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Community organisations from North, East, South and West Yorkshire have benefited to the tune of more than £20,000 – thanks to the generosity of Freemasons.
A total of 18 different groups have been given grants ranging from between £500 and £5,000 from the Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund.
Those to benefit include scouts, junior football clubs, churches, hospitals and animal welfare groups.
Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge, VW Bro Jack Pigott said:
Once again we are delighted to be supporting a host of different organisations doing great work in their local communities.
Each recipient has been nominated by a local lodge or lodge member, and these donations will help them to buy equipment or continue with a particular service.
In the last 25 years the Province of Yorkshire West Riding has given almost £3 million to support local non-Masonic causes.
Not a penny of that money came from the general public; it has all been donated by members of the Province, their families and their friends.
The organsiations to have benefited are:
AREA 1 – Bradford area
£1000 to Spen Valley Scout and Guide Band, Cleckheaton, towards new instruments. (Lodge of Friendship No 750).
£1000 to Downs Syndrome Training and Support Service, Bradford, for repairs to roof of The Pamela Sunter Centre. (Lodge of the Morning Star No 5428)
£500 to Oakworth Juniors Football Club for new Team Kit and Training Jackets due to increasing number of young people joining the Club. (Lodge of the Three Graces No 408)
£700 to Haworth Parish Church for a new ladder to enable the Clock to be rewound. (Brunswick Chapter No 408)
AREA 2 – Pennine area
£600 to Netherton Infant and Nursery School, Huddersfield, towards further development of outdoor facilities. (Lodge of Peace No 149)
£500 to Meltham and Meltham Mills Band towards cost of a new Euphonium. (Lodge of Peace No 149)
AREA 3 – Northern area
£1000 to Earby Community Association towards replacement Mini Bus. (Lodge of Faith,Hope and Charity No 4102)
£1000 to Orb Community Arts, Knaresborough, towards equipment Wish List . (Forest of Knaresborough Lodge No 7452)
AREA 4 – Sheffield and South
£1000 to 23rd Doncaster (Owston) Scout Group, final payment towards new Scout Store roof. (De Maulay Lodge No 6358)
£1000 to The “Lost Chord Musical Group”, Maltby towards new musical instruments. (Fitzwilliam Lodge No 3023)
£1000 to Transport 17 Ltd, Sheffield, final £1000 towards replacement of 10 year old Mini Bus. (Lodge of South Yorkshire 9633)
£650 to Kexborough Chiefs Football Club to fully kit out the B Teams. (Friendly Lodge No 1513)
£1000 to Stocksbridge Park Steels FC. Final payment from March 2013. (Holgate Lodge No 4792)
AREA 5 – Leeds area
£1000 to Otley Methodist Scout Group towards new tents (Goderich Lodge No 1221)
£5000 to Bramhope Scouts, Final payment from September 2010. (Allerton Lodge No 3047)
£1000 to Fairburn Cricket Club Juniors Section, Knottingley, towards wish list to expand training facility. (Philanthropic Lodge No 304)
£500 to St James Hospital Leeds, Ward 52, Prostate Cancer Recovery to purchase radios for patients use in Recovery. (St John’s Chapter No 827)
Total donations £20,300