Category: Charities


Mark Charities Supporting the Communities of Yorkshire West Riding

The Mark Benevolent Fund (M.B.F.) was founded in 1868 by Reverend George Raymond Portal, the then Grand Master for the Mark. It is now the National Charitable arm of the Mark Degree. In recent years it has supported many major Charities, including £3M to the Osteoporosis Society and similar amounts to St John Ambulance and ‘Hope for Tomorrow’, a charity providing Mobile Chemotherapy Units. Airedale Hospital in West Yorkshire received a Mobile Chemotherapy Unit funded by the M.B.F. in …

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A heartfelt Gift from the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

On Saturday 28th September I went along to the Burley and Wharfedale Scouts and Guides Headquarters , it’s not a hut, to hand over a Defibrillator donated by the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, also to attend the official opening of the Headquarters itself. The building cost £500.000 and the money was raised within 5 years with no large donations just weekly fund raising. The interior is superb and ideal for the purpose it was intended and accommodates three hundred and …

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Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. Chairman’s Half Yearly Report. 7th September 2019

Bro. Vice President, Ladies, Brethren, on behalf of my fellow Trustees I have pleasure in presenting the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust’s Half Yearly Report relating to the period between the 3rd March and 7th of September 2019. We all know that the prime directives of the Trust are to provide pastoral care and support to our Members and their dependents in difficult times, and wherever possible to support local Charities and worthy causes.  We continue to …

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Cleeves and Whitehead Trust Half Yearly Meeting, 7th September 2019

Pontefract Masonic hall and the Charity Representatives and Almoners of the Province gathered together, with the Trustees and Elected members, to receive an up to date report upon the situation of the ‘jewel in the Crown’ of the West Yorkshire Province. Well that is what it should have been but a poor attendance, apparently fifteen Lodges were not represented at all, is something we should be less than than happy with. If you accept the …

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Woodland View, Cleeves and Whitehead Trust

Thursday, 6th June 2019 and the Provincial Grand Master, Jim Steggles, his good lady Joan together with Jim and Eileen Stanley, Philip and Ruth Drury and myself visited this NHS Nursing Home, one of the two supported in Sheffield; It is unique in that it is the only such facility in the country managed by the NHS. We were met by Chris Herrett, Sincerity Mark Lodge who drew this deserving cause to the attention of Philip Drury and …

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