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WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROSE By Peter L Doherty, Editor As the year draws to an end, we can reflect upon what has been a memorable one, in which we have celebrated not only three centuries of English Freemasonry, but the Bicentenary of our own Province. There have been many celebrations and some are reported in the following pages. The highlight of our own was, without doubt, the Service of Thanksgiving at Ripon Cathedral in September, a unique and memorable occasion with the laying of a flagstone, by our Provincial Grand Master, something not done for 127 years. Consider though, that as our ceremonies and regalia have adapted over the years, to meet the needs of different and changing societies, as we look to the future we should be willing to adapt to change in other ways. Communication is changing rapidly within the modern world, with much more use of the internet and social media and much less of traditional forms such as newspapers and magazines. The Province now has, as well as the web site, a Facebook Page, a Facebook Group and a presence on both Twitter and Instagram. I do hope you feel there is still a need for this publication however and that your enjoyment of it will continue for many years. Please continue to submit your news and allow us to share it. If you are submitting photographs, I should remind you that Brethren and others featured therein, must be made aware that they are to be used in the magazine. I wish to take this opportunity to thank former editor John B Gledhill APGM, for his support to me and the editorial team throughout his time as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. Whilst I hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement, I look forward to his continued wise counsel.
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IN PEACE, LOVE AND HARMONY – THE ROYAL ARCH The Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter, hosted by the Sheffield Royal Arch Council, was held at the Cedar Court Hotel on Armistice Day and commenced early this year, in order that the Companions might observe a Two Minute Silence in memory of the Fallen. The Provincial Grand Officers were appointed and invested and their details are listed below. In addressing the Convocation, the Grand Superintendent Stewart G Carley congratulated them, the Companions who had received their first rank or been promoted in Provincial Grand Chapter and those who received their first appointment or were promoted at the last Annual Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter; being John Allison, Philip Drury, Paul Duckworth, Stephen Smith and Francis Testo as Past Grand Standard Bearer and James H Newman as Past Grand Sword Bearer. Stewart was also pleased to congratulate Companions
Andrew Henderson and Brian Priestley who, by way of celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Installation of the ME First Grand Principal, at the meeting of Supreme Grand Chapter earlier in the week, were appointed and promoted to Past Grand Standard Bearer and Past Assistant Grand Sojourner respectively. In what has now become a tradition, the Grand Superintendent was pleased to present the ‘indissoluble link’ trophy, to Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt, in token of their close working relationship and friendship. A further presentation followed, in which three new Sceptres were presented to the Grand Superintendent by Companions of Wharncliffe Chapter No 1462 and South Yorkshire Chapter of Installed Principals No 9633. The Sceptres, which will be used at all future meetings of Provincial Grand Chapter, were made by Paul Healey. Paul, a much loved and admired Companion, passed
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away in February this year. Stands for the new Sceptres, made by the sonin-law of Martin Wallace, were also received with the gratitude of the Grand Superintendent. Reference was made to the Travelling Pedestal, first presented two years ago, which has continued its travels throughout the Province. Presently in the hands of Amphibious Chapter No 258, Heckmondwike, it will be presented to the Chapter of Truth No 521, Huddersfield on 8 December 2017. Thanks, were expressed to the seven Royal Arch Councils in the Province; Stewart stressing the help and support given by them to Chapters. He also thanked all the Companions who contributed to the RMBI Festival 2017 through their Chapters, the monies being over and above that given through their Craft Lodges. In concluding his Address, Stewart said, “Royal Arch is a very special Order in Freemasonry and is to be enjoyed by all. I must admit the ritual is not that easy to understand so I would urge all newer Companions to give it time and all will become clear.” “It is my wish the Royal Arch should be a caring Order. One in which we look after and care for one another. The words “in peace, love and harmony” will be very familiar to you all and let us strive to maintain those important principles.”
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MASONIC CHARITABLE FOUNDATION Eight Yorkshire Charities are Winners of Masonic Community Awards Yorkshire charities are thousands of pounds better off, thanks to the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) and a public vote!
As part of the Tercentenary celebrations, the MCF pledged £3m to 300 organisations nationwide, with this Province’s slice being £79,000. Here, the public had eight charities to choose from. The one receiving the most votes would be awarded £25,000, whilst two would receive £15,000 each, two £6,000 each and three £4,000 each. Some of the winners are pictured above with Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt.
The total number of votes cast in the Province was 5,947, and the organisation that topped the poll was Aurora Wellbeing Centre, in Mexborough, which received £25,000. Two Harrogate charities, Vision Support Harrogate District and Paperworks (Harrogate) Limited, both received £15,000. Motive8 Bradford Ltd and Autism Plus in Sheffield and Thorne, both got £6,000, whilst Leeds based Learning Partnerships, Selby District Peter Pan Nursery and Halifax based Skillshop Limited each received £4,000. Robin Whiteley of Mexborough Lodge No 6117, West Vale is pictured below with (l to r) Director Kath Perry, client David and Manager Sam Egan.
David S Pratt PGM, said, “I’m delighted that all of these eight charities within our area are benefitting from these community awards. I would like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for one of these superb organisations and the great news is, there are no losers, only winners. To mark this double milestone, we have increased the annual amount we award to charities, via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, from £200,000 to £300,000. Again, this will benefit a huge number of organisations doing wonderful work across our Province.” Support for the Masonic Family The Masonic Charitable Foundation is now established as one of the largest charities in the country, building on the legacy of the four separate charities that had existed since 1788. Caring for people is, and always will be, at the heart of what the Foundation does. Over the last year and a half around 5,000 Freemasons and their families across England and Wales have been supported, as well as 477 local and national charities. The MCF supports Freemasons and their family members who are facing financial, health, family or care difficulties. Support primarily takes the form of regular financial grants to cover essential living costs and a range of additional, specific grants and practical support are provided. When in 2013, Matthew Rowland of Ivanhoe Lodge No. 1779, Sheffield was
diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), the Foundation was able to help. Matthew headed up a burgeoning wedding photography business with extensive commitments into the future, when, at 43 years of age, with a young family and a bright future, his life was turned upside down. Family and friends rallied round and with the guidance of social services and with assistance from the MCF, a single story living space was created to meet Matt’s changing needs. Matt featured in the second edition of the MCF ‘Better Lives’ publication and said, “Within three months of being diagnosed with motor neurone disease I was no longer able to walk. I had to rely on people for absolutely everything. The MCF provided an indoor powered wheelchair, a rise and recline chair and an electric bed. They also covered the cost of converting my bathroom into a wet room. Although I cannot move, the MCF has made me feel mobile and comfortable in my own home.” Matt has always been a gifted ritualist, renowned for his flawless delivery of the Working Tools at a moment’s notice. He has consistently harboured the ambition to return to the Lodge and was invited to take office as Lodge Steward at the Installation earlier this year. Unable to attend the ceremony, nor since, an impromptu ceremony was arranged at Matt’s home in Dronfield. Nine Past Masters of the Lodge descended on Dronfield in the mid afternoon and the Master, Geoffrey Woodhead, invested Matt with the collar and jewel of his office. It may well be unprecedented, and perhaps stretches the limits of a strict interpretation of the Book of Constitutions, but it was a happy, albeit poignant, occasion. It may take a Herculean effort but there is some hope that Matt will find the means to attend the Lodge on some future occasion. Given his courage and determination, this would not be surprising.
Matt is pictured with his mother and members of Ivanhoe Lodge.
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MASONIC LIGHT SHINES THROUGHOUT THE PROVINCE
HUNGRY PEOPLE OF HARROGATE ENJOY SUNDAY LUNCH
Up to fifty hungry Harrogate people have enjoyed a two-course Sunday lunch at Wesley Chapel, thanks to Harlow Lodge No 4404. The meal of roast chicken and vegetables, followed by chocolate brownies, profiteroles and cream was one of the benefits of a dinner dance organised by the Lodge to mark the tercentenary of UGLE. Held in the town’s Crown Hotel, the event, which featured Brazilian dancers and live music, was attended by more than 150 Masons, partners and friends, including Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt. Harlow Lodge Master Andrew Simister said, “Whilst the evening was primarily a celebration of our Tercentenary, there was also an important charitable element associated with it. The proceeds of the evening were donated to Saint Michael’s Hospice and I’m delighted to say that, in addition, a spin off was meals for Harrogate’s hungry. One of the key principles of Freemasonry is our support for charity and thanks to all who attended the dinner dance, we have been able to support two organisations, each helping the residents of Harrogate.” Wesley Sunday Lunch Bunch coordinator Hannah Beck said, “We are very grateful to Andrew and Harlow Lodge for this fantastic gesture, which has provided a wonderful Sunday lunch for fifty people unable to afford a lunch. It is our aim to provide Sunday lunch for anyone, on a low income or lonely, every Sunday and the generosity of the worshippers of St Peter’s Church usually allows us to achieve this. However, we also need to publicise what we are doing here, both at Wesley Chapel and at St Peter’s, in order to ensure our efforts are able to continue, month in - month out, and the Freemasons are now helping us spread that word.” Andrew is pictured in the kitchen with Hannah Beck.
The Autumn 2014 edition of the White Rose magazine included an article about the initiative, ‘Maintaining the Balance’; launched by, then Deputy Provincial Grand Master, John Rushworth. The primary objective of the initiative was to regain a balance between the teaching of the moral and spiritual values of Freemasonry and our concern for the less fortunate and those in need, through support activities and charitable giving. This initiative has now evolved into ‘Masonic Light’. Following a successful trial in Area 5 by Peter Smith, the Provincial Project Manager for Masonic Light, and his team, the programme was launched throughout the Province. It was introduced in Area 3 in February this year and the large, diverse area was split into three subareas; the East, Centre and West. The initiative is directed mainly towards those who have not been in the Craft very long, or those who have just not had the opportunity to explore the deeper meanings of our Order. However, the talks are thought provoking and educational and much can be learnt by all Brethren regardless of seniority. The programme includes a series of four lectures written by Dr Robert Lomas covering each of the three Craft degrees and an ‘Overview’. The lectures have been received with many favourable comments, from the most junior Master Mason to the most experienced Grand Officer. The lectures last about 30 minutes and are presented mainly on Lodge nights, but also on other nights, at informal meetings, where a light snack has usually been arranged. Further details of the programme in Area 3 can be obtained from Jerry Anderson; email: email@example.com phone: (h) 01423 780315 (m) 07780613526
CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM ‘LADIES AFTER LODGE’ The wonderful work of Breast Cancer Haven in Leeds was recognised by members and guests of the Lodge of Dawn No 6511 who donated £440; the proceeds of the raffle held at a recent ‘Ladies After Lodge’.
Master of the Lodge, Martin Kaitcer, is pictured (left) presenting the cheque to Deb Hardman of Breast Cancer Haven, accompanied by Lodge charity steward Michael Rose. Musical entertainment at the ‘Ladies After Lodge’ was provided, in his own unique style, by The Revd. Roger Quick PProvGChap of Adel Lodge No 6250.
Roger is Chaplain to the Homeless at St George’s Crypt, Leeds and Martin Kaitcer is pictured at the Crypt, presenting a cheque for £100 to Roger; again accompanied by Michael Rose.
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YORKSHIRE AIR HELP KEEPING ETHEL AFLOAT AMBULANCE
Huddersfield’s Peter Sunderland, Chairman of Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), reiterates his grateful thanks to Yorkshire Freemasons for their “amazing and continuing support” for the charity. It costs YAA £12,000 a day to keep their two helicopters operational. Peter commented on how valuable and appreciated the support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd (WRMCL) and individual Lodge contributions have made over a sustained period of time. WRMCL director, Colin Dent, and APGM, John Gledhill, (pictured) enjoyed a conducted tour of the support unit base at Nostell Priory. They gained an insight into the controls of the new £6m Airbus 145 and state-of-the-art medical kit from on-duty pilots, doctor and paramedics. Director of fund-raising, Paul Gowland, confirms that a YAA representative will gladly attend Lodge meetings or social functions to explain the work of this rapidresponse and life-saving charity.
The ‘Unlocking Confidence Afloat’ project, run by the Ethel Trust Community Barge charity, provides boat trips to a wide range of community groups, from Victoria Quays, Sheffield and, during the summer months, from Thorne near Doncaster. Many of the users have disabilities, special needs or have had to overcome significant other disadvantages and hurdles in their young lives. The Ethel Trust is grateful to have received support from the Province. In December 2015 the Trust was given £2,500 by West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd, towards the cost of repairing and repainting a canal boat. Originally built in 1993 as a prestigious purpose-built 57 feet broad beam canal barge, Ethel has safety rails throughout and hydraulic lifts fore and aft. She was taken to the boatyard in Castleford, but work was delayed by bad weather; the boatyard being
flooded. Refurbishment was postponed and Ethel continued to deliver trips to children and young people, between the ages of 4 and 24, throughout the summer. The refurbishment was completed over the winter months and Ethel was returned, looking magnificent in her new colours. A grant of £1,000 was made by the West Yorkshire Mark Charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, towards the running of the trips.
LOYALTY – IN THE ZONE
The Zone, Leeds is a youth centre that engages young people from an early age, encourages them with new hobbies, skills and learning opportunities. On offer are a diverse range of activities, projects and events.
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One such project is to develop game coding, helping young people gain new skills as well as being able to socialise. A grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, secured by Loyalty Lodge No 4971, will be used to purchase computers to maintain the project. A Youth Support Service provides bespoke support for any young person’s needs, providing TLC, practical support or immediate intervention for whatever reason. Pictured at the cheque presentation are (l to r): charity steward Ed Morris; Mrs Raina Sheaf; Master of Loyalty Lodge, Rodney Cundle and Stanley Cundle.
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NEW ASSISTANT PGM ANNOUNCED Alan Elstone PPSGW of the Lodge of Peace No 149, Meltham has been appointed to take over from John B Gledhill PSGD as Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 2. Alan, a retired police officer, was initiated in the Lodge of Peace in November 1986 and served as Master in 1996. He was first appointed Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies within the Province in 2003 and in 2016 was appointed Provincial Junior Grand Warden; promotion to PPSGW followed in May this year. He was, for a number of years, a valued and integral part of the Province’s charity structure and provided administrative and proactive support to the, then, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, combining this with his duties as Area Two Charity Committee chairman, from which he retired earlier this year after six years in post. He also provided input within a specific area of the re-write of the Charity Stewards’ manual and was instrumental in re-writing the guidance notes for submitting applications to the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. As well as being a member of the Provincial Charity Committee Alan was a member of the 2017 RMBI Festival Organising Committee, where his input was considerable. He is a familiar figure within Area 2 as evidenced by his superb explanation of the First-Degree Tracing Board, which he has delivered so eloquently at a number of Lodges in recent years. Alan is a respected former Liaison Officer and honorary member of the Salarden Lodge No 3971. A member of the Chapter of Unanimity No 149 he was promoted to PPGReg in 2013. Aged 58, and married to Pamela, he enjoys caravanning in his spare time. Alan will be installed at a ceremony at
Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield on Friday, 26 January 2018. In announcing the retirement of John B Gledhill, the Provincial Grand Master wrote, ‘He will have served the Province in a diligent and exemplary manner for five years as an Assistant PGM. We have been fortunate to have a Brother of his calibre as a Provincial Ruler.’
