Lift for Heath Stroke Club
Stuart Burgess (shown centre left), Master of Beacon Lodge, No. 4066, has presented Heath Stroke Club Care Services, Halifax, with a cheque for a new battery-operated personal lift. Michael Hartley (right of centre), Immediate Past Master of Beacon Lodge, had applied to the West Riding Masonic Charities Provincial Grand Master’s Fund on behalf of the club for the full cost of the lift.
Receiving the cheque on behalf of Heath Stroke Club Care Services, Pat Akerman said that the lift will make a huge difference to the way the organisation can help people within the club. Anne Boyd, chairperson of the trustee’s committee, added that the lift will benefit both staff and clients.
West Yorkshire supports scouting milestone
An event celebrating a scouting milestone has been funded by the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, with a cheque presented by Tobias Reece of Beacon Lodge, No. 4066, based in Halifax. The occasion was the West Yorkshire Scouts’ 65th anniversary awards ceremony, when scouts from across the county were entertained by the Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band and a service was held in Bradford Cathedral.
Prestonian Lecture on tour
With this year’s Prestonian Lecture discussing the subject ‘Scouting & Freemasonry: Two Parallel Organisations’, lecturer Tony Harvey (above) delivered his speech at Beacon Lodge, No. 4066, in Halifax, Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
The lecture attracted 75 people, of whom 17 were non-masons. Servers at the festive board were from Halifax District Explorer Scouts, and speakers included Mark Stageman, county commissioner for West Yorkshire.
Scouting in Halifax
Earlier this year, Halifax children were invested into the new 50th Savile Park Scout Group by the local primary school, where it meets each week.
A grant from UGLE and help from Halifax District Scout Council enabled the group to provide first class scouting in a diverse area of Halifax. The north-east regional development team from the national Scout organisation have also been instrumental in helping the group’s formation.
Cubs and Beavers were invested into the group and the World Wide Scouting Association by District Commissioner Martin Longbottom, Beacon Lodge, No. 4066, Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, and Helen Ridehalgh, Assistant District Commissioner for Beaver Scouts. It is hoped that the group will become a full Cub Pack and Beaver Colony. New members are welcome.