand Officers were appointed and invested, Past Provincial Grand Officers were promoted and Past Provincial Grand Rank was conferred upon Brethren. Provincial Grand Lodge was then called off and the Provincial Grand Master presented grants totalling £109,200 to six Yorkshire charities. This year, the total being given to charities has been raised from £200,000 to £300,000 as UGLE celebrates its tercentenary and the Province celebrate our own bicentenary. Mencap in Kirklees, based at Lindley and which works with people with learning difficulties and their families and carers, received £26,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The money will purchase a 14-seater Box Bus to replace a 20-year-old vehicle. Delivering services such as leisure groups, keep fit, day services, residential homes and safe places for over 300 local residents, an application for funds came from Albert Edward Lodge No 1783, Huddersfield (supported by four other Lodges and the Chapter of Truth No 521). Receiving the award on behalf of Mencap were Samantha Jones and Helen Clay. Huddersfield-based Kirkwood Hospice is the recipient of a £25,200 grant to purchase six electric profiling beds which will help nursing staff in their work with patients who have severely reduced mobility. Their services include a 16-bed
in-patient unit; a support and therapy centre; a family care team and a team of community nursing specialists. Due to the nature of their conditions many of the patients suffering from reduced mobility, experience great difficulty in adjusting their positions when lying in bed. Physically turning patients can be hazardous for the Nursing staff and can be stressful and undignified for the patients. The Hospice identified the need for six beds with a lateral tilt, making it possible to turn patients with as little physical exertion as possible. Holme Valley Lodge No 652, Holmfirth, made the application and receiving the award on behalf of Kirkwood Hospice were Sarah Shaw and Wassim Hussain. The Welcome Centre, Huddersfield, a charity offering front-line support to families and individuals in crisis in Kirklees, has received a grant of £11,000 to upgrade IT and telephone equipment and buy a commercial dishwasher. The Centre provides practical, short-term support to help local people, offering basic essentials such as food, toiletries, household items and bedding as well as a listening ear and information about where to get further help; offering advice, guidance and advocacy to reduce dependence on their services. An application to enable the Centre to improve the robustness and reliability and ease the management burden of its existing IT infrastructure, through the purchase of up to date equipment, was sponsored by Beaumont Lodge No 2035, Kirkburton. Receiving the award on behalf of The Welcome Centre were Andrew Tomlinson and Ellie Pearson.
DEMAND, who design and manufacture bespoke equipment for the disabled in schools and for charities, have premises at Brockholes, Holmfirth and received £10,000, to buy a CNC Mill and a 3D printer, which will aid the production of equipment for not only schools, charities and Community Groups, but for individuals with disabilities. Such equipment is not available from mainstream manufacturers, the NHS or Social Services. Hundreds of items of equipment a year are made, that can, quite literally, transform the lives of
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people with a disability. The application was sponsored by the Lodge of Peace No 149, Meltham and receiving the award on behalf of DEMAND were Ben Armitage and Daniel Tyas. Harrogate District Hospital Byland Ward has been granted £25,000 to convert and fit out an existing room to become a Family Support Room; to provide comfort and dignity for patients approaching the end of life, allowing their loved ones the opportunity to stay with them 24/7, if they wish, providing them with washing and sleeping facilities so that they can be
there at the crucial moment when their loved one passes away. The facility can also be used to support patients with learning difficulties, enabling carers to be present long term to ensure they follow their familiar treatment routines. The application was made by Knaresborough Priory Lodge No 4171 and receiving the award on behalf of Byland Ward were Tammy Gotts, Adele Dungey and Tracy Campbell. Leeds-based Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre will now be purchasing a new sailing dinghy, two second hand dinghies, a road trailer and two electric showers with their grant of £12,000. Lodge of Amity No 4148, Baildon, made the application on behalf of the Centre, which provides water activities and sailing courses for over 500 young people each year from across our whole region. The visitors go away with a smile on their faces having taken part in a new experience, learning new skills and having made new friends. Receiving the award on behalf of Wharfedale Scout Sailing Centre were Emma and Robert Young Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt said, “It is with tremendous pleasure that we have been able to present these six wonderful charities and organisations with significant grants at our annual meeting. All recipients have been nominated by Lodges wanting to aid their local communities, with all funds being raised by members themselves. We hope that these grants allow the continuation and the enhancement of the great work being done and support provided by these organisations.” Provincial Grand Lodge was called
back on and RW Bro Pratt addressed the Brethren in his usual enthralling manner; unfortunately, there wasn’t the time for a song! Having dispensed with news of local interest at last year’s meeting, he stressed the benefits of the progressive communications strategy, so effective in this Province, acknowledging not only this magazine, but the web site, Facebook and Twitter. In talking of membership initiatives, he informed the meeting of recruitment and retention materials, being distributed by Grand Lodge later this year, to support all our Lodges. He did however urge caution in the selection of Candidates, stressing that we must ensure that we admit only the ‘right’ candidates, who will reflect honour on their proposer and seconder. As has become custom, RW Pratt was delighted to present the token of the indissoluble link between the Craft and the Royal Arch, to Stewart G Carley, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent. Before thanking the ‘Movers and Shakers’ within the Province, the ProvGM greeted the many Masters of Lodges and Master Masons in attendance, to warm applause. He finished with a thought to inspire us all in this year of special celebration; Freemasonry is a wonderful and good ‘way of life’, assisting us to play our part in the ‘great game that we call life’. He recalled how his late father, on the occasion of his Initiation, told him that the most important badge with which we are ever invested, is the plain white apron of an Entered Apprentice. Quoting poet Sir Henry Newbolt, he added, “And it’s not for the sake of a ribboned coat, or the selfish hope of a season’s fame, but his captain’s hand on his shoulder smote ‘Play up! play up! and play the game! “
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A REWARDING OPEN EVENING
Rokeby Lodge No 6301, held a successful Open Evening at Blackwall Masonic Hall, Halifax last year, arranged by the Master, Andy Brown, on his third occasion in the Chair. The knowledge and experience to arrange the evening came from his role as Provincial Gavel Night Co-ordinator, having assisted Lodges throughout the Province in the organisation of Open Evenings for over 12 years. During the Open Evening, an explanation of masonic charity was
given to the visitors by the Lodge charity representative, Graham Mallinson. Over the following months two of the three gentlemen, who attended on that occasion, became regular attenders at Lodge practice nights and have since become members. Bro David Sharp, a retired Police officer from Elland, was Initiated in September and Bro Andy Honour, a Projects Delivery Manager, was Initiated in October; both ceremonies were supported by a good number of visiting Brethren, including the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stuart C Grantham, who attended the October meeting. Andy Honour, a family man, along with working full time and enjoying his membership of Rokeby Lodge, is the Branch Chairman for Bradshaw and Illingworth Royal British Legion. He also holds the positions of Calderdale Group Vice Chairman and County Vice Chairman for South & West Yorkshire. November saw the Annual Gala Dinner at Rokeby Lodge where Lodge members, family and friends enjoyed a formal dinner with a raffle. The generosity of the attendees on that occasion was tremendous and, being held over the
YOUTH IS A WONDERFUL THING So said George Bernard Shaw; although he did go on to say, “What a crime to waste it on children.” In the previous edition of White Rose I reported on the Installation of W Bro Michael Ward as Master at the age of 33, and asked whether Masters were getting younger. Well, it certainly seems to be a trend. I had forgotten about W Bro Tobias A Reece who, as reported in this magazine at the time, was Installed into the Chair of Beacon Lodge No 4066 in November 2012, aged just 28 years. I am now aware of the Installation of W Bro Alexandru Carp (pictured) who, also aged 28 years, was Installed into the Chair of the Lodge of Hope No 302, Bradford in December last year. With the number of younger men being Initiated as part of the Universities Scheme, it may well be a trend that is likely to continue and, rather than their youth being wasted, may well achieve the aim of providing potential leaders and sources of inspiration.
