Todmorden Freemasons Drum Up Financial Support For Army Cadet Band
A “grand” gesture by Todmorden Freemasons has helped an Army Cadet Force band to look good and sound better!
Members of Studley Lodge – which is 70 years old this year and meets in the Masonic Hall, in Eastwood – secured £1,000 from the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund for the Minden Bugles and Drums of E Company (The Rifles), Army Cadet Force, which meets in Wakefield.
The money will go towards purchasing new uniforms and instruments for the young recruits.
In the last round of grants awarded in December, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund gave just short of £30,000 to 26 groups including churches, educational establishments, hospices and those supporting both the young and elderly.
Grand Gesture! W Bro Graham Batley, Worshipful Master of Studley Lodge, No 6364, is pictured with members of the Minden Bugles and Drums of E Company (The Rifles), Army Cadet Force
Studley Lodge secretary Stuart Gledhill said: “In December 2015, these youngsters entertained us at the Studley Lodge Christmas Party.
“Although it was two weeks before the great flood of Calderdale, some of the roads were partially flooded, but these young cadets insisted that they made their way through the atrocious conditions to entertain the Brethren and their Ladies.
“I’m delighted that we are able to support them via the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund, and this money will be used to buy new uniforms and instruments for the young musicians.
“Each year, the Provincial Grand Master’s Fund awards grants totalling £200,000 to organisations within our Province. These range from £1,000 right up to £50,000.
“This year we are celebrating the tercentenary of the first United Grand Lodge of England, the bicentenary of our own Province and, to mark this double milestone, we will be awarding grants totalling £300,000.
“Studley Lodge is also 70 years old this year, and, since its consecration, our lodge members have been at the heart of the Todmorden community.
“As long as we exist, I know Studley Lodge will keep on supporting Todmorden and the local groups that help make this town such a wonderful place to live, work and be a Freemason.”