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    York Lodge become Grand Patrons and also have the Highest number of Festival Jewels
    Dundas Lodge 7970 present a further donation
    Eboracum awarded 12th Platinum Gavel and there are more to follow
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    Wilberforce 2134 celebrate their Festival 2018 Vice Patronage
    Agricola donation to the Festival Chairman
    St Cuthbert’s Lodge make Vice Patron
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Final Total Revealed by Provincial Grand Master at Annual Convocation


Dear Brethren,

The Festival 2018 total, announced at our annual Convocation on Saturday 12th May 2018, exceeded our targeted figure of £1.6 million by over one quarter of a million pounds. All of the lodges within our province have supported us better than we could possibly have hoped to produce such a stunning result.

The total figure announced was £1,881,413 breaking several records on it's way.

* We have had more members wearing Festival Jewels than for any other Festival that we have historic records of.
* The average raised per member far exceeded our most recent Festival, which concluded in 2006.

Both show how well our members have responded to help our cause. Watch the presentation above to see just how keen and supportive so many have been over the 5 years of Festival.

Thank you to all who have played any part in helping the Province achieve this wonderful result.

Festival Team.


The Festival Chairman, Denis Stubley has been busy throughout 2017 collecting sponsorship for his personal contribution to the Festival 2018 campaign.

During Denis’s extremely hectic time as Chairman of the Festival 2018 campaign, he spent 2017 collecting sponsorship for his ‘Chairman’s Challenge’. Denis had offered to have his chest waxed to raise money for the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

No doubt many thought he was worth sponsoring to make him suffer.

The challenge was completed in November, and his previously rather hairy chest became a thing of the past. Hopefully his wife approves of his new toy boy look!

As we all know Denis never does things by halves and raised the unbelievable amount of £8,818.32 and with gift aid taken into account should amount to over £11,000 for the benefit of the Masonic Samaritan Fund. This will also be added to the Festival 2018 total of his own Lodge Ferrum 1848. A cheque for this amount was presented to the newly installed Worshipful Master at the January Installation meeting of the Lodge.

The photo shows the Festival Chaiman with the newly installed WM of Ferrum 1848 and their lodge Charity Steward. This donation takes Ferrum to Platinum Gavel Award level for the Festival

Festival 2018 Honorifics

With delight we announce that the fund raising success of the following lodges has enabled them achieve Festival 2018 Honorific recognition.
Some of our lodges have made an early start in directing their charitable funds towards the Festival appeal. Early giving of monies to the MSF allows the charity to invest that money sooner and increase the interest received which helps towards our appeal.

grand patrons
    York Lodge 236 meeting at the Masonic Hall, Duncombe Place, York.
    Cleveland Lodge 543 from Stokesley in the North of the province
    Zetland Lodge 561 consecrated in 1849 meet in The Freemasons Hall, Guisborough
    De La Pole Lodge 1605 who meet at Beverley Road in Hull.
    Eboracum Lodge 1611 meet every 2nd Monday St Saviourgate, York.
    Ferrum Lodge 1848 meeting at Roman Road, Middlesbrough established in 1879
    Albert Victor Lodge 2328 founded in 1889 meet at St Saviourgate, York
    St Nicholas Lodge 2586 founded 1895 meet in Saint Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough.
    Beresford Peirse Lodge 2610 from Bedale in the Dales
    Thesaurus Lodge 3891 A vibrant lodge meeting at the Masonic Hall Dagger Lane, Hull Congratulations
    Minster Lodge 4663 meet most 4th Thursdays at St Saviourgate, York.
    Andrew Marvell Lodge 5642 meeting most 4th Mondays, Beverley Road in Hull Congratulations
    Alcuin lodge 6300 meeting at Castlegate House, York
    Old Peterite Lodge 6412 meeting most 3rd Wednesdays at St Saviourgate, York.
    Thornborough Lodge 6434 meet in Top Floor, Town Hall, Leyburn
    Old Hymerian Lodge 6885 meeting at Beverley Road in Hull.

