Public opening of a New adventure play area designed to be accessible to children of all abilities at an award winning outdoor education centre

This project was the chosen charity of the 2010/11 Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Peter Hill, who is a Nell Bank Trustee and a member of Lodge of the Three Graces No. 408 in Haworth in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.

The need was to replace an existing play area that, after hosting up to 20,000 children annually for nearly two decades, had reached the end of its useful life.

The project was to design a structure that would have a much longer lifespan than its predecessor, and which would be accessible to children of all abilities.

Raising money as the true impact of the worldwide recession began to bite was not easy, despite the great generosity of the people of Bradford. At one stage it looked as if the project would have to be scaled down and not fully achieve its goal.

However, an application to West Riding Masonic Charities made by Lodge of the Three Graces and seconded by Victoria Lodge No. 2669 of Bradford, resulted in a truly generous grant of £20,000 being made through the Provincial Grand Master's Fund, and was presented by the Provincial Grand Master, John Clayton.

This sum provided the additional funds to build 'The Tree House Adventure' to its full potential. A unique play area, accessible to children of all abilities, including wheelchair users, and so realise the dream of providing an inclusive play and educational area for generations of children to come.

The Tree House Adventure was declared open on 11th May 2013, the annual Nell Bank public access day, by Nell Bank Trustee Bro Peter Hill, see picture above.

Bradford re-enactment

With the first masons admitted in Bradford in 1713, a special re-enactment was performed 300 years later in the city for the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding. Wearing dress appropriate to the era, including wigs and frock coats, 13 players – members of several local lodges – recreated the historic moment. Hosted by the Lodge of Hope, No. 302, the re-enactment was performed to an audience of more than 100 Bradford masons, including Provincial Grand Master John Clayton.

Local Freemasons donate over £223,500 during 2012 to Community Groups and Organisations to Mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

During the course of 2012, local community groups and organisations have benefited from grants totalling over £223,500, given by the Freemasons in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The grants have ranged from £100 to provide new crockery for a residents' association in Holmfirth, to £30,000 given to a special needs school in Rastrick to enable them to complete their new hydrotherapy pool. A total of 149 grants have been made to applicants from throughout the Province covering West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and parts of North Yorkshire.

Speaking shortly after the final grants had been approved, John Clayton, Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, West Riding, said: 'This last group of grants completes our work during the year to mark this very special occasion, the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty's reign and afford help to those who work tirelessly for their own communities.

'We wish the organisations who have received our grants all the best in their endeavours. I am always impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication with which they approach their work for the community. We hope that our financial support will go some way to assist them in that work.

'In the last 25 years the Province has given almost £3 million to support local non-masonic causes. Not a penny of that money came from the general public; it was all donated by members of the Province, their families and their friends.'

Thanks to a grant of £9,000, Harrogate Hospital Radio – a charity which first took to the airwaves in 1977 – has been able to refurbish its off-air studio with a state-of-the art mixing desk and associated furniture.

Provincial Grand Master John Clayton 'took to the air' during a recent visit, the radio station being just one of the charities to benefit from the £223,500 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee grants.

Members of Harrogate Hospital Radio invited W Bro John Clayton – plus members of Vale of Nidd Lodge who nominated the charity – to officially open its revamped Studio 2.

Harrogate Hospital Radio presenter Ellie Jackson, whose original approach to W Bro Michael Walker, of Vale of Nidd Lodge No. 4984, led to the successful application, used the opportunity to interview RW Bro Clayton about Freemasonry, its history and 'secrets'.

RW Bro Clayton also spoke about the TLC (Teddies for Loving Care) scheme – of which Harrogate District Hospital is a beneficiary – and recorded a number of messages wishing patients a speedy recovery.

RW Bro Clayton said: 'Harrogate Hospital Radio is a wonderful charity and I’m delighted we have been able to support this worthwhile cause. It is highly regarded by patients and staff alike and plays an import role in hospital life.

'It’s always gratifying to be invited to see how our donations are being put to good use.'

Harrogate Hospital Radio Chairman Iain Wighton said: 'We are indebted to the Freemasons for their incredibly generous gift. In particular, I’d like to thank members of Pateley Bridge’s Vale of Nidd Lodge for nominating us in the first place.

'Thanks to this donation, and that of a number of other organisations, we have been able to upgrade our second studio to the same standard as our main, on-air studio.'

He added: 'Harrogate Hospital Radio’s first broadcast was 35 years ago, and our equipment then consisted of one record player, one reel to reel tape recorder and a microphone.