Remembrance weekend, the proceeds were donated to the Royal British Legion. In presenting the cheque for £500, Andy Brown said that the information concerning charities, explained on a previous occasion, had now been enforced and that the new Brethren had witnessed first-hand the generosity and charitable arm of Freemasonry. The photograph shows Andy Brown, along with Andy Honour, holding a certificate of recognition received from the Royal British Legion recognising the donation.
THE POSITION OF THE VSL ON THE PEDESTAL Dr Andrew Henderson It has been my privilege to represent the Provincial Grand Master, at Installation meetings, for four years. I have noted, when closing the VSL, that Lodges vary in the position of the volume - some point towards the candidate and others toward the Master. So, is there a correct and incorrect orientation? An old book called ‘Masonic Problems and Queries’, passed to me some years ago and written by Herbert Inman, an expert on Emulation ritual, indicates that the VSL should be placed ‘so that the Master can read it to the Candidate’. This seems to make sense, rather than the volume being placed so that the candidate can read it to the Master! The VSL would have been placed at the lodge table, the vestiges of which remain as pedestals. Researching emulation ritual on the internet it does appear that: IPM opens VSL and arranges Square and compasses VSL is placed so that WM can read it. If your Lodge practices emulation ritual, the answer seems clear. I look forward to readers’ thoughts?
Peter L Doherty: Editor
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OLD BOYS REUNION The Installation of Andrew Attwater into the Chair of the Lodge of Probity No 61, Halifax, for the second time, was made even more special, due to the presence, amongst the 47 visitors, of a number of former pupils and a former teacher from the Royal Masonic School for Boys. Andrew lost his father, in a road collision, when he was only seven and he and his older brother were educated at the school. Those in attendance were teacher: Alan Egerton Parker PAGDC, of the Lodge of Peace and Harmony No.60, (London) along with pupils: Andrew Peter Fall Foster PJGD, St Cuthbert Lodge No 3417, Darlington (Durham), Neil Johnson PPDepGDC, Lodge of Hope No 302, Keith Eric Harmer, Old Masonians No 2700 (London), Fraser Turner, Lodge of Probity No.61 and Simon Turner, Unattached. All were contemporaries of Andrew at the school, which closed in 1976, and they keep in touch through school reunions, Masonic events and a Facebook Group with over 200 members, many of whom are Freemasons themselves. When asked why they joined the Craft, the usual response is, “To give something back to the Masonic Charity that gave us such a brilliant start in life.” Andrew is pictured (left) with Julian Hartley, Installing Master
EXPLORER SCOUTS HEAT AND EAT, THANKS TO DE WARREN LODGE MEMBERS
The concerns of the Cambodunum Explorer Scout group, about their old Meths and Paraffin camping stoves, were allayed when members of De Warren Lodge No 1302, Halifax raised funds to purchase four sets of the ultra-modern, Brukit Wolf all-in-one stove system. The lightweight stoves will be used, by the Outlane based scouts, on their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme expeditions. •Picture shows (centre) David Whitteron, Master of De Warren Lodge, at the presentation.
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CHARITY PRESENTATION NIGHT AT TAPTON HALL At a recent regular Lodge meeting at Tapton Hall, Sheffield, Brethren of the Hallamshire Lodge No 2268 played host to guests and friends to celebrate the charities which the Lodge, and Provincial donations, are supporting this year. Over £5,000 was distributed to charities ranging from End of Life Care to Fishing. It was a wonderful evening for both Brethren and guests Ian Wright, Administrator of the PGM’s Fund, took great delight in presenting the cheques and gave an overview of the work that the fund does and how it decides where money goes. Each of the charity representatives then gave a short presentation on their particular charity’s operation and what the money would go towards. ARC – Antenatal Results and Choices – Richard Campos of Welcome Lodge No 3779, spoke on behalf of the charity, which provides advice and support for families who are dealing with unborn babies with diagnosed problems or disabilities. The money will be able to provide literature to support their work for both the families and hospital staff. Masonic Fishing Charity – Colin Middleton gave a short explanation of the work that the charity does and the sort of day fishing experiences they provide for disabled young people. It was clear from the passion expressed that those who help out get as much from these days as the young people they support. The Ethel Trust – Tim Miskell from the Trust described Ethel, which is a canal narrow Boat, on which the charity provides day and weekend residential experiences for young people with disabilities both mental and physical. The money will enable the trust to give the boat a complete repaint and make it an even better experience for the participants. Purple Butterfly – Provides specialist on-ward facilities for end of life care. Where previously, these patients would remain on wards, with all the movement and lack of privacy that
implies, Purple Butterfly have equipped a number of rooms at Rotherham General Hospital as complete, en-suite rooms where patients and loved ones can spend those vital last days together in comfort, dignity and privacy. Tracey Williams, from the charity said that the money donated would be able to provide all the furniture required for the new room being fitted out at Rotherham. Changing Faces - A donation, of £2,000, was made to the charity, ‘Changing Faces’ to help support and represent people with disfigurements and visible differences across Yorkshire and the Humber. Receiving the cheque from charity steward, Ernie Booth, Regional manager, Cat Ross (pictured) said, “We were delighted to receive your very generous donation. Our work would not be possible without the generosity of people like you.”
