The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Archive September 2009

Consecration of Morley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1905

Following the consecration of Morley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1905 on 23rd September 2009 the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Bennett Truswell undertook the pleasant duty of consecrating Morley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1905 on Tuesday 13th October 2009. The new Lodge is to be attached to the Mark Lodge and in similar fashion to become the first Royal Ark Mariner daylight Lodge in the Province meeting at 11.00am also at Blenheim House, Batley.

Worshipful Brother George Robert Fraser-Platt PRAMGR, was installed as the first Worshipful Commander by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother John Fred Clough PRAMGR.

The commitment and enthusiasm of its 26 Founding members will certainly ensure that the Lodge will prosper. To that end 2 candidates and a joining Member have already been proposed.

Mark Master Masons are especially welcome to join the Lodge and existing Royal Ark Mariners to become joining Members. You can register your interest using the website’s ‘contact us’ link or email to

Consecration of Morley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1905

The last Mark Lodge to be consecrated in our Province was Aireferry Lodge No. 1769 in Goole on 2nd March 1996.

After a request by the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Bennett Truswell, to investigate the need for a Mark and a Royal Ark Mariner daylight Lodge, Right Worshipful Brother Brian Morris Batty, Past Provincial Grand Master and Very Worshipful Brother Brian Addy adopted the proposal and identified a desire from Brethren for such Lodges to be formed within the Province.

On Wednesday 23rd September 2009 the initiative was fulfilled and the Consecration of Morley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1905 took place at Blenheim House, Batley. Morley Lodge is the first daylight Lodge and its meetings will commence at 11.00am with the specific advantage for Brethren who find travelling in the evening difficult and ideally located for all the Brethren of the Province.

The Provincial Grand Master accompanied by his Consecrating team in the presence of 26 Founders, many Distinguished guests and Brethren witnessed an excellent ceremony and occasion. The Provincial Grand Chaplain delivered an excellent Oration, very apt for the ceremony, Mark Masonry in general and Morley Lodge in particular.

Right Worshipful Brother George Henry Philip Birch, Past Provincial Grand Master, was installed as the first Worshipful Master by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother James Steggles. With the Worshipful Master’s guidance and the commitment of the Founders and Brethren of this new Mark Lodge the foundation is surely laid to enable it to prosper and flourish for generations.

Craft Masons are especially welcome to join the Lodge and existing Mark Masons to become joining Members. You can register your interest using the website’s ‘contact us’ link or email to

Aireferry Escorted Visit

The first escorted visit for the new acting officers took place on 21 September 2009 at Aireferry Lodge MMM, Goole under the watchful eye of our Provincial Grand Master. It was a very proud occasion for all the team being able to escort our PGM into the temple with much solemnity and dignity.

It is almost 13 years since Aireferry was consecrated and the Worshipful Master, W Bro A M Carroll, and all his team carried out an advancement of Bro S J Crabtree after which the PGM congratulated all the officers on an excellent performance.

The festive board produced much conversation between the acting officers and the brethren of Aireferry and I am sure that we are all looking forward to the next visit which is on 21 October 2009 at Escafeld.

Cleeves & Whitehead Holiday to Blackpool

13th – 18th September 2009

A party of 40 Mark Masons, relatives and dependants enjoyed a 5 day holiday at the Sheraton Hotel, Blackpool, sponsored by the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. The holiday makers left Brighouse on Sunday 13th September and returned on Friday the 18th after a very enjoyable stay in the company and care of our Welfare Officers Judith Mann, Freda Buxton and Bro. Phillip Mann who, as always, provided sterling and very professional support throughout the holiday.

The holiday included two coach outings to Windermere and Keswick, and an added bonus was that the Blackpool illuminations had just been switched on. The Sheraton Hotel is right on the sea front overlooking the North Bay, Blackpool, so even those who were unable to walk very far had a wonderful view of the lights. We were also very fortunate with the weather and the sun shone for most of the week.

Charity Trustee Terry Dudley and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Jim Steggles, and their wives, joined the party for Dinner on the Monday night. Smiles on the faces show just how much everyone was enjoying the holiday and an even bigger smile was in order when Mary Watson won £100 on the Bingo !

Mark Inter Provincial Golf Match West Yorks v’s Yorkshire N&E

Oakdale Golf Club, Oakdale Moor, Harrogate Thursday 3rd September 2009

The combination of the threat from the North and East team and a very, very windy day at The Oaks in Harrogate, the venue for the annual match, led to an extremely nervous West Yorkshire team.

So the twelve just men from West Yorkshire (or should that be just twelve men) assembled on the first tee. W Bro Bob Corfield was there to give his best wishes to each player and wished us all the best of bounces and good fortune.

Playing a better ball match with each player off his club handicap, the match was under way. The first team were soon under a great deal of pressure being five down at the turn and, as if prompted by the golfing gods, W Bro J Steggles and W Bro J F Clough appeared on the 10th tee to give support. Unfortunately, it was too late for our first pair. Word soon spread round the West Yorkshire team that we needed some divine inspiration. W Bro Bob then informed us that the PGM was on his way to the club and this year he did not want to go home empty handed having lost to the North and East for the last couple of years. This was just the inspiration that we needed.

The match progressed and at no time did any team know how each pair were doing. It could have been nip and tuck for all they knew! Approaching the last green, all the West Yorkshire Grand Officers appeared behind a window in the club house overlooking this water protected green with the pin only a few yards from the hazard. Each officer was miming the words “How you doing?” together with thumbs up, down signs.

West Yorkshire won 3.5 to 2.5.