The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is named after two former West Yorkshire Provincial Grand Masters and specifically provides relief to brethren within our own Province. The Fund prides itself on the speed with which relief is given – in many cases within 24 hours – and it is held in high regard by brethren of the Order for the excellent work it does.
The Province of West Yorkshire is particularly proud of the services of a Provincial Almoner and Welfare Officers whose expertise and dedication are invaluable in the care of Mark dependants. Working in close harmony with members of the Charity Committee, they maintain contact with brethren and widows on a regular basis, provide Home Care liaising with Local Authorities and respite care through nursing and residential homes. Almoners’ Lunches and supervised holidays are also regularly organised for Mark widows and dependants.
The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is the charitable arm of the West Yorkshire Province of Mark Master Masons. The objectives of the charity are:
- The relief of past and present Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire, and their relatives and dependents who are in need, hardship or distress.
- To support such charities, charitable institutional and charitable purposes as the trustees see fit.
The charity was reformed in 2005 following the merger of the Trust and the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent fund, by a “Merger Scheme” approved by the Charity Commission under powers given in the Charities Act 1993.
It relies on the generosity of Mark Masons in West Yorkshire for its funding.
The Trust currently has eight trustees, all of whom are elected by the Provincial Charity Committee of the West Yorkshire Mark Province, and they are supported by volunteers who act as Treasurer, Secretary, Almoner and Welfare Officers.
The Trust continues to provide emergency aid to those identified in its objects, and also administers ongoing grants from the Mark Fund of Benevolence.
We also support many in the Province through the work of our Welfare Officers who provide advice and support, and also guidance through the labyrinth of benefit regulations.
More details on the work of the trust can be found by following the links below and in the following downloads
The Cleeves and Whitehead trust will be sponsoring two Almoners Luncheons in 2017: –
The first take place on Monday, 3rd April at the Cedar Court Hotel, Ainley Top, Huddersfield
and, later in the year, at Tapton Hall , Sheffield on Monday, 6th November.
The trust has also organised a Holiday in 2017 which will take place at the Chatsworth House Hotel, Llandudno from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 10th June 2017.
Some of the many words of appreciation and Thank you cards received from those who attended previous, successful, holidays.
Some of the many words of appreciation and thank you cards received from those who attended the previous very successful holiday …
… It has been lovely to see old friends, who otherwise I would never see, as well as making new friends …
… to have someone to share meal times with means a lot to us….
… thank you for encouraging me to attend, you were right, I had a wonderful time…
… we have had a great time, everyone seemed to be in harmony…
… everyone was so helpful …
… thank you for a lovely holiday, we will remember it for the rest of our lives …
… I feel like my batteries have been recharged …
And universal praise for our welfare officers….
… If everyone in the world were like you two, the world would be a much better place…
… you both deserve a medal.
How to Contribute to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust
Individual members of Mark Lodges are encouraged to contribute to the Trust; each Mark Lodge has a Charity Representative who can provide details of ways to help us, including regular giving through Gift Aid and also information on how to leave a legacy to the Trust.
Regular giving Standing Order Mandates and Gift Aid forms can be downloaded here
Seeking Help From The Trust
Anyone seeking help from the Trust should first speak to their lodge Almoner, who will be able to assess the immediate need and invoke the most appropriate response from the Trust