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A TIME FOR MIXED EMOTIONS CHICAGO BLUES BROTHERS AS THORNHILL LODGE CLOSES
The regular meeting on 9 March 2017, the last to be held by Thornhill Lodge No 1514, Lindley, was attended by Brethren from near and far, to witness the sad occasion of the Master, W Bro Alan G Hind, surrendering the Warrant of the Lodge to the RW Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, who accepted it on behalf of the MW The Grand Master. After the Lodge was opened and domestic business was dealt with, the PGM was admitted, accompanied by a Provincial Deputation, and assumed the Chair. W Bro John B Gledhill APGM, and a member of the Thornhill Lodge, delivered a brief history of the Lodge, which was Consecrated on 11 December 1874, being the daughter Lodge of Huddersfield No 290. The warrant was granted by the MW The Right Honourable the Marquis of Ripon and is believed to have been one of the last he signed; he resigned before the Consecration took place. The 50th Jubilee celebration in 1924 was attended by RW Bro Sir William Pick
Raynor PGM, at a time when the Lodge had 99 members. Fifty years later, at the Centenary celebration, there were 52 Brethren of the Lodge present and seventy visitors, led by RW Bro Fred Crosland PGM. More recent history included reference to the late W Bro Neville C Giles who, after first taking the Master’s Chair in 1986, went on to be Master on a further five occasions. Having surrendered the Warrant, W Bro Hind handed the Master’s Collar to the Provincial Grand Master; a collar which incorporates a silver chain of office, presented in 1927. Following the Invocation, given by RW Bro Pratt, the Brethren joined in celebration with a joyous rendition of the hymn ‘Now thank we all our God’ and the National Anthem, before retiring to an excellent Festive Banquet, befitting the occasion. Brethren of the Lodge and the 80 visitors present reflected upon the Lodge’s considerable reputation over the past 143 years, for its high standard of ritual and its impressive charitable giving.
The latest charity concert held by St. John’s Lodge No 827 at Dewsbury Town Hall featured The Chicago Blues Brother Jail Break Tour 2016. They played to an enthusiastic audience, with pork pie hats and dark glasses in abundance. The concert, organised by social secretary John Hudson and charity steward Keith Shaw, raised a magnificent £3,300 to be shared amongst local charities. Those benefiting from the event were Earlsheaton Majorettes, to purchase new uniforms and pay competition fees; the Dewsbury Electronic Village, to cover general running costs and Phab North Kirklees, again to cover general running costs. A donation of £500 was also made towards the 2017 RMBI Festival, being presented to the Provincial Representative at the St John’s Lodge Installation in January, along with an additional £500 from the Lodge. •Pictured at the cheque presentation are (l to r): W Bro Alan Winder; Ken Kitson, Vice-Chair of Electronic Village; Paul Ellis of Phab North Kirklees; W Bro David Town, Master and W Bro Keith Shaw, charity steward.
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‘NEW MEMBERS SHOULD SERVE ON COMMITTEES’
Former White Rose editor John B Gledhill turns the pages from past issues The appetite for nostalgia seemingly never wanes - some of it by definition can be thought-provoking and other items will evoke memories for our senior Brethren and hopefully stimulate interest among our newer members. So, off we go again with a totally random selection . . . Twenty-five years ago, the fifth edition of the magazine reported from the annual meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, when then PGM David J Welsh spoke of encouraging newer members to be elected to Lodge committees. He said it was “quite wrong” to restrict such members to acting as stewards only. “There is no such thing as a Past Masters’ Committee and while such senior Brethren were at liberty to meet, their deliberations had no authority over the Lodge.” The same edition mentioned the Installation as Assistant Provincial Grand Master of W Bro Raymond Howarth at Huddersfield Lodge No 290 which met at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield. The ceremony, conducted by PGM RW Bro Welsh, was described as ‘simple but dignified’. Staying with the old ‘blue book’, but this time in 1996, there was an article by Bro C L Johnson headed ‘The impact of the Internet on Freemasonry’ in which he stated that “the internet may ultimately prove to be the biggest step forward in social communication since the printing press.” However, Bro Johnson conceded that on the Internet “there is little or no editorial control over the content of messages.” Interestingly, 17 years ago, he concluded: “In what way the Internet will affect Freemasonry remains to be seen . . . . “Brother Secretary, can I have my summons by electronic mail please?”!! W Bro Johnson of course now oversees the Province’s closed Facebook Group and his electronic communication expertise is well recognised at Great Queen Street in London.
The 26th edition, of Autumn 2002, recorded a delightful family affair when W Bro Michael Sheard Schofield celebrated the 40th anniversary of his Initiation into the Lodge of Benevolence No 5612. His son, Bro Stephen Timothy Schofield, presented a montage of the summonses to the meetings at which Michael’s father, Arthur Leslie Schofield was Initiated in 1957, M S Schofield in 1961, his brother Christopher Schofield in 1980 and Stephen’s in 1999. Then in spring of 2005, we read the views of Provincial Grand Master J Trevor Broadley on recruitment and meeting places. “We must face the reality of a declining membership, a phenomenon not restricted to Freemasonry but one also being experienced by such as our friends in Rotary and Round Table.” “Experience has demonstrated the need to ensure that potential candidates are interviewed properly, in addition to considering the testimonials provided by proposers.” RW Bro Broadley continued: “It is vital we get our priorities right; we must be aware of the dangers of pricing ourselves out of the market and in this respect, I have a strongly held belief that we have too many Lodges and too many Lodge rooms. This does nothing to make Freemasonry cost effective.” Fast forward to 2008 and we were told of W Bro Bill McGolpin being Proclaimed as Master of the Province’s newest Lodge, Aequitas No 9832 in a ceremony at the Masonic Hall in Cleckheaton. Around 75 Brethren and visitors heard firstname.lastname@example.org
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, I have been a Freemason for forty years and I have always felt uneasy with the second part of a Tyler’s duty; to ward off all Cowans. Firstly, the word itself is unpleasant; too much like coward or cower. Assuming that it means ‘one who builds dry stone walls’, then I very much disapprove of its use in this context. At one stage in my life I dabbled in the art of dry-stone walling but, due to circumstances, I never completed my apprenticeship; but I had already found that the task was very taxing and required great skill. Everyone living in Saddleworth knows that a well-built dry-stone wall, with good foundations, is a thing of beauty and will last for ‘almost ever’. That we should not want to admit such a person into the Craft is very much beyond my perception. Perhaps just to say, “To ward off all intruders to Masonry,” would suffice. Any comments?