For over 10 years John was Liaison Officer for the Savile and Facula Lodges in Halifax, and is an honorary member of both. He first received Grand Lodge honours in 2003 when appointed PGStB; he was promoted to PAGDC in April 2011. He was a member of the Provincial Craft Installation Panel for a number of years, before being appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals in the Holy Royal Arch in 2006. He served on the Chapter Installation Panel for five years. John is a Past President of Huddersfield Royal Arch Council. For over 25 years he has been a trustee of Lindley Masonic Hall and he is a past President of the Yorkshire, West Riding Grand Officers’ Mess. He is, of course, a former editor of this magazine, a commitment he first undertook in the summer of 1995 and is still involved in a consultancy role. We wish him good health in his retirement, which we hope he will enjoy with his wife Sylvia and his family. A third-generation Freemason was Initiated into Gothic Lodge No 5238, Swinton earlier this year, when the Master, David Taylor, followed the example set by his own father, by having the pleasure of Initiating his son, Jonathon James Taylor, aged 27 years. David was Initiated by his late father, Clifford Taylor, in 1974 and was Master of Gothic Lodge in 1986 and 1995, before taking the Chair again in March this year. Pictured (l to r) are John Boyington APGM, Jonathan and David Taylor.
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Wayne Thomas Rostron was Initiated into Freemasonry in April this year at Pegasus Forces Lodge No 9393, Farnborough (Hants. & I. of W.). The Lodge meets four times a year and wished to conduct the third-degree ceremony at the September meeting. In order to do this, it was necessary for Wayne to undergo his passing ceremony elsewhere. Original plans fell through and with only three weeks’ notice, the Sheffield Past Master’s Association (SPMA) arranged a special meeting at Tapton Hall. Ensor Drury Lodge No 3278 hosted the meeting in July and a team of Brethren was assembled to carry out the ceremony. Taking the Chairs, were the Masters of Ensor Drury Lodge, Phoenix Lodge No 904 and St Philip’s Lodge No 7116; assisted by Brethren from Royal Brunswick Lodge No 296, Hallamshire Lodge No 2268, White Rose of York No 2491, Sheaf Lodge No 6990, Amadeus Lodge No 9539 and Quator Coronati Lodge No 2076 (London). There were over forty Brethren present, including a surprise visit by the Pegasus Forces Lodge secretary, and at the festive board that followed Wayne was presented with a set of Yorkshire West Riding cufflinks by SPMA Executive Chairman Peter C Eville. Wayne is pictured (centre) with the conferring team.
NEW PROVINCIAL GRAND SECRETARY Following the announcement, in August, of the retirement of Keith Tolan as Provincial Grand Secretary, a rigorous selection procedure resulted in his successor being named as A Michael (Mick) Dyson, a Past Master of Albert Edward Lodge No 1783, Huddersfield. He will be appointed and invested at the Annual meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on 8 May 2018. Mick was initiated in Albert Edward Lodge No 1783, Huddersfield in 1982 and has served the Lodge as Master three times; in 1991, 2002 and 2007. He was a Founder Member of the Rugby Football Lodge No 9811, Huddersfield in 2005 and was installed as Master in 2013. He has held the office of Secretary in both Lodges for a number of years. A member of West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No 9645, Rotherham, his first appointment within Provincial Grand Lodge came in 1998 when he served as Grand Standard Bearer. Promotion to PPDepGDC followed the next year and then in 2003 he was promoted to PPJGW. Six months later, he was further promoted to PPSGW. Mick is a Liaison Officer in both Area 1 and Area 2, with responsibility for Mirfield Lodge No 1102 and De Warren Lodge No 1302, Halifax. Mick was exalted in the Royal Arch in 1992 at Ryburn Chapter No 1283, West Vale and served as First Principal in 2010 and 2011; prior to its closure in 2014. He joined Chapter of Unanimity
No 149, Meltham and has only recently relinquished the office of Scribe E. Appointed Deputy Grand Sword Bearer at the annual meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter last year, he was promoted to PPDepGReg this year. Mick is a Mark Master Mason; a member of Prince Edward Lodge of MMM No 14, Lindley and holds the rank of PPGJW. He was the Founding SW of the Rugby Football Lodge of MMM No 1965, Rochdale in 2015 and served as Master the following year. He is a member of Prince Edward Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 14, West Vale. A former police officer, married to Jackie and with two daughters, four grandsons and three granddaughters, Mick has undertaken the role of Provincial Office Manager for several years.
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TOY STORE FOR THE VINERY CENTRE
The Vinery Centre, Leeds have a new Toy Store, thanks to a grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. Leeds based charity ‘Mencap’ added the grant to funds they had saved, enabling the purchase earlier this year. Keith Madeley and Phil Taylor, of the Lodge of Peace No 3988, Baildon, went along to see the store in use, when head of fundraising, Sarah Hooker, said, “The kids are really enjoying using it and, as you can imagine, it’s a great place to hide! Thanks so much for your support.” The Vinery Centre, opened in Spring 2016, is a multi-purpose facility with activity rooms, a sensory room and soft play room; all fully accessible and with a Changing Places toilet for visitors with additional needs. Phil and Keith are pictured with Sarah and children at the Vinery Centre.
SCOUTS UNDER CANVAS The 7th St George’s Halifax Scout Group received a grant of £640 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to purchase four much needed two-man expedition tents. Their application was supported by the Brethren of Halez Fax Lodge No 4135. The 7th St George’s Scout Group has operated in the Lee Mount area of Halifax for over 90 years. The group delivers a range of training, skills, social, recreational and sporting activities to children and young people in North Halifax.
They are currently doing the young navigation awards and will be using the tents on their expedition. Group Scout Leader Brenda McLaughlin said, “We wish to thank the Freemasons; the young people that take on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme will greatly appreciate this equipment.”
GOTHIC GIFT TO NEWMAN SCHOOL
Gothic Lodge No 5238, Swinton handed over a cheque for £500 to Newman School headteacher Paul Sylvester, to help with refurbishment costs of the school’s outside classroom. The school, in Rotherham, is a community special school which offers a specialist range of provision to support children and young people with physical disabilities, medical needs and complex learning needs. The school council, which includes pupils, sought support for the cost of the refurbishment, and the Lodge was pleased to make a contribution from its charity account. Paul is pictured (left) receiving the cheque from David Taylor, Master with pupil Ibraheem Nadir, teacher in charge of the School Council Rob Watson and charity steward John Almond.
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The PGM paid tribute to all the members of the Province and their families for their contributions and support throughout the Festival. He also reflected on the work of John Clayton, his predecessor, who had launched the Festival as its President in 2012, with a clear vision of how it should be managed through to a successful outcome. Sir Paul Williams, Chairman of the RMBI Care Company, pictured with David S Pratt, thanked the Province for the manner in which it had supported the Festival. He commented that Yorkshire, West Riding had not only done themselves proud but also done it in style, with passion, commitment and a lot of fun along the way.
An explosion of sound and a cascade of glitter to the background of Purcell’s music and a montage featuring activities during the Festival, culminated in the amazing total being dramatically revealed at an impressive banquet at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. Some 600 brethren, their wives and partners, shared in the celebrations and delight as the outstanding result, kept under wraps until the night, was greeted with acclaim and great satisfaction by all present. Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt was, for once, lost for words. The £3,300,300 raised was fitting recognition to mark the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England.
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WELL-DESERVED ACCOLADE 50 YEAR ANNIVERSARY - TO THE DAY
Fifty years to the day, following his Initiation in Vale of Nidd Lodge No 4984, Pateley Bridge, Charles Maxwell Abbott (Max) was presented with a jubilee certificate to mark the anniversary. Having two uncles as Founders of the Lodge in 1928 and his father having been a senior member in the 1930s, it was only natural for Charles to join Vale of Nidd Lodge which he did on 8 June 1967 at the age of 35 years. Having progressed through various offices, he became Master in 1979. Work commitments and family illness prevented him from attending the Lodge for a number of years during the 1980s but he was keen to take up his Masonry again when circumstances changed and having taken the office of Junior Warden in 1998, he was appointed PPGStB the following year and Installed as Master for a second time in 2000. Further recognition of his commitment to the Lodge and to the Craft in general, came in the form of promotion within the Province, first to PPGSuptWks and in 2009, to PPGSwdB. Max was Chaplain of the Lodge for eight years, only giving up the office earlier this year. He is well known for the sincerity of his words when presenting a Masonic Bible to outgoing Masters of the Lodge, throughout that time. He is still working in the electronics industry. The certificate was presented, on behalf of the RW Provincial Grand Master, by Leonard M Barrett, senior member of the Lodge, who was present at Max’s Initiation and who commented that his uncles and father would be proud of his achievements within Freemasonry. Max is pictured (centre) with Graham Spooner, Master and Leonard Barrett. 12
85-year-old David Llewellyn Steel, considered by many to be one of the busiest and much-loved Freemasons in our Province, has celebrated over fifty years membership of the Craft. Recently out of the Chair, for a second time, in Shakespeare and Equity Lodge No 1018, Bradford and already planning to become First Principal of Connaught Chapter No 1018 in two years’ time, his year in the First Principal’s Chair will coincide with 50 years membership of the Royal Arch. David, whose Masonic journey began at Anchor Lodge No 6502, Bristol in 1966, joined Shakespeare and Equity Lodge in 1985, first taking the Master’s Chair in 1996. He is a Founder and Past Master of the Rugby Football Lodge No 9811, Huddersfield, having served as Master in 2006. He is also a member of Criterion Chapter of Installed First Principals No 6220. Holding the rank of PPSGW in the Craft, he was promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner in the Royal Arch. Over 90 Brethren witnessed the presentation of a Jubilee Certificate by D Stuart Cummins Past APGM and listened to an absorbing portrayal of his 50 years in Craft Freemasonry.
Stuart chronicled a fascinating history in Craft, Chapter and other Orders in Freemasonry, as well as cricket and umpiring exploits, when he made the presentation at a special meeting of the Rugby Football Lodge at Greenhead Masonic Hall. David was privileged to welcome three APGMs, and three Past APGMs, together with Brethren from Anchor Lodge, on a very special night of celebration. He is pictured receiving his certificate from Stuart Cummins.
A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION AT HUDDERSFIELD The Brethren of the Huddersfield Lodge No 290 ‘called off’ their regular meeting in July to allow their ladies to join them in a celebration of fifty years’ service to the Lodge, by Allan Armstrong. An audience approaching ninety in number, witnessed Assistant ProvGM John B Gledhill presenting a Jubilee Certificate to Allan, who was Initiated into the Lodge, at the age of 37, fifty years ago, to the day. He was Master of the Lodge in 1982 and served over twenty years as treasurer, a position he also held within the Huddersfield and District Installed Masters Association before becoming President in 2006. He also served as President of the Royal Arch Council, being a member of Perseverance and Prosperity Chapter No 290. A member of the ‘Lodge Night 1759’ group some twenty years ago, he was, of course, treasurer; although there was a suggestion that he may owe money to the APGM, following a group visit to Dublin, when W Bro Gledhill was the only member of the group to take the local currency! Allan joined the Lodge of Harmony No 275 in the millennium year and his commitment to both the Craft and Royal Arch Masonry has been recognised with the ranks of PPJGW and PPGSN. Born in Gomersal, Allan moved to
Huddersfield with his parents, living in the lodge within Ravensknowle Park, where his father was head gardener. In the early part of World War II he was evacuated to North Yorkshire, to the safety of his grandparents, not far from the RAF Bomber Station at Dishforth, which was subject to attack by the Luftwaffe! Returning to Huddersfield and having successfully taken the 11 plus, he attended King James’ Grammar School. Following two years with the Royal Air Force and marriage to Joyce, he had a career as an accountant, becoming Group Accountant for David Brown Industries. The couple have two daughters, Jane and Allison. Allan has been quite a sportsman, playing golf at Outlane, where he was treasurer for ten years and secretary for four. Having played cricket for Almondbury, it was later, whilst playing for Huddersfield Cricket and Athletic Club at Fartown, that W Bro Gledhill, then Sports Editor for the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, first encountered Allan. Thus, started a friendship which continues to this day.
A MEMORABLE OCCASION FOR THE LODGE OF CANDOUR
The presentation of a Jubilee Certificate to Basil Wilson Rhodes, to mark fifty years in Freemasonry, took place at his ‘Mother Lodge’, the Lodge of Candour No 337, Uppermill earlier this year. Basil was Initiated on 11 May 1967 at a time when there were over 20 stewards in the Lodge. Keen to make progress within the Craft, he became the Founding Senior Warden of Pennine Lodge No 8798 (East Lancs) and was Master of that Lodge in 1978. Just over a year later, he took the Chair at the Lodge of Candour. He is now an honorary member of Pennine Lodge. He served as Provincial Steward in East Lancashire, where he has since been promoted to PPSGW. He is a former member of East Lancashire Provincial Grand Officers’ Lodge No 3747. Having been exalted into Confidence Chapter No 337 in 1968, he is a Founder and now honorary member of Pennine Chapter No 8798, and, having been appointed Provincial Grand Steward in the Royal Arch in 1988, he now holds the rank of PPGSN. Born on the outskirts of Mossley in 1931, Basil moved with his parents to Greenfield and started his working life as an apprentice printer in Stalybridge, before moving to the Oldham Chronicle where he stayed for ten years. Having moved again to Moore and Edwards, he finally set up his own printing business which he ran for many years before retiring. He married Audrey, his childhood sweetheart, and they have a daughter and two grandchildren. In presenting the certificate, W Bro John B Gledhill, Assistant ProvGM, was delighted to acknowledge a truly remarkable Masonic adventure.
