The Ilkley Freemasons got together at the Ilkley Christmas market to raise money for Ilkley Good Neighbours.
With some very generous donations we were able to hold a Tombola with over 140 prizes.
The day resulted in a fantastic £265 being raised and will no doubt be put to good use.
A Huge thank you to all those who took part and assisted in making it a resounding success.
A bit about them:
Ilkley & District Good Neighbours was established in the 1970s and is a local charity operating a range of social and practical schemes, constantly striving to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in the district.
They believe in the power of community action to make a difference in people’s daily lives.
Each of their schemes is supported by a wonderful team of volunteers who are willing to help others around them.
They operate from offices in Riddings Hall, Riddings Road, Ilkley.
Their aim is to try to help people in a personal and friendly way. They provide free services to older, disabled and vulnerable people who require their assistance in Ilkley, Addingham and Burley In Wharfedale.
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A delightful Christmas card received from the Ukrainian community for the carol service on Friday 15 December
Bro Roy Dawson, Olicana Masonic Lodge, along with his wife, Pat, organised a Carol Service in aid of ISSUE: Ilkley and Surrounds Support for Ukrainian Evacuees.
The event was hosted by the Freemasons of Ilkley at the Lodge rooms on Cunliffe Road.
The event was supported by the Lady Freemasons and Brethren from the Ilkley lodges along with the Ilkley Choral Society and members of the Ukrainian community with their children who sang a selection of traditional carols and a beautiful rendition of Hallelujah.
Readings covering the Christmas narrative and carols with Ilkley Coral Society coming to the fore with great gusto made for a wonderful atmosphere.
W.Bro Phil Atkinson performed a sensational Solo of O Holy Night.
A fantastic evening was then capped off downstairs with everyone enjoying Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, Stollen and a Bailey’s or two.
Our Ukrainian guests sold traditional home made Ukrainian crafts, which were eagerly snapped up and the event raised money through a collection to support ISSUE.
Thanks to everyone who supported this event.
The Olicana Lodge Christmas party saw The Worshipful Master and W.Bro Driscoll cook a full Christmas meal for 30 of the Brethren and families.
A raffle raised another £148 for the Masters charity bringing the Total to a fantastic £1040.00
The Worshipful Master is looking forward to presenting the Money in the coming weeks.
Ladies Night is the much anticipated traditional annual event celebrating and thanking our wives and partners for their support throughout the Masonic year.
The event this year was held at Westbourne House, Otley: The home of Otley Freemasons.
Fabulous Food and a good old fashioned knees up with Family and friends.
The raffle raised a fabulous £460 for the Masters charity:
The Annual BBQ - Another great opportunity for the Lodge members and family to get together.
Beside the fine food, we undertake a range of Game activities & Raffles to raise money for the Worshipful Masters Charity.
A fantastic effort by all in raising £168.00
One of two annual walks in the local area.
Just great to get together, have a chat and Enjoy food at one of the fine Addingham Pubs.
Our Annual Food and Wine event is always eagerly anticipated.
This year was a French themed 6 course meal prepared by the members and complemented with 6 French Wines
The evening was a resounding success with £250 raised for the Worshipful Masters chosen Charity:
The Ladies Evening is one of many eagerly anticipated Social Events on the Freemasons of Ilkley calendar
Ladies evening is a celebration of our Ladies, Girlfriends, Mothers, Sisters and Lodge Widows.
Its about recognizing their support through out the year when assisting their partner or wider family members undertaking Masonry and Charity work.
The Sitting Worshipful Master and his wife will provided a small gift for each of the attending Ladies. This is followed by a Meal – Speeches and Toast to the ladies followed by a response from the one of the Ladies.
Proceeds from the Raffle held on the evening will go to support a suitable cause.
Ben Rhydding held its Ladies night at the Ilkley Golf Club and raised over £800.
In additions there are many Ladies involved in Freemasonry - More information can be found on the below link.
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