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Editor’s comment It is believed this is a purely Masonic term and signifies, in its technical meaning, an intruder, although another interpretation is an eavesdropper; someone who spies on a Lodge or pretends to be a Mason.
The origin of the word in our ritual is unknown, but it may be early Scottish, when it was used of a man who practiced Masonry, usually of the roughest character, as in the building of walls, who had not been regularly trained and initiated. If a man has learned the work by some illegal method, he is a cowan. It is not found in any of the old manuscripts of the English Freemasons anterior to the eighteenth century. It occurs in the Schaw Manuscript, a Scottish record which bears the date of 1598, in the following passage, “That no Master or Fellow of Craft receive any cowans to work in his society or company, nor send none of his servants to work with cowans.” In the second edition of Anderson’s Constitutions, published in 1738 (page 146), we find the word in use among the English Freemasons, thus, ‘’But Free and Accepted Masons shall not allow cowans to work with them; nor shall they be employed by cowans without an urgent necessity; and even in that case they must not reach cowans, but must have a separate communication.” Having seen for myself, the craftmanship employed in the building of dry stone walls, it cannot be denied they are a thing of beauty but, it appears the operative Masons of old, were not so impressed.
Dear Editor, The Mark and Royal Ark Mariners I enjoy reading the White Rose News, which is regularly sent to me by a Brother in Spen Vale Lodge. Having just received the Autumn edition, I am sorry to see no reports from the Mark or Royal Ark Mariner degrees. I realise that these degrees are not as strong in West Yorkshire as in other Provinces but the Mark degree is the fourth regular step in Freemasonry after all. Derek Gregory, St George’s No 7953 (Looe, Cornwall)
Editor’s comment I am pleased to hear that you enjoy reading the magazine. As a member of both the Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Orders in Freemasonry myself, and with over 1,400 Mark Master Masons within the Province, I do not accept they are not strongly represented within West Yorkshire. Whilst there may not have been reports in the autumn edition of the White Rose, you will find articles in this edition and in many earlier editions. If you have access to the web site of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, you will be aware that Duncan Smith, the communications manager, regularly updates the site with news from the Province.
A North Yorkshire charity’s call, to help continue the upgrade of its facilities, has been answered by a donation from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Harrogate Hospital Radio approached members of Harrogate and Claro Lodge No 1001, for help in meeting the cost of new shelving units to house its extensive CD collection. An application to the PGM’s Fund proved successful and during a visit to the radio station, located within Harrogate District Hospital, Brethren presented a cheque for £500 to pay for the furniture and its installation. The charity’s fund-raising officer, Ellie Jackson, said, “Once again, we are incredibly grateful to the Freemasons for their continued support of Harrogate Hospital Radio. This latest donation, to replace the old shelving with new, purpose-made floor to ceiling units, will take us another step closer to the total modernisation of our studios. Thanks to Freemasons and the generosity of other organisations and individuals, we have a fantastic facility that can match that of any commercial radio station in the Yorkshire region.” John Birkenshaw, charity steward, said, “This was my first visit to the hospital radio studios and I was incredibly impressed by what I saw. This is a superb facility and I’m delighted that our application for a grant from the PGM’s fund was successful.” Photo: John Birkenshaw (l) and Mike Baxter from Harrogate and Claro Lodge, present Ellie Jackson with a £500 cheque. 27
TEDDIES FOR DONATION ‘IN TUNE’ WITH SCHOOL MUSIC DEPARTMENT’S NEEDS LOVING CARE Further presentations of certificates and cheques to mark the 100,00 teddies distributed under the Teddies For Loving Care Scheme have been made in Barnsley and Huddersfield.
Pictured making the presentation to Barnsley District General Hospital, Children’s Ward are Bretton Priory Lodge Members: Herbert Dunk, Robert Slater and David Cunningham.
Brethren of Forest of Knaresborough Masonic Lodge No 7452 have shown they are ‘in tune’ with the needs of the community by presenting King James’ School with £1,000 to buy new musical instruments. Members learned of the need for new instruments when the school choir led a Christmas carol concert after the Lodge’s December meeting. So impressed were the Lodge members with the young singers, that they asked music teacher, Rachel Derbyshire, if there was anything they could do to help support the school’s music department. In response to a plea for help buying new musical instruments, the Lodge applied for a grant of £1,000 from the PGM’s Fund. Steve Arthington, Master of Forest of Knaresborough Lodge, said, “Freemasonry is at the heart of many local communities and Knaresborough is a classic example of this. We are delighted to be able to support King James’s School in the purchase of new musical instruments which will benefit many pupils over the coming years. Rachel and the students gave up their own time late one December evening and professionally entertained us with traditional and contemporary musical pieces, demonstrating skill and a lot of hard work. They performed with confidence and ability and the good news is that have agreed to come back again.” •Pictured (l to r) are Steve Arthington, Master, Marie Quemerais, student, Philip Angel, Forest of Knaresborough Lodge, Rachel Derbyshire, music teacher and Carl Sugden, King James’s Head Teacher.
The presentation to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary was made by Mick Day and John B Gledhill APGM, pictured left.
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LESSONS AT KIRKBURTON SCHOOL GET MORE EXCITING Lessons at a Kirklees school have become more exciting, thanks to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The Beaumont Lodge No 2035, which meets in Kirkburton, successfully applied to the PGM’s Fund for a grant of £1,300 to help with the purchase of hitech teaching equipment for Kirkburton First School. The school, which is more than 300 years old and has 139 pupils aged between four and ten, has recently been extended thanks to a successful £30,000 fund-raising drive and this additional money has been used to buy an electronic white board. Malcolm Hellawell, Master of Beaumont Lodge said, “This is a much-loved school at the very heart of the community and we are delighted that our application for funding was successful.” Kirkburton First School head teacher, Trisha Brooke said, “I would like to say a big thank you to the members of the Beaumont Lodge for nominating us for this grant. We are very lucky to have this wonderful new extension, and the money from the Freemasons will be used to help us buy computer equipment which will greatly assist our teachers and pupils in their lessons.” Pic: Head teacher Trisha Brooke and members of the school council with Malcolm Hellawell and Alan Pridmore.