'Through to successive appeals, the support of numerous local organisations and members’ own fund-raising activities, we can now justifiably boast to having some of the best broadcasting facilities anywhere in the Yorkshire region.'

The Yorkshire and Humberside arm of a national charity which helps change the lives of young people has been given a significant boost by Yorkshire Freemasons

Members of Doncaster's Don Valley Lodge, which meets in the town's Masonic Hall on Priory Place, hosted the presentation of cheques totalling £10,000 to two representatives from the Prince's Trust.

The donations, £5,000 from West Riding Masonic Charities and £5,000 from The Freemasons' Grand Charity, were presented to Prince's Trust Regional Chairman, Andrew Farley, and Prince's Trust Youth Ambassador, Rebecca Taylor, by John Kendall Clayton, the Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, West Riding.

Rebecca told the meeting how the Prince's Trust had totally transformed her life. She left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and, in 2007, while carrying her first child, she was made redundant, subsequently losing her home.

'I lost everything', she said. 'I went to various organisations and literally begged for help, but there was no help. Then I was told to approach the Prince's Trust. They listened and they believed.

'I had done a beauty course and they gave me a grant to learn to drive so I could "go mobile". I went on more courses and then, with their help, set up my own business.'

Rebecca approached the Frenchgate Centre asking if she could rent a unit to set up a beauty salon. In December 2010, she became the shopping centre's youngest tenant.

'I now train young, employed girls and employ a team of beauty therapists and am a Prince's Trust Ambassador. I opened in a recession so the business should have been doomed for failure. It isn't and it's giving young girls hope too.'

As a way of repaying the Trust, Rebecca went to them with an idea which has now been adopted nationally. The Tomorrow Campaign aims to help 55,000 young people a year into employment.

'I owe everything to the Prince's Trust and this donation is fantastic. I can't get over how much you have raised. This is going to make such a difference.'

Mr Clayton said: 'We are delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile cause. The Prince's Trust does fantastic work in supporting young people, and Rebecca is testament to this.

'She is a true inspiration. When others had written her off and consigned her to the scrapheap, the Prince's Trust listened to her, and, more importantly, believed in her.'

Local Community Groups and Charities in £176,000 Masonic Grant Giving to Mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

So far a total of more than £176,000 of an allotted £250,000 has been given to 93 local organisations by the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Speaking at a ceremony held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds attended by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, John K Clayton, Provincial Grand Master of Yorkshire, West Riding, said: “We are proud to be able to mark this very special occasion, the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign in the this way and help those who work tirelessly for own communities.

“In the last 25 years the Province has given over £2.5 million to support local non-Masonic causes. Not a penny of that money came from the general public, it was all down to the members of the Province, their families and their friends.

“It is fitting that an organisation such as the Freemasons, which teaches and practices concern for people; care for the less fortunate and help for those in need, should mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty by making available these grants.”

The Lord Lieutenant said: “I am indebted to the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding for their incredible generosity.

“We appreciate that in these tough and challenging economic times giving to charity may not be as high a priority as it once was. This is not the case with the Freemasons and your grants clearly demonstrate this.”

The following is a list of the recipients of Grants to July.

 

The Freemasons’ of Yorkshire, West Riding

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Masonic Grants

Grants To July 2012

BENEFICIARY

PURPOSE

GRANT

LOCATION

Highbury School, Rastrick

Improvement of School Hydrotherapy Pool

£30,000

Rastrick

Hepworth Brass Band

Purchase of new Instruments

£20,000

Huddersfield

Colne Valley Museum

Reception Shop and Café Area

£12,000

Huddersfield

Firefly Express Cancer Awareness and Support Foundation

Introduction of Second Mini Bus

£10,000

Doncaster

Rotherham Women’s Refuge

Garden Equipment and Bicycles

£10,000

Rotherham

Harrogate Hospital Radio, The Patients Channel

Replacement of Studio Desks

£9,000

Harrogate

Special Needs Objective Outreach Project (SNOOP)

Multi Sensory Room

£9,000

Bradford

Burnsall Village Hall

New Window and Stage Curtains

£5,000

Skipton

Norfolk Park School for Children with Special Needs

Special Needs Equipment

£5,000

Sheffield

Spen Valley Scouting

Towards Works

£5,000

Gomersal

Waves Day Care Centre

Funding for Development

£2,500

Slaithwaite

Doncaster School for the Deaf

Purchase Playground Equipment

£2,000

Doncaster

Gladiator Boxing Academy

Equipment

£2,000

Huddersfield

Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue

Equipment

£2,000

Ilkley

Knaresborough Community First Responders

Equipment

£1,800

Knaresborough

Disability Partnership Calderdale

Specialised IT Equipment for Visually impaired

£1,500

Halifax

Holly Bank Trust School

New Television's

£1,500

Mirfield

Weekend Care

Wish List

£1,500

Elland

N & W Yorks. Assoc. for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

Hold a workshop for Families with Children under Nine

£1,200

Leeds

Teenage & Young Adult Cancer Unit - St. James's Hospital

Hiring Disabled Lodges for a Weekend Retreat

£1,200

Leeds

Burton Leonard Playground Appeal

Originally Sept 11 & March 12 request.

