David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding
David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding

Harrogate & Ripon organisations benefit from Yorkshire Freemasons April grants

8 April 2018

Four community organisations in Harrogate and Ripon have benefited to the tune of £5,040 from grants presented by the freemasons.

Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust Palliative Care Charitable Fund has received £1,700 to buy 300 comfort bags for relatives to make their stay in hospital more comfortable.

The comfort bags provide very practical items such as earplugs, tissues, notebook and pens, travel pillow, hand lotions and essential toiletries.

Furthermore, Ripon-based Jennyruth Workshops, which supports adults with learning disabilities, was awarded a grant of £1,300 to go towards buying a new laser cutter.

Ripon Museum Trust received £1,200 to help finance the recreation of a late 19th century workhouse master’s garden, and St George’s Community Centre in Harrogate, was given a grant of £840 to purchase an automated defibrillator.

The financial support has come from The Province of Yorkshire West Riding – which encompasses the geographical area of South and West Yorkshire, and parts of North and East Yorkshire – who this April have given cheques totalling over £30,370 to 21 organisations across Yorkshire.



These latest grants, via the Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund which are presented on a quarterly basis, range from £500 to £3,520 and have gone to worthy causes including grassroots sports clubs, schools, hospitals and clubs for the young and old alike.

Each year, the PGM’s Fund presents grants totalling £200,000 to assist organisations across the country.


Beneficiary Cause Grant Lodge/Chapter Area Number
Oakworth Community Trust Provide third defibrillator in the village £1400 Three Graces 1
Bradford Cathedral Buy and install defibrillator for use by those in cathedral and those nearby £1230 Moorland 1
Global Diversity Positive Action, Huddersfield Purchase five laptops £1000 Peace 1
Friends of Greenhead Park, Huddersfield Provide colourful play train for young children in the park £1500 Connaught & Truth 2
Meltham and Meltham Mills Band Replace one of three tenor horns £3520 Peace 2
Southgate School, Huddersfield Purchase outdoor tents to improve outdoor activities £1000 Connaught & Truth 2
White Rose Rhythmic Gymnastics Club, Huddersfield Towards purchasing a specialist carpet £1000 Holme Valley 2
Bradford City Community Foundation Purchase football kit for youngsters £500 Rokeby 2
Ripon Museum Trust Towards recreating a late 19th century workhouse master’s garden £1200 De Grey & Ripon 3


Jennyruth Workshops (supports adults with learning disabilities), Ripon Towards the cost of a new laser cutter £1300 De Grey & Ripon 3
Harrogate & District NHS Foundation Trust Palliative Care Charitable Fund Buy 300 comfort bags for relatives to make their stay more comfortable £1700 Harrogate & Claro 3
St George’s Community Centre, Harrogate Automated defibrillator £840 Harrogate & Claro 3
Guiseley Brass Band Replacing two tubas for two refurbished instruments £3000 Fairfax 3
5th Skipton Scout Group Fit out kitchen with dishwasher and fridge/freezer £2000 Craven 3
The Principle Trust Children’s Charity, Skipton Towards cost of replacing sensory toys £1000 Craven 3
Friends of Aireville Park, Skipton Develop park equipment for children with purchase of a seesaw £1350 Craven 3
Tockwith Juniors Football Club Buy a range of items to improve in-house educational programmes for players and coaches £1000 Lascelles 3
Roundabout Ltd, Sheffield Buy essential electrical equipment to equip 4 housing units for 4 homeless people £2000 Wentworth 4
Rotherham Hospice To buy a set off chairs and tables for use by patients and visitors in the outdoor area £830 Industry 4
Swallow Hill Community College, Leeds Provide a range of personal hygiene products £500 St Wilfred 5
Senior Citizens Support Group, Horbury Buy four laptops and four tablets £2500 Unanimity 5



David S Pratt, The Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said:

Assisting community led initiatives and projects is incredibly important to the Freemasons.

This quarter, we have been able to give grants to 21 worthy causes, nominated by members of lodges within our Province.

Charity is one of the three great principles that our order is founded on, and it is very much at the heart of what we do here throughout Yorkshire.


Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website, http://wrprovince.net/



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