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.


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

Hotting Up at HVL

Over 40  guests enjoyed an Indian themed evening at The Lodge rooms on 9th June, consisting of traditional Indian curries followed by a very entertaining quiz on all aspects of the sub continent! Food was provided by our very own Masterchefs Mick Rath and WM Ashley Craven, who slaved away in a hot kitchen to create, Vegetable, Lamb Rogan Josh and Chicken and Spinnach curries. In addition, guests enjoyed homemade Poppadums, Daal and spiced meatballs.They then settled down to  test those” little grey cells” to answer questions on an Indian themed quiz , chaired by Bro Steve  Sandford, HVL’s very own Richard Osman !


HVL 652 hosted one of it’s most important events in the social calendar….Ladies After.

This is an annual event where brethrens’ partners are invited to The Lodge and partake of our unique Holme Valley hospitality. Lodge business was quickly dealt with so that brethren could join their partners and guests who were all treated to a delightful 3 course meal followed by entertainment from Eden, who are regular visitors to The Lodge.


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 !


HVL Ladies Night – March 2018


The most significant event in our social calendar, HVL Ladies’ Night, took place on Saturday 3rd March.

The guest list included both masons and non-masons, and there were 95 attendees ensuring the evening was a huge success. On arrival guests were treated to a champagne reception followed by a 4 course meal.

The “Star” of the evening was Marge Craven, our Worshipful Master’s wife, who delighted  guests with her speech. The ladies were serenaded by Norman Mellor , followed by a rousing rendition of The  Holme Valley Anthem, “Pratty Flowers” ( an old English folksong), sung by Pat Whiteley, and were then entertained to an evening of 70’s songs by the Grooves Company.

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


50 years as a Freemason

The February meeting of HVL652 took place on 15th February 2018, and was a special occasion for one of our brethren, ,Worshipful Brother Terrance (Terry) Kelly, who celebrated 50 years in freemasonry. As such occasions are few and far between Terry was presented with a special commemorative certificate by Worshipful Brother Alan Elstone, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.

The presentation was well attended with visitors from as far afield as Sussex, who along with brethren from HVL were treated to a Scottish themed harmony in honour of Terry. Music was provided by the sound of the pipes and brethren joined in with communal singing of well known Scottish anthems.