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 organisations share Summer Masonic Windfall


Two Harrogate community groups have received a slice of a £27,800 charity giveaway, courtesy of the Freemasons.

Grants varying in size from £500 to £5,000 have been distributed to 14 worthy causes, including youth clubs, hospitals, theatres and specialist care centres from the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s (PGM) Fund.

Each year this fund – which has been supporting community organisations since 1987 – awards grants totalling £200,000. Nominees are selected by individual Masonic Lodges with grants presented four times a year.

The Harrogate organisations to receive grants this quarter are:

  • Harrogate based CFR (Community First Responders) – a voluntary organisation assisting Ambulance service and medical staff – received £2,500 towards the purchase of further kit bags encompassing AED (automated external defibrillator) and medical items
  • RHS Harlow Carr was awarded £1,500 to help create a woodland area


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

Once again we are delighted to be able to support these 14 different organisations through to the PGM’s Fund.

Each one of these nominees are fantastic organisations doing superb work within their local communities, and thanks to our members and lodges who contribute to this fund, we are able to support them financially.


Damian Bowen, one of the team co-ordinators for Harrogate Community First Responders, said:

We’d like to say a big thank you to the Freemasons for their very generous donation.

Having more life-saving equipment means that more of us can be on duty at the same time to respond to medical emergencies in Harrogate and the surrounding area.


The Province of Yorkshire West Riding is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the south to Ripon in the North and Goole in the East to Waddington in the West.

Additional information regarding the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website http://wrprovince.net/



Beneficiary Cause Grant (£) Lodge/Chapter

No.              Name

Friaremere Cricket Club, Junior Section, (Delph) To replace unserviceable outdoor net mats £1,500 337 Lodge of Candour
Radio Calderdale-Hospital Radio


Replace a 25-year-old recorder and headsets £1,000 4825 Facula
Harrogate CFR

(Harrogate Community

First Responders) Voluntary organisation assisting Ambulance service and medical staff


Towards buying kits bags for use by 13 volunteers during emergencies. Bag contains AED and medical items £2,500 7609 The Spa
RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate. To create a woodland area for community and be part of workshops for school children



To fund an oak lectern graphic board with visitor information, part of which is braille £1,500 7609 The Spa
Barnsley Youth Choir, setting up two new youth choirs, one in Penistone and other in

Dearne Valley



Towards buying shirts and uniforms for choir members £1,500 7644 Rockley Abbey
C and R D of E group, voluntary group assisting over 200 youths to go on Duke of Edinburgh Award expeditions



Towards replacing current small box trailer with new larger trailer to carry all equipment £3,000   5744 Hall Cross
Rotherham branch of Parkinson’s UK, raises funds to undertake research activities and take sufferers on holiday



To equip ‘office’ with a PC and printer £1,000   4392 Rotherwood
Amy’s House, Supports families with short breaks who have children with brain, epilepsy, servere learning and behavioural issues



Towards buying items to help with Sensory Integration Therapy £3,000 4871 Hadassah
Barnsley Theatre Trust, proposing to create ‘The Lamp Room Theatre’ to recognize

importance of coal mining in the area



Towards cost of buying boxes to house donated miners lamps to be used for electric lighting £1,000   1513  Friendly
RAF 51 Squadron History Society



To replace an eight-year old PC to speed up research £800   1542 Legiolium
Spinal Unit Recreational Fund, Based at Yorkshire Regional Spinal Unit



To buy a hand cycle for use by all patients £2,500   5362 Cockburn
Kinsley Wakefield Boys Junior FC



Towards buying kit £500   4383 Rectitude
Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield



Provide furnishings for the new ‘bereavement suite’ £5,000   4383 Rectitude
Leeds Society for Deaf and Blind People, who wish to develop the centre into a social hub with a suitable café



Towards cost of buying a Turbochef oven £3,000   3047 Allerton





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