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.


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.






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.


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.


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


HVL Childrens Christmas Party

This year the Holme Valley Masonioc Lodge Children’s Christmas Party was held on the 3rd of December. With party food, a children’s entertainer and an appearance by Santa who gave a gift to all the children the afternoon was a complete success.


Jazz Comes To HVL652

Bones of Wrath 04

The Bones Of Rath took place on the 8th October 2017 and brought 3 of the world’s greatest jazz trombonists together to play to a sell-out audience within the Holme Valley Lodge. Mark Nightingale, Mike Dease and Dennis Rollins entertained superbly with two sets of some of the greatest live Jazz you could ever hear. Hot Beef sandwiches were served at the interval and an excellent selection of drinks were available at the fully licensed bar throughout.

321 Night at the Holme Valley Lodge

321 Night

On August the 17th HVL held a special 3-2-1 meeting to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry in England, 200 years of Freemasonry in West Yorkshire and 100 years of using the current Lodge premises. The well attended audience were given a short informative talk by WBro. Mike Coupland, on the beginnings of The United Grand Lodge of England and how it came into being back in the 18th century. This was followed by an equally amusing talk on how the Province of Yorkshire West Riding was formed, this time given by WBro. Brian Colwill. The evening was rounded off by a fascinating history of the current lodge premises by the Lodge historian WBro. Peter Berry.