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At the Installation meeting of Pentalpha Chapter No 974, held at Hoyle Court, Baildon in March, 92-year-old senior Past First Principal, Harold Hawkyard PPGSN, was scheduled to give the Address to the Three Principals. Unfortunately, he found himself hospitalised, following a mishap at home a few days earlier, and was unable to attend the meeting. This did not stop Harold taking part in the ceremony. The Chapter almoner, E Comp Andrew Henderson, was able to record him delivering the Address from his hospital bed and this was played, on a large iPad, to the newly Installed Principals at the appropriate point in the proceedings; much to the delight and acclamation of all present. As usual, E Comp Hawkyard was word-perfect! •Photo: (l to r) Andrew Henderson, David Parker, John Follows (H), Alan Robinson, Philip Baxendale (MEZ), David Key, Steve Williams (J), Edward Sissling and on the iPad, Harold Hawkyard.
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Three Huddersfield area hospices have received thousands of pounds from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Kirkwood Hospice, at Dalton, the Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice at Bracken Hall, and Overgate Hospice at Elland, met together at Forget Me Not to receive grants totalling over £7,600. Area 2 Charity Chairman, Alan Elstone, and John Gledhill, APGM were pleased to present cheques on behalf of the national charity. Kirkwood received £3,290, Overgate £2,218 and Forget Me Not £2,143, calculated on the number of beds and community services each hospice provides. The three hospices must raise a combined total of over £12m annually to maintain services and support for families. Yorkshire’s 15 hospices have received over £45,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation as part of over £600,000 donated throughout England and Wales. Since 1984, the charity has donated over £11m to hospices nationwide. That is in addition to monies given to local communities through West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd. •Photo: Alan Elstone (left) and John Gledhill APGM (right) present cheques to Wasim Hussain of Kirkwood Hospice, Harriet Eames of Overgate Hospice and Debs Davies of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.
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MASONIC CHURCH SERVICE HELD IN SHEFFIELD Sheffield Freemasons attended an annual church service in March, as they have done for many years, under the aegis of the Sheffield Past Masters’ Association. President Clifford Watson, welcomed Masons and their families from the wider Sheffield area, including Derbyshire Masons from Dore, Dronfield and Chesterfield. The Service was held at the Church of St Peter and St Oswald, Millhouses on a beautiful Spring afternoon when a goodly body of Freemasons from both Tapton & Dore Masonic Halls gathered to give thanks for Freemasonry over the past 300 years. They were welcomed by the Vicar, The Rev. Anesia Cook, who in a prayer of dedication, referred to the celebration by
the Craft of 300 years of history since the foundation of Grand Lodge in 1717. The Service was introduced by W Bro Terry Hayes, who also led the prayers. The Lessons were read by John Boyington, APGM and Ian Copestake, APGM (Derbyshire). The Address was given by VW Bro the Rev. Canon Michael Wilson, Grand Chaplain and the Blessing was given by Rev. Anesia Cook. The Choir – almost thirty strong and under the baton of Dr. John Wade – sang Handel Parker’s ‘Sweet is the work, my God, my King’ as the Introit, the Anthem ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’ before the Address and Andrew Clark’s ‘Amen’. Former Bradford Cathedral organist Alan Horsey was at the organ.
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Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Stuart C Grantham, was pleased to visit Victoria Lodge No 2669 at the Midland Hotel, Bradford to present them with a 2017 RMBI Festival Grand Patron certificate. He was additionally pleased when he received a cheque for a further £2,669 towards the Festival. Following the meeting, members of the Bradford Disability Football Club were admitted to the temple to receive a cheque for £365, the proceeds of a raffle at a festive board. Bradford Disability Football Club (BDFC) provide access to football for anyone of any age, male and female, with any disability, whether it be learning or physical. Formed in 2002 the club originally consisted of just 8 players; now there are over 100 registered players at the club. Linked to Bradford City FC Community Foundation, the Chairman, Ian Ormondroyd, is a former Bradford City Player who began his professional career at Valley Parade. The club has links with Friends of Bradford City, Bradford City Supporters Board, Bradford City Supporters Trust, One in A Million and several other Supporters Groups. The club has a wealth of provision available to its members and their families, from training to short breaks; there is something to ensure all needs are catered for within all age groups and disabilities. •Pictured (l to r) are Terry Fairclough, Master; John Watson charity steward; Matthew Hemingway, Nick Kitchen, Lim Midgley and Stephen Haigh of BDFC; Stuart C Grantham and Paul Jubb, BDFC Coach
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CHARITY CONCERTS HIT NEW HIGHS
John Whitworth held two sell-out concerts in April in aid of the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival. In total they raised the superb sum of £1,650, which now brings John’s charitable efforts to £14,200 in respect of Mark
Charities and over £130, 000 in the 25 years he has been performing for charitable purposes; what a star! Provincial Grand Master in the Mark Degree, James Steggles, was present at the first concert and, upon receiving the cheque, thanked John warmly for all the work he has done over the years for many charities. At the same time he told Brethren that there will be a ‘Variety Show’ at Bradford Grammar School on 14 April 2018. This will be hosted by Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies and will include the Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir, Clifton and Lightcliffe Brass Band and the acclaimed violinist, Victoria Yallop. The full list of those performing will be published in due course but put a note in your diaries as, those of you who attended the Craft Variety Show will know, it will be a sell-out.
GRANT HELPS BARNSLEY SCOUTS ‘BE PREPARED’
Scouts from the 18th Barnsley Group, Hoyland are looking forward to the use of new camping equipment on their expeditions and qualification for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. The equipment will be purchased with a grant of £1,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, secured by their Assistant Scout Leader, Tony Bagworth, a Past Master of Rockley Abbey Lodge No 7644, Barnsley. Tony is pictured (right), presenting the cheque to Scout Leader, Jamie BoothDobson.
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WHAT DO THE OFFICERS OF THE PROVINCE DO FOR YOU? J Stuart Cadman and Alan Elstone, having just completed a year as Provincial Grand Wardens, were asked to explain their role. This is what they had to say. The appointments of Provincial Senior and Junior Warden are conferred annually on those Brethren who are considered to have given exceptional service to their Lodge and the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding over a prolonged period. And it’s true what they say Brethren - these senior positions are awarded not only for what a Brother has done or achieved, but for what he can continue to do to support the Provincial Grand Master and Rulers in ensuring the smooth running and continued improvement of this great Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. From a personal point of view, to be considered for such high office is an honour, and to be selected a privilege; it is one of the most enjoyable and memorable years in one’s Masonic career and one which passes far too quickly. The unsung heroes of the year are, without doubt, wives or partners whose help and support is essential. Unlike the Provincial Rulers and key Provincial Offices: Secretary, Director of Ceremonies, Almoner, Charity Steward, etc. who have a specific function, the Provincial Wardens do not have a job description.
