Ladies Night at HVL

One of the highlights of the year took place on 6th March 2019 when the Worshipful Master and his wife, Mich, hosted HVL’s annual Ladies Night dinner dance.  Approximately 90 brethren and their partners and guests enjoyed  a champagne reception on arrival, followed by delicious  4 course meal. Speeches followed by, amongst others, the first lady of the night, Mich, and then serenades to the ladies from local tenor, Norman Mellor. The evening was rounded off with an eclectic range of popular  hit songs from the ,”Bash The Bishop” 3-piece band.

Supper in the form of bacon rolls was served around mid-night before carriages took guests home at 1.00am.


Jewel returned to Mother Lodge

On February 8th,  8 brethren from HVL led by Immediate Past Master Ashley Craven  visited another sister lodge in Huddersfield, Lodge 1102 Mirfield to return a Master’s jewel that had previously been presented to WBro J.C.Craven  PProvJ GW following his year as Master of Mirfield Lodge. WBro Craven gave a short resume of his uncle’s masonic career and then presented the jewel to WBro. Kenyon who thanked WBro Craven for his incredibly kind gesture. Bro Hilton Craven (our IPM’s brother) made the journey from Cornwall to be at the event and gave the response to the visitors’ toast at the festive board.

Installation of New Master

December is the most important month in HVL’s calendar, when we officially install our new Worshipful Master. 2018 saw the installation of Bro. Steve Sandford into King Solomon’s chair, in front of 94 other brethren. Honoured guests included W.Bro J. Pygott ( personal representative of the Provincial Grand Master), W.Bro J.Gledhill and W.Bro C.Dent. In total, 38 guests attended from 19 different Lodges, and came from as afar afield as Scotland, Ireland and Essex! After a sumptuous 4 course meal, brethren were treated to a medley of Christmas Carol favourites by an ensemble from the Hade Edge Band.

Thanksgiving Lunch


On 25th October the First Lady of HVL, Marg Craven, hosted an American themed THANKSGIVING LUNCH for 84 guests. We were treated to traditional American fare, including, Butter Roasted Turkey, Sweet Potato and Marshmallow, Pican Pie and Pumpkin Pie ! During lunch guests learnt the true meaning  of Thanksgiving from Prof Todd Borlick, lecturer at Huddersfield University.

After a fantastic meal, guests moved upstairs to listen and dance  to the rock band, Bash The Bishop, who gave a rousing set of popular rock songs.






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 .




The Orient Express pulls into Holme Valley Lodge

On Saturday 29th September Holme Valley Lodge hosted a gastronomic feast themed around the  fabulous Orient Express train.

Over 40 Brethren and guests were invited to a black tie, candlelit evening to sample the culinary delights of 6 countries as we sped our way from boarding in Paris  to our destination of Istanbul.

In Paris, guests were treated to French style  canapes

Stop 1 was Munich, where diners enjoyed a choice of German sausage, Vegetarian mushroom pate or Smoked salmon and sauerkrut

Stop 2 was Vienna, where the choices were: Austrian dumplings with chicken consommé, or Vegetarian spinach & potato dumplings with tomato fondue.

Stop 3 was Budapest where guests were tempted by a choice of Hungarian pancakes stuffed with beef brisket, Vegetarian baked lentil and homemade cottage cheese pancake or Chiken paprikash with fresh herb buckwheat and toasted almonds.

Stop 4 was Bucharest where we were able to choose from Romanian apple cake  and custard or a variety of cheeses with Romanian inspired condiments and crackers

On arriving at our destination, Istanbul,  travellers were treated to Turkish inspired petit fours.


During the journey we were entertained to an eclectic and atmospheric mix of songs from Julie Edwards on vocals and Edward Barnwell on piano.


50 years a Freemason !

In July, HVL saw another of its’ distinguished members,WB Allen France , past master of Holme Valley and currently Worshipful Master of Harmony Lodge (no.275) in Huddersfield, receive his

50 year membership certificate.  .

In a very pleasant , informal and relaxed environment, Allen was presented with his 50 year certificate by WB Alan Elstone, Assistant Provincial Grand Master. The evening was themed throughout to highlight Allen’s successful working life in the Huddersfield textile industry.

Ee Bah Gum !! All Things Yorkshire at HVL


HVL’s August meeting celebrated “All things Yorkshire”

60 members and guests enjoyed “A  rate good do !!”at The Lodge Rooms in August where HVL celebrated “All Things Yorkshire! “.  The evening kicked off in the true spirit of Freemasonry,  with friends old and new,  chatting and enjoying a Yorkshire aperitif and canapes to celebrate “God’s Own County”. The Lodge opened in the First Degree and then members and guests were treated to 3 lectures themed on Yorkshire. The first lecture, covering the life and career of Harold Wilson was given by Bro. Grahame Basnett. This interesting insight into Huddersfield’s  famous son was followed by WBro. Brian Martyn’s informative lecture on The Marquis of Ripon, who became Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England from 1861 to 1869.  Finally, Bro Martin Wright presented an amusing lecture on Bamforths’ of Holmfirth, pre-eminent in the publication of saucy seaside postcards! Harry Bamforth, grandson of the firms founder was a member of HVL 652 in the early 1900’s

Harmony followed and we were spectacturlarly entertained by Johnny B Good who delighted members with their repertoire of rock and roll clsssics

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.

Roastin’ Sunday at HVL


Sunday, 22nd April proved another fantastic day at Holme Valley Lodge. 70 people sat down to a Sunday lunch cooked by Ben and the team from  Bear Kitchen, who are based in Wakefield. An excellent meal was followed by entertainment from ‘Jake N The Box’ who sang a range of songs from  60’s favourites to George Ezra classics. Enthusiastically cheered they were persuaded to complete a couple of extra songs as an encore !