Celebrating 300 years

To mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding will make grants available up to £250,000 to non-masonic causes in its area

The Province was invited by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, to become involved in the Diamond Jubilee. As the Province covers three Lord Lieutenancies, making grants that covered the entire vicinity was seen as an appropriate manner in which to mark the occasion.

Called the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Masonic Grants, £100,000 will be allocated to major grants and the rest will be for minor grants under £5,000. Provincial Grand Master John Clayton said, ‘It is fitting that an organisation such as the Freemasons, which instils a moral and ethical approach to life, should mark the occasion by making available these grants. In the past 25 years, the Province has given over £2.5m to support local non-masonic causes.’

Applications for grants, from recognised organisations, must have the support of a lodge or chapter in the Province.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding will make available up to £250,000 in grants to non-Masonic causes within the geographical area covered by the Province. These will be called “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Masonic Grants”.

£100,000 of the total will be allocated to major grants; the rest will be for minor grants under £5,000. John Clayton, the Provincial Grand Master in announcing the decision, said “It is fitting that an organisation such as the Freemasons, which instils a moral and ethical approach to life: and teaches and practices concern for people, care for the less fortunate and help for those in need, should mark the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen by making available these grants. In the last 25 years the Province has given over £2.5M to support local non-Masonic causes”.

Applications for grants, from recognised organisations, must have the support of a Lodge or Chapter in the Province, and will normally be for capital projects or to purchase equipment.  Eligibility for grants will be in line with the existing rules, consequently, applications will not be considered for revenue projects or to sponsor individuals.

Certificates to mark the Diamond Jubilee will be presented to recipients of the grants at an event to be held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds on 20 June 2012, where the major grants will be announced and awarded. It is hoped the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid M Roscoe will be present, or represented.

Freemasonry Today is honoured to be the fi rst publication to publish the new offi cial image of HM The Queen, although it is already on display at the Masonic Hall in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Permission has been authorised by Mike O’Keefe, Custodian of the Official Royal Image Library, a member of Ivel Lodge, No. 6846, which meets at Biggleswade. A framed copy of the photo was presented to Ivel Lodge Master Robert Lovesey – who is also Bedfordshire’s Grand Superintendent. At the time of that presentation, the only person who had received a print was Pope Benedict XVI, who had received his signed copy from the Queen during his Papal visit. Mike O’Keefe, who has been Custodian for 29 years, says the photograph – taken by Julian Calder – took place at Buckingham Palace in mid-March 2010.

Any lodge or Masonic Hall requiring a copy can contact the Custodian on 0845 634 5577 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to the website, www.royalimages.co.uk for further information

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