The role of the Senior and Junior Wardens is: •
to continue to support the Province in any way the RW Provincial Grand Master may direct.
to represent the RW Provincial Grand Master at a minimum of six Lodge Installations throughout the Province during the year.
to attend and support the RW Provincial Grand Master on all official visits throughout the province generally five visits annually, one in each area.
to carry out the ceremonial duties of the Office, if we are fortunate enough to have a Lodge Consecration.
to maintain active support of one’s own Lodge.
The Acting Officers’ official visits were introduced by RW Bro Trevor Broadley in the late 1990s and have been continued by successive Provincial Grand Masters. Whilst the supportive visits and ceremonial duties of the Provincial Wardens are for the year they are in office, representing the PGM at Installations can continue for a further four years.
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PROVINCIAL ACTING OFFICERS 2017
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Senior Grand Warden Junior Grand Warden Grand Chaplain Grand Treasurer Grand Registrar Grand Secretary Grand Director of Ceremonies Grand Sword Bearer Grand Superintendent of Works Deputy Grand Chaplain Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Grand Almoner Grand Charity Steward Grand Orator Grand Mentor Senior Grand Deacon Senior Grand Deacon Senior Grand Deacon Senior Grand Deacon Junior Grand Deacon Junior Grand Deacon Junior Grand Deacon Junior Grand Deacon Assistant Grand Registrar Assistant Grand Secretary Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Assistant Grand Sword Bearer Assistant Grand Superintendent of Works Grand Organist Grand Standard Bearer Grand Standard Bearer Assistant Grand Standard Bearer Assistant Grand Standard Bearer Grand Pursuivant Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Steward Grand Tyler
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David Whitteron, Master of De Warren Lodge No 1302, Halifax is pictured (right) presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Jonathan Cole, Deputy Leader of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team at Mytholmroyd. Members, as well as potential members of the Lodge, attended the presentation at the team’s base and were given a talk on the work of the team, together with a look round the vehicles and equipment. David was an active member of the team himself and Police Liaison Officer, during the 1990s, and was very pleased with the fundraising efforts of the Brethren Lodge, which enabled him to make the donation on their behalf. The Search and Rescue Team were very active during the most recent flooding in the Calder Valley and Bro Satnam Singh, a Lodge member and postmaster in Hebden Bridge, was one of many business people to benefit from their hard work. In order to operate effectively, the team require charitable donations of some £40,000 per year.
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GRAND APPOINTMENT GRAND APPOINTMENTS
Dr Barry Ian Hoffbrand, of Bradfordians Lodge No 9886, is the latest member of the Province to be appointed as Junior Grand Deacon. Barry was Initiated in University of London Lodge No 2033 in January 1979 and was a Founder Member of Bradfordians Lodge. He served as a Grand Steward in 2015. Congratulations to Barry and all the other Brethren named below.
APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCE IN GRAND LODGE ON 26 APRIL 2017 FIRST APPOINTMENTS Dr Barry Ian HOFFBRAND – Bradfordians No 9886 Martin William VESELY – Integrity No 380 David Eric FIRMIN – Three Grand Principles No 208 Ian WRIGHT – West Riding Fairways No 9664 Gerald Anthony Granville BARKER – Adel No 6250
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PROMOTIONS Stuart Charles GRANTHAM – Don Valley No 3890 Brian John PRIESTLEY – Moorland No 6591 Alan Richard FARRAR – Nelson of the Nile N0 264
REAPPOINTMENTS Sir David Hugh WOOTTON – Bradfordians No 9886 James Henry NEWMAN OBE - Hadassah No 4871
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APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS FOR MEMBERS OF THE PROVINCE IN SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER ON 27 APRIL 2017 APPOINTMENTS John ALLISON – Harrogate and Claro Chapter No 1001 Dr Philip John DRURY – Hillsborough Chapter No 5444 Paul DUCKWORTH – Chapter of Faith No 1034 Stephen Leslie SMITH – Legiolium Chapter No 1542 Francis Alfred TESTO – Chapter of Faith No 1043
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PROMOTIONS James Henry NEWMAN OBE– Welcome Chapter No 3779
At the Grand Festival Banquet, in the Connaught Rooms, held after the Craft Investiture, VW Bro Newman had the honour and privilege of proposing the informal toast to the MW Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, which he did eloquently and in some style. HRH The Duke of Kent, celebrating his 50th jubilee as Grand Master, similarly responded to his toast.
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CHANGING TIMES Scientists inform us that evolution is a continuing process, with change taking place very slowly over thousands of years. The earth has seen climate change with warming and cooling on a number of occasions, but we are told that at the present time we are in a warming period, which is speeded up by gases being pumped into the atmosphere from the use of fossil fuels by humankind. If left unchecked, this will result in erratic weather conditions and rising sea levels due to the ice caps melting. If this charge is true, then we should be concerned at what is the legacy we are leaving behind for future generations. The subject of ‘Change’ brings to my mind the singer/songwriter Bob Dylan, who recently received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He wrote the song ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ released in 1964, which proved to be quite prophetic, because the changes that have taken place since that time have been considerable. Men have walked on the moon, decimal currency introduced, Concord the supersonic aircraft has been and gone, two women have become Prime Minister, we entered into the Common Market and have now voted to come out of it. Remarkable advances have been made in science and technology during the last 53 years that have brought so many changes to our daily lives. Perhaps the biggest change is the rise of the computer age and the spread of the worldwide internet, This year we are celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England and 200 years of Freemasonry in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. Thinking of the changes that have taken place over
those years, life has changed beyond anything that could have been imagined in those early days. From travelling in the horse drawn carriage to orbiting in the International Space Station People in general seem to have an inbuilt resistance to change. We all have a comfort zone and anything which causes us to leave that zone is often looked on with apprehension or suspicion. Changes in our personal circumstances, which we sometimes determine ourselves, such as moving house or job, is difficult enough. We often say familiarity breeds contempt, but familiarity also brings a sense of security. Yet most of the changes we find around us are not of our own making, they are showered upon us. Perhaps the most disturbing thing for many people is not just change itself, but the rate of change, as it seems to be accelerating at an alarming rate. As Freemasons we are reminded that the Volume of the Sacred Law is that great light which will guide us in all truth, direct our steps in the path of wisdom and is the rule and guide to our faith and conduct. In it we find assurance and comfort that The Great Architect is in control. For example, in Psalm 90 v4 “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”. Or in the book of Malachi chapter 3 verse 6 we find the words, “for I am the Lord, I do not change.” Let us have faith in the
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Harrogate Freemasons visited Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa and presented a cheque for £3,929, from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. Sarah Smith, in thanking Doug Mills, Area 3 Charity Assistant, acknowledged that a further grant of £2,000 had been received from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to purchase nine ‘Smart TVs’.