£1,000

Harrogate

Castle Hill School

Part Cost of Acheeva Learning Station

£1,000

Huddersfield

Dearne Big Band & Barnsley Youth Jazz Association

Part Cost of Musical Instruments

£1,000

Barnsley

Dewsbury Collegians

Repainting of Rehearsal Rooms

£1,000

Dewsbury

Farsley Fairfield Primary School

Towards Works

£1,000

Leeds

Farsley Farfield Primary School

Donation to Mini Bus

£1,000

Leeds

Idle Juniors Football Club

Kit and Safety Folding Goal Posts

£1,000

Idle

JASP Pupil Referral Unit

Short Break Holidays

£1,000

Doncaster

Newman School

Part Cost of Portable Stage

£1,000

Rotherham

Parish Church of St Michael and All Angels

Contribution to Sound System (Community List)

£1,000

Dewsbury

Rawmarsh Children’s Centre

Development of a Play Area

£1,000

Rotherham

Ripon Citizens Advice Bureau

Refurbishment and New IT Equipment

£1,000

Ripon

The Principle Trust

Part Cost of Decking and Ramp for Wheelchairs

£1,000

Baildon

BENEFICIARY

PURPOSE

GRANT

LOCATION

The Maurice Jagger Centre

Part Cost of New Mini Bus

£1,000

Halifax

Todmorden in Bloom

Replace Benches

£1,000

Todmorden

Northridge Community School

Purchase Specialist Play Equipment

£850

Doncaster

Holy Trinity Primary School

Equipment for a Child

£800

Ossett

Parson House Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Donation to Mini Bus

