The De Lacy Lodge No 4643
The De Lacy Lodge was consecrated in 1924 and we assume that the name was taken from the De Lacy family who at one time were Lords of Pontefract.
The De Lacy Family
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Members of De lacy Lodge donated 3 Reclining Tip & Tilt Chairs with a value of over £3000 to the Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract.
Members of De Lacy Lodge applied for a grant from the Provincial Grand Masters Fund and was awarded £1500 which was presented to the 1st Pontefract Scout Group for the purchase of Canoe and other outdoor equipment.
Members of The De Lacy Lodge in Pontefract heard that the Wakefield and district Samaritans were raising funds to purchase a computer based system which enabled them to receive Text messages from people in distress or despair for whatever reason.
This Texting service has already been introduced in 30 of the 203 branches of the Samaritans and will be introduced to other branches as more funds and volunteers become available.
The donation of £1000 which was presented by Worshipful Brother Craig Kidd the Charity Steward and Worshipful Brother David Whitelaw of The De Lacy Lodge, this will enable the Samaritans to purchase the system out right, and get the scheme up and running almost immediately. The donation was given to The De Lacy Lodge after an application was made to the Provincial Grand Masters Fund which is an account which all the Masonic Lodges in the Province of West Riding contribute to.
Pontefract Freemasons take the plunge! (extract from the Pontefract & Castleford Express)
WBro David Whitelaw and WBro Craig Kidd both from the De Lacy Lodge in Pontefract but born and bred in Knottingley hoped that the organisation which they have come to love could help a local cause which needed funds to purchase equipment in these troubling times.
Knottingley Swimming Club was formed over 30 years ago and has taught 1000s of children from 5 years old to swim and competitively swim in competitions across Yorkshire. In the 1970's, KSC began a yearly exchange with Duingen Swimming Club in northern Germany.
This exchange has led to many European friendships and a Wedding. Brother David Whitelaw joined in 1981 and swam until he was 21 when work and good living took its toll. As well as giving children life saving skills, KSC has provided a basis for learning team working, individual responsibility, problem solving and competitiveness.
Commenting on the grant Brother David Whitelaw said "Its great news that our application for funds has been successful and we are able to help Children of Knottingley benefit in a similar way that I did by being a member of the Swimming Club."
With the £1000 grant from the Provincial Grand Master's Fund, the Club has been able to buy an automatic starting machine and a sound system for use in competitions. Knottingley Sports Centre has since been demolished, a very sad day for the residents of Knottingley & a sad loss of a much loved facility.
Members of The De Lacy Lodge
Present a cheque for £1000
to members of Knottingley swimming club
De Lacy Lodge do it again!!
Another successful year of fund raising in De Lacy Lodge from Pontefract saw another
cheque presented to representatives of the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund.
David (pictured at the front) whose father Peter Whitelaw worked in Pontefract General Infirmary as a security guard and was also a member of De Lacy Lodge lost his fight against cancer in 2007.
The Dr Jackson Cancer Fund who were based at Pontefract Hospital helped Peter
during his illness and this seemed the right choice for the donation of £900 from the
Lodge to go too.
The Dr Jackson Cancer Fund are always raising money for items of great importance in the help to raise awareness or to fight cancer and members of the De Lacy where only to happy to help.
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WBro Craig Kidd presenting a cheque for £1000 to Alan Griffin who was the Chairman of the Annette Fox Leukemia Research Fund. The money was raised through an entertainment concert arranged by WBro Kidd to raise money for 5 cancer related charity. A job well done
Craig at another presentation event also presented cheques of £1000 each to the Dr Jackson Cancer Fund, The Wakefield Oncology & Luckiemia fund, The Cavendish Care Centre & donated £500 to The Yorkshire Ambulance Staff member Sally Waudby for electronic equipment but who sadly passed away from motor neurone disease before having the chance to benifit from it
WBro Craig Kidd had the pleasure of being the Acting Junior Deacon and guiding his only son Thomas Lewis Kidd around the Temple when he was initiated and joined The De Lacy Lodge.
Now, Brother Thomas Lewis Kidd who is currently the youngest member of the lodge, quite possibly the youngest in the UK and at 7' 2" probably one of the tallest as well.
It was a super evening with 65 Brethren in attendance and 62 dining at the festive board. Bro Thomas had an excellent introduction into Freemasonry and is looking very much into taking an active and full role in the De Lacy Lodge.
Picture LEFT: WBro Craig Kidd, WBro Martyn Corfield the WM of Hallcross Lodge & Bro Thomas Lewis Kidd after the Festive Board.
Picture RIGHT: WBro Craig Kidd & Mr Thomas Lewis Kidd before the main event. One very very proud Dad & one very nervous son.
The Lewis is also the name given to a Son of a mason who is given special privileges within his lodge, that of being able to join at a younger age and take precedence over other new initiates.
The De Lacy Lodges Newest and Youngest Member - Welcome Brother Thomas Lewis Kidd
The De Lacy Lodge Charity Donations
The De Lacy Lodge Charity Donations
A combined BBQ is held every year at PMH, hosted by De Lacy Lodge for all the Lodges & Chapters in building to raise money for Local Charities
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The senior brethren of De Lacy Lodge No.4643 were approached and canvassed for their respective views relating to the concept of initiating a 33 year old candidate with Downs Syndrome as a member of the Lodge. The prospect and practicality of such an event had incidentally already received Provincial approval before any such request was made.
The prospect of accepting an initiate with Special Needs received wholehearted support from the senior members of the Lodge although natural concern existed regarding an individual who was as yet unknown. As a result the prospective candidate, Andrew Cole, attended a series of social events where he was able to meet and engage with members of the Lodge on an informal basis. The success of these meetings resulted in Andrew being ventilated in open Lodge and interviewed formally by the Lodge committee the following month where his application received unanimous support.
He was subsequently proposed by his father W.Bro Chris Cole before being initiated (as a Lewis) in July of that year. He was passed to the second degree, raised to the sublime degree of a Master Mason and is now an accepted and active member of the Lodge.
The adjacent photograph is a caption of Brother Andrew displaying his Grand Lodge Certificate in the presence of the then Worshipful Master W.Bro Whiteley after his presentation at the regular Lodge meeting.
The numbers of brethren with special needs, in both the West Riding Province and the National establishment, is something of an unknown quantity but the brethren at De Lacy Lodge No. 4643 are proud to have contributed in a small way to the enhancement of modern day Freemasonry.
De Lacy Lodge No. 4643 has Special Needs!!
The De Lacy Lodge News 2017 -
W/Bro Chris Cole and W/Master Peter Higgins present cheques to the value of £1,000 to Mr Ian Fowler the Ward Manager and staff of Ward 31at York District Hospital.
Ward 31 is the specialist Oncology and Haematology unit providing in-patient care and treatment. The ward incorporates a ‘quiet room’ which provides facilities for patients, relatives, visitors and staff who have a requirement for tranquillity, confidential or personal privacy away from the general medical business. Relatives of patients routinely utilise recliner chairs in the room for overnight accommodation. These somewhat dated facilities are however not supported by NHS funding.
W/Bro Chris Cole, a member of both the Vale of York Lodge of Advancement No.9489 (Yorkshire N&E Riding) and DeLacy Lodge No.4643 (Yorkshire West Riding), has an association with the ward and who when he became aware of fund raising efforts to finance the renovation and modernisation of the room decided to offer some personal support for the project. The W/Master and brethren of the DeLacy Lodge upon hearing of these facts then decided to match his gesture.