    Kingston Lodge 1010 celebrated 150 years in 2014 meet on 1st Wednesdays at Beverley Road, Hull Congratulations
    Lodge of St. Andrew 4683 meet at Beverley Road in Hull
    Technical Lodge 5666 also meet at Beverley Road in Hull
    St Hilda Lodge 6666 a Middlesborough Lodge meeting most 2nd Tuesdays
    Lodge of St Michael 7833 meet in Hull, practice emulation ritual and were consecrated on St. Michael's day 29th Sept 1962 <
    Dundas Lodge 7970 meeting at the Masonic Hall, Roman Road, Middlesborough
    Concord Lodge No. 9553 meet most 3rd Fridays at The Folk Hall, New Earswick, York Congratulations
    Ayton Lodge 9595 Consecrated in 1996 meet in WI Hall in Great Ayton most 1st Fridays

    Humber Lodge 57 Warranted in 1809/10, one of the earliest English Lodges, Meet in Hull
    Lennox Lodge 123 is an ancient lodge meeting in Richmond on most 1st Thursdays
    Minerva 250 a Hull lodge founded in 1892 one of the oldest surviving lodges
    Constitutional 294 is a fine Beverley lodge meeting on most 1st Thursdays Congratulations
    Lion 312 Concecrated in 1797 meet John Street, Whitby Congratulations
    Lodge of St Germain 566 were constituted in Selby in 1850 and meet mostly on 2nd Fridays
    North York Lodge 602 a strong 50 member lodge with history from 1852, meeting in Middlesborough Masonic Hall
    St Cuthbert's Lodge 630 of Howden link back to the Prince Bishops of Durham, and meet Thursday ‘on or before a Full Moon’
    Londesborough 734 Meet most first Tuesdays in Bridlington Congratulations
    Sykes 1040 named after it's patron has existed in Driffiled since 1864 Congratulations
    Marwood Lodge 1244 warranted in 1868, a vibrant lodge meeting in the Red Lion Hotel, Redcar
    Anchor Lodge 1337 meet most 2nd Fridays in Northallerton
    Falcon Lodge No.1416 of Thirsk founded July 27th 1872
    Leopold 1760 is an historic lodge in Scarborough with strong charitable pedegree Congratulations
    Agricola 1991 originally a military lodge in York named after a Roman General Congratulations
    Wilberforce 2134 one of the great lodges in Beverley meeting 2nd Tues Sept to June
    Peace 3936 of Middlesborough created in recognition of World Wars losses Congratulations
    Burlington Lodge 3975 meet in Bridlington on the third Friday Sept to May
    Victory Lodge 4042 meet in Bridge Street Pickering on 1st Thursdays
    De-Brus Lodge 4244 has welcomed freemasons since 1921 in Redcar Congratulations
    Beacon Lodge No.4362 established in 1588 meet in Pocklington
    St John of Bridlington 4434 established 1922 meet most 1st Thursdays Congratulations
    Hull Old Grammarians Lodge 5129 meet 3rd Tues and members of the Universities Scheme
    Lodge of Philosophy 6057 meeting High Street Redcar most 2nd Fridays
    Cleveland Centenary 6249 meeting at Stokesly Masonic Hall Sept to May
    Lofthouse Lodge 6357 of Guisborough meet in the Town Hall 2nd Thursdays March to December
    Hazelgrove Lodge 6542 of sunny Saltburn by the Sea meet on Marine Parade 2nd Wednesdays
    Portus Felix No. 6712 meet in Rutland Street, Filey
    Caedmon Lodge No. 6965 meet in John Street Whitby on 4th Monday
    Mitre Lodge of York No. 7321 meet at Freemasons’ Hall in St. Saviourgate
    Francis Drake of York 7825 meet in Castlegate House on 1st Friday, 7 times during the year
    Beverlonian 9084 meet 7 of the 1st Saturdays each year at Trinity Lane Congratulations
    Forest of Galtres Lodge 9438 of Easingwold, near York, founded 1991, meeting most 1st Mondays
    Tees Tablers 9564 Meet mostly Northallerton but also Darlington and Saltburn
    Wyke Millennium Lodge 9696 meet 6 times per year in the Tickton Grange Hotel near Beverley

Lodges achieving an Honorific can proudly use the title on their summonses and letter headings to show the masonic community their commitment to Festival 2018. Very hearty congratulations to all those lodges and a big thank you to the brethren of the lodges for supporting our Festival appeal and The Masonic Samaritan Fund. We hope that your excellent start to the Festival will inspire other lodges to emulate your success. So come on everybody get going with the fund raising.

Remember, the MSF is there for you. You just may be lucky enough not to know it yet.

Patron, Vice Patron or Grand Patron,
Festival 2018 Honorifics are established to say thank you to our lodges.

It is traditional when a Province is in Festival to recognize those lodges who work diligently towards helping the Festival Appeal. Lodges contribute to a Festival Appeal in two ways. The individual members may donate directly to the Appeal, either personally or through the Lodge Charity Steward and lodges may raise money collectively through their own initiatives. All such monies donated are attributed jointly to the Lodge’s total contribution.

