Freemasons United in harmony and Charity

February 3rd and Assistant Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding, Paul Clark presented, along with W.Bro Douglas Mills, the Deputy Chairman of the Area Charity Committee and W.Bro Peter Jesty, a Charity representative on the Committee from Calcaria Lodge, three cheques.

£5000.00 from the WRMC Ltd to i2i and £3000 from the West Yorkshire Province of Mark Master Masons, both to be ring fenced for the Tadcaster Emergency Action Group, to Mr Matthew Gore, the CEO of Inspire 2 Independence (i2i) ltd and i2i Sports Ltd, Nicola Eades, the co-ordinator of the Tadcaster Emergency Action Group, and Mr Jonathan Ballin, the Financial Director of i2i and Tadcaster Albion Football Club, along with some members of the Tadcaster Albion Football Club.  He also presented a third cheque for £1000.00 to the Tadcaster Albion Football Club who suffered irreparable damage to the clubhouse, which it appears, will have to be demolished and rebuilt.  The club is not only a centre for football but plays an important part in the community as a whole and have provided support for the community both before and during the flooding, despite their losses.  Their action in allowing the use of their car park and land for the erection of the temporary foot bridge across the river, which you can see being erected behind in the photo, is due for completion next Monday. This will provide a much needed and valuable route for pedestrians, rejoining the two halves of the town, so severely affected the closure of Tadcaster Bridge following the damage suffered in the floods of December 2015.

Matthew Gore the CEO made the following statement; ”On behalf of Tadcaster Albion Football Club and Tadcaster Emergency Action group we would like to say a huge thank you for these superb donations.  It will make a massive difference to the community of Tadcaster and to the football club.

We can’t thank you enough; it’s very gracious of you and very kind of you, especially when we have been notified that these donations have come for the members, and not from fund raising.  It means so much to us, and will be forever grateful, and we will not forget it.  Thank you very much’.


Nicola Eades, from the Tadcaster Emergency Action Group stated; ”On behalf of the Tadcaster Emergency Action Group, we would like to thank you for the extremely generous amount of your donations that we have received today for the Tadcaster Albion’s and the Community of Tadcaster.  This amount of money will go a long way in helping with the recovery and also sponsor kits for  future flooding in Tadcaster in resilience protection, and on behalf of the Community of Tadcaster and the Tadcaster Emergency Action Group, we would like to thank you for your donations and we will certainly keep you informed of our future progress.  Thank you’.

It should also be noted that the Mark Masonic Province of North and East Yorkshire donated the sum of £5000 to the ‘Two Ridings Foundation’ to be ring fenced for use in Tadcaster; this despite the fact that the Town does not lie within their jurisdiction. Mark Masonry at work in both Provinces in matters of which we can all be truly proud.


Smile, be happy, and enjoy your Mark Masonry.