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

Freemasons show support for three Harrogate organisations

9 April 2019

Three Harrogate organisations have received a share of grants totalling £33,000, courtesy of the Freemasons.

The donations, ranging from £500 to £3,000, come from the Province of Yorkshire West Riding’s Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, which each year gives grants to good causes in West, South, East and North Yorkshire, totalling some £200,000.

In addition to “minor” grants – which range between £500 and £5,000 and are given on a quarterly basis – “major” grants, which can be in excess of £30,000, are awarded once a year and presented at the fraternity’s annual May meeting at Harrogate’s Royal Hall.

Those Harrogate organisations to benefit from the latest round of grant giving include:

  • Harrogate Hospital Radio – £3,000 to continue providing service they need by install wi-fi radios to each hospital bed
  • Harrogate Homeless Project Ltd – £1,700 to buy five iPad tablets to enable hostel and support workers to improve their service
  • 1st Harrogate Girls Brigade and 3rd Harrogate Boys Brigade – £2,500 to replace old camping equipment

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

Once again, I’m delighted that our society has been able to benefit no fewer than 19 different organisations across Yorkshire.

These donations are only possible thanks to the continued generosity of our members, and to them I’m eternally grateful. Charity is one of Freemasonry’s three great pillars, and it’s wonderful that we can help so many different community groups in their own fund-raising activities.

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 https://www.wrprovince.org.uk/


Minor Grants Recipients

Total awarded: £33,535

Beneficiary Town/City Cause Grant (£) Lodge/Chapter
Thornhill Trojan Warriors ARLFC U 14’s


Mirfield Purchase new kit 700 Thornhill
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School


Bingley To buy 6 laptops 2750 Lodge of Felicity
Upper Batley High School


Batley To buy five laptops at £208.31 + VAT each which will assist children with dyslexia, autism and dyspraxia with their education


1000 Kirklees
3rd Bingley (All Saints Church) Sea Scouts


Bingley To buy a lightweight inflatable powerboat and motor 2500 Lodge of Peace
Fairfield School                                                          Special Educational Needs. (School catering for children and young people with complex needs)


Batley Relocation of medical room into larger room with fitting out with new appliances and equipment as well as providing sensory items to provide a more calming and specialised environment


2500 Zetland
Crowlees CE Junior & Infants School Mirfield High quality marquee to be used as an outdoor classroom


2925 Concord
The Bridgewood Trust Ltd                                                charity. (Provides  residential and day services to those with learning and physical disabilities)


Huddersfield Require new IT equipment to enhance day service operations 1460 Concord
Thongsbridge Cricket Club


Thongsbridge To fit out new toilet & baby changing facility in main clubhouse to enable club facilities to be used by community


2000 Holme Valley
Calderdale Stroke Support Group group, which works with people who have suffered a stroke by helping them and their families to regain confidence and skills


Brighouse To buy a laptop to give powerpoint presentations and give interactive quizzes and games to stimulate people after a stroke 750 Holme Valley
Sikh Soldier Organisation


Huddersfield To provide a bronze statue as a memorial to the Sikh soldiers who died in both World Wars


1000 Mexborough
Ravensknowle Children’s Gala. (Annual gala and fun day for families in the community)


Huddersfield Health and safety items – two fire extinguishers, First Aid Kit and ten Radio earpieces 500 Brighouse
Harrogate Homeless Project Ltd


Harrogate To buy five iPad tablets to enable hostel and support workers to improve their service


1700 Harrogate & Claro
Harrogate Hospital Radio Harrogate To continue providing service they need to install Wi-Fi radio to each hospital bed


3000 Harrogate & Claro
The Brigades – 1st Harrogate Girls Brigade and 3rd Harrogate Boys Brigade


Harrogate Replacement of old camping equipment 2500 Forest of Knaresbough
St Mary’s Church, Tadcaster.                     (Church has been refurbished to provide room for community based “non-church” activities


Tadcaster To buy a range of tables, chairs, storage trolley and 60 upholstered chairs 2000 Calcaria
Leeds Regional Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis & Respiratory Centre


Leeds For children in isolation during their treatment,  these items will ease their anxiety and stress. Items are TV/DVD, Xbox and iPads 2250 Mawsis
The Ridge Employability College


Doncaster Buy equipment for students to successfully take part in their Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award. Costed list of camping equipment provided


1000 Hall Cross
Barnsley Sea Cadets


Barnsley To buy an automatic defibrillator for use by cadets and local community as well as basic adult training kit


1000 Holgate
Headway Rotherham.

(A brain injury support group and a registered charity)


Rotherham To replace their obsolete photocopier essential for providing information to their ‘clients’


2000 Fitzwilliam

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