A LONG JOURNEY HOME
50 YEAR MILESTONE Ian Arthur Kirkbride, a Lewis, was Initiated, by his father, into Moorland Lodge No 6591 in May 1967 and the Brethren of the Lodge were pleased to help him celebrate fifty years in Masonry, at their regular meeting at Hoyle Court, Baildon. Master of the Lodge in 1981, Ian was appointed PPDepGSec in 1990 and promoted, in 1997, to PPGReg. Born in Baildon in November 1940, Ian moved to Horsforth and was educated at Woodhouse Grove School, before going on to gain a Diploma in Textile Technology at the Bradford Institute of Technology. Starting work as a Development Engineer, he moved on to become Group Training Manager before moving to the Cotton Industry Training Board and then joining the family business in textile merchanting. 1982 saw a decline in the textile industry and a change of direction for Ian, when he became Sub-Postmaster at Wilsden, a position he held until his retirement in 2004. Married to Irene since 1964, they have two daughters and four grandchildren. The Jubilee Certificate was presented by John Frederick Bower JP, a Past Master of the Lodge and good friend of Ian. Ian is pictured with his certificate, together with John F Bower and Simon Gray, Master (left).
Nonagenarian, Donald Marshall, travelled from the USA to his ‘Mother Lodge’ in Halifax, to receive a jubilee certificate marking sixty years in Freemasonry. Donald has, in fact, been a Mason for over 61 years, having been Initiated in the Lodge of Probity No 61 in July 1956, shortly after his thirty-first birthday. The Lodge of Probity was a thriving Lodge at that time and it took Donald nine years to reach the office of Chief Steward. He progressed through the other offices in the Lodge before taking the Master’s chair in 1976, nearly twenty years after joining. During his year as Master of the Lodge, he Initiated his son-in-law David Ian Firth, who himself remains a member of the Lodge. Donald and his wife of seventy years, Marjorie have lived in America since 1984 but his commitment to the Lodge of Probity was recognised when he was appointed PPAGSuptWks in 1996. Educated at the local Grammar School in Elland, Donald joined the family building firm, Marshall and Rushworth at the start of the second world war, and in the early 1960s was President of the Building Trade Employers in both Halifax and Yorkshire. He is a founder member of Elland Round table. There is a strong Masonic family connection in the Elland area; his brother Douglas and uncle Ronald were members of Mexborough Lodge No 6117 and brother Jack was a member of Savile Lodge No 1231. In making the presentation, W Bro John B Gledhill APGM said what a pleasure it was to do so and he wished Donald many more years of good health to enjoy his Freemasonry.
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SAINT OSWALD LODGE No 910, meeting on the Third Wednesday of each month except July and August at 1 Carlton Close, Ackworth Road, Pontefract WF8 3PA, IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS 13
A VERY GRAND AFFAIR Many distinguished Brethren gathered at Tapton Hall, Sheffield on 10 July to share in the celebration of fifty years’ service to Masonry by John Michael Beard, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Derbyshire. The meeting, of Royal Brunswick Lodge No 296, of which John is serving as Master for the second time, was held under dispensation, to coincide with the date of his Initiation into the Lodge in 1967. Amongst over a hundred Brethren, from some 32 Lodges around the country, were five RW Brethren, seven VW Brethren and 21 other Grand Officers. Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt led the congratulations in a delightful manner, the assembled Brethren being entertained with stories from John’s initial interest in Freemasonry, through the many and varied roles he has performed and the appointments he has received in both the Craft and many other Orders. The PGM noted that to list all of John’s achievements would take some time but, perhaps unusually, John has been a member of some fourteen Lodges and six Royal Arch Chapters, having been a Founder member of three Lodges and three Chapters. Having been Master of Royal Brunswick Lodge, for the first time, in 1977, he gained Provincial Honours in both this Province and the Province of Derbyshire where he served as Provincial Senior Warden before being appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 1995, a position he held for ten years. He received his first appointment in Grand Lodge in 1985 and has been promoted therein twice; he holds the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer and served as Grand Steward in 2011. At the conclusion of the discourse, the Brethren stood to show their respect and in honour of a man and a Mason who has given so much to the Craft. The day marked his wedding anniversary, but after 63 years of marriage to Jean and 50 years membership of the Lodge, John was sure she would understand! Andrew G Schofield Provincial DepGDC read the jubilee certificate, before RW Bro Pratt took great pleasure in presenting it to John, as can be seen in the picture.. A magnificent festive board followed and among the gifts presented to John was a specially struck Past Master’s Jewel to show the high approbation in which he is held by his ‘Mother Lodge’; the last one to be commissioned was in 1929.
WHITHER DIRECTING YOUR COURSE? In order to present John Albert English with a jubilee certificate, it was necessary for Brethren of Mexborough Lodge No 6117, Halifax to travel towards the West, or rather the South-West. Being too ill to make the journey to West Vale for the Regular Meeting in July, John was visited at his local hospital, in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, by Kevin Lyons, Master and Mark Branford where was presented with a certificate to mark his 50 years in Freemasonry. Sadly, John’s illness got the better of him and he died on 28 September. Becoming a Freemason was, according to John, one of the happiest days of his life. His grandfather was a Mason, being Initiated in Burma and his father was a member of Naval and Military Lodge No 848 (Hong Kong). John was Initiated into Mexborough Lodge in July 1967 and became Master in 1976. Appointed to Provincial Grand Lodge ten years later, he was promoted to PPJGW in 1995. He is a Past First Principal of the Chapter of Affability No 308, Todmorden and whilst retaining his memberships within this Province, he is a member of Hicks Beach Lodge No 2407 and Sherborne Chapter No 702 in Stroud (Gloucester). John was born in Hong Kong in 1928. Following his father’s retirement in 1940, the family returned to Bridgewater in Somerset and in 1945, at the age of 17, John volunteered to join the Royal Navy. His first Commission was on a brand-new C-class destroyer, HMS Consort, and he set sail to the Far East. The ship came under fire in the historical ‘Yangtze Incident’ during the Chinese Civil War and lost ten crew with 23 wounded. After his Commission, John worked for the Customs and Excise in Hong Kong; getting the job mainly due to the fact that he was the only applicant who could speak fluent Chinese! John and his wife returned to England, settling in Leeds, in 1952 and had three children. He worked for an engineering firm but this closed down in 1958 and John moved into the licensed trade, taking The Old Crown in Bradford, his first pub, and then the Ivy House in Halifax. In 1983, John and his second wife Carole, took a Post Office in Keighley, where he remained until retirement; moving first to North Lincolnshire, then to Doncaster and finally to Stroud. John is pictured with Kevin Lyons (left) and Mark Branford.
SPECIAL EVENING AT PHOENIX LODGE The October meeting of Phoenix Lodge No 904, Rotherham was an auspicious occasion in the Lodge’s history. The evening began with the Initiation of Lee Fox, a local man from Brinsworth. Always a special event. This particular evening was even more special however, as the Lodge went on to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Initiation of John Marklew Holmes on 20 October 1967. John, aged 88, devoted most of his early Masonic Career to supporting his wife and family and didn’t go through the Chair until February 2011. Born in Treeton he met and married Sheila, a local school teacher, and it was through Sheila’s family connections that John eventually 14
became a Mason. John had a successful period as a top football official, culminating in his officiating in a 1974 European Cup quarter final game in Warsaw. After receiving the Jubilee Certificate from John Boyington APGM, John wished Lee well and said he hoped to be with him at his 50th jubilee celebration!! Pictured (l to r) are John Boyington APGM, John M Holmes, Lee Fox and Mark Croft, Master.
BILL ‘MARKS WELL’ FOR FIFTY YEARS
Robert William (Bill) Place celebrated fifty years in the Order of Mark Master Masons earlier this year, when he was presented with Jubilee Certificates at Dartmouth Mark Lodge No 545, Slaithwaite by then Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Richard Boswell Puttrell and Past Provincial Grand Master Brian Morris Batty. Bill, a retired police sergeant, was Advanced into Pontefract Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 878 in April 1967; he was a Founder member of the Beaumont Lodge No 1523, Kirkburton where he is now an honorary member and joined Dartmouth Lodge in 1973. Having taken the Chair of Pontefract Mark Lodge in 1976, he was appointed Provincial Grand Tyler in 1984, an office he held for 16 years. He has been promoted to PPJGW and appointed Past Grand Senior Deacon in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons. A former member of Pontefract Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 878, he joined Truth Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 137. Bill was born in Keighley, where he joined the West Riding Constabulary in 1956, shortly before he received a letter from the Queen inviting him to do National Service, which was about to be abolished. He was offered the choice of returning to the Police or remaining in the Army; he returned to the ‘Beat’ and served the community of West Yorkshire for 32 years, the majority of his service being in the Colne Valley. When asked about the changes he had witnessed in Freemasonry, Bill said that it had changed tremendously and mostly for the better; however, he expressed some disappointment at what he perceived to be a lack of discipline in general. His advice to young Masons is “to attend regularly, learn the ritual and persevere, it will be worth it”. The Grand Lodge Certificate was read by Alan Hines and presented by Brian M Batty. The Provincial Grand Lodge Certificate was read by Ian Booth and presented by Richard B Puttrell. Pictured (l to r): Brian M Batty, Trevor Kinvig, Bill Place and Richard B Puttrell.
MARK JUBILEE CERTIFICATES FOR ROBBIE SCORER There are not many Mark Master Masons in the Province of West Yorkshire with fifty years membership, so Prince Leopold Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 352, Ripon was a hive of activity to celebrate Robert (Robbie) Strickland Scorer reaching that milestone. Robbie was Advanced into Prince Leopold Lodge in December 1966 and, having occupied the Master’s Chair, was appointed to Provincial Grand Lodge. His skills as a Director of Ceremonies were not wasted, he served as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in both the Craft and Royal Arch and he was soon appointed to the same office within the Mark; a position he held for eight years. Many recall him, at the time, as a stickler for detail; very authoritative and demanding. His ability and commitment reaped rich reward, when he was first appointed Grand Steward, then Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies before promotion to Past Grand Junior Overseer. Amongst the many who attended to witness the presentation of the Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge Certificates by the Provincial Grand Master James Steggles, were George Henry Philip Birch, Brian Morris Batty, the late Brian Emmett and Edward Patnick; together with a number of other distinguished visitors. When he first joined the Army, Robbie was posted to his home town of Ripon, into the Royal Signals, where he attained the rank of Sergeant. He loved rifle shooting
and became Yorkshire Champion, British Champion and represented England. He took over the family wholesale potato business in 1964, continuing until his retirement in 1993. He was heavily involved in the ‘political’ side of the potato trade via the National Joint Council of British Potato Merchants, giving rise to appearances on Tyne Tees television as an acknowledged potato expert. The Grand Lodge Certificate was read by John Vause, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, and the Provincial Grand Lodge Certificate was read by the Provincial Grand Deputy Director of Ceremonies, Andrew Brown. The Provincial Grand Master was then delighted to present both certificates to Robbie with thanks for his manifest contributions to Freemasonry in general and particularly to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, West Yorkshire. Robbie is pictured with James Steggles (left) and the Master of the Lodge.
NAVIGATING THE PROVINCE FOR 50 YEARS On a warm but blustery evening in June this year, present and past Rulers of the Province in the Royal Ark Mariners Degree gathered together in Rotherham, with many others, to witness the presentation of certificates to George Henry Philip Birch marking his fifty years as a member of the Fraternity. Philip was Initiated into Rotherwood Lodge No 4392 in 1961 and two years later was Advanced into Rother Lodge of Mark Master Masons, where he served in every office before being Installed as Master in 1978 and serving in that office for two consecutive years. In May 1967, he was Elevated into Welcome Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Installed as Commander in 1975, his first Chair. Philip was appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand rank in 1986 and four years later to Royal Ark Mariner Grand
Rank, a year after he had been appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Mark Degree. He served as Provincial Grand Master from 1994 to 1999. The present Provincial Grand Master, James Steggles, spoke of Philip’s journey in the Fraternity and several other Brethren related their experiences with Philip throughout the fifty years, before he was presented with a jubilee certificate from Mark Grand Lodge, by Brian M Batty Past PGM and one from the Province of West Yorkshire by Jim Steggles. After an excellent festive board, Jim Truswell Past PGM proposed a toast to Philip and to the delight of everyone present, Philip responded with his usual wit and humour. Pictured (l to r): James Truswell, James Steggles; Philip Birch and Brian Batty.
LODGE OF PEACE No 3988 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS meeting on the 4th Monday of each month except August (2nd Monday in July) at Hoyle Court, Otley Road Baildon. BD17 6JS 15
SHEFFIELD HOSPITAL BENEFITS FROM PGM’S FUND GRANT The Cystic Fibrosis Ward at Sheffield Northern General Hospital received a grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, enabling the purchase of a Z-bed to accommodate overnight stays by relatives of inpatients, a lightweight wheelchair to enable relatives to take a sick person out of the hospital and laptops, for use by patients with cystic fibrosis, to access the internet. The cheque was presented at Tapton Hall, following a meeting of Concordia Lodge No 4480, Sheffield, when ladies joined Brethren for dinner and to listen to an explanation as
to what cystic fibrosis is, delivered by Dr Frank P Edenborough, Consultant Physician in Respiratory and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Medicine. Duncan Batty from the Sheffield Hospital’s Charity explained how the Charity looks after the various teams within the hospital. To date, over £1m has been raised to build the cystic fibrosis ward and a further £70,000 to fund an additional dietician for two years. Dr Edenborough explained how grants, such as the one presented, were essential to maintain the facilities on the
ward to the high standards they aspire to. A Ladies’ raffle at dinner raised a further £90, and this was donated to the cause. Pictured (l to r) are Mrs Eileen Anderson; Master of Concordia Lodge John Anderson; Dr Frank P Edenborough and Michael Fieldsend.
PUDSEY MASONIC GOLF CIRCLE – 80th ANNUAL TOURNAMENT
The Pudsey Masonic Golf Circle recently celebrated its 80th annual tournament at West Bradford Golf Club. Formed by a dedicated group of Masonic golfers in 1937, the first President and
Secretary were from St Laurence Lodge No 2330 and latterly St Laurence Chapter No 2330. Over the years the Circle expanded to include all Craft Lodges and other Orders associated with Pudsey Masonic Hall, namely: Pudsey Mark Lodge No 658; Perseverance No 3197 (now closed); Lodge of Benevolence No 5612; Thoresby Lodge No 4920; St Laurence Rose Croix No 878 and the Lodge of Elmet No 7847. Charity fund-raising began in 1994 and to date the total raised amounts to £4665.
This year’s tournament, held in glorious weather, attracted 21 golfers consisting of Brethren and guests. Best overall score went to Steven Emmett of Lodge Benevolence No 5612, with best handicap scores being secured by David Boyle, St Laurence Chapter No 2330, Alan Steel and Anthony Moore, Lodge of Benevolence No 5612. An evening dinner and AGM followed and a raffle and auction raised over £390 towards ‘Teddies for Loving Care’.
