GRAND PATRON STATUS
FOR MINSTER LODGE IN RECOGNITION OF RAISNG
OVER £25,000 FOR THE MSF FESTIVAL 2018
At their November Regular Lodge meeting, at which there was a First Degree Ceremony, the Worshipful Master and brethren of Minster Lodge were pleased to receive the R. W. Provincial Grand Master, Jeffrey Gillyon and his team of Provincial Officers. During the preceding the Provincial Grand Master presented the Worshipful Master with a Grand Patron Certificate in recognition of the brethren of the lodge raising over £25,000 for the MSF Festival 2018.
Freemasons Charity Presentation Evening
The Masonic Hall St. Saviourgate, York 12th November 2016
LOCAL CHARITIES RECEIVE CASH BOOST FROM THE FREEMASONS
FREEMASONS from across the York area have raised £16,752 for several local non-Masonic charities. Since the function first began in 2009 over £250,000 have been donated to local non-Masonic charities.
The Freemasons were delighted and honoured to have as their guests the Sheriff of York, Mr Jonathan Tyler, The Sheriff’s Lady, Mrs Brenda Tyler and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master W. Bro. Stephen Robinson.
The nine lodges supporting the function were: York Lodge – The Lodge of St. Germain – Alcuin Lodge – Francis Drake of York Lodge – Minster Lodge – Agricola Lodge – Old Peterite Lodge – Concord Lodge – The St. Saviour Lodge of Installed Masters.
The charities they were supporting at the function were: The Island, York Against Cancer, Parkinson’s charity, York Sea Cadets, The Camphill Trust and St. Leonard’s Hospice.
Other beneficiaries not able to attend the function this year were: Selby Senior Phab Club, Action on Postpartum Psychosis’, The Gurkha Earthquake Appeal, Strensall Church and three young people working on their specific projects.
After a charity dinner, the function commenced in the Lodge Room where Mr Nigel Poulton a representative and fundraiser for the charity ‘The Island’ gave a most interesting talk on the charity. This registered charity has been operating since August 2007 and during this time it has offered support to vulnerable 8 – 13-year-olds in York who are struggling to cope at home, at school, or in the wider community, or who are experiencing difficult transitions in their lives. The lodges then proceeded to present their donation to their respective charities.
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque for £3,863 to Dawn Clements, Director of Fundraising at St. Leonard’s Hospice on behalf of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and went on to say that £600,000 had been raised for Hospices across England and Wales and since 1984 over £12 million has been donated to Hospices.
The Sheriff of York congratulated the Freemasons on their charitable work and gave a talk on the Lord Mayor’s Charities and his experiences in his current office as Sheriff of York. His address was very well received.
YORK FAMILY MEDIATION SERVICE RECEIVE A NEW HALL CARPET THANKS TO DONATIONS FROM THE FREEMASONS
The charity ‘York Family Mediation Service’ was delighted when Minster Lodge and the Provincial Grand Charity of Yorkshire North and East Ridings provided funds for them to purchase a new hall carpet for their recently acquired premises in Acomb, York.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. John Hayes and Charity Steward, W. Bro. Keith Bell visited the charity and presented cheques to the value of £1,195.00 to Catherine Morris the charities Service Manager. (The lodge donated £250.00 plus £945.00 from a Provincial grant.)
York Family Mediation Service offers an independent, impartial and confidential service to couples who are splitting up or have already separated who are in conflict over arrangements for the future. They offer a range of support services to couples and families who are separating, or have already separated: Mediation, which helps people reach agreement over arrangements for the future, and the Contact Centre which provides a safe and welcoming venue for non-residential parents to keep in contact with their children. For further information: www.yorkfms.co.uk