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Boost for Keighley Scouts as Freemasons donate more than £200,000 in grants
7:10am Tuesday 29th January 2013 in Keighley
Freemasons have donated more than £200,000 in the past year to community groups and organisations across the region – including Keighley.
The 8th Keighley Scout group received £750 to buy two tents and Cononley Village Institute was given £500 towards fire-retardant curtains.
No less than 149 grants totalling £223,525 were handed out by the Freemasons in the Province of Yorkshire, West Riding, to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Provincial Grand Master, John Clayton, said: “This last group of grants completes our work during the year to mark this very special occasion, the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty’s reign, and afford help to those who work tirelessly for their own communities.
“We wish the organisations that have received our grants all the best in their endeavours. I am always impressed with the enthusiasm and dedication with which they approach their work for the community. We hope our financial support will go some way to assist them in that work.”
He added: “In the past 25 years, the Province has given almost £3 million to support local non-Masonic causes. Not a penny of that money came from the general public; it was all donated by members of the Province, their families and their friends.”