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BRAIN INJURY SPECIALIST FOR SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
The Children’s Trust has been awarded a grant of £80,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation to fund the role of a Brain Injury Specialist at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Over the next two years this specialist will support around 500 children across South Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and North Derbyshire. Every year, more than 40,000 children in the UK are left with an acquired brain injury. Many make a good physical recovery but experience long term difficulties such as struggling with concentration, understanding or using language, depression, anxiety, aggression and memory problems. Without support this can lead to school expulsion, mental illness and offending. The Children’s Trust brain injury specialists are experienced clinicians who will work with the child, family and school, providing advice, brain injury education and classroom strategies to support each child. The Children’s Trust Brain Injury Specialist, Claire Hall met Stuart C Grantham, Deputy PGM and John Boyington, CBE, APGM to demonstrate the valuable work of the Trust and she said, “We are very grateful to Yorkshire, West Riding Freemasons for their generous support, enabling The Children’s Trust to continue its essential work supporting children with brain injury.” Stuart Grantham said, “We are very pleased to be able to help The Children’s Trust who do hugely important work supporting hundreds of children across South Yorkshire and beyond.”
AWARDS FOR ‘REST A WHILE AND ARTISAN BAKER ENJOY THE CRICKET’
Alessandro (Alex) Virgine, aged 26, was initiated in Unity Lodge No 3930 in September this year. A star baker at the Old Bridge bakery in Holmfirth, he recently returned from his first industry competition with three awards for his experimental work with retro bread. Alex (pictured) introduced sour dough to the bakery just six months ago and after a brief period of uncertainty, regular customers embraced the artisan taste, prompting Alex to try his luck at the Craft Bakers and Butchers Extravaganza in Harrogate. He had no expectations of winning but, to his surprise and delight, he and fiancé Lucy, walked off with best sour dough, second best scone and best overall bakery. Alex intends continuing with his experiments, using ancient grains to develop the flavours and having been invited to join the Board of the Craft Bakers Association, he wants to steer the industry in a new direction. Might we be tasting his bread at our festive board soon?
Gordon Trevor Sunderland, a Past President, will be remembered by the members of Collingham and Linton Cricket Club, on the outskirts of Wetherby, thanks to a memorial bench presented by the Brethren of Zetland Lodge No 603, Heckmondwike. W Bro Sunderland received a jubilee certificate in June 2013, to mark fifty years as a member of Zetland Lodge. He was a member of Zetland Chapter and a Grand Officer in other Orders. Gordon died in July 2015, during his year as President of the Cricket Club, and members of the Lodge were in discussion with his widow Betty to organise a memorial. Sadly, Betty passed away before the plans were finalised. The Brethren decided that the memorial bench should be dedicated to both of them and it was presented to the Cricket Club, in the presence of their son Robin, where it will take pride of place in front of the 1st team dressing room; a place where Gordon and Betty spent many a Saturday afternoon watching the cricket. The plaque is inscribed ‘Rest a while and enjoy the cricket’, a sentiment both would heartily endorse. Photo: Robin Sunderland is pictured (3rd right) with members of the Cricket Club and Brethren of Zetland Lodge at the presentation.
UNIVERSITY LODGE SHEFFIELD No 3911 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS, meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of each month except Jul, Aug and Sept at Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield S10 3BU 17
THE GRAND BALL Editor Peter Doherty reviews the once-in-a-lifetime chance to celebrate the Tercentenary of the Founding of the Premier Grand Lodge of England in the home of English Freemasonry. After a phenomenal level of interest from Brethren throughout the UK and overseas, all tickets for the Grand Ball at Freemasons’ Hall, London, sold out a matter of minutes after going on sale. The organising committee acknowledged there was never going to be enough tickets for everyone who wanted to attend, as the venue can only accommodate so many guests. So, what did they do? They increased capacity to put more tickets on sale and released several hundred additional tickets, bringing the number attending to 2,000! Our Province was well represented on the guest list; those attending included the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Stuart Grantham, Provincial Junior Grand Warden Jeremy Turner and Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Andrew Schofield, with their wives.
A champagne reception was held between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, when over a thousand bottles of Grand Cru champagne was consumed.
Unfortunately for some, they were still queuing outside, in the rain, until after 9.30pm. There was not much evidence of the several hundred large umbrellas that the committee ordered to ensure guests stayed dry. Initially stating there would be plenty of food available to guests throughout the night, we were asked by the organisers to be conscious that this was bowl and finger food and advised to dine before arriving. We were later assured there would be more than enough food available throughout the night and not to eat too much before we arrived. A wide variety of food was promised, at various locations throughout the building, from canapés on arrival to bacon sandwiches for breakfast. This included a seafood bar in the casino, stands serving Indian, Thai, and Moroccan classics in the Gallery Suite, afternoon tea style treats in the tea room, and roaming waiters and waitresses serving delicious treats from the barbecues. I know I am not the only guest disappointed at both the quantity and quality of food available; the Deputy PGM called for a McDonalds on his way back to his hotel, having survived to the end and queued for his bacon sandwich only to be told there were none left. I could have played cricket with the scone served in the tea room! If you fancied a drink (and at £160 per ticket, why wouldn’t you?) there was a single malt whisky lounge, a gin bar, a pub serving craft beer and real ale, a cocktail bar and an outdoor bar serving Rémy Martin cognac—as well as several bars throughout the venue serving a wider range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Surprisingly, the bars were not set up until 9.30 pm and even then the
lack of organisation was disappointing; the gin bar had no bottle opener for the tonic, no garnishes prepared and not even a measure for the gin; although why they spent 15 minutes trying to find one, when nobody was paying, I don’t know. Guests were queuing for over thirty minutes. A lot of fun was to be had; there was a variety of live musical acts, including a full big band, a Dixieland jazz group, an English folk band and even a live karaoke band, a cabaret, a casino, an arcade and a mini-golf course. Many of the guests remaining until the early hours are pictured above and, if you look carefully, you may be able to spot our Deputy PGM. As the organising committee said later, ‘This was an unforgettable night.’ Whether it will be remembered by many as a successful one, is doubtful!
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INTEGRITY LODGE No 380 IS PROUD TO SUPPORT THIS PAGE OF THE WHITE ROSE MASONIC NEWS, meeting on the Wednesday on or before the full moon at The Masonic Hall, Bruntcliffe Road, Morley, Leeds LS27 0QG 18
A GRAND OCCASION The Lodge of Peace No 149, Meltham welcomed 14 Grand Officers from four Provinces to celebrate the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge. The Master having opened the Lodge, at the regular meeting in October, the Chair was taken by PDepPGM Jack Pigott, an honorary member of the Lodge of Peace, who then directed the other Grand Officers to take office as follows: IPM SW JW Treasurer Secretary Almoner Charity Steward SD JD Asst Secy Organist IG Tyler
William Clift MBE PAGDC Robin K Wilson PProvGM (Notts.) Mike Woodcock PPresMasTrust Paul Clarke APGM Brian M Batty PAGDC Ronald Weatherill PAGDC (W. Lancs) Stewart G Carley PDepGSwdB John B Gledhill APGM Robert C Bailey PAGDC Robert I G Cole PAGReg T Malcolm Cruise PDepGOrg John Briggs PJGD Raymond A Firth PAGDC (W. Kent)
Brethren of the Lodge then delivered poems, mainly penned by Rudyard Kipling, awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907. Kipling was initiated in Lodge Hope and Perseverance No 782 at Lahore, India on 5 April 1886 aged 20 years. His works have a number of references to Freemasonry and among those delivered on the night were the following: If The Mother Lodge Banquet Night The Palace When Earthâ€™s Last Picture is Painted The Plainest Lodge Room in the Land The thoughts a Mason should have at the close of Day
The Grand Officers, pictured with the Brethren of the Lodge, held their adopted offices at the sumptuous banquet which followed and brought to a close a fitting celebration of 300 years since the formation of the United Grand Lodge of England.
HERITAGE IN PATELEY BRIDGE As part of the Heritage Open Days Scheme and to celebrate the Tercentenary of UGLE and Bicentenary of the Province, the public were welcomed to the Masonic Hall, Pateley Bridge by the Brethren of the Vale of Nidd Lodge No 4984.
Open for three hours on a Sunday afternoon, visitors were attracted from as far afield as Sheffield and Chorley. As well as static displays throughout the building, there was a display of Masonic regalia and an information sheet, detailing the history of the Masonic Hall, produced by Lodge secretary Alistair Booth. The Vale of Nidd Lodge was not the first Lodge to meet in Nidderdale; Consecrated in 1928, it was preceded by Ebenezer Lodge No 556 which met at the Crown Inn. It was Consecrated in 1796 and worked until 1808. Other Brethren acted as guides, providing visitors with information about the Lodge and Freemasonry in general. Organiser Jerry Anderson said what a success the day had been.
VILLAGERS STAY WARM
The Kirkburton Highburton Community Association (KHCA) has received a donation of ÂŁ750 from the Lodge of Harmony No 275, Huddersfield towards major repairs to the heating system in Burton Village Hall. The aging iron pipework has been replaced. The Hall is owned by the local residents and managed by KHCA. Treasurer, Peter White, thanked them for their very generous donation, which he said would help keep the Hall open and safe for use by the community. Pictured (l to r): Chris Reilly, Master; David Blunt and Peter White.
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T E RC ENT ENARY AND B IC E SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING AT RIPON CATHEDRAL Around 600 Freemasons, their families, friends and invited guests attended a magnificent Service of Thanksgiving at Ripon Cathedral in September to mark the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England and the Bicentenary of the formation of this Province. During the service, Provincial Grand Master David Pratt performed an historic flagstone laying ceremony, assisted by senior Provincial officers. Amongst many dignitaries attending, in addition to the Assistant Grand Master, Sir David Wootton, were the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Mr Andrew Coombes, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Major Stan Hardy and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mr Richard Compton. It was most appropriate for Mr Compton to be present as one of his ancestors was the Marquess of Ripon, PGM of the Province from 1861 to 1874 and Grand Master from 1870 until 1874. Also in attendance were civic representatives from a number of cities and authorities across the Province. Prior to the service, the Provincial Grand Organist Dr Simon Lindley played a number of voluntaries which featured relevant Masonic connections. During the service the congregation joined in the rousing singing of several hymns, while the Assistant Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master read appropriate passages of scripture. Provincial Grand Chaplain Peter Holt led the prayers, which involved Brethren of the various faiths, reflecting the membership of the Province; Ramesh Chandra Narshidas Khetani, the Hindu faith; Gurdev Singh Dahele, the Sikh faith; James Henry Newman OBE, the Jewish faith and Mustafa Ugur Acksoy, the Muslim faith. An inspirational sermon preached by the Dean of Ripon, the Very Reverend John Dobson, encouraged those present to reflect on the occasion and the purpose of Freemasonry in every day life. The sermon is reproduced in part on the following page. A highlight was the laying and dedication of a flagstone by Masonic
ceremony – the first such occasion in 127 years in our Province; on 24 July 1890, the then PGM laid the foundation stone of the North Aisle of Mexborough Church. A procession, led by the Verger, comprising the Provincial Grand Master, his Deputy and the Provincial Senior and Junior Wardens, accompanied by the Assistant Grand Master, Lords Lieutenant, Deputy President of the MCF, Provincial Chaplain, Director of Ceremonies and the Dean and Canons Residentiary, moved to the North Transept of the Cathedral, where the ceremony took place. The PGM began by saying, “With Temperance, Fortitude, Prudence and Justice, let this stone be founded.” The ceremony was relayed to the congregation by television. The maul used by the PGM was made from oak by Egil Jones of Vale of Nidd Lodge No 4984. This and the other working tools used were presented after the service to the Dean to be kept in the Cathedral as a permanent memento. The flagstone has been engraved with the legend, ‘The Province of Yorkshire,
West Riding and the Masonic Charitable Foundation supported restoration work in the Cathedral to mark 300 years of Freemasonry 1717-2017’. The carving and engraving was carried out by Colin Rickard (pictured) and Wayne Denny, in the stonemasons’ yard adjacent to the cathedral. The pair have spent the last year repairing and replacing worn out and damaged flagstones within the cathedral, paid for by two grants totalling £12,500; £7,500 from West Riding Masonic Charities Ltd and a second, of £5,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The Cathedral Choir sang two pieces, both, appropriately, composed for dedication ceremonies; the first ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God’ by Sir William Harris and ‘Locus iste’ by Josef Bruckner. In a spectacular conclusion, the Cathedral’s Assistant Director of Music, Tim Harper, played Sir William Walton’s Coronation March, Orb and Sceptre, whilst the Cathedral bells rang out across the City in joyous celebration. The Dean of Ripon reflecting on the Service said that he felt there was ‘a sense of history being made.’