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has agreed to award an Honorific Title to any lodge achieving a certain level of donation during the period of Festival. There are three levels of award according to the amount a lodge contributes. In addition, the levels are to be set proportional to the number of members a lodge was recorded as having on the national Masonic database held at Grand Lodge, as of September the 1st. 2014. This is to enable a lodge to be recognized for their efforts regardless of the size of the lodge. The levels were set for small, medium and large lodges accordingly.

The Provincial Grand Master is sure that lodges will support the Festival 2018 Appeal to the best of their ability and that the members, and in particular the Charity Stewards and Worshipful Masters, will ensure the success of the Festival.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund exists for the benefit of our members and their dependents. Who knows when any one of us may need their help?

Upon reaching the qualifying level, a lodge will be awarded the following Honorific title to thank the lodge for its support according to the total contribution. The title can be used on all lodge communications and in particular at the head of all lodge summonses to proudly announce to the Freemasonry community the lodge’s involvement in helping the Appeal.

Each lodge has been notified of the figures their lodge should aim for if they wish to achieve one of the following levels of Honorific. Those figures vary according to the size of the lodge. Each lodge received a personal letter showing their individual figures to be achieved, for each category of Honorific.

Grand Patron (the highest award)

Lodges achieving Grand Patron status will receive a personal visit from the Provincial Grand Master who will present the lodge with a certificate in recognition of their support of Festival 2018 and the Masonic Samaritan Fund.


This Honorific will be presented in open lodge by a Provincial Ruler on a special personal visit.

Vice Patron

Lodges achieving Vice Patron status will receive the award from an officer of the United Grand Lodge of England.


The brethren of this province have performed extremely well in focusing their efforts towards our Festival campaign target of £1.6 million. The support given to the M.S.F. allows them to help so many of our friends and brethren in need. Help from the charity so often makes life changing differences to people, where the quality of their life had been severely compromised by illness or disability.

We must however not rest on our laurels, our target has not yet been reached. We must not falter or suffer complacency. Our Provincial Grand Master is relying on us to make him, and the whole Province of Yorkshire North and East Ridings proud when the total collected is announced at the conclusion of the Festival.

One of the most satisfying outcomes of our Festival campaign is that it has raised awareness of the help available and encouraged more of those brethren in need to apply for assistance.

Thank you, everyone who has contributed to Festival 2018 in whatever way. Our Province continues to receive a very high level of support from the MSF and your efforts for the remaining period are hugely appreciated.

Think Festival. You never know when you may need the help of the MSF

Denis R. Stubley
Chairman Festival 2018.

A message from our Festival 2018 President

PGM  from 1st Nov
At Provincial Grand Lodge in May 2013 my predecessor, Richard Anderson, had the enviable task of launching our Province into a five year period of fund raising for Festival 2018. This gives every Mason the opportunity to join in the initiative and raise funds for our designated charity.

I am delighted that our Province has this opportunity to raise significant funds for Festival 2018 which is supporting the Masonic Samaritan Fund. The generosity of the brethren within our Province has always been exceptional and never more so than in the last 10 years. No doubt most of you will recall that the total sum given to the Royal College of Surgeons Chapter Bi-Centenary Appeal surpassed our greatest expectations, raising over twice our hoped for target. Others amongst you will recall the remarkable sum we were able to hand over to help with research into prostate cancer. This Province raised £124,000 to further research into the disease, which has rapidly become one of the major life threatening illnesses for the male population. The amount donated was boosted, at our request, by a further grant of £84,000 from the Masonic Samaritan Fund.

Our last Festival raised the wonderful sum of £2.3 million and whilst there are fewer masons in our lodges now, I know they will be working hard to maximize the total raised during Festival 2018.

The Masonic Samaritan Fund has been established, as one of the four central Masonic charities, exclusively to help Freemasons and their dependants with identifiable health and care needs. The charity has also started giving to suitable research projects that we as Freemasons will benefit from.

By supporting Festival 2018 and giving to our designated charity, we are helping to support the members of our own fraternity, our own friends and families. Indeed, many of our Province’s members have received aid, making a very noticeable difference to their lives. The number of brethren and their families in this Province who have, and are, receiving help, is steadily increasing year on year and the sums involved are becoming substantial.

The support you gave to my predecessor was outstanding, but now the newness of the Festival Launch has worn off, I hope that I can similarly rely on your energy and ingenuity to achieve a result to be proud of in 2018.

Festival 2018 should be the focus of our charitable efforts over the next five years.

However, we can be comforted by the fact that the Provincial Grand Charity will continue to support local charitable needs during the period of the Festival.

I look forward to meeting many of you over the next five years and encouraging you all in your efforts.

The Festival Team are working hard to ensure our success and I am sure you will join with me in helping them achieve a result we will all be proud of in 2018.

Jeffrey Gillyon.