School given grant to buy new play equipment

A Harrogate school is among 35 different groups benefitting from New Year grants totalling £64,000, courtesy of the Freemasons.

Grove Road Community Primary School – which has limited outdoor space and no field or garden - has been awarded £3,000 to buy outdoor playground with furniture, walled mounted games and an outdoor table tennis table.

Each year the fund distributes £200,000 to good causes around the province, which is based on the old West Riding, geographically ranging from Sheffield in the South to Ripon in the North.

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In addition to the minor grants given on a quarterly basis - which range from £6,000 to £600 - major grants have been presented annually at the fraternity’s annual meeting at the Royal Hall in Harrogate. These can often exceed £30,000.

David S Pratt, the Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding, said: “Being able to financially support Grove Road Community Primary School is a wonderful testament to the generosity of our members, and a fantastic way to celebrate the New Year.”