EN TE N A RY CELEBRATIONS THE DEAN’S SERMON Lessons: 2 Chronicles 6:12-21; 1 Peter 2:1-10 “But will God indeed reside with mortals on earth?” It is a good question, and one that Solomon posed as he dedicated the newly-built stone temple. There was great rejoicing. There was much to celebrate. God had indeed fulfilled his promise to David. A wooden, temporary structure had now been replaced with something that was more permanent, more fitting. And there were sacrifices – many of them. The king offered twenty-two thousand oxen and twenty thousand sheep. I admit to being squeamish, and finding it a relief that in the cathedral we simply pass round collection bags. I couldn’t have coped with all the blood! But this was a great celebration, and it went on for seven days. Worry not! Yes, we do gather to celebrate and to offer our thanksgiving to God. We celebrate three hundred years of freemasonry within the United Grand Lodge of England; and we celebrate the fact that it is two hundred years since the formation of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. Like Solomon, we have a sense of God’s blessings upon us – I hope. “O Lord God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven or on earth, keeping covenant in steadfast love with your servants who walk before you with all your heart…” The king and his people had built a brand-new temple, the Levites carried up the ark of the covenant containing the very tablets that Moses had received from God on Sinai – the ten commandments. Well, we didn’t expect you good people of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding to go to such extremes, but you do lay a commemoration stone in the floor, in the very fabric, of this ancient cathedral church. And you have made a generous donation that will enable us to undertake what will be our next stonework project, the refurbishment of the cathedral floor. As soon as our stone masons have completed our present project, high in the north-east corner of the Cathedral,
this work will begin. We are grateful to you for your kindness and generosity. Without such gifts from the people of this region this ancient house of prayer would not continue to stand. And it is needed as much today as it has been over its thirteen hundred years of history. “But will God indeed reside with mortals on earth?” Solomon knew full well that the temple did not contain God. He could say, “Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, how much less this house that I have built.” St Wilfrid could have said the same of his great church here at Ripon. But the sense of God’s presence and glory that was found in the Jerusalem temple, the reminder of the unfailing, steadfast love of God that visitors to that sacred place received, is still the experience of countless men, women and children to this sacred place. “But will God indeed reside with mortals on earth?” Well, those who support us in the maintenance of this building, and who support the ministry and mission that we extend through it, help to keep the people of this region, and visitors from all over the world, in touch with God and encouraged by his faithfulness. Yet Solomon was right. Our great sacred buildings cannot contain or limit God. And it is undoubtedly true that in our society today people expect the faithful to exhibit some evidence that God is indeed present and active in their lives. They want to witness integrity, we might say. I guess, in our New Testament lesson, St. Peter was saying something similar to people who were probably fairly new, recently baptised Christians. He encouraged them to come to Christ, the living stone – and themselves, like living stones, to be built into a spiritual house. “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Today we rejoice with you Freemasons, coming from what can surely be the proudest of all provinces, Yorkshire; West Riding. And we do so in good part because of your aspirational and commendable foundations referred to by the Provincial Grand Master in his introduction to this service: Integrity; Friendship; Kindness; Honesty; Fairness; Tolerance. These qualities are utterly commendable. Solomon had the wisdom to know that his temple could not contain God. The
church truly believes itself to be a spiritual temple, animated by the very Holy Spirit of God. But we too have to acknowledge that heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain God – and neither can the Church. For we are often called to witness to where God is at work in his world, transforming lives for the better, beyond our walls and organisation. Today we rejoice, and we celebrate the ways in which Freemasonry has served the common good in this land for three centuries, and how it continues to do so after two centuries in this Province. It is wonderful how it brings together people of different creeds in fellowship and service. It is delightful to hear about ways in which your efforts support the wellbeing of others: technological support for children’s hospices and the generous gift to the emergency fund following the Manchester bombing are just two of many examples. The Goose and Gridiron initiative is creative; a way to learn from each other and to be open and welcoming to newcomers. We pray that by his grace God, through his spirit, will continue to build you up in integrity, friendship, kindness, honesty, fairness, and tolerance so that the wider community might be served and more people come to know the presence and activity of the living God in their lives. “Will God indeed reside with mortals on earth?” He will and he does, and therein lies our greatest cause for celebration.
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NIDDERDALE TERCENTENARY PARADE In celebration of the Tercentenary, Vale of Nidd Lodge No 4984, Pateley Bridge participated in one of Nidderdale’s ancient traditions; the annual parade, down Pateley Bridge High Street to the showground, on Nidderdale Show Day. Having been granted a dispensation, by the Provincial Grand Master, to wear Masonic regalia in public and despite the light rain, which threatened to dampen proceedings, many members of the Lodge turned out to take part.
The parade was led by officials of the Nidderdale Agricultural Society, including Junior Warden, Christopher D Prince, the Society’s chairman. Lodge members joined members of the British Legion, church, scout, guide and brownie groups, in the half-mile parade, accompanied by the Meltham Mills Brass Band and the local Summerbridge and Dacre Silver Band.
CYCLING CHALLENGES London to Leeds On Sunday 2 July 2017 a group of intrepid West Yorkshire Freemasons successfully cycled over 200 miles from Freemasons Hall, London to Castle Grove Masonic Hall, Leeds in an impressive 15 hours. The L2L Cycle, which featured 11 Brethren from a number of Lodges across West Yorkshire, raised £7,271.50 to be shared by West Riding Masonic Charities and local support centre, Breast Cancer Haven Yorkshire. The presentation of the cheques was made at the Great Yorkshire Show later that month. The ride was spearheaded by Nigel Ziff of Lodge of Dawn No 6511, to raise money for charity and to celebrate the Tercentenary of United Grand Lodge. Nigel said, “The concept of cycling from Freemasons’ Hall in London back to Leeds had interested me for a while; it was just a case of galvanising other Masons who were mad enough to attempt it in under one day!” Breast Cancer Haven provides free support to anyone affected by breast cancer, aiming to achieve the best possible quality of life as they cope with their diagnosis and the side-effects of their medical treatment. Manager, Debra Horsman, commented on the support from the ride saying, “We are so grateful to all the Masonic cyclists for raising money for Breast Cancer Haven through this incredible challenge. We rely entirely on charitable activities such as this to fund our Yorkshire centre, so we are extremely thankful for their support.” At the half-way stage in Melton Mowbray the group had a surprise boost with an appearance from Raymond Diamond of the Lodge of Dawn and at the final rest point in Doncaster, the group were joined by several other cyclists. Supporters including Brian Robinson, the first British cyclist to complete the Tour De France, and Anthony Llewellyn APGM welcomed the team of riders back to Castle Grove Masonic Hall. Despite covering the 215 miles and climbing over 10,000 feet in 15 hours, all the riders were full of smiles when they arrived back in Leeds. Leeds to London In a similar challenge, David J Dutton, Master of Lodge of Stability No 7374, Castle, Leeds made the journey in the opposite direction, over a period of three days, raising just under £700 for Prostate Cancer UK. Leaving his home in Horsforth, on a Sunday morning in August, he covered 70 miles in nine hours, using roads and cycle paths shown on the Sustrans map. The next day, being a Bank Holiday, the canal towpaths were congested with walkers, meaning the journey to Northampton took 10 hours. The final leg saw him complete the 80 miles in just seven hours and he was met at Finchley, where he spent his formative years and where his father still resides. David is pictured with his Raleigh hybrid bicycle.
CLASSICS ON THE SQUARE TERCENTENARY RALLY - THE BEST EVER At the showground the Lodge had a stand in the Heritage marquee, with a display of Masonic regalia and information about Freemasonry in general and the Tercentenary of UGLE in particular. Pride of place was taken by a Square & Compasses floral display, which attracted a lot of interest.
The ‘Classics on the Square’ Masonic car club held its second rally of the year, designated the ‘Tercentenary / Bicentenary Rally’, in June and it proved to be the best ever, with a total of 39 cars on the start line. Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt and his wife Rita waved off the cars on a route, organised by Club secretary, Les Davy, which took the participants west into the Dales. On their return to the Masonic Hall at Otley 74 sat down to a most welcome lunch, and Club treasurer George Foster
presented a cheque to the PGM for £250, a well- received boost to the PGM’s fund. A very successful day and enjoyed by all.
FROM INDIA TO THE SE CORNER BLOOMING GOOD
John Bailey of The Wakefield Lodge No 495 relates the latest of his overseas visits.
I was last in India 9 years ago when I visited a UGLE Lodge in Mumbai. I had always wanted to visit a Lodge under the Indian constitution, however, and, in July this year, I was able to realise that ambition. I arrived in Chennai (formerly Madras), a very big city on the east coast, sweltering in 380C of heat and with the humidity almost off the scale. This was the commencement of a short solo holiday. My wife, Eileen, could not be persuaded to accompany me, so I had no qualms about taking my regalia should the opportunity to make a Lodge visit or two come my way. Within a couple of days I had located Freemasons’ Hall in the city centre. I was very warmly received by the District Grand Secretary, and he made the arrangements for me to visit a Lodge. Following an email and suitable response from our Provincial Grand Secretary’s office, it was confirmed that the Lodge Mount Charity No 232 was in amity and I was allowed to visit as a casual visitor. Two days later I presented myself for the usual formalities to be completed. I was very well greeted by the Brethren of the Lodge, who seemed quite concerned about my ability to cope with the heat! Of the 72 Lodge members, 22 were present, with just myself and one other visitor to witness a double seconddegree ceremony. Despite the whirring of ceiling fans, the chugging of several air conditioning units in the temple and the strong Indian accents of the Brethren, I was able to follow and appreciate all of the ceremony, as it was a faithful rendition of the Emulation ritual. The Lodge was then called off for a short refreshment break, following which we were treated to an initiation ceremony. What was remarkable was the excellence of the ritual, given that English was the second language of almost all of the Brethren. Having made complimentary remarks about the ceremonies and the standard of the ritual, I was informed that Lodges have formal ritual competitions, adjudicated upon by Grand Officers. The festive board was vastly different to that of which I am accustomed. Glasses were charged with whisky and the Master ran through a list of a dozen or so toasts; towards the end there was a toast to the visitors and both of us were required to respond. A buffet meal of several kinds of
curry followed. Eight days later and I was in Cochin on the west coast. Following similar protocols as those in Chennai, I was invited to attend the Lodge Vembanad No 319. Fortunately for me, I was now about to experience a third-degree ceremony and by chance, I was also going to see exactly how the ritual competition was conducted. There were some 35 Brethren present, including a District APGM and two of his District senior officers, who were to judge the evening’s work. They sat at a table opposite the Junior Warden and I sat next to them. I was shown the marking guide which each of them was using, comprising of 33 sections, taking in just about everything from the floor-work, delivery and accuracy of the ritual and even the way that certain ‘knocks’ were given. It seemed to me that yet another very well conducted Emulation ceremony was delivered, but I was not privy to the judges’ results; they remain confidential until the winning Lodges are finally announced.
The next stop was Sri Lanka. I had no problem locating the Victoria Masonic Temple in Colombo, as I had been there before during my 2008 trip, and I quickly arranged to attend The Grant Lodge No 2862, a UGLE Lodge. I was made to feel at home by the 17 or so Lodge members present, one of whom, David Rose, a joining member and UGLE Grand Officer, and is a friend of our Provincial Grand Master (small world!). We witnessed a very well conducted third-degree ceremony, once again using the Emulation ritual. After the festive board, the Master hailed my taxi and gave the driver what appeared to be some very avuncular advice, in Singhalese, concerning the 25-mile journey to my resort hotel. It seemed to work; the fare was half of what it had been to get there. I was due to move on to Malaysia and Singapore, with the prospect of more Masonic visits, but unfortunately I encountered passport problems and had to return to the UK some three weeks earlier than scheduled. However, my three Masonic visits in the sub-continent were amongst the highlights of my fourweek trip. The hospitality was never less than outstanding and the Brotherly love and affection shown was everything that I hoped it would be. To date, that brings my number of overseas Lodge visits to 35 and I hope to add to that total in the near future. Watch this space!
CELEBRATION Harrogate and Ripon Freemasons turned to ‘flower power’ to help celebrate the Tercentenary of UGLE and the Bicentenary of the Province. Three floral displays, located on Harrogate’s Montpellier Hill, within the Valley Gardens and in Ripon’s Spa Gardens were created by Harrogate Borough Council’s Parks & Environmental Services Department.
The official unveiling of the beds, which featured the Masonic symbols of the Square and Compasses and the White Rose of Yorkshire, was performed by the Mayor of Harrogate, Cllr Anne Jones, Mayor of Ripon, Cllr Pauline McHardy and Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt. The flower beds, containing some 7,500 plants, were the brainchild of Doug Mills, Charity Steward of Spa Lodge No 7609. Doug said, “These three flower beds are simply stunning and they look absolutely fantastic. Six months ago it was merely an idea and now it is reality. They are bloomin’ brilliant!” David S Pratt, who presented commemorative hand trowels to the Mayors, said, “2017 is a very special year for Freemasonry in England and Wales, and in particular for our Province as we are also celebrating our 200th birthday. We very much welcome the support of Harrogate Borough Council, as without them Doug’s floral tercentenary and bicentenary tributes would never have seen the light of day.” Pictured on Harrogate’s Montpellier Hill are (l to r) Harrogate Borough Council Leader Cllr Richard Cooper, Mayor of Harrogate Cllr Anne Jones, David S Pratt and Doug Mills. 23
GOOSE & GRIDIRON EVENT AT MORLEY A ‘Goose and Gridiron’ family gala day, in the grounds of historic Thornfield House, Morley, attracted nearly 600 people, including Masonic families and friends, neighbours and local residents. £4,050 was raised, half going to the Yorkshire Children’s Trust, and half to Thornfield House for ‘something special’ to commemorate the Tercentenary of UGLE. Dean Felton, Master of Integrity Lodge No 380, which has met at Thornfield House since 1920, explained, “Like all other Lodges, we were asked to mark the 300th anniversary of English Freemasonry, established at a London inn called the Goose and Gridiron - on the very same date we held our gala, 24 June.”
Dean Felton (right) welcomes Howard P Habron of the Widow’s Sons
Anthony W Llewellyn, APGM and Provincial Grand Secretary Keith Tolan, were among the visitors and Masonic bikers, The Widow’s Sons, made a spectacular appearance on their gleaming motorcycles, sweeping up the drive, in convoy. “We received financial support from Cockburn Lodge No 5362, which also meets at Thornfield; Integrity Chapter No 380; Integrity Preceptory No 205 and raised funds from our cocktail night and festive board raffles. Commercial donations, items for stalls and tombola prizes came flooding in.”
Attractions included all-the-fun-ofthe-fair with a coconut shy, pony and carriage rides and a bouncy-castle. Food and drink ranged from a prosecco and strawberry bar to a pulled pork and beef burger stall, with candy floss and ice cream to cater for the sweet tooth. “There was something for everyone. It was a wonderful day, and a great fundraising result,” said Dean.
FROM GOLF TO GAMING
A chance conversation between Rabbits’ Section treasurer Christopher Thwaites of Studley Lodge No 6364, Todmorden and Lady Captain Margaret Pease at Garforth Golf Club led to a grant of £2,500 being awarded by the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to the William Merritt Disabled Living Centre, Rodley, Leeds. The Centre is a charity offering impartial advice and professional assessments on a wide range of equipment. Regular accessible gaming sessions are arranged during school holidays and the grant was used to purchase gaming equipment for youngsters suffering with cerebral palsy and transvers myelitis. Pictured (l to r – rear) are Centre Manager, David Blythe; IPM Graham Batley; Chris Thwaites and Sophie Pinney with (front) Nathan Sumpner and Nathan Poppel.
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Former White Rose editor John B Gledhill thumbs through the pages of past issues. Feedback confirms there is an insatiable appetite and fascination for nostalgia. Occasionally it can be thoughtprovoking; sometimes provide memories and moments of reflection for our older Brethren, while perhaps also stimulating interest for our newer members. So, yet another totally random selection . . . An article in the spring edition of 1994 (the old Blue Book!) posed an interesting question as to how many would attend Masonic meetings if there was no bar at the Lodge and no meal after a ceremony?