Peter Holt. PJGD Provincial Grand Chaplain
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ALEC H OLDHAM PPJGW Much loved and respected Huddersfield Freemason, Alec H Oldham PPJGW has died aged 86. “Alec was a true Masonic friend to many,” writes former White Rose editor John Gledhill, “someone with an engaging generosity of spirit and infectious humour.” Initiated into Constancy Lodge No 6359, Huddersfield in September 1964, Master in 1992, Alec subsequently joined the Lodge of Harmony No 275 in 2000 and Thornhill Lodge No 1514 in 2006. He earned a justifiable reputation as an outstanding and impeccable ritualist. W Bro Oldham received a jubilee certificate, to mark his 50 years in Freemasonry and this was followed by a similar presentation at Dartmouth Mark Lodge No 545, Slaithwaite, to commemorate 50 years’ membership there. Alec was awarded the Mark Provincial Grand Master’s Award in 2012, for outstanding service to the Order and subsequently, the then Deputy PGM, John Rushworth presented him with a certificate of service to Craft Freemasonry at a meeting of Thornhill Lodge in 2015. Sagacious and meticulous, Alec was a successful businessman, culminating with cash and carry warehouse interests in Bradford and Harrogate - he delighted in describing himself as a grocer. W Bro Oldham was of rare vintage; high quality and enduring value. At his Initiation he was exhorted to ‘maintain in their fullest splendour, those truly masonic ornaments of benevolence and charity…’ That he did this was exemplified in an enduring Masonic journey; truly, there are so many who owe him a great debt of gratitude – including some who never knew him.
END OF AN ERA AT DE GREY AND RIPON LODGE The death of Bryan Cauwood Smith was the end of an era at De Grey and Ripon Lodge No 837. Bryan was their most senior member, having been initiated in October 1951 and having collected 50 and 60-year jubilee certificates in virtually all the Orders he belonged to. Born in 1922, Bryan spent most of his life in Ripon, coming from a long line of distinguished Riponians. He attended Ripon Grammar school and some of his most enjoyable early years were those in the Royal Air Force where he became a pilot. He went to Texas for his flying training and was awarded the distinguished title of Honorary Texan; of which he was very proud. He was taught to fly by crop dusters and a lot of his flying exploits in later years must be attributed to the skills he learnt from these gung-ho pilots. Bryan’s working life was in the Paint Industry; his grandfather was Chairman of T & R Williamsons, a very large concern in Ripon. Bryan never worked directly for the firm, but for other paint companies around the country as a technical representative. He held senior ranks in Craft (PPSGW), Royal Arch (PPGSN), Mark (PPGSW) and The Order of The Secret Monitor, where he was Past Grand Guide. He was an honorary member in all these Orders. Bryan’s great grandfather was a founder member of De Grey and Ripon Lodge in 1860; his grandfather and father were also members. A fine portrait of his grandfather still hangs in the robing room, in full Chapter regalia, having held the office of MEZ of the Marquis of Ripon Chapter on six occasions; he was also a Past Mayor of the City. •A young Bryan is pictured during his early years as a pilot.
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The Westgate Chapel (Unitarian), Scotland’s Newest Micro-Distillery Wakefield was packed to capacity earlier Scotland’s Newest Micro-Distillery this year for the funeral of a muchrespected Freemason.. John Fletcher Goodchild was born in Wakefield in 1935, the son and elder child of Ernest and Muriel Goodchild. He was educated at Gaskell’s School where he was introduced to the delights of history. After a time at Lawefield Lane Junior School he attended Wakefield Grammar School. From the age of 15 he took a keen interest in historical research and was a member of the Wakefield Historical Society and the Yorkshire Archaeological Society. Upon leaving school at 17 he was employed by West Riding County Council as a Records Clerk. Following
National Service he returned to Wakefield and became, in his mid-20s, the city’s youngest ever councillor. Aged 30, he was appointed curator to establish the Georgian Cusworth Hall near Doncaster as a major museum. In 1975 he was appointed Wakefield Metropolitan District’s first archivist and held the position until retirement aged 59. John’s Masonic journey began in January 1966 when he was Initiated in Lodge of Unanimity No 154, Wakefield. He was Master in 1971 and Provincial rank followed in 1982, with promotion to PPJGW in 1990. The following year he served as Master of Leeds and District Lodge of Installed Masters No7918. He was appointed as Provincial Senior Warden in 1994. In 1996 he was appointed Prestonian Lecturer and delivered ‘Freemasonry and the Friendly Societies’ to a capacity attendance of the Leeds and District Lodge of Installed Masters at Castle Grove, Leeds in the first of his three ‘official’ lectures. He was appointed PAGDC the same year. John delivered many thousands of lectures to many organisations, societies and universities and never charged a fee or travelling expenses. He had no inclination to drive and spent many evenings standing and waiting for buses in the dark, wet or snow, miles from anywhere. He wrote and had published, some 200 books and essays. He amassed many thousands of books, manuscripts, maps and pictures which have been bequeathed to the people of Wakefield. Photo credit - Amy Charles Media
VERNON OUTRAM PSGD, PAPGM Former Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Vernon Outram, has passed away, aged 86 years. Initiated, at the age of 25, in Royal Brunswick Lodge 296, Sheffield in 1955, Vernon was presented with a jubilee certificate to mark his sixty years in the Craft by Provincial Grand Master RW Bro David S Pratt. Master of Royal Brunswick Lodge in 1968 and again in 2005, W Bro Outram joined Derbyshire Lodge of Installed Masters No 8509 in 1989, Padley Lodge No 6379, Bakewell (Derbys) in 1995 and was a Founder Member and Master of Lodge of South Yorkshire No 9633 in 1996. He was an Honorary Member of eight other Lodges. Vernon served this Province, with distinction, as Junior Warden in 1983 and as APGM from 1988 to 1996. He held the rank of PPSGW in the Province of Derbyshire. He was Exalted into Chapter of Loyalty No 296, Sheffield, in 1958 and held the rank of Past Assistant Grand Sojourner in Supreme Grand Chapter. Vernon was very much involved in other Masonic Orders, particularly in the Ancient and Accepted Rite, where he was Inspector General for the District of Yorkshire West Riding from 1990 to 2012. A man and a Mason who will be missed by all who knew him.
