Helping recovery !

HVL successfully secured a grant of £4,000 from the Provincial  Grand Master’s Fund as a donation to a Huddersfield charity, Platform One. Platform One is a non-judgemental  charity that helps men living in isolation due to mental health or addiction issues. The charity offers a base for over 200 men from the Kirklees to learn new skills  such as  carpentry, bike maintenance, upholstery, furniture repairs and I.T. know-how to enable them to reconnect with their communities. The charity also provide help with benefit, housing problems and counselling.

Platform One is run entirely by voluntary contribution and is based in an old railway carriage adjacent to Huddersfield Train Station.

Pictured presenting the cheque are WMaster Asley Craven, Bro M Plaatsman and Gez Walsh  from Platform One .




Brass Band Grant – Helping to keep traditional forms of music going !


Holme Valley Lodge  ( No.652) have a tradition of supporting brass bands in the Holme Valley, none more so than the Hade Edge Brass Band. Local businessman and previous Master of HVL, the late Edgar Dickinson, MBE built the current band building in Hade Edge.  After  a successful bid for monies from the Provincial Grand Master’s fund, HVL ‘s Worshipful Master, Ashley Craven, was able to present a cheque of £1,000 to Robert Turnball the current band master for much needed new equipment.


Helping Hands in Haiti

Lodge Member Graham Basnett has just returned from a two week trip to Pignion in Northern Haiti where he and a team of ten volunteers have been building kitchen blocks for schools in remote villages.

Sponsored by Feed the Hungry Charity, Team Rubicon UK were tasked with supplying logistics for the project.

Team Rubicon are a Disaster Relief Organisation and are currently heading out to help in the aftermath of the Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia.

Donations to the disaster relief can be made at  :-

Future Olympic hopefuls floored by grant !

Formed in September 2017 the White Rose Rhythmic Gymnastics attracts members aged

5 -15. The club wrote to HVL652 asking for contributions towards training mats, and were successfully granted a donation from The Provincial Grans Fund of £1,000.

Presenting the cheque were Worshipful Master Ashley Craven and Past Master,Iain Birks, who were then treated to a demonstration of routines by the girls.

Rhythmic gymnastics, which is also an Olympic sport, differs from general gymnastics in that it involves individuals or teams moving to music using one of five pieces of equipment – hoop, ribbon, ball, rope and club – rather than familiar gymnastics apparatus

The girls are coached by Olga Fleming, who hails from Belarus and attended the same school as renowned Olympic gymnast Olga Korbut. Olga has performed rhythmic gymnastics at national level both for her home country and the former USSR.

Royal Masonic Benevolent institute (RMBI)

Charitable activities are an important part of masonic life and HVL are proud to sponsor the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institute facility of Connaught Court, based in York. Connaught Court provides residential care, nursing and dementia support for up to 90 residents Situated in extensive parkland close to York City Centre, the Home was purpose-built in 1971. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and well-maintained, providing pleasant areas to sit and walk with sufficient space for disabled access. Connaught Court is registered for residential, nursing and dementia care with the dual benefits of individual rooms and shared communal areas. The categories of care offered are dependent upon people’s assessed individual needs. WB Dave Neve, a previous past master of HVL, acts as Connaught Court Ambassador on behalf of HVL.

Further information on Connaught Court can be found at

Donation Towards Defibrillator

defibrillator presentation

Hepworth Community Association benefitted from a £1,000 grant from Provincial funds towards the cost of potential life-saving equipment. A defibrillator for use in emergencies was installed in the centre of the village , mounted on the wall of The Butchers ‘Arms.

Pictured at the installation ceremony, representing HVL, were WB Ken Manning and Brother Ashley Craven

Blowing Their Own Trumpets!

Hade Edge Band Cheque Presentation

Hade Edge Silver Band were able to form a new junior section with help from another successful HVL 652 grant application of £8,500. The money was used to buy new instruments for the junior section.

The cheque was formally handed over in our lodge rooms after the band gave a rousing rendition of favourite tunes to assembled lodge members.

Pictured above are Assistant Provincial Grand Master, John Gledhill, HVL Worshipful Master Dave Neave and Robert Turnbull, chairman of The Hade Edge Band.

Local children benefit from Freemasons grant

Skate4Isaac Presentation

A local skateboard park in Sands,near Holmfirth, has benefitted from a £25,000 grant from the Masonic
Charities fund. Following the untimely death of Isaac Atkinson, who was just 14, Skate4Isaac was formed for the benefit of local children. HVL 652 were delighted to obtain this major grant from the Provincial charity fund.

The picture shows Issac’s parents receiving the cheque from the Provincial Grand Master RWBro. David S. Pratt