It was said that in some countries, where Masonry had a stronger appeal and was well respected in the community, meetings began at 7.30pm and “afterwards, all that is consumed is a cup of coffee and possibly some biscuits.” Brethren were usually back home by 9.30pm. This latter time of course is not long after some present-day Lodges begin a four-course meal following a ceremony! The Autumn issue of 1999 comprised 56 pages, the highest yet in its present format, and contained the bold announcement that “Province Hits The Small Screen.” This referred to the partial re-enactment of a Lodge meeting filmed by Yorkshire Television at Spring Bank Place, Bradford which brought Freemasonry into the living rooms of millions of television viewers. It was explained that the aim was to get across the sincerity of Freemasonry, its fundamental beliefs, the high standards it expects from its members and the good it can do in the community without revealing the ‘unique and shared experience’ of being made a Mason. A series of Masonic activities, including the presentation of a £45,150 cheque to the Burns Unit at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield were also filmed and Province, with the support of Grand Lodge, was delighted to produce a video - A View of Freemasonry – with copies being sold nationally and abroad. Flower power was a feature of the Spring 2005 edition as a mammoth festival was planned at Tapton Masonic Hall, Sheffield in support of the 2007 Festival for the Grand Charity. Appropriately, three ladies were on the organising team – Jill Boyington, Joanna Pigott and Ruth Drury and they were resplendent on the magazine’s front cover in helping promote a unique event
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which was hugely successful, both as a fund-raiser and opening the Tapton doors to members of the public. The Mayor of Kirklees, Cllr Mary Harkin, was also pictured receiving a £500 cheque for her nominated charity from members of the Lodge of Harmony No 275, after attending a flower arranging demonstration with ladies, who afterwards joined the Brethren for lunch at Greenhead Masonic Hall in Huddersfield. The launch of a new Provincial Helpline was announced by then PGM John K Clayton at the annual meeting in May 2009 and reported in the magazine’s 39th edition. RW Bro Clayton said he hoped to have in place a raft of measures to simplify methods of both obtaining information and direct help when it is most needed. Following talks with Laura Chapman, chief executive of the Grand Charity, he explained: “The purpose of the venture is to raise the awareness of the Brethren and dependants in the Province, in the simplest terms, of the support and charitable help available to them, should they require it, either from the central charities or the Province.” Sadly, the death of RW Bro David J Welsh, PGM and Grand Superintendent from 1987 to 1993, was also recorded. He was 89 and died peacefully in hospital. The Autumn edition of 2010 referred to a ‘poignant and sad farewell’ when Pennine Lodge No 4177 handed in its Warrant earlier that year. ‘Reminiscences and reflections came to the fore’ when over 100 Brethren attended the closure meeting at Southwood Masonic Centre, Halifax. On a brighter note, a similar number attended the centenary celebrations of King Edward VII Lodge No 3442 at Spring Bank Place, Bradford. In what was described as a delightful Oration, Provincial Grand Chaplain The Rev Canon Kenneth J Phillips, first spoke of the last few years of Queen Victoria’s reign as “rather sombre but always respectful, while those of Edward blossomed with a new, more joyful era.” He went on to recall the 1930s when “in Bradford wool was King, commercially, but many other industries were also there.” Also in this issue was the tale of two Masonic mayors . . . and a potted history of the ceremony of Setting the Watch in historic Ripon – the oldest City in England, pre-dating London by some 156 years! The Worshipful Mayor of Knaresborough, Richard Hall, of Tectonic Lodge No 9407, was on hand to congratulate the new mayor of the City of Ripon, David W Elsy of De Grey and Ripon No 837, at his installation in Ripon Cathedral.
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CANCER CHARITY £5,000 GRANT FOR RAILWAY RECEIVES MASONIC RESTORATION PROJECT SUPPORT Brethren of Fairfax Lodge No 3255,
Cancer Support Yorkshire have received £2,346 from West Yorkshire Mark Master Masons and the late John T Robinson. John, then Master of Leodiensis Lodge No 4029, Otley was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer of the oesophagus in December last year and received practical help and advice from Cath Greenwood, senior welfare rights adviser, with Cancer Support Yorkshire in Bradford. John was so inspired by the assistance and kindness given to him, that he began raising money for the charity. Trevor Bolton, a member of Leodiensis Lodge and APGM of Mark Master Masons in the Province, secured a grant of £2,000 from the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, adding to the sum raised by John. Sadly, although well enough to attend the cheque presentation, John died in June this year. Cancer Support Yorkshire provides services not available under one roof from other cancer charities; providing advice, counselling and complimentary therapies from their centres in Bradford and Skipton, with a further centre opening in Wakefield later this year. In the last 12 months they have assisted those with cancer to claim benefits totalling £5m, with many of their clients not being aware they could claim in the first place. Linda Enderby, fundraiser for the charity said, “We rely entirely on donations and we are available to anyone throughout Yorkshire. Our services are free and very much in demand. It has been lovely to meet the people from the Freemasons” Photo: (l to r, back) Bill Burns, John T Robinson, Trevor Bolton, (front) Cath Greenwood and Linda Enderby.
Guiseley, supported by both Craven Lodge No 810 and Mawsis Lodge No 4644, Skipton, secured a grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund for the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway. Bolton Abbey Station has close connections with both towns; the preserved steam railway originally being constructed in 1888 as the Skipton & Ilkley Railway, where the line then continued to Leeds via Guiseley. The redundant signal box from Guiseley station and a water column from Skipton station are both preserved and have been re-erected at Bolton Abbey Station. The grant will be used to provide replica ‘Midland Railway’ period-lighting on the platform, which will greatly enhance the historic atmosphere of the recreated station. Business Manager, Stephen Walker, said, “We are really grateful for the support
from the Yorkshire Freemasons’ Charity. The cash enables us to finish the platform in an authentic manner, really enhancing the Victorian character of the station for future generations.” Bolton Abbey Station was once one of the busiest in the Dales, with a record of over 42,000 passengers passing though the station in one day, just after the Second World War. The railway is now operated by volunteers who hope ultimately to reconnect the railway to the national network at Skipton.
A YORK HOSPITAL HAS BENEFITED FROM THE DUAL-MEMBERSHIP OF A SELBY FREEMASON A York Hospital has benefited from the dual-membership of a Selby Freemason. The Haematology/Oncology Ward (ward 31) at York Teaching Hospital incorporates a ‘quiet room’ providing facilities for patients, relatives, visitors and staff with a need for tranquillity, confidentiality or personal privacy away from the general medical business. Relatives of patients routinely utilise recliner chairs in the room for overnight accommodation. The facility, which is not supported by NHS funding, had become somewhat dated and in need of modernisation. Chris Cole, a member of both De Lacy Lodge No 4643, Pontefract and Vale of York Lodge of Advancement No 9489, Escrick (Yorkshire N & E Riding), has an association with the ward and
decided to offer his personal support for the project. The Master and Brethren of De Lacy Lodge were pleased to match his gesture and cheques to the value of £1,000 were presented to ward manager Ian Fowler, pictured with hospital staff, Chris Cole and Peter Higgins, Master of De Lacy Lodge.
CHANGING PLACES, CHANGING LIVES A grant of £4,500 from the PGM’s Fund has provided specialist equipment for the ‘Changing Places’ disabled persons’ toilet at St John the Evangelist Church, Farsley. Standard accessible toilets do not meet the needs of everyone that has a disability. Those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as people with other physical disabilities such as spinal injuries, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis, often need extra equipment and space to allow them to use the toilets safely and comfortably.
Each changing place toilet provides the right equipment such as height adjustable adult-sized changing bench and a tracking hoist or mobile hoist system. Also, adequate space in the changing area for up to two carers accompanying the disabled person as well as many other specific provisions. In total, £65,000 has been raised by the Church and its congregation to provide this facility, which will benefit all residents of the village as well as visitors. The grant was secured by Lodge of Benevolence No 5612, Pudsey and Philip
Crossland, Master, is pictured handing over the cheque to Rev Paul Tudge and his wife Rosie, along with Lodge member Raymond P Sheller and Steven M Emmett, Charity Steward.
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GRATITUDE EXPRESSED BY MAJOR GRANT RECIPIENTS Representatives from Mencap in Kirklees have taken delivery of a 16-seater Boxer Bus following major financial support from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The bus, which replaces a 20-year-old vehicle, was handed over at Greenhead Masonic Hall by APGM John Gledhill and Trevor Wilkinson of sponsoring Lodge, Albert Edward No 1783. They are pictured, alongside the new bus, with representatives of Mencap and other charities who, at the PGL annual meeting at Harrogate earlier this year, received major grants totalling £72,000 from the PGM’s Fund. Samantha Jones, representing Mencap in Kirklees, which provides disability services throughout the district, said, “The £26,000 from the Freemasons went a long way in helping purchase the vehicle which will assist in transporting those adults, families and carers whom we are able to support.” Representatives of the successful charities joined with sponsoring Lodges at a buffet evening at Greenhead. Kirkwood Hospice received £25,200 and fund-raiser Wasim Hussain said they would soon complete the purchase and installation of six electric profiling beds which will help nursing staff in their work with patients who have severely reduced mobility. The Welcome Centre, based in Huddersfield town centre and which provides front-line support for families and individuals in crisis, received £11,000. “We have used this money to upgrade IT and telephone equipment,” explained Emma Greenhough, head of marketing, and she, too, expressed her gratitude for the financial support.
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FLYING THE FLAG AT THE GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW The 159th Annual Great Yorkshire Show, at the Harrogate Show Ground, saw Brethren from our Province, along with the Province of N&E Ridings, join forces to make their mark on the Great British public. The Province has shared the stand with N&E Ridings for many years and our volunteer members, under the Chairmanship of Andy Brown of Rokeby Lodge No 6301, supported by the Rulers of the two Provinces, were available over the three days to answer any questions and dispel any myths that the public may have about Freemasonry. This year’s stand saw the usual pull-up information display boards, along with the floral display created by Doug Mills of Spa Lodge No 7609 for the UGLE Tercentenary celebrations.
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The stand is not used as a recruitment exercise, but a number of interested gentlemen did however show an interest and have since been contacted through the correct channels, and some progress has been made. The TLC teddy bear always attracts attention and it is amazing how so many people recognised the teddies and knew someone who had actually received one. This year the stand was also supported by The Haven Leeds, the Brethren who cycled from London to Leeds for Masonic Charities, and the Scout Sailing Association, recent recipients of a grant of £12,000 from the PGM’s Fund. Having served almost 10 years on the GYS Committee and 4 years as Chairman, Andy Brown has now stepped down, to concentrate on his other role as Provincial Membership Officer. Peter Burnley of Eccleshill, Faith and Fraternity Lodge No 1034, having served the committee for many years, will lead the GYS team into 2018. Andy is pictured (left) handing over to Peter.
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27 years ago, a number of Lodges moved from Great George Street, in the centre of Leeds, to ‘The Allerton’, Nursery Lane, Alwoodley. In its glory days the Warwick Suite, alongside the Masonic Hall, was seating up to 250 at ‘black-tie’ dinners but the many hotels now built in the city centre have provided stiff competition, leading to a major fall in income to the Masonic owners, Warwick Suite Plc. The situation wasn’t helped when two of the Lodges moved away. The Directors were forced to look for alternative sources of income and, following lengthy negotiations, have been pleased to reach agreement with the Co-op to take the ground floor of the banqueting suite. Company chairman, Peter Wardle, said, “I have been on the board for some 35 years and it has been a constant and recurring theme that we have had to deal with the vagaries of a fluctuating income from the building, without which the Masons would not have had a home. I have worked with the Co-op for some time to conclude this development, which will be beneficial to both parties and the local residents. “Going forward it is intended that improvements will be made to the Temple building over the next few years and that the costs to the Lodges will certainly not rise in the near term and may well be decreased further,” he said. To be known as ‘Charlie Bretts’, the facilities at The Allerton include an excellent restaurant and bar. Now with a lift installed, a Function Suite will continue to be available for private parties, as well as festive boards. So perhaps now, the remark, “I’m off to the Lodge,” may provoke the response, “Bring a loaf and a bottle of milk back with you!” Dividends for all!! Peter Wardle is pictured with Store Manager Nicola Bedford.
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BRILLIANT SUNSHINE FOR SUMMER FAIRS Connaught Court The Connaught Court ‘Summer Fair’, hosted by The Association of Friends of Connaught Court, took place in glorious June sunshine. The Fair was opened by Provincial Grand Master, David S Pratt, in splendid fashion; the PGM commenting on the wonderful turn out of stalls and attractions on the day and on the hard work that had gone into the arrangements. He thanked the members of the Association and the Lodges involved for their efforts.
petting animal display; farm tractor; bouncy castle; guess the number of flowers in the RMBI sign and a clown and ball game. In what has become a custom, there was a good selection of classic cars to be viewed provided by the Brethren of ‘Classics on the Square’ who held a ‘Guess the Mileage’ competition, won by Malcolm Peace of Connaught and Truth Lodge No 521 who was only two miles out. Activities Coordinator, Fran Tagg, said, “It was a lovely sociable day for everyone.
He also mentioned the sterling work being done on behalf of the Association by the newly appointed Ambassadors and urged them to continue their efforts. The home itself also came in for praise, for the wonderful facility that it is and for having received an excellent report from the Care Quality Commission as well as achieving the Butterfly Standard for Dementia Care. The event was blessed by the presence of more than twenty stalls and attractions, as well as the York Railway Institute Development band who kept everybody entertained with a varied selection of rousing brass-band music. As well as the usual stalls and games, new attractions this year included a
Residents enjoyed the warm weather, listening to the brass band and watching chickens, lambs and piglets that visited the Home. A great opportunity for friends and families to get together and enjoy some homemade cakes and goodies.” The sincere thanks of the Association go out to all who contributed on the day and assisted in raising the magnificent total in excess of £5,400. Membership Secretary, Paul Hornby and wife Margaret, were present and were pleased to enhance the income on the day by recruiting many new life members. Next year’s Fair is on Saturday, 16 June and will be opened at 1.30 pm by the Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, North and East Ridings, Jeffrey Gillyon.
Brethren, please do attend if you possibly can and perhaps, more importantly, take part by providing a stall or other form of attraction. Every penny raised for this worthy cause is spent in enhancing the lives and well-being of the residents of Connaught Court. Full details of how to contribute together with much other information can be found on the web site: www.friendsofconnaughtcourt.org.uk Harry Priestley House The following month saw more good weather for a similar event at Harry Priestley House, Thorne – the RMBI home for adults with learning disabilities. This Summer fair had a seaside theme, featuring a Punch and Judy Show, fish and chips, ice-cream, cakes and donuts. Staff decorated the Home’s garden with buckets and spades and beach-balls to give residents and guests a real feel of the seaside. A tombola, organised by the daughter and grandchildren of Home Manager, Anne Stobart, raised £200 towards supporting activities for residents. Anne said, “Our summer event provided a great opportunity for residents and guests to get together and take part in a range of outdoor activities. It helps residents make new friends and enjoy something a little different.”
