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Our latest charity support has gone to St Leonards Hospice

EASINGWOLD FREEMASONS SUPPORT ST. LEONARD’S HOSPICE

When Easingwold resident, schoolteacher and artist Richard Gray was elected Worshipful Master of the Forest of Galtres Masonic Lodge, one of his pleasant tasks was to direct the Lodge’s support for local charities. In recent years these have included the EDCCA, the air cadets and the Easingwold Friends of Chernobyl Children.

Richard has a strong admiration for the hospice movement, so he chose St Leonard’s Hospice as his primary charity. His charity steward, Derek Godden, found that the hospice needed to renew their ten-year-old in-patient mattresses and had chosen the OSKA Lateral Tilt Mattress as a suitable replacement. These are excellent at relieving pressure and, by automatically tilting the patient, they reduce the need for manual turning. But they cost £2,400 each.

Freemasons don’t raise funds from the general public, but purely from their own members. But with the help of the Freemasons Charity Yorkshire North and East Ridings, the Lodge was able to purchase one mattress for the hospice. The cheque was presented by Richard to Kathryn Craven of the hospice’s fundraising team, outside the charity’s excellent, recently opened shop in Easingwold.

 

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Mon, 17th April 2017

Inside The Freemasons - new Sky documentary

Tonight Sky customers will be taken exclusively behind the scenes of the world’s oldest social network later this year with a new four-part documentary: Inside The Freemasons.

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With the first episode being shown tonight on Sky, the documentary features the most in-depth look ever at the Freemasons in the run up to its 300th anniversary in 2017 and discovers the truth behind the ancient rituals and closely-guarded practices of this membership organisation.

With footage of Freemason ceremonies, never seen before on television, Inside The Freemasons uses unprecedented access to the United Grand Lodge of England and its Lodges all over the country to introduce viewers to members of the comradely order as it approaches its tercentenary next year.

Produced by Emporium Productions, Inside the Freemasons will discover what it really means to be a Freemason in 2016. Viewers will learn the truth behind legends such as the regalia, the jewels, the handshakes and the symbolic working tools as they get to know Masons from all walks of life.

Siobhan Mulholland, Commissioning Editor, Sky Factual said: “With over 200,000 members across England and Wales, the Freemasons is a fascinating organisation that the general public don’t really know much about. We can’t wait to use this unique access to show Sky customers the real Freemasons as we look at little known history and traditions,determining myth from truth.”

Emma Read, executive producer for Emporium Productions, said: “We’re thrilled to have been given such unprecedented access to the hidden world of the Freemasons to make a documentary series. Most people are familiar with Freemasons as an organisation, but few actually know who they are, what ‘Lodge life’ is really like and why men join in the 21st Century.”

John Hamill, Director, Special Projects at the United Grand Lodge of England, said, “As we approach our Tercentenary it is fitting that we mark this auspicious occasion by very openly sharing a look at who we are, what we do and what we stand for.

We hope the programme will help inform, educate and even surprise, providing a genuine insight and understanding into Freemasonry and Freemasons today.”

 

This new series also featured on today's BBC Breakfast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmAoWVkb2dY&sns=fb

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Thu, 31st July 2014

Myton on Swale's New Defibrillator

Myton on Swale Village Association’s recent appeal to install a defibrillator in the village has been successful, thanks to help from the Forest of Galtres Lodge.

The total required was achieved with a cheque for £100 presented by Charity Steward Andrew Fox to organisers Nigel Glew and Julie Midsummer. The village came up with the ingenious idea of installing its new defibrillator in a telephone box, which also cleverly doubles up as the local library!

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Tue, 11th February 2014

Forest of Galtres Supports Easingwold Air Cadets

2487 Squadron is an excellent organisation providing strong discipline and leadership opportunities to young boys and girls in North Yorkshire. It is well supported by its civilian instructors and committee members. 

The Squadron is based in the town of Easingwold, but also serves the surrounding villages. It relies heavily on its minibus to bring cadets to its twice weekly evening meetings. Lack of a minibus would seriously affect those cadets living outside Easingwold. Their current vehicle is approaching the end of its life and they are looking to replace the vehicle. A sum of between £18,000 and £22,000 is needed to purchase a replacement vehicle. 

The mini bus is made available to other local organisations, but current rules bar them from hiring it out formally. Users are therefore asked to make a donation to its ‘Minibus Fund’. Other fund raising activities include bag packing sessions at York supermarkets and assisting at the local annual agricultural show. 

As part of its Charity donations for 2014, The Brethren of the Forest of Galtres Lodge have now donated £300.00 to the Squadron’s ‘Minibus fund’. Speaking on behalf of the Lodge, Charity Steward Mr Andrew Fox said “The Forest of Galtres Lodge is pleased to support this very worthwhile organisation in the local community.” 

The Lodge is also looking to Provincial Grand Charity for further support on behalf of Squadron 2487.

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Mon, 22nd July 2013

Lodge Helps Out At Huby & Sutton Show 2013

Each year the Forest of Galtres Lodge helps the nearby local communities of Huby and Sutton with their agricultural show. This year's show is on Sunday 28th July 2013, and is a great day out for the whole family .

Lodge member Derek McLuckie is on the Show Committee and is responsible for control of the entry gates and car parking. Of the three entry gates, the Lodge takes responsibility for perhaps the most important, the Red Gate, which caters for the horse boxes, traders, vintage vehicles and disabled access.

This voluntary support provided by the Lodge is promoted at this entrance. This helps to increase awareness of Freemasonry in general, as well as generating enquiries from those interested in finding out about the benefits of joining the Forest of Galtres Lodge.

Fingers crossed for some better weather than last year!

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