The University of Bradford is the recipient of a substantial donation to aid research in the treatment of prostate cancer.
The MCF (Masonic Charitable Foundation) pledged £211,632 for a five-year period in which three PhD research studentships will be facilitated at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) at the University.
The University itself has pledged a contribution of £45,000 towards the cost of the research.
The Provincial Grand Master of the Freemasons of Yorkshire, West Riding, James H Newman OBE, said:
“I am absolutely delighted that the MCF has recognised the importance of the prostate cancer research being conducted at the University of Bradford.
“We are well aware that prostate cancer is more likely to affect men of a certain age and, as a good number of our members fall under this category, finding ways of treating those with advanced forms of this deadly disease is to be welcomed.
“I am incredibly proud that funds raised by our members are being put to such valuable use.”
Just about to get married to Yvonne Wilson. Between us, we have three daughters, a son and four Grandchildren.
Employed by West Yorkshire Police n 1986, later became a Detective with the Murder team and retired in 2012.
Was initiated into De Warren Lodge 1302 on 14th April 1997, passed 0n the 9th June 1997 and raised on 10th October 1997. Went into the chair of King Solomon in October 2002 did a second year in 2003 and again in 2015.
Was Appointed to Prov SGD on 5th May 2009 then promoted to PPJGW on 6th May 2014. Appointed as Prov Mentor on 8th May 2018, “this has been my most enjoyable appointment” and promoted in the Lodge to PPSGW on 11th November 2019.
In 2003 was exalted into the Royal Arch. 1st Principal in 2009 appointed to Prov AGDC 2015 and promoted to DGDC in 2018 and PPGSN in 2019.
A member of the Mark Degree joining Bronte Lodge in 1998, Went into the chair in 2008
Appointed Prov GJD in 2012 and promoted to PProvGJW in 2019 became Prov AGDC in 2020.
Joined the Royal Ark Mariners, became Commander in 2010 and in 2017 Appointed to Prov RAMGR.
Dr Timothy James Hendra
Appointed as a consultant physician in Sheffield in 1992, he retired from clinical practice in 2016, previously being Medical Director at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust (2008-2012).
Born in Cornwall, his father and uncle were members of Truro School Lodge 5630. He was initiated into Sheaf Lodge 6990 at Tapton Hall in Sheffield in 2003, being Master in 2010 and 2015, and then secretary since 2017. Exalted into University Chapter Sheffield 3911 in 2005, he became First Principal in 2016.
In Craft, he was appointed Acting PSGD in 2017, promoted PPDepGDC in 2018, and then promoted to Acting Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 2020. It was a great disappointment that this year coincided with the covid pandemic, which precluded all Provincial visits. In the Royal Arch, he was appointed as Acting Provincial Steward in 2019 and then PPDepGReg in 2020.
After being the Lead for Masonic Light Programme in Area 4, he became Lead across the Province in 2018. During the lockdown, he assisted in developing the Provincial Webinar Team. He is a past member of the MCF Research Advisory Panel.
Active in other masonic side-orders, he lectures for and is an honorary Professor at Sheffield Hallam University.
Married for 42 years, he has three daughters and two grandsons. He and his wife are keen tennis players in the Sheffield and District League.
The son of a publican, Alan grew up at the Nelson Inn Thornhill Lees along with his two brothers, Philip and Chris. Alan attended Thornhill High School, where he became Head Boy. At age sixteen, he left school to take up an engineering apprenticeship at Spencer and Halstead, Ossett. In 1988 he formed Dust Control Systems in partnership with his brother Philip where he worked until retiring in 2003.
Alan married Kathleen in 1976. They have a daughter Rebecca and a son David along with 8 grandchildren. The Children flew the coup many years ago, and Alan and Kathleen now live in Thornhill with their Border Terrier Lily.
Alan played the Cornet at school, a hobby he continued after leaving school, rising through the ranks of the Brass Band world, which led to performances across Europe and in many of the great concert halls. His greatest achievement was winning The British Open Brass Band Championship in 1980 with “The Yorkshire Imps” he retired after a performance in the Royal Albert Hall in 1990 to enable him to concentrate on the business.