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MASONIC SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS To mark the tercentenary of UGLE and bicentenary of the Province, funding to the tune of £60,000 was provided by the Masonic Charitable Foundation to expand an initiative giving people across the Yorkshire region, with profound learning difficulties, the chance to participate in sport. Special emphasis was placed on the Special Olympics Motor Training Programme, funding additional resources and training to reach several thousand, rather than a few hundred. The Programme, consisting of a twelveweek course, is directed towards both adults and children unable to participate in regular Special Olympics sessions due to their complex disabilities. Children from across Leeds attended an event at Farnley Academy in the city, where they were able to demonstrate the motor skills they had learned over a period of three months training.
Special Olympian Oliver Court and his mother are pictured with Anthony W Llewellyn APGM at the event in Leeds. The Special Olympics Great Britain 2017 National Summer Games took place in Sheffield from 7 – 12 August 2017. These are held every four years and were last held in Sheffield in 1993.
The Yorkshire and Humberside delegation totalled 245 athletes, supported by 107 volunteer coaches and escorts, all resplendent in new kit, provided by a grant of £25,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. A number of them are pictured above. Provincial Grand Master David S Pratt said, “This has been a momentous year for Freemasons nationally as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the first Grand Lodge of England, and in West Yorkshire, we mark our bicentenary. We were delighted to be able to help the Special Olympics, which is special in more ways than one and we are proud to be associated with the outstanding organisation.” Despite the rain, the delegation enjoyed entering the stadium, at Bramall Lane, Sheffield for the opening ceremony; the new kit giving them a feeling of self-worth. Competition took place over the next three days, with much to celebrate for our region; most of the athletes winning at least one medal. Even those not winning a medal knew they had done their best and the coaches were proud of their achievements. A particularly proud parent was
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Christopher C Cole, Senior Warden of De Lacy Lodge No 4643, Pontefract, whose son, Andrew, also a member of De Lacy, started off really well, with a silver medal in the Men’s 200m sprint. The first past the post was then disqualified and Andrew was upgraded to the gold medal, only for a successful appeal to reverse the decision. The following day, in good company and in a very fast 100m race, Andrew finished sixth. He was then part of the Yorkshire and Humberside team in the 4 x 100m relay, finishing in the bronze medal position.
A guest at the Games was Brian Littlejohn of Royal Brunswick Lodge No 296, Sheffield, sponsors of the application to the PGM’s Fund. Representing the Province, he was invited to present medals at both the swimming and boccia events held at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Brian commented that, although he had previously been involved in many topclass events, this surely ranked as one of the most memorable, owing to the friendly and supportive atmosphere.
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A grant of £850 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund has enabled the Safe Anchor Trust to replace a hatch door on one of its canal boats. The former door was extremely heavy and the replacement is made of a much lighter alloy, allowing easier access for wheelchairs. The Safe Anchor Trust is a charity run by volunteers in Mirfield. It provides special needs groups within the community with an opportunity to enjoy a day’s excursion on a canal boat, with wheelchair access and other assistance, to ensure an enjoyable ride on the picturesque canal. Brethren from Mexborough Lodge No. 6117, West Vale, having secured the grant on behalf of the Charity, presented the cheque to Trust treasurer Don Wilkinson, pictured (right) with volunteer helmsman Helen Jones and (l to r) Mark Branford, Kevin Lyons, Master and Robin Whiteley.
Lady members of the Pennine Bowling Club for the Visually Impaired have new woods, thanks to a grant of £750 from the PGM’s Fund. The club is for visually impaired individuals to play flat green bowls and, during the summer months, they play at a purpose-built green in Brighouse. Members take part in numerous matches and competitions throughout the year and new members are always welcome to partake socially in what is a very good form of exercise.
Members of Savile Lodge No 1231 secured the grant on the club’s behalf and had intended testing their skills with the new woods in a competition, but poor weather caused the cancellation of the match at Wellholme Park. Lodge members, David Wilson and Michael Smithson went along to present the cheque to club secretary John Palmer and are pictured with Leanne Donegan (front) and other club members.
The Lighthouse Futures Trust, Leeds received a grant of £2,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund to buy gardening equipment for use by students with Autistic Spectrum Learning disability. The ‘Branching Out’ programme is a social enterprise, offering high quality gardening services to local residents and businesses. Keith Madeley got support to secure the grant from the Lodge of Peace No 3988, Baildon, after speaking with Development and Programme Manager Caron Munroe over a cup of tea. Pictured with the new equipment are (l to r): Gardening/Horticulture Job Coach Barry Stockton; CEO Lighthouse Futures Trust Katie Parlett; Keith Madeley; charity steward Phil Taylor; Macs Owen and Alex Grkinic, gardening students.
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New equipment, purchased with a grant of £750 from The Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, was used for the first time during the summer by the members of the Killinghall Nomads Junior Football Club. During a training session on the playing fields of Harrogate High School club welfare officer, Chris Dixon, and several assistants, all wearing new training sweatshirts and bibs, put the similarly kitted-out youngsters through a rigorous warm-up routine before they were encouraged into developing their football skills using new training balls, including one sensory ball. A set of goals had also been purchased and each member took it in turns to dribble and then shoot with varying success! Doug Mills, charity steward of The Spa Lodge No 7609, Harrogate, who supported the application to the Fund, commented how impressed he was with the enthusiasm, enjoyment and skill shown by those taking part; although he preferred an oval ball! He went on to say how fantastic Chris’s commitment was. The parents’ pride was also clear to see, with their children having the opportunity of taking part in a sporting activity which they might otherwise be denied. Killinghall Nomads have provided football for disabled young people for twenty years and are always open to new participants. Chris, on behalf of the Club, parents and players, wished to record his grateful thanks for the financial assistance given. Doug Mills is pictured (kneeling), with club members and the new kit.
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The Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association took a Masonic display, on Armed Forces Day, to the Penistone Showground to raise awareness of Freemasonry in the area. Kevin Bettles, one of the newer members of Holgate Lodge No 4972, Barnsley was joined by Past Masters in passing information to the many people making enquiries. The day proved so successful that it is intended to attend again next year. Pictured (l to r): Cliff East, Kevin Bettles and Douglas Fielding
RUGBY LEAGUE AND MUSIC CONTINUE TO FLOURISH IN HUDDERSFIELD
The Rugby Football Lodge No 9811, Huddersfield has demonstrated its support for junior rugby and for music in the town, with two cash donations. A grant of £500 was made to Meltham All Blacks Junior Rugby League team to assist with the purchase of new playing kit and a grant of £1,000 was made to the Huddersfield Music Society. Founded in 1918, the Huddersfield MusicSociety celebrates its centenary this season. To mark this remarkable achievement, the committee has put together an exceptional programme of seven concerts, which commenced in October and continue until April next year. To cover the costs of musicians of depth and integrity, the Society’s committee embarked on a fund-raising exercise,
LOW ROPES IN LITTLE DEER WOOD Funded primarily by a major grant from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, the official opening of the accessible low ropes course in Little Deer Wood, Mirfield took place in August. The facility is the only rope course accessible to both able bodied and disabled young people in the whole of the North of England and is one of only two in the country. Additional funding was provided by Huddersfield-based Cummins Turbo Technologies and the Yorkshire Regional Spinal Injury Centre’s Stepping Stones Appeal, based at Pinderfields Hospital. The hospital will use the course to treat patients who have suffered spinal injuries in accidents or war-zones. The opening ceremony was performed by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Major Stan Hardy, accompanied by Anthony W Llewellyn APGM and Anya Philip, HR Director of Cummins Turbo Technologies. Little Deer Wood is situated in woodland at Shepley Bridge and the course is strung beneath trees with a series of linked challenges. It is designed to be environmentally friendly and should last for many years. The ropes, wires and other elements that make up the obstacles are no more than 50cm from the ground but team members must remain off the ground as they negotiate the course. There are also moving platforms, which youngsters confined to wheelchairs must negotiate. “The course has been three years in the making,” said Steve Dunn, Chair of Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust. “It will be a superb addition to the other facilities at Little Deer Wood, which include canoeing, archery, climbing, orienteering, bush craft and many more, which are already accessible to both able bodied and disabled young people.” Denise Bedford MBE, manager of the Trust said, “It is often really difficult to ensure that people with disabilities can join in and benefit from a whole range of activities, most of which require specially-adapted equipment. We can only achieve this with donations such as the ones we have received and from the excellent support we get from volunteers.” David Archer, a Trustee of the Kirklees Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Trust, and a member of Howley Lodge No 5012, Batley which sponsored the bid to the PGM’s Fund said, “When you see how our charitable donations are used to provide facilities like these for young people, especially those with special needs, it makes you feel proud to be a Freemason. It is really emotional seeing able-bodied and disabled children working together to navigate the course. The Trust is extremely grateful to the PGM’s Fund for making it all possible.” Anthony W Llewellyn APGM, David Archer and Ian Wright, Administrator of the PGM’s Fund, look on as young people assist Mary Hinde to navigate the course. thereby ensuring that the best and most accomplished players of chamber music will entertain audiences at St Paul’s Hall, University of Huddersfield. In acknowledgement of the donation, the concert in March will be named as the Rugby Football Lodge concert. The President of the Huddersfield Music Society, Stephen Smith, is pictured (right) accepting the cheque from David Ridgway, charity steward of the Rugby Football Lodge.
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RUGBY FOOTBALLERS HELPING IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
John Duncan of Tateshall Lodge No 7645, Pontefract was delighted to be able to present a cheque for £500, on behalf of the Lodge, to Mr Chris Embling for the Rory James Embling Foundation at CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young). In May 2014, Chris and Anne Embling’s son Rory died suddenly, due to an undiagnosed cardiac arrhythmia. Rory was 26 years old, a seemingly fit and healthy young man when he passed away without warning. Tragically up to twelve young people, every week in the U.K., suffer a similar death to Rory. Chris and Anne have created a pub, named ‘Rory’s Return’, in the garden of their home in Ackworth, Pontefract in his memory, and from where the family hold regular fund-raising events; all proceeds
of which go towards heart screening sessions, held at ‘Rory’s Return’. At each of these screening sessions highly trained cardiologists from CRY conduct tests on 100 local young people between the ages of 14 and 35. Each screening session costs £5,500 and, to date, Rory’s Foundation has raised sufficient to pay for two screenings and there will be more to come in 2018. The screenings so far have seen ten young people referred to hospital for possible life-saving treatment. Chris, Anne and daughter Francesca thanked Brethren of Tateshall Lodge for their very kind donation and encouraged them, and all Masons in West Yorkshire, to consider getting their children, grandchildren and relatives screened at the next possible opportunity.
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Hollybank School, Mirfield has been presented with a cheque for £3,000 by Brethren of the Rugby Football Lodge No 9811, Huddersfield to be used for ‘Little Pips’, a scheme dedicated to developing skills, sharing experiences and having lots of fun for children up to the age of five. Family support sessions are run by an early years teacher supported by a physiotherapist, speech therapist and multi-sensory impairment specialist. For over 60 years the school, set in a former Roman Catholic seminary, has been dedicated to the care of children, young people and adults with multiple and profound disabilities. Their motto is ‘Providing Quality of Life, For Life.’ After meeting some of the children and their mothers Brethren were treated to a short tour of the premises and the facilities available. Tony Rennison, Master, remarked, “It is amazing that everyone we’ve seen; mothers, children and all the staff, have all been smiling. What a friendly, welcoming place!” David Ridgway, Barry Massam, Charles Skidmore and Tony Rennison are pictured with the ‘Little Pips’, mothers and staff members. 34
Harry Priestley House in Thorne, Doncaster will soon have an enlarged gated entrance, giving easier access to residents, thanks to a grant of £1,000 from the Football Association. The Home, supported by the RMBI, offers residential care and support in a friendly family environment for up to 12 people with learning disabilities. Its bedrooms are of varying sizes, located on the first and ground floors. Also on the ground floor there are pleasant large lounges, a dining room, kitchen and a utility room. On the first floor there are six more bedrooms for residents and a training flat which supports residents in developing skills for semi-independent living. Doncaster Rovers Football Club secured the grant from monies distributed from the FA Community Shield and club director,
Stuart Highfield, a Past Master of Stonegate Lodge No 6118, Thorne was pleased to continue the Club’s support for the Home; several years ago, the Club helped with funding for a patio area to be constructed. The Home currently has vacancies and anyone wishing further details is invited to ring Mrs Anne Stobart, the Home’s manager, on 01405 814777 or visit the website: https://www.rmbi.org.uk/harry-priestleyhouse-doncaster Pictured presenting the cheque to Ann Stobart is Stuart Highfield accompanied by Deputy PGM Stuart C Grantham.
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CHARITY A number of words that are in use today have different meanings to their original ones. Take, for example, the word Charity, which is used by many people. ‘Charity begins at home’ is a comment often heard, others add to this by saying, “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” ‘May your Charity increase as much as your wealth’ is another proverb, or ‘Charity sees the need, not the cause.’ To many, Charity is giving money for a worthy cause, or it is an organisation set up for that purpose. Yet over the years some people have been known to say that they were too proud to accept Charity. Charity is a word we use frequently in Freemasonry, both in the Craft and in at least one other Order. In the explanation of the First-Degree Tracing Board it states that the three principal virtues are ‘Faith, Hope and Charity’ and then goes on to say ‘to be in Charity with all men’. But what does Charity really mean, also where and when did it originate?
