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Harrogate district charities set to benefit from £94,000 Masonic grants

Eight organisations in the Harrogate district are set to benefit from a share of £94,000 provided courtesy of the Freemasons.

A total of 40 grants were distributed to organisations across Yorkshire, with many charitable organisations, including youth clubs, food banks, community groups and schools, receiving support to help them with essential costs or equipment upgrades.

Those Harrogate District organisations benefiting from the latest round of grant giving are:

  • Artizan Café and Creative Space, Harrogate, £5,000
  • Henshaw’s Society for Blind People, £3,395,
  • Harrogate Hospital Radio, Harrogate, £3,000, for broadcasting software
  • Coppice Valley Primary School, Harrogate, £2,748, for outdoor playground equipment
  • Ripon’s Men’s Shed, Ripon, £2,000, for woodworking equipment
  • Girlguiding Birk Crag Centre, Harrogate, £2,000, for shop storage, display units, seating and furniture
  • Supporting Older People, Harrogate and Knaresborough, £1,586, for warm comfort packs
  • Ripon YMCA, Ripon, £1,000, for branded clothing for staff and youth leaders
  • Staveley Sports Association, Staveley, Knaresborough, £1,000, for football goal posts, nets and equipment

James H Newman, OBE, The Provincial Grand Master of The Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said:

“With these grants we are able to financially support 40 organisations, which are each integral to the local area in their own way, is something I am very proud of.

“Each year, we donate some £200,000 from this specific fund to good causes around the Province, with the money coming directly from our members, keen to help support the community they live and work in.

“These grants were a superb way to end 2022, and the money each of these 40 recipients is receiving will help them continue the work they do in their own individual communities.”

Based on the old West Riding, the Province, which has around 5,000 members meets in some 180 Lodges and reaches from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North, Goole in the East to Bentham in the West.

Further information about the Freemasons Province of Yorkshire West Riding is available from its website,