On 13th March 1992, Alan was Initiated into Craft Masonry Raised on 10th July 1992. A member of Mirfield Lodge No.1102. Worshipful Master 2002/3. First appointed In May 2009 to the provincial acting rank of Junior Grand Deacon, promoted in 2010 to PPSGD. In May 2014, promoted to PPGReg, In May 2016, promoted to PPJGW, then, in May 2019, promoted to PPSGW.
Throughout his Masonic career, Alan has been associated with WRMCL being his Lodge Charity Steward from 2004 to 2009 and serving WRMCL in various guises and on various area committees, becoming the company secretary for WRMCL in 2011, a role which he will step down from in 2022. A total of 18 years of service to WRMCL.
On 4th March 1994, admitted into Royal Arch Masonry. A member of Mirfield Chapter No.1102. Took the chair of “Z” 2006. He was representative of Mirfield Chapter on the Calder Vale Royal Arch Council 2007/2010. Then in November 2012, he received his first provincial appointment as Past Provincial Grand Sojourner. Promoted in November 2017 to Past Grand Sword Bearer.
Alan is a well-known mason in Yorkshire West Riding, being a member of several other Orders where he is also very active.
Alan Paul Kelly Webster
I was initiated into the Lodge of Fidelity No.289 in July 1985, becoming Master in December 2001 and again in 2011. Exalted into the Chapter of Fidelity in April 1987, I became MEZ in February 2006 and again in 2018. A founder of the Leeds Lodge No.9867 took the Chair in 2014. I am also a member of Loyalty Chapter No.4971 and Chapter of Faith No. 1034. In Craft, I was appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 2008, rising to PPJGW in 2013. In the Royal Arch, I was appointed PPDepGSwdB in 2012, then to Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in2017, APGP in 2019 and received the Grand Rank of PGStdB in 2021
I am currently Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler in the Order of the Secret Monitor and Assistant Provincial Grand Summus in the Order of the Scarlet Cord. I am the Secretary of the Leeds and District Union of Golf Clubs League and Cup competitions in my spare time.
Born and educated in Morley and then attended Bradford College of Advanced Technology, emerging as a qualified Dispensing Optician. A good choice of profession as I then met and married Denise, an Optometrist, and we worked together in our own practice until retirement beckoned. We have two children and four Grandchildren who take up all the remaining hours in the day.
Neal Robert Evans
Works for a large American Software company managing Global Systems Integrators.
His interest in Freemasonry came through a family connection with both a Great Uncle and Uncle being Masons. Initiated in Middlesex into Old Hamptonian Lodge No 5730 in 2000 and installed as Worshipful Master in 2008. Became a joining member of the Yorkshire West Riding Province in 2011 when balloted on as a member of Old Giggleswickian Lodge No 8263, where his uncle was the Director of Ceremonies.
A member of the Middlesex Masters No 3420, Prince Michael of Kent (Provincial Grand Stewards’ Lodge of Middlesex) No 9120 and Middlesex Shooting Sports Lodge No 1702. Exalted into Old Hamptonian Chapter No 5730 in 2005 and was first Principal in 2013.
In Craft was appointed in Middlesex as Provincial Grand Steward in 2013 and promoted to Provincial Junior Grand Deacon in 2015. In Chapter, also in Middlesex, appointed Provincial Grand Steward in 2015 and promoted to Provincial Grand Standard Bearer in 2015. Has served as Secretary of Prince Michael of Kent Lodge since 2017 and Director of Ceremonies of Middlesex Shooting Sports Lodge since 2016.
Away from Freemasonry and work, he can be found at various race circuits around the UK and Europe, where he competes in his Caterham 270R.
Brian Duncan Littlejohn
Brian Littlejohn, Assistant Provincial Grand Master for Area 4 since 2019, has received a promotion in Grand Lodge to Senior Grand Deacon.
Having been initiated in Lodge Grange No. 1073 in Monifieth, Scotland, Brian joined Royal Brunswick Lodge No. 296 based at Tapton Hall on 3 March 2004 following his move to Sheffield.
