Following the retirement of V.W.Bro. Brian Addy, P.G.M.O. as Deputy Provincial Grand Master and W.Bro. Bob Corfield, P.G.J.D. as Assistant Provincial Grand Master, the Provincial Grand Master offered the appointment of Deputy Provincial Grand Master to W.Bro. James Steggles, P.G.S.D. and that of Assistant Provincial Grand Master to W.Bro. John Fred Clough, P.A.G.D.C.
W.Bro. Steggles and W.Bro. Clough were delighted to accept the appointments and were Installed as Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters at an Especial Meeting of Knaresborough Castle Lodge No 768, held at Wetherby Masonic Hall on 13th January 2009.
W.Bro. Jim Steggles, who is a member of St. Chad No 374 and Ainsty 1739 Mark Lodges, previously served in the Provincial Secretariat from 1999 until 2008, holding the Office of Provincial Grand Secretary for six years. He is also a member of Elmete 111, Claro 525 and the Carl Whitehead 110 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges and a holder of Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. He is a member of the Provincial Grand Secretaries’ Mark Lodge No 1641 and was Grand Senior Deacon in 2007-2008. He is well known in the Province and in Mark Masonry nationally.
W.Bro. John Clough joined Mark Masonry in the Victoria Falls Lodge No 912 in Zambia and is currently a member of Knaresborough Castle No 768 and Ainsty 1739 Mark Lodges in this Province. He was Provincial Grand Senior Warden in 2005-2006 and served as a Cleeves and Whitehead Trust Charity Representative from 2006 until his appointment as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. He is also a member of Abbey 768, Claro 525 and the Carl Whitehead 110 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges and a holder of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. He was promoted to the Rank of P.G.J.D. in June this year.
Both Brethren are also well known in the wider Masonic community, particularly in the north of the Craft Province of Yorkshire West Riding.
During his response to the toast to Provincial Grand Lodge at the Especial Meeting, W.Bro. Jim Steggles paid a special tribute to W.Bro. Bob Corfield, P.G.J.D., who had retired from his Office as Assistant Provincial Grand Master due to unfortunate and unforeseen personal circumstances. He also said how lucky we were to have such wonderful Orders to belong to, such a strong Province around us, no less than seven Past Rulers of the Province to support us, and individual members of our Lodges so determined to enjoy every single moment of their membership in this ‘Friendly Degree’.