To find the answer we must turn to the King James authorised version of the Bible, which is on the Master’s Pedestal as the Volume of the Sacred law in most of the Lodges I know. This version was first published in 1611, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. It is only in the New Testament that you find the word Charity, where it is mentioned 115 times. The three familiar words, coupled together, Faith, Hope and Charity, can be found in Paul’s First Epistle to the Corinthians Chapter 13. Which says, ‘And now abideth (which means for ever), Faith, Hope and Charity, these three, but the greatest of these is Charity’. This authorised version remained unaltered for over 250 years, until a revised version was finally published in 1885. In this revised version, it changes the word Charity (which came from the Latin word ‘caritas’ and the Greek word ‘agape’) to Love, as being the more acceptable translation. So, it then read, ‘but now abideth, Faith, Hope and Love, these three, and the greatest of these is Love’. So, having found where and when the word originated, then let us answer the question, what does it mean in Freemasonry, recalling that the First Degree Tracing Board instructs us ‘to be in Charity with all men’? Again, we must turn to the Volume of the Sacred Law where, in the Book of Exodus, we find the Ten Commandments given to Moses. The first five informing us of the duty we owe to God and the other five the duty we owe to our neighbour. These Commandments are summarised in the Books of the Law, In Leviticus, the first five as Love the Lord your God with all your Heart, Mind and Strength and in Deuteronomy, the second five as Love your neighbour as yourself. The principles on which our Order is founded are Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. The principle of Truth is to love God with all your Heart, Mind and Strength. The principles of Brotherly Love and Relief are what we consider as Charity,
which is all part of loving your neighbour as yourself. Therefore, following the Principles of Freemasonry is following the Ten Commandments given to Moses and the ancient Israelites so long ago, but which are as vital and relevant to life in the twenty first century as when they were first given. Peter Holt PJGD Provincial Grand Chaplain
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Woodley School and College, Longley, Huddersfield was the recipient of a grant of £1,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund. The school is a local authority special school for 140 children and young people, aged five to nineteen; all have a statement of Special Education Needs or an Education Healthcare Plan. The grant, secured by the Lodge of Harmony No 275, will be used towards the purchase of sensory equipment used for learning outside the classroom, and Headteacher, Anne Lawton, said she was delighted to receive the money. Pictured with Anne Lawton and pupils of the school are Richard Butler (l) and Chris Reilly of the Lodge of Harmony.
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BRADFORDIAN BECOMES PATRON OF Past Master of Bradfordians Lodge No 9886, Sir David Wootton has become a patron of Lifelites, the charity which donates and maintains inclusive technology for terminally ill and disabled children in hospices.
Sir David was introduced to Lifelites through his role as Assistant Grand Master and as Master of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, a livery company for senior practitioners in the information technology industry. Since learning more about the charity’s work, he has decided to lend his name to help the organisation and the children it supports. Lifelites, originally a Freemasons’ millennium project but now a registered charity in its own right, donates and maintains specialist packages of assistive and inclusive technology for the 10,000 terminally ill and disabled children at every children’s hospice across the British Isles.
The technology the charity provides helps these children to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as it is possible. It gives them the opportunity to escape the confines of their disabilities and do the things which we take for granted, but which they never thought possible; paint a picture, make music, or play a game with their brothers and sisters. Sir David said, “I am delighted to be in two organisations that are big supporters of Lifelites and am therefore doubly keen to support them. They have a musical instrument you can play just by passing your hand through a beam of light, a screen you can paint on in different colours electronically just with a move of the eye and the amazing Magic Carpet - all products of great imagination which transform these children’s lives and give them the chance to do what we all take for granted. Such wonderful work.” Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said, “We are bowled over that Sir David has agreed to become a patron and support the work of Lifelites. We have no doubt that his status in the City Community will be perfect to assist us in raising the profile of Lifelites among this important audience.” There is a Lifelites project in every baby and children’s hospice across the British Isles. The hospices do not pay a penny towards their Lifelites project and all of Lifelites’ work is funded by donations; the equipment, ongoing technical support and training at each hospice costs around £50,000 over four years.
TAKING THE CHAIR AT 90!
Peter R Piercey has been Enthroned as Most Wise Sovereign of Stonegate Chapter No 987, Thorne. Nothing remarkable you might think, but having celebrated his 90th birthday just two months earlier, his decision to take the Chair is the mark of an exceptional Mason. Peter last took the chair of his ‘Mother’ Chapter, Welcome, in Sheffield, 35 years ago and was a Founder Member of Stonegate Chapter in 1988; he had not however taken the Stonegate Chair until this opportunity arose, due to the unfortunate ill-health and subsequent resignation of the original candidate for the role. Fifty Rose Croix Masons crammed into Thorne Masonic Hall, on a very warm evening in June, to witness Peter’s Enthronement, including the only other remaining Founder still a member, Gerry Barker. Acknowledging Peter’s membership and regular visiting in the bordering District of Nottinghamshire, he was supported by the Inspector General Michael Page (pictured right), together with John Boyington, Inspector General for Yorkshire, West Riding (left).
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DOUBLE CELEBRATION FOR KEIGHLEY KNIGHTS Fifty Years a Knight Earlier this year, the Provincial Prior, together with thirty of his Officers and the Provincial Guard, attended the Installation meeting of the Plains of Rama Preceptory No 3 at Keighley. The Preceptory was also very much honoured by the presence of Malcolm Ernest Slater, GCT, the Great Seneschal, of Sepulchre Preceptory and Sandeman Priory No 27, who was accompanied by Paul Raymond Clement, GCT, Great Marshal and Grand Master Nominate, of the Preceptory of St. George No 6; with a retinue of Great and Past Provincial, Eminent and Sir Knights of the combined Orders. The Marshal, Christopher J. Wilcock, PP2ndCon, proclaimed James Alistair Kerr Shallcross as Eminent Preceptor for the ensuing year. The Great Seneschal then assumed the Chair to present a 50-years Certificate Scotland’s Newest Micro-Distillery to Douglas Harold Weston, Past Great Scotland’s The Newest Micro-Distillery Chamberlain. Great Seneschal addressed the Preceptory, stating that he and Douglas ‘shared much in common’; Douglas as a Mechanical Engineer and himself as an Electrical Engineer and that both had been involved in regulating Standards in the United Kingdom and Europe. The Declaration of Fifty Years’ service having been read, the Great Marshal presented the Certificate to Douglas. The Great Seneschal then stated he was commanded by the Grand Master Timothy John Lewis, GCT to present a letter appointing Douglas Harold Weston to the rank of Past Great Registrar in the Order of the Temple and thus Past Great First Lieutenant in the Order of Malta.
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Douglas thanked the Great Seneschal and stated that he was ‘astounded by such a gesture’. He then gave reminiscence of his early years in the Craft and Chapter, albeit under a somewhat military form of management. Upon his joining the United Orders and upon his Installation, he was addressed by his Christian names and he knew then that he was in the right place. Over the years he grew to dearly love the Order. A lavish banquet was given in celebration of this unique event. The Great Seneschal and the Provincial Prior were amongst those giving superb speeches of thanks.
At a meeting of the Plains of Rama Preceptory No 3 in June, the Past Provincial Sub-Prior, with six Acting Provincial Officers and twenty distinguished guests, joined in celebrations marking 225 years of continuous working. The Immediate Past Preceptor Paul Christodoulou gave a most fascinating presentation of the history of the Preceptory. Paul is expanding this into a book, to be published in due course, for sale to the benefit of the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. To complete the celebration, Paul had commissioned the design and production of a beautiful commemorative lapel pin in a golden finish for the Members and a limited edition, of only fifty, in a silver finish for the guests. The meeting concluded with a celebratory banquet and some excellent speeches.
The Knights of the Plains of Rama No 3 (pictured) are looking forward to their 250th Anniversary.
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THE REV CANON KENNETH JOHN PHILLIPS PJGD, PPSGW Well known organist and much respected chaplain, The Rev Canon Ken Phillips, died on 3 October 2017, aged 80. Originally from Derbyshire, Ken first became a minister in the Methodist church before an early change of codes to Church of England. He served a Parish near Preston, Lancs. He became a Freemason in 1980 when he was Initiated in Lodge of Endeavour No 7036 (West Lancs). On moving to Warwickshire, where he served as Canon of Coventry Cathedral, he joined Coventry Foundation Lodge No 4543 and, later, Warwickshire Installed Masters Lodge No 4538. He was a Founder member of Holy Well Lodge No 9437 in Southam, (Warks.) and served as Master in 1996. He was made an Honorary member of both Lodge of Renaissance No 9724 (Warks.) and William Webb Ellis Lodge No 9754 (Warks.). When, in 2004 Ken’s Ministry brought him to Hellifield in ‘God’s Own County’, he promptly became a joining member of Castleberg Lodge No 2091, Settle. He was a very popular and much respected member, filling the office of organist for many of those years. When the old organ gave up the ghost he jointly funded a replacement, which bears a plaque to mark his generosity. He also played the organ at Mawsis Lodge 4644, Skipton, as well as pretty much anywhere else he was asked! Ken was first honoured by the Province of Warwickshire, when appointed Assistant Grand Chaplain in 1992, an office he held for seven years, before being promoted to Provincial Grand Chaplain. In 2008 he was appointed Provincial Deputy Grand Chaplain in our Province and was promoted a year later to Provincial Grand Chaplain, holding that office for four years. He was then promoted to PPSGW. In Grand Lodge, he was appointed Past Assistant Grand Chaplain in 2001 and, with typical modesty, was amazed to be promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon in 2012. Ken was an integral part of the community in Hellifield, not just in the Church; he was a member of a weekly quiz team, ‘The Grumpy Old Men’, and his broad knowledge of many subjects made him a very useful member of an oftenwinning team. He had a keen interest in classic cars and steam railways. Ken was a member of Craven Chapter No 810, Skipton and of other Orders and enjoyed the unstinting support of his wife, Joy. He will be greatly missed. 38
Gordon Jacobs of the Lodge of Halez Fax No 4135 and his wife Jean celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 24 June 2017. An auspicious date for more than one reason. Leslie Middleton of Savile Lodge No 1231 and his wife Sheila celebrated their Diamond Wedding Anniversary on 6 September 2017. David Mann of West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No 9645 and his wife Margaret celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 30 September 2017. H Kelsall Nunn of Savile Lodge No 1231 and his wife Christine celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on 28 October 2017. Our hearty congratulations to all!
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The ladies of Howley Lodge No 5012, Batley can look forward to a real treat at next year’s Ladies’ Evening, when they will be entertained by ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ semifinalist, Audley Buckle. Audley, who came to the UK from Jamaica in 1965 and now lives in Huddersfield, is a DJ and performer who has, from his early years in such bands as ‘Soul Express’ and ‘The Groovers’, dedicated his life to music. He ended up auditioning for the ITV talent show after an application was submitted on his behalf. “Someone, I am not sure who, sent it in and I am glad they did,” said Audley. After an audition at studios in Manchester, Audley appeared before the judges, including Simon Cowell. He was joined on stage by Ant & Dec who, each with a portion of the famous chicken and chips, danced alongside him. Audley currently sings with Huddersfield Band ‘Super Fly’. He has appeared at various Charity events and has visited local special schools in his eye-catching silver suit. “I have been in music as long as I can remember,” said Audley who prefers not to disclose his age. “I was singing in concerts in Jamaica when I was six or seven.” If all goes according to plan, Audley, who was Initiated in 2009, will take the Chair of Howley Lodge in October 2018, but before that he has promised to give the ladies some of his ‘Chicken and Chips’.
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MASONIC VARIETY SHOW 2018 ‘A pulsating, exhilarating spectacular of fun and fund-raising,’ was a fitting description for the first Northern Masonic Variety Show in 2015, and the Bradfordians’ Concert Committee are proud to present another star-studded event next year. The splendid Gothic, Price Hall at Bradford Grammar School is again the venue on Saturday, 14 April, for an extravaganza staged and managed by the incomparable Freddie ‘Parrot-face’ Davies. A member for some fifty years of the Chelsea Lodge No 3098, noted for entertainers and showbiz personalities among its members, and now living in North Yorkshire, he will again front a wideranging repertoire to suit all tastes. In a long and dazzling career, which began in the working men’s clubs of the North East, Freddie went on to star at the London Palladium alongside stars such as Sir Cliff Richard; in between he was a Butlins Redcoat, has performed with comedians Dave Allen and Jimmy Tarbuck and also appeared in over 500 radio and television shows. He has featured in many nationwide theatre tours, including a stunning RSC production of The Secret Garden in Stratford-upon-Avon. Versatility abounds and he even became the face of McDonalds in France! Freddie will be joined by husband and wife team Gordon Cree and Cheryl Forbes, internationally known in the field of musicals and opera. Gordon, a celebrated vocalist, musician and arranger, has entertained throughout the world in theatre and cabaret, including three seasons in the Stardust Room at the Nevele Grande Hotel in New York, bookings in France, Germany, Sweden, Canada and the USA and is a favourite aboard the world’s leading luxury cruise liners. In classical music he is frequently to be found in opera, oratorio, recital and concert throughout the world, as well as being a very popular guest performer
with choirs, orchestras and music clubs throughout the UK. Throughout a star-studded career, he has regularly supported such artistes as Moira Anderson, Marilyn Hill Smith, Kenneth McKellar, Roy Hudd, Jane McDonald, Elaine C. Smith and American opera legend, Marilyn Horne. He has frequently performed before most of the principal members of the British royal family, as well as foreign royalty. Gordon is married to leading Scottish classical mezzo-soprano Cheryl Forbes, one of the most exciting and versatile singers of her generation. Cheryl was born in Falkirk and, at age seventeen, was accepted to all five of the UK’s music conservatoires, ultimately choosing to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London with Johanna Peters. She subsequently completed her studies at the RSAMD under Patricia MacMahon and from 2008 she was one of only a handful of singers to study privately with Marilyn Horne and Metropolitan Opera coach, Frederic Carama, in New York. Cheryl has worked with many of the biggest names in TV, Radio & Theatre since the tender age of eight, with appearances at The London Palladium. She sings with many of the UK’s leading orchestras and recently performed with the BBCSSO on BBC 3’s ‘Hear and Now’. She has been honoured in her home town Falkirk with a Scroll of Honour and last year she became ‘Falkirk Personality of the Year’. Back by popular demand is versatile impressionist Terry Webster, a one-man musical comedy act, who brought the house down in 2015. Musician, TV and cabaret artiste for some fifty years, Terry is a former front man for the Rockin’ Berries and, back in the 60s, starred alongside The Beatles and Tom Jones. Also making a welcome return are the award-winning Clifton and Lightcliffe Band, who will be joined by the acclaimed Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir. And there’s the tantalising prospect of a
Highlights from the first Northern Masonic Variety Show in 2015
‘star’ guest performer… Proceeds, including those from a ‘mega’ raffle, will be for the West Yorkshire Mark Masons’ 2023 Festival and the show has the unqualified support of both Craft PGM, David S Pratt and Mark PGM, James Steggles. Ticket information and booking forms will be circulated in due course - but mark the date well – 14 April 2018 – because already there are hopes that the £15,000 raised at the first event, for the RMBI Festival, can be surpassed. The Mark Benevolent Fund has successfully completed provision of 10 mobile chemotherapy units across the UK and is currently helping finance 52 new ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance.
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