He served as WM in 2007 & 2008 and was appointed as acting Provincial Assistant Director of Ceremonies in 2013 before being promoted to Past Provincial Deputy Grand Registrar in 2015.
In 2018 Brian was appointed to be the Provincial Senior Grand Warden and was installed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in May 2019 and appointed to Past Junior Grand Deacon in 2020
Brian works as a Research Support officer at the University of Sheffield and has represented Great Britain at Water Polo, first as a goalkeeper in the national team and latterly as a referee at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Dr Simon Morris Fellerman
Born and bred in Leeds, I attended Roundhay School, followed by Leeds Medical School. I was a GP in Leeds for 33 years up to 2015. I now work as a GP Expert Witness. Having no Masonic family connections, in 1984, I was invited to join The Lodge of Dawn, 6511, and was Initiated in December 1989. We had long waiting lists in those days! I went through the Chair in 2006-7. I was an Acting Provincial Steward in 2012 and promoted to PPDepGDC in 2013 and PPJGW in 2018.
I was awarded Grand Rank (PAGDC) in 2016 and will be promoted to PJGD in April 2022.
I was Exalted into Loyalty Chapter, 4971, in 2007, was 1st Principal in 2012, and was appointed Acting Provincial Grand Sojourner in 2017. I was promoted to PPDepGReg in 2018. I am the Royal Arch representative in my lodge, and I gave a talk at one of our lockdown zoom meetings entitled, ‘Why Should I join the Royal Arch’. I am of the firm belief that every Craft Mason should join the Royal Arch.
I joined the Masonic Samaritan Fund’s Grant Committee in 2008 after reading of a vacancy in Freemasonry Today, prior to which I knew very little about the 4 Central Masonic Charities. I became a Board Member/Trustee in 2011 and acted as duty doctor until the MCF was formed in 2016. I joined the Masonic Support Committee (MSC) of the MCF in 2016 and continued as a duty doctor, assessing more difficult and complex cases. I was appointed Chair of the MSC in September 2020 and was also appointed to the MCF Board. I also became a member of the MCF Board Strategy Committee.
I have been married to my wife Debra for 42 years, and we have 3 children, Robin, Rosie & Claudia, and one granddaughter. Robin is a Past Master of Apollo University Lodge, 357, and was awarded Grand Rank (PAGDC) in 2021. My son-in-law, Sam Fryer, is currently Junior Deacon in The Lodge of Dawn.
Employed by West Yorkshire Police from 1977 to 2015 both as an Officer and a Support Staff member.
Initiated into Lodge of Truth No 521 in 1990 and was Master in 1999 and again in 2012. A member of the West Riding Acting Officers Lodge No. 9645 and a Founder of Aequitas Lodge No 9832. Exalted into Scarborough Chapter No 1214 in 1997 and was 1st Principal in 2004.
In Craft was appointed ProvAGDC in 2005, ProvDepDC in 2009, PPJGW in 2012. Appointed ProvGSec in 2013 and then PPSGW in 2018. Appointed PAGDC in 2014. In Chapter was appointed ProvAGDC in 2010. AProvGSE in 2012. Appointed ProvGcE in 2013 and went to PGSE in 2018. Appointed PGStB in 2014 Keith lives with his wife Lynne and Labrador ‘Freddy’ in a small village between Harrogate and York.
Sir David Wootton
Reappointed as Assistant Grand Master
Sir David Wootton was born in 1950 and educated at Bradford Grammar School and Jesus College, Cambridge. He became a Founder of Bradfordians Lodge No 9886 in 2013 and is a member or honorary member of many other Lodges.
He became a partner in an international law firm in 1979, specialising in corporate transactions and best-practice compliance with law and regulation in corporate governance.
Having a strong interest in the governance of the City of London, he was elected to Common Council in 2002 as Member for the Ward of Farringdon Within and subsequently elected as Alderman for the Ward of Langbourn in 2005. Sir David served as Lord Mayor of London for 2011-12.
He served as Metropolitan Senior Grand Warden in 2007 and was promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2012, before he was appointed Assistant Grand Master on 12 March 2014.