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OLICANA CHAPTER No. 1522 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS Meeting on the 1st Monday in Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb and March and last Monday in April (Inst) at Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ 37
WEST RIDING MASONIC MEETING PLACES SEMINAR – ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES MASONIC CHARITIES LIMITED Chairman VW Bro Jack Pigott welcomed members to the Annual General Meeting in Barnsley and said what an exciting year lay ahead, not only for WRMCL, but for the Province as a whole. In presenting his report, Ron Crabtree, Provincial Grand Almoner, told of the support given by your charity, to local beneficiaries, totalling over £87,000 last year. Added to this was £500,00 received from the Masonic Charitable Foundation for the benefit of the Family Residential Team, towards the costs of care and accommodation in RMBI Care Homes for 28 West Riding beneficiaries; the Family Team, currently helping 41 girls and boys within the Province to maximise their educational and developmental opportunities and the Health Team, supporting 42 beneficiaries facing lengthy waits for medical treatment. He concluded by thanking members for their unstinting generosity, making all this possible. The Provincial Charity Steward, Jim Watson, speaking about the end of the 2017 RMBI Festival said that charity stewards will be contacting every Brother, to ask where his charity donations should go and encouraged Brethren to select West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd. Nicola Eades and Richard Rafferty, from the Tadcaster Emergency Action Group delivered a presentation entitled, ‘Making a difference in the community of Tadcaster’, in which they expressed their thanks for the £10.500 donated by Yorkshire Freemasons; £5,000 from WRMCL; £3,000 from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and £2,500 from the Mark Province of N & E Yorkshire. A further presentation was delivered by Simone Enefer-Doy, the chief executive of Lifelites, a Masonic initiative which has become a well-established charity in its own right, providing and maintaining a package of specialist technologies for terminally ill and disabled children who are looked after in children’s hospices. 38
The important role played by meeting places in our Masonic life was emphasised by PGM David Pratt at a seminar for Masonic Hall directors and trustees. Brian Martyn, Chairman of the Provincial MMP Committee, welcomed RW Bro Pratt and other Craft and Royal Arch Rulers, including the ME Brethren eagerly awaiting the Seminar Grand Superintendent, Stewart G Carley. A magnificent total of 127 representatives from 37 of our meeting places attended the Committee’s first Seminar on Saturday, 29 April at Castle Grove, Headingley, Leeds. In introducing the committee’s brief, RW Bro Pratt emphasised that the Province has no part to play in the management of these centres, but he has charged the Committee with offering guidance to the various MMP management teams on centre management issues and at the same time, asks them to produce an inventory of the Masonic Meeting Places within the Province. He stressed that efficient management was essential to meet the current challenges of falling membership and increasing costs, reminding everyone that our premises must, of course, be legally compliant, economically efficient and attractive to Brethren, their families and friends. Other topics discussed were the ‘Role and Responsibilities of Directors and Trustees’; the UGLE document ‘Masonic Halls – Centres of Excellence’ and ‘Changes to accounts presentation and Making Tax Digital’ delivered by solicitor Philip Howell; Past Deputy PGM John Rushworth and Brian Martyn respectively. Douglas Mills rounded off the seminar with an entertaining talk about his 50-year career as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor. W Bro Martyn was pleased at the number of Brethren who attended which, he thought, highlighted the level of interest in the committee’s work. The committee will gather information about our MMPs and he hopes that management committees will be happy to assist in this worthwhile project. Whilst there are currently no plans to organise a second seminar, the final subject on the agenda was ‘Future Topics – What do you want?’ and the matter was due to be considered at the committee’s next meeting in May. If you would like more information, please contact Colin Symes, Secretary, on: Colin.Symes@blueyonder.co.uk
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UNITY SUPPORT RESCUE BOAT
Support for the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat (RBRB) was given by the Brethren of Unity Lodge No 3930, Huddersfield in the form of a £250 donation from the Lodge charity account. Runswick Bay is a small fishing village on the North Yorkshire coast, about six miles north of Whitby. It has a one mile long sandy beach and is very popular with holidaymakers, day trippers and walkers, being situated on the Cleveland Way, which runs through the village, along the beach and on across the cliffs towards Sandsend and Whitby. Until the late 1970s, Runswick Bay was the location of an RNLI lifeboat station but, following a move up the coast to Staithes, the RBRB was formed. It is an inshore facility, which works in close cooperation with the RNLI and HM Coastguard, with a primary remit to ‘nip in the bud’ incidents that are visible from the village and to access difficult locations along the shoreline where larger boats would struggle. Malcolm Jenkinson of Unity Lodge has dived off Whitby for 30 years, forming a friendship with Ian Furby, now a volunteer member of the lifesaving crew. •Pictured with the cheque are crew members Howard Slinger and Tom Dobson.
BIKES BOOST FOR WHARFEDALE PRE-SCHOOL GROUP THANKS TO LOCAL MASONS
YORKSHIRE WR MASONIC ACTIVITIES LIMITED The company enjoyed another satisfactory year during 2016. Advertising in White Rose generated £866 less revenue than required to meet production costs. This shortfall was covered by drawing on reserves available as a result of generous donations received in previous years. There is a constant need to maximise advertising revenue in order to maintain both pagination and the colour content of the magazine, and to provide a buffer against any future shortfall. Separately, sales of RMBI Festival and general merchandise continued to generate profit. As a result, the company was able to donate £12,000 to West Riding Masonic Charities Limited during the year. Since its incorporation in January 2003 the company has donated £75,082 to West Riding Masonic Charities Limited from the profits on sales of merchandise. John B Gledhill Chairman Howard F Richardson Director
DISCLAIMER The Pool-in-Wharfedale Pre-School is celebrating, thanks to a donation from Chevin Lodge No 6848, Otley. The Lodge has donated £400 to enable them to buy new bicycles for the children. Brethren from the Lodge presented a cheque and a surprise gift, in the form of a TLC bear - a large replica of the teddies that Freemasons donate for sick children in hospital A & E Departments. Chairman of Pool Pre-School, Carol Lister, said, “We are so grateful to the Chevin Lodge of Freemasons for their generous donation. It will make such a difference, and the money will enable us to purchase three new bikes for the children to use.” •Pool Pre-School Group’s Chairman, Carol Lister (centre), and Treasurer Barbara Nicholson (far right) are pictured receiving a cheque from Chevin Lodge members (l to r) Terry Dudley, Nigel Partington and Phil Denison.
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