£800

Sheffield

The Samaritans Rotherham

Two Easy Chairs

£800

Rotherham

Ivanhoe Centre Conisbrough

CCTV System

£775

Conisborough

8th Keighley Scout Group

Purchase Two Tents

£750

Keighley

Addingham Civic Society

Football Field & Playground

£750

Ilkley

British Wado-Ryu Karate Union

Part Cost of Practice Mats

£750

Doncaster

Pro Socker Pumas Under 15s

New Kit for Under 15's Team

£750

Sheffield

Rotherham Town under 11 Football team

Kit and Equipment

£750

Rotherham

Saddleworth School Angling Club

Restock Fish

£750

Saddleworth

St Andrews Child Contact Centre

Purchase of Settees

£750

Sheffield

Tadcaster Community Swimming Pool

New Defribulator

£750

Tadcaster

Guiseley in Bloom

Part cost of Six Commemorative Trees to mark the Diamond Jubilee

£650

Leeds

393 Club

Mess Tent for Annual Summer Camp in August

£500

Sheffield

Aireborough Voluntary Services

Part Cost of Computer & Software

£500

Otley

Almscliffe Tennis & Bowling Club

Contribution to Bowling Green Machinery

£500

Harrogate

Association of Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus

Part Cost of Educational Weekend

£500

Otley

Carers' Resource

New Equipment

£500

Ripon

MAKOR

Leeds Jewish International Performing Arts Festival

£500

Leeds

The Forest School

Part Cost of Gardening Equipment and Materials

£500

Knaresborough

Heckmondwike Town Junior Football Club

Under 12's Football Kit & Training Equipment

£500

Heckmondwike

Holmbridge Cricket Club

Equipment from Wish List

£500

Holmfirth

Home Start, Young Mums

Equipment

£500

Huddersfield

Kirkheaton Scouts and Guides

Contribution to New Windows for Scout Premises

£500

Huddersfield

Languages Sheffield

Contribution to Newsletter & Website Production

£500

Sheffield

Lock Lane under 10s AFC

New Strip for Under 10's Team

£500

Pontefract

Lydgate Special School

Part Cost of Holiday Equipment

£500

Holmfirth

Mediquip for Kids

To Complete Art Work at Calderdale Royal Hospital

£500

Halifax

Newsome Panthers ARLFC

Part Cost of New Kitchen

£500

Huddersfield

North Gawber Colliery Football Club

Contribution to Kit and Equipment

£500

Barnsley

OPAL

Contribution to Mini Bus Hire for Shopping

£500

Leeds

Open Country

Part Cost of Allotment Equipment and Tools

£500

Harrogate

Razzmatazz

Part Cost of Sound System

£500

Barnsley

Ripon YMCA

Grant towards Portable Stage Lighting

£500

Ripon

Rotherham District Explorer Scouts

Equipment for all weather Camping

£500

Rotherham

Rotherham Freeliners Angling Association

Equipment

£500

Rotherham

Sewing Club @ The Miners

Sewing Machines

£500

Barnsley

Sheffield Scout Sailing

To Replace Safety Equipment

£500

Sheffield

St. Peters Church Thrybergh

Redevelopment Room into Meeting Room

£500

Rotherham

BENEFICIARY

PURPOSE

GRANT

LOCATION

Whiston Junior and infant School Friends Association

Part Cost of Out Door Play Area and Equipment

£500

Rotherham

Boroughbridge & District Community Care

Photocopier and Desk

£400

Ripon

Idle and Thackley Theatre Group

Part Cost of New Stage Lighting

£400

Bradford

St. Joseph's Court Leopold & West Garth Residents Association

Financial Help with Coach Hire

£400

Dinnington

The Royal British Legion (Band) Skipton

Band Instruments

£400

Skipton

Castleford Male Voice Choir

Wish List

£300

Pontefract

Kirkheaton United Church

Part Cost of Portable IT Equipment

£300

Huddersfield

Wilf Ward Family Trust

Contribution to New Kitchen Equipment

£300

Leeds

Blenheim Court Care Centre

Donation for Outings

£250

Sheffield

Holmfirth Town Football Club

Contribution to Under 10's & 11's Equipment

£250

Holmfirth

Huddersfield Heart Start

Cardiac Trainer

£250

Huddersfield

Millhouse Junior and Infant School

Part Cost of New PA System for Choir Concerts

£250

Barnsley

Penistone Ladies Choir

Part Cost of New Electronic Keyboard

£250

Barnsley

Sheffield Parent Carer Forum

Part Cost of Computer & Software

£250

Sheffield

Todmorden Talking Newspaper

Memory Sticks

£250

Todmorden

Charles St Community Centre

Radio Receivers and Microphones

£100

Mexborough

Parson Cross Community Development Forum

Contribution to Therapeutic Art Class

£100

Sheffield

Roundway Tenants & Residents Association

Part Cost of New Crockery

£100

Holmfirth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL TO JULY 2012

£175,925

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 01:00

Restoring independence

Susan Beaumont has been confined to a wheelchair for the past 10 years. Although she lives independently she remains, at 34 years of age, reliant on her parents for both physical and financial support. Susan has limb girdle muscular dystrophy – a progressive condition that causes weakness in her hip, thigh and shoulder muscles – making it increasingly difficult for her to manage in a self-propelled wheelchair. Her mother, as primary carer, spends the majority of each day with Susan, while her parents remain on call at night in case she is unwell or there is an unforeseen household emergency.

Paul Healey, Almoner of Susan’s father’s lodge, applied to the Masonic Samaritan Fund in the hope of securing a grant to supply a powered wheelchair. The application was successful and Susan is now enjoying a new-found freedom and increased independence without the need to rely on others to push her around. One of her first outings was to the Provincial carol service held at the Penistone Parish Church, near to her home. Susan is now hoping to acquire a car through the Motability scheme that can be driven from her wheelchair, thereby further increasing her independence and mobility.

Published in Masonic Samaritan Fund

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.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 09:18

CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT IN SHEFFIELD

Britannia Lodge, No. 139, in Yorkshire, West Riding, has marked its 250th anniversary with a £10,000 donation to the city’s only hospice, St Luke’s

Lodge Master Roger Farris, pictured above at the lodge’s anniversary celebrations, declared, ‘One of the principal philosophies of Freemasonry is charitable work in the community and we were delighted to be able to support St Luke’s as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.’ Una Moran, director of St Luke’s fundraising, echoed Roger’s sentiments, ‘The Freemasons have been great supporters of St Luke’s and this donation is extremely important to us. It costs £700 per hour every day of the year to simply maintain the service we provide and a donation like this means so much to our work now and in the future.’

There are around 900 Freemasons in Sheffield and 26 different lodges, but Britannia Lodge, No. 139, is the city’s oldest. ‘Freemasons do a tremendous amount of good work and offer their brethren real camaraderie. I hope Britannia Lodge will celebrate its 500th anniversary,’ resolved Roger.

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.

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